Sweet Street Jazz (Michael Ami, Kirk Anderson, Dave Barton & Saia Blakeslee)
Sweet Street will swing your world! This innovative quartet mashes up jazz, Broadway and pop into an entertaining, unforgettable experience. Vocal duets and intriguing instrumentals power the fun. Come see why they’ve been packing the house! Reservations strongly encouraged.
is the lead singer of Sweet Street. She also performs with other Jazz acts in the denver area including ‘The Jazzles’ and the ‘Scott Martin Trio’. She is an acclaimed actress who has played many principle roles in Reparatory companies throughout the west coast. Most notable roles include: Gypsy Rose Lee in ‘Gypsy’, Nora in ‘ A Doll House’, The Witch in ‘Into the Woods’ and Nellie in ‘South Pacific’. Saia is a multi-faceted singer who enjoys singing jazz, blues, country rock, musical theatre and classical.
is a jazz pianist/singer with a difference. A classical pianist and composer since age four, he performed his own works, along with those of the great composers, at University of Miami recitals when he was just eight years old. His improvisation and ear skills showed themselves early, causing his piano teacher great consternation as Michael improvised riffs on Beethoven and Kabalevsky sonatas instead of playing the pieces as written.
After earning a Boston Conservatory of Music degree in composition, with a concentration in orchestral and choir conducting, Michael’s extensive repertoire of around 1000 pop songs landed him as a piano bar entertainer on cruise ships. Since leaving the seafaring life, he has concentrated on jazz, incorporating his classical and pop heritage into his unique interpretation of jazz classics. This wild mix of styles is behind Sweet Street’s trademark “mad mash-ups,” in which the duo combines two, three and even four songs into one unforgettable experience.
When not at the piano, Michael enjoys technological pursuits, and is a well-published author of books and magazine articles in the electronics field, as well as an inventor and an avid amateur radio operator.
Raised in the NY/NJ area, Dave studied classical percussion at the State University of NY at Albany, and studied jazz drums with Bob Moses (famed drummer/composer on Pat Metheny debut album “Bright Size Life). Thriving on a broad range of musical tastes, Dave’s diverse background includes performing in symphony orchestras, theatre and dance productions, praise bands, big bands, and various rock, blues, and of course, jazz bands. Dave is currently a member of the Colorado Jazz Workshop.
Kirk Anderson has been playing music since he was 12. His guitar and bass gigs span folk, gospel, R&R, funk & soul, and jazz, and his bands have opened concerts for Journey and Tower of Power. Kirk has a a unique and eclectic musical voice that melds his own style of rhythm, soul and harmony and melody.