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[IN-PERSON] Jazz Tribute to Freedom, Justice, and Hope

Date: February 22, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a jazz journey—branching into soul—that celebrates hopeful, powerful voices of justice and freedom for all.

Dave Fulker: Playing flugelhorn—or its cousin, the trumpet—Dave brings a lyrical style to Boulder's jazz scene. He once held the Principal Trumpet post (for 34 seasons) at the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, led the Centennial Brass Quintet, and has appeared (sometimes as soloist) with groups as varied as the Denver Municipal Band, Boulder Brass, Colorado Music Festival, Denver Brass, Bob Hope Band, and The Four Tops. In 2016 the Dairy Center for the Arts named Dave an Honoree for blending innovation as a jazz/classical performer with an award-winning career in scientific software and—alongside wife, Nicky Wolman—a pattern of philanthropy. Dave serves on the Boulder Phil Board of Directors and the Advisory Board for CU’s College of Music.

Robert Johnson: Since making his home in Denver, Colorado Robert Johnson has been named Best Male Vocalist in the Denver Post's Readers Poll, named Best Jazz Vocalist by the Colorado Black Artists Association. He was honored as Colorado’s Best Male Singer by the News and Radio Media, and as Best Male Vocalist by the Colorado Songwriters Association. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Stan Getz, the 17th Avenue Allstars, and Dotsero. Robert won a regional Grammy for his work on Michael Friedman’s Seize the Day. 

 

Victor Mestas: Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Victor studied at the J. A. Lamas School of Music with Carmen Moleiro. He became a pianist, keyboardist, and arranger for renowned bands in Latin America and Venezuela, including Guaco and Trabuco Venezolano. Victor has appeared on over 100 recordings by many artists, including Soledad Bravo, Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias. Since moving to Boulder, Victor has become a fixture in the Brazilian-Latin Jazz scene and teaches a Latin Jazz Ensemble at CU-Boulder's Thompson Jazz Studies Program.

 

Gonzalo Teppa: Also from Venezuela, Gonzalo is a two-time Latin Grammy Nominee for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album.” He was a performer on albums by Linda Briceño and Luisito Quintero. He was named “Best Jazz Soloist” by Downbeat Magazine in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Gonzalo has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, and Ben Goldberg.

Dru Heller: Holding a Master of Music in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from CU-Boulder's College of Music, Dru is one of Denver's most in-demand drummers. He has shared the stage with many jazz greats, including Benny Greene, Terence Blanchard, Robin Eubanks, and Dave Pietro. 

This program requires all individuals to show either proof of being fully vaccinated* or a negative COVID-19 test** upon arrival at the Boulder JCC. 

Tuesday, February 22 | 7 - 8:30 pm | $18 per person

This concert is capped at 150 attendees to allow for social distancing. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

This event will be held in person at the Boulder JCC following all of our Health & Safety Protocols. As of November 1, 2021, we are implementing a Vaccination Policy for program participants that varies by program location/attendance. Please familiarize yourself with these protocols prior to the event. As always, all Health & Safety protocols are subject to change.