Mount Vernon Country Club in the foothills of Golden, Colorado is host to several Jazz events each year featuring national and international artists. The Club specializes in a Dinner/Concert format and provides concert only seating close to the stage.
Executive Manager and Jazz Promoter, Peter Clampitt hosts the events. Additionally, the events are supported by Public Radio KUVO 89.3. The program has been acclaimed by Norman Proviser of the Rocky Mountain News and Jazziz Magazine, featured in Down Beat Magazine and was awarded Best Jazz Series by Westword.
Past performances include:
Pianists Kenny Barron, James Williams, Cedar Walton, Bassists Ray Brown, David Williams and Ray Drummond, Drummers Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Billy Higgins and Jack DeJohnette, Trumpeters Eddie Henderson, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove and Tom Harrell, Saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Javon Jackson and David Murray, Vibraphonists Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Locke as well as some of the best Latin Jazz Groups in the business like Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band and Hilton Ruiz.
Upcoming Jazz Dinner Concerts!
Gretchen Parlato Jazz Dinner Concert
Thursday, April 18th
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Women in Jazz month continues with a special performance by vocalist and composer, Gretchen Parlato, on Thursday, April 18th. When she released her second record, In A Dream in 2009, Billboard Magazine hailed it as “The Most Alluring Jazz Album of the Year.”
An alumni of the Thelonious Monk Institute, she won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute International Vocal Competition. Her sultry, intriguing voice captured the judges and continues to capture her audiences throughout the world. She has appeared on over 50 recordings with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Terry Lynn Carrington and Esperanza Spaulding. Her latest CD, Lost and Found is getting rave reviews. Check out Gretchen at www.gretchenparlato.com. On the 18th she will share the stage with Cuban born pianist, Fabian Almazan, guitarist/bassist, Alan Hampton and drummer, Mark Guiliana. Don’t miss this very special performance.
As usual a delicious buffet dinner will precede the concert beginning at 6:00 pm. The concert will start at 8:00 pm. The price for dinner and concert is $49.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Concert only seating is available for $25.00.
The Colorado Conservatory For The Jazz Arts “Jazzorama”
Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:00 pm
• Three rooms of exciting Jazz performed by our up and coming Jazz stars
• This is a fundraising event held in the Fireside Lounge, Main Dining and Canyon Rooms
• The Club will provide a simple all you care to eat Pasta Buffet
• For more information and reservations for this event contact CCJA at www.jazzarts.org
Cyrus Chesnut Trio Featuring Special Guest
Stefon Haris Jazz Dinner Concert
Wednesday, May 29th
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Pianist, Cyrus Chesnut celebrates his 50th birthday tour at Mount Vernon Country Club on Wednesday, May 29th with special guest, vibraphonist, Stefon Harris. The Baltimore born pianist's roots are clearly based in the Church, as he began playing at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church at the early age of 6, but by 9 was studying classical music at Peabody Institute and in 1985, earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging from the renowned Berklee College of Music. Chesnut was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship, the Quincy Jones Scholarship and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. Having spent time during the eighties and early nineties with Jon Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard and the great Betty Carter, the pianist came into his own voice and approach to the music. Since then, Chesnut has recorded several well regarded dates and been a first call musician for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Cole, Bette Midler and including a 1996 US tour with opera diva, Kathleen Battle. During the nineties, Cyrus also met up with mallot master Stefon Harris.
Harris, who will perform on vibes and marimba, has brought his Blackout group to Mount Vernon several times and played to a sold out house each show. Stefon has a BM and MM in Jazz Performance from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, has three Grammy nominations and numerous awards and a number of Artist in Residences. Besides touring with his Blackout Group, Harris has worked with the late, great, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Kurt Elling and of course, the celebrated, Cyrus Chesnut.
The Los Angeles Times said of Harris, "One of the most important young artists in Jazz." To complete the group, the pianist and vibraphonist are joined by bassist, Eric Wheeler and drummer, Evan Sherman. This is a "do not miss" concert.
As usual a delicious buffet dinner will precede the concert beginning at 6:00 pm. The concert will start at 8:00 pm. The price for dinner and concert is $49.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Concert only seating is available for $24.00.
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