Kevin Lee is the music director at Dazzle – the main Denver jazz club – and has been responsible for bringing some amazing acts to town as well as providing opportunities to local musicians. Like the part couple of music directors at Dazzle, Steven Denny and Tyler Gilmore, Kevin is also a musician himself. I had never had the chance to hear him before, so I was excited to be there at Dazzle last night for his UCD senior recital. Interesting choices of tunes, nice arrangements, well played – it was a great night. Andy Sydow’s recital followed on the same program. I was not familiar with him, but it was nice to hear another new player. And having Steven Glenn on tuba was an unusual and welcome touch.
I was not very familiar with Frank Zappa’s music before this concert by Dave Corbus. Or more specifically, before hearing my wife Wendy Fopeano practicing for the concert, as she was the lead singer. Definitely a creative cat, and Corbus’ band – Dave, Wendy, Peter Sommer, Andre Mallinger, Jeff Jenkins, Bijoux Barbosa, and Paul Romaine – did a fantastic job on some very challenging music.
Uri Caine has been on my radar a long time, but I’ve never had the opportunity to hear him live. So I was very glad that Creative Music Works brought him to Dazzle in Denver, and that I had the opportunity to shoot this show. Uri is my favorite kind of jazz pianist – melodic, rhythmic, energetic, percussive, endlessly inventive. I also appreciate the fact that he displays a deep understanding of classical music as well.
Danny Meyer is one of my favorite musicians in Colorado. He’s the saxophonist in what I guess counts as the current incarnation of my quartet, although we have done only one gig and that was over a year ago. I am very sorry not to have the opportunity to work with him much more as he is moving to New York soon. These images are from a going away party / concert and benefit for CCJA held at Dazzle. I wish Danny all the success in the world!