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JEFF DENSON “OUTSIDE MY WINDOW” CD RELEASE TOUR

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At first glance bassist Jeff Denson appears to reinvent himself on every album, and his 12th release as leader or co-leader, 6th under his name, Outside My Window, might seem like his biggest departure yet. Possessing a huge, galvanizing sound and a lyrically-charged compositional vision, the supremely versatile Denson has earned recognition over the past 15 years as one of his generation’s definitive bassists. Jeff has performed around the world in many of the top jazz festivals and venues with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano and many more including being a member of jazz legend, Lee Konitz’s quartet for over 12 years. Slated for release on his label Ridgeway Records on May 4, 2018, Outside My Window recalibrates his already expansive array of creative outlets by giving equal weight to his vocals. Working with a stellar international quartet, Denson delivers an emotionally taut program weaving together striking interpretations of iconic songs and deeply felt originals.

His mid-career emergence as a supple and engaging singer isn’t coming from left field. On 2012’s critically hailed Secret World, his first release under his own name, Denson included vocals on two original pieces and has continued in that fashion on most of his solo releases. On last year’s Sgt. Pepper tribute May I Introduce to You with the collective San Francisco String Trio, his vocal interpretation of “Fixing a Hole” was one of the album’s highlights. Denson’s music covers a lot of stylistic territory, “but my voice is a thread running through each one, whether I’m singing or not,” he says. “I was a singer before I was a bass player. Going into the jazz world I put my voice away for a long time. But this is a logical step for me, in that I’m using my voice more and more every year. This is the first time I’m singing throughout an entire album, and these songs are a direct continuation of the music I’ve been writing and arranging.”

Denson’s arrangements of four songs by other artists don’t reimagine the pieces as much as filter them through his subtle sonic palette, starting with a gorgeous, lapidary version of “Grace,” a piece inspired by the Negative Press Project album he produced last year for Ridgeway Records, Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds. He delivers a sparse, intensely poignant rendition of Abbey Lincoln’s “Bird Alone,” a re-harmonized 6/8 version of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” and a riveting arrangement of “Fell On Black Days” by Chris Cornell, a piece that serves as a tribute to Soundgarden’s vocalist, who’s music served a high school soundtrack for Denson.

“In my mind, he’s arguably the best voice of that rock/grunge generation,” Denson says. “I wanted to pay tribute to him and his artistry. And Abbey is one of my favorite jazz vocalists. I’ve always loved the way she sings, how she pulls on the time like Billie Holiday. She sings with such a full, intense, large sound, and this song of hers always moved me. I wanted to see what I could do with it.”

Denson’s four original pieces stand up impressively next to his interpretations, from the Beatlesque optimism of “For A Brand New Day” to the clangy prepared-piano accompaniment of the anguished “Have We Really Gone This Far?” On a melancholic piece that feels like it beamed in from a universe neighboring Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way, Denson contributes an atmospheric wordless vocal on “Through the Mist,” a tune he’s radically rearranged since the collective trio Minsarah introduced it in 2006. The closing title track is a wistful invitation into Denson’s verdant musical world.

“Artists are always dreaming up what we’re doing,” he says. “My goal has always been very clearly to create my own musical world.”

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Calendar of Events

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VIBRAPHONE COOL CAT CHASE JACKSON & THE JAZZ GROOVE ENSEMBLE

CLOSED THIS EVENING

JEFF DENSON “OUTSIDE MY WINDOW”

PRIVATE EVENT FROM 6-9PM

THE THEO CROKER COLLECTIVE

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

THE THEO CROKER COLLECTIVE

THE JAZZ VOCALS OF REN GEISICK “A BLACK CAT HOLIDAZE EXTRAVAGANZA!”

THE THEO CROKER COLLECTIVE

THE JAZZ VOCALS OF REN GEISICK “A BLACK CAT HOLIDAZE EXTRAVAGANZA!”

THE THEO CROKER COLLECTIVE

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

CLOSED THIS EVENING

THE RICHARD SEARS TRIO “CONSTANT STRANGER” ALBUM RELEASE

GUITAR PHENOM YOUSSEF KHIARI (AKA YO K) & HIS INTERSTELLAR CRUSADERS “A TRIBUTE TO THELONIOUS MONK”

THE RICHARD SEARS TRIO “CONSTANT STRANGER” ALBUM RELEASE

SOUL & JAZZ SINGER JAMES ROBINSON & HIS BAND

JOSH LAWRENCE & COLOR THEORY FT. ANWAR MARSHALL & TONY PEEBLES

CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT

THE INCOMPARABLE VOCALS OF AZURE MCCALL & HER LITTLE BIG BAND!

JOSH LAWRENCE & COLOR THEORY FT. ANWAR MARSHALL & TONY PEEBLES

JOSH LAWRENCE & COLOR THEORY FT. ANWAR MARSHALL & TONY PEEBLES

CLOSED THIS EVENING

NICK HEMPTON TRIO

NICK HEMPTON TRIO

THE MICHAEL ODE TRIO

THE MICHAEL ODE BAND OF SIX FT. JOHN PALOWITCH, MICHAEL ORENSTEIN, NICK LAMB, AND GIULIO CETTO

RENOWNED LATIN PIANIST MATIAS CARBAJAL AND HIS QUINTET

THE MICHAEL ODE BAND OF SIX FT. THE FABULOUS NATALIE JOHN!

MARK ROBINSON & HIS RAT PACK TRIO “THE SOUNDS OF FRANK!”

THE MICHAEL ODE BAND OF SIX FT. INCOMPARABLE JAZZ & SOUL SINGER LILAN KANE!

THE MICHAEL ODE BAND OF SIX FT. THE FABULOUS NATALIE JOHN!

CLOSED THIS EVENING

LESLEY MOK TRIO

VIBE THEORY FT. GIULIO CETTO & FRIENDS

LESLEY MOK TRIO

VOCALIST JACK MOSBACHER & HIS TRIO!

VOCALIST JACK MOSBACHER & HIS TRIO!

HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

THE INCOMPARABLE VOCALS OF AZURE MCCALL & HER LITTLE BIG BAND!

HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

VOCALIST JACK MOSBACHER & HIS TRIO!

HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

GRAMMY WINNING VOCALIST & CHANCE THE RAPPER COLLABORATOR: JHOARD EXPERIENCE

THE SULTRY SOUNDS OF LILAN KANE & HER OAKLAND COLLECTIVE

GRAMMY WINNING VOCALIST & CHANCE THE RAPPER COLLABORATOR: JHOARD EXPERIENCE

THE JAZZ VOCALS OF REN GEISICK!

GRAMMY WINNING VOCALIST & CHANCE THE RAPPER COLLABORATOR: JHOARD EXPERIENCE

GRAMMY WINNING VOCALIST & CHANCE THE RAPPER COLLABORATOR: JHOARD EXPERIENCE

STUDIO 54: NEW YEARS EVE WITH GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING J. HOARD! FEAT. VIVECA

CLOSED FOR NEW YEARS

CLOSED FOR NEW YEARS

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