Genuine Jazz blows into Breck |

Genuine Jazz blows into Breck

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – The streets of Breckenridge heat up tonight with the sultry sounds of saxophones as Genuine Jazz in Breckenridge blows into town.

While most jazz festivals offer daytime performances, Genuine Jazz in Breckenridge is known for its romantic nightclub atmosphere, with four to five establishments hosting favorite jazz musicians beginning at 9 p.m. today and Saturday. Jazz enthusiasts can hop from one club to another, soaking in the sensual sounds of nine different musical acts.

“We’ve added in the nightclub, bar-hopping experience so to speak,” festival founder Kim DiLallo said.

In addition to hot jammin’ nights, the festival offers free, cool jazzin’ days on the floating stage at the Maggie Pond and on a new stage at Main Street Station from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We pride ourselves on being a laid-back, accessible festival, where people can get up close and personal with the bands,” DiLallo said.

Nelson Rangell, who kicks off the festival tonight at The Maggie, connects with the audience through themes he conveys in his rich and varied tones.

“The audience identifies with the performer because they can feel something that is common,” Rangell said. “Music is a certain type of language. My music is put forward in a way I hope is positive and affirming.”

Rangell, known for his versatility with woodwind instruments, also performs on the floating stage at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Bryan Savage and his five-piece band blow the roof off the Quandary Grille tonight and stir up the Maggie Pond at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with his soulful sax.

“We play with about as much energy as you’d see in any rock ‘n’ roll show,” Savage said.

Laura Newman and AOA set the Park Avenue Pub ablaze tonight with a blues-based jazz that has placed her in the forefront of the regional music scene. She returned to her Chicago-style, Motown-based upbringing after trying smooth jazz and finding it just didn’t resonate with her. Her band’s music continues to transform as new people and new sounds enter the scene.

“A new person comes in, and we just wrap around everybody’s strength,” Newman said. Lately, the band has wrapped around its new Russian keyboardist’s cultural influences. “It keeps mutating in different places because of how open we are to everything.”

Red Holloway and the Ellyn Rucker Trio pay a special tribute to jazz legend Spike Robinson, who performed at Genuine Jazz for 17 years and passed away in September. Holloway, who has played with the blues’ greats, and Rucker, known as “Denver’s Madame Jazz,” honor their friend Robinson at the Breckenridge Cattle and Fish Company tonight and Saturday night, and at the Maggie Pond at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Jeff Kashiwa guides listeners through a range of emotions in his performances at the Ten Mile Room Saturday evening and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Maggie Pond.

“Although it can be very high energy, we even go into the more somber depths,” Kashiwa said.

He left his 10-year association with the Rippingtons to focus on his self expression through music.

“My music has taken on a little more sensual textures and grooves, although it still has that high energy Rippington groove. My mantra has been, “What is the simple truth about this melody?’ It fundamentally comes from a heartfelt, melody-driven, simple place.”

Dotsero remains true to its name, which means “something unique,” bringing just that to The Maggie Saturday night. The sax player has been known to jump into the Maggie Pond while playing, but fans will have to wait to see what the 3:30 p.m. show on Sunday brings at the pond.

“We’re rehearsing a real spiffy live show,” sax player Stephen Watts said. “We’re going to be trying new things and seeing how they work. We try to involve the audience as much as possible where they feel a part of the show – that they’re not just there to get bathed in sound, but to participate as well. Our goal is for our shows to be a total sensory experience.”

The Latin, Brazilian and fusion sounds of Cornerstone fire up the Quandary Grille Saturday night and splash at the Maggie Pond at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Gregory Goodloe spices up the Park Avenue Pub Saturday night with funky and fresh West Montgomery-style octaves, then plays at the Main Street Station at noon Sunday.

Other daytime performers include old-school groove band Buckner Funken Jazz, the Summit Jazz Consort and Good Vibes Quartet.

A weekend pass for nightclub performances is $30, tonight’s pass is $18 for four establishments, and Saturday’s pass is $20 for five clubs. Per- club admission is $12. Passes may be purchased at any participating club, the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Main Street Station’s concierge desk, Budget Tapes in Frisco and Affordable Music in Silverthorne. For more information, visit the Web site at

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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