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Colorado jazz fans know that Bill Frisell was raised in the state and studied at the University of Northern Colorado. His electric guitar has long evoked the lonely, open spaces of the American West. While he has contributed original music to numerous film scores, until now he's never released a project dedicated solely to the film work of other composers. The just-released "When You Wish Upon A Star (Okeh)" affectionately interprets the work some of the biggest names in soundtrack composition, such as Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Hermann. Frisell's arrangements are sparse and mysterious, with flat-out lovely contributions from violinist Eyvind Kang and vocalist Petra Haden. Longtime Denver drummer Rudy Royston adds dramatic texture, and overall, "Star" is another deeply felt addition to Frisell's dense catalogue.

Almost everyone who played on the new album will be onstage at The Oriental Theater on Feb. 24, with the exception of Royston, whose chair will be filled ably by Kenny Wolleson. Frisell has brought numerous eclectic projects through his hometown of Denver, but this promises to be among his more accessible and crowd-pleasing appearances.