From falling in love with the fiddle at age nine to becoming the Colorado State Fiddle Champion at last year’s National Western Stock Show, Katie Glassman has built up quite a resume. She studied jazz AND classical violin at the University of Colorado, and in 2004, became the first violinist to graduate from that school with a jazz studies certificate. Two years later, she was the second American ever to attend the Centre Musique Didier Lockwood in France, where she received a certificate with honors in 2007. Since 1994, Glassman has taught fiddle and violin lessons from her Fiddle Parlor Studio.
When Glassman returned to Denver in 2007, she began playing gypsy jazz around town with a number of outfits — most notably with Impromptu. Earlier this month, she released a solo CD, “Snapshot,” which deftly balances gypsy jazz, folk traditions, bluegrass and even a little country, all played expertly with luminescent locals like finger style guitarist Sean McGowan, multi-instrumentalist Wes Michaels, John Macy and many more. Steal “Uncle John” to hear a bit of what Glassman’s capable of, then pop over to iTunes to buy the whole 16-track album for a mere $9.99. Visit her website for a list of upcoming live shows.Ten years after her last album, Cortez-based singer-songwriter Katya Chorover released her latest, “Big Big Love,” last summer. The rootsy, folky songstress is originally from Boston, spent nearly two decades in the Pacific Northwest and relocated to Cortez, Colorado, in 2006. Since then, she’s been largely focused on being mom and adjusting to life in a very different place.
Chorover returned to Portland, Oregon, to record “Big Big Love,” but the record seems like an apt soundtrack for the stark beauty, mysterious history and hard life of the Four Corners. Though Chorover’s twangy delivery places her squarely in a country and Americana tradition, her songs have soul that seems to be drawn from blues and gospel music. With aching honesty, goose bump harmonies and simple strength, the veteran musician emerges from her hiatus with a record that will introduce her to a a whole new world of fans.
Steal “Big Big Love” to orient yourself to Katya Chorover’s music, then catch her live tomorrow night — Mar 23 — in the intimate setting of the Gypsy House Cafe at 1279 Marion Street in Denver. Admission is charged on a sliding scale between $5 and $10. If you’re the kind of person who likes to sing along, you can download the whole album from CD Baby for a mere $9.99.
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