Discover: Spotlight

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…

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…

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