Friday Night Jazz: Phröntrange - Acoustic Fusion
PRESENTED BY PARKER ARTS
This new series brings a fresh flavor to The Schoolhouse Theater. Featuring some of Colorado’s finest Jazz musicians, these Friday-night jam sessions are a perfect opportunity for jazz lovers to enjoy an evening out with friends. So sit back, relax, and take in the syncopated sounds of jazz.
Created by Grammy-nominated Maynard Ferguson alum and CJRO lead trombonist Steve Wiest, Phröntrange is the critically acclaimed group that combines the funk of Trombone Shorty with the elegant jazz of The Yellowjackets to produce one of Colorado’s most unique and listenable ensembles.
The Schoolhouse Theater
Friday, February 17 - 7:30 PM
Featured Jazz Vocalist: Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson, a veteran singer and entertainer. Robert has shared the stage with many including Stevie Wonder, Angela Brown and Stan Getz and has appeared in national and regional productions of Porgy and Bess, Ain’t Misbehavin, Blues In The Night, A Brief History Of White Music, Showboat, The Full Monty, The Buddy Holly Story and as the voice of the plant in Little Shop Of Horrors. Robert has sung The National Anthem at fourth game of the 1976 World Series in New York and the 1984 NBA All-Star game in Denver. Since making his home in Denver, Colorado Robert has been named Best Male Vocalist in the Denver Posts Readers Poll, Best Jazz Vocalist by the Colorado Black Artists Association, was honored as Colorado’s Best Male Singer by the News and Radio Media and Best Male Vocalist by the Colorado Songwriters Association. As a performer with the 17th Avenue All-Stars, an a cappella group that in 1993, won the National Harmony Sweepstakes. Robert not only lent his vocal talents to their CD “ True Colors”, he also produced and recorded the project. And more recently his work on “ Seize The Day “ by Michael Friedman garnered a Regional Grammy nod for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. Currently Robert can be heard on his CD releases through his label Jakarta Records Ltd. Those recordings are Richard The Third, Black Prince Road and Home For The Holiday’s. His latest recording the soon to be released jazz and blues project A Long Road Traveled that his talents not only as a vocalist, but also as a songwriter, instrumentalist and producer.
About the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra
Colorado’s best musicians performing classic big band and modern large ensemble jazz, that’s the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra. The CJRO plays to sell out houses, as well as jazz festivals throughout the area, performing tunes from the libraries of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, CJRO composers and many more. As part of their season, the CJRO also partner with exciting world-renown guest artists.
Executive Director Art Bouton, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, founded the band three years ago with the mission to perform the best music with the best players.
Visit their website at www.coloradojazz.org.