It’s sum­mer, and jazz is in full swing

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We’re in the mid­dle of the sum­mer and live mu­sic in Colorado is as close to the sat­u­ra­tion point as pos­si­ble. Here are a few sched­uled per­for­mances fea­tur­ing artists who shouldn’t be over­looked.

• Los Bo­hemios (City Park, July 23): Fronted by lo­cal gui­tarist and singer

Ri­cardo Pena, the en­sem­ble Los Bo­hemios suc­cess­fully plays nu­mer­ous styles of Latin mu­sic, from jazz to mari­achi. The group stands out for their ded­i­ca­tion to acous­tic in­stru­ments and the im­pec­ca­ble ta­lent of its mem­bers, in­clud­ing vo­cal­ist-per­cus­sion­ist Amy Biondo and Den­ver go-to

Mark Di­a­mond on bass. The 6 p.m.con­cert is part of the wildly pop­u­lar City Park Jazz se­ries, which stars vo­cal­ist Jo­foke on July 30 and con­cludes with the Al­pha School­marm Orches­tra on Aug.

6. All of the shows in the se­ries are free, and information can be found at city­park­jazz.org.

• Bran­ford Marsalis

Quar­tet (Tri-lakes Cen­ter For The Arts, Palmer Lake, Aug. 3): Eve though the multi-sax­o­phon­ist comes from one of the most in­flu­en­tial jazz fam­i­lies in his­tory and has held high-pro­file po­si­tions like leader of the NBC “Tonight Show” band, Marsalis has never rested on his lau­rels. A seem­ingly tire­less artist, Marsalis has im­mersed him­self in any genre of mu­sic that he has found chal­leng­ing, with re­ward­ing re­sults. But no mat­ter whom he plays with, he al­ways finds his way back to his straight-ahead quar­tet. This sum­mer the band will fol­low up a Euro­pean tour with a show at the small-venue Tri-lakes Cen­ter For The Arts, which be­gan as a liv­ery sta­ble in the 19th cen­tury. This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence pres­ti­gious live jazz in the small town of Palmer Lake. The quar­tet will also per­form at the River­walk Cen­ter in Breck­en­ridge on Aug. 2. Get tick­ets to the Tri-lakes Cen­ter show (lo­cated at 304 High­way 105) at tri­lake­sarts.org.

• Bob Weir & The Campf ire Band (Red Rocks, Aug. 4): Mem­bers of The Grate­ful Dead were never strangers to im­pro­vi­sa­tion, some­times invit­ing artists like the above-men­tioned Bran­ford Marsalis and even sax in­no­va­tor Or­nette Cole­man to join them on stage for com­plete sets. Gui­tarist and singer Bob Weir has as­sem­bled a group to pay trib­ute to an­other Grate­ful Dead found­ing mem­ber, gui­tarist Jerry Gar­cia, on what would have been the week of Gar­cia’s 75th birth­day. Of spe­cial in­ter­est to jazz fans is the in­clu­sion of tenor sax­o­phon­ist Ka­masi Wash­ing­ton, a charis­matic player who has helped bring about the resur­gence of spir­i­tual jazz (in the vein of Pharoah San­ders and John Coltrane) to a younger au­di­ence. Ka­masi’s 3-CD 2015 set, “The Epic,” is just that, and he should add some ec­static tones to the evening’s pro­ceed­ings. Get the de­tails at re­drock­son­line.com.

And more: The Tony Black Sum­mit ap­pears at El Cha­pul­te­pec on July 23 . ... Trum­peter By­ron Stripling and singer Car­men Brad­ford per­form “Ella and Louis” at Daz­zle July 25 . ... There’s a trib­ute to Her­bie Han­cock at Cer­vantes Masterpiece Ball­room on July 29 . ... The Ever­green Jazz Fes­ti­val runs July 28-30 at nu­mer­ous Ever­green venues, fea­tur­ing The Fat Babies, the Carl Sonny Ley­land Trio, the Barn­hart-midiri Quar­tet and many

more. Get de­tails at ev­er­green­jazz.org . ... The Ben Markley Trio plays Noc­turne on Aug. 2 . ... The Tel­luride Jazz Fes­ti­val runs Au­gust 4-6, and the lineup in­cludes Mavis Staples, Macy Gray and The Funky Me­ters with Dr. John. All the information is at tel­luride­jazz.org.

Not Pro­vided, Estes Park Trail-gazette

Los Bo­hemios will be at City Park at July 23.

Bret Saun­ders (bret­saun­ders@ kbco.com) can be heard from 6 to 11 a.m. week­days at KBCO 97.3 FM.

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