Hazel Miller’s genuine soul, R&B and jazz vocals highlight final Summer of Music show | PostIndependent.com

Hazel Miller’s genuine soul, R&B and jazz vocals highlight final Summer of Music show

Staff reportPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoRhythm and blues singer Hazel Miller headlines tonight's 2011 Glenwood Springs Summer of Music concert. The free outdoor show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Park. It's the last show in the 2011 concert series.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Rhythm and blues vocalist Hazel Miller is the headlining act at tonight’s Glenwood Springs Summer of Music performance. The local band A Vision Quest opens the free outdoor show at 6:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Park.It’s the last show in the 2011 music series, taking over from the Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz after that series ended last year. The series is now managed by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, under the direction of Chris Bank and with the help of a large committee of volunteers.”The concert series has gone very well, as planned, but it has been a pleasant surprise to see the support we have gotten,” Bank said. “We are already growing and it’s only the first year. Each week, I get positive feedback from people of all ages and backgrounds. The community is loving this. I’m already excited about the prospects we have lined up for next year.”Tonight’s audience is in for a treat.Whether Hazel Miller is singing blues, jazz, pop or gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul.Miller began her music career in Louisville, Ky., where she opened for popular artists such as Bob James, Mel Torme, Earl Klugh, Patrice Rushen, The Temptations and The Count Basie Orchestra before moving to Denver in 1984.In Colorado she regularly performs with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, is a regular guest on the ETown Radio Show, and has performed at all the major jazz and music festivals across the state.A Vision Quest is made up of high school and college students from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley who play music for the love of it. Their repertoire includes funk, soul, and reggae vibes centered on high energy horn-driven music. With Bobby Petts, Paul Struempler and David Ackerman playing sax, Harris Jackson singing and playing guitar, Sam Robison on bass, Josh Darling on keyboard, and Carter Colia on drums, they have an explosive original jive that has been driving crowds wild all over the Roaring Fork Valley. “Their fresh sound, youthful energy and “Vision” make them a perfect opener for the last week of the 2011 Glenwood Springs Summer of Music,” Bank said.Concessionaires offer a variety of festival food starting at 6:30 p.m., provided by Nikki’s Quickie, Smoke on the Water BBQ, Jeffreezz Sorbetto and the Haute Plate Bistro.The free summer music series is sponsored by American National Bank, the city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, KUUR, KSNO and KMTS radio. Donations are welcome.No smoking, no glass and no pets allowed in the park. Plastic cups are available for sale at the Arts Center Tent. Plan ahead and recycle.After-concert music continues at Fin’s Grille and Raw Bar and Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse.Anyone interested in helping out with the music series for 2012 can contact Christina Brusig at the Glenwood Spring Center for the Arts, 945-2414. Volunteers can join the Summer of Music Committee, become a board member and learn about other volunteer positions.

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