Frederickson, Alan Porter

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Alan Frederickson

1927 - 2010

Born and raised in Iowa.  Served in the Navy.  Moved to Evergreen in 1956.  Marred to Juanita.

Trombone player.  Started the Queen City Jazz Band in 1958 and played with that group for 22 years.  In 1989 started the Alan Frederickson Jazz Ensemble and later joined forces with Juanita Greenwood, the producer of Summit Jazz, a three-day festival in the Denver metro area.  President of the Summit Jazz Foundation, Inc., dedicated to the preservation of traditional jazz through education and performance with an emphasis on improvisational jazz.  In addition to the Summit Jazz Festival, the foundation also produced a series of concert weekends, bringing in world-class jazz musicians at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Graduated from the University of Chicago and held a degree in architecture from the University of Iowa.  For 14 years he designed buildings by day and entertained jazz enthusiasts at Mon-Vue Village on Friday and Saturday nights, never feeling the need to choose between the two professions.

For three years in the early 1960s he worked for "The Woodpeckers" designing homes in the Hiwan Hills subdivision when Evergreen began to be transformed from a summer community to a year-round community.  After opening his own architectural firm in Evergreen, he designed the Pine Ridge Professional Office Building, Evergreen Firehouse #1, a clinic on Meadow Drive, the former library, the former Winegard Research and Development Complex on Bryant Drive, the former Bergen Park Lumber Yard Building, and the Post Office on Evergreen Parkway.  He was also a design consultant on the water treatment structures below the dam.

He was active with the Evergreen Kiwanis Club and was known for his quick wit and "reading of the work" either at Kiwanis meetings or between songs when he performed.  He could pick up a John Deere tractor manual or a Sears catalog, start reading, and turn it into an amusing piece of work that delighted an audience.

Sources:  Autobiographical writeup in a Kiwanis newsletter, Juanita Greenwood Frederickson, Lee Kistler