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Lenny Kaye Jazz Quartet

Lenny Kaye

When we are open there’s Jazz! June 25th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents The Lenny Kaye Jazz Quartet.

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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

Gary Dempsey – piano

Joe Lopez – bass

Kevin Smith – drums

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

 

Sunday Brunch with Frédéric Desmoulins

Frederic Desmoulins

Looking for the best Sunday Brunch & Jazz in Denver?  June 23rd 10-2pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents jazz duo: pianist Frédéric Desmoulins.

Born in France into a musical family, Frédéric Desmoulins started playing the piano at a tender age… and still is!  His playing is influenced by the musicians he has had the good fortune to meet and listen to over the years.  Frederic spent most of the 80’s and 90’s in Paris, where he met and studied with pianists Numidia Vaillant and Aaron Bridgers. In Denver since 98 and with his singing spouse Julie Monley, music has stayed a family affair.  Tonight, Frédéric will be joined by Michael Fitzmaurice on bass.

 

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!

 

Rich Chiaraluce Trio

Rich Chiaraluce

When we are open there’s Jazz! June 16th 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!  June 15th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Sweet Street.

Sweet Street Jazz 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.

 

Julie Monley Jazz Trio

Julie Monley

When we are open there’s Jazz! June 14th 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 Ron Bland.

 

http://juliemonley.com

 

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

The Mike Hyland Jazz Trio

mike hyland

When we are open there’s Jazz! June 12th 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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Cj Nicolai & Larry Wegner

CJ Nicolai Larry Wegner

When we are open there’s Jazz! June 7th 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

Paleolithic Jazz Quartet

Paleolithic Jazz Band

When we are open there’s Jazz! June 5th7-10pm, 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, andTaylor 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.

photo courtesy of Heather McDowell

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

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