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Quartet improvises jazz-funk grooves in Minturn

Andrew Harley
Special to the DailyFrom left: Aaron Holstein, Steve Vidaic, Michael Travis and Jamie Janover make up the group, Zilla. Holstein, Vidaic and the rest of Steve Vidaic Quartet perform at the Saloon in Minturn today at 9 p.m.

Somewhere in the sea of innovative sounds, Steve Vidaic Quartet swims to a groove located somewhere between improvisational funk, jazz and hip hop.

The quartet has collaborated, playing sporadic shows primarily in Denver and Boulder, for the past seven months, and plays The Saloon today at 9 p.m. as part of the Live! in Minturn series.

Vidaic, keyboard extraordinaire and local, musical journeyman, has played with regional bands – including Jive and Sucker – for years.

Damian Hines, percussion, Casey Sidwell, bass, and Aaron Holstein, guitar, joined Vidaic to create an improvisational setting for their dance grooves, jazz standards and selected songs composed by Vidaic.

“We’ll probably concentrate on more high-energy grooves Saturday with lots of improv,” said Vidaic. “The group hasn’t turned out an album yet, but it’s definitely a possibility.”

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Vidaic still works with Sucker and recently created Zilla with Holstein, Jamie Janover and String Cheese Incident’s percussionist Michael Travis.

Zilla is set to begin recording its debut studio album in three weeks.

“Sucker hasn’t been playing much lately, with people traveling,” said Vidaic. “But the (quartet’s) sound is different. Sucker has more of a pop/rock sound. And, while Jive’s sound had more of a roots-funk feel, our sound is much more experimental and edgy.”

Hines, Sidwell and Holstein also play in a group called Future Jazz Project.

“When we got together, we thought we wanted to base our sound around jazz,” said Vidaic.

Vidaic has a wide variety of instruments he specializes in, including Fender Rhodes, mini-moog, organ, piano, melodica and synth. And, the ones he’ll be featuring in Minturn tonight, will most likely be determined during the course of the show.

Holstein is capable of playing a slew of instruments as well. In Zilla, Holstein showcases his voice and his skills on the guitar, bass, sampler and drums.

“When we play in Denver and Boulder, we switch our sound to lean more toward certain genres,” said Vidaic. “In Denver, we have hip-hop nights. Then we’ll have jazz gigs, and funky gigs where we try and get people dancing.”


Steve Vidaic Quartet grooves into Minturn for a funked-up, jazz show at the Saloon tonight at 9 p.m.

Zilla’s next Colorado show hits Colorado Springs Sunday, Nov. 9. Zilla plans on touring the mountain-town scene in January.

For more information, go to http://www.live!inminturn.com.

Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at aharley@vaildaily.com.

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