The five best jazz shows in Denver this month
2. CHRIS POTTER TRIO @ DAZZLE | SAT & SUN, 3/2-3/3
As a teenager in the late '80s, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter performed with the great Red Rodney and later went on to collaborate with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Holland, and, more recently, Potter was a member of the Pat Metheny Unity Band. While he's played as a sideman on a hundred albums, Potter also has fifteen albums under his own name, including his brand new ECM debut, The Sirens, which was inspired by Homer's The Odyssey. A deft and exciting improviser, Potter will be joined by the equally vigorous bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Eric Harland on these two nights.
1. LEE KONITZ @ DAZZLE | SAT & SUN | 3/23-24
A main figure in the late '40s and early '50s cool jazz movement, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz performed on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool and performed with Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh around the same time. Since then, the 85-year-old saxophonist went on to release dozens of albums on various labels under his own name, including some outstanding recent efforts, Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland and last year's Enfants Terrible: Live at the Blue Note, which also features Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock and Joey Baron. An innovative and master improviser, Konitz's lyrical phrasing is about as gorgeous as it comes on alto saxophone.