Straight-ahead meets Latin jazz |

Straight-ahead meets Latin jazz

Daily Staff Report

The Fortune Tellers is a continuously changing group of jazz musicians, led by pianist Mike Liguori, that explores classic straight-ahead jazz, Latin and other improvisational musics. That means Eagle County’s penchant for melodic jams with lyrical hooks ought to be indulged. Tonight’s line-up includes Ligouri, Clark Gibson (alto and tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Gonzalo Teppa (double bass) and Andrew Lindstrom (drums).

The Sat. Oct. 5 performance at Mango’s is actually the first ever for the current combination, and given the musicians’ unique mix of backgrounds (Alabama, New Jersey and Venezuela), it promises to be interesting for the band and the crowd.

Liguori was born in Alaska and grew up in northern New Jersey, but now studies jazz with two-time Grammy winner Chip Stevens at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His jazz influences include Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk, Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flanagan and a host of others. He performs regularly with jazz and funk projects. Tonight’s show is the first of three he’ll be performing in during the Live! in Minturn series. (In two weeks time he’ll return with groove-oriented band, Neonhead Lloyd, to Chili Willy’s and the next day with Denver’s Buckner Funken Jazz band at the Saloon)

Gibson leads his own quartet every Tuesday night at the Blue Ice club in Denver, and has begun work on a straight-ahead jazz album featuring original compositions. Though still young, he’s a veteran of the Tommy Dorsey big band and has performed with the Rebirth Brass Band and Edgar Winter.

Teppa is also studying jazz at Colorado University in Boulder, and has released one album in his native Venezuela as a bandleader (“Designios,” 2001). Teppa showed talent on violin and other instruments, playing Brazilian and Venezuelan music, starting at age 5. He was so small when he started playing the bass that he needed to stand on a chair to hold it. Now he’s at work on his second album, “Travesias” (travelers), featuring Latin jazz, merengue and tango, to be released in Venezuela in December.

Lindstrom grew up in New Jersey and attended the Rutgers University Mason Gross school of music, earning a degree in jazz. He is busy in the Denver area playing with a number of groups, including the Wash Park Grill Project and the East Colfax All Stars.

For those not wishing to drive out to Red Cliff, Nova Guides is offering a free shuttle from Minturn to the show. Pick up spots include The Saloon and on Main Street in front of Shop and Hop at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. It will return from Mango’s at 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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