Peter Stoltzman's New Standards Project feat. Allison Miller & Natalie Cressman

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
9:00 PM
Doors Open at 7:30 PM


1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202  

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Peter Stoltzman's New Standards Project feat. Allison Miller & Natalie Cressman

Alison Miller — Drums

Natalie Cressman — Voice and trombone

Gonzalo Teppa — Bass

Peter John Stoltzman — Piano

Putting a creative spin on popular music has always been one of the primary vehicles for jazz repertoire. The "Great American Songbook," after all, is the popular show tunes of a bygone era, interpreted over and again by jazz musicians for nearly a century. Audiences, musicians, and critics alike, have had varying feelings about the use of modern popular repertoire by jazz artists—Miles Davis took considerable flak for his crossover albums in the 80s, and Herbie Hancock butted heads with Wynton Marsalis after releasing "The New Standard" in the mid-90s. But Hancock's record was undeniably fresh and musically satisfying, and it opened the door for a new generation of jazz artists to legitimately use modern popular music in their repertoire once again. Whether or not the jazz community actually arrives upon some codification or tacit agreement regarding repertoire that can be called "New Standards" or not, only time will tell. But the essential element that ties our approach today to Coltrane playing "My Favorite Things," or Art Tatum playing "Yesterdays," is recognizable melodies bolstered by creative approaches to harmony, rhythm, and song form. We will play songs you know and love, such as John Lennon's "Imagine," Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time," and Stevie Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good." And what we do may or may not be swinging, but it is undeniably Jazz.

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