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Al Ferguson Jazz Trio

AL FERGUSON

When we are open there’s Jazz!  August 29th  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.

Doug Roche, piano.

Kirk Anderson,  bass.

http://www.alfergusonmusic.com

The Mike Hyland Jazz Trio

mike hyland

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 28th 7-10pm, 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

Kevin Matthews drums

Troy Robey  bass

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

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David Froman Trio

David Froman

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 27th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents  David Froman Trio.

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Trumpeter, flugelhornist, tenor saxophonist David  formed The Hip Bop Collective to approach the hard bop repertoire with a contemporary, intimate voice. Joined by pianist Gary Dempsey and bassist Troy Robey, the group explores the music of Herbie Hancock, Tom Harrell, Horace Silver, Miles Davis as well as familiar jazz favorites from movies and musicals. Swinging, soulful and always relate-able….come check them out!

David Froman

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

Rico Jones Trio

Rico Jones

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 25th  7-10th pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents the Rico Jones Trio.

Rico Jones is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. from Denver, Colorado. Rico currently studies music in New York City at the Manhattan School of Music. He has played with local artists such as Paul Romaine, Eric Gunnison and, Greg Gisbert as well as renowned artists such as Earl Clue, Candido and, Terrell Stafford. Rico’s writing and playing have a modern approach while still paying homage to the tradition.

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

Rico Jones

Alex Heffron on Guitar
Aleks Girshevich on drums
Gabe Rupe on Bass
Rico Jones will perform standards and originals in the classic quartet format!
See more info on Rico on his website ricojonesmusic.com

 

 

Patrick Lee Trio

Patrick Lee

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 24th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Patrick Lee Trio.

Patrick Lee Trio

On any given night with the Patrick Lee Trio, you’ll find them chasing the spirit of the hard swinging ’50s & ’60s classic piano trios: chaining together tunes by Dave Brubeck, Ahmad Jamal, and Oscar Peterson alongside a string of their own daring originals. The demand for Lee’s music has led to independent radio play from Santa Barbara (KCSB 91.9) to Tokyo (Radio Forest 76.3) as well as a featured artist segment on NPR’s Here & Now. Lee is a Colorado native, a graduate of CU’s jazz department, and teaches piano at Metropolitan State in Denver. He has also released over 30 albums of music influenced by sampling culture, cassettes, records, collages, field recordings, hip-hop, and electronic music.

Mike Facey – Bass
Kevin Matthews – Drums

 

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

Cj Nicolai & Larry Wegner

CJ Nicolai Larry Wegner

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 23rd  7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents jazz duo CJ Nicolai & Larry Wegner.

CJ Nicolai

Larry Wegner and I have been performing together nearly nine years now. We first met and started collaborating at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, where we still take the stage on a regular basis. From those cabaret roots grew a fantastic creative partnership which has now evolved into our upcoming EP and album.

While many know Larry from his regular Thursday nights at the Clocktower, many also know him from his longtime tenure at the Brown Palace for tea, or from his days at the late Crown Social. He’s been making music and performing for decades and has all the flourish, polish, and panache you could hope for.

We share a deep appreciation of the Great American Songbook and of the music of decades past. In our performances, we love to deliver both the well-known-and-loved standards, and also the lesser known gems, some surprises, and other exciting things that I can’t tell you about just yet! Larry’s sensitive and inventive piano skills are the perfect vehicle for the vocals I love to deliver — inspired by, but never mimicking, Ella, Sarah, Billie, and the legends we all still sigh over.

http://www.whatsupwiththeredhead.com

Rich Chiaraluce Trio

Rich Chiaraluce

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 18th 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. 

Sweet Street

Michael Ami and Danielle Dubois Sweet Street

When we are open there’s Jazz!  August 17th 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.

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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. 

Clare Church and Expeditions

Clare Church

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 16th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Clare Church and Expeditions.

 Clare Church and Expeditions has a nearly tangible passion, and it holds true with every note they play. The band is Adam Revell on piano, Jason Malmberg on bass and Clare Church on drums. On this night, they will be performing many of their standards and favorites, including “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”, and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”.
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Clare brings her passion and artistry leading the quartet in many different styles for the audience to enjoy.

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

http://www.clarechurchmusic.com

Jazz Leroux Quartet

Jazz Leroux

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 15th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Jazz Leroux Quartet.

Jazz Leroux

Jazz Leroux is a quartet celebrating the music of the jazz greats from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Their sets include the compositions of Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and more. From lyrical ballads to latin jazz and high-energy hard bop, Jazz Leroux is rooted in off-the-cuff improvisation.
The group features tenor saxophonist, Wilson Thomas, pianist John Fuerst, bassist Tim Linn, and drummer Dean Vlachos.

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

 

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