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.

The Drabkin / Gunnison Quartet

The Harry Drabkin / Eric Gunnison Quartet feat. Kent McLagen (bass) and Todd Reid (drums)

Denver jazz legend Eric Gunnison was raised in a musical family 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 19 years. Eric has toured and recorded with the iconic jazz vocalist Carmen McRae, and trumpeter Ron Miles. In addition, he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Phil Woods, Bobby Shew, John McNeil and Eddie Gomez. Since 1991 Gunnison has also been the pianist and a composer/arranger for the cooperative band Convergence - arguably Denver’s most sought after small group. Active for more than 33 years as a sideman and studio musician Gunnison is active faculty at the University of Denver’s Lamont School Of Music and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts.

Saxophonist Harry Drabkin is a Berklee College of Music graduate as well as a faculty alumni where he performed in the Recording Band, Faculty Jazz Ensemble and more. His influences come from Miles, Coltrane, Cannonball and Charlie Mariano. He recently retired as Chief of Oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina and returned to Denver where he is active in our local jazz scene.

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*

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Gabriel Mervine Quartet

Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club is delighted to welcome back to the stage the Denver based Gabriel Mervine Quartet featuring Tom Amend on piano, Patrick McDevitt on bass and Alejandro Castaño on drums. 

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 $17 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to 2 hours (only one set) so that we may properly clean between sets and comply with the occupancy restrictions set fourth by the City of Denver.

Limited Capacity Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-9:30pm

*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

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

Greg Harris - vibraphone/piano/percussion, Alex Heffron - guitar, Andrew Wheelock - drums, Ike Spivak - sax/flute/clarinet.

Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa presents a month residency fearturing his most recent compositions that draw from the musical wells of contemporary jazz, Latin American music (Venezuelan, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban) blues, free jazz and more.

Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master in Jazz Studies degrees at The University of Colorado and has performed with: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Some of Gonzalo's awards are: “Pathways to Jazz Grant-2018”, “2004, 2005, 2006, Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine, two Latin Grammy nominations, and more. Teppa has released five albums: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”. 

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

- Floor seats are only available for Dinner and a Show Reservations (Music is included with all "Dinner and a Show" reservations)

- For bar and walk-in guests, a music fee of $29 per guest applies to this show

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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

Greg Harris - vibraphone/piano/percussion, Alex Heffron - guitar, Andrew Wheelock - drums, Ike Spivak - sax/flute/clarinet.

Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa presents his quintet performing a collection of his compositions that draw from the musical wells of contemporary jazz, Latin American music (Venezuelan, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban) blues, free jazz and more. Gonzalo is a Nocturne Arist in Residency alumni and recently released his debut quintet recoding (featuring this band) to much acclaim. Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master in Jazz Studies degrees at The University of Colorado and has performed with: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Some of Gonzalo's awards are: “Pathways to Jazz Grant-2018”, “2004, 2005, 2006, Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine, two Latin Grammy nominations, and more. Teppa has released five albums: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”. Currently, Gonzalo is a music faculty member of the University of Wyoming, Laramie

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 $19 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

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

*In accordance with the new Colorado State statutes: Last call for alcoholic beverages will be at 9:45pm.*

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

Greg Harris - vibraphone/piano/percussion, Alex Heffron - guitar, Andrew Wheelock - drums, Ike Spivak - sax/flute/clarinet.

Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa presents his quintet performing a collection of his compositions that draw from the musical wells of contemporary jazz, Latin American music (Venezuelan, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban) blues, free jazz and more. Gonzalo is a Nocturne Arist in Residency alumni and recently released his debut quintet recoding (featuring this band) to much acclaim. Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master in Jazz Studies degrees at The University of Colorado and has performed with: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Some of Gonzalo's awards are: “Pathways to Jazz Grant-2018”, “2004, 2005, 2006, Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine, two Latin Grammy nominations, and more. Teppa has released five albums: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”. Currently, Gonzalo is a music faculty member of the University of Wyoming, Laramie

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 $19 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

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

*In accordance with the new Colorado State statutes: Last call for alcoholic beverages will be at 9:45pm.*

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

Greg Harris - vibraphone/piano/percussion, Alex Heffron - guitar, Andrew Wheelock - drums, Ike Spivak - sax/flute/clarinet.

Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa presents his quintet performing a collection of his compositions that draw from the musical wells of contemporary jazz, Latin American music (Venezuelan, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban) blues, free jazz and more. Gonzalo is a Nocturne Arist in Residency alumni and recently released his debut quintet recoding (featuring this band) to much acclaim. Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master in Jazz Studies degrees at The University of Colorado and has performed with: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Some of Gonzalo's awards are: “Pathways to Jazz Grant-2018”, “2004, 2005, 2006, Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine, two Latin Grammy nominations, and more. Teppa has released five albums: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”. Currently, Gonzalo is a music faculty member of the University of Wyoming, Laramie

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 $19 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

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

*In accordance with the new Colorado State statutes: Last call for alcoholic beverages will be at 9:45pm.*

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

The Gonzalo Teppa Quintet

Greg Harris - vibraphone/piano/percussion, Alex Heffron - guitar, Andrew Wheelock - drums, Ike Spivak - sax/flute/clarinet.

Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa presents his quintet performing a collection of his compositions that draw from the musical wells of contemporary jazz, Latin American music (Venezuelan, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban) blues, free jazz and more. Gonzalo is a Nocturne Arist in Residency alumni and recently released his debut quintet recoding (featuring this band) to much acclaim. Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master in Jazz Studies degrees at The University of Colorado and has performed with: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Some of Gonzalo's awards are: “Pathways to Jazz Grant-2018”, “2004, 2005, 2006, Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine, two Latin Grammy nominations, and more. Teppa has released five albums: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”. Currently, Gonzalo is a music faculty member of the University of Wyoming, Laramie

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 $19 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

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

*In accordance with the new Colorado State statutes: Last call for alcoholic beverages will be at 9:45pm.*

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Kenyon Brenner Quintet

Friday nights throughout November, Kenyon Brenner takes to the Nocturne stage to highlight his original works for small group, including the music from his newly released debut album as a leader, The Long and Short of It. He will be joined onstage by a tremendous quartet consisting of Jack Roben (guitar), Dana Landry (piano), Erik Applegate (bass), and Brian Claxton (drums).

Saxophonist and composer Kenyon Brenner has performed intermittently in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and across North America experiencing the joys of collaborating with musicians from many cultures. Kenyon has been a semifinalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Jazz Saxophone Competition and has performed with artists such as: Benny Green, Donny McCaslin, Terrell Stafford, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Dave Pietro, Eddie Gomez, Louis Hayes, and Benny Golson. Kenyon currently splits his time between performing jazz and teaching at the University of Northern Colorado.

An artist fee of $16 per guest (per set) applies to this show. Reservations highly recommended!

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Kenyon Brenner Quintet

Friday nights throughout November, Kenyon Brenner takes to the Nocturne stage to highlight his original works for small group, including the music from his newly released debut album as a leader, The Long and Short of It. He will be joined onstage by a tremendous quartet consisting of Jack Roben (guitar), Dana Landry (piano), Erik Applegate (bass), and Brian Claxton (drums).

Saxophonist and composer Kenyon Brenner has performed intermittently in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and across North America experiencing the joys of collaborating with musicians from many cultures. Kenyon has been a semifinalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Jazz Saxophone Competition and has performed with artists such as: Benny Green, Donny McCaslin, Terrell Stafford, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Dave Pietro, Eddie Gomez, Louis Hayes, and Benny Golson. Kenyon currently splits his time between performing jazz and teaching at the University of Northern Colorado.

An artist fee of $16 per guest (per set) applies to this show. Reservations highly recommended!

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Kenyon Brenner Quintet

Friday nights throughout November, Kenyon Brenner takes to the Nocturne stage to highlight his original works for small group, including the music from his newly released debut album as a leader, The Long and Short of It. He will be joined onstage by a tremendous quartet consisting of Jack Roben (guitar), Dana Landry (piano), Erik Applegate (bass), and Brian Claxton (drums).

Saxophonist and composer Kenyon Brenner has performed intermittently in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and across North America experiencing the joys of collaborating with musicians from many cultures. Kenyon has been a semifinalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Jazz Saxophone Competition and has performed with artists such as: Benny Green, Donny McCaslin, Terrell Stafford, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Dave Pietro, Eddie Gomez, Louis Hayes, and Benny Golson. Kenyon currently splits his time between performing jazz and teaching at the University of Northern Colorado.

An artist fee of $16 per guest (per set) applies to this show. Reservations highly recommended!

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Peter Olstad Quartet: Blue Note and Beyond

The Peter Olstad Quartet: Blue Note and Beyond 

Featuring: Dave Hanson - piano, Gonzalo Teppa - bass, Mike Marlier - drums

Nocturne is delighted to welcome acclaimed trumpeter Peter Olstad back to our stage. Peter has toured and performed with the bands of Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Blood Sweat and Tears, Mel Torme, and Brian Setzer. In 1999, Pete was hired by Tom Jones and played lead trumpet for nine years. Peter is Nocturne artist in residency alumni and was featured on our 5th Annual Nocturne New Years Eve Gala.

Peterattended Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. While in college, Pete received the Downbeat Magazine's "Best Jazz Soloist Award" (college division) three years in a row, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute's Louis Armstrong Jazz Trumpet Competition. Settling back in the Los Angles area after college, Pete spent the next 15 years as a freelance trumpet player and later relocated to New York for another 10 years before settling back in the west where he splits his time between Denver and Los Angeles.

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

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