by Clarke Reader
Denver’s jazz scene will never match the bustling birthplaces of the genre — New Orleans, Chicago and New Orleans — but the Mile High City still boasts an impressive jazz history.
Art Bouton, executive director of the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, is among those working to keep that history alive through performance. Read more...
This Saturday, the CJRO will perform two Ellington works from the LP (remember those?) “Ella at Duke’s Place. Heidi Schmidt is singing Passion Flower and Something to Live For. The lyrics to these Billy Strayhorn tunes are from a poetic and passionate era in song writing, and last night the band played, and Heidi Schmidt sang, with the feeling and respect Stayhorn’s writing deserves. Beautiful stuff, indeed.
Read more about the event here.
On Monday Sept. 26, CJRO Director Art Bouton and Executive Assistant Mike Weadley attended the Pathways to Jazz awards ceremony where Art was presented with a check for $2,000 toward the costs of CJRO's first CD recording project! Rough mixes of the first six tracks can be found on the view! page.
Our deep and sincere thanks to Alan Cogen who is the benefactor behind Pathways to Jazz. There were about eight recipients total this year representing the best in Colorado jazz.