Best jazz shows in Denver in March
FRI & SAT | CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO at DAZZLE | 3/7-3/8
One of the best bassists in jazz today, 41-year-old Christian McBride has been playing professionally for more than half of his life. He got an early start as a teenager with Bobby Watsons's group and then went on to play with heavies like Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and Milt Jackson. Since his 1994 debut, Gettin' to It, McBride released a number of solid discs under his own name, including his latest Mack Avenue effort, Out Here, which features pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., both of which join the bassist during this two night stand.
FRI | PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP at PARAMOUNT THEATRE | 3/7/14
Since releasing the last Pat Metheny Group album, 2005's The Way Up, guitarist Pat Metheny has been quite busy exploring quite a few different paths, including his Orchestrion Project, two albums with pianist Brad Mehldau, a solo disc, a trio record, an album of John Zorn's Masada material, 2012's Unity Band, and his latest album with the Pat Metheny Unity Group. While that album, Kin (←→), has elements of previous PMG albums, the disc also shows the guitarist pushing in new directions. (Pat Metheny Unity Group is also due at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins on Thursday, March 6.)
SAT & SUN | MATT WILSON QUARTET at DAZZLE | 3/1-3/2
A superb time-keeper, New York-based drummer Matt Wilson has performed with jazz luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Dewey Redman, Andrew Hill and Cedar Walton, while also leading his groups, including Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. And for these two nights at Dazzle, Wilson brings his quartet, which includes trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, saxophonist Jeff Lederer and bassist Chris Lightcap, all of whom are on Wilson's excellent new disc, Gathering Call.