The five best jazz shows in Denver this month
Dafnis Prieto's Proverb Trio is one of the five best jazz shows in Denver this month.
Like fans of pretty much every other genre in this town, the jazz connoisseurs here are spoiled with a steady stream of great shows. In the past few months, we've been treated to shows from the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Ron Carter, the Bad Plus, the Vijay Iyer Trio, Keith Oxman and David Torn, among others. While there's not quite the same caliber of acts to look forward to this month, there are still a bevy of groups worth checking out, like Dafnis Prieto's Proverb Trio, and Jane Bunnett, who teams up with Cuban pianist Hilario Durán. Keep reading for a full rundown of the five best jazz shows in November.
5. IMPROVISED ROOTS SERIES #3 @ DAZZLE | SUN, 11/11
As bassist for Leftover Salmon, Greg Garrison knows his way around bluegrass, but he's also a deft jazz player. With his Improvised Roots series, he brings the two worlds together with roots music. The previous two shows in his Improvised Roots Series featured local talent like Ron Miles and John Gunther, along with nationally known jazz talent like Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas and bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton and Crooked Still singer Aoife O'Donovan. For the third installment, Garrison is bringing in Chris Pandolfi and Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters to perform with local jazz players drummer Jim White and guitarist Dave Devine.
4. JANE BUNNETT and HILARIO DURAN @ MOUNT VERNON | WEDS, 11/7
Soprano saxophonist and flautist Jane Bunnett and pianist Hilario Durán are both classically trained and quite well-versed in jazz. The two musicians also share a love for Cuban music, showcased on last year's album, Cuban Rhapsody. While the songs on the disc are rooted in Cuban music, they're also infused with the pair's jazz sensibilities. Bunnett, who's a Grammy nominee and multiple Juno award-winning composer, has been playing Cuban music for three decades now and has performed with a number of legendary players from the island. Hailed as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century by Chucho Valdez, Durán has performed with legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval, and Paquito D'Rivera.