The five best jazz shows in Denver this June
TRIBUTE TO CHET BAKER @ DAZZLE | WED, 6/5
Last month marked the 25th anniversary of legendary trumpeter Chet Baker's death after falling out of a hotel room window in Amsterdam. So in honor of Baker's life, local trumpeter Justin Peterson is presenting a new concert series, "I Miss You, Chet," in which Peterson, who will be joined by seven other players, takes an intimate look at Baker's life and music through important recordings throughout his career.
LISA ENGELKEN @ DAZZLE | SAT, 6/29
On her 2010 release, Caravan, San Francisco-based jazz vocalist Lisa Engelken puts some fresh spins on standards, including a sassy takes on "Just One of Those Things" and "Afro Blue." She recently crowdfunded her second album, Little Warrior, which is due out in October, and she plans to perform material from the disc at Dazzle, along with local pianist Eric Gunnison, bassist Zack Teran and San Francisco-based drummer Matt Swindells.
ROBERTA GAMBARINI @ DAZZLE | THU-SAT 6-21-6/23
Taking a few cues from vocal legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, Italian-born jazz singer Roberta Gambarini has developed an impeccable and precise command over her voice. Gambarini's 2008 EmArcy release, You Are There, in which she's accompanied only by the great pianist Hank Jones, is a gorgeous effort all the way through. For her three-night stand at Dazzle, she'll be joined by Convergence, one of the state's best jazz collectives.