Funky jazz fills the Goat |

Funky jazz fills the Goat

YVETTE REBIKspecial to the daily
Special to the Daily Carlos Washington plays the Goat in Keystone tonight at 9.

KEYSTONE – Carlos Washington and the Amazing Giant People Ensemble will fill the Goat in Keystone with lively sounds of jazz and funk tonight.After playing with Lenny Kravitz’s original sax player Karl Denson for two years, Washington formed the Giant People in 2000. Ever since then, the band’s energy, excitement and unique beats have lit up dance floors all across the country.

Washington leads the band on trumpet. Other members include Ignacio Arango, electric bass and guitar; John Staten, drums; and Jesse Molloy, tenor saxophone.Washington’s strong trumpet background in the Marine Corps Band delivers a strong brass sound to the stage. The other players join Washington in a soul inspired show that pulls people out of their chairs and on to the dance floor.

The four men combined global sounds in their album “Much Love.” Elements of jazz, rhythm-and-blues, hip-hop, techno and Afro-beat in the songs expose their numerous musical influences. Carlos Malcolm, principle originator of modern Jamaican music, collaborated with the ensemble on the album as well as platinum songwriter, producer and guitarist Glenn McKinney.

Washington and the Giant People tour nationally and play more than 100 shows per year. They played at the Sundance Film Festival 2000/2001, San Francisco North Beach Jazz Festival 2001, Winter Olympics 2002 and the Atlanta Jazz Festival 2002.The ensemble returns to the Rockies this month. The Goat will open its doors on tonight and Tuesday to Washington and the Giant People. Whether The Goat’s customers are three sheets to the wind or as sober as a celebrity fresh out of rehab, they are sure to enjoy the band’s funky dance beats. Maybe the Giant People’s songs will even help peel wallflowers out of the shadows.

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