Music

Our acoustically designed room in the heart of Denver plays host to live jazz nightly (Tuesday through Sunday). Check the calendar below for set times as they may vary. Nocturne’s distinctive Artist in Residency programming is at the core of our line up. Most artists who perform at Nocturne engage in a four to eight week run that focuses on the exploration of a musical icon, the study of a jazz genre, or the exhibition of an Artist's own original work. This old-school approach to programming combines the unique opportunity to hone one’s craft with regular stage time, while also establishing an elevated rapport with Denver music fans. Nocturne is proud to be the only venue in Colorado that features jazz exclusively, and we are also pleased to feature national touring artists on special occasions.

ABOUT LIVE MUSIC AT NOCTURNE:

At this time, our live music performances are available by reservation only. By reserving your seat for dinner and a show you can enjoy the live music along with a three course menu by our talented culinary team. You can make a reservation on-line or via phone @ 303.295.3333.

In addition to dining on site, we recognize that some members of our community are unable to join us in person this summer. As such, we'll be live streaming several of our performances for you to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/nocturnejazz/ for live streams and recordings of our past performances. 

Supporting the musicians practicing their craft on our stage is important to us - your prepaid dinner reservation includes the artist fees that support fair pay to our music community. You can support in other ways such as purchasing music online, physical CD's or sending Venmo tips to your favorite artists. The music community is strong but still working to rebound from a lot of cancelled gigs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your support of their craft will keep this art form alive.

Coração Brazilian Jazz Quartet

The Coração Brazilian Quartet is Bill Kopper on guitar, Bill McCrossen on bass, and Raoul Rossiter on drums and percussion and Victor Mestas Perez on piano.

Each of the members have spent a lifetime performing and recording jazz, funk, pop, classical, and world music, but they are brought together through their strong passion for the music of Brazil. Over 4 weeks in August this ensemble will explore an exciting collection of classic and modern compositions in all the styles of the music of Brazil including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Baio, partito alto, afoxe, and Chiro, etc. Many are transcriptions they have taken off of their favorite recordings of favorite Brazilian composers such as Joao Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and Pixinguinha to name a few.

ARTIST BIO's:

Bill Kopper is a Colorado based guitarist known for his expertise in American Jazz and Blues, and Brazilian Samba and Choro.  Adept on electric, classical, and 7-string classical guitar (commonly used in Samba and Choro), he is featured on a diverse selection of recordings, from his own CDs "Samba de Chueca" and "El Oeste", to Jazz vocalist and 2017 Grammy nominee Rene Marie's CD "Black Lace Freudian Slip" and the soundtrack to her one-woman show "Slut Energy Theory", the Samba/Pagode group Ginga's eponymous EP release, choro clarinetist Dexter Payne's discs "Pra Voce" and "Jazz For All", and vocalist Sonya Vallet's debut recording "Moments in Passing". He is currently an instructor of guitar at the University of Colorado/Denver where he has taught for the last six years, and divides his time musically among the Brazilian Samba/Pagode group Ginga, the Brazilian Choro/Forro group The Dexter Payne Quintet, the World Jazz group The Hip Richies, Brad Goode's Polytonal Funk Project, and Madrid-based vocalist Sonya Vallet's group Los Profugos Galacticos. 

Bill McCrossen over the past thirty years has been in demand in the New York tristate area, recording and performing in orchestras, Broadway musicals, commercials and television productions.  Bill has also been a professor of Jazz History studies at the Hartford Conservatory of Music and taught bass and jazz improvisation at Five Towns College in New York. Bill has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with such world class musicians as Michael and Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Ray Anderson, Gene Bertoncini, Harold Mabern, Kenny Werner, Eliot Zigmund, Adam Nussbaum, Jerry Granelli, Marguerite Juenemann and Art Lande to name a few. Since 2014, Bill now calls Colorado his home and is active in the Denver metro area Jazz and Brazilian music scene. Bill is excited to be involved in this vibrant and talented community of like-minded musicians with many original music projects and free improv ensembles such as Boulder Improvisers Collective (BIC), Coração, the Nalanda Ensemble and “S”, where you might find Bill playing a variety of African instruments such as the Guembri, Mbira and Kora.

Raoul Rossiter moved to Boulder in 1979 and began playing the drums in 1985. Some highlights in his musical life include: meeting and performing Brazilian music, jazz, R&B, and funk with Mitchell Long (6 years); recording an album with Sonya Valet, and playing with Renée Marie in her band No Maintenance. Recently he has performed with Brazilian artists Casuarina, Moyseis Marques, Ronaldo Andrade, Paula Santoro, and Alessandro Penezzi and locally with Kenny Walker, Bill Kopper, Erik Deutsch, Marguerite Juenemann, Dexter Payne, Diane French, Tina Marx, Ligeia Mare, and many others. Currently he’s the regular drummer for Ginga, Hamster Theatre, Coração, and the Dexter Payne Quintet.

Victor Mestas Perez, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela has played piano with renowned bands and singers around the world including Guaco, Trabuco Venezolano, Soledad Bravo, Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias. His resume includes more than 80 recording productions for national and international renowned artists, including a 2010 Latin Grammy Award with Ilan, a Venezuelan songwriter. He is endorsed by Yamaha and is a staple in the latin-jazz scene in Denver.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 50 socially distanced seats per show/seating.

Music fees are included with all "Dinner and a Show" packages.

For walk-in guests, an artist fee of $10 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

Limited Capacity Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-9:45pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Coração Brazilian Quartet

The Coração Brazilian Quartet is Eric Gunnison on piano, Bill Kopper on guitar, Bill McCrossen on bass, and Raoul Rossiter on drums and percussion.

Each of the members have spent a lifetime performing and recording  jazz, funk, pop, classical, and world music, but they are brought together through their strong passion for the music of Brazil. Over nine weeks in May and June, this ensemble will explore an exciting collection of classic and modern compositions in all the styles of the music of Brazil including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Baio, partito alto, afoxe, and Chiro, etc. Many are transcriptions they have taken off of their favorite recordings of favorite Brazilian composers such as Joao Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and Pixinguinha to name a few. some shows may have a focus on the music of a particular composer, and other as a mix of different composers through different time periods.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES:

Eric Gunnison, based in Denver since 1980, has led a distinguished music career during which he has not only established himself as a mainstay of the Mile High City’s vibrant jazz scene, but also as an internationally recognized touring sideman/arranger and recording artist. Gunnison was raised in Buffalo, NY and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1979. From 1986 to 1991 he toured internationally and recorded as the pianist and arranger for the legendary jazz vocalist Carmen McRae and was the pianist accompanying McRae on her tours of Switzerland in 1988 and of Cuba in 1999 with Dizzy Gillespie.

Gunnison’s current associations include touring internationally/recording with renown vocalist Roberta Gambarini, and also as a pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars Big Band and Sextet. He is a founding member of Denver's "Convergence" and throughout his career, has performed with: The Lettermen, Rare Silk, the Christian McBride Big Band, Nelson Rangell, Randy Brecker, Jim McNeely, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Wallace Roney and Bobby Watson Ron Miles,  among others. As an educator, Gunnison has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School Of Music and on the faculty of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts since 2000.

Bill Kopper is a Colorado based guitarist known for his expertise in American Jazz and Blues, and Brazilian Samba and Choro.  Adept on electric, classical, and 7-string classical guitar (commonly used in Samba and Choro), he is featured on a diverse selection of recordings, from his own CDs "Samba de Chueca" and "El Oeste", to Jazz vocalist and 2017 Grammy nominee Rene Marie's CD "Black Lace Freudian Slip" and the soundtrack to her one-woman show "Slut Energy Theory", the Samba/Pagode group Ginga's eponymous EP release, Choro Clarinetist Dexter Payne's discs "Pra Voce" and "Jazz For All", Vocalist Sonya Vallet's debut recording "Moments in Passing", Jazz Saxophonist Nelson Rangell's discs "Soul to Souls" and "American Songbook", trumpet master Brad Goode's "Polytonal Dance Party" and "Chicago Red", Peruvian songstress Cristina Mendoza Vidal's debut release, "La Aurora, Icaros from the Amazon" among many others. He is currently an instructor of guitar at the University of Colorado/Denver where he has taught for the last six years, and divides his time musically among the Brazilian Samba/Pagode group Ginga, the Brazilian Choro/Forro group The Dexter Payne Quintet, the World Jazz group The Hip Richies, Brad Goode's Polytonal Funk Project, and Madrid-based vocalist Sonya Vallet's group Los Profugos Galacticos. 

Bill McCrossen over the past thirty years has been in demand in the New York tristate area, recording and performing in orchestras, Broadway musicals, commercials and television productions.  Bill has also been a professor of Jazz History studies at the Hartford Conservatory of Music and taught bass and jazz improvisation at Five Towns College in New York. Bill has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with such world class musicians as Michael and Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Ray Anderson, Gene Bertoncini, Harold Mabern, Kenny Werner, Eliot Zigmund, Adam Nussbaum, Jerry Granelli, Marguerite Juenemann and Art Lande to name a few. Bill is also a member of the New York based free improvising quarter called “INNERrOUTe”. 

Having relocated in 2014, Bill now calls Colorado his home and is active in the Denver metro area Jazz and Brazilian music scene. He performs regularly at major festivals and venues such as Dazzle and Nocturne. Bill is excited to be involved in this vibrant and talented community of like- minded musicians with many original music projects and free improv ensembles such as Boulder Improvisers Collective (BIC), the Nalanda Ensemble and “S”, where you might find Bill playing a variety of African instruments such as the Guembri, Mbira and Kora.

Raoul Rossiter moved to Boulder in 1979 and began playing the drums in 1985. Some highlights in his musical life include: meeting and performing Brazilian music, jazz, R&B, and funk with Mitchell Long (6 years); recording an album with Sonya Valet, and playing with Renée Marie in her band No Maintenance. Recently he has performed with Brazilian artists Casuarina, Moyseis Marques, Ronaldo Andrade, Paula Santoro, and Alessandro Penezzi and locally with Kenny Walker, Bill Kopper, Erik Deutsch, Marguerite Juenemann, Dexter Payne, Diane French, Tina Marx, Ligeia Mare, and many others. Currently he’s the regular drummer for Ginga, Hamster Theatre, the Dexter Payne Quintet.

An $8 per guest Artist Fee applies to this show. Reservations are recommended!

Coração Brazilian Quartet

The Coração Brazilian Quartet is Eric Gunnison on piano, Bill Kopper on guitar, Bill McCrossen on bass, and Raoul Rossiter on drums and percussion.

Each of the members have spent a lifetime performing and recording  jazz, funk, pop, classical, and world music, but they are brought together through their strong passion for the music of Brazil. Over nine weeks in May and June, this ensemble will explore an exciting collection of classic and modern compositions in all the styles of the music of Brazil including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Baio, partito alto, afoxe, and Chiro, etc. Many are transcriptions they have taken off of their favorite recordings of favorite Brazilian composers such as Joao Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and Pixinguinha to name a few. some shows may have a focus on the music of a particular composer, and other as a mix of different composers through different time periods.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES:

Eric Gunnison, based in Denver since 1980, has led a distinguished music career during which he has not only established himself as a mainstay of the Mile High City’s vibrant jazz scene, but also as an internationally recognized touring sideman/arranger and recording artist. Gunnison was raised in Buffalo, NY and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1979. From 1986 to 1991 he toured internationally and recorded as the pianist and arranger for the legendary jazz vocalist Carmen McRae and was the pianist accompanying McRae on her tours of Switzerland in 1988 and of Cuba in 1999 with Dizzy Gillespie.

Gunnison’s current associations include touring internationally/recording with renown vocalist Roberta Gambarini, and also as a pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars Big Band and Sextet. He is a founding member of Denver's "Convergence" and throughout his career, has performed with: The Lettermen, Rare Silk, the Christian McBride Big Band, Nelson Rangell, Randy Brecker, Jim McNeely, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Wallace Roney and Bobby Watson Ron Miles,  among others. As an educator, Gunnison has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School Of Music and on the faculty of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts since 2000.

Bill Kopper is a Colorado based guitarist known for his expertise in American Jazz and Blues, and Brazilian Samba and Choro.  Adept on electric, classical, and 7-string classical guitar (commonly used in Samba and Choro), he is featured on a diverse selection of recordings, from his own CDs "Samba de Chueca" and "El Oeste", to Jazz vocalist and 2017 Grammy nominee Rene Marie's CD "Black Lace Freudian Slip" and the soundtrack to her one-woman show "Slut Energy Theory", the Samba/Pagode group Ginga's eponymous EP release, Choro Clarinetist Dexter Payne's discs "Pra Voce" and "Jazz For All", Vocalist Sonya Vallet's debut recording "Moments in Passing", Jazz Saxophonist Nelson Rangell's discs "Soul to Souls" and "American Songbook", trumpet master Brad Goode's "Polytonal Dance Party" and "Chicago Red", Peruvian songstress Cristina Mendoza Vidal's debut release, "La Aurora, Icaros from the Amazon" among many others. He is currently an instructor of guitar at the University of Colorado/Denver where he has taught for the last six years, and divides his time musically among the Brazilian Samba/Pagode group Ginga, the Brazilian Choro/Forro group The Dexter Payne Quintet, the World Jazz group The Hip Richies, Brad Goode's Polytonal Funk Project, and Madrid-based vocalist Sonya Vallet's group Los Profugos Galacticos. 

Bill McCrossen over the past thirty years has been in demand in the New York tristate area, recording and performing in orchestras, Broadway musicals, commercials and television productions.  Bill has also been a professor of Jazz History studies at the Hartford Conservatory of Music and taught bass and jazz improvisation at Five Towns College in New York. Bill has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with such world class musicians as Michael and Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Ray Anderson, Gene Bertoncini, Harold Mabern, Kenny Werner, Eliot Zigmund, Adam Nussbaum, Jerry Granelli, Marguerite Juenemann and Art Lande to name a few. Bill is also a member of the New York based free improvising quarter called “INNERrOUTe”. 

Having relocated in 2014, Bill now calls Colorado his home and is active in the Denver metro area Jazz and Brazilian music scene. He performs regularly at major festivals and venues such as Dazzle and Nocturne. Bill is excited to be involved in this vibrant and talented community of like- minded musicians with many original music projects and free improv ensembles such as Boulder Improvisers Collective (BIC), the Nalanda Ensemble and “S”, where you might find Bill playing a variety of African instruments such as the Guembri, Mbira and Kora.

Raoul Rossiter moved to Boulder in 1979 and began playing the drums in 1985. Some highlights in his musical life include: meeting and performing Brazilian music, jazz, R&B, and funk with Mitchell Long (6 years); recording an album with Sonya Valet, and playing with Renée Marie in her band No Maintenance. Recently he has performed with Brazilian artists Casuarina, Moyseis Marques, Ronaldo Andrade, Paula Santoro, and Alessandro Penezzi and locally with Kenny Walker, Bill Kopper, Erik Deutsch, Marguerite Juenemann, Dexter Payne, Diane French, Tina Marx, Ligeia Mare, and many others. Currently he’s the regular drummer for Ginga, Hamster Theatre, the Dexter Payne Quintet.

An $8 per guest Artist Fee applies to this show. Reservations are recommended!

To Dream of Jobim - The Jeff Nathanson Quintet

JEFF NATHANSON hosts a nine week exploration of works of the great Brazilian composer, arranger, and musician Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Jeff is a Colorado and Los Angeles based saxophonist, composer, and recording artist. Some of the artists with whom Jeff has performed or recorded include: Earl “Fatha” Hines, Freddie Fender, Russell Ferrante, Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Bugnon, Eric Marienthal, Alejandro Sanz, Frankie Valli, Chuck Findley, Ehsan Aman (Kite Runner), Joel Dorham, Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Hazel Miller, Rob Mullins, and John Novello.

Since 1991, Jeff has been a featured soloist and horn section member for Latin-pop superstar Luis Miguel. He has toured and recorded extensively with Mr. Miguel, appearing on numerous albums and videos, and has performed thousands of concerts worldwide at venues including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Staples Center, Aztec Stadium Mexico City, and Estadio Belez in Argentina.  Jeff has also appeared on primetime shows such as The Today Show, Ellen Degeneres and recorded tracks for the Latin Grammy awards.

Although a Colorado native, Mr. Nathanson spends a lot of time in California where he graduated from U.C. Berkeley and lived for fifteen years. While Jeff is involved with many artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, he has also recorded two of his own CD’s: More than Coincidence and Deep into the Night which showcase both his playing and compositional talents. In addition to all of his musical endeavors, Jeff is a representative for D’Adarrio/RICO reeds.

Jeff's Colorado based Quintet: 

Dave Hanson - Piano, Mitch Chmara - Guitar, Ken Walker - Bass, and Mike Marlier - Drums

Reserve your table at www.nocturnejazz.com/reservations. A weekend artist fee of $10 per person will be applied to each check.

 

To Dream of Jobim - The Jeff Nathanson Quintet

JEFF NATHANSON hosts a nine week exploration of works of the great Brazilian composer, arranger, and musician Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Jeff is a Colorado and Los Angeles based saxophonist, composer, and recording artist. Some of the artists with whom Jeff has performed or recorded include: Earl “Fatha” Hines, Freddie Fender, Russell Ferrante, Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Bugnon, Eric Marienthal, Alejandro Sanz, Frankie Valli, Chuck Findley, Ehsan Aman (Kite Runner), Joel Dorham, Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Hazel Miller, Rob Mullins, and John Novello.

Since 1991, Jeff has been a featured soloist and horn section member for Latin-pop superstar Luis Miguel. He has toured and recorded extensively with Mr. Miguel, appearing on numerous albums and videos, and has performed thousands of concerts worldwide at venues including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Staples Center, Aztec Stadium Mexico City, and Estadio Belez in Argentina.  Jeff has also appeared on primetime shows such as The Today Show, Ellen Degeneres and recorded tracks for the Latin Grammy awards.

Although a Colorado native, Mr. Nathanson spends a lot of time in California where he graduated from U.C. Berkeley and lived for fifteen years. While Jeff is involved with many artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, he has also recorded two of his own CD’s: More than Coincidence and Deep into the Night which showcase both his playing and compositional talents. In addition to all of his musical endeavors, Jeff is a representative for D’Adarrio/RICO reeds.

Jeff's Colorado based Quintet: 

Dave Hanson - Piano, Mitch Chmara - Guitar, Ken Walker - Bass, and Mike Marlier - Drums

Reserve your table at www.nocturnejazz.com/reservations. A weekend artist fee of $10 per person will be applied to each check.

 

To Dream of Jobim - The Jeff Nathanson Quintet

JEFF NATHANSON hosts a nine week exploration of works of the great Brazilian composer, arranger, and musician Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Jeff is a Colorado and Los Angeles based saxophonist, composer, and recording artist. Some of the artists with whom Jeff has performed or recorded include: Earl “Fatha” Hines, Freddie Fender, Russell Ferrante, Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Bugnon, Eric Marienthal, Alejandro Sanz, Frankie Valli, Chuck Findley, Ehsan Aman (Kite Runner), Joel Dorham, Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Hazel Miller, Rob Mullins, and John Novello.

Since 1991, Jeff has been a featured soloist and horn section member for Latin-pop superstar Luis Miguel. He has toured and recorded extensively with Mr. Miguel, appearing on numerous albums and videos, and has performed thousands of concerts worldwide at venues including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Staples Center, Aztec Stadium Mexico City, and Estadio Belez in Argentina.  Jeff has also appeared on primetime shows such as The Today Show, Ellen Degeneres and recorded tracks for the Latin Grammy awards.

Although a Colorado native, Mr. Nathanson spends a lot of time in California where he graduated from U.C. Berkeley and lived for fifteen years. While Jeff is involved with many artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, he has also recorded two of his own CD’s: More than Coincidence and Deep into the Night which showcase both his playing and compositional talents. In addition to all of his musical endeavors, Jeff is a representative for D’Adarrio/RICO reeds.

Jeff's Colorado based Quintet: 

Dave Hanson - Piano, Mitch Chmara - Guitar, Ken Walker - Bass, and Mike Marlier - Drums

Reserve your table at www.nocturnejazz.com/reservations. A weekend artist fee of $10 per person will be applied to each check.

 

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