City Park Jazz heads into its 30th 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.
Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss" (Chris M. Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com).
Ms. Garrett has that rare combination of popular and critical appeal. In addition to being named Favorite Female Vocalist several years in a row by The Denver Post readers, she garnered top spot as favorite singer with the readers of 5280 Magazine and the gay community’s, OutFront. She has been reviewed glowingly in national press from Gentleman’s Quarterly to Genre Magazine.
This redhead changes her feathers easily, from the glamorous, sequined chanteuse fronting her 10 piece big band, “Any Swing Goes,” to her hilarious, country spoof, The Patsy DeCline Show, her stage presence, humor and ability to connect with her audience always shines through.
Hazel Miller is not just a great singer; "She is a force of nature!" quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called "stunning, moving and powerful." Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for the past 30 years. The Hazel Miller Band was formed more than 2 decades ago.
HMB performs an eclectic blend of Jazz, R&B, Blues and original music. Hazel Miller Band’s music is designed to make the audience dance and sing-along. They play music that excites and involves the listener.
With Otis Taylor, it's best to expect the unexpected. While his music, an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style is lighthearted. "I'm good at dark, but I'm not a particularly unhappy person," he says. "I'd just like to make enough money to buy a Porsche."
Whether it's his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it's the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history. On his sixth CD, Double V, Taylor unleashes intimate tales as he produces an aural excursion inspired by an unconventional childhood.
Ritmo Jazz Latino, Denver’s Finest Latin Jazz Ensemble, is made up of 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! Ritmo Jazz Latino performs both as a five-piece instrumental ensemble (quintet) for smaller intimate settings and as a six-piece ensemble (sextet) for larger concerts and festivals which includes vocalists.
Chad Aman and his "Heavy Heavies" featuring special guests Chris Combs and Josh Raymer from "Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey”.
This expansive roster of talent and depth of experience along with the band’s deep-rooted jazz chops communicates a sound that pushes the envelope to the next level. Get ready to be wowed by this special performance specifically orchestrated for City Park Jazz.
Chad Aman has been teaching and playing music in Colorado for nearly three decades. From El Chapultepec to Red Rocks, he's graced nearly every stage in town. His contagious passion and inspirational talent touches everyone he comes in contact with. Whether he's teaching, playing, composing or directing – Chad’s unrelenting dedication is the consummate example of the power of music.
Selina Albright is a soulful R&B/Jazz vocalist and songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her soulfulness and angelic tone add character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and stage presence commands attention.
Albright learned her onstage charisma and vocal technique from being exposed to legendary artists, such as Whitney Houston, Take Six, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Lalah Hathaway, and Tina Turner.
Members of SuperCollider are also involved in other music projects, including the Motet, 9th + Lincoln Orchestra, Sonnenblume, Greyhounds, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Future Jazz Project, and Greg Harris Vibe Quintet. The guys have performed, as guest artists and members, with a number of great musicians and bands, including the Greyhounds, Devotchka, Charlie Hunter, Cabaret Diosa, Fat Mama, Particle, Pete Wernick, and many others.
Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”.
The best is yet to come. From blues to funk to rock to bluegrass, The Mix serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Each member of this powerhouse lineup brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of guitar, mandolin, slide and lap steel with savory bass, hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries.
The Melvin Seals’ performances are a must see, must feel experience! Their music is guaranteed to get into your soul, raise your spirit and get you groovin’!
Chris Daniels is not related to Charlie or Jack or Bill — though often asked that question. Starting as a 17 year old songwriter and guitarist back in the 70s when he played with David Johansen, (before the New York Dolls) and later with Russell Smith (after The Rhythm Aces), Chris has performed thousands of shows, touring 40 out of every 52 weeks with his current band Chris Daniels & the Kings for 25 years. He has worked making records and performing with some of the most respected musicians in the business including Sonny Landreth, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, David Bromberg, Al Kooper, Bill Payne, and Don Was to name only a few.