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Billy Wallace 

When: Sat., Aug. 22, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $30

You can count the number of pianists who are able to improvise parallel melodies with the ambidexterity of the late Phineas Newborn on, well, two hands. And Billy Wallace — best known for his performance on Max Roach's celebrated Jazz in Time — is definitely among them. This year, the Denver-based jazzman embarks on an 80th birthday tour, leading a quartet of talented musicians — Randy Sandke, Noel Jewkes, Michael Barnett and Mel Brown — who have recorded with everyone from Joe Williams to Sting, Cab Calloway to Motown. Tickets for this 8 p.m. performance at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) are $30, which includes a 7 o'clock reception where you can wish Wallace a happy birthday. — Bill Forman

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