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.

Rich Chiaraluce / Jeremy Wendelin Quartet: Two of a Mind

Rich Chiaraluce - alto saxophone, Jeremy Wendelin - baritone saxophone, Bill McCrossen - bass, Jill Fredericksen - drums

Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan recorded just two albums together, but their collaboration made a lasting impression on jazz. The title of their second album, Two of a Mind, sums up the reason for that influence.

For this two-week series at Nocturne, Denver saxophonists Rich Chiaraluce and Jeremy Wendelin team up to pay tribute to that ideal of two soloists thinking as if with one mind. With Chiaraluce on alto and Wendelin on baritone saxophone they will use the same format as the original recordings to frame melodies, solos, and interplay. Bill McCrossen on bass and Jill Fredericksen on drums lay down the foundation for the two saxophonists’ flights and provide the other points of view to complete each tune. The open format, without a chordal instrument, allows space for creativity and interplay, whether between the two saxophonists or with the rhythm section. With clever arrangements, a swinging feel, and plenty of space for great playing, the band will celebrate that beautiful musical frame of mind.

 

Saxophonist Jeremy Wendelin is a 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. 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 and also Moderno - a contemporary afro-cuban ensemble at clubs, concerts, and events throughout Colorado.

Rich Chiaraluce is a woodwind authority and long-time fixture of the Denver jazz scene. He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Bobby Shew, Red Rodney, Carl Fontana, as well a singers Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, and Natalie Cole. Mr. Chiaraluce has taught at the University of Denver and the University of Northern Colorado. Rich has recorded two albums as a bandleader: Because I Love You and Live at Sherman’s Coffee House spotlights featuring Dale Bruning and Ken Walker.

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 $15 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.

Sunday Show Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:45pm   |   Set Two: 8:30-10:00pm

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Rich Chiaraluce Quintet plays Cannonball

Featuring: Al Hood - trumpet, Jeff Jenkins - piano, Ken Walker - piano, Todd Reid - drums

This series, curated by Rich Chiaraluce pays homage to the iconic American hard-bop saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.

Rich Chiaraluce is a woodwind authority and long-time fixture of the Denver jazz scene. He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Bobby Shew, Red Rodney, Carl Fontana, as well a singers Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, and Natalie Cole. Mr. Chiaraluce has taught at the University of Denver and the University of Northern Colorado. Rich has recorded two albums as a bandleader: Because I Love You and Live at Sherman’s Coffee House spotlights featuring Dale Bruning and Ken Walker.

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

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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