‘Colorado super band’ offers super night of Latin jazz in Carbondale
CARBONDALE ” A national recording musician with strong ties to the Roaring Fork Valley and Jazz Aspen Snowmass has pulled together a “Colorado super band,” Cubano Bop, for a Latin jazz concert at 8 p.m. tonight at Thunder River Theatre.
The concert is part of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) Ten-Spot Concert Series.
Boulder-based trumpet player Brad Goode has been a musician at the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the JAS valleywide high school band, and is the brother of Lari Goode (wife of Mark Fischer, owner of Six89 restaurant in Carbondale).
He has played for more than 25 years in the valley, but his upcoming trip will be spiced with some mambo and salsa rhythms and jazz improvisations along the lines of Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz greats, as well as music rooted in the Cuban tradition.
“I hope fans of salsa music and jazz will come because they’ll find it’s a great combination that we’re bringing,” Goode said in a phone interview. “I certainly hope they plan to open an area for dancing. It’s hard to sit still with this music.”
The sextet Cubano Bop features Goode on trumpet, Nelson Hinds on trombone, Jeff Jenkins on piano, Ken Walker on bass, Francisco Mejias on timbales and Ethan Mesple on congas.
“It’s like a Colorado super band,” Goode stated. “I tried to put together the best players in Colorado. Fans should have seen these other guys play in their own groups. Everybody in the group has their own band, so it’s a band full of band leaders.”
Goode has more than 10 albums of his own and currently records with the SteepleChase and Delmark labels. A Chicago native, he was classically trained on the violin from age 4. He’s played guitar and cornet and ended up playing trumpet after an early interest in the music of Louis Armstrong.
He still also performs as a jazz bassist and said of his teenage musicianship: “I began playing bass at 15. My girlfriend played bass in the school orchestra. The relationship with her was temporary, but the relationship with the bass was permanent.”
He led his own combo from 1986 until 1998, appearing at major festivals and nightclubs around the world, including a 12-year weekly stint at the famous Green Mill jazz club in Chicago.
According to Goode, he travels and plays with “a lot of different bands,” including his own jazz quartet, and is lead trumpet for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to performing solo and sharing the stage with numerous jazz artists, Goode is an assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Tickets for the Cubano Bop concert are $10 and can be purchased at 920-4996, or at the door on the night of the performance. Show time is 8 p.m. at Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade in downtown Carbondale. Proceeds benefit JAS In-Schools programming.
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