On Thursday night, the Regina Carter/Xavier Davis duo wraps up its two-night stand at Dazzle  with sets at 6:30 and 9 p.m. By now, everyone knows that Carter is a true genius of the violin no matter what category of music she is playing. With technical might and the ability to swing, Carter’s sound can fill any size stage and to hear her in a club setting is something special. She has had a long musical relationship with her duo partner, pianist Xavier Davis, who has worked with folk like bassist Christian McBride.

Then, on Friday, trumpeter John Daversa, the head of jazz at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, comes to Dazzle. Daversa and his Small Band (a quartet made up of strong, area-based players on the order of saxophonist John Gunther and pianist Eric Gunnison) play at 6:30 and 9 p.m. In 2018, the trumpeter’s American Dreams disc walked away with three Grammy Awards and he has led a big band since the mid-1990s.

Moving to the weekend at Dazzle, the club offers up music on Saturday from the University of Colorado Denver in the form of the Voz del la Clave Ensemble and the fusion/funk Signature Jazz Guitar Ensemble at 6:30 p.m., followed by the fusion sounds of Floatgoat at 9 p.m. And on Sunday, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts offers up sounds from its SheBop Workshop for Young Women in Jazz celebrating International Women’s Day. Pianist Annie Booth directs the workshop.

On Tuesday, the sounds continue at Dazzle with singer Nancy Kelly who has performed with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, as well Houston Person, Randy Brecker and, of course, singer Mark Murphy. Her visit, after all, is called “Remembering Mark Murphy” for the singer who passed away in 2015. Kelly sings at 7 p.m.

The week at Dazzle ends with young trombonist Nick Finzer and his “Cast of Characters” quintet at has Lucas Pino (leader of the No Net Nonet) on saxophone along with several area-based players. Pino’s nonet, by the way, also includes Finzer on trombone and Denver-raised Colin Stranahan on drums.


Finally on Thursday, at the Muse , the Denver Collective has music at 7 p.m.


Norman Provizer

Jazz Notes 3-5-2020

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