The Coração Brazilian Quartet is Bill Kopper on guitar, Bill McCrossen on bass, and Raoul Rossiter on drums/percussion and Eric Gunnison on piano.
Each of the members have spent a lifetime performing and recording jazz, funk, pop, classical, and world music, but they are brought together through their strong passion for the music of Brazil. On this special night, Coração will explore an exciting collection of classic and modern compositions in all the styles of the music of Brazil including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Baio, partito alto, afoxe, and Chiro, etc. Many are transcriptions they have taken off of their favorite recordings of favorite Brazilian composers such as Joao Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and Pixinguinha to name a few.
Bill Kopper is a Colorado based guitarist known for his expertise in American Jazz and Blues, and Brazilian Samba and Choro. Adept on electric, classical, and 7-string classical guitar (commonly used in Samba and Choro), he is featured on a diverse selection of recordings, from his own CDs 'to Jazz vocal icon Rene Marie's CD 'Black Lace Freudian Slip' and the soundtrack to her one-woman show 'Slut Energy Theory', the Samba/Pagode group Ginga's eponymous EP release, choro clarinetist Dexter Payne's discs 'Pra Voce' and 'Jazz For All''. He is currently an instructor of guitar at the University of Colorado/Denver where he has taught for the last six years, and divides his time musically among a number of Brazilian or World Music jazz ensembles.
Bill McCrossen over the past thirty years has been an in demand bassist in the New York area, recording and performing in orchestras, Broadway musicals, commercials and television productions. Bill has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with such world class musicians as Michael and Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Ray Anderson, Gene Bertoncini, Harold Mabern, Kenny Werner, Adam Nussbaum, Jerry Granelli, Marguerite Juenemann and Art Lande to name a few. Since 2014, Bill has called Colorado his home and is active in the Denver metro area Jazz and Brazilian music scene.
Raoul Rossiter began playing the drums in 1985 - some highlights in his musical life include: meeting and performing Brazilian with Mitchell Long (6 years); recording an album with Sonya Valet, and playing with Renée Marie in her band No Maintenance. Recently he has performed with Brazilian artists Casuarina, Moyseis Marques, Ronaldo Andrade, Paula Santoro, and Alessandro Penezzi and locally with Kenny Walker, Bill Kopper, Erik Deutsch, Marguerite Juenemann, Dexter Payne, Diane French, Tina Marx, Ligeia Mare, and many others.
Eric Gunnison was raised in Buffalo, NY and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a BA in music composition in 1979. He lives in Denver where he has been a mainstay in the music scene for 2 decades. Eric performs the world over and has appeared in concert with Ron Miles, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Phil Woods, Bobby Shew, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, and Eddie Gomez just to name a few. Since 1991 Gunnison has also been the pianist and a composer/arranger for the Denver super-group Convergence. After along fruitful tenure, Gunnison recently retired from his position at The University of Denver’s Lamont School Of Music and is exclusively a performer.
Sunday Show Times:
Set One: 6:30 - 7:45pm | Set Two: 8:45 - 10:00pm
Main level and mezzanine tables are reserved for Dinner and a Show Reservations and include our seasonal three course menu and the cost of music
Reserved Bar Seats are $22 per guest and include music. Bar seat guests can order from our entire dinner menu as well as our wine & craft cocktail list.
The 'Ellington Experience' is the ultimate night out at Nocturne, featuring a five course tasting menu with wine pairings, served at just two tables per set in our favorite nook of the main level under the curve of the grand art deco staircase.
- We set aside four to six walk-in bar seats per set. Walk-in guests will have a music charge of $22 per person applied to their check on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- We respectfully request that guests limit their visits to one set only at this time