Dave & Scott's Bday Bash ft. Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corp), Matt Jalbert (TAUK), Steve Watkins, Kim Dawson, Nick Gerlach, Gabe Mervine, Tanya Shylock w/ Jaden Carlson Band
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
A graduate of Berklee College of Music in 1990, Dave
Watts has shared the stage or recorded with such names as
George Porter, Stanley Jordan, Bill Evans, Charlie Hunter,
Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Coffin, Kyle
Hollingsworth, Keller Williams, Jeff Pevar, Kai Eckhardt.
In 1998 Watts started The Motet, a progressive funk outfit
with roots in jazz, world, and electronic music. Since that
time, The Motet has toured coast to coast, building a
national performing at such venues as Red Rocks
Amphitheater, The Fillmore West, The Fillmore in Denver,
Freihoffer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, and many
other prominent summer music festivals. As a creative
force behind The Motet, Watts produced, engineered,
mixed, recorded, as well as composed most of the material
on the band’s albums, “Instrumental Dissent” and “Dig
Garrett began studying jazz on upright bass and bass
guitar starting at a young age. He gained experience
coming up in the renowned music program of Hall High
School, and the local Hartford, CT jazz scene.
In 1996, Garrett was selected to join the National
Grammy In The Schools Jazz Program, an honor awarded
to only 40 people.
From 1996 - 1999 Garrett attended the New England
Conservatory in Boston where he studied with jazz
greats: Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Danilo Perez and
graduated with a Jazz Performance Diploma.
In addition, Garrett was selected for the prestigious
Thelonious Monk School: Jazz at Aspen summer program
Shortly after arriving in Boston Garrett formed the
Miracle Orchestra with fellow music school peers. For
5 years the Miracle Orchestra toured the country
gaining a devoted national fan base, while also
maintaining a solid local following, earning them
accolades such as Boston Magazines Best of Boston
"Best Local Jazz Group". The Miracle Orchestra sold
out numerous shows at their local haunt The House of
Blues in Boston as well as the legendary Wetlands in
New York City. The Miracle Orchestra released two
studio albums: "Coalescence" and "Forks Bends &
Spoons", and a live album: "Live Vol. 1".
Garrett was a founding member of the award-winning
jazz ensemble Dead Cat Bounce led by Matthew Steckler,
who were voted Boston's Best Local Jazz Act at the
2002 Boston Music Awards, and were winner of Boston
Phoenix Best Music Poll 2001 and 2002 also in the
category of Best Local Jazz Act. Garrett performed
with Dead Cat Bounce between 1996 and 2002 and
released two albums with them: "Lucky By Association"
and "Legends of the Nar" (Chonsky).
Between '99 and '01 Garrett performed with Bob Moses'
Mozamba, along with Sam Kininger and Neil Evans
(Soulive) and (DJ) Mr. Rouke. Mozamba performed at
several festivals including an opening set at Phish's
In 2002 Garrett joined the Boulder, CO based group The
Motet and toured the country playing over 250 shows
and festivals per year. In 2006 The Motet played in
front of an estimated 10,000 people at Bonnaroo and
shortly there after Bass Player Magazine wrote a
feature profile about Garrett in October, 2006. In
2007 the Motet performed one special gig with
Christian McBride where Garrett and Christian traded
bass lines and solos throughout the night, a career
highlight. Garrett has released two albums with the
Motet: "Music for Life" and "Instrumental Dissent".
In 2006, Garrett had the great honor of subbing for
Kai Eckhardt in his band Garaj Mahal alongside Fareed
Haque, Eric Levy, and Alan Hertz.
After performing several times with keyboard wizard
Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), he asked
Garrett in 2007 to join a new project called Soleside
featuring Speech (Arrested Developement), DJ Logic,
and Chief Excel (Blackalicious).
Since the Fall of 2007 Garrett has been touring the
States, Europe and Japan with Koch recording artist
Garrett has also been featured with: Carl Thomas,
Loulou (Thievery Corporation), Marcus Eaton, Goodbye
Champion, magicgravy, Henry Butler, Russel Batiste
(The Funky Meters), Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction),
Robert Walter, and Papa Mali.
Lyle Divinsky, a.k.a. The Sasquatch of Soul, "doesn’t front: he sings soul and R&B, and that’s that. There are no tags or modifiers needed: his music is pure and honest. His focus is so spectacular that his originals sound like instant classics...” (Todd Richard, The Portland Phoenix). Hailing from Portland, ME, Divinsky moved to the delicious apple just over 3 years ago, and has been crooning his way into the hearts and hips of the 5 boroughs since. With a new album on the way featuring some of the baddest musicians in soul behind him, there's no limit to how far this Sasquatch will go. To quote NYC blogger/music aficionado, Sami Promisloff, "Lyle Divinsky is the minister of soul and master of babymaking music for ALL TIME... and scene."
Dumpstaphunk - Guitarist
Drummer for Thievery Corporation
Matt Jalbert is the guitarist in the NYC-based instrumental band TAUK. Matt is a fantastic player, able to convey emotions through his playing to the extent of a vocalist, while still being able to shred out of this world. His guitar playing usually drives the band’s sound, and effortlessly intertwines with keyboardist AC’s melodic playing.
It comes as no surprise that Kim Dawson is a highly in-demand vocalist and performer. At age five she began studying classical violin and performed in youth orchestras and countless violin competitions. Kim studied music at Texas Christian University and the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her degree in Vocal Performance.
Kim’s work is what can only be described as an eclectic mix of R&B neo-soul funk with a love-laced passion for all things jazz. Her musical influences range from Stevie Wonder to Sarah Vaughan to Karen Carpenter. But, there has always been one commonality, one unbreakable thread: soul-driven devotion to singing. She develops sounds that elevate, invigorate and ultimately transport listeners to her musical world. She has performed with music legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers such as Bernie Worrell, Ivan Neville, and George Porter, Jr.
Kim has brought her skills to the teaching arena at Kent Denver School, The National Theater Conservatory, and she currently teaches at Swallow Hill Music. Her talent is matched only by her drive to learn, develop and finely hone her craft and she delivers a sound that is rife with her breadth and depth of experiences.
Saxophonist for Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics
At a time in music where history and originality never seem to go hand in hand, Gabriel Mervine takes steps every time he picks up his trumpet to bring these two closer together. With a musical upbringing, Gabriel has deeply rooted himself in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music while at the same time contributing to the modern music scene. He wishes to leave no stone unturned and no genre unexplored because in his mind, all music has the power to make the artist who he/she is.
Born in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Gabriel began his professional playing career at the age of thirteen years old. By the time he graduated high school he was already looking at making a career out of playing the trumpet. He then went to the Colorado University at Boulder for Jazz Studies, but after one year decided to dedicate his time to becoming a working trumpet player, which would include continuing his studies privately with people such as Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, and Greg Gisbert just to name a few. Gabriel quickly gained recognition and began performing with people such as Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Chie Imaizumi, the Ninth and Lincoln Orchestra, Terence Blanchard, Russell Malone, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Steve Lippia, John McNeil, Convergence, Roberta Gambarini, the Motet, and Houston Person while also building a strong freelance career playing everything from Mariachi to Mahler.
Vocals (True Blue Band)
Jaden Carlson Band
The Jaden Carlson Band is a power quartet from Boulder, Colorado, led by 17 year old guitarist Jaden Carlson. The group is comprised of some of the best talent to be heard, with varied influences coming together from all over the country. Their newest album, “Keep It Movin’”, taps into their unique chemistry to develop their blend of jam, funk, hip-hop, electronic, and jazz.
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