TalkAbout Jazz from western Colorado
TalkAbout Jazz from western Colorado
  • Guests arrive 1:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Discussion Starts 2:00 pm
  • Potluck dinner around 5:00 pm.
  • Please bring a homemade veggie, salad or dessert, and something to drink.
  • Bringing your smile, it’s essential!
  • Bring a lawn chair to sit on.

Space requires us to limit attendance to the first 56.  RSVP to or call 970-319-0098, if you can attend. We will add your name to the roster and email you directions.

At TalkAbout Jazz you will:

  • Hear demonstrations of a variety of forms of jazz
  • Listen and be invited to play along with Walt Smith's jazz group.

If you like, bring your favorite instrument and help us create a “TalkAdo Jazz” afternoon.

Topic Enhancers:

Don Voltmer "The Jazzman"

Jazz from Aspen

Don loves to research music and has created a program to help us understand jazz. He will demonstrate with a variety of recordings such as : Take the 'A' Train, Satin Doll, Cute, Georgia on my Mind, It Don't Mean a Thing, Something's Wonderful, Sweet Georgia Brown, Ain't Misbehavin', Basin Street Blues, and Time After Time.

1)  St. Louis Blues (to demonstrate early blues music)

2)  Ain't She Sweet (to demonstrate stride piano style as played by Judy Carmichael)

3)  Honeysuckle Rose (to demonstrate stride piano style as played by Ralph Sutton)

4)  The Entertainer (to demonstrate ragtime as played by Billy Taylor and George Shearing)

5)  I Got Rhythm (to demonstrate and early swing as played by the Benny Goodman Quartet)

6)  Body and Soul (to demonstrate chord progressions by Billy Taylor and to play the most popular jazz standard song as performed by Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins and the Manhattan Transfer [vocal version].

7)  Nice Work If You Can Get It (to demonstrate improvisation by Billy Taylor)

TalkAbout Jazz from western ColoradoWalt Smith and his music, a legend from Denver to Grand Junction.

He has played at many events, private jazz parties, weddings, outdoor concerts and jazz festivals. He is a classically trained pianist and started playing at the age of eight.  Walt turned to Jazz and Swing in his college days, and found it could earn him a living while going to school, and he never stopped playing!

Video -Walt & his trio:

Walt Composed:  The musical score for Leon Uris' Broadway production of "Ari" (the Exodus story); the themes for the PBS television special "The Duke in Bronze" - the story of the creation of the John Wayne statue by Harry Jackson.

Walt Played:  The Hotel Jerome - Aspen, Red Onion - Aspen, Aspen Highlands, The Tipple Room at the Copper Kettle - Aspen, Ritz Carlton - Aspen, The Hotel Colorado - Glenwood Springs, The Hilton - Grand Junction, Private Jazz Parties with such notables as Art Van Damme, Carl Fontana, Phil Urso, Harry Allen, & Plas Johnson.

Jazz Festivals and Guests Appearances

The Telluride Jazz Festival

TalkAbout Jazz from western Colorado

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Topic Enhancement by:
Mort (retired) - Degrees in Mathematics and Physics, 30+ year career in the US Air Force - reporter for Time and author of "Where We Are".

Rob -  B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University, his Juris Doctorate, Certificate in Environmental Law, from Pace University School of Law and is a member of the Colorado Bar.

Jim - New York City and Meeker Colorado.  Amherst College, Harvard Business School.  Security Analyst 1967 to the present: (electronics, semiconductors, computers) with Needham & Co LLC (a Wall Street investment banking firm) and Capital Counsel LLC (an investment manager).