The five best jazz shows in Denver this month
3. BRAD GOODE QUARTET with RON BLAKE @ DAZZLE, 11/8-9
Every so often Dazzle teams pairs great local talent with stellar nationally know players. This time around, outstanding local trumpeter and his group team up with New York-based tenor and soprano sax player Ron Blake, who has a few records under his own name, in addition to having appeared on more than fifty albums with the likes of Roy Hargrove and Art Farmer. On 2008's Shayari, Blake, who is joined by Jack DeJohnette, Christian McBride and Regina Carter, shows that the wide-toned saxophonist's range, including lyrical phrasing on ballads to weaving some intricate lines on up-tempo cuts.
2. RON MILES GROUP @ DAZZLE, 11/30
One of Denver's finest trumpeters, Ron Miles has a gorgeous and unmistakable tone, and his lyrical phrasing works quite well in pretty much in any kind of instrumentation, as on latest effort, Quiver, which features long-time collaborator Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade, or on 2007's Blossom/Stone. For this show, Miles teams up with pianist Eric Moon, guitarist Roger Green, bassist Myles Sloniker and drummer Amy Shelley.