Discover: Spotlight

Local Musician Spotlight: Clare Church

Candace LeGault

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. For this musician, life gave her lemonade and took it away, leaving lemons. But what she’s doing to get back the lemonade is…

Local Musician Spotlight - Peter Sommer

Candace LeGault

Tenor sax player Peter Sommer holds as his heroes Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane.  With the depth of his playing, he could have easily been a hero of…

Local Musician Spotlight: Ken Walker

Candace LeGault

Ken Walker is known as the “first-call” jazz bassist in the front range, which means when top national talent gets a booking in this region, Ken is the bassist they…

Local Musician Spotlight: Jeff Jenkins

Candace LeGault

Jeff Jenkins is one of the busiest musicians on the Front Range, with good reason. He plays piano and he plays the B3 organ; he composes, and he teaches at…

Local 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: Max Wagner

Candace LeGault

Alto sax musician Max Wagner boggles my mind on so many levels. Most of the musicians I have spotlighted have come out of University learning and developed their talents traditionally.…

Local Musican Spotlight: Tom Amend

Candace LeGault

In a distant galaxy (Wyoming) a long time ago (maybe 18 years), a little 6-year-old boy began playing piano, inspired by his father, who played classic rock. A year or…

Local Musician Spotlight: Wil Swindler

Candace LeGault

Saxophone player Wil Swindler is well known in jazz circles in Colorado and around the country,  but he’s most active on the Colorado jazz scene.  He leads a modern bop…

Local Musician Spotlight: Drummer 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…

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