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.

Media Noche Honrado

Media Noche Honrado: Justin Adams: Piano, Gonzalo Teppa: Bass, Alejandro Castaño: Drums, Leo Corona: Percussion Derek Banach: Trumpet 

Assembled by Denver pianist/arranger Justin Adams, Media Noche Honrado is playing throughout the month of June honor the Latin Jazz art form and the late Jimmy Trujillo, bassist and original member of Denver's Media Noche. Original arrangements of Salsa classics and reworked pieces by Clare Fischer, Don Grolnick and many others will greet guests of this special series.

 

Justin Adams is a versatile, first call Denver jazz pianist and educator. Justin has performed with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, J.P. Torres, Chris Calloway, Candido Camaro, Claudio Slon and has played at many national jazz festivals and appeared numerous times at Nocturne with the Derek Banach Quintet. Other notable performances include: the Inaugural Ball with Wayne Newton, the Kentucky Derby, and the City of New Orleans New Year's Eve Celebration. He is both an alumni and faculty member teaching jazz piano at Denver's Metro State University.

An $8 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

Media Noche Honrado

Media Noche Honrado

Justin Adams: Piano, Gonzalo Teppa: Bass, Alejandro Castaño: Drums, Leo Corona: Percussion Greg Gisbert: Trumpet 

Assembled by Denver pianist/arranger Justin Adams, Media Noche Honrado is playing throughout the month of June honor the Latin Jazz art form and the late Jimmy Trujillo, bassist and original member of Denver's Media Noche. Original arrangements of Salsa classics and reworked pieces by Clare Fischer, Don Grolnick and many others will greet guests of this special series.

 

Justin Adams is a versatile, first call Denver jazz pianist and educator. Justin has performed with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, J.P. Torres, Chris Calloway, Candido Camaro, Claudio Slon and has played at many national jazz festivals and appeared numerous times at Nocturne with the Derek Banach Quintet. Other notable performances include: the Inaugural Ball with Wayne Newton, the Kentucky Derby, and the City of New Orleans New Year's Eve Celebration. He is both an alumni and faculty member teaching jazz piano at Denver's Metro State University.

An artist fee of $19 per guest (per set) applies to this show. Reservations highly recommended!

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Media Noche Honrado (Latin Jazz)

Justin Adams: Piano, Gonzalo Teppa: Bass, Alejandro Castaño: Drums, Leo Corona: Percussion, Greg Gisbert: Trumpet 

On this very special night, Nocturne is pleased to welcome back to the stage Media Noche Honrado as they celebrate the release of their debut album.

Assembled by Denver jazz pianist/arranger Justin Adams, Media Noche Honrado honors the Latin Jazz art form and the late Jimmy Trujillo, bassist and charter member of Denver's original Media Noche. Original arrangements of latin and salsa classics and reworked pieces by Clare Fischer, Don Grolnick and many others will greet guests of this smokin' night of music. 

 

Bandleader Justin Adams is a versatile, first call Denver jazz pianist and educator. Justin has performed with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, J.P. Torres, Chris Calloway, Candido Camaro, Claudio Slon and has played at many national jazz festivals and appeared numerous times at Nocturne with the Derek Banach Quintet. Other notable performances include: the Inaugural Ball with Wayne Newton, the Kentucky Derby, and the City of New Orleans New Year's Eve Celebration. He is both an alumni and faculty member teaching jazz piano at Denver's Metro State University.

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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Media Noche Honrado (Latin Jazz)

Justin Adams: Piano, Gonzalo Teppa: Bass, Alejandro Castaño: Drums, Leo Corona: Percussion, Greg Gisbert: Trumpet 

Assembled by Denver jazz pianist/arranger Justin Adams, Media Noche Honrado honors the Latin Jazz art form and the late Jimmy Trujillo, bassist and charter member of Denver's original Media Noche. Original arrangements of latin and salsa classics and reworked pieces by Clare Fischer, Don Grolnick and many others will greet guests of this smokin' night of music.

 

Justin Adams is a versatile, first call Denver jazz pianist and educator. Justin has performed with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, J.P. Torres, Chris Calloway, Candido Camaro, Claudio Slon and has played at many national jazz festivals and appeared numerous times at Nocturne with the Derek Banach Quintet. Other notable performances include: the Inaugural Ball with Wayne Newton, the Kentucky Derby, and the City of New Orleans New Year's Eve Celebration. He is both an alumni and faculty member teaching jazz piano at Denver's Metro State University.

Reservation Information and Important Notes:

Floor seats are only available for Dinner and a Show Reservations

(Music is included with all "Dinner and a Show" packages)

For walk-in guests, and bar reservations there is a music fee of $19 per guest.

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to 2 hours so that we may properly/safely clean between sets.

Current Weekday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-10:00pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Media Noche Honrado (Latin Jazz)

Media Noche Honrado: Justin Adams: Piano, Gonzalo Teppa: Bass, Alejandro Castaño: Drums, Leo Corona: Percussion Greg Gisbert: Trumpet 

Assembled by Denver jazz pianist/arranger Justin Adams, Media Noche Honrado is playing throughout the month of September and honor the Latin Jazz art form and the late Jimmy Trujillo, bassist and original member of Denver's Media Noche. Original arrangements of latin and Salsa classics and reworked pieces by Clare Fischer, Don Grolnick and many others will greet guests of this special series.

 

Justin Adams is a versatile, first call Denver jazz pianist and educator. Justin has performed with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, J.P. Torres, Chris Calloway, Candido Camaro, Claudio Slon and has played at many national jazz festivals and appeared numerous times at Nocturne with the Derek Banach Quintet. Other notable performances include: the Inaugural Ball with Wayne Newton, the Kentucky Derby, and the City of New Orleans New Year's Eve Celebration. He is both an alumni and faculty member teaching jazz piano at Denver's Metro State University.

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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Media Noche Honrado (Latin Jazz)

Media Noche Honrado: Justin Adams: Piano, Gonzalo Teppa: Bass, Alejandro Castaño: Drums, Leo Corona: Percussion Greg Gisbert: Trumpet 

Assembled by Denver jazz pianist/arranger Justin Adams, Media Noche Honrado is playing throughout the month of September and honor the Latin Jazz art form and the late Jimmy Trujillo, bassist and original member of Denver's Media Noche. Original arrangements of latin and Salsa classics and reworked pieces by Clare Fischer, Don Grolnick and many others will greet guests of this special series.

 

Justin Adams is a versatile, first call Denver jazz pianist and educator. Justin has performed with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, J.P. Torres, Chris Calloway, Candido Camaro, Claudio Slon and has played at many national jazz festivals and appeared numerous times at Nocturne with the Derek Banach Quintet. Other notable performances include: the Inaugural Ball with Wayne Newton, the Kentucky Derby, and the City of New Orleans New Year's Eve Celebration. He is both an alumni and faculty member teaching jazz piano at Denver's Metro State University.

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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Media Noche Honrado (Latin Jazz)

Media Noche Honrado: Justin Adams: Piano, Gonzalo Teppa: Bass, Alejandro Castaño: Drums, Leo Corona: Percussion Greg Gisbert: Trumpet 

Assembled by Denver jazz pianist/arranger Justin Adams, Media Noche Honrado is playing throughout the month of September and honor the Latin Jazz art form and the late Jimmy Trujillo, bassist and original member of Denver's Media Noche. Original arrangements of latin and Salsa classics and reworked pieces by Clare Fischer, Don Grolnick and many others will greet guests of this special series.

 

Justin Adams is a versatile, first call Denver jazz pianist and educator. Justin has performed with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, J.P. Torres, Chris Calloway, Candido Camaro, Claudio Slon and has played at many national jazz festivals and appeared numerous times at Nocturne with the Derek Banach Quintet. Other notable performances include: the Inaugural Ball with Wayne Newton, the Kentucky Derby, and the City of New Orleans New Year's Eve Celebration. He is both an alumni and faculty member teaching jazz piano at Denver's Metro State University.

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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Mestas-Abbott Latin Jazz Quartet

The Mestas/Abbott Quartet plays beautiful and life-affirming songs from some of the most prolific composers of Latin American jazz: Moreira, Manzanero, Oscar Castro-Neves, Toninho Horta, and others from South America, Cuba, and Mexico. The quartet features Victor Mestas on piano, Mike Abbott on acoustic and electric guitars, Jill Fredrickson on drums and percussion, and Mike Facey on bass.

Mike Abbott has performed and recorded with a number of musical legends including: Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Chie Imaizumi, Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Bacharach, Paul Shaffer and others. After earning his Music Degree in 1988 at the University of Miami in Florida, he moved to New York City and started playing clubs, touring the US and Europe, and recording. In 2003, Abbott and his family moved from New Jersey to Denver. He teaches at the University of Denver, Colorado Conservatory for The Jazz Arts, and privately in Denver. 

Victor Mestas is from Caracas, Venezuela. Mestas has performed with renowned bands, including Guaco and Trabuco Venezolano, and he has also accompanied renowned singers, including: Soledad Bravo, Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias. Since moving to Boulder with his wife and two daughters in 2012 he’s been performing on the Brazilian-Latin Jazz-Salsa scene as a first call player.  In 2016 he started to teach Latin Jazz Ensemble/Latin Piano at Thompson Jazz Studies Program, CU Boulder. Mestas is a YAMAHA endorsed artist in Venezuela.

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

- 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.

- 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

Moderno Afro Cubano Quintet

SET 1: 6:30-8:00pm   |    Set 2: 9:00-10:30pm

Moderno is a latin jazz quintet that brings together some of Colorado’s finest players for a brilliant exhibition of Afro-Caribbean traditions, including the music of Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and others. Featuring pulsating rhythms from traditional latin dances to jazz-influenced beats to funk grooves; the horns lay down a variety of colors -- red-hot to cool and bluesy, and the group’s outstanding soloists stretch their imaginations to give listeners a new and unique experience in each show. Whether just listening or feeling the urge to get up and dance, audiences absolutely love this fantastic band.

Jeremy Wendelin - woodwinds, Derech Banach - trumpet, Pete Ellingson - piano, Jon Cullison - bass, Manuel Lopez - drums

Saxophonist Jeremy Wendelin is a talented and versatile musician who has performed in a range of musical situations from street corner to club to concert hall — from solo saxophone to symphony orchestra. He is the lead alto player for the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra and saxophonist for the Spotlight Band, and maintains a busy schedule as a freelance player around Colorado. As a teacher, he works with woodwind sections at several Denver-area schools and maintains a small studio of private students. Jeremy regularly leads his jazz quartet at clubs, concerts, and events. Whether playing classic jazz or new compositions, the quartet is always entertaining and exciting. In addition, Jeremy leads the Latin Jazz quintet Moderno, which explores Afro-Caribbean jazz from traditional to contemporary. As a jazz player, teacher, classical soloist — on every stage, Jeremy crafts a great musical experience and invites his audience to enjoy.

An artist fee of $18 per guest (per set) applies to this show. Reservations highly recommended!

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Moderno Latin Jazz Quintet

We are excited to welcome the contemporary Afro-Caribbean and Latin Jazz sounds of Modernoback to the Nocturne stage. Moderno’s repertoire is anchored by a compelling book of original material, but also includes select Latin Jazz classics and works from contemporary masters, such as Miguel Zenon, Paquito D’Rivera and John Benitez. Moderno is a two time Nocturne artist in residency "alumni" and has become a crowd favorite over the last four yeaers.

Jeremy Wendelin - woodwinds, Derek Banach - trumpet, Peter Ellingson - piano, Jon Cullison - bass, Manuel Lopez - drums

Bandleader and saxophonist Jeremy Wendelin is a versatile musician who brings passion and artistry to every performance. Jeremy has performed in a range of musical situations from street corner to club to concert hall — from solo saxophone to symphony orchestra. As a teacher, he works with woodwind sections at several Denver-area schools and maintains a small studio of private students. In addition to Moderno, Jeremy regularly leads his jazz quartet at clubs, concerts, and events throughout Colorado.

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 Gonzalo Teppa Trio

Gonzalo Teppa - bass, Michael D'Angelo - drums, Tom Amend - piano

Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa presents a night of compelling small group repertoire drawing from the musical wells of contemporary jazz, Latin American music (Venezuelan, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban) blues, free jazz and more.

Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master in Jazz Studies degrees at The University of Colorado and has performed with: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Some of Gonzalo's awards are: “Pathways to Jazz Grant-2018”, “2004, 2005, 2006, Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine, two Latin Grammy nominations, and more. Teppa has released five albums: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”.

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

- Nocturne is registered as a "Fully Vaccinated Facility" with the City of Denver. In accordance with Denver's requirements, full vaccination status is  required for all guests and we will ask for proof of vaccination upon arrival along with a government issued photo ID. We will accept clear photos of vaccination records or the use of the MyColorado App. 

- 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

Walter Gorra Elevation Trio: Uncovering the Latin American Songbook

Walter Gorra's Elevation Trio (Alejandro Castaño - drums, Gonzalo Teppa - bass) return to the Nocturne stage Sunday nights in May, for their second artist in residency run. This series will feature Walter's unique arrangements of classic Latin American songs like 'Alfonsina y el Mar,' 'Irremediablemente Solo,' and more. Walter, Gonzalo and Alejandro are long-time friends and Colorado musical accomplices that draw from their diverse musical backgrounds to develop an exciting approach to these songs, which posses great depth and beauty, and are unfortunately not widely heard in a modern context.

Walter Gorra is a Colorado-raised pianist, composer, educator and structural engineer. Studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Walter earned degrees in jazz piano performance and structural engineering and had the good fortune to study and work with Art Lande, Jeff Jenkins, Victor Mestas and many other notable Colorado musicians. Earning his master’s degree at William Paterson University in New Jersey, Walter had the opportunity to study and work with Jim McNeely, Cecil Bridgewater, Harold Mabern and Bill Charlap among others. During his time in New York, Walter also performed and/or wrote and arranged music for Paquito D’Rivera, Ingrid Jensen, and Pete McGuinness and others. Walter has performed at jazz festivals and clubs throughout North and Central America and won Downbeat and ASCAP Herb Alpert awards for his compositions.

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