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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

The Mike Hyland Jazz Trio

mike hyland

When we are open there’s Jazz! November 27th 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

Ian Argys on guitar

Troy Robey  bass

 

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

Wine Down Wednesday

Sweet Street

Michael Ami and Danielle Dubois Sweet Street

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

Jean Milofsky Trio

jean milofsky

When we are open there’s Jazz! November 13th 7-10, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Jean Milofsky Trio.

Bill McCrossen was recently described in a KUVO profile as ‘one of the most versatile bassists you’ll ever hear’. He is a native New Yorker who has made his mark on the Denver scene in the four short years he’s been here.  His interests include free jazz, Brazilian music, and playing  an incredible array of exotic instruments from around the world.

Clint Dadian is an arranger, educator, composer and terrific guitarist. He has multiple regular gigs in the Denver area including a regular duo with Bill McCrossen.

Jean Milofsky spent 35 years as a psychiatrist, which involved listening of another kind. She recently completed the performance certificate at DU studying with many Denver jazz luminaries. She is grateful and overjoyed to be in Clint and Bill’s company.

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

Teresa Carroll and Stuart MacAskie

Teresa Carroll and Stu McAskie

When we are open there’s Jazz! November 2nd  7-10pm, La Cour, French Bistro & Jazz Club, presents Jazz Duo Teresa Carroll and Stuart MacAskie!

Teresa Carroll

 DENVER’S GREAT JAZZ VOCALIST TERESA CARROLL and  JAZZ PIANIST STUART MACASKIE.  TERESA AND STU WILL BE PERFORMING ‘SONGS RARELY SUNG’ FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK. FEATURING  MUSIC BY JOHNNY MERCER, RICHARD RODGERS , COLE PORTER AND OTHER AMERICAN COMPOSERS.

We would love to have you join us for this special event.
Jazz Vocalist Teresa Carroll

“Teresa’s style is all her own, when she get’s inside a ballad, she can break your heart.”  – Westword

 

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

Reservations strongly suggested

http://teresacarroll.com/

The Mike Hyland Jazz Trio

mike hyland

When we are open there’s Jazz! October 30th 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.

Wine Down Wednesday

 

Al Ferguson Jazz Trio

AL FERGUSON

When we are open there’s Jazz!  September 26th  7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents The Al Ferguson Jazz Trio.

With apologies to Bobby Troup and Nat “King” Cole, you may hear “Route 36” from the Al Ferguson Trio more than once on this last Thursday of the month. That’s because we’ll be featuring the release of Al’s new guidebook for travelers on Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway. Al will have books to sell and a special price for La Cour customers. With Ron Bland on bass and Steve Ridley on drums, the trio will present its usual variety of blues, bossa, and ballads punctuated with Al’s swinging vocals. If you like road trips and straight-ahead jazz, this is a night made for you!

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

http://www.alfergusonmusic.com

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

 

 

Loose Association Jazz Quartet!

loose association

When we are open there’s Jazz!  July 10th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Loose Association!

Loose Association Doug Yager Michael Fitzmaurice Brian Mullins

Join Brian Mullin’s and his group Loose Association Jazz Quartet at La Cour where they perform their new vintage jazz, original and standard songs.  Brian Mullin’s (tenor guitar and vocals), Doug Yager (tenor and c-melody saxophone), Dave Willey (piano and accordion) and Mike Fitzmaurice (upright bass and vocals).

Loose Association draws on original compositions by band leader Brian Mullins that he describes as new vintage jazz.  The vintage element originates from multiple sources of inspiration. Brian and band members have a deep appreciation of the jazz standards and the composers who use chord progressions, overprinted by expressive melodies that can transport musicians and listeners to another place and time.  Another source of the vintage vibe comes from the band instrumentation- tenor guitar, piano or accordion, and the ‘mystery horn’, a 1920’s vintage C-melody saxophone, the type played on Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo. The “new” in vintage is partly from the world influences from Brian traveling and performing in Europe, Vietnam, Central America, and the U.S.  This experience is woven into each composition either deliberately or unintentionally to create a fresh, new-jazz, world music sound.

Many in the band are multi-instrumentalists and have acquired their chops in other trad-jazz, Celtic, prog-rock, Latin, acoustic, and classical groups.

Whether performing original tunes or jazz standards, one thing is certain when hearing and seeing Loose Association perform, it will be dynamic.  Brian Mullins (tenor guitar and vocals), Doug Yager (tenor and C-melody saxophones), Dave Willey (piano and accordion), Mike Fitzmaurice (upright bass and vocals).

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

http://www.looseassociationband.com

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. 

 

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