Presented by the Max Wagner Quartet
Sunday, April 24, 2016 :: 3:00-6:00pm
La Cour – 1643 So. Broadway, Denver
The genius of vocalese, Jon Hendricks’ ability to write coherent lyrics to the most complex recorded improvisations is quite notable, as were his contributions to the classic jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.
He is considered one of the originators of vocalese which adds lyrics to existing instrumental songs, replacing instruments with vocalists, and is considered one of the greatest scat singers of all time. For his work as a lyricist, jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather called him the “Poet Laureate of Jazz”, while Time magazine dubbed him the “James Joyce of Jive”.
MAX WAGNER – Alto Saxophone & Jazz Vocals…that cat can scat!
Appaloosa Jazz Records recording artist, Max Wagner, is a dynamic and accomplished saxophonist and Jazz vocalist. A vibrantly eloquent and lyrical player, he draws primarily from his own vocabulary, and has developed an individual sound and approach to Modern Jazz. As a Jazz vocalist and scat singer, he puts his original spin on the traditions of Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, and Ella Fitzgerald. He has received notice in DOWNBEAT magazine, been described by the Denver Post as “a powerful and innovative soloist”, by Westword as “Denver’s candidate for the ‘Alto Madness’ award”, and in the Coloradoan as a “world class Jazz artist”. This compelling saxophonist and vocalist always delivers an engaging musical experience. He lives by the premise that in music, and in Jazz in particular, saying something is still the bottom line.
Accompanying Max will be his working quartet comprised of Eric Gunnision (piano), Ken Walker (bass) and Todd Reid (drums).
This event will be hosted by La Cour, Denver’s hottest new bistro and art bar. As always, our Blind Tiger events are intimate affairs that include a gourmet three-course dinner* accompanied by libations. Seating is very limited, so make your reservations today to guaranty your spot!
*If you’d prefer a vegetarian entree’ please send us a request.