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MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI

Mafalda Minnozzi

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 22nd 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI.

Mafalda Minnozzi

Paul Ricci

MAFALDA MINNOZZI presents “SENSORIAL – Portraits in Bossa & Jazz”

 

Appearing in Denver for the first time, powerhouse singer Mafalda Minnozzi will preview a revisiting of the magical fusion of Bossa and jazz from her new CD “SENSORIAL” (Dot Time records) in duo with guitarist Paul Ricci for two special nights at La Cour.

Mafalda has an over 20 year solid touring and recording career in Italy and Brazil, marked by collaborations with Milton Nascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Toquinho, Andre Mehmari and others while  Ricci’s work with Dom Um Romao, Edison Machado and Astrud and Bebel Gilberto bring something special to the duo.

Mafalda’s charismatic stage presence, vocal range and versatile timbral palette that blurs the line between singer and improviser and earned her a prestigious “Targa Tenco” nomination by the Italian press and a spot among the 10 best jazz vocalists readers poll in Italy’s JAZZIT magazine.

We can expect Mafalda to also draw from her “eMPathia Jazz Duo” project with Ricci to visit some great composers from Italy, France and America.

www.mafaldaminnozzi.com

www.facebook.com/mafaldaminnozziofficial/

www.empathiajazz.com

 

“Mafalda Minnozzi, is an extraordinary performer. She dominates the stage with her fascinating scenic presence and her powerful and flexible voice, rich in a thousand nuances” – Gerlando Gatto (journalist, music critic and author of”L’Altra Metà del Jazz”)

 

“Thanks to her experiences with jazz music in Brazil and Italy, both countries influence her way of singing … each interpretation is deep and sensitive. This is jazz for falling in love, the free flight of a bird in a great sky. “- Debbie Burke (blogger and jazz critic)

 

“She has a beautiful conception of each song and is a wonderful performer. I am fascinated by her way of improvising and interacting” – Gene Bertoncini (legendary NY jazz guitarist)

 

“…overflowing with interpretative choices, communicative appeal and strong artistic personality, the singer expertly handles the dynamics and projection with grace and deep emotional impact, suggesting a sort of imaginary bridge connecting Italy, the United States and Brazil…”

– Stefano Dentice: Italian Jazz Critic at “ITALIAINJAZZ”

 

“…delivered the hottest show of the night… the Italian singer Mafalda Minnozzi and American guitarist Paul Ricci literally raised the audience with jazzy versions of classics.”

– Carlos Calado: Brazilian Jazz author and critic at “FOLHA de S.PAULO”.

 

 

“… there were some revelations, for example the eMPathia duo composed of Paul Ricci and Mafalda Minnozzi… Fantastic!”

– Humphrey Inzillo: Argentine Jazz critic and author at “LA NACION”.

https://www.youtube.com/user/eMPathiajazzduo

http://www.empathiajazz.com/

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

Sweet Street

Michael Ami and Danielle Dubois Sweet Street

When we are open there’s Jazz!  September 21st 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Sweet Street.

Sweet Street will swing your world! This innovative duo 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/fHgW9UKcUoA

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.

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

Neil Bridge Jazz Quartet: featuring Karen Lee.

Neil Bridge Karen Lee

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 20th  7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Neil Bridge Jazz Quartet Featuring Karen Lee.

Karen & Neil Bridge, Ron Bland, Todd Reid

 

Neil Bridge is one of Denver’s Legendary  Piano Players, Bandleader, arranger, composer, and former D.P.S. Music Educator.

Throughout Neil’s illustrious career, he accompanied many of the greatest Jazz musicians and vocalists in American History – Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day, Dakota Staton, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Sonny Stitt, Cab Calloway, and many more.

“Neil has upheld the highest standards in musicianship and music education…as well as swinging without remorse! Truly a long-time giant of Denver’s jazz scene, Neil and his muse, Karen Lee Bridge, will remind you with his classic arrangements and impeccable taste, of why we love this most American of music styles.”  Ricky Rodriguez Denver City Park Jazz Festival 2013

Neil & Karen Lee love “sharing in their music” with everyone! With a stellar rhythm section, Karen Lee’s sensitivity, ability to convey lyrics and her Husband’s arrangements, provide a marvelous listing experience.

Neil Bridge piano

Karen Lee vocals

Ron Bland bass

Todd Reid drums

 

 

http://www.neilbridgemusic.com/

 

 

MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI

Mafalda Minnozzi

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 19th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI.

Mafalda Minnozzi

Paul Ricci

 

MAFALDA MINNOZZI presents “SENSORIAL – Portraits in Bossa & Jazz”

 

Appearing in Denver for the first time, powerhouse singer Mafalda Minnozzi will preview a revisiting of the magical fusion of Bossa and jazz from her new CD “SENSORIAL” (Dot Time records) in duo with guitarist Paul Ricci for two special nights at La Cour.

Mafalda has an over 20 year solid touring and recording career in Italy and Brazil, marked by collaborations with Milton Nascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Toquinho, Andre Mehmari and others while  Ricci’s work with Dom Um Romao, Edison Machado and Astrud and Bebel Gilberto bring something special to the duo.

Mafalda’s charismatic stage presence, vocal range and versatile timbral palette that blurs the line between singer and improviser and earned her a prestigious “Targa Tenco” nomination by the Italian press and a spot among the 10 best jazz vocalists readers poll in Italy’s JAZZIT magazine.

We can expect Mafalda to also draw from her “eMPathia Jazz Duo” project with Ricci to visit some great composers from Italy, France and America.

www.mafaldaminnozzi.com

www.facebook.com/mafaldaminnozziofficial/

www.empathiajazz.com

 

“Mafalda Minnozzi, is an extraordinary performer. She dominates the stage with her fascinating scenic presence and her powerful and flexible voice, rich in a thousand nuances” – Gerlando Gatto (journalist, music critic and author of”L’Altra Metà del Jazz”)

 

“Thanks to her experiences with jazz music in Brazil and Italy, both countries influence her way of singing … each interpretation is deep and sensitive. This is jazz for falling in love, the free flight of a bird in a great sky. “- Debbie Burke (blogger and jazz critic)

 

“She has a beautiful conception of each song and is a wonderful performer. I am fascinated by her way of improvising and interacting” – Gene Bertoncini (legendary NY jazz guitarist)

 

“…overflowing with interpretative choices, communicative appeal and strong artistic personality, the singer expertly handles the dynamics and projection with grace and deep emotional impact, suggesting a sort of imaginary bridge connecting Italy, the United States and Brazil…”

– Stefano Dentice: Italian Jazz Critic at “ITALIAINJAZZ”

 

“…delivered the hottest show of the night… the Italian singer Mafalda Minnozzi and American guitarist Paul Ricci literally raised the audience with jazzy versions of classics.”

– Carlos Calado: Brazilian Jazz author and critic at “FOLHA de S.PAULO”.

 

 

“… there were some revelations, for example the eMPathia duo composed of Paul Ricci and Mafalda Minnozzi… Fantastic!”

– Humphrey Inzillo: Argentine Jazz critic and author at “LA NACION”.

 http://www.empathiajazz.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/eMPathiajazzduo

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

 

 

 

Deborah Stafford Jazz Trio

Deborah Stafford

When we are open there’s Jazz!  September 12th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Deborah Stafford Jazz Trio.

Deborah has been called one of the best Jazz & Big Band Singers in Colorado. After wildly successful shows with her Swingtet, her Jazz Quintet, and The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra in venues all over the front range, she will relax for an intimate evening of Jazz Standards and Jazzy Blues accompanied by Denver jazz pianist Bob Schesinger and bassist Jason Malmberg. Enjoy a delicious dinner and let the music transport you to a world beyond time.

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

http://www.deborahstaffordjazz.com/

Deborah Stafford

 

Linda Theus-Lee & HeartStrings

Linda Theus Lee

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 11th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Linda Theus-Lee & HeartStrings!

 

Linda Theus-Lee’s musical journey has been on a continuum since a very young age. A native of Los Angeles, California and born into a musical family her musical roots started early by studying dance and theatre, and by watching her older siblings create music with original ideas and creative expressions. Theus-Lee, first love was dancing, but then as time moved on she found herself with the love of singing. She says “I’ve always had an affinity to sing and create at a young age.” She feels that her passion and style is a gift from God that needs to be embraced, and celebrated.

Having toured the world wherever her voice took her, she arrived in Denver 16 years ago. She has played throughout Denver, including performing the National Anthem at the Pepsi Center for the Denver Nuggets, her one woman show entitled “Rea’s Story” at the Crossroads Theatre, and even opened for Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds when he performed at the Grant Amphitheater in Clement Park in Littleton, Colorado 2011.

Theus-Lee’s musical creativity lives in vocal Jazz, Blues, Musical Theatre and R&B. In addition she is also a very talented percussionist, and loves writing songs on her guitar. She loves family and friends and holds a Master of Social Science degree with emphasis in Education and Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. Linda’s ongoing commitment is to empower students about how important they are, and about the importance of education in their lives!

Linda Theus Lee  vocals & percussions

Tom Sandquist piano

Jeff Fournier bass

https://www.lindatheuslee.com/

Wine Wednesday 20% off all bottles of French Wine

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

Ron Jolly and Ron Bland!

Ron Bland & Ron Jolly

When we are open there’s Jazz!  September 10th  7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Ron Jolly and Ron Bland. Best Instrumental Jazz Duo in Denver!

These two Denver Greats, jazz pianist Ron Jolly & jazz bassist Ron Bland (aka Buddha of the Bass)  are hosting an evening of outstanding jazz!

These two will astound you with their complicity and talent!

Ron BlandRon Jolly

 

Ron Bland – Bass: One of the best n the business, Ron Bland has been a professional bass player for over 35 years, appearing in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe.   He performs  at the Jazz in Vercors Festival in Villard de Lans, France every August, and is a clinician for the workshop associated with the festival.  Ron has also performed with numerous jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Eddie Daniels, Billy Taylor and Doc Severinson to name only a few.  Skilled in playing both the electric and double bass, Ron is on the music faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado at Denver, and Colorado School of Mines.

Ron Jolly – Piano – Ron is a Denver native who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Denver where he studied with Gene Rush and Steve Lee. Ron taught in the Jazz Department at DU’s Lamont School of Music from 1979-1987. Ron was a Denver Public Schools teacher from 1987 to 2018, teaching Music, Film and Audio Engineering at the Career Education Center. He led the Citywide Jazz Combo for the last 31 years. He has recently retired from teaching. Ron is one of the busiest pianists in the Denver area, performing with many local bands including Mollie O’Brien and the Blue Tips, What’s Cookin’, the Denver Jazz Orchestra, Diamond Orchestra and Next of Kin. He has performed with Moment’s Notice at corporate events and private parties since 1981. Ron has been a proud member of the eTones, house band for the nationally broadcast eTown radio program, since 1993. Ron has performed with many well-known musicians and groups including James Taylor, Michael McDonald, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Bob Weir, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Sarah McLachlan, Joan Osborne, Rosanne Cash, David Sanford and The Pittsburgh Collective, Hugh Ragin, Dakota Staton, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Gatemouth Brown, Pete Olstadt and Eddie Harris. He is known for his easygoing manner, creativity and dependability. Ron just passed the 53rd anniversary of his first piano lesson.

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

 

Don’t forget, every Sunday and Tuesday is our dinner for two special: $46 for a 3-course dinner for two. Add a $25 bottle of our house red, white or sparkling wine for an additional $15!

Twosdays

Teresa Carroll and Stuart MacAskie

Teresa Carroll and Stu McAskie

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

Teresa Carroll

 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.
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/

MoJoJazz

MoJoJazz

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 6th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents MoJoJazz.

MoJoJazz plays the cool jazz of the 1950’s & ‘60’s. Music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock & more.  The first Thursday of the month belongs to Mojojazz.  Reservations are highly recommended.
Featuring:
Don West – piano, Wilson Thomas – saxophone, Brian Smalley – bass & Mike Garnier – drums

 

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

Three Little Words

Three Little Words

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 5th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents  Three Little Words.

Three Little Words

Glenn Taylor, Mark Harris and Mike Fitzmaurice, three of Colorado’s most accomplished instrumentalists/composers. In this ensemble, they open their mouths and sing together some of the most subtle, velvety rich harmonies to be heard anywhere live on Earth. The material includes arrangements of songs from times gone by as well as aspects of the present moment not usually imagined…. They are more or less pretty good at maintaining this deadpan expression – not so their audiences!

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

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