City Park Jazz heads into its 28th season with a great lineup of FREE Sunday concerts in the park. Spanning 10 weeks across June, July and August, the collection of local musicians in this year’s lineup crosses cultures, styles and genres in a way that reflects the musical and cultural diversity of Denver.
Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, she is a force of nature! Her voice has been called "stunning, moving and powerful." Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for the past 25 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or Gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul.
Hazel began her 39-year career in Louisville, Kentucky, where she rose to the top of the music scene. She opened for popular artists such as Mel Torme, James Brown, Temptations, Earl Klugh, Bob James and many others.
Lynn is an award-winning composer, performer, and educator winning the 1987 Westside Composer Award (Minneapolis, MN), the 1995 COVisions Award for Jazz Composition, the 1980 Ruth Loraine Close award in performance from the University of Oregon, and the 2005 Downbeat Magazine award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Education – College Level and students and ensembles from Lamont are frequent Downbeat Student Music Award winners.
Malcolm Lynn Baker is the Director of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Program at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, where he directs the Lamont Jazz Orchestra, coaches combos, and teaches Jazz Improvisation and Composition class, Jazz History classes, and Jazz Techniques classes.
Read More at http://www.lynnbakerjazz.com
Ritmo Jazz Latino is seven gifted musicians who specialize in the infectious rhythms of Latin Music. The members of Ritmo Jazz Latino have decades of musical experience bringing various styles, rhythms, & musical influences that collectively translate into a very exotic blend of music!
Read More at http://ritmojazzlatino.com
Freddy Rodriguez, Sr., at 83-years-old, has the led the Jazz Connection for more than 30 years performing nightly at Denver’s famed El Chapultepec Jazz Club. The ‘Pec’, as the locals call it, is regularly recognized as one of the world’s best jazz clubs and musicians regularly stop by to sit in with Freddy and the band including musical legends such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as visiting rock stars like Paul McCartney, Sting, Bono and Mick Jagger. Even President Bill Clinton played his tenor sax on stage there.
In addition to Freddy, Sr. on sax, his son Freddy, Jr. plays keyboard and sings. Drummer Tony Black and bassist Andrew Hudson round out the Jazz Connection.
Some stories have a moral and should be repeated. Some stories, well, seem to live at the edge of that stagnant pool of ditchwater off a dirt road in the panhandle of Oklahoma, just on the other side of the Colorado state line. And some are the stuff of legend. This story, however, is none of those. This is the story of Gumbo le Funque, a band so dirty, so funky, so dangerous, you’ll slap yo’self for not playing their music since you were the size of a small dog.
But seriously, Gumbo le Funque is a band from Colorado that specializes in New Orleans-style funk, powered by the mightiest rhythm section in the region and led by longtime Denver jazz saxophonist, Jason Justice. Their influences include Maceo Parker, Galactic, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, The Funky Meters and the entire tradition of the second line and traditional jazz. This muscular groove is funky modern roots music that pays homage to the musical melting pot that is the Big Easy. This is funky-dangerous party music.
For videos, .mp3s and gig dates, visit www.gumbolefunque.com.
SuCh is a Boston born, New York raised, California educated, Chicago groomed independent Soul singer. She is currently riding a wave of excitement surrounding her current single ‘Sugar Maple’ which peaked at #1 on UK's Soul Charts. In the U.S., it’s in rotation on several radio stations, most notably V103 Chicago, iHeart Radio nationwide, Music Choice and Sirius XM’s Heart & Soul.
SuCh has also had her acting debut as Celie in the regional premiere of the Color Purple, which was critically acclaimed and earned her a Henry Award for Outstanding Actress In A Musical and Broadway World Awards for Best Actress and Best Acting Debut. SuCh is presently working on her second album, due in the second quarter of 2014." Learn More at http://iamsuch.com http://facebook.com/thisissuch http://twitter.com/such
A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1990, Dave Watts was one of the founding members of the pioneering jam-band, Shockra who toured nationally for 4 years and created a large grassroots following. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1994 and has since shared the stage or recorded with such names as George Porter, Stanley Jordan, Bill Evans, Charlie Hunter, Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbage, Jeff Coffin, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keller Williams, Jeff Pevar and Robert Walter. In 1998 Watts started The Motet, a progressive improv groove band with roots in funk, jazz, world, electronic music. Since that time, The Motet has toured coast to coast, building a national following from Alaska to Mexico to Boston. They have performed before a crowd of seven thousand to kick off the festivities at the Bonnarroo Music Festival.
In addition, the band has played such venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Fillmore West, The Fillmore in Denver, Freihoffer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, and countless other prominent summer music festivals. As the creative force behind The Motet, Watts produced, engineered, mixed, recorded, as well as composed most of the material on the band’s albums, “Instrumental Dissent,” and “Dig Deep”. The albums are getting regular airplay on radio stations across the country as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio, and has received glowing critical reviews in such publications as The Denver Post and Glide Magazine.
This Quintet is an event by itself. The sound ranges from that of a classical quartet to a samba-funkdance groove, to a forro dance party. Classical, improvised jazz, combined with the vibrant romantic harmony and irresistible pulse of Brazil.
Choro, uniquely Brazilian, is the revered older brother to samba and bossa nova. Baião and Xote are folkloric dance music from the Northeast of Brazil. The combination is infectious, and people cannot sit still when the Quintet hits their dance groove.
"Payne's breathy clarinet tone is a soothing complement to his bandmates' thoughtful interplay. Relaxing and intellectual at the same time, "Inspiration" might remind American ears of the classic Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd collaboration, 'Jazz Samba.'" - Bret Saunders, The Denver Post
"Bossa nova with winning subtlety, fitting together like pieces of an intricate, intimate puzzle ... finally, a
virtuoso musician who really hears the Brazilian whispers, and not just the carnival clamor." - Andy Smetanka, Missoula Independent
Read more at www.dexterpayne.com
Veteran Bluesman and Northern Blues/Plan-It Records recording artist, Dan Treanor has been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over forty five years. His band, the Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown & MJ, has graced the stages of some of Colorado's premier clubs and festivals. The Taste Of Colorado, The Mile High Blues Festival, Longmont's Rhythm On The River, Winter Park's Blues From The Top, The Greeley Blues Festival, The Pueblo Chili Festival to name a few. They have also played the prestigious stage at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, as well as several legendary blues clubs on Beale Street. The band has also supported superstar acts such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, and The Soul of John Black.
The band plays Afrosippi Blues, R&B, Rock and Roll, Soul, Raggae and World grooves with equal part skill and power. They sprinkle in some Dylan and Cajun for a little spice. A tasty stew indeed! Erica and MJ are internationally recognized Blues vocalists and top notch entertainers. Great stage presence and lots of fun are trademarks of their shows!
At the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., sponsored by the Blues Foundation, the band (as the Band Category Winners representing the Colorado Blues Society) took home 3rd place Honors, out of over 220 bands and solo/duo acts Worldwide that participated! Read more at http://www.dantreanorband.com or http://www.ericabrownentertainment.com
Perennial favorite Chris Daniels & the Kings return to City Park Jazz to close out our 2014 season.
Chris Daniels & the King have toured over two continents and have been asked to appear in such diverse places as South America, Curacao, Japan, and all over Europe. Chris has appeared with the B.B. King, Uncle Cracker, Blues Traveler, The Neville Brothers, Delbert McClinton, Sister Hazel, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Al Kooper, Bonnie Raitt, Ziggy Marley, The Fixx, to name only a few. They are headliners on international festivals, like Ribs & Blues Festival with their buddies THE B-MASTERS, at Marktrock, Berchem Blues, and the Lokeren festivals in Belgium, and the Kings have toured as the back up band for Sonny Landreth, David Bromberg, Al Kooper, Bo Diddly, Francine Reed and Dutch guitarist Jan Rijbroek inplaces like Paris and Amsterdam, and for Bonnie Raitt, members of Little Feat, and Was Not Was at the Roxey in LA to name only a few they have worked with in the States. Die hard fans from Italy to Holland rocked with this remarkable artist who has appeared on HDnet all High definition TV, VH-1, TNN, Much Music/Canada, NIppon TV/Japan, Crooked River Grove, KUSA, and on Onhe Filter, AVRO, KAVRO, Paris MTV, and Brussles 1, in Europe, and on Swing TV in Buenos Ares, Argentina.
The Kings Are: Chris Daniels, rhythm guitar, vocals; Colin “Bones” Jones, lead guitar; Randy Amen, drums, vocals; Kevin “Bro” Lege, bass, vocals; Darryl “Doody” Abrahamson, trumpet, vocals; Jim Waddell, alto, tenor sax, flute, vocals
Read more at http://chrisdaniels.com