The ten best jazz shows in Colorado this month
7. RORY STUART @ DAZZLE | SAT, 9/22/12Rory Stuart is now based in New York, but the guitarist spent some of his formative musical years in Denver, playing with groups led by Billy Tolles, Joe Keel and Jerry Granelli. Since moving to New York, Stuart has been busy leading his own groups and performing with jazz legends like Brother Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, Charlie Rouse and Dr. Lonnie Smith. For the past two decades, he's taught at the New School Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Expect a fiery set from the innovative guitarist.
6.SHANE ENDSLEY AND THE MUSIC BAND @ DAZZLE |THU, 9/20/12Over the last decade, progressive trumpeter and Denver native Shane Endsley has been a member of Kneebody (who blow minds every time the quintet come through town), but the Denver native has also played with folks like Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown and Pearl Jam. With his acoustic modern jazz quartet, the Music Band, who released Then The Other last year, he's joined by Kneebody cohorts Ben Wendel and Adam Benjamin, as well as local bassist Greg Garrison.
5. ALLISON MILLER @ DAZZLE | SAT & SUN, 9/29-30/12In addition to performing with singers like Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile and Natalie Merchant, Allison Miller has also played with jazz heavies such as Marty Ehrlich and Dr. Lonnie Smith. With her group Boom Tic Boom, the well-versed drummer exhibits a range that is far reaching, from light handed cymbal work to deep grooves. For these two shows, she's joined by pianist Myra Melford, who appears on the group's outstanding 2010 self-titled release, bassist Chris Lightcap and local trumpeter extraordinaire Ron Miles.
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