Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at La Cour!!!

Delicious Food, French Wine, Special Cocktails, Jazz!!!

Music by Deborah Strafford Trio

Deborah takes you on a romantic journey featuring music from the great women of Jazz. Classics that make you want to fall in love all over again.

Deborah Stafford Jazz Trio with Bob Schlesinger on piano and Jason Malmberg on bass. Jazz Standards and Jazzy Blues,

2 seatings    6pm and 8:15

Rye 75 Valentine's Day Cocktail Special

Rye 75
AoS rye. Lemon. Cane. Sparkling French rosé. Orange bitters. Twist.

Love Struck Old Fashion Valentine's Day Cocktail Special

Lovestruck Old Fashioned
AoS bourbon. house Old Fashioned syrup. House Old Fashioned bitters. Aphrodisiac tincture.

American Outlaw in Paris Valentine's Day Cocktail Special

American Outlaw in Paris
AoS bourbon. House barrel aged dry vermouth. Toasted sarsaparilla grenadine. Lime. Citrus aromatic bitters.
minimum $35 per person
reservations strongly encouraged.

Sweet Street

sweet street jazz quartet

When we are open there’s Jazz!  February 8th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Sweet Street.

Sweet Street Jazz will swing your world! This innovative quartet mashes up jazz, Broadway and pop into an entertaining, unforgettable experience. Vocal duets and intriguing instrumentals power the fun. Come see why they’ve been packing the house! Reservations strongly encouraged.

https://youtu.be/3DMvjmu3hmE

Lead singer Danielle Dubois brings an exciting, unique flavor to Sweet Street. Her musical theater background and jazz stylings are garnished with a modern R&B twist, adding a dynamic dimension to the band’s mad mashups and superlative standards.

With a musical theater degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Danielle is well versed in singing, acting, dancing and directing. She has performed in numerous productions including The Drowsy ChaperoneMedeaHamlet and Our Town, and has directed several short plays. She has also stud

Michael Ami

is a jazz pianist/singer with a difference. A classical pianist and composer since age four, he performed his own works, along with those of the great composers, at University of Miami recitals when he was just eight years old. His improvisation and ear skills showed themselves early, causing his piano teacher great consternation as Michael improvised riffs on Beethoven and Kabalevsky sonatas instead of playing the pieces as written.

After earning a Boston Conservatory of Music degree in composition, with a concentration in orchestral and choir conducting, Michael’s extensive repertoire of around 1000 pop songs landed him as a piano bar entertainer on cruise ships. Since leaving the seafaring life, he has concentrated on jazz, incorporating his classical and pop heritage into his unique interpretation of jazz classics. This wild mix of styles is behind Sweet Street’s trademark “mad mash-ups,” in which the duo combines two, three and even four songs into one unforgettable experience.

When not at the piano, Michael enjoys technological pursuits, and is a well-published author of books and magazine articles in the electronics field, as well as an inventor and an avid amateur radio operator.

Kirk Anderson

Kirk Anderson has been playing music since he was 12.  His guitar and bass gigs span folk, gospel, R&R, funk & soul, and jazz, and his bands have opened concerts for Journey and Tower of Power.  Kirk has a a unique and eclectic musical voice that melds his own style of rhythm, soul and harmony and melody.

Paleolithic Jazz Quartet

When we are open there’s Jazz! February 6th  7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Paleolithic Jazz Quartet.

The Paleolithic Jazz Quartet (P.J.Q.)is a musical collective of artists who love jazz and love to get together and share their musical thoughts with each other and the public. The core of that collective is Howard Slavin on guitar, Dave Thomas, trumpet, Brian Chain, bass, and Taylor Hamill, drums, but often friends and guests will join us and contribute to the melange. The name “Paleolithic Jazz Quartet” is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to both our longevity, but also our reverence for the history and traditions of jazz. Likewise, while the Modern Jazz Quartet was called the M.J.Q, in homage we call ourselves the P.J.Q.. While our backgrounds are diverse, ranging from the 1960’s rock & roll East Coast college circuit, to big bands, small groups and swing dance bands, we are each deeply rooted in the Denver jazz scene. We have been featuring the talents of a singer new to Denver. Earl Harper is a recent transplant from Hawaii. He is classically trained, having performed with the Houston Symphony Chorus, but Earl has beautiful jazz “chops” as well. Considering the addition of Earl’s tastes to the mix, during our performance you may hear a soulful spiritual, a show tune or two, a jazzy pop ballad, some originals from Dave or Howard, and a healthy serving of favorite treats from the Great American Song Book. We hope that you will sense and share with us our reverence and joy for the music, and most of all the beauty and fun of live music from people who love what they do

We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge. Wine Wednesday 20% off all bottles of French Wine

Rich Chiaraluce Trio

Rich Chiaraluce

When we are open there’s Jazz! February 5th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents The “Rich Chiaraluce Trio” with Ed Stephen on guitar – Joe Lopez on bass.

Rich Chiaraluce— Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet

Originally from New Haven, CT, he attended the Navy School of Music and went to Colorado Springs, CO to play with the NORAD Band in 1967. After his Navy service, he studied woodwinds at the University of Northern Colorado, graduating in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Rich is the lead alto player with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. This is a position he has held for a number of years. Working with Buddy Morrow was truly a privilege for Rich. The band has performed several times at Montreal Jazz Festival in a Battle of the Bands with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Who won? TDO was smiling afterwards. He was also the leader of the Artie Shaw Orchestra for several years.

Rich has performed with many of the famous singers from the American Songbook Era including Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Dakota Stanton, and Natalie Cole. He has also played with the Woody Herman All-Stars.

His work also includes show work at Denver Center of the Performing Arts and other venues as well as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s pops concerts. This includes their recording of Too Hot to Handel.

Rich has two CDs of his own, both showcasing him on his doubles — alto, tenor, soprano sax, flute, and clarinet. Because I Love You is with a quartet and features jazz tunes. Rich Chiaraluce Live at Sherman’s Coffee House spotlights familiar swing tunes with guitarist Dale Bruning and bassist Ken Walker.

We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge. 

Teresa Carroll and Stuart MacAskie

When we are open there’s Jazz! February 2nd  7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Jazz Duo Teresa Carroll and Stuart MacAskie!

 DENVER’S GREAT JAZZ VOCALIST TERESA CARROLL and  JAZZ PIANIST STUART MACASKIE.  TERESA AND STU WILL BE PERFORMING ‘SONGS RARELY SUNG’ FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK. FEATURING  MUSIC BY JOHNNY MERCER, RICHARD RODGERS , COLE PORTER AND OTHER AMERICAN COMPOSERS.

We would love to have you join us for this special event.
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Jazz Vocalist Teresa Carroll

“Teresa’s style is all her own, when she get’s inside a ballad, she can break your heart.”  – Westword

 

We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge. 

Reservations strongly suggested

http://teresacarroll.com/

February Artists Rochelle Johnson, Juliette Hemingway, Christine Fontenot

February Artists

Join us February 1 for the art opening for 3 of Denver’s best upcoming artists: Rochelle Johnson, Juliette Hemingway, Christine Fontenot.

 

Rochelle Johnson

Artist Statement

To me, art is about gathering data and recording expressed moments that capture the essence of a scene. While I am primarily a figurative artist, I am increasingly interested in the play of abstract geometric forms that begin a painting. I use shape, value and color to expose the emotion and energy of my subject matter.

I grew up in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the heart of Denver and would continually watch how people interacted with one another, in good ways and bad. My paintings are stories of urban people; their struggles and joys, their emotions and their humanity. My work can be as simple as a portrait that captures the spirit of the sitter, or a street scene where a homeless person gathers their thoughts before their next move.

The art happens when the subject unites with form and color to convey feeling in a way that transcends representationalism—where a painting gives a real sense of person and place.

 

Contemporary Expressions Statement

The Contemporary Expressions series grew from an exploration of color: what it says about our feelings and what it signifies about ourselves. This work has its roots in my representational paintings of urban life. As both an artist and a woman of color, I’ve longed to see the beauty that was all around me represented in art, but found that cultural beauty norms are still the norm in painting, too. I chose blue to be a new skin color for all races to see if what was left wasn’t the representation of black people or brown people or white people ect., but just people.

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http://rochellejohnsonstudio.com/

Juliette Hemingway

Art, Autism & Music

Juliette’s work is indicative of a path that has been traveled to wellness and healing. There is not only the theme of music, but also the blue people who are ever present in her work. The blue people represent the acknowledgment of Autism as part of her life. Javari, her only child, is autistic and it has had an enormous impact on their lives. So therefore, it is the same in her art.

When Javari was a toddler, he didn’t talk much. And when he did it was a series of incoherent words. But even as a toddler Javari would draw. He would meticulously create his pieces with such focus and determination. As he grew older it became a way of communication for them. It was very organic how the process unfolded and apparent that this was the way to see into his world.

There was no a game plan. It wasn’t as purposed as one would think. It was a natural path for them to take and since he was very adamant about his love of drawing Juliette insisted it was incorporated in his academic plan. They started using it as a way to get him to speak, to be more social and interact with classmates. Fortunate for them they found the key to unlock his world early on.

The purpose of Juliette’s art wasn’t always apparent. For a long time she didn’t speak on the reason for her blue people. Only recently did she start speaking about it publicly and is grateful for the support she has received. Juliette’s hope that it allows others to find their voice as well. You are not alone.

Art, Autism & Music Juliette's work is indicative of a path that has been traveled to wellness and healing. There is not only the theme of music, but also the blue people who are ever present in her work. The blue people represent the acknowledgment of Autism as part of her life. Javari, her only child, is autistic and it has had an enormous impact on their lives. So therefore, it is the same in her art. When Javari was a toddler, he didn’t talk much. And when he did it was a series of incoherent words. But even as a toddler Javari would draw. He would meticulously create his pieces with such focus and determination. As he grew older it became a way of communication for them. It was very organic how the process unfolded and apparent that this was the way to see into his world. There was no a game plan. It wasn’t as purposed as one would think. It was a natural path for them to take and since he was very adamant about his love of drawing Juliette insisted it was incorporated in his academic plan. They started using it as a way to get him to speak, to be more social and interact with classmates. Fortunate for them they found the key to unlock his world early on. The purpose of Juliette's art wasn't always apparent. For a long time she didn't speak on the reason for her blue people. Only recently did she start speaking about it publicly and is grateful for the support she has received. Juliette's hope that it allows others to find their voice as well. You are not alone.

https://hemingwaystudios.com/

Christine Fontenot

Christine Fontenot is a representational oil painter who explores light an color relationships across the genres of portraiture, figure, floral, and still-life. She endeavors to create works that are both accessible and worthy representations of the honest beauty she finds in her subjects.

A native of Colorful Colorado, her artistic gift was discovered and encouraged by her parents at an early age. From private study with local artist Sally Bartalot throughout her childhood, to joining the Art Students League in 2004, she has a thirst for artistic knowledge and a lifelong love of art.

Referring to her art education as ‘self-managed,’ she feels blessed to be able to learn from and study with wonderfully talented artists such as Mitch Caster, Mark Daily, Ron Hicks, and Jane Jones. Committed to lifelong learning, her most recent studies include sculpting workshops with Yenni Tewahade, and painting workshops with Clayton Beck, Michael Godfrey and Daniel Sprick. Her work has been well received in local group and solo exhibitions. Her paintings are in collections throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

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Music by Exum-Hancock Collaboration

which is a trio of friends who are skilled musicians  independently, but when they come together, create a musical experience that is simply elegant.

Stephanie Hancock (vocalist), Mike Chipman (piano) and Tony Exum Jr (Saxophonist)

Tony Exum JrStephanie Hancock sings by Ryan LandellMichael Chipman by Ryan Landell

 

We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge. 

5% of all art sales are donated to the charity of choice of the artists.  These artists have chosen Denver Urban Gardens.

https://dug.org/

Al Ferguson Jazz Trio

AL FERGUSON

When we are open there’s Jazz!  January 31st  7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents The Al Ferguson Jazz Trio.

With a long history as both leader and sideman in Denver, guitarist AL FERGUSON has absorbed lessons from the great guitar stylists of the past fifty years. You’ll hear hints of Johnny Smith and Barney Kessel in his playing, plenty of Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass, blues influences of Billy Butler and Kenny Burrell, plus the spare sophistication of Jim Hall. Derivative? “Of course, aren’t we all,” says Al. “We find our own way by learning from the masters.” If you like classic jazz guitar, join us for food and drink as we welcome the AL FERGUSON TRIO at La Cour.

We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always, there is no cover charge.

Ron Jolly, piano.

Tom Virtue,  bass.

http://www.alfergusonmusic.com

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The Mike Hyland Jazz Trio

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When we are open there’s Jazz! January 30th7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents the Mike Hyland Jazz Trio.

Come join the Mike Hyland Trio as they explore a variety of Jazz standards from the great American songbook as well as some originals and even some Journey.  Witty banter is guaranteed and free of charge.

Mike Hyland is quickly becoming an in demand jazz and rock guitarist in denver.  Playing frequently with his own quartet and trio as well as with the Andy Hackbarth Band.  .

During college, Mike had the opportunity to play with various musician in the Denver metro area. His time at CU also afforded him the honor and transformative experience of studying with the legendary educator and guitarist Dale Bruning. Mr. Bruning became a role model, not just as a guitarist but as a human being.

After graduating from CU, Mike moved to Seattle, where he joined the Hal Sherman Big Band and formed the Mike Hyland Quartet.  Mike moved back to Colorado and earned a Master’s in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from CU Boulder.  He now lives in Denver where he teaches private guitar lessons at his home studio, Metropolitan State University and the University of Colorado Denver.

Mike Hyland guitar

Adam Bartczak – trombone

Troy Robey  bass

We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always, there is no cover charge.

Wine Wednesday 20% off all bottles of French Wine

Lenny Kaye Jazz Trio

Lenny Kaye

When we are open there’s Jazz! January 29th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents The Lenny Kaye Jazz Trio.

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Lenny Kaye is a popular male vocalist and has performed in various venues throughout the United States. He has been a featured vocalist, performing at clubs in Chicago, Palm Springs, Denver, Atlanta and New York.
In Denver, he was the originator of the very popular “Jazz for Seniors” at Dazzle Jazz. He has worked at numerous clubs in the Denver area. Lenny has often accompanied Billy Wallace at La Cour.
Lenny’s style of signing is reminiscent of the style of Sinatra and Bennett. He is well known in the Denver jazz community.
Lenny Kaye – vocals

Doug Roche – piano

Joe Lopez – bass

We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge. 

 

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