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Julie Monley Trio

Julie Monley

When we are open there’s Jazz! December 27th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents The Julie Monley Jazz Trio.

Julie Monley is originally from Denver, Colorado.

She worked nearly ten years in America notably with saxophonists George Keith and Phil Urso, pianist and composer Joe Bonner, and Peruvian guitarist Manuel Molina. In London she worked with Welsh guitarist Dylan Fowler and drummer Tony Crombie.

After moving to Paris, France in 1986, she won the best vocalist prize at the 1987 “Jazz Festival de Vienne.” In 1995, she won second prize at “Tremplin Jazz du Val d’Oise” competing with 185 groups of amateurs and professional musicians from throughout Europe.

Julie’s repertoire is original and eclectic, covering the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.

Julie will be joined by jazz pianist Frédéric Desmoulins and bassist Andy Monley.

 

http://juliemonley.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!  December 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. 

Clare Church and Expeditions

Clare Church

When we are open there’s Jazz! December 20th 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, Pete Lewis on sax, 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

Purnell Steen Quartet

Purnell Steen

When we are open there’s Jazz! December 18th  7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents  P*S*Q* The Purnell Steen Quartet.

 

Purnell Steen

 

P*S*Q* Purnell Steen Quartet is comprised of some of the top musicians of this region.  Purnell, a Denver native, started classical piano studies at age 4, and switched to Jazz Piano more than 40 years ago, due in large part to the urging of his legendary cousin, Charlie Burrell. Bassist Ron Bland is a First Call internationnaly known bassist, as are guitartist Ed Stephen, and drummer Kevin Smith.  This fabulous foursome is committed to preserving  Hard-Swing jazz that made 5 Points famous.  They have performed with 5- Time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves;  Earth, Wind, and Fire, Bill Frizell, Ron Miles and countless other top notch artists. The swingin style of the immortal Oscar Peterson Quartet and King Cole Trio have greatly influenced this hot group.
              Purnell Steen – piano
              Ron Bland     –  bass
              Ed Stephen   –  guitar
              Kevin Smith  –  drums
We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge. 
Wine Down Wednesday

Jerome Gilmer & Jean Marie Jazz

jean marie jazz

When we are open there’s Jazz! December 17th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents pianist Jerome Gilmore and vocalist Jean Marie Jazz.

Jerome Gilmer is an eight time Emmy Award winning composer, producer and pianist from Denver, Colorado.  He has written and produced hundreds of original musical works for film and television, and his clients include many of the largest businesses in the US and internationally. Among his many projects are two that featured the voices of  country singer, Lyle Lovett and soulful Gospel  vocalist, Yolanda Adams – each of whom are recipients of four Grammy Awards.

Jerome Gilmer

https://jeromegilmer.com/

Tuesday Sunday Dinner Special

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

Southside Jazz Project

Southside Jazz Project

When we are open there’s Jazz!  December 14th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Southside Jazz Project.

“Southside Jazz Project is a community of musicians that enjoys the intersections of life.  We seek out the musical intersections between tradition and modernity, between straight-ahead jazz and Latin jazz, between instrumental and vocal jazz, and between jazz and popular music.  The line up for the band changes as life takes us in different directions.  But the community of musicians and the conversation between them is always there.  We look forward to spending an evening with you to share our love of music as conversation.”

  Vilma Melendez, vocals
  Lou Gott, bass
  Gary Pfeiffer, drums
  Ron Palumbo, guitar

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! December 13th  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

Ron Jolly and Ron Bland!

Ron Bland & Ron Jolly

When we are open there’s Jazz!  December 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.

Tuesday Sunday Dinner Special

Paleolithic Jazz Quartet

Paleolithic Jazz Band

When we are open there’s Jazz! December 4th  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 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

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