Jazz Bar Open's in Parker

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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Original article from Douglass County News Press

The Blu Note, a jazz bar, will open Nov. 15, a culmination of years of hard work to bring something different to the Parker night scene. At a private early opening Nov. 10, Trujillo said the bar brought to life a dream shared by he and his late wife, Gail, who died in 2018, just as the groundwork for Blu Note was being laid.

“She's been right here,” Trujillo said, patting his right shoulder, “the whole time.”

The Blu Note, 19600 Solar Circle, will be the first jazz bar in Parker. It will also serve food. The idea is to have it become a community place, Trujillo said. He wants families to come enjoy the experience.

Trujillo, a former rocker in a band called Gauntlet, which opened for acts like Ozzy Osbourne, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue when they visited Denver, said he got into jazz music about six years ago.

“I fell in love with it because it's different. The community is very tight-knit,” Trujillo said, “and the jazz community has embraced us. They want a nice place like this to play in, and that's what we want to offer to them.”

Jazz acts will be the mainstay at the Blu Note. The Tina Phillips Quartet played the kick-off party. The grand opening celebration will last two nights, beginning with Roots and Rhythm Band, a band playing everything from blues to swing, jazz and 50s style rock `n' roll from Denver, playing Nov. 15. The next night will feature the funky New Orleans sound of Gumbo le Funque, also from Denver.

To learn more about the Blu Note, visit blunoteparker.com or visit its Facebook page.

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