Multi-Grammy nominated trombonist, sea shells player, and vocalist Stafford Hunter is the newest addition to Denver’s ever-growing jazz scene. He’s a Philadelphia native, and graduate of the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in NYC (of which, he was the first trombonist to actually graduate). After 29 years as an active performer in the NYC jazz scene, Hunter has decided to make Denver home after accepting a teaching position at University of Denver. Please help us in welcoming Stafford Hunter in his debut headlining performance at Dazzle alongside a quintet of Denver’s strongest players.
Stafford Hunter – Trombone, Sea Shells, Vocals
Anisha Rush – Alto Saxophone
Jeff Jenkins – Piano
Ken Walker – Bass
Dru Heller- Drums
Stafford Hunter has performed at former-US President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural, and has toured all over the world with the likes of Illinois Jacquet, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie & Brass Fantasy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Charli Persip, Charles Tolliver, Tony Bennett, Roy Hargrove, Donald Byrd Dance Troupe, Cab Calloway Orch., Joss Stone, Orrin Evans, the Mingus Big Band, Lauryn Hill, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Lenny Kravitz, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amy Winehouse, Oliver Lake, Steve Turre & Sanctified Shells, and has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1998 among other groups.