November 11, 2007

Jazz Legend Passes In Vegas

Irv Gordon, tenor saxophonist and arranger whose career spans all the way back to the latter bebop era of the early '50s to today, passed away Thursday, November 8th. Credits include a "whose who" list from Billy Holiday, Philly Joe Jones, to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Carl Fontana. As an arranger/conductor, Gordon employed future giants in jazz trumpeters Chuck Findlay, Bobby Shew, and bassist Bob Magnusson back in the '60s for Minsky's. As a saxophonist, Gordon's sound and approach represented a strong influence from the Lester Young school of playing, putting him alongside Zoot Sims and Stan Getz as a lyrical improvisationalist. Gordon is survived by his seven children and nine grandchildren. He was seventy four.

The Average White Band made their first appearance on November 9th at the Red Rock Hotel to a sold out house.

Hiroshima, with a new album out this year, returned to the Boulder Station Hotel in the Railhead Showroom on November 10th.

Chris Botti makes his debut at the Green Valley Ranch Resort on November 16th.

Guitarist Peter White will display his virtuosity at the Santa Fe Station on Noevember 17th.

The Yellowjackets, with twenty six plus years together, bring it on at the Boulder Station hotel on November 30th.

Queen Latifah, riding high now as a successful jazz vocalist as opposed to her early career as a female rap artist, performs one night only at The House Of Blues on November 16th.

Ongoing performances include Monday night at the Palms Hotel with the high energy sound of Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns..

Posted by Danny Desart at November 11, 2007 8:09 PM