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.

McGowan, Jenkins & Reid: Organ Trio Soul Jazz:

This special June series explores and celebrates the classic and contemporary soul-jazz repertoire of the great organ trios. Important and historic collaborations were forged in the 1960s between organists and guitarists, and several iconic guitarists such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Pat Martino launched their recording careers in this format. This classic sound lived on through the acid jazz of the 1970s to the retro funk of the 90s. Award-winning guitarist Sean McGowan will lead a trio featuring Jeff Jenkins on organ and Todd Reid on drums. Together, they will explore the great artistic collaborations between organists such as Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Baby Face Willette, Big John Patton, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts, Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes, Mel Rhyne, with guitarists Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Ray Crawford, and George Benson.

$7 per guest artist fee. Reservations Recommended!

Ryan Fourt Trio: Tribute to the Unsung Organ Grinders

The raw soul and sonic power of the traditional organ trio has captivated Ryan since his first encounters with jazz as a young musician in the late 90's. To this day he is still drawn back to that sound and continues to pursue his niche artistically within the rich and historical genre. With this project Ryan will be joined by Tom Amend (organ), and Hiroki Kitazawa (drums) as they look to uncover music from some of the more unheralded organist in jazz, playing music from the likes of John Patton, Shirley Scott, Baby Face Willette and more.

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 in the 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. In addition to performing, Ryan is an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and lecturer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. 

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

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Tom Amend Organ Quartet

Tom Amend - organ | Alex Heffron - guitar | Nate Miller - horns | BK Kahn - drums

Tom Amend is an organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, Colorado. Performing and recording 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. Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. Through his association with UNC, Tom has performed with nationally recognized UNC Lab I, and UNC Vanguard Combo. As a member of these ensembles, he performed withChris Potter, Christian McBride, Jeff Hamilton, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Greg Gisbert, Deborah Brown, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan and others. As a bandleader, Tom's debut album, "Frontier Justice" features Jeff Hamilton on drums and Steve Kovalcheck on guitar.

Wednesday Show Times:

Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Set Two: 8:45 - 10:00pm

Important Notes and Reservation Information:

- Floor seats are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations (Music & Three Course Dinner Included)

- Reserved Bar Seats are $19 per guest and include music. Bar guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & cocktail list.

- If availability permits, we do allow walk-in guests. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $20 per person applied to their check on Fridays and Saturdays

     

We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to one set only at this time

Due to high demand, we encourage guests to book well in advance on Friday and Saturday evenings

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