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?

Tickets are on sale now. Go to the Live Music page and scroll down to the bottom or use the search function for ‘McBride’.

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

Another excellent question. Yes, there were 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 are 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

Daruma

Saturday, June 1 – 9:30PM

Full Show Description & Ticket Link:

9:30PM

Benny Green, Solo Piano

Tuesday, July 30 – 7PM & 9:30PM

Full Show Description & Ticket Links:

7PM

9:30PM

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.

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

Benny Green

Tues., July 30 – 7PM

Tues., July 30 – 9:30PM

Dazzle 1 year Anniversary at the Arts Complex

July 31-ish (we’ll let you know when we have more info.)

Bill Charlap Trio

Sat., August 3 – 7PM

Sat., August 3 – 9:30PM

Sun., August 4 – 7PM

Sun., August 4 – 9:30PM

Sexmob

Wed., August 7 – 7PM

Wed., August 7 – 9:30PM

säje

Thurs., August 15 – 6:30PM

Thurs., August 15 – 9PM

OKAN

Tues, August 20 – 7PM

Tues., August 20 – 9:30PM

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

Oz Noy Trio with Jimmy Haslip & Anton Fig

Wed., September 25 – 7PM

Wed., September 25 – 9:30PM

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

Christian McBride and Ursa Major

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


Upcoming Touring shows and member presales

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

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


Updated: May 28, 2024

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/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.

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.

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