This brand new project created for the Nocturne stage, is a collective of elite Colorado musicians that celebrates the jazz art form through impeccable arrangements of straight-ahead and original repertoire, injected with spirited high level improvisation. The ensemble is comprised of Wil Swindler and Peter Sommer (saxophones), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet and flugelhorn) and an ever swinging rhythm section that includes contributions from Tom Amend, Steve Denny, Seth Lewis, Patrick McDevitt, Paul Romaine, and Alejandro Castaño.
Alex Heffron (guitar), Braxton Khan (drums), Matt Smiley (bass)
Bailey Elizabeth Hinkley Grogan is a jazz vocalist, songwriter, educator, and performer based out of Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA. Her bright, yet melancholy sound is a reflection of her deep study into the jazz idiom while simultaneously playing homage to her influences in Nancy Wilson, Chick Corea, Sheryl Crow, and Jamie Cullum. Her music, which resembles the likes of Folk, R&B, and Jazz styles, is a reflection of intense experiences in her young life. Bailey attended the Frost School of Music at University of Miami where she currently serves as a teaching assistant to Dr. Kate Reid and Dr. John Daversa and working with artist Cyrille Aimee. She is in the process of receiving her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Studio Jazz Voice.
Tonight's Music: Grogan’s first set will be a tribute to the great American jazz vocalist, Nancy Wilson, with songs like “Never Will I Marry”, “ Save Your Love for Me” and “Happy Talk”. The second set will consist of times from Grogan’s comprehensive career including originals and songs from artists like Wayne Shorter, Dorothy Ashby, and the Great American Songbook.
An original Nocturne series honoring the prodigious art form of bebop returns for a five show run, Saturday nights in July. Curated and led by Colorado based saxophonist/arranger/composer Wil Swindler, this series is inspired by the iconic Royal Roost jazz club on New York's storied 52nd Street in the late 1940's where bebop was organically brought to life by musicians such as Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis and Max Roach.
Wil Swindler will be joined on the bandstand by a number of special guests including: Eric Gunnison, Jim White, Seth Lewis, Mike Rinko, Greg Gisbert and Paul Romaine.
Saturday Show Times: Set One: 6:30-7:45pm | Set Two: 9:00-10:30pm
Built upon the trust, camaraderie and love that can form between longtime bandmates, this trio produces a sound that is edgy, intriguing, rhythmically complex and always compelling. Over the course of nearly two decades, these three Denver jazz icons have played countless shows together in a myriad of different scenarios. Through these experiences they have developed a deep connection and birthed a unique musical language between them that they are excited to share once again with the Nocturne audience. The Mayhem Trio will feature a range of works from modern standards to group originals as well as works from the iconic Chick Corea.
Mike Marlier: Drums Bijoux Barbosa: Bass Eric Gunnison: Piano