Mon. 9 Nov, 2020

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Tue. 10 Nov, 2020

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Wed. 11 Nov, 2020

Dru Heller Trio "In Motian"

All day

Drummer Dru Heller presents a celebration of the music of Paul Motian. One of the most influential jazz drummers of all time, Motian first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and was a member of Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet from 1967-76. As a leader he is most known for his trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell, as well as his Electric Bebop Band which showcased many different young lions of jazz, including Joshua Redmand, Kurt Rosenwinkle, and Brad Shepik. This residency will celebrate Motian's legacy as a bandleader, drawing from his vast book of original compositions, as well as his unique interpretations of American Songbook classics.

November 4th: Dru Heller, Dawn Clement, Matt Smiley play Paul Motian's originals.

November 11th and 18th: Dru Heller, Tim Wendel, Greg Garrison perform "On Broadway"

November 25th: Dru Heller, Peter Stoltzman, Matt Smiley play Paul Motian's originals

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Dru Heller holds a masters degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has recorded, performed and toured with artists such as Byron Stripling, John Ellis, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Wycliffe Gordon, John Ellis, Kate McGarry, Dave Pietro, and many others. Dru also leads his own group and maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician of the Denver jazz scene and is an affiliate faculty member of Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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 and bar reservations, 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

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Thu. 12 Nov, 2020

The Democracy

All day

THE DEMOCRACY is a modern jazz quintet that operates in a way that allows each musician to be an active a part of the creative direction of the ensemble. All five players contribute to the original works performed an all have a say of how each night will go... this band is proof that the spirit of Democracy is alive and well. 

adam bartczak - trombone, sam williams - saxophone , peter stoltzman - piano, gonzalo teppa - bass, dru heller - drums

Adam Bartczak is the chairman of sorts of the Democracy and is in demand as a performer, composer, arranger, and clinician throughout the country. A Colorado native, he earned a BM from the University of Colorado at Boulder before joining Denver-based hip-hop/jazz collective Yo, Flaco!. He moved east to attend the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Bob Brookmeyer, earned a MM in Jazz Composition. Recent projects have included presentations of works at the Jazz Education Network Conference, and The Soul of Jewish Music, which premiered in Los Angeles and featured iconic violinist Itzhak Perlman. Performances of his arrangements for jazz orchestra have featured artists such as Donny McCaslin, Jeff Coffin, Robin Eubanks, Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, and Geoffrey Keezer. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Karl Denson, Del the Funky Homosapien, Big Gigantic, Ron Miles, and Ziggy Marley. Currently, he performs and teaches in Colorado and is an adjunct faculty member at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Adam earned a Doctorate in Jazz Studies with a secondary emphasis in Classical Composition from the University of Northern Colorado.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 50 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.

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

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Fri. 13 Nov, 2020

The Heath Walton Band

All day

Nocturne is delighted to welcome the Heath Walton Band back for their second residency at Nocturne. This residency will feature original compositions, new arrangements, and selections from their debut album “Brooklyn’s Bridge.”  This project began in 2016 after Heath won a Pathway to Jazz Grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. The grant helped fund their previously mentioned album and is Heath’s second recording as a band leader. The Heath Walton Band’s music represents the modern jazz idiom albeit with rock, hip-hop, and R&B influences.

Tim Wendel - electric guitar, Greg Harris - vibraphone, keyboard and piano

Patrick McDevitt - bass, Dru Heller - drums

Heath Walton started playing the saxophone in the 4th grade. He received 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. While in NYC, Heath Walton studied with some of the greatest saxophonists and musicians alive, such as George Garzone, Lenny Pickett, John Scofield, Jean-Michel Pilc, Brian Lynch, Tony Moreno, and Ralph Alessi to name a few.  Heath Walton has relocated back to Colorado to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts in jazz studies and graduated with his D.M.A. in 2016. Heath Walton played with “Portugal. The Man” at Red Rocks and recently recorded on an album with Dave King from “The Bad Plus”. He  currently teaches at CU Boulder, Legacy High School, Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, privately, gigs nationally and locally, and with his wife helps raise two wonderful children.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 50 seats per show/seating.

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

For walk-in guests, an artist fee of $20 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

Friday Music Times (*curfew adjustment*):   Set One: 6:00-7:15pm   |   Set Two: 8:15-9:30pm

*Under the Mayor's new curfew guidelines, all guests in Denver must be headed home by 10:00pm*

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Sat. 14 Nov, 2020

Derek Banach Quintet plays Wayne Shorter

All day

Saturday nights in November, Nocturne features the Derek Banach Quintet as they honor the eternal Wayne Shorter.

Jeremy Wendelin (sax), Tom Amend (piano), Patrick McDevitt (bass), and Mike Marlier (drums)

Colorado native Derek Banach has performed professionally for 25 years in a variety of settings from Jazz to Hip-Hop, Salsa, Classical, and Reggae. His roots are firmly set in the Hard-Bop stylings of 60's period icons such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. Derek's quintet album, "Tugende" displays his composing talents and personal approach to trumpet playing. He has recorded with Italian producer Nicola Conte, Quintetto X, Paul Mulliken and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Richie Cole, Joe Bonner and Ron Miles.

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservation as we are limited to 50 seats per show/seating.

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

For walk-in guests, an artist fee of $22 per guest (per set) applies to this show.

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

*In accordance with the new Colorado State statutes: Last call for alcoholic beverages will be at 10:45pm.*

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Sun. 15 Nov, 2020

The Stu MacAskie Trio

All day

Stu MacAskie - Piano, Patrick McDevitt - Bass, Alex Heffron - Guitar

This special Sunday series was curated by Denver jazz pianist Stu MacAskie to explore the great drummer-less trios throughout jazz history.  Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, and Benny Green all recorded and performed in the piano/guitar/bass format.  Allowing for a different sound, more freedom for the piano and guitar to work together, and a different focus on swinging, the Trios Trio plays music inspired by this great tradition along with original compositions and arrangements honoring this tradition. 

Important Notes:

During this time of limited indoor capacity, floor seats are only available by reservations as we are limited to 50 seats per show/seating.

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

Sunday Music Times:   Set One: 6:30-7:30pm   |   Set Two: 8:00-9:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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