The Teaching at the 1st ever Dazzle Recordings Artist Festival

We recently returned from playing the first ever Dazzle Recordings Artist Festival hosted at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, CO. We were part of a lineup of nearly 20 live music groups performing over the weekend of April 21st & 22nd, 2012.  All the performing artists for this initial festival launch are part of Dazzle Jazz Club’s home label and The Teaching couldn’t have been more thrilled to be asked to fly down and play. Our festival slot was on Saturday, April 21st and we had a full-house to play to that evening. The room was electric with the vibration of swing, modern jazz, bebop, funk, improvisation and the like. It was a blast playing for such a receptive audience and here’s what one local writer from the Denver Post had to say about our set at the festival:

“Seattle-based group the Teaching turned in a fiery piano trio performance. The upper-register solo taken by bassist Evan Flory-Barnes during his composition “Fragrance of Eminence” almost resembled a banjo after a few measures. Pianist Josh Rawlings had the audience clapping and singing in time to songs like “Get ‘em Blues” and “Apex Is a Beautiful Day,” while drummer Jeremy Jones added tasteful beats throughout the set.”
Sam DeLeo, Denver Post

All in all we had a fantastic trip and we even got to sneak in a special show that Sunday, April 22nd at our favorite music spot in Arvada, CO at the D-Note. We got to have some amazing D-Note pizza, great drinks and of course hang with the infamous and incredibly warm, Phil (our loyal door guy and biggest fan in Colorado!). Get your Phil at the D-Note 😉

We’re looking forward to continue playing in Denver and this year’s trip to the festival was certainly a nice breath of fresh air from our annual Winter trip…in other words – the weather in Colorado in April is amazing! We hope to play the Dazzle Recordings Artist Festival again in the near future.

Thanks to Josh Quinlan for organizing the festival and for helping spread the word of Dazzle’s incredible roster of musicians!

Check out the Dazzle Recordings and the wealth of talent they have on the label:

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