The Boulder JCC Presents A Jazz Tribute to Freedom, Justice, and Hope on February 22

Tuesday, February 22, 7 – 9 pm

Join us for a musical journey through the world of jazz (and a bit of soul) and celebrate hopeful, powerful voices of justice and freedom. We have an extraordinary group of musicians, familiar names in the local music scene, making this a concert not to be missed!

Dave Fulker: Whether playing the flugelhorn or trumpet, Dave brings a lyrical style to Boulder’s jazz scene. There’s a good chance that you’ve heard his group since it has appeared at numerous local venues (often with Robert Johnson). Dave brings both jazz and classical experience to the stage. He serves on the Boulder Philharmonic Board of Directors and the Advisory Board for CU’s College of Music. Dave played Principal Trumpet at the Boulder Phil for 34 seasons, led the Centennial Brass Quintet, and has performed (sometimes as soloist) with the Denver Municipal Band, Boulder Brass, Colorado Music Festival, Denver Brass, Canadian Brass, Bob Hope Band, and The Four Tops.

Robert Johnson: Since making his home in Denver, Robert Johnson has been named Best Male Vocalist in the Denver Post’s Readers Poll and 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: Victor was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and studied at the J. A. Lamas School of Music. He has been a pianist, keyboardist, and arranger for renowned bands in Latin America and Venezuela, and has appeared on over 100 recordings with 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” and 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: Dru holds a Master of Music in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from CU-Boulder’s College of Music, and is one of Denver’s most popular drummers. He has shared the stage with many jazz greats, including Benny Greene, Terence Blanchard, Robin Eubanks, and Dave Pietro.

This is an in-person event at the JCC. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online: 

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