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.

Ben Markley Trio

Ben Markley, a jazz pianist/arranger, has performed with Brian Lynch, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, John Fedchock and many others. Markley's recording project is Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2 records) earned a coveted four-star review by Downbeat Magazine in 2017. His newest project featuring drummer Ari Honig is set to be released in 2022.

Ben is an active performer in the Denver-metropolitan area and currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wyoming where he directs the UW Jazz Festival, numerous ensembles, and teaches applied jazz piano and improvisation.

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

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. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Greg Gisbert and Friends

Denver based trumpeter Greg Gisbert is one of the most sought-after and well-respected artists in jazz today. He has recorded and performed with: Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Horace Silver, Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Harry Connick Jr., Jim McNeely, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Nancy Wilson. Locally, he is one of the founding members of the group Convergence, nationally Gisbert is a frequent invited guest with an array of ensembles, including the Maria Schneider and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.

Dave Devine - guitar, Domi Edson - bass, Todd Reid - 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 $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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Jeff Jenkins Trio

The Jeff Jenkins Trio

Jeff Jenkins began his musical life in pastoral Nebraska City, Nebr. and came to the piano through the guidance of his musical family, and quickly found that "playing by ear" proved to be perfect escape from an all too predictable small town reality. As a jazz pianist, Jeff has worked with a number of jazz legends including: Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, David Fathead Newman, Marlena Shaw, Eddie Harris, Richie Cole, Dakota Staton, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, John Abercrombie, and Clark Terry. He is a talented band leader in his own right leading both straight ahead ensembles and "The Organization" a powerhouse B3 trio that plays often at Nocturne and other venues in Denver.

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 $15 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to just one set (2 hours) so that we may properly clean between sets and comply with the multitude occupancy and time 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

Matt Smiley Trio

An avid explorer of jazz history and recordings, Smiley has performed both nationally and internationally, including the Montreux, North Sea, and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Matt has a Bachelor's degree in Music Industry with a Jazz Studies minor from James Madison University, and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, and he is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Matt has led many artist-in-residencies at Nocturne and his most recent album "Crankbait" was released in spring of 2021 on the Nocturne Productions record label.

Matt Smiley - bass, Ed Breazeale - drums, Spencer Zweifel - piano 

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

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. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Tim Wendel Group

The Tim Wendel Group joins together to explore a wide range of material, drawing from both traditional and contemporary styles. The band's performance style features interactive improvisation and dynamic eclecticism. John Gunther - Saxophone, Seth Lewis - Bass, Dru Heller - Drums, Tim Wendel - Guitar

Tim Wendel is a versatile guitarist, composer, and educator who cut his teeth in the Philadelphia jazz scene, where he was an accomplished leader and sideman for 10 years. Tim earned his M.A. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from CU Boulder and enjoyed success in the New York City music scene. Tim has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured the east coast and Rocky Mountain region with original rock, funk, jazz, and classical projects, as well as traveled the entire United States as a member of the Broadway National Tour of The Color Purple. He has performed with such notable jazz luminaries as Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Ralph Alessi, Art Lande, Terell Stafford, Jaleel Shaw, and Jef Lee Johnson, among many others.

Wednesday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Set Two: 8:45 - 10:00pm

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

- Floor seats are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations (Music & Three Course Dinner Included)

- Reserved Bar Seats are $19 per guest and include music. Bar guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & cocktail list.

- If availability permits, we do allow walk-in guests. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $20 per person applied to their check on weeknights.

     

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

Due to high demand, we encourage guests to book well in advance on Friday and Saturday evenings

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Tim Wendel Trio

Tim Wendel (guitar), Dru Heller (drums), Patrick McDevitt (bass)

Tim Wendel is a versatile guitarist, composer, and educator who cut his teeth in the Philadelphia jazz scene, where he was an accomplished leader and sideman for 10 years. Tim earned his M.A. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from CU Boulder and enjoyed success in the New York City music scene. Tim has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured the east coast and Rocky Mountain region with original rock, funk, jazz, and classical projects, as well as traveled the entire United States as a member of the Broadway National Tour of The Color Purple. He has performed with such notable jazz luminaries as Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Ralph Alessi, Art Lande, Terell Stafford, Jaleel Shaw, and Jef Lee Johnson, among many others.

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

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. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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