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Vail Jazz Festival with Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles

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Vail Village, Solaris Plaza, 141 E. Meadow Dr., Vail, Colorado

Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based band dedicated to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and a true big band sound and look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.

Musicians: Joe Smith (trumpet), Decker Babcock (trombone), Matt Burchard (tenor saxophone and clarinet), Braxton Kahn (drums and vocals), Gary Sloan (bass), Alex Heffron (guitar), Tom Amend (keys), Francesca Rubin (vocals)

DAZZLE AT BAUR'S WITH JOE SMITH & THE SPICY PICKLES

Dazzle at Baur's, 1512 Curtis St., Denver

An event unlike anything you've experienced at Dazzle, the Roots Groove & BBQ is an event for all of your senses. Pulling inspiration from rent parties of the 1920's NYC and the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Come dance, socialize, and eat great food. This event features the food of bandleader Joe Smith, and 2 shows from Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles. Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based Jazz Roots band. Pulling inspiration from bands of the 1920's-1960's, the Pickles create an authentic and original sound that is known for its infectious groove. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and a true big band sound that celebrates the American Music. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Fats Waller, Sam Cooke, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and more. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.

Tickets $20

Dazzle at Baur's with Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles

Dazzle at Baur's , 1512 Curtis St., Denver

An event unlike anything you've experienced at Dazzle, the Roots Groove & BBQ is an event for all of your senses. Pulling inspiration from rent parties of the 1920's NYC and the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Come dance, socialize, and eat great food. This event features the food of bandleader Joe Smith, and 2 shows from Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles. Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based Jazz Roots band. Pulling inspiration from bands of the 1920's-1960's, the Pickles create an authentic and original sound that is known for its infectious groove. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and a true big band sound that celebrates the American Music. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Fats Waller, Sam Cooke, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and more. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.

Tickets $20

Evergreen Music Festival with Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles

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Buchanan Fields, 32002 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen

Franny is vocalist with Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles noon-1pm! Festival runs 10am-7:30pm with headliner DEVOTCHKA 6:00-7:30pm. Other performing groups include Jazzical Violin with Ovation West/Altezza, FACE Vocal Band, Thomas Cassell Voyager Project, and Joe Bye & Friends. Master of Ceremonies is KUVO Music Director Arturo Gomez. Thomas Dance Project performs throughout.

Adults $25 Veterans/Active Military $15 Teens (13-18) $10 Children (12 and under) $5

Dazzle! A Love Letter to Amy Winehouse

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Dazzle at Baur's, 1512 Curtis St., Denver

Doors open 6:00pm

Francesca Rubin, vocals; Tom Amend, piano; Alex Heffron, guitar; Patrick McDevitt, bass; B.K. Kahn, drums

$20 ticket. Students/teachers with I.D. $10 Musicians may use student/teacher discount

Memorial Day Festival presented by Evergreen Music Festival

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Buchanan Fields, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, CO 80439, Evergreen, CO

Franny & the Jets: A Love Letter to Amy Winehouse, followed by Montbello Drumline and Paa Kow. Artists of Colorado Ballet performing throughout the afternoon.

Francesca Rubin, vocals;, Tom Amend, piano; Anisha Rush; saxophone, Patrick McDevitt, bass; B.K. Kahn, drums

$25 adults, $15 Veterans/active military, $10 teens, $5 child

A Love Letter to Amy Winehouse + some jazz

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The Bar at Plaza38, 3550 W 38th Ave., Denver

Cool new music venue in the Highlands! Best to make free reservations.

Francesca Rubin, vocals; Thomas Jennings, guitar; Anisha Rush, saxophone; Patrick McDevitt, bass; , B.K. Kahn, drums

Free to make reservations! Possibly a two drink minimum (this hasn't been enforced). Limited capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Purim Shpiel

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Zoom

Franny stars as Queen Esther in this spoof set to Abba's Mama Mia songs.

Free, but need to register

Indoor Kol Nidre Services

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Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, Colorado

Francesca is sh'lichat tzibbur (messenger of the community/song leader) at this indoor Erev Yom Kippur service led by Rabbi Jamie Arnold. Please register for virtual or in-person. In-person attendance is limited to 25 with priority given to members on a first-come-first-served basis.

No charge for live or Zoom. Donations to CBE are welcome.

Outdoor Kol Nidre Services

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Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, Colorado

Francesca is sh'lichat tzibbur (messenger of the community/song leader) at this outdoor service led by Rabbi Jamie Arnold. Please register for virtual or in-person. In-person attendance is limited to 25 with priority given to members on a first-come-first-served basis.

No charge for live or Zoom. Donations to CBE are welcome.

Indoor Erev Rosh Hashanah services

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Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, Colorado

Francesca is sh'lichat tzibbur (messenger of the community/song leader) at this indoor service led by Rabbi Jamie Arnold. Please register for virtual or in-person. In-person attendance is limited to 25 with priority given to members on a first-come-first-served basis.

No charge for live or Zoom. Donations to CBE are welcome.

Outdoor Erev Rosh Hashanah Services

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Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, Colorado

Francesca is sh'lichat tzibbur (messenger of the community/song leader) at this outdoor service led by Rabbi Jamie Arnold. Please register for virtual or in-person. In-person attendance is limited to 25 with priority given to members on a first-come-first-served basis.

No charge for in-person or Zoom. Donations to CBE are welcome.

Wedding reception

Private event, Thornton, CO

Franny & the Jets provide music for the wedding reception.

Francesca Rubin, vocals; Tom Amend, piano; Gary Sloan, bass; Mark Emmons, drums

JEWS DO THE TRINITY: a Tribute to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon

Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver

This is the 7th year in a row that Franny will be performing in the always-sold-out annual "Jews Do" concert. Produced by Swallow Hill.

Corporate Christmas Party (Private)

University of Denver, Denver

Franny & the Jets perform a show at the Christmas party for this advertising & marketing firm.

Franny Rubin, vocals; Alex Heffron, guitar; Anisha Rush, saxophone; Matt Smiley, bass; B.K. Kahn, drums

Grand Opening

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Private event, Englewood, CO

"Jets" of Franny & the Jets enhance the ambiance at this preview to a Grand Opening of a new store location.

Alex Heffron, guitar; Anisha Rush, saxophone; Matt Smiley, bass

Teradata Universe 2019

Private event, Grand Hyatt, Denver

Franny & the Jets (with the wonderful vocalist Bailey Hinkley Grogan subbing for Franny) play the APAC regional private cocktail reception/dinner during Teradata's international conference, Universe 2019.

Alex Heffron, bandleader/guitarist; Mike Facey, bass; B.K. Kahn, drums

1920's birthday party (canceled)

Private event, Lakewood, CO

Trio entertains at this 1920's themed birthday party.

Francesca Rubin, vocals; Jack Dunlevie, piano; Matt Smiley, bass