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 24 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 38-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.
In addition to an extensive repertoire of original jazz compositions, they know hundreds of classic hits, standards, R&B, acid jazz, funk and pop tunes. AOA presents innovative arrangements of hits that deserve continued recognition. Read more at http://www.aoaband.com/home.cfm
Neil Bridge is a legendary Jazz Piano player, composer, arranger, and band-leader. He has accompanied Mel Torme. Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Dakota Staton, Johnny Smith, The Mills Brothers, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, and many more…His repertoire ranges from Patsy Cline to Natalie Cole, Sinatra, Latin Jazz, Count Basie, Blues to Funk and beautiful ballads from the Great American Songbook and even some Dixieland. Because of his work as a former music teacher with the Denver public schools, there is a special room dedicated to Neil at the Denver School for the Arts. The room is appropriately titled, the Neil Bridge Jazz Room. Neil created the first Denver city wide high school jazz combo. He and his students received the prestigious Downbeat Award for best High School Jazz Combo in the United States. Many of his former students went on to have successful careers in the entertainment business, such as actor Don Cheadle, smooth jazz musician Nelson Rangell, saxophonist Javon Jackson, Latin percussionist Gary Sosias, Brad Leali (Sax, Clarinet and Flute) and pianist David Pearl, among many others. Read more at www.neilbridgemusic.com
Salsa Con Jazz plays Salsa and Latin Jazz combining the improvisation of Jazz with the incredible groove of the Mambo, Cha Cha, and much more! A gathering of some of the most outstanding musicians in town playing passionate, stirring salsa and more! Read more at www.salsaconjazz.com
In this very special show, Ron’s quartet will play along with the Denver Municipal Band, the rarely performed “Concerto de Aranjuez” and “Solea” from Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain in their entirety in addition to original compositions from his Quartet’s discography. Ron is an internationally recognized musician who has often recorded and appeared with fellow Denver native, Bill Frisell. Read more at www.facebook.com/ronmilesmusic
Sam Mayfield’s long and rich musical history during which the multi-talented guitarist/ singer/ songwriter has performed with many great blues luminaries as Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton. Blues Veteran Sam Mayfield started playing the blues early in the 1960’s. The history of Sam Mayfield spans more than three decades as the Musical Director for the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Soul Legend “Solomon Burke.”
CCJA is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to creatively express themselves through the language of jazz. CCJA programs are mentor-based, enabling students to study with professional musicians of the highest caliber. CCJA students grow musically while experiencing an environment of connection, respect, inclusivity, and cooperation, all of which are embedded within the fabric and history of jazz itself.” Faculty are composed of Denver’s top players including Kenny Walker, Paul Romaine and others. Read more at www.jazzarts.org
If you've spent time in Denver's jazz clubs, you've likely enjoyed the confident pulse of Ken Walker's bass. Whether he's holding court with burgeoning local musicians or supporting artists as diverse as Pharoah Sanders or Benny Golson, Walker's compositions are upbeat and captivating. This sextet of top jazz men in the Denver area really soars.
Los Bohemios is an acoustic ensemble composed of some of the best musicians in Colorado. They play Cuban Son, Salsa, and Boleros (ballads in Spanish with Afro-Cuban rhythms). They also cover other Latin styles such as Bossa Nova, Latin Rock, Latin Jazz and even Mexican Mariachi repertoire. Los Bohemios features Ricardo Peña on vocals and guitar or requinto, Amy Biondo on vocals and hand percussion, Ed Edwards on guitar and vocals, Mark Diamond on upright bass, and Jose Espino on congas and bongos. They offer great 3-part harmony, Spanish guitars, acoustic bass and Latin percussion to create danceable salsa rhythms in the style of Buena Vista Social Club or Gloria Estefan, and romantic ballads in the style of Los Panchos(a worldwide music phenomenon of the 40’s and 50’s). Read more at http://www.markdiamondmusic.com/bands.html
Considered the premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition, Butler is a ten-time Pinetop Perkins (formerly W. C. Handy) Best Blues Instrumentalist Award nominee. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. Read more at http://www.henrybutler.com/