Drawing upon a rich musical background that ranges from modern straight-ahead to soul jazz to country, Steve Kovalcheck returns to the Nocturne stage for a three-week run featuring a collection of diverse original works (including selections from his recently released album Ghost Orchid). Steve will be joined by Dru Heller on drums and Patrick McDevitt on bass.
Jazz guitarist/composer Steve Kovalcheck holds a B.M. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a M.M. From the University of Northern Colorado, where he currently teaches jazz improvisation, jazz history, directs jazz ensembles and leads the jazz guitar ensemble. His professional experience includes recording and touring with Columbia recording artist Robinella and the C.C. String Band. Kovalcheck has performed with artists including Victor Krauss, The “New York Voices,” The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, The Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Coffin, Tommy Sims, Blue Note Recording Artist Carrie Rodriguez, The Dana Landry Quartet, and many more.
In this series Matt and his intrepid trio (Annie Booth - piano and Dru Heller - bass) explore and investigate the works and musical legacy of the eternal Charlie Haden.
An avid explorer of jazz history and recordings, Dr. Matt Smiley has performed both nationally and internationally, including the Montreux, North Sea, and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Matt has a Bachelor's degree in Music Industry with a Jazz Studies minor from James Madison University, and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, and a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Matt has led many artist-in-residencies at Nocturne and his most recent album "Crankbait" was released in spring of 2021 on the Nocturne Productions record label.
Thursday Show Times: Early Set: 6:30-7:45pm | Late Set: 8:45-10:00pm
Gabriel Mervine - Trumpet, Daryl Gott - Sax, Seth Lewis - Bass, Alejandro Castaño - drums, Spencer Zweifel - piano
Seth Lewis has travelled the world performing and teaching. Seth has played on Broadway and Las Vegas shows and during his time in New York he played Smalls, Smoke, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Cleopatra’s Needle and The Iridium. He has shared the stage with Mulgrew Miller, Louis Hayes, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Jerry Dodgion, Randy Brecker, Sheila Jordan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Greg Gisbert, Dave Liebman, Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton, Josh Evans, Dawn Clement, Alexis Cole, Benny Golson, Jeff Hamilton, Evan Sherman and many others. Seth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, a Master of Music degree from William Paterson University and a Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Seth has studied privately with the late Bob Cranshaw, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Nat Reeves, John Lockwood, Martin Wind, Bill Charlap and Steve Davis.
For more than 20 years, The Ken Walker Sextet has been making music together. One of the most iconic small groups in the Denver jazz scene, the band swings hard and has deep feeling in everything they play from standards, to post bop works, to original compositions.
Ken Walker – Bass, Jeff Jenkins – Piano, Paul Romaine – Drums, Dave Corbus – Guitar, Peter Sommer – Sax, Derek Banach - trumpet
Important Notes and Reservation Information:
Saturday Show Times: Early Set: 6:30-7:45pm | Late Set: 9:00-10:30pm
Friends and bandmates for over nearly four decades Mark Diamond, Paul Romaine, and Andy Weyl consistently inspire audiences with their spirited arrangements of Swing, Latin, Hard-bop, Blues, and standard repertoire. Big Swing is a three time Nocturne Artist in Residency alum and we are tremendously excited to welcome "The Trio" back to the Nocturne stage for their first residency series since the pandemic.
BASS: Mark Diamond's hard-grooving acoustic bass sound was birthed in the New York area, where he learned to play many musical styles. In 1980 he moved to Colorado with the band Arabesque and has since been a highly sought after sideman, appearing on over 100 albums, including Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Sally Taylor, (daughter of James and Carly), James Van Buren with Richie Cole, Keith Oxman, Mary Flower, and Mary Ann Moore. Mark has toured Europe, appears at festivals and clubs across the US and has performed with such legendary performers as Earl Klugh, Nnenna Freelon, Spike Robinson, Richie Cole, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Ben Sidran, Peter Rowan, Henry Butler, Fred Wesley, Buddy Tate, (of the original Count Basie Band), Bruno Carr, blues men Eddie Kirkland and Mark Hummel, and New York based jazz vocalists Allan Harris and Tom Lellis.
PIANO: Andy Weyl was born in Denmark, and spent his youth traveling across Europe. He moved to Boulder, Colorado where he received a degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado in 1978. Over the years, he has played and recorded with the region’s best jazz musicians, and performs at clubs and festivals across the nation and Europe, frequently backing up visiting artists of note, such as James Moody, Tom Harrell, Benny Golson, Spike Robinson, Eddie Harris, Al Grey, Bruce Foreman, and Rumble Seat.
DRUMS: Paul Romaine began playing drums professionally at age 14. Paul has led, recorded, or performed with countless combinations of the Denver area’s best players and with internationally acclaimed artists such as Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, James Moody, Larry Coryell, Gunther Schuller, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Gomez, Jack McDuff, Marlena Shaw, Rufus Reid, Clark Terry, Dave Grusin, and Robin Eubanks. During his association with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Paul toured North America performing concerts and clinics. In between gigs, he studied jazz composition at the Lamont School of Music and, in 1991 received a degree in recording engineering from the University of Colorado. He serves as a mentor musician/clinician in several Denver area school districts. Paul saw the need for a jazz education program for students who are serious about the music and founded the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA) which offers a program for middle school and high school students from throughout the Denver metropolitan area to play together and study with professional musicians on a weekly basis.
Sunday Show Times: Early Set: 6:30-7:45pm | Late Set: 8:45-10:00pm