Jazz

Check 1, 2
6:28 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tierney Sutton

Tierney Sutton
Credit Tierney Sutton Website

The New York Times has called Tierney Sutton “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.”

A 6-time Grammy Nominee as both a recording artist and arranger, Sutton is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer” who uses her voice like an instrument.

Most recently, Tierney received her 5th consecutive Grammy Nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for her latest project, “After Blue,” an intimate, jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. The album, which is Sutton’s first solo outing without her longtime Band, features Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Serge Merlaud, Kevin Axt and The Turtle Island Quartet.

Spanning over 20years of collaboration, the Tierney Sutton Band’s 9 CDs have consistently topped the US jazz charts, leading to Tierney’s selection as Jazzweek’s Vocalist of the Year as well as to numerous other accolades in the music world including a 2011 Grammy nomination for the Band’s collaborative arranging.

She has headlined in recent years at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Jazz At Lincoln Center. She can also be heard on film and television soundtracks including The Academy Award-nominated film “The Cooler” as well as on television commercials (BMW, Green Giant, Yoplait Yogurt, Coke)

When she is off the road, Tierney is an active educator. She taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and is currently the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena,CA where she has created a new curriculum for vocalists of all genres.  Tierney has taught and mentored some of music’s finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.

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Check 1, 2
3:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Preview

Nothing kicks off summer in the Valley like the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June festival. JAS founder and president Jim Horowitz sits down to discuss this year's festival, the 24th annual, plus the JAS summer music series at the Little Nell on this edition of “Check 1, 2”. This year is loaded with big names and big talent returning to the Benedict Music Tent – Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Steve Winwood, and Trombone Shorty headlining. The free lawn party outside the tent will also be in full force with rocking music from Red Barat, Terence Simien, Selena Albright, and Calixto's Way providing the soundtrack along with bountiful food & drink. So enjoy the interview with Jim and go see some live music!

Learn more about the festival: jazzaspensnowmass.org

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Education
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Aspen Schools' Musician In-Residence Resurrects Jazz

Professor Ron Carter plays saxophone with middle and high school students in Aspen. He visited the Aspen School District this spring as the school's first ever musician in-residence.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The music department at the Aspen School District is growing, despite the odds. The budget for music is minimal compared to schools in other states. Last week though, the school welcomed its first ever musician in residence who taught middle and high school students jazz. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen visited band practice and filed this report.

Band practice is in full swing on a Wednesday afternoon. Students with saxophones, trumpets and drums tap their feet as the piece they’re playing reaches a crescendo.

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Check 1, 2
3:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Juanito Pascual

Juanito Pascual at Aspen Public Radio
Credit Daniel Shaw

Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. Born in Minneapolis, MN on July 26, 1973, Juanito has won praise around the globe as a respected new voice in this most Spanish of musical genres. He is recognized in Spain as a unique and creative voice with mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing, and original compositional style. He has been a featured artist in some of the best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals in the United States, including the renowned Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston's Jordan Hall and Regattabar, and countless colleges and performing arts centers. He has also been featured on National Public Radio's "The World" program, as well as countless television and radio programs.

Juanito holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory and was Second Prize winner of the 1996 New England Classical Guitar Competition. He has studied with Adam del Monte, Parilla de Jerez, Manolo Sanlucar, El Entri, classical guitarists David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and Boston-based maestro Dimitri Goryachev.

Since 2005, Juanito has been the director of the annual summer Flamenco Institute at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. He made his on-screen debut with an appearance alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 Pink Panther 2 film. His latest album release, Language of the Heart, is the next step in his driving passion to share the beauty and soul-stirring power of this ancient yet most vibrant musical style.

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A Loss in the Aspen Public Radio Family
9:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Remembering Don Voltmer: Long-Time, Beloved Jazz Host

Don Voltmer

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of long-time, beloved “Jazz from Aspen” host Don Voltmer. He was 78.

A Detroit native and graduate of Michigan State University, Voltmer lived and worked in Cleveland for IBM for four years before moving to Aspen from Denver in 1972.

Voltmer said that his love of jazz started at age 12 when he heard the big band sounds of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. He began filling in on air on Aspen Public Radio on Thursday evenings in February 1998 for another long-time jazz host, Stu Huck.

In his station bio, Voltmer said playing jazz on Aspen Public Radio had always been a “…great time for the three hours I get to play my kind of jazz, and I hope it shows. Many thanks to all our listeners who have become members of Aspen Public Radio with each fund drive!”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Don’s wife, Leslie Shor, talked to our Roger Adams about the many loves of “The Jazzman”.

You can hear some recent shows by Don in the player below

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