Check Out Happy Hour at Dazzle at the Arts Complex

Happy Hour at Dazzle is available only in the El Chapultepec Piano Lounge, Monday – Friday, 3PM – 6PM.

Great for after work or before a show at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

(Sometimes you might even catch a soundcheck for that evening’s show.)

Where to eat before a show at the Denver Performing Arts Complex?

Happy Hour at Dazzle is perfect for a light bite from 3PM – 6PM, Monday through Friday. Our regular menu is always available in the Bar and El Chapultepec Piano Lounge during other operating hours, so stop by before or after a show.

Christian McBride & Mr. Ron Carter At Dazzle

That’s right, Dazzle is excited to welcome both Mr. Ron Carter and Christian McBride back to the Dazzle stage. Mr. Carter brings his Foursight Quartet to Dazzle this September and Christian McBride & Ursa Major come in February, 2025.

Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet at Dazzle in Denver, CO

Monday – Thursday, September 9 – 12, 2024

6:30PM & 9PM

Ron Carter brings his Foursight Quartet to Dazzle in Denver, Colorado.

When do tickets go on sale for Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet?

Excellent question. We expect tickets to be on sale in early June, but that is not confirmed yet. We will update this Music Note (blog) when we have a date.

Are there any Pre-sales?

Another excellent question. Yes, there are three Pre-sales.

  1. First is a 48-hour Sponsor Pre-sale for those who helped us buildout the new space. (Sponsorships are no longer available.)
  2. Next is a 48-hour Member Pre-sale. Memberships are still available. Learn more about Memberships here.
  3. Then comes a rare 24-hour newsletter subscriber Pre-sale. Sign up for the newsletter here.
  4. Lastly, tickets go on sale to the general public.

Christian McBride & Ursa Major

Monday – Thursday, February 17 – 20, 2025

6:30PM & 9PM

Christian McBride and Ursa Major come to Dazzle in Denver, Colorado

When do tickets go on sale for Christian McBride & Ursa Major?

Excellent question. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 23rd.

Are there any Pre-sales for Christian McBride & Ursa Major?

Another excellent question. Yes, there are three Pre-sales.

  1. May 18th: 48-hour Sponsor Pre-sale for those who helped us buildout the new space. (Sponsorships are no longer available.)
  2. May 20th: 48-hour Member Pre-sale. Memberships are still available. Learn more about Memberships here.
  3. May 22nd: A rare 24-hour newsletter subscriber Pre-sale. Sign up for the newsletter here.
  4. May 23rd: Tickets go on sale to the general public.

I’m having trouble understanding the seating chart. Can I see a picture of where the seats are?

Yes, we created this fabulous page where you can see all of the seats in relation to the stage. Click here.

If it’s your first time at Dazzle, you’ll enjoy the layout as it’s reflective of the theater-in-the-round seating from Greek and Roman outdoor theaters. Every seat is less that 25 feet away from the stage.

Other FAQs can be found here.

What other shows with local Artists are similar to these?

Dazzle is incredibly proud of our local lineup because the talent here rivals most touring shows.

Ken Walker is an upright bassist and Dazzle Artist In Resident who has played on our stages monthly since 2011. You can catch his show the last Friday of every month.

Ken Walker Sextet

Last Friday of every month at 6:30PM

Full Show Description & Ticket Links:

May 31st

June 28th

Daryl Gott/Myles Sloniker Quartet

Tuesday, May 21 – 6PM

Full Show Description & Ticket Link:

6PM

Benny Green, Solo Piano

Tuesday, July 30 – 7PM & 9:30PM

Full Show Description & Ticket Links:

7PM

9:30PM

Daruma

Saturday, June 1 – 9:30PM

Full Show Description & Ticket Link:

9:30PM

Dazzle Named A Denver Legacy Business

City of Denver celebrates longstanding, independent business that have contributed to community character and vitality and hold cultural significance

DENVER – Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) has announced 37 businesses that have most recently received Legacy Business status. A Denver Legacy Business is defined as a longstanding, independent business that has contributed to community character and vitality and holds cultural significance. Among other criteria, the business has operated for more than ten years, has annual gross revenue between $30,000 and $5M, and currently has a brick-and-mortar location in the city. 

The complete roster and map of Denver’s Legacy Businesses can be found on the program registry.

The following businesses have been newly designated as a Denver Legacy Business:

Ace Eat Serve
Aerial Cirque Over Denver
British Bulldog
Campus Cycles
Courtesy Auto
Dazzle
El Tamarindo Restaurant
Endorphin
Goldie x Bob Hair Salon
Great Divide Brewing Company
Green Door Fitness
Homer Reed Ltd.
Hooked on Colfax
Hops & Pie
Kokoro Restaurant
Legends Kuts & Styles
Little Man Ice Cream Factory
Los Molinos Restaurant
Merkato Market
Mexico City Restaurant & Lounge
Mile High Spirits
Myxed Up Creations
ONE Yoga Denver
Our Mutual Friend Brewing
Precision Kutz & Stylze
Ragin’ Hog BBQ
Rockmount Ranch Wear Mfg. Co.
Saigon Terrace
Salon Joa
Shish Kabob Grill
St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop
Stadium Inn
The Hornet Restaurant
The Monkey Barrel
Tony P’s
Winning Coiffures
Yan Jing Supply Inc.


“We’re delighted to expand our Legacy Business Program with a strong roster of well-loved, well-known names in our diverse marketplace,” said Mayor Mike Johnston. “It is critical that we nurture and celebrate these longtime businesses. Joining the ranks as Legacy Business will give them the access and resources to accelerate and grow.”

“This program honors not just the longevity of a business’ operations, but also a broader perspective of how each applicant has enriched neighborhoods, brought people together, and enhanced our urban culture,” said Adeeb Khan, Executive Director of DEDO. “As the program registry expands, the city is encouraging local residents to support all that these unique and longstanding local businesses have to offer.”

This program is modeled after other successful implementations of Legacy Business designations in San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX. Businesses can self-nominate or be nominated by others.  Denver’s program will continue to expand with future application periods and rounds of honorees announced.

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About Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity is creating an economy that works for everyone. Learn more at denvergov.org/economicdevelopment.

May Vendor of the Month: Kettle Head Popcorn

At just 11 years old, owner and master popper, Dylan Forward assisted his father at the iconic Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. When he made the move to Colorado at 23 years old, he noticed that the world of Denver popcorn was lacking the humble but complex taste he grew up with. 

In 2013, he decided to try his hand at the business and joined a local farmers market. Denver welcomed Dylan’s creation with open arms, and Kettle Head Popcorn was born. 

Kettle Head now proudly creates from scratch more than 15 unique flavors. Their popcorn is seasoned with only natural and fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection. A signature snack offered in Colorado breweries, Children’s Hospitals, and Denver’s International Airport, they believe that their popcorn can be enjoyed anywhere. They dare you to open a bag without proudly calling yourself a Kettle Head afterwards. Dazzle is proud to serve this artisan popcorn at all our shows, ask for it by name!

Support the Nonprofit of the Month: NAMI Colorado

NAMI's logo is a yellow circle with a design in it, then the large letters n, a, m, i. Next to that it says, "Colorado," and in small print below it says National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI Colorado is the Dazzle Nonprofit of the Month

NAMI COLORADO

NAMI Colorado envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares. Their mission is to provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Throughout May, donations for NAMI Colorado can be added to any ticket purchase or you can donate directly here.

See the full Dazzle lineup here.

DAZZLE & MENTAL WELLNESS

Mental wellness is an issue that is very near and dear to Dazzle and we find as many ways as possible to help everyone be the best version of themselves, knowing that some days are easier than others. Some of the efforts Dazzle makes include:

  • Last September’s four performances of ‘Gift of Jazz Presents: Chie Imaizumi Little Big Band feat. Randy Brecker and Greg Gisbert’ was composed by Chie to musically represent the journey of feeling helpless, finding hope, and eventually coming out of the darkness. Rocky Mountain PBS did an excellent story on it.
  • United Survivors was the Nonprofit of the Month that September.
  • Carefully crafted non-alcoholic drinks featuring Dhõs as a way to support those who are sober, sober-curious, or simply are not in the mood for alcohol, but still want a special drink.
  • As a business, Dazzle is more inclined to offer complimentary food items as opposed to alcohol because we never want anyone to feel pressured to drink. Any complimentary alcohol offers can be exchanged for non-alcoholic drinks.
  • During the pandemic, Dazzle not only had a food pantry, but often connected musicians with mental health resources and other life necessities.

MENTAL WELLNESS RESOURCES

If you or anyone you know is struggling, please call Colorado Crisis Services at this toll-free number, 1-844-493-8255, to speak to a trained professional.

NAMI Colorado’s website is full of resources to learn more about mental illness for yourself and those you love.

Colorado Music Hall of Fame provides a number of both Colorado and national organizations that have services available to you at no or low-cost.

CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach Wellness) prides itself on being a Resource Broker and has a list of resources that are available anytime.

Morgan James VIP Meet and Greet

Morgan James is hosting a VIP event prior to the shows at Dazzle, October 9th 6:30 & 9PM, giving a chance for fans to get together and celebrate good music in an intimate setting.

VIP attendees will be treated to an exclusive performance, story telling, a question and answer session with Morgan, photo and autograph sessions and everyone will walk away with an exclusive piece of merchandise only available to VIPs at each show.

VIP Event will start at 5PM, please arrive by 4:45PM. Limited seating.

VIP Experiences include:

  • Early entrance and crowd-free merchandise shopping
  • A commemorative piece of merchandise
  • Individual photo opportunity with Morgan James
  • Autograph session with Morgan James
  • Group question and answer session with Morgan James — ask your most burning question!
  • Private performance by Morgan James

Purchase the Morgan James VIP upgrade for only $35 by emailing host@dazzledenver.com (Show tickets not included)

A Kid’s Birthday Party Package That’s Easy On You

Want to plan the easiest, most fun birthday party ever for your kid? Have your child’s birthday party at Dazzle’s Kids’ Matinee and get everyone into the act!

Bring the Guests & Cake (leave the rest to us)

Party with music and interactive storytelling by The Playmakers on Saturdays at noon. Master storyteller, Pam Clifton encourages the kids to become characters in the story as they help act out a fairytale. Kids can act out the story on stage with Pam and her crew or participate from their seats. Fun for all makes it a birthday to remember.

All you need to do is bring the guests & cake or cupcakes.

10 People for Just $225*

  • Saturdays at Noon
  • Dedicated Birthday Party Host
  • Delicious Kid-friendly Food
  • Cool Drinks
  • Ice Cream for 10 People
  • Happy Birthday Led by the Performers

Food

Each of the 10 guests gets a choice of:

  • 2 Waffles & Strawberries
  • 2 BBQ Chicken Sliders & Fruit Cup
  • 2 Cheese Sliders & Fruit Cup

Drinks

Choose two soda flavors for the group.

*Additional guests can be added for $25 each

To Book Your Kid’s Birthday Party

Email or call Kelley to book at Kelley@DazzleDenver.com or 303.519.3139.

Dazzle Date Night Package

You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to plan the perfect date night! Dazzle can help you make any night special by adding our Date Night Package to your evening.

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You’ll get a delightful bottle of wine and a decadent dessert to share for only $45. Choose from:

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake (with fresh whipped cream and strawberries)
  • Caramel Cheesecake
  • Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Email host@dazzledenver.com to add the Date Night Package to your evening. (Show tickets not included).

(The date night package fulfills your two-item per person minimum).

Denver Arts Center/Dazzle Parking

The DCPA Parking garage is installing a new payment system. The Arapahoe St. entrance is closed for the installation, but the 13th Street Entrance is now finished and open!  Only electronic payments will be accepted.  Screen will say ‘Push button for Event Ticket’. Then it will show the $15 fee and a picture of a credit card.  Patron inserts their credit card and system processes. System ties their license plate to their transaction.  Individual gets a receipt.  Gate opens.  Upon exit, the system will recognize their license plate, gate will open.  If license plate is not recognized, your receipt will have a QR code to scan to show payment. The price for the DCPA parking garage is still $15. 

Soon the parking garage will introduce an app that will allow you to reserve a space ahead of arrival! We’ll let you know when that is available.

Below is a video on how to use the new system:

Dazzle Is Westword’s Best of Denver 2024 x3

Dazzle is honored by the people of Denver to win not one, not two, but THREE Westword Best of Denver 2024 awards.

THANK YOU, DENVER!

Best Jazz Club (Music & Venues)

Best Blues Club (Reader’s Choice, three years in a row)

Best Late-night Jazz

Dazzle has brought so much to the jazz scene since it opened its doors at 930 Lincoln Street in 1997, but the venue really showed its love for the city by deciding to spotlight another jazz club when it had its long-anticipated reopening in the Denver Performing Arts Complex last August. The El Chapultepec Piano Lounge honors the come-as-you-are spot that closed during the pandemic, in partnership with the El Chapultepec Legacy Project. Dedicated to maintaining the ‘Pec’s legacy, the lounge offers late-night sets from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays — and they’re all free.

Westword, Best of Denver 2024

WE WANT YOU TO BECOME A DAZZLE MEMBER TODAY

Become a Dazzle Member at Westword’s Best of Denver 2024’s Best Jazz Club, Best Late-night Jazz (at our El Chapultepec Piano Bar), and Best Blues Club. Start taking advantage of the perks, including the 2024 Fall Lineup pre-sale that starts April 17th.

From the Pick of the Pec basic membership level to the top Big Horn level, becoming a Member is the best way to make the most of your experience at Dazzle.

Please note: Gift cards may not be redeemed for Memberships

To purchase or discuss further, contact Kelley at Kelley@DazzleDenver.com or 720.862.9170.

Kerrie Joy & Nelo Present: Dope $h!t with Friends Photo Credit: Mark Payler

DAZZLE MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES

Pre-sales for touring shows and big local shows, such as New Year’s Eve.
Memberships are good for 12 months from the date of purchase. If you purchase the Big Horn level, and already have tickets to touring shows within the next few months, contact Kelley to discuss an appropriate start date for your Dazzle Membership at Kelley@DazzleDenver.com or 720.862.9170.
Prices listed include taxes and processing fees.
To purchase or discuss further, contact Kelley at Kelley@DazzleDenver.com or 720.862.9170.

UPCOMING 2024 FALL LINEUP PRE-SALE

On Wednesday, April 17, Dazzle begins its Fall Lineup Pre-sale with eight Fall touring shows released every few days for two weeks. (There’s even a bonus ninth show, but that’s a secret surprise.) A Dazzle Membership gets you pre-sale access to purchase tickets before the general public.

DAZZLE MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

PICK OF THE PEC

$250

Pre-sale period for Members takes place 24-48 hours after the Sponsor’s pre-sale and before the general public. (To put it in perspective, 4-8 tickets are usually sold during the Sponsor’s pre-sale, so Members still have lots of great seats available.)
TWO tickets per year for performances $50 and under. You pick the show.
20% discount on tickets for local performances. (Limit two discounted tickets per Artist. This cannot be used with the ‘TWO tickets per year for performances $50 and under’.)
Dedicated Dazzle Concierge to handle ticketing requests.
Invitations to private events once or twice a year.

COLORADO RIVER

$500

All the benefits of Pick of the Pec.
TEN tickets per year for local performances (limit two tickets per Artist).

CHARLIE’S SEAT

$1,500

All the benefits of the Pick of the Pec.
Unlimited tickets per year for local performances (limit two tickets per Artist).

BIG HORN

$3,000

All the benefits of the Pick of the Pec.
Unlimited tickets per year for ALL performances, including touring shows (limit two tickets per Artists).
Additional tickets to touring shows may be purchased for a 20% discount (limit two per Artist).
One artist meet-and-greet annually.

Current lineup can be found here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Touring Shows at Dazzle in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Touring Shows List Updated Monthly

These are the touring shows that are coming to Denver. All of the other shows on our website are top local musicians.

Otis Taylor

Thurs., May 16 – 6:30PM

Thurs., May 16 – 9PM

Kurt Rosenwinkel The Next Step Reunion Tour

Thur., May 23 – 6:30PM

Thur., May 23 – 9PM

SOLD OUT Bill Frisell featuring Thomas Morgan & Rudy Royston

Fri., June 7 – 7PM

Fri., June 7 – 9:30PM

Stephane Wrembel

Tues., June 18 – 7PM

Band 2 featuring Rolling Stones’ Bernard Fowler & Tim Ries

Fri., June 21 – 7PM

Fri., June 21 – 9:30PM

KUVO Super Sonido presents Tonina

Wed., July 10 – 7PM

Wed., July 10 – 9:30PM

Jarrod Lawson

Thurs., July 11 – 7PM

Thurs., July 11 – 9:30PM

Sexmob

Wed., August 7 – 7PM

Wed., August 7 – 9:30PM

Bill Charlap Trio

Tues., August 13 – 7PM

Tues., August 13 – 9:30PM

Wed., August 14 – 7PM

Wed., August 14 – 9:30PM

säje

Thurs., August 15 – 6:30PM

Thurs., August 15 – 9PM

Fred Wesley & The New JBs

Wed., August 28 – 6:30PM

Wed., August 28 – 9PM

Thurs., August 29 – 6:30PM

Thurs., August 29 – 9PM

Garaj Mahal

Fri., September 6 – 6:30PM

Fri., September 6 – 9PM

Annie Booth Trio Album Release: Here, There & Everywhere: The Beatles Songbook (live)

Fri., September 13 – 6:30PM

Fri., September 13 – 9PM

Sat., September 14 – 6:30PM

Sat., September 14 – 9PM

Johnny Rawls

Sun., September 15 – 6:30PM

Jazzmeia Horn

Thurs., September 19 – 6:30PM

Thurs., September 19 – 9PM

Fri., September 20 – 6:30PM

Fri., September 20 – 9PM

Russell Malone

Sun., September 22 – 4:30PM

Sun., September 22 – 7PM

Mon., September 23 – 6:30PM

Mon., September 23 – 9PM

Brandee Younger

Thurs., September 26 – 7PM

Thurs., September 26 – 9:30PM

Paa Kow

Sat., September 28 – 7PM

Kris Davis Trio

Tues., October 8 – 6:30PM

Tues., October 8 – 9PM

Morgan James

Wed., October 9 – 6:30PM

Wed., October 9 – 9PM

Kassa Overall

Thurs., October 24 – 7PM

Thurs., October 24 – 9:30PM

Nduduzo Makhathini

Mon., November 11 – 9PM

Chad LB Quartet

Sat., November 16 – 6:30PM

Sat., November 16 – 9PM

Sun., November 17 – 5PM

Sun., November 17 – 7:30PM

Stella Cole Quartet

Thurs., Dec 12 – 6:30PM

Thurs., Dec 12 – 9PM


Upcoming Touring shows and member presales

Benny Green (on sale May 18th)

Tues., July 30 – 7PM

Tues., July 30 – 9:30PM

OKAN (on sale May 19th)

Tues, August 20 – 7PM

Tues., August 20 – 9:30PM

Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet (on sale early June)

Mon., September 9th through the 12th- 6:30 & 9PM, more info soon!

Oz Noy Trio with Jimmy Haslip & Anton Fig (on sale May 20th)

Wed., September 25 – 7PM

Wed., September 25 – 9:30PM

Christian McBride and Ursa Major (member presale May 18 – 22, public sale begins May 23)

Mon., February 17, 2025 – 6:30PM

Mon., February 17, 2025 – 9PM

Tues., February 18, 2025 – 6:30PM

Tues., February 18, 2025 – 9PM

Wed., February 19, 2025 – 6:30PM

Wed., February 19, 2025 – 9PM

Thurs., February 20, 2025 – 6:30PM

Thurs., February 20, 2025 – 9PM


Updated: May 14, 2024

Nonprofit of the Month: Youth on Record ‘Music Matters March’

Dazzle is excited to be supporting the next generation of young artists in Denver and the ever-growing Colorado creative economy during the whole month of March!

All March long donations can be added to any ticket purchase for the Denver nonprofit Youth on Record!

If you’re not already familiar with this all-star organization Youth on Record empowers Colorado’s underserved youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local professional artists as their educators.

Youth on Record offers for-credit classes in Denver and Aurora schools free after-school music workshops for youth ages 14-20, paid internships, and more! Their programs empower 1700 teens in some of Denver’s most vulnerable communities to make life choices that positively impact their future by teaching them to develop the coping tools inspiration and wherewithal to succeed in today’s world and to become leaders of tomorrow.

You can learn more and check out other participating Music Matters March businesses by visiting youthonrecord.org

We’re excited to support this organization and hope you’ll join us in declaring that MUSIC MATTERS all month long.

Donations can also be made directly to Youth on Record here.

March: Celebrating Women in Jazz Month

Nearly 100 years after the birth of jazz, Dazzle features some of the most talented women in Jazz today.

Jocelyn Medina Brazilian Band

March 6th – 6:30PM 

The sounds of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. A veteran of the New York jazz scene and producer of the 2023 JEXA (Jazz Excellence) Award-winning Sunday Vocal Jazz Jam series, she is fast becoming a strong, new element of the Denver/Boulder music community. Jocelyn developed her jazz, neo-soul and world music in NYC and toured abroad in Ghana, India, Spain and Brazil.

Tix at https://www.venuepilot.co/events/90410/orders/new


Linda Theus-Lee: ‘HerStory’ in Music

March 17th – 6:00PM 

Linda Theus-Lee, an enchanting songstress whose musical journey has spanned her entire life, has been immersed in the world of music since her early years. Throughout her career, Linda has collaborated with numerous talented local artists and has embarked on musical journeys around the globe.  Destiny paved her path to perform alongside Louis Burke’s Big Band (Trumpeter) in Los Angeles, California. She has also shared the stage with Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, Chester Whitmore’s Black Ballet Jazz, and the Platters.

Aside from her musical accomplishments, Linda holds a Master of Social Science degree and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Colorado Denver.

Tix at https://www.venuepilot.co/events/90086/orders/new


Hazel Miller Trio

March 20th – 6:30PM  

Experience the captivating blend of jazz, blues, and soul as Hazel Miller’s powerful voice, Dana Marsh’s masterful keyboard skills, and Rich Lamb’s dynamic bass lines create a truly mesmerizing musical journey. Hazel Miller has been a fixture in the Denver music scene for over 30 years. Her voice is a “force of nature” and she has been inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

Tix at https://www.venuepilot.co/events/96584/orders/new


Tatiana LadyMay Mayfield 

March 22nd – 6:30PM 

In 2023, LadyMay was awarded the “Next Jazz Legacy” grant created by NEA Jazz Master, Terri Lyne Carrington in partnership with the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and New Music USA with funding from the Mellon Foundation. Through this program, she has been mentored by pianist/vocalist/composer Patrice Rushen and jazz/soul harpist Brandee Younger.

Tix at https://www.venuepilot.co/events/91290/orders/new


Brionne Aigné & The KYN March 23rd – 6:30PM will be gracing the Dazzle stage. From BET to Red Rocks, Brionne’s smooth vocal arrangements and harmony heavy sensibilities captivate audiences on local and national platforms. Brionne’s ability to weave seamlessly between technical vocal runs and stylistic jazz standards earns her a love from audiences of both straight ahead jazz and contemporary R&B. Fans of H.E.R., Lalah Hathaway, Jill Scott, Moonchild, Snarky Puppy and D’angelo will feel at home with her timeless vocal stylings.

Tix at: https://www.venuepilot.co/events/95655/orders/new


Gift of Jazz Presents: A Centennial Tribute to Sarah Vaughan featuring Myra Warren

March 24th – 6:30PM

Warren has a stunningly beautiful voice that resonates with warmth and understanding of lyrics and melody. She has performed at the Five Points Jazz Festival, the Estes Park Jazz Festival and the City Park Jazz Festival. Myra is featured as the band singer in the Netflix movie “Our Souls At Night”, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2017, singing “What A Difference A Day Made” in a scene filmed at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel. Myra is currently the vocalist with Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors.

Tix at: https://giftofjazz.org/performances/#/events/93300


Chantil & The Dukes of Art: Tribute to Harry Connick Jr.

March 29 – 9:30PM 

Chantil Dukart returns to Dazzle with her trio, the Dukes of Art, for the late night set March 29th from 9:30-11:00 pm. The night will be a special tribute to the New Orleans pianist Harry Connick Jr., one of Chantil’s primary influences. Come get a taste of her New Orleans style piano playing with selections from the albums 20 and 30! The performance will feature the wonderfully talented Gary Sloan and Austin Hass rounding out the rhythm section with the trifecta of creativity and space that is offered by the simplicity of the piano trio.

Tix at: https://www.venuepilot.co/events/92558/orders/new


FJO Featuring Deborah Stafford: Krall & Cole – “Better Than Anything”

March 25th – 6:30PM  

Flatirons Jazz Orchestra Featuring Deborah Stafford. To celebrate Women’s History Month, FJO and Deborah, will explore the lives of two great women in jazz, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole, through their stories and music. Inspired by the “Stories of Standards” on KUVO, this popular series looks deeper into the artists and history behind the music as well as playing it!

Tix at: https://www.venuepilot.co/events/94865/orders/new


JoFoKe and Same Cloth with guest artist Maritri Garrett 

March 30th – 6 & 9PM  

Same Cloth is a genre-bending, Denver-based, Black woman-led band that uses their peculiarities to share meaningful art. They perform original music and creative cover arrangements that, along with JoFoKe’s charisma and vocal stylings, create an energetically eclectic and emotionally elevating live music experience. Maritri Garrett has been playing and singing as long as she can remember. She spent two years on the road with the likes of Bettty Carter, Dave Holland, Jack Dejohnette and Dwayne Dolphin. She is a singer, songwriter, pianist and now guitarist. Tickets on sale March 3rd.

Tix at: On sale March 3rd


Kids’ Matinee at Dazzle

Every Saturday at noon.

$5 tickets made possible through the ‘Music In Action’ grant from the Live Music Society

Kids’ Matinee March 9th, 12PM Youth on Record: ThrÏve Dominique Fuster is a singer, songwriter, and producer, originally from Los Angeles, CA. There she was the front woman in the metal band RISC, toured as her solo R&B act, Thrïve, and performed weekly with multiple blues jam bands, while also freestyling and recording with the hip-hop cyphers all over the state.As an artist of many disciplines, she is currently the lead singer of local Denver Latin jazz band, Jon Romero and The Taco Cats, frequents weekly open-mics, and showcases her acrylic resin, screen-printing, and weaving crafts at galleries across the city. She is working on her first studio album to be released in the summer of 2024 and continues to serenade Denver, excited to build and heal community using the power of music.

Tix at: https://www.venuepilot.co/events/86933/orders/new

Kids’ Matinee: The Playmakers Family Brunch presents: Pamela Clifton Storyteller. Pamela Clifton has acted and directed professionally for more than three decades, her work gracing just about every stage in the Denver area, including The Arvada Center, Boulder’s Dinner Theater, South Suburban Parks and Recreation and the University of Denver. Throughout the years, she has become a mainstay in children’s theater through her writing, acting, directing and teaching in various theaters and venues throughout the state; and through her own touring company, The Playmakers, which has taken performing arts in the forms of educational workshops and performances into schools since 1984. Tix at www.dazzledenver.com

Dazzle Vendor of the Month

Scratch Bakery – A Woman Owned Business

Meet Michelle Sawyer, the heart and soul behind Scratch Bakery. 🍰👩‍🍳

A New York native with a lifelong passion for baking, Michelle swapped her scrubs for a baker’s apron after dedicating over three decades to healthcare. Her journey brought her to the vibrant 5 Points neighborhood in 2016, where she found the perfect place to turn her dream into reality.

Born into a family of Italian heritage, Michelle’s love for the culinary arts has deep roots. 🇮🇹❤️

On June 18, 2022, she opened Scratch Bakery, bringing the flavors of her Italian mother and grandma’s kitchen to the community. Every treat that leaves her ovens carries the love and dedication of a family recipe.

Dazzle celebrates the woman behind the magic, as she continues to bring joy and delectable creations to the heart of 5 Points and to us. She is a true artisan and that makes all the difference. Taste some of her creations at a Dazzle show soon.

Michelle is truly grateful for the incredible support from her amazing community and Dazzle is happy to be able to support Scratch Bakery in making her dreams come true! 

Dazzle Is Hiring a Social Media Coordinator

Overview

Dazzle is a 27-year-old Jazz club located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. We take great pride in putting a wide variety of Artists on our stages and have a deep understanding that when we do our marketing jobs well, more tickets are sold, which means Artists make more money. Everybody wins.

A Social Media Coordinator for DazzleJazz Inc. owns the flow of content ideation, publication, and tracking of social content for the company’s digital platforms. We are looking for a candidate with an authentic passion for digital media and live music, particularly Jazz, with an initiative to join a creative and collaborative environment. Loving live music is great, but loving the intersection of social media, digital marketing, technology, and pop culture is even more important.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee and participation in the creation and publishing of social media content on all platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
  • Build and execute the social content calendar. 
  • Execute and contribute to ideation of social sales content and telling Dazzle’s story.
  • Participate in the ideation and brainstorming of creative and promotional content.
  • Collaborate with various parts of the larger Dazzle team, including production, food & beverage services, Artists, customer engagement, and sales.
  • Directly participate in Customer Service.
  • Analyze week-to-week analytics and demonstrate agility to make content changes based on data.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Business, Digital Media, or a related field or 4+ years of work experience in digital marketing.
  • Extensive knowledge of Jazz or a passion for researching it.
  • Experience and proficiency in design programs such as Adobe.
  • Minimum one (1) year relevant work experience or related internships.
  • Excellent copywriting and proofreading skills, with ability to write concisely in Dazzle’s voice across platforms.
  • Experience in creation of social narratives through written and visual content.

Salary

Salary is based on experience and starts at $25 / hour.

Inquiries

Send resume and letter of interest to Kelley@DazzleDenver.com

February’s Nonprofit of the Month: James Dewitt Yancey Foundation

The J Dilla Foundation was changed to the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation in January 2015 to honor Maureen Yancey-Smith Son for his legacy and to coincide with the induction into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Madukes has dedicated her life to the upliftment of youth and encouraging their interest in education through music and the arts. Madukes is an advocate of the Hip-Hop Education Center@ NYU. Madukes and the J Dilla Foundation was presented with the “Extra Credit Award” for “Best National Organization in 2015 and continue with THE J DILLA MUSIC TECH GRANT with VH1 Save The Music Foundation .

The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation has expanded with chapters in Detroit, Minnesota, Atlanta, Chicago, London, Las Vegas, Australia, LA, NYC, Miami, Surbia, VA,TX, ect (Coming Soon) 2023

THE MISSION:

     If we don’t take charge of opening doors for our youth, their future will always be at risk. The mission is very simple: It’s for and about the Children! The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation and all it’s members will strive to make a better tomorrow for todays youth. Madukes is at work daily in keeping the legacy alive.

 The Legacy: James Dewitt Yancey JAY DEE / J.DILLA) 

DILLA’s legacy is celebrated in over 30 major cities worldwide during the month of February commemorating his birth & death

(February 7, 1972 – February 10, 2006). 

All donations added to ticket sales throughout February will be donated to the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation.

You can donate directly here.

J Dilla Tribute Show

KUVO’s Jazz Odyssey Presents: The King of Beats: A Tribute to J Dilla Presented by Manycolors

Saturday, Feb. 10

6:30PM Tickets: https://www.dazzledenver.com/live-music/#/events/69697

9PM Tickets: https://www.dazzledenver.com/live-music/#/events/69696

Show Description

James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged in the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as one third of the music group Slum Village. He was also a member of the Soulquarians, a musical collective active during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Although his life and career were short, J Dilla is widely considered to be one of the most influential producers in the hip-hop genre. It was described in The Guardian that “his affinity for crafting lengthy, melodic loops peppered with breakbeats and vocal samples took instrumental hip-hop into new, more musically complex realms.”

ManyColors pays homage to the great J Dilla with an inspired soul-hop stew of fresh jazz harmonies embedded in a lo-fi soundscape with an irresistible rhythmic pocket. An emergent four-piece band, ManyColors opens up new musical space by using a hip-hop format to explore chords and motifs usually reserved for jazz.

Come see ManyColors pay tribute to “The King of Beats” in an intimate setting right in the heart of downtown Denver.

Brant Williams – guitar/samples

Eric Luba – electric keyboards/piano

Kirwan Brown – bass

Braxton Kahn – drums

January Non Nonprofit of the Month: The Trujillo Family

Throughout January, all of the Donations added to ticket sales go directly to the Trujillo Family. You can also donate directly to their GoFundMe page.

Dazzle and the Colorado Jazz Family are fundraising on behalf of the Trujillo Family. The Trujillos are closely tied personally and professionally to Jazz in our community. Mi Vida Strings is their family business that makes and repairs string instruments that have a neck and a sound box. There have already been a few professional collaborations at Dazzle’s new venue. Now, it’s time for a personal collaboration: fundraising for the Trujillos as they rebuild their home.

Directly from the Dad, Eric Trujillo’s Facebook post:

Hello dear family and friends. We had a house fire yesterday. Everyone is safe. All pets are safe. We have temp lodging. We are thanking God for His protection and provision!!! Our shop Mi Vida Strings is open for business and we plan to proceed as normal. Our kids are finishing up this semester of school as we speak. We have a dear friend who is insisting on a GoFundMe on our behalf. But I wanted you all to hear it from us first. We have called as many as we can, so we apologize if you didn’t hear from us personally, please know that if we could reach everyone individually we would. But this is our best way to communicate with as many people at once. Pray for us. And rejoice with us. And know that we are trusting God with every detail of our lives. And He is faithful.

(I snapped a couple of photos yesterday morning of our tree ornaments. Good news is, I know who made them, and they can be remade. )

Friends, please help by giving $10 – $1,000. Every little bit counts and together we can make a big difference.

A bit about the Trujillo’s:

Eric- A luthier, who is a craftsperson who builds and repairs string instruments that have a neck and a sound box. A business owner, together with his wife of many years, of Mi Vida Strings

Michele- Just celebrated her 21st birthday just 5 days ago. Her Etsy shop, Michele’sMiniMercado is still open, but the majority of the inventory and supplies are lost. Most items are handcrafted by Michele. Keep an eye on the shop for updates.

Both Eric and Michele are alumni of MSU.

Daniel- Already an accomplished vibraphonist currently attends Standley Lake HS. He launched his vibes debut earlier this year at Dazzle and has plans to attend college in the fall of ‘24. He’s also a longtime CCJA student.

About Maiya- Born on April 30th, International Jazz Day! Currently a sophomore at MSU in Denver, she is an artist in many ways: Art Major, violinist and bassist.

About Lanae- An 8th grader and budding trumpet player and upright bassist. She is still fundraising for her Costa Rica trip….coming up in May 2024! She’s going with her Spanish class on their traditional 8th-grade trip. Maiya participated in this, Daniel was set to go but COVID, and now it’s Lanae’s turn. Those fundraising links are expired, but you can designate fund for her trip with comments in the GoFundMe campaign.

Funds will be used at the family’s discretion. It is undetermined if the fire is a complete loss or a near complete loss. Either way, the Trujillo’s need to replace everything they did not have with them.

Other Ways to Support

If you would like to give cash or gift cards instead, there are collection locations that will be updated as necessary:

Mi Vida Strings

3702 W 72nd Ave

Westminster, CO 80030

Attention – Michelle and Eric Trujillo

Dazzle

1080 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Attention – Kelley Dawkins or Matt Ruff

KUVO

2900 Welton St

Denver, CO 80205

Attention – Tina Cartagena

The Muse

200 E South Boulder Rd

Lafayette, CO 80026

Or

0r 1655 Saratoga Drive

Lafayette, CO 80026

Attention – Clare Church and Pete Lewis

Updates (7):

1/21/24: From Michele Trujillo

The out of pocket expenses are starting to be revealed as we peel back the layers of insurance policy limits. We have some close friends that have volunteered to help us thru the insurance process. In the meantime, we are getting settled in our temp rental home. The T5 plus all 3 pets are under one roof and for that we are so grateful. We just passed the one month mark of the house fire. The first few weeks were a mixed bag of shock, denial, love and help. Last week was tough with insurance limits news AND we had a theft from our home garage. The process of reporting this to law enforcement, insurance and insurance vendors became its own problem. Here’s the deal though. “We ain’t goin’ out like that!” The Lifter of our heads has lifted them once again and we were renewed spiritually, physically and emotionally this weekend. We continue to be humbled by those that are giving and reaching out. And once again want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts! (Pic was a gift today from Judy Fredericksen. Circa 2005. Mercury Cafe. Eric, Michele and Maiya.)

1/10/24: From Michele Trujillo

Update: we are out of the hotel and in our rental home. I found this quilt at Goodwill. Best or worst find ever? We own several beautiful quilts thanks to Eric’s mom.(they are in abatement jail right now.) So I spotted this one, and first thought “all that hard work and it’s just sitting at goodwill? I have to buy it! And appreciate it! Plus look at all the music material.” Take home, wash, dry, fully unfold….boom I see people in the middle. Then I see foo fighters and 2008. Hysterical laughs erupt. Kids are going crazy. Maiya texts a friend….he says those are your “Foo FIRE-Fighters” guardians of the new home!!! Humor. There’s nothing like it. And now we are creating endless lore about the subjects.

1/3/24: From Michele Trujillo

What a generous offer from Dazzle for those that have donated to our fundraiser! We are overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the love and kindness that has been shown to us. And for all the precious generosity of your hard earned money, we are truly humbled and grateful. We will move from the hotel to a rental this weekend. We will be there until our home is livable again. And we will be there thru Daniel’s final semester of High school. And Lanae’s final semester of 8th grade. 2024 was already shaping up with many family events, and now the rebuilding of our home. One day at a time, one step at a time…holding to God’s unchanging hand. Thank you all so much!♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

1/2/24: Update from Dazzle

As a thank you to everyone who has donated or donates before Jan. 6 at 10am, you get a complimentary pair of tickets to Moon.unit at Dazzle on Jan. 6 at 6pm, doors open at 5pm.

Email [email redacted] to have your name put on the guest list.

12/28/23: Update from Eric & Michele Trujillo

From Eric and Michele – we are overwhelmed with gratitude for each and every person who has reached out in compassion to help our situation! The generosity of our community has uplifted us, carried us, and surrounded us. It reminds me of a song called “Lacking Nothing” that was sung in our church, based on Psalms 34. Showers of blessings and good things have been in steady supply since the fire. And we are so thankful. We are taking everything one day at a time, and trying to stay on top of all the to-do’s. The kids are on Christmas break, which has been a mercy, as we can be together as a family and support each other. We are in temp housing and will be for quite some time. All our immediate needs are being met, but we are in this for the long haul, and we know many of you are in the “long haul” camp with us. And that gives us so much strength. God bless each and everyone of you. Every gesture, no matter how small, has made a difference! Thank you from the bottom of our heart and soul.

12/27/23: Update from Dazzle

We are so grateful to both CBS & Fox who ran stories on the Trujillo family’s loss over the last week.

CBS: https://www.cbsnews.com/colorado/news/fire-house-westminster-instrument-store-mi-vida-strings-family-music-community-fund/?fbclid=IwAR34RRh4pVkG0XzV1Rb2mTUIXn9kussx0xL7Aaegxyn9mHhsLhAjZcph8m4

Fox: https://kdvr.com/news/local/denver-violin-maker-loses-home-in-christmas-week-fire/

1/27/23: Update from Dazzle

Thank you so much for getting us close enough to $25,000 that we doubled the goal to $50,000!

Generally, it takes 1.5-2 years for families to rebuild and move back into severely damaged homes and there are lots of cash expenditures necessary to get through that time. From basic necessities like underwear (and all of the clothes that cover it) to down payments / deposits for tradespeople to rebuild the home, there are many expenses to come.

Please continue to share this GoFundMe far and wide.

Dazzle/Renaissance Hotel Staycation

Meeting your out-of-town friends at a Dazzle show? The Renaissance Hotel is now also offering a Dazzle Staycation Package. 

The Dazzle Ticket Package includes:

  • Corporate Room Rate 
  • 2 Premium Banquette seats for a Dazzle performance for $20 each. (Local shows only)
  • Valet Parking for 1 vehicle
  • 2 Complimentary drinks at their Teller Bar per stay
  • Dog-friendly Hotel (for a small cleaning deposit)

This gorgeous and historic hotel, created from the former Colorado National bank building, is an architectural marvel. It’s also dog-friendly. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway and a Show! The Renaissance Hotel is located just three blocks away from Dazzle at 918 17th Street, Denver. Use this link to Book your corporate rate for Dazzle Ticket Package. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you soon!

Dazzle/Hotel Teatro Staycation

Perfect for people coming from out of town for a Dazzle show, or a weekend getaway in the city.

Dazzle & Hotel Teatro have teamed up to offer you the Staycation you’ve been waiting for! Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at The Hotel Teatro and a Show at Dazzle that night. You will receive:

  • 20% off your Hotel Rate (best available)
  • 20% off Tickets to the show just for booking together
  • no Destination fee (normally $27)
  • $25 Valet parking (normally $59)
  • Easy walk to your room after the show!

Use the promo code “Dazzle” to book your Dazzle Staycation Package at the Hotel Teatro Websitewww.HotelTeatro.com and contact host@dazzledenver.com to let us know that you booked the staycation and we’ll take 20% off your ticket price. The Hotel Teatro is conveniently located across Arapahoe Street from Dazzle.

 

Get Your Dazzle Membership Package Today

Join the club with a Dazzle Membership and start taking advantage of the perks awarded to our Members.

From our Pick of the Pec basic membership level to the top Big Horn level, becoming a Member is the best way to make the most of your experience at Dazzle.

Please note: Gift cards may not be redeemed for Memberships

To purchase or inquire, contact Kelley at Kelley@DazzleDenver.com or 720.862.9170.

Dazzle Membership Packages

Pre-sales are for touring shows and big local shows, such as New Year’s Eve.
If you want the earliest pre-sale, five Sponsorships are left ($1,000 each) and you get your name engraved on the artwork, ‘The Bassist.’
Memberships are good for 12 months from the date of purchase. If you purchase the Big Horn level and already have tickets to touring shows within the next few months, call Kelley to discuss an appropriate start date for your Dazzle Membership.
Prices listed include tax and processing.
To purchase or ask questions, contact Kelley@DazzleDenver.com or 720.862.9170.

Upcoming Pre-sale Extravaganza

On Monday, Oct. 30 Dazzle begins its ‘Pre-sale Extravaganza’ with (almost) all Winter and Spring performances released every few days for two weeks (updated 10/25/23). Get your membership before it begins.

  • Blue Note Records 85th Anniversary Tour feat. Gerald Clayton, Kendrick Scott, Joel Ross, Immanuel Wilkins, Matt Brewer
  • John Scofield
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Kenny Garrett

P.C. Daniel Trujillo

PICK OF THE PEC

$250

Pre-sale period for Members takes place 24-48 hours after the Sponsor’s pre-sale and before the general public.
To put the pre-sale in perspective, usually 4-8 tickets are sold during the Sponsor’s pre-sale.
TWO Member tickets per year for performances $50 and under. Member tickets ensure you get the best seats available for the performances you choose.
20% Discount on tickets for local performances. (Limit two discounted tickets per artist; Member tickets may not be used with discounted tickets.)
Dedicated Dazzle Concierge to handle ticketing requests.
Emailed updates and notices regarding music, food, and wine specials.

COLORADO RIVER

$500

All the benefits of Pick of the Pec.
TEN Member tickets per year for local performances (limit two Member tickets per artist).

CHARLIE’S SEAT

$1,500

All the benefits of Pick of the Pec.
Unlimited Member tickets per year for local performances (limit two member tickets per artist).

BIG HORN

$3,000

All the benefits of Pick of the Pec.
Unlimited Member tickets per year for ALL performances, including touring shows (limit two Member tickets per artist).
Additional tickets to touring shows may be purchased for a 20% discount (limit two per artist).
One artist meet-and-greet annually.

Current lineup can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use the code and reserve my tickets?

20% Discount

We are in the process of creating a code for the 20% discount on tickets. You will receive this code in an email and use it on two tickets per artists for local shows.

If you are a Big Horn Member, you will get an additional code to use for touring shows.

Booking Shows with Member Tickets

  1. You will receive the contact information for a Dazzle Concierge.
  2. Look at the website to see what seats are available for the show you want to see.
  3. Contact your Concierge with the name of the show and seat(s).
  4. The Concierge will confirm and put your name on the guest list at the front door.
What are Member Tickets?

Member tickets are the tickets included in your Membership.

Every Member level includes the Pick of the Pec’s two Member tickets per year for performances $50 and under. Each level beyond that has more Member tickets. See the descriptions above for details.

What is the difference between the Membership Packages and Sponsorship?

Sponsorships were offered for $1,000 to help pay for the buildout of the new venue. There are only TWO left.

Sponsors received invitations to Sneak Peeks to watch the venue develop from having white walls and no furnishings to the striking space it is today.

The two biggest Sponsor benefits that are still available are:

  1. Your name (or the name of your choice) is engraved on The Bassist, an artwork by Brett Matarazzo, that hangs on the West wall.
  2. Pre-sale access before Members.

Membership Packages all include pre-sale access before the general public, 20% discount tickets for local shows (limit two discount tickets per artist), and the other benefits listed under Pick of the Pec.

The levels beyond Pick of the Pec are various ticket packages, where you are pre-purchasing tickets to use at the shows of your choice. Different Membership Packages give you different shows to pick from.

Four Seasons “Dinner & A Show”

Dazzle Patrons!

For those who have been craving a more sit-down dining experience before the show at Dazzle, you are in for a treat!  

The Four Seasons’ Edge Restaurant and Dazzle have teamed up to offer you a night to remember. It’s our new “Dinner & A Show” partnership! Edge has created a decadent Prix Fixe menu just for you. After your scrumptious dinner, take the short stroll to Dazzle for some of the best musical entertainment around. 

The Edge menu includes 3 courses, Soup or Salad, an Entree (with everything from Filet Mignon to Vegan options to choose from), and house-made Chocolate Truffles for dessert that can be packaged to go if you are running late! They even offer the option of returning to their bar for a free cocktail after the show if you must miss dessert. 

The Four Seasons is conveniently located just across 14th & Arapahoe from Dazzle. Get your tickets and book a table now for this harmonious blend of music and flavor! 

Schedule of shows at DazzleDenver.com 

Edge reservations at edgerestaurantdenver.com

GREG GISBERT ON THE TRUMPET: DAZZLE’S FIRST WEEK-LONG ARTIST RESIDENCY

Press Release 9/1/23

Dazzle at the Arts Complex is thrilled to announce its first week-long Residency with internationally renowned jazz trumpet touring and recording artist Greg Gisbert. Greg’s influence on the Jazz community transcends generations as he enters the 5th decade of his electric career.  He prefers to work in the background, connecting people, giving advice, and introducing fellow musicians to new musical styles. He gives freely and is appreciated by musicians around the world.  This week is Greg’s opportunity to spotlight both the best that Denver’s musicians have to offer and include some international talent to spice things up.

Poster for Greg Gisbert's week-long residency at Dazzle in Denver
Photo Credit: Adam Cory

Each show in the Residency has a completely different musical style, intergenerational artistic pairings, and Greg’s neverending mentorship as he brings internationally renowned and new-to-Denver musicians to Dazzle’s stage.

There is an overarching theme of Mental Wellness, Community Support, and Awareness for each of the shows in the Residency. Dazzle is amplifying these messages by making the United Suicide Survivors the Nonprofit of the Month. Donations can be added to all tickets purchased throughout September.

(Click on each show for a complete description and bios of the artists.)

Electric Gizz

Saturday, September 23 – 7PM

Tickets: https://www.dazzledenver.com/live-music/#/events?event_id=80141

Electric Gizz was founded & created By Greg Gisbert & Mickey Lenny (AKA Michael Lenssen). Joining them tonight will be Sonya Walker (keyboards) Conner Terrones (Bass & Guitar) and introducing newcomer to Denver Jaik Hakkarinen (Drums/percussion). 

Greg Gisbert & Art Lande

Monday, September 25 – 7PM

Tickets: https://www.dazzledenver.com/live-music/#/events?event_id=80139

Grammy-nominated Art Lande is considered one of the premiere improvisational jazz pianists today. He began piano at age 4, studied at Williams College & moved to San Francisco in 1969. He has mostly carved out his own singular path throughout his career, taking the innovations of Bill Evans several steps further. In 1973 he recorded with Jan Garbarek and Ted Curson and in the mid-1970’s had started his own jazz school. In 1976 he formed the quartet Rubisa Patrol which recorded for ECM and lasted until 1983. After teaching for three years in Switzerland, Lande in 1987 moved to Boulder, Colorado. He appears in many of the “Who’s Who in Jazz” encyclopedias available today for his role in the development of “Chamber Jazz.”

Presented by The Gift of Jazz

Chie Imaizumi Little Big Band feat. Randy Brecker and Greg Gisbert

Wednesday & Thursday, September 27 & 28 – 6:30PM & 9PM

Tickets: https://www.dazzledenver.com/live-music/#/events 

Performers:

Chie Imaizumi, Randy Brecker, Greg Gisbert, Peter Olstad, David Bernot, John Gunther, Zach Rich,  Allison Young, Mike Abbott, Sonya Walker, Mark Simon, Paul Romaine, Leo Corona

The Gift of Jazz proudly presents a grand reunion show with Chie Imaizumi and Randy Brecker. Click the show title above for the official show description. The information below is not part of the official show description.

The themes of Mental Wellness, Community Support, and Awareness stem from these two days. The artists and Dazzle hope to encourage others to seek help without fear of stigma and increase the understanding that we all deal with mental wellness issues to various degrees. Sometimes these issues are easy for us to see but not easy for us to understand. Not all wounds are visible, but that doesn’t make them any less real or minimize their need for healing.

“These two days are a pure expression of healing, recovery, love, and support. Music is an oasis for both the musicians and the audience.” ~Greg Gisbert

The worst part about mental wellness issues is that many people consider asking for help to be a sign of weakness. It’s quite the opposite. It’s okay to not be okay. We just happen to be going through difficult times. 

Chie’s compositions are story and emotion based. She is even orchestrating special music for September’s shows. Chie’s music takes the listeners on a journey through the many emotional worlds we have all experienced including darkness, loneliness, struggle, fear, hopelessness, and anger then through the worlds of joy, happiness, love, forgiveness, trust, hope, triumphs, peace, and genuine human connection.  

“Since I know how these emotions feel, I’d like to inspire others to know they’re not alone, by expressing my real, raw, and vulnerable feelings through my artistic creations, music.” ~Chie Imaizumi

Greg Gisbert Bio

Jazz trumpeter Greg Gisbert’s eclectic career is in its 5th decade. His resume includes recordings, tours, multiple television performances / movie & TV soundtracks with such icons as Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Horace Silver, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Buddy Rich, Clark Terry, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, Maria Schneider, Dizzy Gillespie all stars w/ John Lee, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Chie Imaizumi (producer) & more. 

Gisbert has held professorships & artist in residence as well as a highly respected featured guest artist for dozens of colleges & conservatories most notably Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, U of Miami, CU Boulder & is currently a faculty member of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts.

From 1989-2000 & 2010-2015, he was highly in demand on Broadway & in the studios of  NYC.

Greg Gisbert moved HOME to Denver in 2015 & brings his vast world-class experience, creativity & enthusiasm with him.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH SUPPORTS MENTAL WELLNESS: UNITED SUICIDE SURVIVORS

Because of the beautiful story that Rocky Mountain PBS did on on the conversations about mental wellness behind the two-night concert series, ‘Gift of Jazz Presents: Chie Imaizumi Little Big Band feat. Randy Brecker and Greg Gisbert‘ Dazzle has decided to continue to support United Suicide Survivors through October. Below you can find a list of mental wellness resources.

At United Suicide Survivors (US), we help people turn their pain into purpose. A Colorado-based nonprofit organization, we support people impacted by suicide — from suicide loss, suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, or caregiving roles — by helping them build community and find ways to make meaning through advocacy. This November 1st and 2nd, we will host the first “Living Beyond Suicide Summit” in Golden, Colorado, where people with lived experiences with suicide will convene to engage in discussion with national policy leaders on the topic of how best to address and understand suicide.

Donations can be added to any tickets purchased in September.

More information about US’ new membership program coming soon…

US is September’s Nonprofit of the Month in conjunction with Greg Gisbert’s Residency Week at Dazzle, Sept. 23 – 28. There is an overarching theme of Mental Wellness, Community Support, and Awareness for each of the shows in the Residency. Dazzle is amplifying these messages to encourage other to seek help without fear of stigma. It is equally important to help loved ones seek help. We all deal with mental wellness to various degrees. Not all wounds are visible, but that doesn’t make them any less real or minimize their need for healing.

Mental Wellness Resources

Colorado Music Hall of Fame provides a number of both Colorado and national organizations that have services available to you at no- or low-cost.

CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach Wellness) prides itself on being a Resource Broker and has a list of resources that are available anytime.

To have your organization, or one you know of, added to this list, email Kelley@DazzleDenver.com

BRANDEE YOUNGER AT DAZZLE

Brandee Younger

June 4, 2023

Dazzle, Denver

By Geoff Anderson

A version of this article was published on AllAboutJazz.com on June 12, 2023.

The harp is far from a common jazz instrument and the list of famous jazz harpists is a short one. In fact, the list of significant jazz harpists probably numbers about two: Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby. There have been a few others here and there, but none that had the impact of those two. But wait, there’s a new contender on the scene: Brandee Younger. Sunday night at Dazzle, Younger stated her case for expanding that short list of significant jazz harpists.

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The harp brings a different sound to jazz. Often associated, in popular culture, with angels floating among the clouds, it seems antithetical to jazz’s often boisterous, gritty, slice-of-life soundscape. But the scope and sounds of jazz are wide and if a player can make an unusual instrument work somewhere within the big jazz tent, he or she will be welcomed.

At age 39, Younger has been playing for several years in a variety of contexts ranging from classical to hip hop. She’s also worked as an educator at several institutions of higher education including New York University and the New School, among others. But it was her albums on Impulse! that started to catch the attention of many in the jazz world, Somewhere Different (Impulse! 2021) and Brand New Life (Impulse! 2023).

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Sunday night at Dazzle, Younger brought all her myriad influences with her along with bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer Allan Mednard. She filled her set with tunes from those aforementioned albums, alternating with songs by her harp heroes, Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby (who else?). She began her set with “Rama, Rama,” a composition by Alice Coltrane. This one had an ethereal, floating atmosphere tailor made for the heavenly sonics of her pedal harp. Her original, “Love and Struggle” from Somewhere Different followed. This one, as befitting the title, had a bit more of an edge to it. Another original, “Unrest” followed. She explained that she wrote that song during the pandemic and was inspired by events happening right outside her window.

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Another Alice Coltrane piece followed, “Turiya and Ramakrishna” and then her own “Moving Target” from Brand New Life. That one incorporated a busy rhythm section, especially the drum part. The hyperactive rhythmic activity contrasted nicely with the relaxed harp floating overhead. She then incorporated her other heroine, Dorothy Ashby, into the act with her composition “You’re a Girl for One Man Only,” which also appears on Brand New Life.

A solo piece followed, Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic” also from Brand New Life. Younger explained that it was Ashby that played the harp part on Wonder’s original recording which appeared on Songs in the Key of Life (Tamla, 1976). “Spirit U Will” was from Somewhere Different and had one of the sharper edges of the evening, again creating tension with the rhythm section while the harp drifted above the fray in a gauzy reverie.

Perhaps Younger’s biggest challenge of the evening was the Denver Nuggets. Making their way to the NBA finals for the first time in team history, Game 2 of the series began only a few blocks from Dazzle shortly before Younger’s first set. She thanked the audience more than once for choosing her band over the game. Indeed, the first set sold out, even in the face of championship hoops. But the Nuggets have played dozens of games in Denver this season. What Denver hasn’t seen is jazz harp played like this. It was a one-of-a-kind evening.

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Set List

Rama, Rama (Alice Coltrane)

Love and Struggle (Original)

Unrest (Pandemic piece, original)

Turiya and Ramakrishna (Alice Coltrane)

Moving Target (Original)

You’re a Girl for One Man Only (Dorothy Ashby)

If it’s Magic (Stevie Wonder)

Spirit U Will (Original)

Tickled Pink (Original)

The Band

Brandee Younger, pedal harp

Allan Mednard drums

Rashaan Carter bass

JUNE NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH: OUT BOULDER COUNTY

Each month, Dazzle raises money for a different non-profit organization by adding the option to donate through our ticketing sales system. In honor of June being Pride Month, we are supporting Out Boulder County.

Out Boulder County works independently and in collaboration, to facilitate connection, advocacy, education, research and programs to ensure LGBTQ+ people and communities thrive in Boulder County and beyond.

You may wonder why Dazzle, who is based in Denver, chose to support Out Boulder County this month instead of a more local organization. One of our managers is deeply connected to the organization and not only do we want to support the LGBTQIA+ community all year, but we also want to support our staff.

Donations can be added to your ticket purchases to any show in June.

MAY 2023 NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH

Each month, Dazzle raises money for a different non-profit organization by adding the option to donate through our ticketing sales system. In May, we are supporting the Redline Contemporary Art Center.

The Redline Contemporary Art Center’s mission is to foster education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. 

Not only does Dazzle like their mission and work, but one of RedLine’s Artist-in-Residence is creating an artwork for the new location. While the subject of the artwork is a surprise, Jasmine Holmes‘ mural honors a local, female jazz legend. It’s worth noting that this mural’s subject is a woman because the other two large portraits that are already on display are of men: Ron Miles and Charles Burrell. 

“Rather than just hear the music, I want people to feel it. I always listen to jazz music in my studio because it helps me experience color. The more I listen to jazz music, I let the music itself determine the colors I use,” Holmes said. “Jazz is more than just music, it is a feeling, it’s a culture. I want to help people feel more than what they are hearing.” ~Jazzy, via Denverite

Donations can be added to your ticket purchases to any show in May.

APRIL 2023 NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH

Art Students League of Denver

Each month, Dazzle raises money for a different non-profit organization by adding the option to donate through our ticketing sales system. In April, we are supporting the Art Students League of Denver.

The Art Students League of Denver provides an inclusive art community where professional artists guide individuals of all abilities to reach their highest potential. Spots are still available in their summer camps.

Donations can be added to your ticket purchases to any show in April.

THE STAGE

Building a stage to perform your dreams. Your great performance will be played soon.

What began as a vision in Donald Rossa’s head was put on paper with full building specifications by the incredible team at ArtHouse Design and built by local fabricator ADCON.

From left to right: Matt Ruff, Nicholas Moulds, Anthony Jimenez, and Cody Rasmussen

While Cody Rasmussen oversaw the creation of Dazzle’s new stage as the Project Manager, it was Custom Fabricator Anthony Jimenez who built it over two and a half months.

“It’s the coolest project I’ve ever done for the company,” says Jimenez who has been welding for six years, “the colors and the design just pop.”

Before Dazzle signed the lease to 1080 14th Street, the greatest artistic decision was what shade of white to paint the walls. Then, Denver Arts & Venues handed the keys over to a 26-year-old jazz club. Moving into this new location was an opportunity to build an iconic stage to enhance the performances of local and international artists.