17 Sep Telluride Summer Jazz Series
June, July, August 2018
Palm Arts announces the inaugural Telluride Summer Jazz Series at the Palm Arts Theatre Complex in Telluride, Colorado. Performances showcasing some of the finest Jazz artists in the country are planned for June, July, and August at the intimate Bob Saunders and Michael D. Palm Theatres.
The inaugural series performances kick off June 15th and 16th with performances and a jazz master class by world renowned percussionist and band leader Scott Amendola at the helm of the multi talented Invisible Bird Trio. Amendola is an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capriciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz. Amendola has enlisted the talents of two of Colorado’s greatest virtusio musicians Dave Devine and Shane Endsley.
Dave Devine has been hailed as “Denver’s Guitar Guru” by Westword magazine. An amazing guitarist, composer, and educator Dave Devine is known throughout the Denver jazz and rock scene for his virtuosity as a performer, his versatility as an artist, and his keen ability to connect with and inspire his students. A self-admitted tone-obsessed pedal geek, his signature sound is one of dense layers, ambient washes, and lush sonic landscapes, all serving his goal of redefining the role of guitar in modern jazz.
Joining Amendola and Devine is trumpeter Shane Endsley. A Colorado native and East High grad Shane left the University of Colorado to attend the Eastman School of Music. He’s gone on to co-found the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody; tour with Ani DiFranco; perform with forward-thinking jazz players like Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane and David Murray; and sit in with Pearl Jam. But after spending a good part of the last twenty years in New York City, Endsley has moved back to Denver to teach at Metropolitan State University’s Jazz & American Improvised Music program.
The Jazz series continues in July with the young and vibrant Annie Booth Trio. Annie Booth is a Denver-based jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Booth started the piano at a young age and started playing jazz in high school through the renowned non-profit organization, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts.
Annie Booth has established herself as an active force on the on the scene both as a bandleader of the Annie Booth Trio and as a busy side-woman. Annie is a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award (2011 and 2017) and was recently awarded the 2017 ASCAP Phoebe Jacobs Prize, an award that recognizes one promising young female jazz composer. She has been named “Best In Denver” from Westword Magazine the jazz genre in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and was featured as part of Jazz 89.3 KUVO’s 2015 “30-Under-30” series.
Joining Annie are former Telluride Jazz Festival All Stars Patrick McDevitt and Alejandro Castaño. Patrick McDevitt hailing from Parker, Colorado – was first introduced to music by his musician parents.”I feel like I’m a product of the Denver Jazz scene,” Patrick says. Patrick’s last visit to Telluride was with at the 2013 Telluride Jazz Festival with The Mike Dillon Band – bending genres with a twist of jazz, latin, bizzaro, funk, and punk.
Multi versatile percussionist Alejandro Castaño last visited Telluride at the 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival where he laid down beats in the tradition of drummers who have come before him. “Something so cool about music is that you have to be 100% focused, 100% in it,” said Alejandro. “It’s great to let go and only hear, listen, and play.”
Rounding out the 2018 Jazz Series is the Adam Bodine Trio Saturday, August 18th. Based out of Colorado, Bodine is talented pianist and multidimensional keyboardist who joyfully excels in a variety of roles and situations. A soulful improviser, tasteful accompanist, evocative composer and arranger, prolific producer, diligent bandleader, sought after sideman and charismatic performer, Bodine embodies keen musicianship and remarkable versatility. One of Bodine’s most esteemed ensembles is his trio. Complemented by an expansive rotation of exceptional bassists and drummers, the Adam Bodine Trio provides an optimum framework for Adam’s vibrant musical personality to shine. It is playing live in front of discernible audiences where the Adam Bodine Trio continues to receive rave reviews and amplify its artistry to spectacular dimensions.
“We’re so excited to have such amazing group of artists performing in the inaugural Telluride Summer Jazz Series” says Palm Arts Programming and Development Director Chris Vann. “The diversity that these artists bring to the region is world class. Being able to see them in the intimate Bob and Palm Theatres is a true treat for music lovers. I hope everyone can come and enjoy a glimpse of mastery of America’s only true art form.”
Tickets: Advance tickets $15 students, $20 adults, $25 day of the performance.
3 Show VIP Pass: Seating in first 3 rows and artist meet and greet $45
Travel Packages Available.
All tickets are available at www.telluridepalm.com