I’ll take the liberty here and answer some of the questions you may have about the Aspen/Denver music scene. While we might not be known for our jazz we sure have a lot of opportunities to offer. They don’t call the mountains blue for no reason…
My favorites by far are Dazzle and Nocturne. If you're looking for an amazing meal as well, definitely take a look at Dazzle.
While Aspen has no designated Jazz venues, I would recommend the Belly Up. It's a general admission music venue that will feature some good blues/rock bands and a couple open bars.
The Aspen Mountain Lodge offers really cool accommodations in addition to providing live music every once and a while. If you wanna get some music and some powder in then this is your joint.
I came out in 2007 and saw Herbie play at the Snowmass Jazz Festival. He blew my mind and I still remember the closing song (a sweeping rendition of Watermelon Man).
I have a lot to say about Live Music in Denver. While I don't get to Denver as much as I'd like there are a few bars that I really really like: 1) Front Range Barbeque on West Colorado Avenue If you like blues music and dirty ribs then this place is your joint. It's got some really good dining space and prices that can't be beat. http://frbbq.com/ 2) Lincoln's Roadhouse on Pearl Street A small haunt that gives claustrophobia new meaning. It features chicken and waffles and great grimy blues. If a better combination exists I don't know. http://www.lincolnsroadhouse.com/shows.html 3) The Toad Tavern Diverse music, but heavy on blues, The Toad is a great place to post up and see some great local music. http://toadtavern.ticketfly.com/