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Local Musician Spotlight: Braxton ("BK") Kahn

Candace LeGault

Braxton (“BK”) Kahn is some kind of interesting guy! I met with him for about 90 minutes and came to appreciate the young man as well as his gifted drumming.…

Local Musician Spotlight: CCJA (Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts)

Candace LeGault

This is part of a series called “Spotlight on a Local Musician,” but just this once, I want to step out of the formula and spotlight an organization. You’ve probably…

Local Musician Spotlight: Alejandro Castaño

Candace LeGault

Today we’ll Spotlight one of the young lions who came through Denver’s educational and opportunity-laden jazz environment to become one of the hottest and most talented drummers on the scene…

Local Musician Spotlight: Mark Patterson

Candace LeGault

In this series, I’ve been writing about local jazz musicians. Today, our local jazz musician is a trombone player who has lived in New York since 1983. Mark Patterson was…

Local Musician Spotlight: Bill Kopper

Candace LeGault

BILL KOPPER, Guitar - Many moons ago, on a farm in Illinois, far from Chicago, a young farmer, who was also a guitar student, was working in the barn, perhaps…

Local Musician Spotlight: Dru Heller

Candace LeGault

This month’s spotlight is on another incredible musician who transplanted to Denver and is taking full advantage of the jazz environment and the supportive local jazz musicians that surround us…

Local Musician Spotlight: Matt Smiley

Candace LeGault

Next in our series, “Spotlight on a Local Musician,” is an introduction to bassist Matt Smiley. As I’ve said in past Spotlights, here in metro Denver and Colorado we have…

Local Musican Spotlight: Todd Reid

Candace LeGault

Drummer Todd Reid is yet another artist with talent and the credentials that make him a local “man to call” when a top drummer is needed. Discovered by his musician…

Local Musician Spotlight: Wendy Fopeano

Candace LeGault

Yet another stellar performer based in the Denver area is vocalist Wendy Fopeano. Wendy began her musical life as an instrumentalist, playing electric and acoustic bass, trumpet, guitar, and piano.…

Local Musican Spotlight: Gabriel Mervine

Candace LeGault

Born in Bridgewater, NJ, Gabriel Mervine began to play professionally at age 13.  Though he was interested in the drums, the band needed trumpets, and thus was this trumpeter created! …

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