CMC gets you jazzed for this summer’s music |

CMC gets you jazzed for this summer’s music

CMC Corner
Beth Zukowski
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Zukowski, Beth

As I sit here on my porch on a Colorado spring morning, the warm sun now a viable substitute for sweaters and fleece, I’m anticipating the season easing its way into summer. I know it won’t be long until I’m pedaling along the Rio Grande Trail toward the sound of jazz at Two Rivers Park.

The pilgrimage to the park for the Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz concerts is in our community lifeblood. It’s a faithful, weekly ritual for many of us, whether or not we’re familiar with the musicians.

I know I’m not alone in thinking, “If I knew just a little more about what I’m hearing, I think I would love it even more.” Toward that end, Colorado Mountain College is very pleased to partner with Summer of Jazz this year to present a special class intended to familiarize our ear to this season’s featured artists.

Every Wednesday over the lunch hour, we’ll preview the evening’s performance. Local radio host Wick Moses of KDNK, along with other jazz aficionados, will guide each session. In most cases, they will be joined by the performers themselves. Participants will get oriented to the artists by hearing some live and prerecorded music and by discussing the artists’ unique elements of style, instrumentation and musical influences. We’ll also consider these themes from the broader context of the jazz genre.

The series will begin on June 3, one week prior to the first concert, and will meet weekly at the CMC Glenwood Center through the eight concerts of the season. For a nominal charge, you may register for the entire nine-week series; it is also possible to register for individual sessions on days of interest.

CMC is honored to complement this year’s concerts with an opportunity to appreciate the music in a deeper way. For nearly 25 years, Bob and Mary Noone have built lineups of incredible musicians, both legendary and up-and-coming. Just last month, the Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz once again attracted the attention of National Public Radio. NPR’s “JazzSet” aired the Marlon Jordan Quartet’s performance at Two Rivers Park from last year. The Summer of Jazz musicians have achieved high acclaim, and we indeed are very lucky to sit in front of them in our own backyard.

So this year, enjoy your Summer of Jazz season ” and we invite you to participate in the CMC series in the hopes that you can enjoy it even more than ever before.

Beth Zukowski is the marketing specialist for CMC’s Roaring Fork Campus. For more information on how to register for the Summer of Jazz preview series, contact the CMC Glenwood Center at 945-7486. Review this year’s concert schedule at http://www.summerofjazz. com.

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