Purnell Steen P*S*A*L*M Juneteenth Musical Cavalcade
Purnell Steen P*S*A*L*M
P * S * A * L * M proudly presents its annual salute to African American composers. There are many who are rarely mentioned, but often played in the lexicon of jazz music. However, we will play from Billy Strayhorn,Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Horace Silver, Juan Tizol to name but a few. This swingin’ ensem- ble brings its unique brand based on the legendary “Sound Of Five Points”.
Decades ago, the Five Points neighborhood was such a hot spot for jazz music that it attracted the likes of Miles Davis and Billie Holliday, earning the moniker “Harlem of the West.” While the area has since traded saxophones for sour suds, Denver native and pianist Purnell Steen has kept the historic area’s musical legacy alive with his group Le Jazz Machine.
Thankfully the Five Points sound is still alive today, and the main keeper of the flame is pianist Purnell Steen and his group P*S*A*L*M . Now in his early seventies, Steen is a consummate performer who has a legion of devoted fans in his native Denver. Steen is also part of a musical dynasty, with relatives including vocalist Dianne Reeves, pianist George Duke, saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and bassist Charlie Burrell.
With a legend such as pianist Purnell Steen leading the band you will constantly be entertained. Purnell Steen and his swinging Quintet, Le Jazz Machine, are favorites on the Jazz Festival circuit as well as the nightclub scene.