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Jon Wirtz Music / Blog

The ball is officially rolling . . .

On a day when our drummer Tom Tilton celebrated a milestone birthday, and I was celebrating the birth of my second niece, the debut performances of "Jon Wirtz and The Debut" were the icing on the cake to what was already a great day. The official debut of my newest project was a blast. And it was a success in no small part to so many people for packing the house for not one, but BOTH performances. Thank you for that. As far as the band name . . . well, it is called The Debut for a reason. In an effort to keep pushing forward with this music, every show is a focused attempt for us to stay fresh in our ideas and mindset. Whether it be via new music, new musicians, new arrangements, new approaches on older music, or all of the above, we are determined to make every show a chance to share in a unique experience with the audience. That next experience will be February 19th at the Meadowlark in Denver, along with some very special guests and great bands. Check back here soon, as more details are soon to follow . . . In the meantime, a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone for coming out to enjoy the performances. We look forward to sharing some more great music with you very soon. Thanks again, Jon

First there was one, then there were five . . .

Hello again and happy new year to you! Hope all is well with you and yours . . . I'll get right to the point for once. I'm excited to announce that with the support of some of Denver’s finest players, I will be returning to Dazzle on January 27th, 2011. Who are these fine players, you ask? John Grigsby, bass — This man is a low-end MACHINE. Solid as a rock, yet as fluent as water on his instrument. Tom Tilton, drums — The most melodic drummer I’ve ever played with; his creativity is an absolute joy to watch. Joshua Trinidad, trumpet – With unique, sometimes explosive ideas, you’ll happily drink up every melodic phrase dripping from the bell of his horn. Bret Sexton, alto sax — The best part about playing with Bret is trying to keep up, as he is a whirlwind of tasteful moments. And his tone, oh his TONE!! Because of the overwhelming turnout from the last gig, I’ll be giving two performances that night, at 7pm and 9pm on the Dazzle Showroom main stage. These performances will feature unique arrangements of originals, many of them being performed for the very first time in front of a live audience. Last time I performed at Dazzle, it sold out. Don’t be left out in the cold again — make your reservations now by calling (303)839-5100. Looking forward to seeing you on the 27th! Jon www.jonwirtzmusic.com

Great music for a great cause . . .

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! I am writing to let you know that you can download some wonderful Christmas music, recorded in trio format, by visiting www.jonwirtzmusic.com . But I also wanted to let you know the important backstory behind this music. For the past few years, I have had the privelage of doing some volunteer work at Children's Hospital in Denver with some wonderful Denver musicians (Angie Stevens and the Beautiful Wreck). During our visits, we play for individual kids, going room to room, and then play a concert for the whole hospital. In one such visit, we met an amazing young girl named Emma Hutchinson. Normally when we play songs for children, they are often (and understandably) relatively shy or sometimes too weak to interact very much. However, Emma was different. She caught us somewhat offguard with her beaming smile and enthusiasm, and even asked to play for US!! We obliged, and sat listening on the verge of tears as she and her Dad sang the greatest rendition of "London Homesick Blues" I have ever heard. Unfortunately, Emma passed away on August 23, 2008, from Polycystic Kidney Disease. Meeting her and having that incredible experience, as well as the continued relationship with her wonderful parents Paula and John, are blessings that I can't accurately put into words. Her inspiration and spirit still lives on in ways she probably never envisioned at the time. In downloading these songs, you have the option to donate money for them if you choose. All of the proceeds from the Christmas songs will be put towards the Emma Grace Hutchinson Fund at the Children's Hospital in Texas (where Emma received most of her care before coming to Colorado), to be used specifically in making the lives of the chronically ill kids more fun even when they have to spend so much time in the hospital. Please pass this message to as many people as you would like. Special thanks to John Grigsby (bass) and Tom Tilton (drums) for sharing their time and talents on this music. Worst case scenario, you get some wonderful free music for the holidays. Best case scenario, we raise money to help some sick children. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and thanks so much! Sincerely, Jon Wirtz