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.

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

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