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.

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

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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

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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.

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FAQ

FAQ

What modifications have you made for COVID-19?

The ever changing COVID-19 crisis has taught us to adapt in order to provide a great experience with health and safety as a top priority.  For the sake of providing hospitality and live music to our community, we will continue to follow CDC, WHO, state and local guidelines. 

Currently, the City of Denver has lifted both mask and vaccination requirements for indoor dining. While we recommend either or both, neither are currently required at Nocturne.

Here's what our modifications look like at Nocturne for the time being:

For our staff and musicians:

-Continued commitment to hygiene, especially hand washing, and disinfecting all public areas every 30 minutes. 

-Free COVID testing is available to all our staff. 100% of eligible staff are vaccinated. 100% of all eligilble musicians are vaccinated.

-Maintaining social distance as much as possible, including refraining from handshakes, high fives, and hugs. 

-A full playbook has been provided to all staff and musicians explaining the new health and safety guidelines required while at Nocturne.

For our guests:

- We ask that guests wait to be seated by a host in order to ensure their seat has been fully cleaned betwen guests.

- Shows are still restricted to seated reservations. Standing room is not allowed at this time.

-We ask that you limit your dining time to 2 hours or less in order to allow us time to properly clean and reset your table for the next music set.

-Menus are disposed of after each guest and also available by QR code with your smart phone.

-Reservations required for all guests to allow us to control the occupancy of our dining room and to maintain appropriate contact tracing information in the event that information is necessary.

Dinner Reservations include artist fees for live music and a prepaid three course dinner. The option to add wine pairings is available prior to your arrival or at your table when you arrive. 

We are  here to help you throughout your dining process, and have re-worked our model of service to better accommodate the necessary changes for safety and health. Please be patient with us as Nocturne may look a little different for the time being as we modify for your safety and ours.

If you are unable to visit us in person, we understand. We wish you safety and health. We'll have several of the shows streaming live on our Facebook page and encourage you to get a dose of live music there if you are an at-risk individual, if you don't feel well, or if you are anxious to be among others. We understand, we miss you, and we hope to see you at a later date.

 

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 or award winning food and you just might leave a new fan of the music 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 12 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 12 for any reason.

Is there a dress code?

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.

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

Is there a cover charge?

We don’t charge "cover" at the door. Instead, a fee for live music (which ranges from $15-$30 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 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 see the music?

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 and help our staff maintain a properly sanitized premises, we respectfully request that guests limit their visit to one set only at this time.

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. 

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

Renditions Dinner: Carmen McRae

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 team creates an original tasting menu 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.

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 )

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. 

For our 27th Renditions, we're drawing inspiration from the performances of legendary jazz singer Carmen McRae. On stage for this special night we are honored to host pianist Eric Gunnison who both toured and recorded with Carmen McRae. Eric is joined by Denver singer Louisa Amend who will explore many of Carmen's classics, as well as a few treasures pulled from one of Carmen's last known existing physical books of music that Eric has managed to preserve.

*Guests may pre-purchase the sommelier's wine 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

The Ben Markley Quartet

Ben Markley - Piano, Erik Applegate - Bass, Wil Swindler - Sax, Andy Wheelock - Drums

Ben is an accomplished pianist, band leader and composer/arranger, active throughout the Rocky Mountain front range and has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, Bobby Shew and John Fedchock and many others. Markley's latest big band recording project Clockwise - The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2 records) earned a coveted four-star review by Downbeat Magazine in Spring of 2017.  Markley is three-time Nocturne artist in residency alum and a professor of music at the University of Wyoming (where he directs a number of jazz ensembles and teaches applied jazz piano) and directs the UW Jazz Festival.

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

The Dawn Clement Trio

This special trio performance features Dawn Clement on piano, Dru Heller on drums, and Greg Garrison on bass.

With her joyful presence, consummate technique and distinctive sound, Pianist/Vocalist/Composer Dawn Clement has established herself as a top tier, international artist and gained the attention and respect of musicians, critics and fans through the US and abroad. Dawn has five CD’s under her belt, and acclaimed performances as a side woman on Jane Ira Bloom’s latest release “Wild Lines” and Emi Meyer’s “Monochrome”.  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. In 2018, Dawn 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.

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. 

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The Gabriel Mervine Sextet plays Lee Morgan

THE GABRIEL MERVINE SEXTET PLAYS LEE MORGAN: 6:30pm-10:00pm

Thursday nights in March and April, Gabriel Mervine and his hardbop centered sextet explores the catalogue of the iconic Lee Morgan. Few trumpeters in history approached their playing with such energy, tenacity and fire as Lee Morgan, he seamlessly merged the harmony and melodies of the American music's history with the groove and flavor of the experimental 1960's. Gabriel will be joined on the bandstand by: bassist Patrick McDevitt, drummer Alejandro Castaño, pianist Tom Amend, and saxophonists Daryl Gott and Taylor Clay. The sextet format made up of players like this who play together often like brings a unique energy and fire - these Thursday nights are going to be very special nights of music, not to be missed.

Gabriel Mervine is deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical but is also a very active contributor to the modern music scene nationally.  Born in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Gabriel began his professional playing career at the age of thirteen. By the time he graduated high school he was already looking at making a career out of playing the trumpet. He has studied with Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, and Greg Gisbert and quickly gained recognition for as a unique and capable player in any environment. Gabriel has performed with Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Chie Imaizumi, Terence Blanchard, Russell Malone, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, John McNeil, Convergence, Roberta Gambarini, the Motet, and Houston Person  Gabriel now resides in Denver, Colorado and keeps a rigorous schedule of local and national performances. 

An artist fee of $12 per guest applies to this show.

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

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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 Darryl Gott - alto sax, Gabe Mervine - trumpet, Paul McKee - trombone, Eric Gunnison - piano, Seth Lewis - bass, Paul Romaine - 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

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