Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Every Thursday at 10:30 AM, DownBeat magazine writer Norman Provizer joins the Morning Beat to share upcoming local jazz and blues events. 

Norman has been sharing music events with KUVO listeners for nearly 20 years.

A member of the Jazz Journalists Association, Norman is also a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

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While the month of October offers on ongoing spotlight on ECM recording artists at Dazzle, that top-notch series isn’t the only musical game in town.

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In 2011, saxophonist Dave Liebman, who is in town as a featured guest with saxophonist Keith Oxman’s group at Dazzle on Friday, joined the ranks of the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters. Born in Brooklyn, Liebman founded a co-operative of young players that became part of the New York loft scene. And before long the saxophonist found himself part of drummer Elvin Jones’ Jazz Machine.

Marshall University

This week in music literally begins and ends with drummer Jeff Hamilton. Born in Indiana, Hamilton grew up with a penchant for swing era drummers and connected with the new Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, followed by a stint with Lionel Hampton’s big band. He then joined pianist Monty Alexander’s trio along with bassist John Clayton before going off with Woody Herman’s Herd, bassist Ray Brown’s trio and the L.A. 4.

Jazzaldia 53, San Sebastián

You can find a wide variety of sounds on tap as we move through August headed to the Labor Day weekend. Up at Cooper Mountain Resort, the Genuine Jazz and Wine runs from Friday into Sunday with players such as saxophonist Everette Harp, pianist Bobby Lyle and guitarist Nick Colionne. This is the 34th edition of the crossover-oriented event that has settled into its home at Cooper Mountain (

Gary LoVerde,

As the list of headliners indicates, the 42nd edition of the Telluride Jazz Festival that runs from Friday through Sunday is not overloaded with significant jazz players ( The big names at the event this year are pianist Bruce Hornsby (who did go to Boston’s Berklee College of Music) and the Noisemakers, New Orleans singer Irma Thomas and saxophonist Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.