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.

Annie Booth: Songs of Hope and Abundance

Following an extraordinarily difficult and volatile year in our country, the optimistic words of "Hope" and "Abundance" will be the inspiration for this unique series that will be performed on Friday nights in January and February by pianist and composer Annie Booth. We hope that you can join us at Nocturne for a special night out to reflect on the profound promise that lies ahead in 2021.

Annie Booth is an award-winning pianist, composer, and educator based in Denver, CO. She has established herself as an active force on the local and national scene both as the leader of her longstanding group, the Annie Booth Trio, and as a busy side-woman. As a composer, Annie has twice received the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2011, 2017) and won the 2017 ASCAP Phoebe Jacobs Prize, given to one promising young female jazz composer each year. She was a Musician-In-Residence at the acclaimed Banff Centre in Canada, where she composed the music to her evenings-length chamber jazz piece, Flowers Of Evil, which premiered in 2018 at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, CO. Annie has released four albums, the most recent of which in summer 2018, in collaboration with vocalist Max Wellman (The Annie Booth Trio With Max Wellman). Westword Magazine named the Annie Booth Trio “Best in Denver” in the jazz genre in 2015, 2016, and 2017. When Annie is not performing with her trio or composing, she adores working with the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA), an organization of which she is an alumna and current faculty member. In 2017, in conjunction with CCJA, she created the first ever jazz camp exclusively for young women, SheBop Workshop. She is fiercely passionate about empowering the next generation of young women to express themselves thorough the jazz art form.

Important Notes:

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

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

For bar and walk-in guests, an artist fee of $25 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

Friday Music Times:  Set 1: 6:30pm-7:45pm  |  Set 2: 8:45pm-10:00pm

*In accordance with the City of Denver's COVID dial guidelines, last call for food and drink is 9:40pm until further notice

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Drew's Blues & Jazz Boogaloos

Drew's Blues & Jazz Boogaloos - Set 1: 6:30pm  |  Set 2: 8:30pm

You'll feel like you've walked into a filming of "Mad Men" as Drew Morell hosts a throw-back series that celebrates the hard-grooving sound of the jazz boogaloo from the 1960s. Songs like Ramsey Lewis's "The In Crowd" that introduced a hip, groove-oriented music blending blues, latin, and jazz that would inspire the birth of a genre that Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderly and Stanley Turrentine all took part in.

Drew Morell - piano, Paul Musso - guitar, Derek Banach - trumpet, Byron Hamer - sax, Bill Larson - drums, Gonzalo Teppa - Bass

For over 20 years, Drew Morell has been a professional jazz pianist, bassist, guitarist and music educator in the Denver area. He was the house bassist at the nationally renowned jazz club El Chapultapec for three years, has traveled with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and performed many times with Ron Miles, Red Holloway, Nick Brignola, and Javon Jackson, Ralph Sharron, Spike Robinson, Denis DiBlasio, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew and many others. Drew is full-time faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver, owns his own music studio (Infinity Music) and been recorded as a sideman on more than two dozen recordings.

An artist fee of $18 per guest (per set) applies to this show. Reservations highly recommended!

Weekend Music Times: Set One: 6:30-8:00pm | Set Two: 9:-10:30pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Greg Osby and Friends

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.

Born and reared in St. Louis, Greg Osby began his professional music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. In 1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) where he majored in Jazz Studies. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) from 1980 to 1983. Upon relocating to New York in 1983, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and many others.

In 1985 Osby was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, "Special Edition". It was as a member of this ensemble Osby was able to fine tune the more challenging aspects of his conception in an open ended, no holds barred musical situation. Says Osby, "My musical thinking for performance and composition advanced by light years as Jack was open to my input and was very encouraging in pushing me to to maintain a steady flow of experimentation. It marked a major turning point in my development as an artist." In 1987, Osby signed his first recording deal with a new German label , JMT (Jazz Music Today). With this situation, he felt that he was finally able to document life as he saw it through music. He had free creative reign to do whatever he liked. He recorded four CD titles for that label. Osby signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded fifteen outstanding recordings for that label as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, "Inner Circle Music", which serves as a platform for many of today's brightest artists. From the pulse of the streets and the language of a generation, Osby has sketched numerous musical essays set to a contemporary score using the improvisational nature of Jazz as the connecting thread. 

On "9 Levels", his latest recording on Inner Circle Music, Osby presents his wares in a sextet format and is joined by special guests, Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Joseph Lepore, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums; and a welcome newcomer to the international jazz scene, vocalist Sara Serpa.

Ben Markley - Piano     Evan Gregor - Bass     Dru Heller - Drums

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Late Night w/ Paul Musso

PAUL MUSSO - LATE NIGHT JAZZ GUITAR 

11:15p - 1:00a

Paul Musso, is a veteran music educator and freelance guitarist who has performed throughout Colorado area with many diverse ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Westcliff Jazz Festival. He is also a prolific author of jazz guitar books with Mel Bay: Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar/Teaching Your Guitar to Walk, Graded Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Solos and his most recent release, Developing Jazz Guitar Solos and co-author of Mel Bay’s 2000 Jazz Guitar, where Paul shares the bill with greats Johnny Smith, John Abercrombie, Buckey Pizzarelli, George Van Eps, Andy Summers and many others.

Paul is the director of the Guitar Program at the University of Colorado Denver has been with CU Denver over fifteen years teaching fretboard theory, commercial guitar styles, applied guitar studies, jazz theory, songwriting, improvisation and mentoring a host of guitar ensembles.

 

Read the 4.5 star review of Paul's 2012 debut album: Tonescapes 

 

Late Night: Annie Booth Trio

LATE NIGHT 11:00p - 12:40a - THE ANNIE BOOTH TRIO

The trio is comprised of long-time friends and accomplished bandmates in their own right: Patrick McDevitt (bass) and Alejandro Castaño (drums).

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 as a sideman to local legends, to touring internationally, to working on the road with New Orleans' famed percussionist Mike Dillon, Patrick is a versatile and talented bassist who is prolific in a myriad of musical backgrounds.

 

Guests must be 21+

No Charge for late night music

 

Paul Mulliken / Joey Glassman Quartet

Paul Mullikin: Marimba, Joey Glassman: Vibes, Kevin Matthews: Drums, Andrew Rose: Bass

Building on the foundation laid by great jazz vibes players like Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, The Mullikin/Glassman Quartet adds another percussive element- the mellow, rich-timbre of the Marimba. Along with Andrew Rose, bass, and Kevin Matthews, drums, the group will explore jazz history, from ragtime to contemporary, as well as original compositions and arrangements. This evening of mallet madness will surely be intriguing, exciting, and unique.

 

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 50 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.

Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-10:15pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Paul Mulliken / Joey Glassman Quartet

Paul Mullikin: Marimba, Joey Glassman: Vibes, Kevin Matthews: Drums, Andrew Rose: Bass

Building on the foundation laid by great jazz vibes players like Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, The Mullikin/Glassman Quartet adds another percussive element- the mellow, rich-timbre of the Marimba. Along with Andrew Rose, bass, and Kevin Matthews, drums, the group will explore jazz history, from ragtime to contemporary, as well as original compositions and arrangements. This evening of mallet madness will surely be intriguing, exciting, and unique.

 

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 50 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.

Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-10:15pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Paul Mullikin's Orchestral Quintet

Eric Gunnison: Piano, Sean McGowan: Guitar, Gabriel Mervine: Trumpet, Paul Mullikin: Drums, Andrew Rose: Bass

Paul Mullikin is excited to bring his 'Orchestral Quintet' to Nocturne, presenting Classical works through the jazz and improvisatory lens.  There's endless inspiration within the classical/orchestral catalog, from Stravinsky's rhythmic madness to Debussy's lush harmonies, and Nocturne is elated to present this collection of top shelf jazz musicians as they interoperate and bring a fresh perspective to these timeless works. 

Paul Mullikin is a multifaceted percussionist who performs with The Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and within the local jazz community of Denver.

An $8 per guest artist fee applies to this show. Reservations recommended!

Weekday Music Times: Set One: 6:30-8:00pm | Set Two: 8:30-10:00pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Heath Walton Quintet

In support of his upcoming debut album Heath Walton plays Nocturne with his quintet to support original works and modern arrangements in jazz.

Thursday Night Artist in Residence Series at Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club

*A weeknight artist fee of $5 per person will be applied to each check

The Heath Walton Quintet

In support of his upcoming debut album Heath Walton plays Nocturne with his quintet to support original works and modern arrangements in jazz.

Thursday Night Artist in Residence Series at Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club

*A weeknight artist fee of $5 per person will be applied to each check

The Katie Thiroux Trio

A triple threat talent, Katie Thiroux has garnered considerable attention for her bravura bass playing, singing and compelling compositions. With the release of her debut album, “Introducing Katie Thiroux,” her substantial gifts as a bandleader and recording artist earned her "Debut Record of the Year" from the Huffington Post, All About Jazz, Jazz Journalists Association and "Top 5 Debut Records of the Year" from NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Katie just released her newest recording "Off-Beat" on Capri Records and Nocturne is excited to be a part of her tour supporting this new release!

Recent performances with her quartet include sold out concerts at the Blue Note, Birdland, Upstairs Jazz (Montreal) and the San Jose Summer Jazz Fest. In May 2017 Thiroux paid tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Grammy Museum at the request of the GRAMMY Foundation. Thiroux has toured and performed with: Larry Fuller and Geri Allen, saxophonists Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen, trumpeters Terrell Stafford and Brian Lynch and drummers Lewis Nash and Jeff Hamilton.

Joined by her band mates pianist Glen Zaleski and the drummer Matt Witek, Thiroux offers in-the-moment jazz that draws upon the rich history of the music, from swing to bebop and beyond.

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The Late Set: Ryan Fourt Trio

LATE NIGHT: 11p-12:30a

Ryan Fourt started his career by studying jazz guitar with Professor James Greeson, the great Dale Bruning and New York guitarist Mark Elf.  In 2004, Ryan moved to Northern Colorado and established himself as one of the top performers on that scene, sharing the stage with local and national talents such as Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, Dana Landry, Ken Walker, Dave Pope, Gareth Malone, Jeff Jenkins, Devin Hoff, Alvin Lucier, Chris Lee, Ben Markley, Erik Applegate and Paul McKee. Currently Ryan lives in Loveland Colorado and maintains a busy performance schedule with various jazz and pop groups along the front-range and mountain west regions. On top of performing Ryan is also an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and lecturer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. 

21+ - No Charge for late night music

Title Track from Ryan's newest release: Big Slick

The Organization plays PRINCE

Saturday Nights in May & June, Nocturne presents The Organization explores the music of the modern pop music master, PRINCE.

Jeff Jenkins: Hammond B3 Organ, Khabu Doug Young: Guitar, Anisha Rush: Alto Sax, Mike Marlier: Drums

Set 1: 7-8:30, Set 2: 9:00-10:30

$10 per person Artist Fee per set

Reservations highly recommended - www.nocturnejazz.com/reservations

 

The Tom Gershwin Sextet

The Tom Gershwin Sextet will be performing original works and adaptations of choice classics.  Inspired by Afro-Latin music and hard bop artists like Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, this dynamic group of multi-instrumentalists will feature lyrical melodies, rich harmonies, and infectious grooves.

Tom's first full recording, Sweet Pastimes was released in 2013 and has received wonderful critical acclaim with international radio play. Tom has recently performed with a diverse range of groups, including Juno winner Jayme Stone, The Temptations, Leftover Salmon, The Motet, Ryan Tedder, and The New West Guitar Group. In May 2012, Tom graduated from NYU, where he was an adjunct faculty member. At NYU he performed and worked with Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, and trumpet guru Laurie Frink. While in New York, Tom was also a faculty member at Douglaston School of Music and Art. As an artist continually moving forward, Tom seeks to understand a daily process that allows emotion and creativity to thrive. By dedicating himself to this, he strives to inspire students, fellow musicians, and listeners alike through his work.

 

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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