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Ron Jolly & Byron Hamer

ron jolly byron hamer

When we are open there’s Jazz! March 12th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Ron Jolly and Byron Hamer.

These two Denver Greats, jazz pianist Ron Jolly & Byron Hamer on sax and flute are an outstanding jazz duo.

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.

David Williams Duo

David Williams

When we are open there’s Jazz! January 20th  7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents  David Williams Trio.

David Williams Trio, literary jazz and blues songs, gypsy jazz, and more, from Emmy winning songwriter.  “Williams works magic”. Newsweek

David Williams with Ellie Brown—and Matt Cantor on Bass

Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Literary Songwriting, Quirky, with a  30s flair

David Williams was the first to bring gypsy jazz to Colorado 20 years ago, and he has been recognized as the premiere gypsy jazz guitarist in the state ever since, and also well known as an exceptional blues, swing, country, and rock, multi-instrumentalist on guitar, violin, mandolin, and more.  Influenced by people like Tom Waits, Leon Redbone, Randy Newman, and others in this ilk fine writing, his Emmy winning songs (for his work on PBS) have now had nearly a Billion hits on YouTube.  As the Chicago Sun Times says, “his songs are full of interesting characters, in settings that range from roadside diners to the crowded streets of Chicago, to a barren farm in the middle of nowhere.”  And Newsweek magazine says, “Williams works magic.”  After a year’s stint in Nashville (“Nashville resident, outstanding poet and gifted singer/songwriter Williams is genius when it comes to delivery. Each song is pristine and magical as it brings you in to being part of the story,” Nashville Music Scene) and rave national reviews for his new album dedicated to the memory of Leonard Cohen, TIPPING MY HAT TO LEONARD https://www.realdavidwilliamsmusic.com/reviews David is hitting the road, touring in the US, with his musical partner Ellie Brown.  And she is a true musical companion, writing quirky songs that get in your head and stick—from “Slowdown,” a true classic, equal to Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” to her infectious and fun “Pulling A Marilyn Monroe,” which she co-wrote with David.  Ellie’s sultry and playful vocals shine as she bounces on the stage with both wit and wisdom, often playing accordion, washboard, or uke—with a jug band twist.   Together these two bring both the dark and light of life into play in a fascinating mix of styles that blend like no one else in songs that are literary, deep, unique, and fun.

They will be joined by the exceptional guitar and bass player, MATT CANTOR, of Gipsy Moon, who has played traditional jazz and swing in venues across the US.

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

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