Mon. 29 Mar, 2021

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Tue. 30 Mar, 2021

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Wed. 31 Mar, 2021

Facing West: Post-Bop Quartet

All day

Facing West is a modern post-bop quartet featuring saxophonists Donnie Norton and Doug Stone, bassist Braun Khan, and drummer Brian Claxton. All four members, although close friends, reside in different parts of the country and are all active performers and university jazz educators. With an emphasis on original compositions, the group pulls inspiration from many of the greatest bands of the jazz canon. You can expect to hear joyful expression, exhilarating interplay, and four musicians having an awful lot of fun.

Don Norton is an assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of Portland. As a saxophonist, he has performed extensively in a variety of styles that include jazz, classical, world music, and musical theatre, and he has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including a tour of Costa Rica with world music group Panoramic.

Doug Stone is assistant professor of jazz studies at Louisiana State University. He performs in New Orleans and throughout Southeastern Louisiana with the likes of Stephanie Jordan, the John Mahoney Big Band, Reid Poole's Boppin' Five and the Florida Street Blowhards. He lived in Rochester, New York, for several years where he worked with Gap Mangione, Rich Thompson, Bob Sneider, George Caldwell, Bobby Militello and others. He also spent time on the road with Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau. Doug's most recent recording is entitled "Motion" on the Outside in Music label.

Braun Khan is Assistant Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at Utah State University. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bass performance from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Arts in Jazz Studies and Bass Performance from the University of Northern Colorado where he was the recipient of several DownBeat collegiate awards. An active performer, he has shared the stage with with Howard Levy, Jeff Hamilton, the New York Voices, Greg Gisbert, Jake Shimabukuro, Groove For Thought, Clint de Ganon, Bob Christianson, and Clifford Carter, and performances on electric bass and jazz bass with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton is known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery. An old soul and passionate student of the history of American music, Claxton has navigated a career with one foot in the past and one foot in the future, and has a musical voice that is as diverse as his performance experience. Claxton teaches at the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He recently released his first record as a leader When I Get Home featuring Tamir Hendelman, Graham Dechter, Jon Hamar, and was produced by Jeff Hamilton.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 49 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 $15 per guest applies to this show.

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to 2 hours so that we may properly clean between sets and comply with Denver's current occupancy restrictions.

Limited Capacity Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-10:00pm

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Thu. 1 Apr, 2021

Andrew Vogt Quartet: Tribute to Gerry Mulligan and Art Pepper

All day

Adam Bodine - piano, Ken Walker - bass, Andreas Schmid - drums

The Andrew Vogt Quartet performs a tribute to Gerry Mulligan and Art Pepper. Gerry Mulligan's baritone saxophone and Art Pepper's alto saxophone helped lead and define the west coast jazz sound of the 1950's. The Andrew Vogt Jazz Quartet will present many of their great compositions as well as select jazz standards they both favored. Being heavily influenced by both musicians, Andrew Vogt has also written and recorded a couple of pieces dedicated to Gerry and Art, and will perform those during his residency at Nocturne as well. 

Since moving to Colorado, Andrew Vogt has established himself as an in-demand freelance sax/clarinet player. He is featured on many artists’ releases including recordings by Mark Sloniker, Paul Mullikin, Adam Bodine and more. Andrew has four CD’s out under his own name entitled “Action Plan”, “Cats Afoot”, “Twirling Zucchini Trio” and his 2019 release "Distracted by Donuts." Andrew Vogt earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska while majoring in saxophone and minoring in clarinet. In addition to performing, he is proud to be the band director at St. Joseph Catholic School in Fort Collins, and St. John the Evangelist Catholic School and Immanuel Lutheran School in Loveland. He also maintains a private studio, teaching woodwind students of all levels of skill and experience.

Reservation Information and Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 49 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 $15 per guest applies to this show.

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to 2 hours so that we may properly clean between sets and comply with Denver's current covid occupancy restrictions.

Current Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-10:00pm*

*Last call for food and drink is 10:00pm

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Fri. 2 Apr, 2021

Gabriel Mervine, Greg Gisbert and Friends

All day

Greg Gisbert and Gabriel Mervine - Trumpets, Dawn Clement - Piano, Patrick McDevitt - Bass, Harold Summey - Drums

A New Jersey native, Gabriel began his professional playing career at the age of thirteen years old. He went to the Colorado University at Boulder for Jazz Studies, but after one year decided to dedicate his time to becoming a working trumpet player by continuing his studies privately with people such as Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, Greg Gisbert and others.

Since then, Gabriel has performed with people such as Natalie Cole, the Motet, Christian McBride,Terence Blanchard, Russell Malone, Maceo Parker, Steve Lippia, John McNeil, Convergence, Roberta Gambarini, and Houston Person while also building a freelance career playing everything from Mariachi to Mahler. Despite a rigorous schedule of local and national performance dates, Gabriel has released six acclaimed albums since 2015 and has established himself as one of the most important players in the Colorado scene (and beyond).

With a huge range, personal tone and dazzling technique, Denver based Trumpeter Greg Gisbert is considered by many to be the modern-day Clark Terry. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Greg has spent his musical life playing with stars of the jazz world (Maria Schneider, Buddy Rich, Gary Burton, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Woody Herman Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Ken Peplowski to name but a few) and is considered to be one of the finest active jazz trumpet players in the world today.

Important Notes:

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

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

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

During this time of limited seating regulation, guests may only stay for one set.

Friday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 9:00-10:30pm

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Sat. 3 Apr, 2021

GoodRattle Hardbop Quintet - Tenor Titans

All day

GOODRATTLE HARD BOP QUINTET 

GoodRattle is a modern hard-bop quintet lead by saxophone & compositional mastermind Wil Swindler. This sharp-edged and relentlessly swinging group is a Nocturne Artist in Residency Alumni and a crowd favorite.  With an exciting foray into new material for the group, the harp-bop quintet Goodrattle presents music from great Jazz tenor saxophonists including: John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Hank Mobley as well as modern greats like Mark Turner and Joshua Redman.  As always, the group will bring their high-energy fun-focused approach to the Nocturne stage for an unforgettable set of music.

Wil Swindler - saxophones, Gabe Mervine - trumpet
Matt Smiley - bass, Dru Heller - drums, Ben Markley & Peter Stolzman - piano

Wil Swindler is a Colorado based saxophonist, composer and winner of the 2008 Gil Evans Fellowship. He has played with Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Fedchock, Steve Wilson, Bill Warfield, Greg Gisbert, and many others. In addition to a private studio of saxophone and composition students, Mr. Swindler has been faculty at Colorado State University since 2009 as an Associate Director of Jazz Studies. Wil holds a B.M. from the University of North Texas

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 49 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 applies to this show.

During this time of limited seating regulation, guests may only stay for one set.

Saturday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 9:00-10:30pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Live Jazz Denver

Sun. 4 Apr, 2021

Vlad Girshevich Trio honors Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett

All day

Vlad Girshevich Trio feat. Kevin Matthews on drums and Bill McCrossen on bass

Saddened by the passing of the great modern jazz pianist Chick Corea, bassist Gary Peacock, and the paralysis due to a stroke of pianist giant Keith Jarrett, this trio is honored to play tribute to these ground breaking musicians by performing their original compositions, and jazz standards they so loved and recorded during their lifetimes... Vlad, Bill, and Kevin have all been directly influenced by the high standard of deep poetic musicality, and technical virtuosity that these masters of modern Jazz exemplify. Sunday nights in April.

Vlad Girshevich, started his formal music training at The Uspenski School of Music in Uzbekistan and spent 11 blistering years studying classical music there. When he started experimenting with jazz in the 11th grade, his instructors gave him a hard time for being too creative with “free” interpretations. Vlad and his family eventually emigrated to the United States in the mid-90’s. His first gigs were in Boulder with the Nina Storey Band. Herbie Hancock heard Vlad playing at an event in Aspen and subsequently invited him to participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute at Jazz Aspen/Snowmass.

Vlad is now a Denver resident and a part of the scene playing the 5 Points Jazz Festival, The Santa Fe Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, and Windham Chamber Festival amongstothers . He has performed with Bob Berg, Stanley Jordan, Ernie Watts, Karen Briggs, Jerry Gonzales, Arturo Sandoval, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Vlad and his son (drummer Aleks Girshevich), recently recorded and released a record featuring legendary bassist Eddie Gomez called “Algorithmic Society”.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 45 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 $16 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

Limited Capacity Sunday Set Times: 

Set One: 6:30-7:30pm   |   Set Two: 8:00-9:00pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Denver Jazz, Vlad Girshevich

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