Roberta Gambarini – August 18-20

Roberta Gambarini – August 18-20

“Gambarini is a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald,Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae” (Boston Globe) Born and raised in Turin, Italy, to music-loving parents (who had actually first met at a jazz concert), Roberta Gambarini grew up listening to her father’s record collection constantly. Her first vocal inspiration was Louis Armstrong, but she soon discovered Ella … Read More

Jim Stranahan’s Little Big Band – May 20

Jim Stranahan’s Little Big Band – May 20

Justin Adams – piano Ron Bland – bass Mike Marlier – drums Greg Gisbert – trumpet Jim Stranahan – saxophone & director of the Douglas County High School Jazz Ensemble JIM STRANAHAN is a recording artist with Capri/Tapestry records. His May 2010 internationally released album, Free For All, features his original compositions including a group … Read More

Hal Galper Trio – Feb 20 & 21

Hal Galper Trio – Feb 20 & 21

Galper’s 21st century series of trio albums for Origin Records incorporates his development of “Rubato” playing as a means of melding In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of today‘s most surprising and satisfying pianists. Galper’s 21st century series of trio albums for … Read More

Rico Jones – August 14

Rico Jones – August 14

Rico – sax Greg Gisbert – trumpet Eric Gunnison – piano Ken Walker – Bass Daniel Hogans – drums Rico Jones, a senior at Denver School of the Arts, first picked up the alto saxophone at age 11 while in the fifth grade. Before even learning to read music it became clear that he had … Read More

Josh Quinlan “Unity Group” – August 12

Josh Quinlan “Unity Group” – August 12

Josh Quinlan – Tenor saxophone Greg Gisbert – Trumpet Jeff Jenkins – Organ Jim White – Drums The Unity Group will perform the music of organist Larry Young’s famous album, Unity. This 1965 project consisted of three famous Woody Shaw compositions including Moontrane, Beyond All Limits and Zoltan. In addition, the standard Softly In a … Read More

Michelle Lordi – August 11

Michelle Lordi – August 11

“Michelle Lordi, a bright star on the jazz horizon.” – Orrin Evans Michelle – vocals Eric Gunnison – piano Ken Walker – bass Paul Romaine – drums Combining unique clarity and grace with subtle emotional depth and eclectic tastes, Philadelphia-born vocalist Michelle Lordi challenges the standard idea of a jazz singer. Lordi offers a unique … Read More

Clare Church – August 9

Clare Church – August 9

Pete Lewis – saxophones Greg Gisbert – trumpet Peter Stolzman – piano Jason Malmberg – bass Clare Church – drums Guest artists Greg Gisbert and Peter Stolzman join Expeditions for this evening, which features the clever and engaging arrangements of both Pete Lewis and Peter Stolzman. Expeditions’ broad repertoire of folk tunes, “the music of … Read More

Gene Rush with the Jim Stranahan Little Big Band – August 5

Gene Rush with the Jim Stranahan Little Big Band – August 5

Also featured will be both local and national icons many of which were Gene’s students such as Keith Oxman, Steve Motz, Jim Stranahan, Ron Jolly, Brad Goode, Hugh Ragin, and Al Hood. GENE RUSH was head of the University of Denver Jazz Program from 1971 to 1978. The list of people Gene has played with … Read More

Jan Cleveland’s GAMEJazz – August 3

Jan Cleveland’s GAMEJazz – August 3

Jan Cleveland – vocals Doug Roche – piano Ron Bland – bass Don Grove – drums G.A.M.E.jazz!!! G.A.M.E. stands for Great American Musical Experience…. jazz, The group weaves together great jazz tunes with information about the “musical conversation” you see as jazz musicians play. Each an accomplished musician in her/his own right, together they have … Read More

Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford – July 31

Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford – July 31

Trumpets Terell Stafford Greg Gisbert Pete Olstad John Lake Saxophones Wil Swindler Scott Turpen Peter Sommer Serafin Sanchez Sam Williams Trombones Scott Crump Paul McKee Adam Barczak Gary Mayne Rhythm Section Ben Markley – Piano Steve Kovalcheck – Guitar Ken Walker – Bass Chris Smith – Drums Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, has performed with … Read More