The Late Set: Jack Dunlevie, Hunter Roberts, Braxton Kahn

LATE SET: 11pm - 12:30am

Jack Dunlevie is a versatile freelance musician who performs in both jazz and bluegrass circles (the later as a mandolin player). He is a graduate of University of Denver's Lamont School of music and performed at Nocturne as a member of Jean-Luc Davis' quartet and is a member of renowned Colorado bluegrass band Meadow Mountain.

The Late Set: Matt Smiley & Ben Parrish

THE LATE SET: 11pm -12:30am

Matt Smiley is a bassist and composer based in Colorado's Front Range. He has performed in a variety of musical situations including classical music, gospel, rock, funk, bluegrass, jazz, free improvisation, and 20th/21st century music. Smiley has performed internationally at the Montreux, North Sea and Montreal Jazz festivals and premièred John Hilliard’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the Kennedy Center. Smiley relocated from Virginia to Colorado where he received a master's degree in music with an emphasis in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado. While at UNC Smiley won the UNC Jazz Composer’s Award for an original composition titled “Double Quartet.”

Ben Parrish is a guitarist, composer, arranger and educator based in Denver, CO. A Seattle native, he moved to Greeley in 2012 where he attended the University of Northern Colorado. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in jazz guitar at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Ben plays in several different groups, including The Ben Parrish Quintet, Dart Echo, indie rock band Amazing Adventures, and the Lamont Jazz Orchestra. His studio experiences include work with The Cairn Project, UNC Lab Band I, and numerous other projects as a sideman and leader. His debut recording, "Song of the Forest" was released in 2015 and featured all original compositions. He has performed with musicians like Chris Potter, Debra Brown, and Brad Leali.

The Late Set: Mike Bjella, Matt Smiley, Brian Claxton


Michigan-based saxophonist/composer Mike Bjella brings his warm and buoyant compositions to Nocturne for a special late night appearance.  Bjella works as  leader and sideman, performing internationally and recording often for the ensembles Nomad, Chronicle Infinitas and the Mike Bjella Quartet. Recent appearances include the Montreal Jazz Fest, Nancy Jazz Pulsations(France), Vancouver Jazz Fest, Oregon Shakespeare festival, Osheaga Music Festival. and the Five Points Jazz Festival.  Mike currently tours with Nomad, the Simon Millerd Quintet, Pablo Held, Jessica Fichot, the Tom Gershwin Sextet and has been fortunate to perform with Jimmy Heath, John Pattitucci, Delfayo Marsalis, and Leif Vollebekk.

The Late Set: Patrick McDevitt Trio


THE LATE NIGHT SET: 11pm - 12:30am

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.  

Tom Amend is a organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, Colorado. Performing and recording often throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and a sideman he can be heard with with Colorado based Soul/Blues artists: The Burroughs and the Taylor Scott Band. Tom was selected as a semifinalist for the American Jazz Pianist Competition in 2014 and 2015, and was a finalist in concert in 2017. Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. Tom is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Northern Colorado.

Alejandro Castaño is a Denver based drummer, composer and educator who has worked with Eric Gunnison, Steve Turre, Ron Miles, 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. 

Late Night music is free. Must be 21+

The Late Set: Sean McGowan - Solo Jazz Guitar

The Late Set: 11pm-12:30am

Sean McGowan is a guitarist from Maine who combines many diverse influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His first recording, "River Coffee" won the Best Independent Release of the Year Award (2002) from "Acoustic Guitar" magazine. Music from the CD has been featured on BBC’s Great Guitars radio program, and has been published in Japan’s "Acoustic Guitar" magazine and Mel Bay’s "Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 3."

McGowan graduated with a DMA in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Performance at the University of Colorado Denver. He has served as an artist/clinician for the Maine Arts Commission since 2000 and is a frequent lesson and article contributor for "Acoustic Guitar," "Guitar Teacher," and "Jazz Improv" magazines.

The Late Set: Steve Kovalcheck Trio

THE LATE SET - 11pm - 12:30am: Steve Kovalcheck Trio

Jazz Guitarist/Composer Steve Kovalcheck Holds A B.M. From The University Of Tennessee At Knoxville And A M.M. From The University Of Northern Colorado, Where He Currently Teaches Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Directs Jazz Ensembles And Leads The Jazz Guitar Ensemble. His Professional Experience Includes Recording And Touring With Columbia Recording Artist Robinella And The C.C. String Band. Kovalcheck Has Performed With Artists Including Victor Krauss, The “New York Voices,” The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, The Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Coffin, Tommy Sims, Blue Note Recording Artist Carrie Rodriguez, And The Dana Landry Quartet. His Compositions Have Been Played Internationally, Including Performances At The “Jazz En Tete” Festival In Clermont, France.

LATE NIGHT MUSIC: Guests must be 21+ and there is no cover or artist fee 


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