Frequently, we’ll introduce you to someone you may, or may not know who lives in Downtown Denver. And, we’ll ask that person five questions…always the same. But, we’re sure to get a lot of different answers! Let us know what you think. All of our “Talking Points” profiles are archived for easy reference at the page above…with the same name!
Bob and Jan Montgomery have lived in Lower Downtown for almost 19 years. Bob grew up in western Kansas where he developed his work ethic and love of people and music. He taught music for 35 years, 18 years in public schools and 17 years in universities. He’s a husband, a father, and a grandfather. Between practice sessions with his trumpet, we were able to ask him these questions.
What’s the best thing about living Downtown?
The neighborhood, the folks who live here, the opportunity to stroll through lower downtown and see smiles and share conversation with interesting people. I love the al fresco dining and the many coffee shops where you can sit and visit with new and old friends, often planned gatherings and just as often chance meetings on the street that produce an hours worth of conversation off the cuff. The folks who live and work in lower downtown are very special people who share interesting lifestyles and occasionally display treasures of talent. The very amazing stuff of life.
What’s been the biggest change since you moved Downtown?
The biggest change we have seen since purchasing our loft in the Acme in 1990 is the construction of new buildings, the disappearance of the 15th Street viaduct, the loss of seven jazz clubs within six blocks of our loft, the addition of Coors field and the Pepsi center, the accompanying bars and restaurants, and the multitudes of people on the streets most evenings. Lot’s of changes- mostly good.
What don’t we have Downtown that we need?
A reasonably priced grocery store within easy walking distance.
Where do you like to go when you leave Downtown?
Away from downtown? I guess wherever my children and grandchildren are at the moment.
And, tell us something most people may not know about you.
I love playing jazz in Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, New Zealand, South America, wherever there are great listening audiences, folks who love listening to art music – and specifically improvised music – Jazz. I love sharing music with folks in Colorado as well – it is always nice to be at home among friends.
And, Downtown residents who know Bob are glad he’s in the neighborhood. With his trumpet. And, all that Jazz!