Young composer and musician Rico Jones comes home to Denver, bringing along four highly acclaimed jazz stars from New York to play at Dazzle for three nights, July 7th (featuring local Denver Greats) 8th and 9th (Featuring the NYC band). With a quintet comprising both well-established and rising stars (Alto Sax: Vincent Herring; Drums: Dan Weiss; Bass: Joe Martin; Guitar: Max Light; Tenor Saxophone: Rico Jones), Rico welcomes the chance to introduce Denver audiences to current trends in New York jazz while also introducing the NY artists to the burgeoning jazz scene here in Colorado.
Acclaimed Saxophonist Vincent Herring has appeared on recordings and live performances with Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band (Won a Grammy in 2010), Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, Mike LeDonne, Carl Allen, Ron McClure, and John Hicks among others. His extensive guest soloist appearances include performances with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and Jon Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band.
Guitarist Max Light has performed and recorded with Noah Preminger, Donny McCaslin, Jason Palmer, John Ellis, Dan Weiss, Colin Stranahan, Adam Deitch, Kevin Sun, and Bobby Watson, among others. He is a regular collaborator with Downbeat Rising Star tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger, and the two of them have a duo album, titled Song We Love, coming out in early 2022, and he appeared on Preminger’s albums Genuinity and Contemptment alongside Kim Cass and Dan Weiss. This quartet is set to tour Europe in fall 2021.
Joe Martin is one of the most sought-after bassists on the New York City jazz scene. Known for his warm sound, facile ear, harmonic flexibility, and lyrical solos, he has performed with a diverse range of musicians. He was an integral member of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s group for several years, documented on a live recording from the Village Vanguard entitled The Remedy. He has also performed with Andy Bey, Vinicius Cantuaria, Bill Charlap, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Art Farmer, Aaron Goldberg, Jon Gordon, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Larry Goldings, Gilad Hekselman, Ethan Iverson, Guillermo Klein, Jonathan Kreisberg, Ivan Lins, Lionel Loueke, Bill McHenry, John McNeil, Brad Mehldau, The Mingus Big Band, Ben Monder, Jane Monheit, Jean-Michel Pilc, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Jaleel Shaw, Grady Tate, Mark Turner, Michael Weiss, and many others.
Hailed by The New York Times as one of the top five jazz drummers, Dan Weiss has been pushing musical limits for decades with his innovative drumming and forward-thinking compositions. With Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, he leads a trio that has released three records, and Weiss also leads a unique sixteen-piece large ensemble that includes some of NYC’s most gifted musicians. As a sideman, he has played/toured with Lee Konitz, Chris Potter, Noah Preminger, Kenny Werner, Rudresh Mahanthappa, David Binney, John Zorn, and many others. Further, he also has been studying tabla for twenty-five years, and has performed with several leading Indian musicians.
Rico Jones is steadily becoming one of the top young saxophonists of his generation. Raised in Denver, he studied at Denver School of the Arts and with the Colorado Conservatory for Jazz Arts (CCJA) with the guidance of such local artists as Paul Romaine, Greg Gisbert, Eric Gunnison, Art Lande, Brad Goode and Vlad Girshevich. He headed for New York City for his undergraduate and graduate works at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has earned a remarkable six Downbeat student awards. While in New York, he has performed as a leader with such notable artists as Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bobby Watson, Yasushi Nakamura, Ari Hoenig, Lage Lund, Kush Abadey, Sullivan Fortner, Colin Stranahan, Rick Rosato, Rich Perry, Dave Kikoski, and many others.
Rico Jones – Sax
Max Light – Guitar
Eric Gunnison – Piano
Ken Walker – Bass
Harold Summer – Drums