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.

Derek Banach Quintet "Original Straight Ahead Works"

Derek Banach Quintet

Set 1: 6:30pm-7:45pm

Set 2: 9:00pm-10:15pm

2020 has been a challenging year for the world, especially so for the musical communities within America - but in times of tremendous adversity, great art arises from struggle much like a phoenix from the ashes.  Bringing music to the Nocturne stage to help us look ahead, the Derek Banach Quintet will perform original, straight ahead compositions by all of its members. The lineup features a number of Denver's finest as they get back on the bandstand after too long a break due to the 2020 pandemic crisis.

Colorado native Derek Banach has performed professionally for 25 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, Keith Oxman, Joe Bonner and Ron Miles to name but a few.

Musical guests include: Peter Sommer, David Bernot, Todd Reid, Ken Walker and Jeff Jenkins

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 50 seats per show/seating.

Music fees are included with all "Dinner and a Show" packages.

For walk-in guests, an artist fee of $19 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

New Weekend Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 9:00-10:15pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Derek Banach Quintet: "Modern Jazz Standards"

Derek Banach (trumpet), David Bernot (sax), Jeff Jenkins (piano), Ken Walker (bass) and Todd Reid (drums). Modern, straight ahead and compelling - this stellar quintet will feature compositions from Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, George Cables, Mulgrew Miller and more on this special night.

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.

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

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

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

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

- Nocturne has been certified by the City of Denver as a "Fully Vaccinated Facility". As of 11/28/21 all guests and employees are required to be fully vaccinated (with documentation) to enter.

- 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

Jeff Jenkins Quintet Plays Billy Strayhorn

Colorado pianist/educator/composer Jeff Jenkins returns to the Nocturne stage to explore and feature the works of composer BIlly Strayhorn.  At times Strayhorn worked his craft in the shadow of his friend and collaborator Duke Ellington, but with further study of his compositions, many jazz musicians today regard him as an equal to Duke. Jeff will be joined on stage by Michael D’Angelo (drums), Seth Lewis (bass), Eric Erhardt (sax) and Greg Gisbert (trumpet).

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 and Reservation Information:

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

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

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

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Late Set: Patrick McDevitt's Funky 3

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.

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