Music

Our acoustically designed room in the heart of Denver plays host to live jazz nightly (Wednesday 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:

Reservations are strongly recommended for either music set. 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.

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.

Dawn Clement Quintet plays Nancy and Cannonball

Saturday nights in February, Dawn Clement and her quartet pay homage to one of the most iconic records in jazz, Nancy Wilson Cannonball Adderley.

Dawn Clement - Piano, Seth Lewis - Bass, Colin Stranahan- Drums, Anisha Rush - Alto, Greg Gisbert - Trumpet

Pianist/Vocalist/Composer Dawn Clement has established herself as a top tier, international artist.  With her joyful presence, consummate technique and distinctive sound, Clement has gained the attention and respect of musicians, critics and fans through the US and abroad.  With 5 CD’s under her belt, not to mention appearing as side woman on Jane Ira Bloom’s latest release “Wild Lines” and Emi Meyer’s “Monochrome”, Dawn has been hailed as the “Wonder Woman of Seattle” by Paul DeBarros (Seattle Times). Downbeat says “The revelation is Dawn Clement’s piano, always ready with the lyricism or structure the moment needs. With her most recent release, Tandem, she explores the magic of musical pairs with some of her closest musical cohorts. Dawn has recently re-located from the Pacific Northwest to Denver, Colorado to take on the new role of Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of the Jazz and American Music Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of the Arts. When she is not playing, composing, touring, or teaching, Clement lives in Denver with her husband and three children, Noah, Elvin, and Adele.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 45 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: 8:45-10:00pm*

*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

Ken Walker and Friends

Ken Walker started playing upright bass when he was a student at Arkansas Tech University, where he received his bachelor of music education degree. Ken moved to Denver in the mid 1980's and began a 12-year tenure as the house bassist at Denver's El Chapultepec. As a first call sideman he has shared stages with: Eddie Harris, Hal Galper, Tom Harrell, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Nat Adderley, Jimmy Witherspoon, Carl Fontana, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Freddie Hubbard, Lew Soloff, Clifford Jordan, James Moody, Javon Jackson, Ray Bryant, Roy Hargrove, and many more. Ken performs regularly at Denver jazz clubs Nocturne and Dazzle and plays regularly at the Telluride Jazz Fesitval, Jazz Aspen Snowmass and other festivals throughout the Western States. He is currently on the faculty at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Ken Walker - bass, Dave Corbus - guitar, Keith Oxman - sax, Collin Stranahan - drums

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 $19 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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Michael D'Angelo and Friends

A night of straight ahead and thoughtful modern jazz, curated by drummer/composer Dr. Michael D'Angelo. 

David Bernot (tenor saxophone), Zach Rich (trombone), Annie Booth (piano), Seth Lewis (bass), Michael D'Angelo (drums)

Dr. Michael D'Angelo is a Grammy-nominated drummer, composer, and educator originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master of Music degree in jazz studies from Indiana University, and a Bachelor in Music degree in instrumental performance from the University of North Texas. Michael has performed with a wide array of artists in a variety of musical situations including Doc Severinsen, Dave Brubeck, Mary Wilson, Jamey Aebersold, James Carter, Stephen Riley, Ron Blake, Alan Pasqua, Bob Hurst, Ryan Saranich, Brandon Lee, Greg Gisbert, Annie Booth, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and the North Carolina Symphony to name a few.

Michael is an endorsing artist for Pearl Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Evans Drumheads

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

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

- 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Michael D'Angelo and Friends

A night of straight ahead and thoughtful modern jazz, curated by drummer/composer Dr. Michael D'Angelo. 

Anisha Rush (alto saxophone), Rhiannon Dewey (tenor saxophone), Andres Orco (guitar), Gonzalo Teppa (bass), Michael D'Angelo (drums)

Dr. Michael D'Angelo is a Grammy-nominated drummer, composer, and educator originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master of Music degree in jazz studies from Indiana University, and a Bachelor in Music degree in instrumental performance from the University of North Texas. Michael has performed with a wide array of artists in a variety of musical situations including Doc Severinsen, Dave Brubeck, Mary Wilson, Jamey Aebersold, James Carter, Stephen Riley, Ron Blake, Alan Pasqua, Bob Hurst, Ryan Saranich, Brandon Lee, Greg Gisbert, Annie Booth, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and the North Carolina Symphony to name a few.

Michael is an endorsing artist for Pearl Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Evans Drumheads

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

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

- 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 Peter Sommer Septet

We are pleased to welcome back to the Nocturne Stage one of the most dynamic and exciting jazz ensembles in Colorado, the Peter Sommer Septet, featuring Wil Swindler on alto/bari saxophone, Paul McKee on trombone, Ben Markley on piano, Seth Lewis on bass and Paul Romaine on drums.

Peter Sommer has contributed his energetic tenor playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond at venues around the world. Although rooted deeply in the great jazz tradition, Peter continues to search for the mystery in music making and takes great joy in sharing the present moment with the listener.

Peter has released four albums as a bandleader, is a regular member of the Ken Walker Sextet, the Wil Swindler Elevenet, and the New Third Stream Saxophone Quartet. He also performs often as a soloist, in duo with Art Lande, and as a leader of his own quartet and septet. Peter has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He has also performed at multiple IAJE International Conferences and at World Saxophone Congresses in Valencia, Spain, Bangkok, Thailand, St. Andrews, Scotland and Strasbourg, France. Peter is a Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. At CSU, Mr. Sommer directs Jazz Ensemble I and coordinates the Jazz Studies department. 

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

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Wil Swindler and the Elevenet

Evoking eternal coolness, the Elevenet functions as the large-ensemble compositional vehicle for acclaimed composer/arranger/saxophonist, Wil Swindler. In addition to creating works celebrating the mastery of Gil Evans and crossover into numerous genres, Swindler has crafted numerous original works gleaned from the influence of the greats. The Elevent has been performing together regularly since 2007, developing top-shelf ensemble playing, writing, and adventurous improvisation. 

Wil Swindler is a saxophonist, composer, and winner of the 2008 Gil Evans Fellowship, and educator based in the Denver Front Range area.  Mr. Swindler holds a B.M. from the University of North Texas and has received commissions from West Point's Jazz Knights, The USAF Falconaires, Denver University, Colorado State University. As a performer, he has played with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cuong Vu, John Fedchock, Steve Wilson, Bill Warfield, Greg Gisbert, and many others. Wil Swindler is on the music faculty at Colorado State University as Associate Director of Jazz Studies

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 $19 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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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