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Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series with Mikey Smith Trio

  • The Dikeou Collection 1615 California Street Denver, CO, 80202 United States (map)

The Dikeou Collection presents the twentieth installment of the Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series on Friday, June 2, with a special live performance by the Mikey Smith Trio. Artist Lewis Neeff will open and close the event with a DJ set composed of albums from the Dikeou Collection's vinyl archive. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Dikeou Collection, 1615 California St #515, from 7-9:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Mikey Smith is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, and educator who is passionate about telling stories through music. Born in St. Louis, MO to a family that is passionate about music, Mikey grew up on rock and soul before discovering jazz in his early teens, and quickly became enamored with the art form. He went on to study music at the University of Colorado, and earned degrees in piano performance and music production in 2017. He is currently an active performer and composer in Denver's improvisational music scene, and also works as an accompanist, composer, and musical director for the modern dance ensemble Between The Bones, and composes music for film, television, and radio. Several of his pieces are in regular rotation on Denver's internationally syndicated jazz radio station, KUVO.

The Mikey Smith Trio blends traditional jazz styles with contemporary classical, rock, and electronic aesthetics. Their repertoire includes pieces by composers as varied as Thelonius Monk, Phillip Glass, and the White Stripes, as well as original material. The ensemble for the evening is Mikey Smith on piano, Hunter Roberts on bass, and Amy Shelly on drums.

Lewis Mitchell Neeff was raised by wolves in the desolation of Wyoming's red desert. He is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on the revivification of the human spirit through vibrant projects that are subject to dynamic change. His mediums include sculpture, happenings, photography, dance. He has upcoming solo shows at both Dateline and Leon.

The Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series focuses on jazz musicians living and working today, whose names are not yet embossed into history, but whose energy, wisdom, well-worn instruments, and presence in the jazz scene are further defining our admiration for the life form, Jazz music. Selections from the vinyl archive will thus serve as a remembrance to all the jazz greats who came before the jazz musicians invited to play at this bi-monthly series.