The best jazz shows in Denver in November
SAT & SUN | HOUSTON PERSON at DAZZLE | 11/30-12/1
While tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who turns 78 on November 10, has recorded a number of soul-jazz albums under his own name since the mid-'60s, he's also played on platters by Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton, Charles Brown and Lena Horne. Person's big and rich tone, which is in the tradition of Gene Ammons, was suited perfectly for his duo with the legendary Ron Carter 2008's Just Between Friends, as well as his 2006 album with pianist Bill Charlap, You Taught My Heart to Sing. Don't miss two nights with the esteemed saxman at Dazzle this month.
THURS & FRI | JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY at DAZZLE | 11/14-11/15
Since forming in Tulsa nearly two decades ago, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has changed its line-up nearly as many times as the band's chameleonic approach to music has changed over the course of 21 albums. While the act has delved in a multitude of styles, including rock, funk and electronica, there has always been a communal ear bent toward jazz, especially in the extended improvisations. JFJO's latest effort, 2011's Race Riot Suite, a long-form conceptual piece that tells the story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, is an ambitious piece that's a bit more rooted in jazz than more recent efforts.
THURS & FRI | LARRY GOLDINGS & CONVERGENCE at DAZZLE | 11/7-11/8
Made up of some the state's best jazz players, Convergence plays Dazzle on a monthly basis while also occasionally performing with nationally known talents like Jimmy Heath and Roberta Gambarini. During this two-night stand, the sextet is joined by world renowned organ player Larry Goldings. From his many albums as a leader to the dozens of albums in which he's appeared as a sideman on, including the 2006 Trio Beyond album Saudades, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album Individual or Group, Golding has proven time and again that he's a hell of an improviser.