Towns host big sounds
Known for her comedic personality and dazzling costumes, Lannie Garrett regularly morphs from a disco diva or Patsy “DeCline” to a swingin’ and jump-and-jive big-band front-woman. Her swingin’ big band brings audiences back to the days of Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Anita O’Day and Frank Sinatra with its 1940s and ’50s music Saturday night at the Dillon Amphitheatre. The 10-piece band features vampy costumes, fedoras and wide ties as audiences sway to classics like Benny Goodman’s “Don’t Be That Way,” Big Joe Turner’s “Roll ‘Em Pete” and Louis Prima’s “Oh Babe.”The vibrant red headed Denverite has garnered attention from the Denver Post, which has named her favorite female vocalist for several years in a row. Even Gentleman’s Quarterly and Genre Magazine have commented on her talent. Lannie Garrett & her Swingin’ Big Band perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Dillon Amphitheatre.
Jim Salestrom is a regular performer on the Summit scene, but his music has taken him around the world. His music revolves around his love for nature and his home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.”I write songs about high places and the people who live there. I love acoustic music; I think it fits the sounds of the mountains,” he said. “I want to be 10,000 feet above it all – and singing,” he said.Salestrom always knew he wanted to be a musician, and by age 16, Variety Artists, a national booking agency, signed his band Timberline. In 1979, Dolly Parton asked him to join her band playing the banjo and guitars. Since then, he has performed and recorded with musicians from John Denver and Kenny Rogers to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He also sang the opening song for the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and has won three Colorado Broadcast Awards and a Cleo Award.Last May, he performed in an opera in Monte Carlo, and in August, he’ll sing the national anthem for the Rockies Cubs game, then open for the Doobie Brothers Sept. 4, followed by a tour in Africa.He performs at 7 p.m. today at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge and at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dillon Amphitheatre.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell takes the stage. Rangell was a favorite at the Genuine Jazz in Breckenridge festival from 1986 to 2005.Within six months of picking up the flute at age 15, he started studying classical and jazz at The Interlochen Arts Academy, a national camp serving gifted musicians. By the time he was 19, he had played with some of the world’s greatest contemporary jazz musicians, including Hiram Bullock, Jorge Dalto and David Sanborn. The Denver-based sax player is constantly evolving as an artist, while balancing growth and experimentation with creating easily accessible sounds.Dotsero, an energetic contemporary jazz band so spontaneous that they’ve been known to jump in the Maggie Pond – horns and all – at the Genuine Jazz festival, follows Rangell. Their name means “something unique,” and they make sure they deliver with vibrant smooth jazz fueled by straightforward sax and guitar playing. The band has performed throughout the jazz world’s major festivals throughout the nation.Jubilate! Sacred Singers presents a concert of American music featuring patriotic tunes, folk music and songs by American composers at 4:30 p.m. Jubilate, which means “shout for joy,” is a 50-voice a cappella choral group dedicated to glorifying God through music. Their diverse repertoire – from Renaissance polyphony to American popular music – extends beyond any religion; they’ve sung for the American Music Research Center and the Boulder-Dushanbe Sister Cities cyber caf project, as well as Carnegie Hall. And, of course, Breckenridge’s own National Repertory Orchestra performs a rousing patriotic concert at 8:30 p.m.
Dave Mason pulls out his rockin’ blues at Frisco Bay Marina at 7 p.m. Saturday. Mason is a Rock ‘n’ Roll hall of famer and the co-founder of rock group Traffic (you know, the English rock band formed in the late 1960s by Steve Winwood, debuting with the album “Mr. Fantasy”).Mason is one of the most critically acclaimed musicians to date, playing with Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. He grew up in England and gained fame at age 19 by writing “Feelin’ Alright.” Shortly thereafter, he left Traffic to pursue a solo career in the United States. Four of his albums went gold, and “Let It Flow” has surpassed platinum with its top-10 single “We Just Disagree.” In 1993, he began a two-year tour with Fleetwood Mac.He’s spent the last six years making a new album, “16 Letters – 12 Notes,” which he released last October. The soulful blend features his guitar and vocals, where he gets back to his rock and blue roots.
Super Diamond is a Neil Diamond Tribute band on high-octane that plays all the favorites, from “Sweet Caroline” to “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.” Lead vocalist Randy Cordero dons his sequined shirt with the starry-eyed band that’s been together for more than a dozen years. Catch Super Diamond at 4 p.m. Saturday at Copper.
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