Jazz/Blues

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival: Colin Meloy, Charles Bradley and more (photos, review)

Folks Festival August 16-18

The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival — the most experimental of the Planet Bluegrass events — brought sets from Colin Meloy, Charles Bradley, John Butler Trio and more to Lyons Friday to Sunday.



The Cookers at Dazzle, 8-9-13 (review)

The Cookers performed at Dazzle Jazz on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Photo courtesy of the band's Facebook page.

The Cookers brought a crowd of 20-somethings to hear music that’s half a century old at Dazzle Jazz on Friday.



John Scofield at the Boulder Theater, 8-1-13 (photos)

John Scofield @ Boulder Theater 8/1/2013

John Scofield brought his Uber Jam Band to the Boulder Theater on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. Scofield plays in Colorado again on Friday for the Telluride Jazz Festival.



Bobby “Blue” Bland, the “Sinatra of the blues,” dies at 83

American singer Bobby "Blue" Bland Dies At 83. Photo by David Redfern.

Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died Sunday. He was 83.



Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Bluebird Theater, 6-15-13 (photos, review)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays The Bluebird Theater on 6/15/13.

Returning to play Denver for the first time in who knows how long, New York’s City’s Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (JBSE) blew up the Bluebird Theater on Saturday night.



Johnny Smith, “Walk, Don’t Run” guitarist, has died at 90

Legendary jazz guitarist Johnny Smith plays the guitar at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has played with the likes of Stan Getz and Charlie Parker. Photo by Kirk Speer special to the Denver Post.

Johnny Smith, the legendary jazz guitarist famous for the standard “Walk, Don’t Run,” died Tuesday in his Colorado Springs home at 91.



Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at the Hi-Dive, 6-1-13 (photos, review)

Nathaniel Rateliff & Night Sweats @ Hi-Dive

For just less than 45 minutes, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats pounded out soul songs one after another.



Album review: Thundercat, “Apocalypse”

Thundercat, "Apocalypse"

Thundercat’s “Apocalypse” is a soulful tribute to the memory of Austin Peralta from one of his closest friends.



Bombino at the Fox Theatre, 5-30-13 (review)

North African blues guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar performed at the Fox Theatre on Thursday. Photo courtesy of the artist's website.

North African blues guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar blew up the Fox Theatre Thursday night with his dazzling finger picking and penchant for ambling jams.



Five don’t-misses at the Five Points Jazz Festival

Lee Konitz Trio @ Dazzle

The event has long been a signal of summer’s start, and here are our five don’t-misses for this year’s Five Points Jazz Festival.