Music

Our acoustically designed room in the heart of Denver plays host to live jazz nightly (Tuesday 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:

At this time, our live music performances are available by reservation only. 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.

In addition to dining on site, we recognize that some members of our community are unable to join us in person this summer. As such, we'll be live streaming several of our performances for you to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/nocturnejazz/ for live streams and recordings of our past performances. 

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.

6 x 2 x 4: Double Guitar Quartet

Guitarists Tim Wendel and Khabu Doug Young bring their individual styles together in order to highlight the rich compositional canon for modern jazz guitar.  The eclectic mix of pieces this ensemble draws from includes compositions from some of the world’s greatest guitarists including: Bill Frisell, Nguyen Le, Ben Monder, Marc Ducret, Tonhino Horta, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Serge Lazarevitch.  In collaboration with bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Dru Heller, this quartet both honors the spirit of each composition and seeks to find original improvisational paths through the seminal pieces they perform to make them a bit their own.

$5 per person artist fee applies. Reservations recommended!

Coltrane Birthday show feat. John Gunther, Heath Walton, Brad Shepik, John Hadfield and Tom Amend

John Gunther is a composer and multi-instrumentalist playing Saxophones, Clarinet, and Flute. With a restless musical spirit, he explores all forms of jazz from traditional to avant-garde as well as classical music, world music and experimental electronic music. He has performed or recorded with Dave Douglas, Ron Miles, Christian McBride, Bobby Watson, Wallace Roney, Larry Goldings,Tom Harrel, Dewey Redman, Joe Williams, The Woody Herman Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Maria Schneider Orchestra.

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Heath Walton's passion for improvisation and jazz has taken him all over the US, receiving a Bachelor of Music in music performance from the University of Colorado in 2003, and a Master of the Arts in jazz studies from New York University in 2007. Living in New York City for seven years Heath Walton studied with George Garzone, Lenny Pickett, John Scofield, Jean-Michel Pilc, Brian Lynch, Tony Moreno, and Ralph Alessi to name a few.

Heath Walton ultimately relocated back to Colorado and graduated with his Doctorate in Music in 2016 - he currently teaches at CU Boulder, teaches privately, gigs nationally and locally, and helps his wife to raise two wonderful children.

John Hadfield is a percussionist, drummer, composer and bandleader (Trio of Myths and the Saints of Percussion).  John’s unique ability to cross genres has allowed him to appear with a broad range of ensembles and artists, including: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh’s City Band, Petros Klampanis’ Contextual, Nguyen Le’s STREAMS Quartet, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Deep Purple, and The Silk Road Ensemble.

John has released two albums of his own compositions: The Eye of Gordon and Displaced. In his compositional work, John integrates improvisation and structure, while combining a variety of musical styles, including jazz, classical Western music, Carnatic music, and electronic music. His compositions involve a wide range of percussion sounds—from the traditional jazz drum set to the classical Indian kanjira, the African kalimba, as well as random objects such as bicycle wheels, pieces of metal, or ventilation tubes John’s work has received significant critical acclaim. John currently serves on the Jazz faculty of New York University, where he teaches drum set and the World Percussion Ensemble. John Hadfield has played alongside Lenny Pickett, Kenny Werner, Billy Drewes, Nguyen Le, Adam Rudolph, Ghalia Benali, Greg Osby, Gil Goldstein, Bobby Watson, Gilad Hekselman, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bridget Kibbey, Kristin Le, Brad Shepik, Mark Helias, Chris Jennings, François Rabbath, and Erik Friedlander.

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Guitarist, composer, educator Brad Shepik has recorded 9 albums with his groups Brad Shepik Organ Trio, Brad Shepik Quartet, Brad Shepik Trio, Human Activity Quintet, Brad Shepik and the Commuters. Since 1995 his ensembles have performed at major festivals and clubs across Europe and North America including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Garda Jazz Festival, Cologne Biennale Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Festival, Verizon, Earshot, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Langnau Jazz Festival, Groningen, Salzburg, Jerez, Cadiz, Sevilla, American Guitar Festival, Leeds, Rochester Jazz Festival, Cork, Brussels, Edgefest and others.  

He currently performs solo concerts and with Brad Shepik Organ Trio, The Brad Shepik Quartet, Rambler, Combo Nuvo, Tom Beckham/Brad Shepik Duo, Balkan Peppers, Jamie Baum Septet, Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio, George Schuller's Circle Wide, Arthur Kell and others. He teaches Theory, Improvisation, World Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Chicago Blues, Balkan Music and private guitar at New York University and private guitar at New England Conservatory and City College of New York.

$15 per person artist fee - Reservations highly recommended!

Jean-Luc Davis' Alternative Reality VOL.2

Alternative Reality - Volume 2

In the second volume of this concept, Jean-Luc Davis takes us back to the 90's and beyond with a well curated selection of alternative rock classics reimagined through the jazz and improvisatory lens. Jean-Luc Davis - Double Bass  Jack Dunlevie - Piano, Matt Fuller - Guitar, Kevin Matthews - Drums.

Performer, Composer, Educator Jean-Luc Davis is an active performer in the Colorado music scene. In addition to leading his own ensemble, Jean-Luc plays with Gypsy Swing Revue, Tom Gershwin Quintet, Adam Bodine Trio, Andy Hackbarth Band, Jesse Manley Band, Jayme Stone and the Other side of the Air, the John Kite Quartet, and regularly accompanies Wonderbound. Additionally, Jean-Luc has performed with Ron Miles, Shane Endsley, Peter Sommer, 9th and Lincoln Orchestra, Art Lande, Greg Harris, the Aakash Mittal Quartet, Carmen Sandim Sextet, the Matt Fuller Group.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 45 socially distanced seats per show/seating.

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

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

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

*In accordance with the City of Denver's COVID dial guidelines, last call for food and drink is 9:40pm until further notice

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Joshua Breakstone Trio

Veteran New York guitarist and Capri recording artist Joshua Breakstone in trio format with Bassist Mark Simon and Drummer Dru Heller.

 

Joshua Breakstone

Bop-based guitarist, Joshua Breakstone discovered jazz when he was 14. He attended Berklee, and in 1977, toured Canada with the reed player Glen Hall, making his recording debut on Hall's Sonora release.  Joshua taught guitar at the Rhode Island Conservatory of Music (1979-1981) and worked in New York with Warne Marsh, Emily Remler, Dave Schnitter, and Vic Juris. In 1983, he recorded his first album (Wonderful!) for Sonora. While that date had Barry Harris on piano, his follow-up featured Kenny Barron. Breakstone went on to record for Contemporary (including a quartet date featuring Pepper Adams), Capri, Evidence, and Double-Time, helping keep the legacy of quiet bop guitar alive.

Late Night w/ Paul Musso

PAUL MUSSO - LATE NIGHT JAZZ GUITAR 

11:15p - 1:00a

Paul Musso, is a veteran music educator and freelance guitarist who has performed throughout Colorado area with many diverse ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Westcliff Jazz Festival. He is also a prolific author of 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-author of 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.

Paul is the director of the Guitar Program at the University of Colorado Denver has been with CU Denver over fifteen years teaching fretboard theory, commercial guitar styles, applied guitar studies, jazz theory, songwriting, improvisation and mentoring a host of guitar ensembles.

 

Read the 4.5 star review of Paul's 2012 debut album: Tonescapes 

 

Late Night: Josh D. Reed & Annie Booth

LATE NIGHT: 11PM - 12:30AM

Josh D. Reed holds degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, the Eastman School of Music, and James Madison University. As a performer, Dr. Reed has shared the stage with artists such as Dave Douglas, Brad Goode, Art Lande, Rich Perry, Greg Gisbert, Paquito D'Rivera, Rufus Reid, Darlene Love, and Jovino Santos Neto. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Costa Rica, and spends his time actively teaching and performing. He currently leads his own trio, quartet, and quintet, and is a member of Matt Smiley’s Art Deco, The Dru Heller Quintet, Adam Bartczak’s Republic, The Emily Takahashi Quintet, and TAJ with Tim Wendel and Art Lande. Dr. Reed is featured on Matt Smiley’s recording Quartet Art, and will soon be releasing his own recording Leaping Forward featuring Art Lande on piano. 2017 will also see the release of new records by Matt Smiley and Emily Takahashi, which feature Dr. Reed

Late Night: Matt Fuller Duo

LATE NIGHT - 11:15p-1:00a

The Matt Fuller/Jean-Luc Davis Duo

Guitarist Matt Fuller has an approach to music that is rooted in tradition, but encompasses the modern.  Some highlights of Matt’s performance career have included several U.S. tours, steady gigs in both NYC and Colorado, and even a performance at the Kolkata Jazz Festival in India. Matt currently leads his own group and is a member of the following award winning groups: including the Aakash Mittal Quartet, Greg Harris Vibe Quintet, 9th and Lincoln Orchestra, Carmen Sandim Sextet, and Adam Revel and Essence Rider.

He was the guest guitarist for Idina Menzel with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks Ampitheater, conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch. A list of other artists he has performed or recorded with include: Cuong Vu, Bill Ware, Scott Amendola, Amir ElSaffar, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Future Jazz Project, Eric Roberson, Ron Miles, Rudy Royston, Colin Stranahan, Dana Landry, Jim White, Erik Applegate, John Gunther, Keith Waters, Don Aliquo, Clay Jenkins, Ed Soph, and singer/songwriter Megan Burtt.

From 2005 to 2011 he joined the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado as instructor of jazz guitar, head of the jazz guitar program, and director for the UNC jazz guitar ensembles. Matt’s formal education includes a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance/Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Ft. Lewis College, (Durango, Colorado) in 1998. From 2001 to 2012 he has been a dedicated student of veteran jazz guitarist Dale Bruning, from whom he wrote his Master’s Thesis “Presentation and Analyses of the Dale Bruning System for Jazz Guitar".

 

Organ Trio Reboot feat. Dan Schwindt & Jeff Jenkins

Paying homage to such masters as Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Wes Montgomery, Dr, Lonnie Smith, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, and John Abercrombie this five week January series features thoughtful and fresh takes on the iconic Organ Trios of the past.

DAN SCHWINDT - GUITAR

JEFF JENKINS - B3

MATT HOUSTON - DRUMS 

Ryan Fourt Quartet plays Smokin' at the Half Note

The Ryan Fourt Quartet honors the iconic Verve jazz recording "Smokin' at the Half Note"

Ryan Fourt started his career by studying jazz guitar with Professor James Greeson, the great Dale Bruning and New York guitarist Mark Elf. In 2004, Ryan moved to Northern Colorado and established himself as one of the top performers on that scene, sharing the stage with local and national talents such as Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, Dana Landry, Ken Walker, Dave Pope, Gareth Malone, Jeff Jenkins, Devin Hoff, Alvin Lucier, Chris Lee, Ben Markley, Erik Applegate and Paul McKee. Currently Ryan lives in Loveland Colorado and maintains a busy performance schedule with various jazz and pop groups along the front-range and mountain west regions. On top of performing Ryan is also an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and lecturer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Tom Amend on piano, Matt Smiley on bass and Ed Breazeale on the drums

Steve Kovalcheck Quartet

The Steve Kovalcheck Quartet

Set One: 7 - 8:30p  /  Set Two: 9 - 10:30p

Guitarist and composer Steve Kovalcheck returns to Nocturne on Saturdays for the month of June, leading four unique quartets performing original compositions. These groups represent a cross section of the special talent found in the Denver jazz scene. Each quartet will interpret music chosen specifically to celebrate the spirit of collaborative improvisation. Nocturne provides the perfect venue for these hard swinging explorations, setting the stage for some memorable evenings.

Featuring musicians on this evening: Brian Claxton drums, Matt Smiley bass, Jeff Jenkins piano

An $11 per set Artist Fee applies to this show - Reservations are highly recommended!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Late Set: Ryan Fourt Trio

LATE NIGHT: 11p-12:30a

Ryan Fourt started his career by studying jazz guitar with Professor James Greeson, the great Dale Bruning and New York guitarist Mark Elf.  In 2004, Ryan moved to Northern Colorado and established himself as one of the top performers on that scene, sharing the stage with local and national talents such as Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, Dana Landry, Ken Walker, Dave Pope, Gareth Malone, Jeff Jenkins, Devin Hoff, Alvin Lucier, Chris Lee, Ben Markley, Erik Applegate and Paul McKee. Currently Ryan lives in Loveland Colorado and maintains a busy performance schedule with various jazz and pop groups along the front-range and mountain west regions. On top of performing Ryan is also an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and lecturer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. 

21+ - No Charge for late night music

Title Track from Ryan's newest release: Big Slick

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