Jazz has a place here in Salt Lake City.
The monthly Jazz at the Sheraton City Centre shows have featured Dave Brubeck and John Pizzarelli, to name a few, and its partner, Excellence in the Community Concert Series, has brought in such acts as Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and Brubeck's sons the Brubeck Brothers. Utahns can see high-caliber jazz concerts for less than $30.
This Saturday, at the Vieve Gore Concert Hall at Westminster College, the Excellence in the Community Concert Series will feature Brian Booth and Kevin Stout.
Saxophonists Stout and Booth have performed throughout the Intermountain West and have released three CDs together.
One CD is "Tales of the Tetons," which was distributed by Jazzed 5 of Kaysville.
Eleven tracks paying homage to the Rocky Mountains is nothing less than picturesque.
Backed by drummer John Abraham, pianist Joey Singer and bassist Tom Warrington, Stout and Booth serve up titles such as "On String Lake Trail," "Biking on Antelope Flat," "Moose on the Loose" and "Morning Mist," showing the duo's diversity and knack for the soothing and quirky.
The CD was originally released in 2004, but undoubtedly it, along with their other two CDs, will be available for sale at Saturday's show.
Although Jazz is alive here in Salt Lake City, it could use more support. It's an important style with its roots planted firmly in American soil. And to have the jazz talent we have here is exciting and needs to be recognized.Sure, we can spend our hard-earned money to see well-known international acts. But we can also spread it around and take in the superb musicality found in our own back yard.
If you go ...
What: Brian Booth & Kevin Stout
Where: Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $12
Phone: 718-3862Web: www.excellenceconcerts.org