Facing West is a modern post-bop quartet featuring saxophonists Donnie Norton and Doug Stone, bassist Braun Khan, and drummer Brian Claxton. All four members, although close friends, reside in different parts of the country and are all active performers and university jazz educators. With an emphasis on original compositions, the group pulls inspiration from many of the greatest bands of the jazz canon. You can expect to hear joyful expression, exhilarating interplay, and four musicians having an awful lot of fun.
Don Norton is an assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of Portland. As a saxophonist, he has performed extensively in a variety of styles that include jazz, classical, world music, and musical theatre, and he has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including a tour of Costa Rica with world music group Panoramic.
Doug Stone is assistant professor of jazz studies at Louisiana State University. He performs in New Orleans and throughout Southeastern Louisiana with the likes of Stephanie Jordan, the John Mahoney Big Band, Reid Poole's Boppin' Five and the Florida Street Blowhards. He lived in Rochester, New York, for several years where he worked with Gap Mangione, Rich Thompson, Bob Sneider, George Caldwell, Bobby Militello and others. He also spent time on the road with Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau. Doug's most recent recording is entitled "Motion" on the Outside in Music label.
Braun Khan is Assistant Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at Utah State University. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bass performance from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Arts in Jazz Studies and Bass Performance from the University of Northern Colorado where he was the recipient of several DownBeat collegiate awards. An active performer, he has shared the stage with with Howard Levy, Jeff Hamilton, the New York Voices, Greg Gisbert, Jake Shimabukuro, Groove For Thought, Clint de Ganon, Bob Christianson, and Clifford Carter, and performances on electric bass and jazz bass with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton is known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery. An old soul and passionate student of the history of American music, Claxton has navigated a career with one foot in the past and one foot in the future, and has a musical voice that is as diverse as his performance experience. Claxton teaches at the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He recently released his first record as a leader When I Get Home featuring Tamir Hendelman, Graham Dechter, Jon Hamar, and was produced by Jeff Hamilton.
During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 49 socially distanced seats per show/seating.
For walk-in guests, an artist fee of $15 per guest applies to this show.
We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to 2 hours so that we may properly clean between sets and comply with Denver's current occupancy restrictions.
Limited Capacity Weekday Music Times: Set One: 6:30-7:45pm | Set Two: 8:30-10:00pm