Jazz News: Denver’s Harold Rapp III saxes up NBA Finals, Tenia reps for the Grammys, 1st Bank Center to close, Big Chief Donald Harrison heart scare…

A nice version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at yesterday’s NBA Finals game at Ball Arena by Harold Rapp III on the saxophone.  Rapp is a DU Lamont School of Music alumus. ESPN’s YouTube channel has the footage. (SOURCE: ESPN)

One more hat for a busy pianist–composer, and educator Tenia Nelson – she was just elected Governor for the Recording Academy’s San Francisco Chapter, which includes Colorado. More proof to the old adage, “If you want something done, ask a busy person. They’re already organized!” (SOURCE: FACEBOOK/TENIA NELSON)

The city of Broomfield has decided to close and demolish 1stBank Center, right off Highway 36. CBS Colorado reports city leaders found it was just too expensive to operate, so the 11-acre site will be cleared. A pretty nice retail and residential community has built up around the venue that seated 6,500. Broomfield City Council would love to hear your ideas for the location. (SOURCE: CBS NEWS)

NEA Jazz Master, and good friend of KUVO, Big Chief Donald Harrison had a heart attack over the weekend while he was working on a “Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival” in Hilo, Hawaii.  He posted on Facebook that the doctors did a procedure to clear an arterial blockage, but he says it was a close call. Lots of love and prayers for recovery going out to the Big Chief from the jazz world. Donald Harrison is booked to play at Dazzle on Friday, June 16. (SOURCE: FACEBOOK/DONALD HARRISON)

A new album by John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy is set for a July release. Titled, Evenings at the Village Gate: John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy,” the music was recorded during a month-long summer 1961 residency at the Village Gate, featuring Coltrane on soprano saxophone and Dolphy on alto saxophone and bass clarinet — along with drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Reggie Workman. NPR’s Nate Chinen reviewed the “lost” tapes, which were found in the archives at the New York Public Library. (SOURCE: NPR/JOHN COLTRANE/ERIC DOLPHY)

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