The five best jazz shows in Denver this month
1. JOE LOVANO US FIVE @ DAZZLE | WED AND THU, 1/30-31
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Joe Lovano has performed and recorded in many different formats over his storied four-decade long career, but for this two-night stand at Dazzle he's bringing the Us Five group that includes the young bass phemon Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman and drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown III. The group is set to release its third album, Cross Culture, this week on Blue Note. Lovano is no doubt a masterful improviser so expect some fiery playing that incorporates worldly elements from him and the rest of the group.