Discover: Local Musician

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: Greg Gisbert

Candace LeGault

We who love jazz will go to great lengths to hear the top talent nationally and internationally. We love to hear someone who has performed with the likes of Buddy…

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: Terri Jo Jenkins

Candace LeGault

One of three daughters of an accomplished pianist and a fine singer, Terri Jo started her professional musical life at about age 10 singing three-part harmony with her sisters at…

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 Vocalist 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: Drummer Mike Marlier

Candace LeGault

If you love drums and love to hear exciting jazz drumming, don’t miss Mike Marlier.  One of the best ways to enjoy him is with The Mayhem Trio of Marlier,…

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