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Join us our Fall Composition Class Graduation November 24th!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Concert, Education, Jazz at the Crossroads | 0 comments

      Join the Gift of Jazz with the Fall 2014 Graduation Concert! A celebration of the Gift of Jazz Composition students’ works! Monday, November 24th @ 7pm The Crossroads Theater (2590 Washington St. Denver, CO) Students in both levels of instructor Annie Booth’s Jazz Theory & Composition classes will be PREMIERING brand new compositions that they have written throughout the 8-week course! Come celebrate the hard work and dedication put forth by the students – Ashley Noland, Mardi Moore, Thomas Windham, Kay Ueno, Robert Lipscombe, Howard Slavin, Troy Medina, Glenn Booth, and Charlie Vavra. Their pieces will be performed by this stellar band: Josh Quinlan/saxophones Adam Bartczak/trombone Annie Booth/piano Patrick McDevitt/bass Alejandro Castano/drums Tickets at the door. Covered parking is available at the entrance on Washington St. $10 Suggested Donation Supports Gift of Jazz Education...

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Thank You for your Gift of Jazz on Colorado Gives Day!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in people | 0 comments

Our campaign continues through the end of the year. A donation to Gift of Jazz on Colorado Gives Day will help us continue to provide jazz education programming to Denver area kids of all ages.

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Artist in the Schools featuring the Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra with Brad Goode

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Concert, Education, Jazz at the Crossroads | 0 comments

Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:00pm at the Crossroads Theater     Join us for an evening of jazz featuring Denver School of the Arts’ swingin’ Jazz Workshop Orchestra! World-class trumpeter Brad Goode will be featured and put this talented band through their paces. It’s all part of the Gift of Jazz’ new Artist in the Schools program. “The lyrical genius of the trumpet” – Chicago Tribune Trumpeter Brad Goode is a unique and instantly recognizable virtuoso. Whether working as a soloist, bandleader, lead trumpet man or sideman, for 25 years he has consistently been one of the busiest performers in the United States. Crossroads Theater 2590 Washington Street Denver, CO 80205 Crossroads Theatre is located in the Five Points neighborhood at the corner of Welton and Washington Streets. Covered parking is available (entering from Washington Street) and light rail access is just steps away. Take the D train to the 27th and exit at Welton. The theater is located one half block west next to Coffee at The Point across from the Rossonian Hotel.   Artist in the Schools Performance $10.00 Add to...

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A JJ Johnson Blind Tiger!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Blind Tiger, Concert | 0 comments

…featuring Steve Wiest   with Dave Hanson, Mike Marlier and Ken Walker   Sunday March 1st, 3:00-6:00pm     Multiple Grammy-nominated jazz composer and trombonist Steve Wiest is known world-wide for his fresh cutting edge writing as well as his extroverted virtuoso trombone playing. With a zeal for finding fresh ingredients for his muse, Steve is a true multi-genre persona. As a recording artist, composer-arranger, science fiction author, cartoonist, and educator, Wiest is at home with many different and diverse areas of creative endeavor. His path to recognition began with a four-year stint as trombonist and composer with Maynard Ferguson. During this period Steve appeared on two Ferguson projects (Storm and Live from San Francisco) a video project (The Playboy Jazz Festival) and penned a number of works for Maynard including South 21st Shuffle. Steve, together with a very able-bodied engine room comprised of Dave Hanson on piano, Mike Marlier on drums and Ken Walker on bass will be paying tribute to the father of the bebop trombone, the artist who first showed the world that the trombone can be a virtuosic jazz instrument – JJ Johnson. The central-Denver venue features an elegant listening room and plenty of parking. Details will be provided to participants via email 24 hours prior. As always, the event will be an intimate gathering featuring gourmet treats and libations.  Seating is limited, so make your reservations today! March ’15 Blind Tiger $50.00 Add to...

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Winter 2015 Jazz Composition Class Graduation

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Education | 0 comments

Announcing Winter 2015 Jazz Composition & Arranging Class  Graduation Concert    Tuesday, March 24, 7:00pm DazzleJazz: 930 Lincoln, Denver  Reservations   “““““““““““““““““““““““`   Jazz Composition/Arranging Level 1 (Beginner) :: Saturdays 11:00am-12:15pm – Join us as we explore a wide variety of techniques for manipulating the elements of melody, harmony and rhythm,  as a way to breathe new life into classic jazz standards, in addition to your own original compositions. The course will culminate in a performance of the students’ works by a professional ensemble. Jazz Composition/Arranging Level 2 (Intermediate/Advanced) :: Saturdays 2:00pm-3:15pm – In this course, we will analyze the works of modern jazz composers such as Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler and Brad Mehldau,  exploring their use of re-harmonization techniques, meter and thematic development. Learn the secrets on contemporary jazz composition and then apply them to your own original ideas! The course will culminate in a performance of the students’ works by a professional ensemble. Jazz Theory/Improvisation :: Saturdays 12:30pm-1:45pm – This class provides students with the vocabulary and understanding of jazz music theory that is needed to begin improvising with conviction and musicianship. We will explore different harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements through the use of exercises, group improvisation, and standard melodies and progressions. The class will cover the most common progressions and beyond.   We are very pleased to announce that Annie Booth will be leading our Saturday classes this semester. Annie Booth is a pianist and composer originally from Denver, Colorado. Growing up in a musical family, Annie began playing the piano and writing music from an early age, going on to study music at the collegiate level and earning a BM in Jazz Piano Performance and minor in French from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2011. During her time at CU, she was a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. Annie has performed worldwide, from the main stage of the Telluride Jazz Festival to the Banff Centre in Canada and throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia on luxury cruise lines. These days, she is a regular performer on the Denver Jazz scene and plays at jazz clubs and concert venues around Colorado. Annie Booth is releasing her debut CD, Wanderlust, an album comprised of nine original compositions, in October 2014. The eight week sessions will be held at :: Denver School of the Arts – 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver Saturdays, January 31 through March 21. (tuition is non-refundable unless the class is not held) Come be a part of an creative educational experience with us!...

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