Valley Jazz Concert Series opens with Dan Barrett |

Valley Jazz Concert Series opens with Dan Barrett

Traditional jazz fans who find themselves at a loss for offerings in the Roaring Fork Valley (or wonder why it sometimes seems like the Aspen Jazz Festival offers practically no jazz at all) have a treat in store.On Thursday, March 25, the newly-formed Valley Jazz Concert Series will begin with a performance by noted trombonist Dan Barrett, playing at the Basalt Community Methodist Church in Holland Hills. Tickets are $15.Barrett is probably best known for his valve and slide trombone work on movies including The Cotton Club and Brighton Beach Memoirs, as well as Woody Allens films Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You and Bullets Over Broadway he can be seen on screen in the latter film. In Wild Man Blues, a documentary profiling a three-week tour of Europe by Allens New Orleans Jazz Band, Barrett is also interviewed.Barrett has performed four times at Carnegie Hall, with shows featuring Woody Herman and the New York Pops Orchestra, Joe Bushkin and two tributes to Louis Armstrong. He also composed the theme music to the PBS production of Rocket to the Moon and The Sleepy Time Gal, a new film featuring Jacqueline Bisset. When not working in film, Barrett also keeps busy performing at jazz festivals across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Japan.Raised in California, Barrett began playing the trombone and the cornet as a child and formed his first group, the Back Bay Jazz Band, in high school. In the late 1970s, Barrett made his first trip to Hollands Breda International Jazz Festival and has been a solid fixture at jazz festivals around the world ever since. Its not Barretts first appearance in the valley; many jazz fans will remember his rendition of Margie at a concert in Glenwood Springs a few years back.Backing Barrett at Thursdays concert will be pianist Walt Smith, guitarist Walter Hanselmann, bassist Dennis Woodridge and drummer Maury Allen.Tickets to the performance are limited but can still be reserved by calling Walt Smith at 285-9711, Connie McCrudden at 963-3136, or Maury Allen at 927-1581.

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