Local music lover Charlie Carroll has pursued a dream for a number of years. That would be the establishment of a Littleton Jazz Festival. It will …
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Local music lover Charlie Carroll has pursued a dream for a
number of years. That would be the establishment of a Littleton
Jazz Festival. It will take place at Town Hall Arts Center on Aug.
28, with four different ensembles scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m.
The past two years, Carroll, now a Highlands Ranch resident
after living many years in Littleton, has booked a Jazz Festival
performance as part of the Fine Arts Series at Littleton United
Methodist Church, where he is a member and sings in the choir.
He has formed a board and established a 501 (c) foundation.
The four-hour festival is this year’s next step in the process.
The program will offer contrasting ways of interpreting this
uniquely American music.
Town Hall’s acoustics are so well suited to instrumental music
that music fans are delighted to see it featured there.
Pianist Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine will lead off with the
ensemble’s distinctive mix of vocal and instrumental jazz and a
guest visit by Steen’s cousin, legendary bassist Charles Burrell.
Steen’s band plays regularly at Dazzle in Denver, and makes many
other appearances, including City Park Jazz. Burrell, 82, who
appears with Steen when he can, is retired from the Colorado
Symphony. He is one of the first African American musicians to
break the color barrier in large orchestra classical music but has
always loved and performed jazz as well.
Ellyn Rucker will appear next, on piano and vocals with her
quartet . She has been performing in the Denver area and nationally
since 1979. Joining Rucker on Aug. 28 will be versatile Rich
Chiaraluce, who may play saxophone, clarinet and flute in the
course of a performance. He plays with the Colorado Symphony pops
concerts; clarinet with the Artie Shaw Orchestra; alto with the
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; with local bands and with many well-known
Saxophonist and band leader Keith Oxman is scheduled third with
his quartet. He has recorded on the Colorado-based Capri label
since 1996, including a combination of originals and jazz
standards. His style on the latest, “Dues in Progress,” is
described by writer Michael Gladstone as
Rounding out the evening will be the 18-piece Metropolitan Jazz
Orchestra, which draws together many fine Denver area jazz
musicians to play big band favorites from the ’40s and ’50s as well
as Latin and current New York/Los Angeles favorites.
Littleton Jazz Festival will be held at Town Hall Arts Center,
2450 W. Main St., Downtown Littleton. Scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m.
Friday, August 28. Tickets cost $25, $20 seniors. 303-794-2787,
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