The five best jazz shows in Denver this month
3. FREDDY COLE @ DAZZLE | SAT & SUN, 1/12-13
Freddy Cole might sound a bit like Nat "King" Cole, but it was bound to happen; they're brothers after all. Like his older brother, Freddy plays piano, sings and performs with guitar and bass, but Freddy's voice is a bit raspier and smokier. When he studied at the Julliard in
the early '50s he was heavily influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson and has released a number of albums in his five-decade-long career, including his most recent, 2011's Talk to Me.
2. URI CAINE TRIO @ DAZZLE | FRI, 1/11/13
Early in his career, pianist Uri Caine got to play with jazz legends like Philly Joe Jones and Hank Mobley. While Caine is a deft improviser and can play the hell out of bop, he's incredibly multi-faceted and quite equally at home playing avant-garde, classical (he's released a number albums of forward-thinking arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann), klezmer and a number of other genres. With the Philadelphia Experiment, he collaborated with bassist Christian McBride and Roots drummer Questlove, and Caine explores jungle and drum and bass with his Bedrock Trio. This Friday, he brings his jazz trio to Dazzle that includes bassist Drew Gress and drummer Clarence Penn.