Discover: Local Musician Spotlight

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! …

Local Musician Spotlight: Janine Gastineau

Candace LeGault

Janine Gastineau is a multi-genre singer who is totally enjoyable in whatever genre she’s singing at the moment.  She sings jazz; Brazilian MPB (Música Popular Brasileira); French chanson (any lyric-driven French song,…

Local Musician Spotlight: Adam Bartczak

Candace LeGault

Though rooted in jazz, Denver-based trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator Adam Bartczak reaches into many walks of music.  He has played and recorded with musicians from Robin Eubanks, Bryan Lynch,…

Local Musician Spotlight: Patrick McDevitt

Candace LeGault

Young Patrick McDevitt is a true product of the Colorado jazz scene.  He was first introduced to music by his musician parents.  His Denver influences include Ken Walker, Paul Romaine,…

Local Musician Spotlight: Dexter Payne

Candace LeGault

Dexter Payne plays the world!  He says his life is “the scenic route, not the toll road.”  Perhaps this needs explanation. Growing up immersed in music, Dexter was introduced to…

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