Colorado Jazz Workshop Jazz Festival

Colorado Jazz Workshop Jazz Festival

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At its 8th annual Jazz Festival, the Colorado Jazz Workshop is honoring and featuring its talented directors Keith Oxman, Marc Sabatella, Rex Matzke, and Ron LeGault. Joining that stellar lineup will be internationally recognized trumpeter, and longtime CJW friend and supporter, Bob Montgomery.

Festival Schedule

Day Pass Concerts – CJW Combos and Big Bands
10:30am-11:15am – Monday Combo
11:15am-12:00pm – Saturday Evening Combo
12:00pm-12:45pm – Monday Big Band
12:45pm-1:30pm – Saturday Morning Combo
1:30pm-2:15pm – Wednesday Combo
2:15pm-3:00pm – Tuesday Morning Combo
3:00pm-3:45pm – Wednesday Big Band
3:45pm-4:30pm – Tuesday Evening Combo

6:30pm Evening Show
CJW Saturday Big Band ft. Faculty and Special Guest Bob Montgomery

8:30pm Evening Show
CJW Sextet ft. Faculty and Special Guest Bob Montgomery

The Colorado Jazz Workshop provides a means to continue the exploration of the jazz genre for musicians who have prior musical experience but hold down other “day gigs”. Founded in 1987 by Edd Nichols and Ken Anderson, the CJW allows its members to continue playing at a quality level and has been the vehicle for several musicians to reinvestigate their musical careers.

Guest Artists

Trumpeter Bob Montgomery, an internationally recognized performing artist, has appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States. He has performed in back-up orchestras for such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and Nancy Wilson. Montgomery has toured Europe with Clark Terry’s “Big Bad Band”; served as artist-in-residence in Adelaide, South Australia; appeared as featured soloist with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra for the International Trumpet Guild; and appeared at Town Hall in New York City with Clark Terry for the New York JVC Jazz Festival’s tribute to Terry.

Saxophonist Keith Oxman, a Denver native, has gigged steadily as a leader and sideman for more than 25 years—including a stint on the road with the Buddy Rich Big Band. He also has appeared with artists such as Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey, Jack McDuff, Tom Harrell, Jon Hendricks, and Mel Tormé. His original sound and style and abilities as a writer make him a force to be reckoned with: his arrangements breathe life into little-heard standards, his compositions could well become tomorrow’s often-heard standards, and he can swing like crazy with a fine sound, agile technique, and sure harmonic sense.

Pianist Marc Sabatella is a composer and educator based in Denver. His music has been characterized as “happily subverting the mainstream”, combining the “unpredictability of Thelonious Monk and lyricism of Bill Evans.” He has worked with the area’s top players, including Keith Oxman, Fred Hess, Ron Miles, Art Lande, and Hugh Ragin, as well as with jazz greats such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Allan Harris, Greg Abate, Red Holloway, Pete Christlieb, Marcus Printup, Wessell Anderson, Javon Jackson, Chico Freeman, Mel Martin, Sunny Wilkinson, and others.

Saxophonist Rex Matzke holds a B.M.E. and M.M. from the University of Nebraska and has pursued a Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy with a Secondary Emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. He has performed with Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Bobby Shew, David Baker, Dominic Spera, Rich Matteson, Buddy Baker, Ed Shaughnessy, Milt Hinton, Bill Watrous, and Denis DiBlasio, and has toured with Big Band USA, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, and the University of Northern Colorado Lab I.

Pianist and arranger Ron LeGault has performed with Denis DiBlasio, Bobby Shew, Brad Goode, Bootsy Barnes, Larry McKenna, John Vanore, Dale Devoe, and Dru Heller. His quintet performs regularly at such venues as Hotel St. Julien and Caffé Sole in Boulder. At Christmas, his quintet performs the musical suite “Charlie Brown Goes to the Nutcracker”: the music of Vince Guaraldi combined with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite featuring LeGault’s original arrangements. Guest artists for this performance have included Mark Diamond, Ron Bland, Bob Montgomery, John Mills, Al Hermann, Todd Reid, Kevin Smith, Andy Salas, Matthew Floyd, Jill Frederickson, Chris Lee, Scott Simon, Brianna Harris, and Max Wagner.


Oct 26 2019


10:30 am - 9:45 pm


$10, $15, $18


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1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO, 80202


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