Every once in a while there is a special gathering of kindred spirits from the musical world, and I can think of no better example than these two nights at the intimate atmosphere of Denver’s premiere jazz club, Dazzle. These three world class musicians share a wonderful history, and that bond, along with the rarity of the occasion makes this an event not to be missed.
Originally from Philadelphia, Dale Bruning has been a fixture in Denver jazz circles for many years, and is known and respected as a gifted guitarist, teacher and author. He has shared the stage and studio with many of Jazz’s finest players, and has several of his own recordings on the Jazz Link Enterprises label. I cannot even guess the number of his students (on all instruments) that have gone on to great success in music, which is a testament not only to his teaching skills, but also his extraordinary musicianship. He walks the walk.
Bill Frisell has been one of the most original guitarists of his generation, with influences and experience in a very wide variety of musical styles. He is a true innovator on his instrument, and his place in the jazz history books is secure. Bill has won a Grammy Award and several reader and critics’ polls, has composed soundtracks for films, and has been the subject of countless articles and interviews. With all of this success, he has always given credit to his original mentor, Dale Bruning, and the two men have played and recorded together over the years whenever their busy schedules allow. Check out their double CD, Reunion (under Dale’s name), for a preview of things to come.
Michael Moore is a gifted bass player whose resume reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz. Marion McPartland, Freddie Hubbard, Jim Hall, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Zoot Sims, Warren Vache, Ruby Braff, Jake Hanna, Kenny Barron, Chet Baker, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz and Dave Brubeck are just a few of the musicians he has played with, showing both the level of his own artistry and the wide scope of his talents. Michael and Dale first recorded together in 1998, as a duo on Dale’s CD, Conference Call. They have been good friends ever since, so it is no surprise that Dale called on Michael for these very special concerts.
I post this rare event on my blog, not only as an admirer of these special musicians, but also for personal reasons. I’ve known Bill since our college days when we played together in our own rock band, and then in our first jazz groups. We were roommates when I joined Bill on the east coast during his studies at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston (while I was studying trumpet with Roy Stevens in New York). During our Colorado days it was Bill who strongly recommended that I study with Dale, which turned out to be a major turning point for my life in music. Dale taught not only the theory and fundamentals of jazz, but also (by example), how to live one’s life. It is my good fortune to count Dale and Bill as two of my dearest friends, and their impact on my life is beyond measure. I first met Michael during the concert-live recording of Conference Call, where I served as an assistant recording engineer. I was not only impressed with his composing (“If I Could Speak to Him Now”) and his incredible arco solos, but also the same easy going nature he shares with Dale and Bill.
This will be a memorable event by three extraordinary human beings. I can recommend it to anyone looking for an evening (or two) that you will remember long after the last notes have faded away. Get your reservations soon, for the four shows will sell out!
For those of you who are interested in making those reservations, here’s a link to Dazzle’s website.