The Lariat lassos another top act.
Famed jazz and blues vocalist Hazel Miller will bring her powerful voice and accompanying band to The Lariat in Buena Vista at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Blending jazz, R&B, blues and original music for 20 years now, The Hazel Miller Band knows how to rock, so be ready to dance.
Miller “accidentally” moved to Denver in 1984 when her rental truck broke down there. Since then, she has made her mark as one of the most sought-after performers in Colorado. Miller, whose voice has been called “stunning, moving and powerful,” got her start making guest appearances with Big Head Todd and the Monsters – a tradition that still continues, with Miller performing at Red Rocks Amphitheater for the 30th Anniversary Celebration for Big Head Todd this past June.
The band’s other notable performances for 2016 include appearances at the Durango Blues Train, the Winter Park Jazz Festival, the Greely Blues Jam and the 125th anniversary celebration at the Historic Elitch Theatre.
When asked about the musicians in her band, Miller responded, “I’ve had the same band for 3 years. It took a lot of experimentation to make the band what it is today. I’m so happy with my band, and the band is happy with our music. We are a family. We make great music together.”
Given her stature among Colorado musicians, Miller has been asked to perform the National Anthem on several occasions, including Red Rocks Amphitheater’s 75th Anniversary celebration, Gov. John Hickenloopers’ inauguration and, most recently, at a Denver Broncos game this fall.
“It was an exciting thrill (to sing for the Broncos). I’ve sung the anthem for all the sports teams in the area, but it was my first time singing the anthem on national TV for the Broncos.”
In February 2015, Miller performed for an even larger audience at the FIS Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek. International television viewers were estimated at 180,000,000.
“I channel whatever I need to get me through the rough spots (like singing in front of large crowds). I first learned this working with Big Head Todd and the Monsters in the late ’90s,” Miller said.
While the legend of the Hazel Miller Band precedes them, music fans have also likely heard the band’s music on Denver-area radio stations or Sirius and XM Radio channels. Miller sang on six tracks of the hit 2014 album Blues Masters 3. Glowing reviews included one stating, “Miller’s vocals would rival (the late) Koko Taylor.”
Miller appreciates the kudos, noting, “Fans really like our originals.” Miller also said she hopes “people are attracted to my band because the music is great. The band loves to entertain. We love making people dance and sing.”
Officials at Denver International Airport have asked Miller to record a welcome greeting for their train-riding visitors, so keep an eye out for that gem the next time you fly into DIA.
Tickets to see The Hazel Miller Band at The Lariat cost $10 online (lariatbv.com) or at the door.