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.
Inspired by the music of Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Castaño has put together an amazing group of musicians to explore all of his favorite compositions. Every Saturday in February, you can hear Alejandro Castaño (drums), Tom Amend (piano), Patrick McDevitt (bass), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar), and Serafin Sanchez (saxophone) playing the vast collection of Herbie Hancock’s music. These nights are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and swingin!
Alejandro Castaño is an active performer and educator in the United States and abroad. Castaño’s performance and recording credits include: Ron Miles, Eric Gunnison, Greg Gisbert, Peter Sommer, Steve Turre, Benny Bannack III, Gabriel Mervine and many others. He received his Bachelors in Jazz Studies from Metropolitan University of Denver in 2015. He is an educator at Denver School of the Arts, teaching percussion and Jazz. Castaño is the Director of Education for the Gift of Jazz as well as an educator for the Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts.
Comprised of long-time friends and accomplished bandmates: Annie Booth (piano), Patrick McDevitt (bass) and Alejandro Castaño (drums) The Annie Booth Trio will take to the Nocturne stage to perform the music of The Beatles through the jazz.
Denver based pianist and composer Annie Booth began the piano at a young age and started playing jazz in high school. She went on to study music at the collegiate level, earning a BM in jazz piano performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2011. Annie has become a force in the Denver jazz scene with recent awards as Westword Magazine's winner in the "Best In Denver" jazz category for both 2015 and 2016 and a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. In addition to her notable work as a recording artist and bandleader, she is an accomplished side-woman, playing often at Nocturne with a number of bands and very recently featured in the Greg Gisbert Quartet tour of Mexico through the "New York Jazz All-Stars" concert series.
Patrick McDevitt is an upright and electric bassist hailing from Denver, Colorado. From playing with national touring artists to working on the road with New Orleans' famed percussionist Mike Dillon, to anchoring down the Annie Booth Trio, Patrick is a versatile and talented player, prolific in number of musical backgrounds. Recently completing his graduate degree in music at Denver University's Lamont School of Music, Patrick is an in demand bass player throughout the Denver area and beyond and a compelling bandleader in his own right.
Alejandro Castaño is a Denver based drummer, composer and educator who has shared the stage with Ron Miles, Eric Gunnison, Steve Turre, Ken Walker, Josh Quinlan, John Gunther, Bob Montgomery, Justin Adams, members of The New Mastersounds and many more. Recently Alejandro was featured on the debut album of the Annie Booth Trio entitled “Wanderlust” and “Da Capo” by cuban born musician Aldo Salvent. In addition to teaching privately, Alejandro is on the teaching staff with the Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts and Denver School of the Arts.
Friends and bandmates for over 30 years, Mark Diamond, Paul Romaine, and Andy Weyl consistently inspire audiences with their spirited arrangements of Swing, Latin, Hard-bop, Blues, and standard repertoire. Big Swing is a two time Nocturne Artist in Residency alum and we are tremendously excited to welcome them back to the stage for a third series in August and September of 2019.
BASS: Mark Diamond's hard-grooving acoustic bass sound was birthed in the New York area, where he learned to play many musical styles. In 1980 he moved to Colorado with the band Arabesque and has since been a highly sought after sideman, appearing on over 100 albums, including Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Sally Taylor, (daughter of James and Carly), James Van Buren with Richie Cole, Keith Oxman, Mary Flower, and Mary Ann Moore. Mark has toured Europe, appears at festivals and clubs across the US and has performed with such legendary performers as Earl Klugh, Nnenna Freelon, Spike Robinson, Richie Cole, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Ben Sidran, Peter Rowan, Henry Butler, Fred Wesley, Buddy Tate, (of the original Count Basie Band), Bruno Carr, blues men Eddie Kirkland and Mark Hummel, and New York based jazz vocalists Allan Harris and Tom Lellis.
PIANO: Andy Weyl was born in Denmark, and spent his youth traveling across Europe. He moved to Boulder, Colorado where he received a degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado in 1978. Over the years, he has played and recorded with the region’s best jazz musicians, and performs at clubs and festivals across the nation and Europe, frequently backing up visiting artists of note, such as James Moody, Tom Harrell, Benny Golson, Spike Robinson, Eddie Harris, Al Grey, Bruce Foreman, and Rumble Seat.
DRUMS: Paul Romaine(August 1, 22, 29 and September 12, 19) Michael D'Angelo (August 8), Brian Claxton (August 15, September 5, 26)
The ever changing COVID-19 crisis has taught us to adapt in order to provide a great experience with health and safety as a top priority. For the sake of providing hospitality and live music to our community, we will continue to follow all state and local guidelins. As of May 16, 2021, Denver County has moved to level "Clear". This level is free from restrictions on capacity and performances for Nocturne.
Here's what that looks like at Nocturne for the time being:
For our staff and musicians:
-Continued commitment to hygiene, especially hand washing, and disinfecting all public areas every 30 minutes.
-Free COVID testing is available to all our staff. Over 90% of our staff are now fully vaccinated.
-Maintaining social distance as much as possible, including refraining from handshakes, high fives, and hugs.
-A full playbook has been provided to all staff and musicians explaining the new health and safety guidelines required while at Nocturne.
For our guests:
- Guests who are not vaccinated are highly encouraged to wear a mask in public and may wish to refrain from attending performances.
- Guests who are vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask.
- We ask that guests wait to be seated by a host in order to ensure their seat has been fully cleaned betwen guests.
- Shows are still restricted to seated reservations. Standing room is not allowed at this time.
-We ask that you limit your dining time to 2 hours or less in order to allow us time to properly clean and reset your table for the next music set.
-Menus are disposed of after each guest and also available by QR code with your smart phone.
-We ask for a health commitment from our staff, musicians, and guests prior to entering that confirms the following:
You or your party have not experienced symptoms of the COVID-19 virus experienced in the past 14 days.
You or your party have not tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the past 14 days.
You or your party have not knowingly been in contact with someone experiencing the COVID-19 virus in the past 14 days.
-Reservations required for all guests to allow us to control the occupancy of our dining room and to maintain appropriate contact tracing information in the event that information is necessary.
Dinner Reservations include artist fees for live music and a prepaid three course dinner. The option to add wine pairings is available prior to your arrival or at your table when you arrive.
We are here to help you throughout your dining process, and have re-worked our model of service to better accommodate the necessary changes for safety and health. Please be patient with us as Nocturne may look a little different for the time being as we modify for your safety and ours.
If you are unable to visit us in person, we understand. We wish you safety and health. We'll have several of the shows streaming live on our Facebook page and encourage you to get a dose of live music there if you are an at-risk individual, if you don't feel well, or if you are anxious to be among others. We understand, we miss you, and we hope to see you at a later date.
Is there always music? Is it always jazz? What if I just don’t “get” jazz?
Nocturne is open for service weekly, Wednesday through Sunday and there is live music on our stage each night we are open. Sets run from 6:30pm to 7:45pm and 8:30pm to 9:45pm on weeknights and Sundays. Friday/Saturday sets run from 6:30-8:00pm and 9:00-10:30pm.
Occasionally we feature national artists, special menu events, private parties, and holidays that can change our standard set times, so it’s always best to check our live music calendar when making your reservations.
You will always hear live jazz at Nocturne. The styles of jazz performed range from hard-bop and cool jazz to avant-garde, bebop and even vintage depending on the artist. One night you might hear exciting new and original works, and the next you might enjoy one of Denver's finest singers exploring the Great American Songbook; part of our mission in bringing Nocturne to life was the desire to make the great American art from of jazz accessible by presenting it alongside perfectly made craft cocktails, innovative plates and welcoming hospitality.
If you aren’t yet a jazz lover or you just don’t get it, that’s ok! Come enjoy a cocktail or a unique bottle of wine alongside or award winning food and you just might leave a new fan of the music with a little more appreciation for the magic that is live jazz.
Do you allow children?
When we designed Nocturne, we envisioned what it meant to have a great night out, and thus our space and hospitality is for adults 21 and older. We recalled our parents and grandparents getting dressed up to go to a nice dinner and a show - the kids stayed home so that they could enjoy a night of elegance, respite, and enjoyment. Many of our guests tell us that we are their date night spot; their go-to place when they opt to get a sitter or treat themselves to a night on the town. Other children (though not your children, we’re sure) can sometimes be a distraction to that experience. The music is loud at times, the environment and ambiance adult, and the food while delicious, is decidedly not kid-friendly.
On the other hand… we also have fond memories of our parents sneaking us into venues before we were of age so that we could experience jazz as it was meant to be heard -- live, on stage, and often in a dimly lit bar. If your child, between the age of 12 and 21, is accompanied by you as parent or guardian and you have table reservation we try to accommodate such a situation. We certainly want young people to be exposed to the jazz artform, but want to be sure we are doing so responsibly, and without distraction to our other guests. We do not allow access to guests under the age of 12 for any reason.
Is there a dress code?
Officially, we don’t allow cut-offs, tank tops, jerseys, inappropriate costumes, or clothing with profanity and/or offensive images. Shirts and shoes are required per health regulations.
Unofficially, we suggest that you dress more toward the upscale side of casual. Sure, we’re still in Colorado and jeans are always welcome, but if you are looking for an excuse to get gussied up, you won’t be out of place here
Is there a cover charge?
We don’t charge "cover" at the door. Instead, a fee for live music (which ranges from $15-$30 per person) is added to your final check or is included in your prepaid dinner and a show reservation.
Can you accommodate allergies, dietary restrictions, and/or aversions?
Yes. Please let the host know when you receive your confirmation call or let your server know on arrival if you have any allergies or strong aversions. Our menu is adventurous and we would love for you to put your trust in our talented kitchen staff as you enjoy each dish as the chef created it. However, if it’s possible for us to modify a dish to accommodate you, we will. Please note that we have small kitchen and are unable to avoid all potential cross-contamination, especially for gluten. There are always vegetarian dishes on the menu and many of them are available as vegan dishes with a small modification, just ask your server.
How do I recommend a band/artist for you to consider in your lineup?
How do I make a reservation for my party that is bigger than 8 people?
For the moment, our maximum allowable party size is 8 people. For larger events, see our private events link.
Do I need a ticket to see the music?
Advance planning and reservations are highly recommended (especially on Friday and Saturday evenings). If you are making last minute plans, please call us at 303-295-3333 and we will check availability and do our best to accommodate your visit.
How long can I stay?
To accommodate high demand and help our staff maintain a properly sanitized premises, we respectfully request that guests limit their visit to one set only at this time.
Much like a standard restaurant, we offer dinner reservations nightly for our floor seats. Reservation times are scheduled around the first and second sets of music.
First Set reservations are available at 6:00, 6:15 and 6:30pm (with music starting at 6:30pm).
Second Set reservations are typically available from 8:15p to 9:00p.
On Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the second set of music starts at 8:30pm
On Fridays and Saturdays, the second set of music starts at 9:00pm.
Within 24 hours of seating your reservation is locked in - cancellations or change requests recieved inside 24 hours of seating will not be refunded, but can be transferred.
We kindly ask that you let us know if you are running late so that we may plan accordingly and hold your table. We reserve the right to cancel or alter (without refund) any reservations arriving more than 20 minutes late.
The majority of our bar/cocktail seats are reservation only, with a very small number of seats aside for walk-in guests on a first come, first serve basis. Bar and cocktail table seats offer great views of the stage and are a part of the dining room.
Are there tables that are quiet or away from the music if I’m just there for the food and drink?
Our intimate dining room and bar seats were designed with the intention that guests would be focused on the stage and engaged in the music.
There is not a separate room away from the music and we encourage you to enjoy the live entertainment while you enjoy our award winning food and drink.
While Nocturne is not a listening room, we do ask that all guests keep conversations at a reasonable/private volume so as to not negatively impact other guests and be respectful to the artists making music on stage.
What's up with parking?
The RiNo Arts District is bustling lately, which means that parking can be tricky on some nights. Street parking on 27th street is not metered but has a 2-hour limit before 10:00pm. Other streets such as Walnut and 28th do not have time limits. There is also a lot located on Larimer Street just behind our building. Prices range from $5 to $15 depending on special events and Rockies games. Taxi, Uber, or Lyft are also great options and typically under $15 for fares from most locations within Denver's downtown area.
Is there a minimum charge required if I’m just there for the music?
Nocturne is a modern jazz and supper club that celebrates the art of live jazz and the craft of great hospitality. Since opening our doors in Spring of 2015, we have never required a "minimum spend". To help us continue to do what we love and support the livelihoods of our staff however, we do ask that you grab a bite to eat or a drink while you are enjoying some of Denver's greatest live music.
What happens when an iconic recording inspires a chef and sommelier? RENDITIONS - an interactive five course dinner event where the art of gastronomy and music collide.
This unique fusion of dinner party, jazz concert and creative symposium is Nocturne’s signature event and only available a few nights per year. In addition to an original 5-course tasting menu, this experience includes chats with the musicians on stage, course explanations by Nocturne's culinary team & wine pairing notes by Nocturne's co-owners.
For our 25th Renditions Series, we are incredibly honored to collaborate with jazz bassist/composer Matt Smiley and create five original courses that celebrate the launch of his newest recording project entitledCrankbait, released this month on Nocturne's record label.
Ticket includes dinner and music. Guests may pre-purchase sommelier's pairings upon booking, or upon arrival the night of.
Nocturne's full wine & cocktail list is also be available throughout the evening.
We request all dietary restrictions be submitted from your party in advance, as we may not be able to accommodate special requests on the day of the event. Refunds will not be issued to guests who have a limited experience due to dietary restrictions.
*Doors open at 6:00pm - Dinner starts promptly at 6:30pm*
THE GABRIEL MERVINE SEXTET PLAYS LEE MORGAN: 6:30pm-10:00pm
Thursday nights in March and April, Gabriel Mervine and his hardbop centered sextet explores the catalogue of the iconic Lee Morgan. Few trumpeters in history approached their playing with such energy, tenacity and fire as Lee Morgan, he seamlessly merged the harmony and melodies of the American music's history with the groove and flavor of the experimental 1960's. Gabriel will be joined on the bandstand by: bassist Patrick McDevitt, drummer Alejandro Castaño, pianist Tom Amend, and saxophonists Daryl Gott and Taylor Clay. The sextet format made up of players like this who play together often like brings a unique energy and fire - these Thursday nights are going to be very special nights of music, not to be missed.
Gabriel Mervine is deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical but is also a very active contributor to the modern music scene nationally. Born in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Gabriel began his professional playing career at the age of thirteen. By the time he graduated high school he was already looking at making a career out of playing the trumpet. He has studied with Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, and Greg Gisbert and quickly gained recognition for as a unique and capable player in any environment. Gabriel has performed with Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Chie Imaizumi, Terence Blanchard, Russell Malone, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, John McNeil, Convergence, Roberta Gambarini, the Motet, and Houston Person Gabriel now resides in Denver, Colorado and keeps a rigorous schedule of local and national performances.
An artist fee of $12 per guest applies to this show.