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Keith Oxman releases fifth CD



Are you down with jazz? No, really, I mean, can you dig? If so, Keith Oxman's got your number. KCME 88.7 FM presents -- ahem! -- this Tuesday at 8 p.m., for a measly five dollars, at the rather-jazzy-itself 32 Bleu, Oxman preparing to release his fifth CD on Grammy-nominated Capri Records. In a town where most local bands are lucky if they're able to self-release a garbled seven-inch single, a five-CD repertoire sounds almost absurdly prolific.

Keith Oxman's band is made up of four of Colorado's finest jazzbos: CU-Boulder keyboard and jazz studies professor Chip Stephens on piano; Lamont School of Music jazz bass professor Ken Walker on bass; the venerable Keith Oxman, currently director of instrumental music at East High School in Denver, on sax: and Todd Reid, outsider to their strange teachin'-and-jazzin' subculture, on drums.

Oxman has been gigging around as a leader and sideman for nearly 25 years, at times playing with Sonny Stitt, Mel Torme, and the Buddy Rich Big Band. Chip Stephens has played and toured with such names as Glenn Miller and Arturo Sandoval. The non-teacher, Todd Reid, in addition to playing with names like Eddie Daniels and Red Holloway, has also released the brilliantly titled Cymbal of Desire on BabyJane Records. Ken Walker, in addition to teaching at Lamont since 1991 and releasing two CDs on the Azica label, has played with Pharoah Sanders, Clark Terry, James Moody and others too numerous to list. In fact they've all played with musicians too many to list. These guys have been around.

--Brian Arnot

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