Dazzle Denver Celebrates International Jazz Month

Article Contributed by Baur's Listeni… | Published on Wednesday, April 20, 2022

April is International Jazz Month. Where better to celebrate than Dazzle? A bit late, but here are the jazz shows for International Jazz Month, culminating with Same Cloth feat. Brionne Aigné & Dax Oliver performing two shows on International Jazz Day, Saturday, April 30th

Koki Renwick Senior Recital
Wednesday, April 20 - 7pm

Koki Renwick is a young trumpet player from Denver School of the Arts. Although only a senior, he has already racked up a large resume, including Telluride Student All-Stars (2021), Colorado All-State Jazz Band (2020, 2021, 2022), Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra, UNC Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, and more. Bringing to the stage some of his closest friends and mentors, he is excited to present interpretations of standard repertoire and some of his own original music. A night to remember, Koki is honored to present his senior recital at Dazzle Denver, a club that has fostered his growth since the beginning.

Koki Renwick – Trumpet
Lazlo Torok – Vibraphone/Piano
Gonzalo Teppa – Bass
Jonah Minkus – Drums

DPO With A Twist
Thursday, April 21 - 6:30pm

Twist transforms the chamber concert experience into a night of intimate music, dinner & drink featuring musicians from the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening kicks off with 3-4 Trio, a string & piano ensemble lead by concertmaster Katherine Thayer. Next, it’s the World Premiere performance of Improvisations by Tim Higgins. Based on E. E. Cummings poems, this piece features bass trombone, saxophone and piano. A dynamic brass quintet closes out the evening.

Katherine Thayer - Violin
Shirley Marecak - Cello
Mike Marecak - Cello
Peggy Lyon - Piano
Daniel Morris - Bass Trombone
Nate Wilson - Saxophone
Ani Powel - Piano
Evan King - Trumpet
Darian Freeman - Trombone
Zach Maupin - Horn
Darren DeLaup - Tuba

John Primer Special Guest of The Delta Sonics & Ken Saydak
Friday, April 22 - 6:30pm & 9:15pm

John Primer is a Living Chicago Blues Icon!
He is a two time Grammy Nominated Artist and the last guitar player for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon & Magic Slim! A Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and a Legendary Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Artist. John Primer is the Real Deal! You Can’t Paint The Blues Without The PRIMER!

CCJA Spring Concert
Sunday, April 24 & Monday, April 25 6:00 pm

Our CCJA ensembles meet in three 10-week and 5-week sessions throughout the school year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) in the format of weekly rehearsals where CCJA students and faculty play and perform together as they study jazz improvisation, technique, style, theory, and history. Students are encouraged to express themselves improvisationally and through composing/arranging for their groups. At the end of each session, CCJA students perform for the public, often at noted area jazz venues, such as Dazzle at Baur’s! Over the past twenty years, the program has attracted incredible young players who have become integral musicians in their respective school groups, members of the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, and recipients of impressive scholarships to major collegiate music programs across the country. Students in CCJA connect with other like-minded players in the area while honing their craft, making music, and having fun.

JJ Mazza Senior Recital
Thursday, April 28 - 7:00 pm

JJ Mazza is a young Downbeat award winning drummer in the Denver area. A senior at the Denver School of the Arts, JJ has already put together an impressive resume, including: YoungArts Winner (2022), Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra, Colorado All-State Jazz Band (2019,2021), Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition and Festival (2019,2020), UNC Jazz Festival, Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge, ASTA National Orchestra Festival, Five Points Jazz Festival, and more. In 2022, it is time for Mazza to present his senior recital. It will be a review of all the music that has inspired him over the years, as well as a presentation of his own original compositions. Joining him will be some of his closest and most trusted collaborators and teachers. It will be a very meaningful night to remember and JJ is so honored to present it at Dazzle, a club which has meant so much to him over the years.

JJ Mazza – Drums
Lazlo Torok – Vibraphone
Greg Tanner Harris – Piano
Hunter Roberts – Bass

Joseph Lamar: SIN + Strings
Friday, April 29 - 10:00 pm

Joseph Lamar is a singer, songwriter, producer and more. His work unites the cerebral and the visceral, the secular and the spiritual, the micro and the macro. His work is an evolving mystery of complex thoughts and theses. On his concept album SIN. [act I], he advances his paradigm shifting doctrine with equally groundbreaking sounds. His newest release Sin Act 1 [naked virgins] features minimal versions of songs from SIN. [act I].  
For this set, Joseph will sing songs from SIN. [act I] accompanied by piano, guitar/bass and strings.

Joseph Lamar - Voice, Writer, Piano
Kendall Burks -  Guitar, Bass
Xadie James - Cello
Autumn Pepper - Viola
Joe D’Esposito - Violin
Rihanna Fairchild - Violin

Monday, May 2 - 6pm

The Jazz and American Improvised Music Students at MSU Denver join together for an evening of blissful improvisation and jamming, featuring the one and only Monique Brooks Roberts (Spring 2022 Resident Artist)

Orchestral Quintet
Wednesday, May 4 - 7pm

Drummer Paul Mullikin is a graduate of Denver School of the Arts and Lamont School of Music, and is a recipient of a Downbeat Magazine Award, and a Presser Scholar award. In 2016, he was featured in KUVO’s ’30 under 30′ series. Having relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 2021, Paul is thrilled to return to Dazzle to share this eclectic set of music. The Orchestral Quintet performs ‘Classical’ works- Baroque, Chamber, Choral, Modern- presented through the lens of improvisation and modern Jazz. These timeless works of genius offer inspiration aplenty- from Ravel’s lush harmonies, Bach’s elegant precision and Stravinsky’s polyrhythmic madness.

Paul Mullikin -  Drums
Sean McGowan - Guitar
Gabriel Mervine - Trumpet
Andrew Rose - Bass
Jeff Jenkins - Piano

Lessons In Your Home Spring Recital
Saturday, May 14 - 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Lessons In Your Home, a local music school without walls, is hosting their annual Spring Recital featuring students ranging from beginners to advanced performing on a variety of instruments.

Lessons In Your Home Spring Recital
Sunday, May 15 - 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Lessons In Your Home, a local music school without walls, is hosting their annual Fall Recital featuring students ranging from beginners to advanced performing on a variety of instruments.

East High Instrumental Ensembles
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:30pm

The music of May 17th will consist of the East High School 5th Hour Jazz Combo, 6th Hour String Orchestra & the 7th Hour Instrumental Ensemble

Neil Bridge & Karen Lee… Presenting Their 10 Piece Band!
Wednesday, May 18 - 7pm

“Our show is about love, through the joy of music that flows between band & audience in a LIVE performance!” Neil Bridge has accompanied so many world class jazz musicians. As educator, he created/directed the DPS City Wide HS Jazz Combo. They won The Downbeat Award for #1 HS Jazz Combo in the U.S. Neil’s wife/muse Karen Lee says “I am deeply thrilled to be singing!”

Neil has upheld the highest standards in musicianship and music education…as well as swinging without remorse! Truly a long-time giant of Denver’s jazz scene, Neil and his muse, Karen Lee Bridge, will remind you with his classic arrangements and impeccable taste, of why we love this most American of music styles.” Ricky Rodriguez Denver City Park Jazz Festival 2013

Neil Bridge - Piano…
Bandleader, arranger, composer, former DPS Music Educator
Karen Lee - Vocalist
Ron Bland - Bass
Howard Hernandez - Percussion
Leo Munoz Corona - Percussion
Todd Reid - Drums
Bob Rebholz - Sax and Flute
Derek Banach - Trumpet
Kevin Bollinger -Trumpet
Zach Rich - Trombone

GAMEJazz Broadway & the Movies
Thursday, May 19 - 7pm

G.A.M.E.jazz brings you a night of the most beautiful and recognizable songs ever written – jazz arrangements of classic tunes from Broadway and the Movies by some of our time’s greatest composers: Cole Porter, Lerner & Lowe, the Gershwins, Henri Mancini, Antonio Carlos Jobim, to name a few. Doug Roche on Piano, Ron Bland on Bass, Todd Reid on Drums and Jan Cleveland on Vocals will be joined by special guest artist Bob Rebholz on Flute/Saxophone. If you love the music from My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, Charade, Porgy and Bess, Summer of 42, and the Thomas Crown Affair, you’ll love this show.

Bob Rebholz – Flute & Saxophone
Jan Cleveland – Vocals
Ron Bland – Bass
Doug Roche – Piano
Todd Reid – Drums

Lessons In Your Home Spring Recital
Sunday, May 22 - 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Lessons In Your Home, a local music school without walls, is hosting their annual Fall Recital featuring students ranging from beginners to advanced performing on a variety of instruments.

Denver South High School Student Showcase
Monday, May 23 - 7pm

Denver South High School Orchestra and Sough High Vocal Jazz

Denver South High School Jazz Band with Slavens Jazz
Tuesday, May 24 - 7pm

East High Instrumental Ensembles
Wednesday, May 25 - 6:30 pm

The music of May 25th will feature the 3rd Hour Jazz Ensemble & the 4th Hour Jazz Ensemble

Keith Oxman Quartet
Thursday, May 26 - 7pm

This group has been playing on the Denver Jazz scene together for 30 years. This group is on numerous recordings with guest artists including Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, David Liebman and Houston Person. This performance will be recorded live.

Keith Oxman - Tenor sax
Jeff Jenkins - Piano
Ken Walker - Bass
Todd Reid - Drums

Ken Walker Sextet
Friday, May 27 - 7pm

The Ken Walker Sextet is an iconic and beloved jazz group which has played together for more than two decades. The music is always swinging, often funky, and sometimes even profound. The repertoire ranges from jazz standards, to post bop tunes, original compositions, and always, always inspired by Eddie Harris!  Hearing the band is always an experience to remember!

Ken Walker – Bass
Paul Romaine – Drums
Dave Corbs – Guitar
Jeff Jenkins – Piano
Al Hood – Trumpet
Peter Sommer – Sax

Sarah Mount & The Rushmores
Friday, May 27 - 10pm

Lead by local saxophonist who hails from the Mile High City, Sarah Mount and the Rushmores has been delivering improv driven hard funk and soul to the Denver area for the last four years. They will bring the usual line up with original music, and unique covers featuring guest artists every show. Catch ’em every last Friday of the month!

Emily Sparklechicken Hatch - Vocals
Noah Matthews - Bass
Dom Fante - Drums
Kyle Driscoll - Guitar
Blake Mobley - Keys
Alex Cazet - Tenor Sax
Sarah Mount - Alto Sax
Special guests:
Bri Janay - Vocals
Louie Letdown - MC

Same Cloth
Friday, May 28 - 6pm & 9pm

Same Cloth is a Denver based project led by prolific keyboardist Solomon J. Chapman Sr. and inventive vocalist JoFoKe. Embarking upon a new musical journey, this charismatic duo combines their peculiarities to share meaningful art. Performing original music and creatively arranged covers, Same Cloth collaborates with musical colleagues on bass, guitar and drums to intensify their musical vision. As a unit, Same Cloth combines the diverse traditions of Black American Music to create an energetically eclectic and emotionally elevating live music experience. Hear Same Cloth’s debut single, “No Good” and keep up with them at Linktr.ee/SameClothBand.

JoFoKe – Vocals
Solomon Chapman Sr. – Keyboards
Matt Campbell – Drums
Will Gaines – Bass
James Tré – Guitar