Must see performances for “Smooth Jazz Aficionados,” as the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber celebrates “Hispanic Heritage Month” hosting a Smooth Jazz Benefit Concert featuring jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell and jazz guitarist Ken Navarro. These smooth jazz headliners never fail to appeal to a broad audience with a contemporary mix of smooth jazz!!
Guitarist and composer Ken Navarro has created a 26 album catalog of much musical depth and scope with numerous Top 5 hits at national radio along the way. Navarro’s release “Dreaming of Trains” was pre-nominated for the Grammy awards in 2 categories and his album “Ruby Lane” spent 4 months in the Top 10 at contemporary/smooth jazz radio, streaming, iTunes and Amazon. “Music For Guitar and Orchestra” was Navarro’s first recording with a symphony orchestra. On the smooth jazz chart at Billboard magazine, his song “You Are Everything” reached No. 6,] “Juliet” reached No. 7, “When We Dance” reached No. 11 and “Ruby Lane” reached No. 10. His musically diverse discography appeals to a wide range of listeners with inspiring compositions and superb guitar performances.
Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is “an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil.” The Times of London notes “his extraordinary facility on a range of instruments” and Rangell’s “considerable crowd pleasing power.” Saxophone Journal writes “He commands the alto saxophone with such authority there can be no denying that Rangell is a true artist.” Such praise is a confirmation of what contemporary jazz fans have know since the Denver based saxophonist emerged in the late 80s; that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.
He has recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne and The GRP All Star Big Band to name a few. With his discography of now 17 CD releases Nelson Rangell continues on his musical path with two new and very unique albums, “Red,” a collection of dedicated saxophone recording in the pop jazz and contemporary jazz idiom and “Blue” which features the flute and piccolo throughout it’s highly artistic and diverse 11 tracks.
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