Swingmeister Harry Allen, Walt Smith Combo jazz it up | PostIndependent.com

Swingmeister Harry Allen, Walt Smith Combo jazz it up

Calling all Glenwood Springs jazz lovers, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is honored to present the legendary talents of the Harry Allen & the Walt Smith Combo, back for a return engagement. The concert is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the arts center.Not every performer is out to set the world afire, invent a new musical language or blow away listeners with dizzying virtuosity. In concert after concert, the exquisitely understated tenor sounds of saxophonist Harry Allen have led listeners to expect the fiery exchanges that Zoot Sims and Al Cohn used to ignite. Allen’s sound and fashion is that of a swing kid. Not a product of the 90’s Swing revival, the 35-year-old horn man is a descendant of 1930s hipsters like Lester Young and other architects of the original swing thing. Allen has 18 recordings to his credit and has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide with such legendary performers as Rosemary Clooney, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry “Sweets” Edison and Dave McKenna.Rounding out the performance with Harry Allen is the Walt Smith Combo. Hundreds of couples have fallen in love to the strains of Walt Smith’s piano music in elegant restaurants and clubs throughout the west. He is a local, legendary treasure. Smith leads a jazz group performing every Tuesday night at the Sopris Restaurant. He appears annually at the Sacramento Jazz Festival. Every fall he hosts the Jazz Party at the Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass Village at the Silvertree Hotel. His vast experience includes being a member of the very famous “World’s Greatest Jazz Band.”Smith’s combo includes guitarist Walter Hanselmann, bassist Mark Gray, and drummer Maury Allen.Tickets are $14 for members, $18 for non-members, available at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Reservations are recommended, call 945-2414. This is going to be a great concert in an intimate setting . don’t miss it!The arts center have a full schedule continuing this winter and onto into spring. If you would like us to promote your event and add you to our calendar, please call or e-mail us with your details. If you are an artist and would like our mailings and exhibit applications, call us and we’ll get you in our system.Calendar of EventsGlenwood Springs Center for the Arts – All Member Exhibit – through March 2.Wild Women III, March 7-30. Invitational show of avant garde art by female artists. Artists and opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Delivery day Tuesday, March 4, with art pick up on Monday, March 31.Trulee & Lulu Concert in honor of Wild Women (and men) everywhere, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, featuring the talents of Oni Butterfly and Jonalee Eberly. Tickets for Arts Council members are $8 and $12 for non-members.CMC Photography, Graphic Arts and Portfolio Exhibit, April 4-20. Artists and opening reception TBA. Call the Center for applications, tickets or information, 945-2414.The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th Street between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at gwsarts@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.

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