zuri music

Welcome to Zuri Music and James Bailey! This website is dedicated to providing information about the performance and production of quality, live classical, jazz, and international music in Denver.

Zuri Music also provides live string ensembles for public and private events, books bands for house concerts and at some of Denver's most intimate venues, and creates unique music experiences, including the Classical and World Music series at Dazzle and the new Eclectique series at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret.

Monday, October 27, 7:00pm

Nokuthula’s roots are in Zimbabwean-style marimba and mbira, but its music is also influenced by jazz, blues, Latin, Afro-Cuban, Haitian, and other world music. Their music is joyous, energetic and upbeat with driving rhythms and mesmerizing vocals.

A Nokuthula performance takes you on a musical journey, beginning with 1,000-year-old traditional mbira songs, traveling through time to the jazz-influenced township music of 1960s South Africa and popular dance songs of Miriam Makeba, continuing to the controversial anti-war (Chimurenga) music of 1970s Zimbabwe, incorporating unique arrangements of traditional Cuban and West African drum songs, and finishing with a hint of Dave Brubeck and Stevie Wonder.

Nokuthula’s members hail from some of the very best African marimba, Afro-pop and jazz ensembles in the Denver metro area.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00pm

Ginga specializes in playing traditional music of Brazil. The common thread that connects us with our fans, our community and each other is an intense love and passion for Brazilian music. The band has spent over 8 years bringing to life the spirited sense of community and the alegria inherent in the best Brazilian music. Through years of playing and studying a multitude of different styles, including samba, forro, MPB, bossa nova, chorinho, and Brazilian jazz, Ginga has evolved into one of the most versatile and exciting bands on the Front Range.