Discover: Local Musician

Q & A Time with Janine Gastineau during Women’s History Month

Today's featured Woman for Women's History Month is Denver’s own Janine Gastineau. With a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, in Jazz Performance, this lady brings both education and…

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! …

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,…

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