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Alejandro Castaño Quintet: The Music of Herbie Hancock

Inspired by the music of Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Castaño has put together an amazing group of musicians to explore all of his favorite compositions. Every Saturday in February, you can hear Alejandro Castaño (drums), Tom Amend (piano), Patrick McDevitt (bass), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar), and Serafin Sanchez (saxophone) playing the vast collection of Herbie Hancock’s music. These nights are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and swingin!

Alejandro Castaño is an active performer and educator in the United States and abroad. Castaño’s performance and recording credits include: Ron Miles, Eric Gunnison, Greg Gisbert, Peter Sommer, Steve Turre, Benny Bannack III, Gabriel Mervine and many others. He received his Bachelors in Jazz Studies from Metropolitan University of Denver in 2015. He is an educator at Denver School of the Arts, teaching percussion and Jazz. Castaño is the Director of Education for the Gift of Jazz as well as an educator for the Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts.

A $19 per guest artist fee applies to this show. Reservations recommended!

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

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Annie Booth Trio plays The Beatles

Comprised of long-time friends and accomplished bandmates: Annie Booth (piano), Patrick McDevitt (bass) and Alejandro Castaño (drums) The Annie Booth Trio will take to the Nocturne stage to perform the music of The Beatles through the jazz.

Denver based pianist and composer Annie Booth began the piano at a young age and started playing jazz in high school. She went on to study music at the collegiate level, earning a BM in jazz piano performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2011.  Annie has become a force in the Denver jazz scene with recent awards as Westword Magazine's winner in the "Best In Denver" jazz category for both 2015 and 2016 and a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.  In addition to her notable work as a recording artist and bandleader, she is an accomplished side-woman, playing often at Nocturne with a number of bands and very recently featured in the Greg Gisbert Quartet tour of Mexico through the "New York Jazz All-Stars" concert series.

Patrick McDevitt is an upright and electric bassist hailing from Denver, Colorado. From playing with national touring artists to working on the road with New Orleans' famed percussionist Mike Dillon, to anchoring down the Annie Booth Trio, Patrick is a versatile and talented player, prolific in number of musical backgrounds. Recently completing his graduate degree in music at Denver University's Lamont School of Music, Patrick is an in demand bass player throughout the Denver area and beyond and a compelling bandleader in his own right.

Alejandro Castaño is a Denver based drummer, composer and educator who has shared the stage with Ron Miles, Eric Gunnison, Steve Turre, Ken Walker, Josh Quinlan, John Gunther, Bob Montgomery, Justin Adams, members of The New Mastersounds and many more. Recently Alejandro was featured on the debut album of the Annie Booth Trio entitled “Wanderlust” and “Da Capo” by cuban born musician Aldo Salvent. In addition to teaching privately, Alejandro is on the teaching staff with the Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts and Denver School of the Arts. 

A $10 per guest artist fee applies to this show. Reservations recommended!

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Bailey Hinkley Grogan Quintet: Women of Composition

The Bailey Hinkley Grogan Quintet returns to Nocturne this summer to debut a compelling collection of works that honors female music visionaries of the 20th and 21st century. A few artists of focus include Dorothy Ashby, Clora Bryant, Carole King and Emmy Lou Harris. With special guestDawn Clement, Grogan and her band will highlight the amazing female composers of the modern era through the language of the jazz art form. The lineup for this special evening is: Dawn Clement  (piano), Tim Wendel (guitar), Matt Smiley (bass) and Gabe Mangione (drums).

Bailey Elizabeth Hinkley Grogan is a jazz vocalist, songwriter, educator, and performer based out of Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA. Her bright, yet melancholy sound is a reflection of her deep study into the jazz idiom while simultaneously playing homage to her influences in Nancy Wilson, Chick Corea, Sheryl Crow, and Jamie Cullum. Her music, which resembles the likes of Folk, R&B, and Jazz styles, is a reflection of intense experiences in her young life. Bailey attended the Frost School of Music at University of Miami where she currently serves as a teaching assistant to Dr. Kate Reid and Dr. John Daversa and working with artist Cyrille Aimee. She is in the process of receiving her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Studio Jazz Voice.

Friday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Set Two: 9:00 - 10:30pm

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

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

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

- Reserved Bar Seats are $29 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 charge of $30 per person applied to their check on Fridays and Saturdays

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Bailey Hinkley Grogan Quintet: Women of Composition

The Bailey Hinkley Grogan Quintet returns to Nocturne this summer to debut a compelling collection of works that honors female music visionaries of the 20th and 21st century. A few artists of focus include Dorothy Ashby, Clora Bryant, Carole King and Emmy Lou Harris. With special guest Briana Harris, Grogan and her band will highlight the amazing female composers of the modern era through the language of the jazz art form. The lineup for this special evening is: Briana Harris (sax), Tim Wendel (guitar), Matt Smiley (bass) and Gabe Mangione (drums).

Bailey Elizabeth Hinkley Grogan is a jazz vocalist, songwriter, educator, and performer based out of Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA. Her bright, yet melancholy sound is a reflection of her deep study into the jazz idiom while simultaneously playing homage to her influences in Nancy Wilson, Chick Corea, Sheryl Crow, and Jamie Cullum. Her music, which resembles the likes of Folk, R&B, and Jazz styles, is a reflection of intense experiences in her young life. Bailey attended the Frost School of Music at University of Miami where she currently serves as a teaching assistant to Dr. Kate Reid and Dr. John Daversa and working with artist Cyrille Aimee. She is in the process of receiving her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Studio Jazz Voice.

Friday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Set Two: 9:00 - 10:30pm

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

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

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

- Reserved Bar Seats are $29 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 charge of $30 per person applied to their check on Fridays and Saturdays

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Big Swing Trio

THE BIG SWING TRIO

Friends and bandmates for over 30 years, Mark DiamondPaul Romaine, and Andy Weyl consistently inspire audiences with their spirited arrangements of Swing, Latin, Hard-bop, Blues, and standard repertoire. Big Swing is a two time Nocturne Artist in Residency alum and we are tremendously excited to welcome them back to the stage for a third series in August and September of 2019.

BASS: Mark Diamond's hard-grooving acoustic bass sound was birthed in the New York area, where he learned to play many musical styles. In 1980 he moved to Colorado with the band Arabesque and has since been a highly sought after sideman, appearing on over 100 albums, including Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Sally Taylor, (daughter of James and Carly), James Van Buren with Richie Cole, Keith Oxman, Mary Flower, and Mary Ann Moore. Mark has toured Europe, appears at festivals and clubs across the US and has performed with such legendary performers as Earl Klugh, Nnenna Freelon, Spike Robinson, Richie Cole, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Ben Sidran, Peter Rowan, Henry Butler, Fred Wesley, Buddy Tate, (of the original Count Basie Band), Bruno Carr, blues men Eddie Kirkland and Mark Hummel, and New York based jazz vocalists Allan Harris and Tom Lellis.

PIANO: Andy Weyl was born in Denmark, and spent his youth traveling across Europe. He moved to Boulder, Colorado where he received a degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado in 1978. Over the years, he has played and recorded with the region’s best jazz musicians, and performs at clubs and festivals across the nation and Europe, frequently backing up visiting artists of note, such as James Moody, Tom Harrell, Benny Golson, Spike Robinson, Eddie Harris, Al Grey, Bruce Foreman, and Rumble Seat.

DRUMS: Paul Romaine(August 1, 22, 29 and September 12, 19) Michael D'Angelo (August 8), Brian Claxton (August 15, September 5, 26)

An artist fee of $8 per guest (per set) applies to this show. Reservations highly recommended!

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Billie Holiday Birthday Celebration by The Marion Powers Quintet

For two special shows in April, jazz vocalist Marion Powers and her quintet (Seth Lewis - bass, Alejandro Castaño - drums, and Sonya Walker - piano) pay homage to the eternal Billie Holliday on what would have been the time of Lady Day's 109th birthday. 

Marion Powers is an award-winning jazz vocalist with dynamic improvisation skills and a modern, but sensitive approach to songwriting/arranging. While heavily influenced by classic jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan, her experiences performing with or being mentored by Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Marshall Gilkes, Johnaye Kendrick, and Melissa Aldana have been instrumental to her artistic development.

Marion earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas. In addition to a busy performance calendar filled with dates in Colorado and throughout the United States, Marion maintains a worldwide voice studio and is a professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Sunday Show Times: 

Show 1: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Show 2: 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:

- 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

Billie Holiday Birthday Celebration by The Marion Powers Quintet

For this very special show, jazz vocalist Marion Powers and her quintet (Annie Booth - piano, Seth Lewis - bass, David Bernot - tenor) pay homage to the eternal Billie Holliday on what would have been Lady Day's 108th birthday.

Marion Powers is an award-winning jazz vocalist with dynamic improvisation skills and a modern, but sensitive approach to songwriting/arranging. While heavily influenced by classic jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan, her experiences performing with or being mentored by Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Marshall Gilkes, Johnaye Kendrick, and Melissa Aldana have been instrumental to her artistic development.

Marion earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas. In addition to a busy performance calendar filled with dates in Colorado and throughout the United States, Marion maintains a worldwide voice studio and is a professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Friday Show Times:

Seating One: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Seating Two: 9:00 - 10:30pm

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

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

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

- Reserved Bar Seats are $29 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 charge of $30 per person applied to their check on Fridays and Saturdays

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Billie Holiday Birthday Celebration by The Marion Powers Quintet

For two special shows in April, jazz vocalist Marion Powers and her quintet (Seth Lewis - bass, Alejandro Castaño - drums, and Sonya Walker - piano) pay homage to the eternal Billie Holliday on what would have been the time of Lady Day's 109th birthday. 

Marion Powers is an award-winning jazz vocalist with dynamic improvisation skills and a modern, but sensitive approach to songwriting/arranging. While heavily influenced by classic jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan, her experiences performing with or being mentored by Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Marshall Gilkes, Johnaye Kendrick, and Melissa Aldana have been instrumental to her artistic development.

Marion earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas. In addition to a busy performance calendar filled with dates in Colorado and throughout the United States, Marion maintains a worldwide voice studio and is a professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Sunday Show Times: 

Show 1: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Show 2: 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:

- 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

Billie Holiday Birthday Celebration by The Marion Powers Quintet

For two special shows in April, jazz vocalist Marion Powers and her quintet (Seth Lewis - bass, Alejandro Castaño - drums, and Sonya Walker - piano) pay homage to the eternal Billie Holliday on what would have been the time of Lady Day's 109th birthday. 

Marion Powers is an award-winning jazz vocalist with dynamic improvisation skills and a modern, but sensitive approach to songwriting/arranging. While heavily influenced by classic jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan, her experiences performing with or being mentored by Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Marshall Gilkes, Johnaye Kendrick, and Melissa Aldana have been instrumental to her artistic development.

Marion earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas. In addition to a busy performance calendar filled with dates in Colorado and throughout the United States, Marion maintains a worldwide voice studio and is a professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Sunday Show Times: 

Show 1: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Show 2: 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

Billie Holiday Birthday Celebration by The Marion Powers Quintet

For two special shows in April, jazz vocalist Marion Powers and her quintet pay homage to the eternal Billie Holliday on what would have been the time of Lady Day's 109th birthday.

Marion Powers is an award-winning jazz vocalist with dynamic improvisation skills and a modern, but sensitive approach to songwriting/arranging. While heavily influenced by classic jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan, her experiences performing with or being mentored by Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Marshall Gilkes, Johnaye Kendrick, and Melissa Aldana have been instrumental to her artistic development.

Marion earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas. In addition to a busy performance calendar filled with dates in Colorado and throughout the United States, Marion maintains a worldwide voice studio and is a professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Sunday Show Times: 

Show 1: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Show 2: 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

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 "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 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

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 "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 and Reservation Information:

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

- 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.

- Nocturne has been certified by the City of Denver as a "Fully Vaccinated Facility".  As of December 1st, all guests and employees are required to be fully vaccinated (with documentation) to enter.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dawn Clement / Jay Clayton Quartet

Jay Clayton and Dawn Clement have been long time musical collaborators since the late 90’s. They have presented a variety of material in duo, trio, and quartet settings all over the United States and Canada. This very special performance will feature works from recent releases by both Jay and Dawn and a top shelf Denver rhythm section comprised of Seth Lewis (bass) and Dru Heller (drums). 

Jay Clayton is an exceptional educator, improviser, and internationally renowned performing artist. She has been known for her original take on, and delivery of standards from the jazz cannon, as well as the strikingly significant stamp she has made in the free jazz arena, as a vocal improviser. Read about Jay in this recent Downbeat article.
Since relocating to Denver in 2018, Dawn Clement has become a celebrated mainstay on the scene and continues her role as area coordinator and Assistant Professor of Jazz and American Improvised Music at MSU Denver. When she is not playing, composing, touring, or teaching, Clement lives in Denver with her husband and three children, Noah, Elvin, and Adele.

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

Derek Banach Quintet plays HardBop

The Derek Banach Quintet takes to the stage as they explore iconic jazz works of the 50's and 60's with a focus in "Hard Bop Classics" from Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley and others.

Featured musicians: Keith Oxman - sax, Dave Hansen - piano, Ken Walker - bass, Todd Reid - drums.

Colorado native Derek Banach has performed professionally for 26 years in a variety of settings from Jazz to Hip-Hop, Salsa, Classical, and Reggae. His roots are firmly set in the Hard-Bop stylings of 60's period icons such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. Derek's quintet album, "Tugende" displays his composing talents and personal approach to trumpet playing. He has recorded with Italian producer Nicola Conte, Quintetto X, Paul Mulliken and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Richie Cole, Joe Bonner and Ron Miles.

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 have access to the 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

FAQ

FAQ

Is there always music? Is it always jazz? What if I just don’t “get” jazz?

Nocturne is open for service weekly, Wednesday through Sunday and there is live music on our stage each night we are open.  Sets run from 6:30pm to 7:45pm and 8:45pm to 10:00pm on weeknights and Sundays. Friday/Saturday sets run from 6:30-8:00pm and 9:00-10:30pm. 

Occasionally we feature national artists, special menu events, private parties, and holidays that can change our standard set times, so it’s always best to check our live music calendar when making your reservations.

You will always hear live jazz at Nocturne. The styles of jazz performed range from hard-bop and cool jazz to avant-garde, bebop and even vintage depending on the artist. One night you might hear exciting new and original works, and the next you might enjoy one of Denver's finest singers exploring the Great American Songbook; part of our mission in bringing Nocturne to life was the desire to make the great American art from of jazz accessible by presenting it alongside perfectly made craft cocktails, innovative plates and welcoming hospitality.

If you aren’t yet a jazz lover or you just don’t get it, that’s ok! Come enjoy a cocktail or a unique bottle of wine alongside our award winning food and you just might leave with a little more appreciation for the magic that is live jazz.

Do you allow children?

When we designed Nocturne, we envisioned what it meant to have a great night out, and thus our space and hospitality is for adults 21 and older. We recalled our parents and grandparents getting dressed up to go to a nice dinner and a show - the kids stayed home so that they could enjoy a night of elegance, respite, and enjoyment. Many of our guests tell us that we are their date night spot; their go-to place when they opt to get a sitter or treat themselves to a night on the town. Other children (though not your children, we’re sure) can sometimes be a distraction to that experience. The music is loud at times, the environment and ambiance adult, and the food while delicious, is decidedly not kid-friendly.

On the other hand… we also have fond memories of our parents sneaking us into venues before we were of age so that we could experience jazz as it was meant to be heard -- live, on stage, and often in a dimly lit bar. If your child, between the age of 10 and 21, is accompanied by you as parent or guardian and you have table reservation we try to accommodate such a situation. We certainly want young people to be exposed to the jazz artform, but want to be sure we are doing so responsibly, and without distraction to our other guests. We do not allow access to guests under the age of 10 for any reason.

Is there a dress code?

Unofficially, we suggest that you dress more toward the upscale side of casual. Sure, we’re still in Colorado and jeans are always welcome, but if you are looking for an excuse to get gussied up, you won’t be out of place here.

Officially, we don’t allow cut-offs, tank tops, jerseys, inappropriate costumes, or clothing with profanity and/or offensive images. Shirts and shoes are required per health regulations.

I received a gift card. How can I use it?

Please call us at 303-295-3333 so that we can personally assist you in applying a gift card toward a prepaid reservation.

We sell our gift cards via Square, but make reservation via Tock and unfortunately the two technologies aren't currently compatible.

If you wish to use your gift card for additional items while here, simply bring it with you and your server will apply it to your bill.

Is there a cover charge?

We don’t charge "cover" at the door. Instead, a fee for live music (which typically ranges from $22 - $35 per person) is added to your final check or is included in your prepaid dinner and a show reservation.

Can you accommodate allergies, dietary restrictions, and/or aversions?

Yes. Please let the host know when you receive your confirmation call or let your server know on arrival if you have any allergies or strong aversions. Our menu is adventurous and we would love for you to put your trust in our talented kitchen staff as you enjoy each dish as the chef created it. However, if it’s possible for us to modify a dish to accommodate you, we will. Please note that we have small kitchen and are unable to avoid all potential cross-contamination, especially for gluten. There are always vegetarian dishes on the menu and many of them are available as vegan dishes with a small modification, just ask your server.

How do I recommend a band/artist for you to consider in your lineup?

We are fortunate to have a world class jazz scene in Denver with so many great musicians to partner with and feature in our stage. If you have a favorite band or player that we haven’t hosted yet, we encourage you to submit examples of their work and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can consider them for future dates.

How do I make a reservation using a gift card?

Unfortunately, we haven't been able to connect our gift cards with our reservation system, so we'll need to help you out with this one. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 303-295-3333 and we'll be happy to assist in applying your gift card toward your reservation.

How do I make a reservation for my party that is bigger than 6 people?

For the moment, our maximum party size is 6 people. For larger events, see our private events link.

Do I need a ticket to get in?

Advance planning and reservations are highly recommended (especially on Friday and Saturday evenings). If you are making last minute plans, please call us at 303-295-3333 and we will check availability and do our best to accommodate your visit.

How long can I stay?

To accommodate high demand, we respectfully request that guests limit their visit to one set only at this time. If you would like to stay for both sets, please make a reservation for both sets. For example, you could reserve Dinner and a Show for the first set and a Bar Reservation for the second set so that when you are finished with dinner, you can retire to a bar seat for the late set.

Much like a standard restaurant, we offer dinner reservations nightly for our floor seats. Reservation times are scheduled around the first and second sets of music.

First Set reservations are available at 6:00, 6:15 and 6:30pm (with music starting at 6:30pm).

Second Set reservations are typically available from 8:15p to 9:00p.

On Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the second set of music starts at 8:45pm 

On Fridays and Saturdays, the second set of music starts at 9:00pm.

Within 24 hours of seating your reservation is locked in - cancellations or change requests recieved inside 24 hours of seating will not be refunded, but can be transferred.

We kindly ask that you let us know if you are running late so that we may plan accordingly and hold your table. We reserve the right to cancel or alter (without refund) any reservations arriving more than 20 minutes late.

BAR SEATING:

The majority of our bar/cocktail seats are reservation only, with a very small number of seats aside for walk-in guests on a first come, first serve basis. Bar and cocktail table seats offer great views of the stage and are a part of the dining room.

Are there tables that are quiet or away from the music if I’m just there for the food and drink?

Our intimate dining room and bar seats were designed with the intention that guests would be focused on the stage and engaged in the music.

There is not a separate room away from the music and we encourage you to enjoy the live entertainment while you enjoy our award winning food and drink.

While Nocturne is not a listening room, we do ask that all guests keep conversations at a reasonable/private volume so as to not negatively impact other guests and be respectful to the artists making music on stage.

What's up with parking?

The RiNo Arts District is bustling lately, which means that parking can be tricky on some nights. Street parking on 27th street is not metered but has a 2-hour limit before 10:00pm. Other streets such as Walnut and 28th do not have time limits. There is also a lot located on Larimer Street just behind our building. Prices range from $5 to $15 depending on special events and Rockies games. Taxi, Uber, or Lyft are also great options and typically under $15 for fares from most locations within Denver's downtown area.

Is there a minimum charge required if I’m just there for the music?

Nocturne is a modern jazz and supper club that celebrates the art of live jazz and the craft of great hospitality. Since opening our doors in Spring of 2015, we have never required a "minimum spend".  To help us continue to do what we love and support the livelihoods of our staff however, we do ask that you grab a bite to eat or a drink while you are enjoying some of Denver's greatest live music.

We accept all major credit cards. 

Paul Musso Quartet

Guitarist Paul Musso returns to the Nocturne stage for a special evening featuring Drew Morell on bass, Justin Adams on piano and Kevin Mathews on drums. Paul will be performing original works, reworked jazz standards and more.

Paul Mussois a veteran music educator and freelance guitarist who has performed throughout the US with many ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Westcliff Jazz Festival.

In addition to Paul's performance career he is also a committed educator, teaching at CU Denver for 34 years, 15 of which were spent as the director for the jazz and commercial guitar program.He has authored three jazz guitar books with Mel Bay: Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar/Teaching Your Guitar to Walk, Graded Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Solos and his most recent release, Developing Jazz Guitar Solos and co-authored Mel Bay’s 2000 Jazz Guitar, where Paul shares the bill with greats Johnny Smith, John Abercrombie, Buckey Pizzarelli, George Van Eps, Andy Summers and many others.

 

Thursday 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 have access to the entire dinner menu as well as our wine & cocktail list.

- We hold aside 4 to 6 bar seats per set for first-come first-serve walk-in guests. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $20 per person applied to their check on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

     

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Renditions Dinner Concert: Rome

A few special nights per year, our team creates and presents an original five course dinner experience that explores the aesthetics of iconic albums and artists through flavor, texture, and emotion. Renditions Dinners include interactive chats and in depth course explanations by Chef Partner Dustin Beckner, the musicians on stage, and Nocturne co-owners Scott & Nicole Mattson.

In the weeks leading up to the Renditions Dinner chef Dustin and Scott dive deep into the selected music, using various melodies, themes, lyrics and related stories to inspire five original courses that are paired to a live performance of the works featured.  Renditions Dinners have been covered by local and national media alike, and gathered a committed following of fans. ( See Linnea Covington's How to Pair Food with Music )

For our 28th Renditions, we're inspired by 1960's Italian style as we explore the evocative recording Rome (by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi) in addition to select spaghetti western film scores by the iconic Ennio Morricone.  On stage for this special night we are honored to host acclaimed guitarist Dave Devine and his quintet as they conjure sounds of melancholy guitar, haunting vocals, groovy beats and etherial melodies.

This dinner experience is Nocturne’s signature event and is offered 4 nights per year only

** Guests may pre-purchase sommelier's pairings upon booking or arrival

** This experience is offered one night only. We request all dietary restrictions be submitted from your party upon reserving, as we may not be able to accommodate special requests on the day of the event

Renditions Dinner Concert: The Police

A few special nights per year, our team creates and presents an original five course dinner experience that explores the aesthetics of iconic albums and artists through flavor, texture, and emotion. Renditions Dinners include interactive chats and in depth course explanations by Chef Partner Dustin Beckner, the musicians on stage, and Nocturne co-owners Scott & Nicole Mattson.

In the weeks leading up to the Renditions Dinner chef Dustin and Scott dive deep into the selected music, using various melodies, themes, lyrics and related stories to inspire five original courses that are paired to a live performance of the works featured.  Renditions Dinners have been covered by local and national media alike, and gathered a committed following of fans. ( See Linnea Covington's How to Pair Food with Music )

For our 29th Renditions, we travel to the late 70's and early 80's as we explore the music of The Police. On stage for this special night we are honored to host the Seth Lewis Quintet (Alex Heffron - Guitar, Gabriel Mervine - Trumpet, Brian Claxton - drums, Tom Amend - piano).

 

This dinner experience is Nocturne’s signature event and is offered only one night per quarter

** Guests may pre-purchase sommelier's pairings upon booking or arrival

** This experience is offered one night only. We request all dietary restrictions be submitted from your party upon reserving, as we may not be able to accommodate special requests on the day of the event

Renditions Dinner Series featuring The Matt Smiley Quintet

What happens when an iconic recording inspires a chef and sommelier? RENDITIONS - an interactive five course dinner event where the art of gastronomy and music collide.

This unique fusion of dinner party, jazz concert and creative symposium is Nocturne’s signature event and only available a few nights per year. In addition to an original 5-course tasting menu, this experience includes chats with the musicians on stage, course explanations by Nocturne's culinary team & wine pairing notes by Nocturne's co-owners.

For our 25th Renditions Series, we are incredibly honored to collaborate with jazz bassist/composer Matt Smiley and create five original courses that celebrate the launch of his newest recording project entitled Crankbaitreleased this month on Nocturne's record label. 

Ticket includes dinner and music. Guests may pre-purchase sommelier's pairings upon booking, or upon arrival the night of.

Nocturne's full wine & cocktail list is also be available throughout the evening.

We request all dietary restrictions be submitted from your party in advance, as we may not be able to accommodate special requests on the day of the event. Refunds will not be issued to guests who have a limited experience due to dietary restrictions.

*Doors open at 6:00pm - Dinner starts promptly at 6:30pm*

Renditions Dinner: Cannonball Adderley

What happens when an iconic artist or recording inspires a chef and sommelier?

RENDITIONS - an interactive five course dinner event where the art of gastronomy and music collide.

A few times per year, the Nocturne hospitality team creates an original tasting menu that explores the aesthetics of iconic albums through flavor, texture, and emotion. In addition to celebrating the release of the new menu, the release night includes interactive chats and in depth course explanations by Chef Partner Dustin Beckner, the musicians on stage, and Nocturne co-owners Scott & Nicole Mattson. 

Renditions dinners have been covered by local and national media alike, and gathered a committed following of fans.  In the weeks leading up to the menu release, the culinary team dives deep into the selected music, using various melodies, themes, and stories in the songs to inspire five composed courses that are paired to a live performance of the works featured. 

For our 26th Renditions, we're drawing inspiration from the works of iconic saxophonist/composer Cannonball Adderley.  Expect five courses carefully crafted to depict the unique facets of Adderley's ever-swinging songs and playing. Performing these musical selections live will be The Daryl Gott Quintet.

*Guests may pre-purchase sommelier's pairings upon booking or upon arrival

**This experience is offered one night only. We request all dietary restrictions be submitted from your party upon reserving, as we may not be able to accommodate special requests on the day of the event