Annual Ron Cope Rent Party Fundraiser with the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra on Sunday, April 9th (1:30-5pm, Westminster Elks Lodge)

On Sunday, April 9th be sure to attend the Denver Jazz Club Session at the Westminster Elks Lodge from 1:30 until 5:00pm! It’s the annual Ron Cope Scholarship Benefit featuring the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra. They are a nine piece big band that specializes in swing, dance music, and big band jazz, at home with music for dancers and listeners, playing everything from R & B to Sinatra. The Ron Cope Scholarship, named for the late pianist and founder of the Hot Tomatoes, Ron Cope (who also led the UCD Claim Jumpers), the Denver Jazz Club is happy to continue this tradition each year with one of Denver’s most popular bands (donating their performance)!  

The Claim Jumpers will perform until 2pm, followed by the Hot Tomatoes for the duration of the day. The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars will perform an abbreviated set around 4pm. It will be a wonderful day of jazz, so don’t miss it! See you on April 9th!!

ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR THE 2017-18 DENVER JAZZ CLUB YOUTH ALL-STARS

THE DJC YOUTH ALL-STARS ARE LOOKING FOR DEDICATED HIGH SCHOOL TENOR SAX, TRUMPET, TROMBONE, GUITAR OR BANJO, PIANO AND DRUM SET PLAYERS!

THE AUDITION MUSIC AND RECORDING HAVE NOW BEEN POSTED AT: http://bandresourcesunlimited.com/downloads/.

WHEN WILL AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE? Sunday (6:30-9pm), April 23rd, at Denver Percussion (7399 S. Tucson Way, Suite B2, Centennial, 80112. Call-backs, if needed, will take place on Sunday, April 30th.

WHAT EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED? Intermediate to advanced jazz experience is preferred.

MONTHLY CLINICIANS: Retired UC-Denver Music Professor Bill Clark, tuba player/leader of the Queen City Jazz Band, is a regular clinician. Additional professional jazz musicians do clinics from time to time as well.

REHEARSALS: Weekly rehearsals take place at Denver Percussion, from 6:30 until 9:00 pm, each Sunday. Some holiday weekends and a few other Sundays may need to be skipped.

PERFORMANCE GIGS? We feature this all star-band during each monthly Denver Jazz Club session, professional jazz festivals, and performance gigs throughout the area. The Youth All-Stars will be performing at the 2017 Evergreen, Denver Vintage, and 2018 Sacramento Jazz Festivals! We are planning to perform in New York City during the summer of 2018.

SCHOOL CONFLICTS? No performances or rehearsals conflict with school activities.

COST: Each selected student will be required to become a member of the Denver Jazz Club ($10 yearly fee). The monthly dues (4 weekly sessions) run $140, and are payable at the start of each month.

WILL PAID GIGS REDUCE FUTURE TRIP COSTS? Any money the band is paid will go towards future trip expenses.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE? The Denver Jazz Club does have financial assistance available for students who need help with monthly dues and/or private jazz lessons.

MORE INFORMATION & AUDITION SCHEDULING: ecan11@msn.com or 303-328-7277. Ed’s complete resume, audition music, and audition recordings can be found at: www.bandresourcesunlimited.com. Additional information can be found at: http://youthallstars.denverjazzclub.com/.

Crystal Swing Band to be Featured at the Sunday, March 19th Denver Jazz Club Monthly Session

Be sure to attend the Sunday, March 19th Denver Jazz Club Session at the Westminster Elks Lodge from 1:30 until 5:00pm! The Crystal Swing Band will be the featured performance group. They play music of the big band era: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Harry James and others. Current band members include Kristin Anderson-Bohan, drums, leader; Jenny Schulte, bass; Eric Leonard, piano; Dawn Kramer, trumpet; Rex Spease, alto sax; and Roger Topliff, tenor sax.

They are fantastic, so don’t miss it! There will also be performances by the UC Denver Claim Jumpers at 1:30pm, and the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars at 3:50pm.