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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 Bill Kopper on guitar, Bill McCrossen on bass, and Raoul Rossiter on drums/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. On this special night, Coração 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 'to Jazz vocal icon 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''. 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 a number of Brazilian or World Music jazz ensembles.

Bill McCrossen over the past thirty years has been an in demand bassist in the New York area, recording and performing in orchestras, Broadway musicals, commercials and television productions.  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, Adam Nussbaum, Jerry Granelli, Marguerite Juenemann and Art Lande to name a few. Since 2014, Bill has called Colorado his home and is active in the Denver metro area Jazz and Brazilian music scene.

Raoul Rossiter began playing the drums in 1985 - some highlights in his musical life include: meeting and performing Brazilian 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.

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. 

Sunday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:45 - 10:00pm

Reservation Information:

Main level and mezzanine tables are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations and include our seasonal three course menu and the cost of music

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Reserved Bar Seats are $22 per guest and include music. Bar seat guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & craft cocktail list.

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The 'Ellington Experience' is the ultimate night out at Nocturne, featuring a five course tasting menu with wine pairings, served at just two tables per set in our favorite nook of the main level under the curve of the grand art deco staircase.

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Important Notes:

- We set aside four to six walk-in bar seats per set. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $22 per person applied to their check on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

- We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to one set only at this time

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Coração Brazilian Quartet

The Coração Brazilian Quartet is Bill Kopper on guitar, Bill McCrossen on bass, and Raoul Rossiter on drums/percussion and Eric Gunnison 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. On this special night, Coração 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 'to Jazz vocal icon 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''. 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 a number of Brazilian or World Music jazz ensembles.

Bill McCrossen over the past thirty years has been an in demand bassist in the New York area, recording and performing in orchestras, Broadway musicals, commercials and television productions.  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, Adam Nussbaum, Jerry Granelli, Marguerite Juenemann and Art Lande to name a few. Since 2014, Bill has called Colorado his home and is active in the Denver metro area Jazz and Brazilian music scene.

Raoul Rossiter began playing the drums in 1985 - some highlights in his musical life include: meeting and performing Brazilian 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.

Eric Gunnison was raised in Buffalo, NY and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a BA in music composition in 1979. He lives in Denver where he has been a mainstay in the music scene for 2 decades. Eric performs the world over and has appeared in concert with Ron Miles, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Phil Woods, Bobby Shew, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, and Eddie Gomez just to name a few. Since 1991 Gunnison has also been the pianist and a composer/arranger for the Denver super-group Convergence. After along fruitful tenure, Gunnison recently retired from his position at The University of Denver’s Lamont School Of Music and is exclusively a performer.

Sunday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:45 - 10:00pm

Reservation Information:

Main level and mezzanine tables are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations and include our seasonal three course menu and the cost of music

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Reserved Bar Seats are $22 per guest and include music. Bar seat guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & craft cocktail list.

Bar Reservation Button 240.

The 'Ellington Experience' is the ultimate night out at Nocturne, featuring a five course tasting menu with wine pairings, served at just two tables per set in our favorite nook of the main level under the curve of the grand art deco staircase.

Ellington Experience Button 240

Important Notes:

- We set aside four to six walk-in bar seats per set. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $22 per person applied to their check on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

- We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to one set only at this time

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Mestas/Abbott Quartet ft. Wendy Fopeano

For this special one-time performance, the Mike Abbott/Victor Mestas Quartet is joined by Denver-based vocalist Wendy Fopeano to perform an entrancing set of music from Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, and Mexico. Mike (on guitar) and Victor (on piano) are joined by Kirwan Brown on bass and Jill Frederickson on drums. 

Mike Abbotthas performed with the Rolling Stone's horn section, Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Conrad Herwig, Chie Imaizumi, Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Bacharach, Paul Schaffer, Joey Calderazzo, and Marc Copeland. Mike spent 15 years in New York City playing clubs, touring the US and Europe, and recording. In Denver, he leads his own groups and performs with some of Denver's finest musicians.

Victor Mestas is a pianist from Caracas, Venezuela, where he is an endorsed artist for YAMAHA keyboards. Mestas has performed with renowned bands including Guaco and Trabuco Venezolano, and he has accompanied celebrated international vocalists, including: Soledad Bravo, Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias. Since moving to Boulder in 2012 with his wife and two daughters, he's been performing on the Brazilian-Jazz and Jazz-Salsa scene. Victor teaches Latin Jazz Ensembles and Latin Piano at the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at CU Boulder. 

mike abott victor mestas

 Thursday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:45 - 10:00pm

Reservation Information:

Main level and mezzanine tables are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations and include our seasonal three course menu and the cost of music

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Reserved Bar Seats are $22 per guest and include music. Bar seat guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & craft cocktail list.

Bar Reservation Button 240.

The 'Ellington Experience' is the ultimate night out at Nocturne, featuring a five course tasting menu with wine pairings, served at just two tables per set in our favorite nook of the main level under the curve of the grand art deco staircase.

Ellington Experience Button 240

Important Notes:

- On Wednesdays and Thursdays we set aside four to six walk-in bar seats per set. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $22 per person applied to their check.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 
 
 

The Bill Kopper Quintet

Bill Kopper is a Colorado based guitarist known for his expertise in both American Jazz & Blues and Brazilian Samba and Choro. Adept on electric guitar, classical, and 7-string classical guitar, he is featured on a diverse selection of recordings, including trumpeter Brad Goode’s Chicago Red and Polytonal Dance Party, vocalist Rene Marie’s Black Lace Freudian Slip, Brazilian Pianist Carmen Sandim’s recent release on Ropeadope Records, Play Doh, among many others. Locally he performs with the Brazilian Jazz group Coraçao Quartet, the Samba Group Ginga, the Dexter Payne Quintet, Brad Goode's Polytonal Dance Party and his own group, The Bill Kopper Quintet. This will be an event celebrating the release of his third disc as a leader, Muzungu, and will feature an evening of high-energy Brazilian-inspired compositions. Joining him will be Victor Mestas on piano, Greg LaLiberte on saxes and flute, Bill McCrossen on Bass, and Raoul Rossiter on drums.

Reservation Information and Important Notes:

Floor seats are only available for Dinner and a Show Reservations

(Music is included with all "Dinner and a Show" packages)

For walk-in guests, and bar reservations there is a music fee of $15 per guest.

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to 2 hours so that we may properly/safely clean between sets.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS