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

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.

The Baylor Project

Show Description

Musical Style: Jazz, Gospel, Legacy

7X GRAMMY® Nominee & NAACP Image Award Winner

The Baylor Project

What is “The Baylor Project?”

A husband. A wife. An astonishing duo built on love, family, faith, culture and community.

These are the things that power The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor. This enticing collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of jazz. As the children of Pastors, Marcus’ and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of jazz, gospel, blues and soul to make it’s mark. Their debut CD “The Journey”, released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at Number 8 in 2017 and a year later garnered 2 GRAMMY® Nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Two years later during one of the most challenging years in recent history, The Baylors released their single, “Sit On Down” in 2020 which earned a 3rd GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, solidifying The Baylor Project as an undeniable force. Their second album, “Generations,” released in 2021 earned the duo its first NAACP Image Award win for Outstanding Jazz Album- Vocal and its 4th GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. “Generations,” a cultural anthology rooted in everyday life experiences, became the #1 jazz vocal album on the JazzWeek radio charts and the standout song “We Swing (The Cypher)” was named among NPR Music’s 100 Best Songs of 2021.

Marcus and Jean Baylor signed an exclusive distribution agreement, in partnership with their artist-owned label, Be A Light with Motown Gospel (a division of Capitol CMG/Capitol and Universal Music Group) making The Baylor Project’s catalogue available for the first time across all streaming platforms.

Jean, a “Jersey Girl”, was introduced to jazz in college as a Vocal Performance Major at Temple University, where she was heavily influenced by artists such as Carmen McCrae, Jimmy Scott, and Shirley Horn. She subsequently made her mark as one-half of the platinum recording duo, Zhane´. In time, Jean grew into a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader. She has been a featured guest artist on performances and recordings with artists including Yellowjackets, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and legendary bassist, Buster Williams. Well-equipped with an agile mezzo-soprano range, Jean combines a fresh, whimsical approach to phrasing with clever improvisation resulting in singing of such vocal purity that she embraces the soul.

Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former member and drummer of the GRAMMY® Award winning jazz quartet, Yellowjackets. While studying and graduating from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he performed and recorded with musical icons including Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield, and Kenny Garrett. Since then, Marcus has come into his own as a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader. With his natural feel, creative use of space and innovative ability to tell a story, his musicianship and improvisation are those of a seasoned musician.

Marcus and Jean’s combined musicianship is unmatched. Their dynamic performances are soulful to the bone. The Baylors will raise you up and inspire you to clap along with them, as they entice your ears with a swinging mid-tempo tune. Yet, at a moments’ notice, you may be moved to tears when they change the atmosphere with a spiritual song that will stir the emotions. They perform original compositions and new arrangements of classic pieces. They utilize sincerity and maturity far beyond their years to deliver ballads with storied grace and elegance, and grit. And what’s more is that Marcus and Jean have the uncanny ability to bridge the gap between generations. They are relatable, they are virtuosic, and for these reasons they captivate packed houses and sold out audiences.

The Baylor Project pays homage to their wide-ranging musical influences, and in doing so, generate an eclectic sound whose overall effect is spiritual, buoyant, feel-good music.

Soulful. Melodic. Authentic. “The Baylor Project.”

“Married musicians vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor have created a captivating “project” that meets at the 3-way intersection of Jazz, Gospel and Legacy. Brimming with aural snapshots of their individual roots and the sacred space where they come together, it is a very unique album that soothes the soul”

-Urban Music Scene (by A. Scott Galloway)

Wed., July 24 – 7PM

Wed., July 24 – 9:30PM

Benny Green

Show Description

Musical Style: Solo Piano Jazz

At the age of 19, Benny Green moved to New York City to join legendary vocalist Betty Carters band and never looked back. He would then assume the piano chair with some of jazz music’s most important instrumental groups, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, and the Ray Brown Trio. With these artists he would receive an invaluable artistic education, learn to embody the artform and master the music.

​In 1988 he released his debut album as a leader Prelude on Criss Cross Records, which featured Terrence Blanchard, Javon Jackson, Peter Washington, and Tony Reedus. In 1990, he signed with Blue Note Records, for which he made seven recordings. These records featured some of the best musicians working in the idiom including Stlanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Christian McBride, Victor Lewis, Lewis Nash and Carl Allen. In 2000 he would begin recording with Telarc Records. These albums featured his collaboration with guitarist Russell Malone.

Since 2013 he has released 5 albums on Sunnyside Records, and plans are in the works for a solo piano recording, which will be scheduled for release in the coming year.

Taking inventory of the music industry and societal perception of jazz today, Benny Green states that he is committed to the truth of what has been given by people who lived and died for this music, playing honest jazz is precious to my human existence. I’ve never felt a need or a calling to become one who’s thought of or labeled as an innovator. Rather, I’ve strived since childhood to become an authentic jazz musician, and I seek to stand as a torchbearer for the continuum of straight-ahead jazz piano.

Benny Green, piano

Tues., July 30 – 7PM

Tues., July 30 – 9:30PM

Dazzle 1 year Birthday at the Arts Complex – Derrick Hodge presents: The Dazzle Session

Show Description

🎉Come celebrate as Dazzle at the Arts Complex turns 1 🎉

Even though it’s our birthday, we’re giving YOU presents. A drawing will be held before the show starts. Everyone who is present gets an entry to win one of these presents:

🎁 A pair of tickets to any touring show at Dazzle (available seats only)

🎁 A pair of tickets to any local show at Dazzle

🎁 A signed print of Dazzle by photographer Mark Payler

🎁 Official Dazzle water bottle

🎁 A cocktail created for and named after YOU by master mixologist Westin Elliot and it will be on the Dazzle menu for a month

🎂The best gift of all is Derrick Hodge. Derrick performed at the soft opening for Sponsors, Friends, and Family before Dazzle opened to the public last year. This year, he puts together ‘The Dazzle Sessions’, four shows on July 31st & August 1st.

Derrick Hodge is one of contemporary music’s most complete and complex artists. Also lauded as a composer, he is revered as one of the great bassists and musicians of his generation and his solo projects—Live Today (2013), The Second (2016), and Color of Noize (2020)—have been met with praise from critics and audiences alike. His albums are rich, raw and revelatory, reflecting his roots in the church, a passion for hip hop, and an eternal reverence for melody and classical composition. Like the artist, Hodge’s music contains multitudes.

Growing up just outside Philadelphia, Hodge cut his teeth in the city’s neo-soul movement. At college, he became the bass player and musical director of choice for pioneers like Jill Scott, Maxwell, Floetry, Nas, Common, James Poyser and Musiq Soulchild. At the same time, he played in his university’s orchestra and in jazz circles with legendary musicians including Terence Blanchard, Donald Byrd, Mulgrew Miller and Bootsie Barnes.

Hodge has played a role in countless groundbreaking projects and historic firsts. In 2022, he directed the music for the Academy Awards and arranged for Nas’s performance at the Grammys. As part of CNN’S Juneteenth celebration, he conducted the first all Black orchestra to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2014 Hodge became the first Black composer to compose Hip Hop for the National Symphony when he acted as orchestral arranger and music director for the 20th anniversary celebration of Illmatic. Named one of the top moments in hip hop history by Fender Magazine, it was the first time hip hop was ever performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. He was also the first Black composer to write strings for hip hop at Carnegie Hall and the first Black composer to write symphonic music for hip hop with the Houston Symphony.

Hodge has devoted himself to projects that elevate and animate the African American legacy: the struggle but also—and always—the poetry and the triumph too. It is this ability to honor and advance both culture and people that is the principle thread which weaves together Hodge’s work. He was commissioned to write music for permanent exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He has scored, composed, and consulted for a plethora of small and big screen works, including The Black Candle, a groundbreaking documentary about Kwanzaa narrated by Maya Angelou, and Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, and the 2020 blockbuster The Photograph. While Hodge often lends his talents to the specific set of cinema and storytelling which chronicles Blackness in the U.S., he is also awake to the universal nuances of the human experience. His music tells stories that are simultaneously of a people, and of the people.

Hodge has founded and played in bands and groups as diverse and as influential as R+R=Now, the Robert Glasper Experiment, and The Blue Note All Stars. As a producer he has collaborated with icons including Quincy Jones, Don Was, and Common. As a musical director he has worked with luminaries including Yasiin Bey and, from 2009 to 2019, Maxwell.

The Color of Noize project is Hodge’s signature concept-series, bringing together contrasting sounds, styles to create an immersive audio-visual experience. Color of Noize premiered in 2019 as part of Hodge’s artist residency at Monterey Jazz Festival, where he brought together a collection of musicians, some as young as four, to explore his compositions in a remarkably moving and beautiful concert. As he puts it “it was never just my potential that made things happen; it was my community advocating for me—now I want to advocate for others, to pass that on”.

Whether collaborating with giants, writing for the big screen, forging new paths for orchestral composition, or providing access to his symphonic scores and original arrangements to HBCUs and inner city music programs, his work always contains social commentary, awareness, or insight. Here we find the fundamental character of Hodge; an incurably hopeful man, who, through his work and his art, has made the world a definitively more beautiful place.

Wed., July 31, 7PM

Wed., July 31, 9:30PM

Thur., August 1, 7PM

Thur., August 1, 9:30PM

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

Sat., September 7 – 6:30PM

Sat., September 7 – 9PM

Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet

Mon., September 9 – 6:30-PM

Mon., September 9 – 9PM

Tues., September 10 – 6:30PM

Tues., September 10 – 9PM

Wed., September 11 – 6:30PM

Wed., September 11 – 9PM

Thur., September 12 – 6:30PM

Thur., September 12 – 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

Charu Suri

Sat., November 9 – 6:30PM

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

Nicholas Payton

Mon., November 18 – 6:30PM

Mon., November 18 – 9:00PM

Tues., November 19 – 6:30PM

Tues., November 19 – 9:00PM

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

Ann Hampton Callaway – Wed., September 4, 7 & 9:30PM

Scott Amendola, Ben Goldberg & Todd Sickafoose Trio – Wed., November 6, 6:30PM

Tierney Sutton & Tamir Hendelman – Thurs., November 14, 6:30 & 9


Updated: May 28, 2024

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.