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MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI

MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI

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 present a magical cultural fusion from her show “Portraits in Bossa and Jazz” that has toured Italy and Brazil.”

 

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.

http://www.facebook.com/mafaldaminnozziofficial/

http://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 

 

 

 

Purnell Steen Quartet

Purnell Steen

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 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

Paul Musso & Byron Hamer

Paul Musso

When we are open, there’s jazz!  September 17th  7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Paul Musso & Byron Hamer.

Paul Musso will be joined by Byron Hamer on bass to present Musso’s Latin flavored original compositions and jazz standards. Musso will play two sets of creative music that will feature songs by great composers like Jobim, Gershwin and Cole Porter. He will also feature songs from his Tonescapes and Songs From the Pier releases. Paul will sing selections from his Nat King Cole tribute as well as a few Bossa Nova songs.

Byron Hamer is an internationally traveled flutist and saxophonist having performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States.   Byron is currently based in Denver, Colorado.               

While in High School in 1976, he traveled to Montreux, Switzerland to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the Littleton Community Jazz Ensemble.       

He has backed up such jazz greats as Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, Keely Smith, the Four Tops, and Boz Scaggs.   His musical theater experience includes the shows Beehive, Love Janis and Guys and Dolls at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.   

Byron is a current member of the Tunisia Band, a 10-piece group that performs throughout Colorado and the US for corporate events, dances, weddings, and outdoor summer concerts.

 

 

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

 

https://www.paulmussomusic.com/

Tuesday Sunday Dinner Special

 

Rich Chiaraluce Trio

Rich Chiaraluce

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 15th 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. 

Clare Church and Expeditions

Clare Church

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 13th 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

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

 

Paleolithic Jazz Quartet

Paleolithic Jazz Band

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 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

Jeff Nathanson and David Hanson

Jeff Nathanson

When we are open there’s Jazz! September 1st  7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Jeff Nathanson and David Hanson.

They play a variety of music, ranging from Sinatra and Ella to Radiohead and Beck, in a jazz and pop format. A long standing favorite in the Denver scene, this duo is excited to be performing at La Cour.

 

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

Thunderhill Jazz Band

Thunderhill Jazz Band

When we are open there’s Jazz!  August 31st 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Thunderhill Jazz Band.

Join the warm and lovely vocalist, Kelly Hamilton who joins the  ThunderHill Jazz Band at La Cour!  Kelly has been entertaining audiences in the Denver area throughout her life. She will be  singing some great jazz standards including Unforgettable, S’Wonderful, A Foggy Day, and Straighten Up and Fly Right.  With highly experienced musicians Dan O’Neal on Piano, Tait Solberg on sax, Tom Severino on Bass and Steve McBride on Drums, they will include tunes from the song books of Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and many more.  Dance, eat, drink, listen and have fun!

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

http://www.thunderhilljazzband.com/

 

 

 

Donna Scott Quartet

donna scott

When we are open there’s Jazz! August 30th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Donna Scott Quartet.   

Donna will be celebrating the incredible music of Abbey Lincoln.

 

Warm, Deep, Rich, Earthy Contralto and GRAMMY recognized recording artist Donna Scott, has been compared to the sassiness of Sarah Vaughan, the elegance of Nancy Wilson, and the distinctiveness of Carmen McRae. Jazz critic Scott Yanow describes Donna’s voice as exquisite, inviting, superb and a vocal treat. Prepare to be mesmerized as Donna puts you under her spell while she sings standards from the Great American Songbook and more. Don’t miss it! Her CD is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify CD Baby and more.

Tenia Nelson piano
Ron Bland bass
Kevin Smith drums
David Bernot sax

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

http://donnaescott.com

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