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By Traci Bishop
Special to The PREVIEW
“Hazel Miller is not just a great singer; she is a force of nature!” — the Rocky Mountain News.
Hazel Miller’s voice has been called “stunning, moving and powerful.” Hazel has been a sought-after performer in Colorado for the past 27 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop or gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul.
The Hazel Miller Band was formed more than two decades ago. HMB performs an eclectic blend of jazz, R&B, blues and original music. The Hazel Miller Band’s music is designed to make the audience dance and sing along. They play music that excites and involves the listener.
Miller is anticipating a great year of festival appearances in Grand Junction, Del Norte, Pagosa Springs, Frisco, Breckenridge, Erie, Boulder, Telluride and Laramie, Wyo. HMB has been a regular performer at the Winter Park Jazz Festival for more than 13 years. HMB has appeared many times at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater as the headliner and as an opener.
Miller has appeared as a special guest of Big Head Todd and the Monsters for more than 17 years. This year marks HMB’s second appearance as the opener for The Botanic Gardens Music Series. In the summer of 2012, they opened for Al Green and 2013 has them opening for Michael McDonald.
Have you ever heard “Silent Night” with an Afro Cuban beat? Imagine Christmas music in swing time, in a blues format. Imagine traditional and new holiday music set to gospel, jazz and soul rhythms, then come see the Hazel Miller Band’s Jazzy Sassy Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 12. Come share holiday music that will bring back memories; music that will fill you with joy.
The Ross Aragon Community Center is where all the fun is happening. Tickets are on sale now for $15; they will be $20 the evening of the concert. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a cash bar and some light hors d’oeuvres.
Call the Ross Aragon Community Center for more information at 264-4152.