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.

The Brian Claxton Trio

Dr. Brian Claxton has been listening to music and playing drums his entire life. His first love was the swinging beat of Earl Palmer on Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin." Thirty years later, Claxton has performed all over the world with musicians he grew up listening to, most notably Monty Alexander and his Harlem Kingston Express. Claxton's joyful, kind, and humble spirit manifests itself into his musical approach, particularly as an accompanist. He is a master of groove and feeling, which was what he fell in love with thirty years ago. 

A resident of Greeley Colorado, Claxton performs frequently in Denver and the greater Northern Colorado area and is also the bassist for the popular soul band The Burroughs. Claxton teaches at the University of Northern Colorado, and via skype at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Tom Amend is a Denver based pianist, composer, and arranger originally from Riverton, Wyoming. A semifinalist for the 2014 American Jazz Pianist Competition Tom performs throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and sideman. Tom has worked extensively with Soul/Blues artist Taylor Scott appearing at notable blues venues across the country as well as appearing on several of Scott’s records. Tom was selected as a semifinalist for the American Jazz Pianist Competition in 2014 and 2015, and was a finalist in concert in 2017. Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. Through his association with UNC, Tom has performed with, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Jeff Hamilton, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Greg Gisbert, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan and others. Tom is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Northern Colorado and performs extensively as both a leader and a sideman.

Seth Lewis is a bassist, composer and educator based in Colorado. He holds degrees from Hartt School of Music studying with Jackie McLean and William Paterson University of NJ studying with Christian McBride and Bill Charlap. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado.  He has been awarded the Berger/Carter grant from the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers Newark for research on Bob Cranshaw. He has performed throughout the world as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, on Broadway in the pit orchestra for the Lion King and while living in New York performed with countless jazz legends

$7 per person artist fee - reservations recommended!

The Brian Claxton Trio feat. Annie Booth and Seth Lewis

Featuring the award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton, Nocturne is excited to reopen its doors for this special night after Denver's 7 week winter COVID closure. Brian will be featured in trio format on this evening featuring Annie Booth on piano and Seth Lewis on bass.

Claxton is a two time Nocturne artist in residency alumni known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery.  His diverse background includes touring internationally with jazz piano legend Monty Alexander and performing alongside Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Dave Douglas, Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton, and many others.  A passionate student of the history of American music, Claxton has navigated a career with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. He's released three records as a co-leader and has appeared on over thirty others as a sideman. Claxton teaches at the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Important Notes:

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

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

For walk-in guests, an artist fee of $15 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to 2 hours so that we may properly clean between sets and comply with the multitude occupancy and time restrictions set fourth by the Mayor of Denver.

New Limited Capacity and Early Curfew Weeknight Music Set Times: 

Limited Capacity Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-9:30pm

*In accordance with Mayor Hancock's curfew guidelines, last call for food and drink is 9:15pm until further notice

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Tom Amend and Brian Claxton Quartet: Tribute to the Jones Family

Keeping Up With The Joneses: A Musical Tribute to the Jones Family

Gabriel Mervine: trumpet, Steve Kovalcheck: guitar, Tom Amend: organ, Brian Claxton: drums

Hank Jones, Elvin Jones, and Thad Jones were three of the most prolific jazz musicians in the history of American music.  Hank, the eldest of the three was one of jazz music's greatest pianists as both a leader and a side man.  Trumpeting brother Thad Jones was not only a prominent big band and small group trumpet player, but also one of jazz music's greatest composers and arrangers as recognized by his output while co-leading the iconic big band the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra.  Elvin Jones, the youngest of the three was one of American music's most influential drummers, completely changing the way the instrument was played through his iconic tenure with the John Coltrane quartet and many more.

Tom Amend and Brian Claxton have curated this residency to pay tribute to each of these influential musicians and composers through performing their arrangements of both well-known songs and hidden treasures that one or all of the brothers have contributed to the cannon of Jazz music from the 1920's and on.  You will not want to miss this!

Tom Amend is a organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, Colorado. Performing and recording often throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and a sideman he can be heard with with Colorado based Soul/Blues artists: The Burroughs and the Taylor Scott Band. Tom was selected as a semifinalist for the American Jazz Pianist Competition in 2014 and 2015, and was a finalist in concert in 2017. He also received third place at the 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. Through his association with UNC, Tom has performed with nationally recognized UNC Lab I, UNC Vanguard Combo, and Vocal Lab. As a member of these ensembles, he performed with, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Jeff Hamilton, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Greg Gisbert, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan and others. Tom is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Northern Colorado.

Award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton is known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery. Brian is a two time Nocturne artist in residency alumni and we can't wait to bring his sound back to our stage! Brian's diverse background includes touring internationally with jazz piano legend Monty Alexander and performing alongside Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Dave Douglas, Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton, and many others. A passionate student of the history of American music, Claxton has navigated a career with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. He has released three records as a co-leader and has appeared on over thirty others as a sideman. Claxton teaches at the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

A $18 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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