The ten best jazz shows in Denver this month
7. BILLY CHILDS JAZZ-CHAMBER ENSEMBLE @ NEWMAN CENTER | TUES, 2/5/13
Early on his career, Billy Childs got a chance to apprentice with jazz luminaries Freddie Hubbard and J.J. Johnson in the late '70s and early '80s. Over the last two decades, the Grammy-winning pianist and composer has released a number of his own albums under his name. While he's an outstanding jazz pianist, he's also fused jazz and classical music on 2006's Lyric, Vol. 1, as well as 2010's Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Vol. 2. Expect some gorgeous tonal colors from this ten-piece ensemble.
6. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND @ BOETTCHER | SAT, 2/9/13
Preservation Hall is one of the few pillars of old-school New Orleans-style jazz left in the world. The band, which was founded over five decades ago, has a style that's bouncy and upbeat, borrowing from Caribbean rhythms. At Boettcher, the band, which usually includes traditional Mardi Gras songs and old standards in its sets, is slated to team up with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
5. KURT ELLING QUINTET @ DAZZLE | TUES & WEDS, 2/12-2/13
With a number of Grammys under his belt, as well as being named "Male Singer of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in the last decade, Kurt Elling is one of the world's top jazz vocalists. The guy's got skills: In addition to stretching his warm baritone over four octaves, he's a mad scatter who's deft in vocalese. On his most recent effort 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project, he interprets songs that were part of that legendary building's sound, cuts like "On Broadway," "Come Fly With Me" and "A House is Not a Home."