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Jazz debuts at Steve’s Guitars

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Mark Fox/The Aspen Times

CARBONDALE ” Steve’s Guitars, where music of various genres has become a Friday night staple in downtown Carbondale, is launching a new tradition ” Tuesday Night Jazz.

Tonight’s jazz debut, at the unusually early hour of 7 p.m., features a quartet of familiar names on the Roaring Fork Valley jazz scene ” Mark Gray on standup bass, drummer Bob Levey, trumpet player Tim Fox and, coming over from Grand Junction, Warren Jones (he’s played Steve’s before) on saxophone. Walt Smith, a valley jazz icon, will sit in at the piano as the special guest.

Steve’s owner Steve Standiford calls the quartet the listening room’s “unofficial house jazz band.” He credits Levey as the driving force behind the new weekly venture.

Mused Standiford in his weekly e-mail update: “How many jazz players are looking for a place to play their original compositions in a listening room? How many people want to hear a wide variety of jazz styles on a Tuesday night? These are the questions we hope to answer with our latest musical adventure.”

Standiford says he’s hoping to see other local musicians ” Chris Bank, Brian Savage, Terry Bannon, Larry Good, Doug Whitney and Paul Valentine to name a few ” sit in at future iterations of Tuesday Night Jazz.

“I just found out that Frank Martin has some jazz in him, too. Who knew?” wrote Standiford with regard to the local singer-songwriter and frequent performer at Steve’s.

Smith, whose jazz trio was long a staple at the former Sopris Restaurant outside of Glenwood Springs, may find a new outlet for jazz at Steve’s, as well, if Standiford has anything to say about it. Smith reunites with a former bandmate in Mark Gray for the inaugural night of jazz.

“I hope we can book an evening of his music soon,” Standiford wrote.

This week’s Friday show at Steve’s features The Brian Jordan Trio at 8:30 p.m. Expect jazz, funk and rock out of these guys, Standiford advises. Admission is $20.

Jordan played guitar with funk band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, while the trio’s drummer, Dave Watts, is the founder of Boulder-based progressive improv group The Motet. Rounding out the group is bassist Andy Irvine, a member of the San Diego funk/soul outfit On the One.

Standiford brings folk singer-songwriter Christopher Williams to his listening room for a CD release party on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The New York-born Williams, a past Boston Music Awards nominee, has relocated to Nashville and recently released a new CD, “Sweet Redemption,” which will be the focus of Saturday’s party.

Steve’s Guitars is at 19 N. Fourth St.


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