The best jazz in Denver in September
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND @ BOULDER THEATER | THU, 9/12
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band got its start at the legendary New Orleans venue that it's named after over five decades ago. The group has gone through many line-up changes over the last fifty years with some of the group's elders passing the torch to younger members, including its current director, Ben Jaffe (son of founders Allan and Sandra), who took over management a decade ago. The act continues to revere and preserve traditional New Orleans-style jazz.
SUMMIT JAZZ @ RED LION DENVER SOUTHEAST | FRI-SUN, 9/27-9/29
With an emphasis on traditional, classic, New Orleans, swing and mainstream styles of jazz, the Summit Jazz Foundation presents its annual festival. Headliners include Texas's Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Florida's Allan Vache Quintet, Boston's New Black Eagle Jazz Band, New Orelans's Tom Hook & the Terriers, Denver's Summit Hot Seven, as well as groups from CU Denver and the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars.
WAYNE ESCOFFERY QUINTET @ DAZZLE | THU & FRI, 9/17-9/18
When Wayne Escoffery performed at Dazzle as part of the Tom Harrell Quintet last December, it was more than evident that the tenor man had some serious chops -- he's equally at home traversing through some powerful solos as he has laying back on ballads. Thirty-eight-year-old Escoffery, who studied with the great Jackie McLean, is in excellent form on his latest effort, last year's Only Son of One, which showcases his robust tone as well as his compositional skills.