Comic: Four Colorado jazz legends you should know

Categories: Comics

By Noah Van Sciver. Bigger images are below.
Editor's note: Each week, illustrator Noah Van Sciver asks a Colorado band or musician four questions and then draws their conversation. Sometimes he does other stuff. We call the resulting comic "4 Questions: Comic Strip Interview" either way, for some reason. You can see more of Van Sciver's work and even buy it on his website.

Noah Van Sciver
4. Spike Robinson
Although Spike Robinson was born in Wisconsin, lived in England during the '50s and passed away there in 2001 at the age of 71, the tenor saxophonist spent three decades in Colorado. With a relaxed tone and lilt in the vein of Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, Robinson collaborated with some great local players like Ellyn Rucker on Nice Work! and Dale Bruning on Very Live in Boulder, recorded in 1974 and released last year on the Hep imprint.

Noah Van Sciver

3. Paul Whiteman
Born in Denver in 1890, Paul Whiteman went on to lead one of the most popular jazz orchestras of the '20s. Since his group was one of best dance bands of the day, Whiteman, a fine violist and violinist in his own right who played with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, recruited some legendary players of the era, like Eddie Lang, Red Nichols Tommy Dorsey and Bix Beiderbecke.

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