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Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Guitar Duo
Wednesday, June 18 7 PM $20
Legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli co-leads Guitar Duo with Ed Laub for String Filled night at Nighttown!
Bucky Pizzarelli has enjoyed a career in jazz and popular music that spans over a half a century and includes associations with several music legends including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Benny Goodman, and Doc Severinson. Pizzarelli is a master of the seven string guitar. He is part of an exclusive club that plays that particular guitar. Other members include George Van Eps and Pizzarelli's son John.
When it comes to swinging jazz, one would be hard pressed to find a better musician with more history than Bucky Pizzarelli. Quite simply he has done it all. He has backed most of the great singers of his time including Sinatra, Bennett, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, and in recent years his son John, who is becoming a major star in his own right. Besides high profile TV appearances as a member of the Tonight Show Orchestra, Bucky Pizzarelli has played on several film soundtracks including the recent Woody Allen films “Sweet and Lowdown” and “Mighty Aphrodite”. He has collaborated with several immortal jazz instrumentalists like Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Ray Brown, and Doc Severinson, and is he has exerted an important influence on many of the top jazz guitarists of the present including Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, and of course his son John. Bucky Pizzarelli has played every kind of venue imaginable including all the major jazz festivals worldwide and at the White House in Washington DC. A professor emeritus at William Paterson in New Jersey. He has also received honorary degrees form Hamilton College in New York, and Southern Illinois University.
Ed Laub is a guitarist and vocalist whose style has been compared to a blend of Kenny Rankin, Chet Baker and James Taylor all being accompanied by Bucky Pizzarelli. Ed says, “ that’s not bad company to be associated with. They were amongst the artists to whom I listened to and was most influenced by.
Because of Ed’s talent as an accompanist and the fact that he is one of the more accomplished 7 String guitarists, he is sought after by many of the top guitarists in the NYC metropolitan area to back them.
In ’66 Ed had the good fortune to study with a marvelous guitarist and banjoist, Bobby Domenic (Uncle to jazz legend, Bucky Pizzarelli) and ultimately a few years later in 1969, studying the 7 String guitar with Bucky. Ed graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in music and business and maintained a dual career.
12 years ago Ed divorced himself of all his business ties and became the steady partner to his childhood teacher, idol and close friend, Bucky Pizzarelli. They now travel all over the world playing in clubs, concert venues and jazz festivals.
In late February 2014 Ed will be featured on a guitar trio album along with John Pizzarelli and leader, Bucky Pizzarelli. The CD, “Three For All”- The Bucky Pizzarelli Trio will be released on Chesky Records.
Thursday, June 19 8:00 PM $25.00
From NYC! World Renown actress of ER Fame and also from major motion pictures like “Lincoln” makes her Cleveland Music Debut at Nighttown. Singing Jazz and Cabaret with guitarist Marty Ashby & his Quartet.
Reuben was born in Toronto, to a classical singer mother and an architect father. She began learning piano as a child and studied later music technique and theory, ballet and jazz at the Canadian Royal Conservatory.
Reuben is known for her role on the American television series ER as Jeanie Boulet, an HIV-positive physician assistant on the hospital's staff. She was a guest star throughout Season 1 and was elevated to full-time cast member at the beginning of Season 2. She continued that role until early Season 6, when she left the show.
Reuben again held a major role in a television series, when she starred as FBI agent Brooke Haslett in 1-800-Missing (2003–2004).
She later starred as Rosalind Whitman in the TNT series Raising the Bar.
In 1996 she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
In 2000, she sang back up vocals for Tina Turner on her Twenty Four Seven Tour. Click here to see a video on Gloria's experience singing with Tina.
Diane Schuur – CD Release Event
Friday, June 20 8 & 10 PM
Saturday, June 21 8 & 10 PM
Sunday, June 22nd at 7 PM
World Class Vocalist, & Pianist returns to Cleveland to play 3 night stand at Nighttown! Featuring music from her brand new CD “I Remember You, Stan & Frank” (a tribute to Stan Getz & Frank Sinatra).
Appearing with her NYC based All-Star Quartet featuring: Diane Schuur-piano & vocals, Ben Wolfe- acoustic bass, Willie Jones III-drums, & Joel Frahm-sax!
Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz's leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1953, Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. She later received formal piano training at The Washington State School for the Blind, which she attended until she was 11 years of age.
Nicknamed “Deedles” as a child, she grew up surrounded by the world of Jazz embraced by both of her parents: Her father was an amateur pianist, and her mother kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in her home. Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur's major vocal influence, and she learned the iconic singer's “What a Difference a Day Makes” while she was still a toddler. She also developed her own rich, resonant vocal style at a very young age. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional Grammy nominations, Schuur's music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape.
Her musical collaborations include the aforementioned Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others. These collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard Chart recordings, including Pure Schuur and Heart to Heart with B.B. King; Ms. Schuur has appeared on PBS and many other television specials…as well as a very special visit to the beloved TV show, Sesame Street. Diane has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions, and was one of the select musical guests invited to perform for Stevie Wonder at the Kennedy Center Honors when he received his prestigious award.
She continues to tour and perform extensively at major concert halls and venues around the world. Ms. Schuur has recently recorded an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. The CD, entitled I REMEMBER YOU (WITH LOVE TO STAN AND FRANK) will be released on June 10, 2104, and will also commemorate her “official” discovery 35 years ago by Stan Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival. The recording features all new arrangements by Alan Broadbent, and in addition to Mr. Broadbent on piano, it includes an all-star band of Ben Wolfe, Ulysses Owens Jr., Romero Lubambo, Roni Ben Hur, and Joel Frahm.
Don't miss the legendary Diane Schuur in a rare appearance at Nighttown as she celebrates her CD release!
Eric Alexander Quartet
Tuesday, June 24 7 PM & Wednesday, June 25 7 PM
Dynamic NYC saxophonist & High Note Recording Artist Eric Alexander leads All-Star Quartet for 2 Big Nights at Nighttown. Featuring: Eric Alexander-tenor sax, Dan Maier-piano, Peter Dominguez-acoustic bass, & Glenn Davis-drums.
With 19 CD's out under his own name and appearing as sideman on countless others, Eric Alexander has made his mark on the jazz world and documented his progress as a tenor master. He has a rich tone and an aggressive, driving style that grabs the listeners attention and doesn't let go.
At William Paterson College in New Jersey Eric advanced his studies under the tutelage of Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today,” says Alexander. “Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson–the legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel, that's the bread and butter of everything I do.”
During the 1990s, after placing second behind Joshua Redman in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, Alexander threw himself into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on the South Side of Chicago, made his recording debut in 1991 with Charles Earland, and cut his first album as leader in 1992.
In 2004, Eric signed an exclusive contract with HighNote Records, an independent jazz label based in New York City. There he has amassed a considerable discography of critically acclaimed recordings. Most recent among them is “Don't Follow the Crowd,” and “Friendly Fire” with Vincent Herring.
Don't miss the great Eric Alexander when he makes a special appearance at Nighttown on Tues. & Wed, June 24-25.
Thursday, June 26 8 PM $15
Jazz Guitarist extraordinaire in special intimate Solo Show.
Gene Bertoncini is a masterful guitarist who brings a classical sensibility to jazz guitar. He is known for his beautifully constructed arrangements and for his subtle and melodic based playing. Bertoncini's career dates back to the early sixties and he has backed several legendary musicians including Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Paul Desmond, Lalo Shifrin, and Michel LeGrand. He has extensive studio and television experience and has taught at the Eastman School of Music and The New England Conservatory. In short Gene Bertoncini has had an exemplary career. He is admired by his peers, critics, and jazz fans the world over.
Enjoy one of the finer jazz guitarists in an intimate evening at Nighttown Thursday June 26th.
Sunday, June 29 7 PM $15
8 Piece group from Boston plays everything from Frank Zappa to Charles Mingus. Featuring Tom Dowd on guitar, Cleveland Native, and Graduate of Berklee School of Music.
Strange Changes is the brainchild of the guitarist, singer, writer, and arranger Tom Dowd. Having graduated the Berklee College of Music in 2008 with a portfolio of original compositions that spanned genres from jazz to rock to classical, he decided to put together one ambitious and multitalented group that could play anything he could dream up. In 2009 and 2010 he assembled a lineup that recorded the three track Evil Genius EP. This group included notable New York-based players like Evan Marien, Devin Collins, and the LA-based Jordan Siegel and Ryan Dragonn. The EP recording process introduced him to the similarly multitalented engineer and musician Geoff Nielsen. After the breakup of the original lineup in 2010, Tom went into the studio with Geoff and recorded I Want You, the first full length release for the band, in 2011 and 2012. This recording experience introduced him to several current members of the group, including Lyubomir Tsanev and Joe Brogan. Now armed with a fully-functional 9-piece outfit, SC will be coming to a venue near you, also featuring the outstanding musical talents of Erik Van Dam, Sam Crawford, Tiago Michelin, Evan Waaramaa, and Matt Knoegel.
Tom Dowd – Guitar/Vocals
Tom’s interest in music began at a young age, first manifesting itself in a kindergarten-era band featuring his younger siblings that sang acapella rock songs about diet and exercise. As he got older, he studied piano and then guitar, while feeding a growing appetite for music of diverse genres. After a decade of playing on and off in various rock ensembles, and years of lessons with Cleveland guitar legend Bob McGwire, he decided to apply to the Berklee College of Music to further his studies in other styles, especially jazz. Once there, he immediately demonstrated his skills as a composer, bandleader, and guitarist, pursuing his interests in styles as diverse as classical, jazz, hip hop, rock, and contemporary Middle Eastern. At Berklee he studied with guitar luminaries such as Jon Damian, David Tronzo, Randy Roos, Jon Wheatley, and David Fiuzcynski; other noted instructors include David Santoro, Victor Mendoza, Arjuan Ortiz-Vizcay, and Ed Saindon. In the Spring of 2008, Tom graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music. He still resides in Boston where he leads his original group, Strange Changes, and performs live jazz.
Torben Waldorff Quartet
Monday, June 30 7 PM $10
Swedish Jazz Guitarist make his Cleveland debut at Nighttown! Featuring: Torben Waldorff-gtr, Adam Birnbaum-piano, Matt Clohesy-bass, & Jon Wikan-drums. Playing music from his new CD “Wah Wah” on Artists Share Records.
“A virtuoso guitarist with a great sensitivity for image, emotion and expression”
— Raul d’Gama Rose, allaboutjazz.com
“Waldorff is a supple, respectful player and a composer of breadth and depth.” — Carlo Wolff, JazzTimes
With the release of Wah-Wah, Danish guitarist Torben Waldorff's 4th CD on New York based ArtistShare, the groundbreaking company where he shares a platform with Maria Schneider and Jim Hall, Torben Waldorff has found a new sound: guitar based, very interactive, with intricate and lyrical melodic lines, lush harmonies, staggering virtuoso interplay and excitement.
Communication is paramount. The vibe on Wah-Wah relies heavily on interplay, phrasing and playing unison lines, and communication in improvisation. One of the keys to the success of this risk-taking album is the compositions, that showcase Waldorff’s talent for wedding melody to sophisticated harmonic structures and different styles. Waldorff’s melodic gifts as an improviser are on full display throughout the album and in concert.
“I needed to make a change and put myself in front of this music, and see where I could go with it,” Waldorff says. “To go out front and carry the melodic role really made me able to play and get something said. Communication in music has become even more the center of where I want to go, along with risk-taking, and that’s where I will go with music from here.”
“Right up there with Rosenwinkel and Metheny, with a tad more sting in it than those other two guys.” — The USA music blog Something Else!
“Music that takes you back and propels you forward.” — Marc Myers, writer for The Wall Street Journal and JazzWax
Julian Lage & Nels Cline
Wednesday, July 2 7 PM $25
Brilliant young jazz guitarist Julian Lage teams up with cutting edge guitarist Nels Cline from Wilco.
The guitar duo of Nels Cline and Julian Lage features compositions by both players, along with a healthy amount of spontaneous improvisation. Those familiar with Cline's work may be surprised to hear him play without effects pedals or looping devices; those familiar with Lage's work may be surprised to hear him play totally “free” improvisation. The degree of creative empathy as these gentlemen create spontaneous structure is as dramatic as their compositions are original. Cline and Lage approach and pay homage to the syntax of jazz, while pushing the music into remarkable, new territories.
Guitar master-explorer NELS CLINE should need no introduction having held the guitar seat in Wilco for nearly 9 years and counting. His recording and performing career – spanning jazz, rock, punk, and experimental – is well into its fourth decade, with over 130 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Accolades include Jazz Times declaring Cline “the world's most dangerous guitarist” and Rolling Stone proclaiming him to be one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Beyond Wilco, he leads The Nels Cline Singers and has played or performed with Tim Berne, Jim Black, Yoko Ono, Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Scott Amendola, Wadada Leo Smith, Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore.. the list is endless!
JULIAN LAGE has toured and recorded with Gary Burton, Jim Hall, Fred Hersch, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, and many more. Originally from the Bay Area, Julian has released two critically acclaimed albums as a leader including Sounding Point and Gladwell. Sounding Point was nominated for a Grammy Award and DownBeat Magazine recently named Julian a “Rising Star Guitar” winner.
Don't miss this exciting duo of two brilliant guitarists on Wednesday July 2nd.
Jazz 4 You Featuring Buzz Cronquist
Wednesday, July 9 7 PM $10
House Band from the Raintree in Chagrin Falls moves the action over to Nighttown.
Featuring: Buzz Cronquist-sax and clarinet, Dick Lezius-piano, Art Jensen-bass, & Carl Fogel-drums.
Playing straight ahead jazz and the Great American Songbook!
For 20 plus years the Jazz 4 U band has been entertaining patrons with their Jazz and Swing music every Friday night exclusively at “The Raintree” restaurant in Chagrin Falls , Ohio
The Raintree was sold in April of 2014 and closed , but the band continues on in the form of a traditional polished swing machine .
Their sound is unique and their repertoire expansive . Masterful piano work is handled by Dick Lezius , one of the founding members of the band . Buzz Cronquist is the woodwind artist. Art Jensen will be playing the electric 5 string fretless bass . The bands heartbeat on drums is handled by Carl Fogel . Carl also sings the traditional jazz ballads, and some blues .
Come and enjoy the lively performance of the Jazz for U Band , and YES they do take requests
Jennie Litt & David Alpher
Sunday, July 13 7 PM $20
From NYC! Vocal and Piano Duo play originals and Jazz Classics with wit and charm.
Featuring Cleveland Ht. Native Jenny Litt-vocals, & David Alpher-piano.
BroadwayWorld.com calls their songs “enchanting,” and jazz great Dave Frishberg has praised their “ingenious music and words.” Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife cabaret and songwriting team David Alpher (pianist/composer) and Jennie Litt (singer/lyricist) celebrate the release of their CD, Two Apples, with a return to Jennie’s hometown, and a genre-defying evening of songs that will tickle the funnybone, tell truths, and touch the heart.
Jennie and David started performing together on their very first date, which they spent singing and playing great songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers, and Porter in a cabin in the New Hampshire woods. They met at The MacDowell Colony, where David was composing classical art songs and Jennie was writing a novel. Their artistic common ground, The Great American Songbook, inspires their collaboration both onstage and in the studio. Their original stand-alone cabaret songs draw inspiration from the great satirists of the 1960s, Tom Lehrer and Allan Sherman, as well as cabaret giants Flanders & Swann, Jacques Brel, and Dave Frishberg, while remaining securely rooted in the tradition of the Great American Songbook.
Working in a variety of genres — jazz, blues, children's music, comic novelty, neo-Tin Pan Alley, pop, protest, and satire — Litt and Alpher have amassed an eclectic oeuvre of tightly-crafted, piano- and lyric-driven songs on topics as far-ranging as lingerie, the Food Network, dogs, marriage, the professional ambitions of apples, and the random miracle of existence.
Jennie and David are regulars at New York’s cabaret rooms such as The Metropolitan Room, Stage 72, and Don’t Tell Mama.
Internationally acclaimed composer, pianist, and recording artist David Alpher has enjoyed an active musical career for almost four decades. He co-founded the Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts, now well into its third decade. At Rockport's 20th-anniversary celebration, David received a special citation for “enriching the cultural life of New England.” David has had a highly successful career as a pianist, collaborating with such distinguished artists as Marilyn Horne, Dawn Upshaw, Harolyn Blackwell, and Christopheren Nomura.
Jennie Litt has been singing since junior high school, but she came to lyric-writing through the proverbial back door. A graduate of Harvard College and the well-known Iowa Writers Workshop, Jennie had been publishing short fiction while laboring for over a decade to complete a novel. Her favorite way to blow off steam was singing at NYC piano bars. Then she met David In short order, Jennie and David got married, took their cabaret act on the road, and started writing songs together. The fact that she could finish a lyric in well under a decade convinced Jennie that songwriting beat fiction writing all to hell. Jennie's award-winning fiction has appeared in The Sun; Indiana Review; Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art; The Blue Moon Review; the MAG; Prima Materia; Speak; and Fireweed. Her works for theater have been produced by Circle Repertory Company (New York City) and the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Mass.)
Wednesday, July 16 7 PM $50
Legendary Folk Singer/Songwriter of Peter, Paul, & Mary fame plays classic/new material, and shares his wit and wisdom. In a Rare Intimate Club Appearance!
“We all know the music of Peter, Paul and Mary—folk classics that remain the soundtrack for generations. But our patrons were thrilled to experience the relevancy of that music, and how it resonates through today’s headlines, when Peter Yarrow brought his solo show to the Tower Theatre. It was so much more than a nostalgia show. Peter connected with the sold-out audience in ways that went well beyond a normal concert: he encouraged sing-alongs and audience participation; he signed autographs at intermission; he personally greeted each and every one of our VIPs and members; he even auctioned two personalized guitars to raise money for our educational outreach programs.
Peter turned our theatre into his living room. He created an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging each of us to change our part of the world. It was a memorable evening rooted in the historic milestones of his past, yet focused on the current issues that continue to call him to activism.
We all know how all the songs of Peter, Paul and Mary sound; what a rare treat to hear what Peter thinks of them. “
– Ray Solley, Executive Director, Tower Theatre Foundation, Bend, Oregon
Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.
Over the years, many issues have moved Peter to commit his time and talent: equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, and education. All have utilized his skills as both a performer and an organizer. Peter Yarrow’s life and work – culminating in the founding and leadership of Operation Respect with its “Don’t Laugh At Me” initiative – is based on his passionate belief that music, with its power to build community and catalyze change, can be a particularly powerful organizing tool.
Don't miss this rare intimate performance by Peter Yarrow at Nighttown on Wednesday July 16th.
Friday, July 18 8:30 PM $20
Saturday, July 19 8:30 PM $20
World Renowned Dynamic Brazilian Guitarist returns to Nighttown for two big nights of virtuoso Solo Guitar! Playing Brazilian, Jazz, & Classical.
Diego Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-reed-o) is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. Diego has released over nineteen albums to date, three DVD’s, and several instructional books. His music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers. Diego has performed in over forty countries around the world.
Diego Figueiredo was born in Franca, Brazil in 1980. At the age of four he used to strike poses carrying his small guitar. At six, he received a mandolin, which was kept in a very special place in his house. Diego played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar when he was twelve. By the age of fifteen, he was playing theaters and nightclubs throughout Brazil, playing both solo and with many renowned Brazilian musicians.
For a number of years he played in several different groups including Banda Gênese and Squema Seis from Brasília. He has studied classical guitar, Brazilian popular music and jazz in several different conservatories including Franca, Ribeirão Preto, Tatuí, and Berklee College of Music.
Most recently he accompanies the singer and songwriter Belchior in tours around Brazil and abroad, as well as with the French phenom Cyrille Aimée. He has played and shared the stage with Hermeto Pascoal, Larry Coryell, Geraldo Azevedo, Sebastião Tapajós, Demônios da Garoa, Vanusa, Renato Borghetti, Osvaldo Montenegro, Jair Rodrigues, Elomar, Toquinho, Tunai, Paulinho da Viola, Nando Cordel, Moraes Moreira, Fafá de Belém, Amelinha, Los Hermanos, Zeca Baleiro, Miyazawa and others.
Besides being a guitar player, Diego is a producer, arranger, orchestrator, multi-instrumentalist and has recently produced and arranged the double album “As várias caras de Drummond” for which Belchior wrote the music for Drummond´s poems, and which was released in CARAS magazine.
With a variety of works already released, Diego is doing shows on the most important stages around the world enchanting and charming the public wherever he goes with his unique touch.
Dig the great Brazilian from the international super-star Diego Figueiredo on two nights, Friday July 18 and Saturday July 19.
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
Sunday, July 20 7 PM $15
From Ann Arbor, Michigan! Americana at its best with Bluegrass, Blues, and masterful string picking with Vocalist Supreme Lindsay Lou!
Featuring: Lindsay Lou Rilko-vocals, guitar, clawhammer banjo, Joshua “Rigs” Rilko-vocals, mandolin, Spencer “Rev” Cain-upright bass,vocals, Keith “Dolla $” Bilik-5 string banjo, guitar, harmony vocals,
& Mark “Huggy Bear:” Lavengood-resophonic guitar, harmony vocals.
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have a fresh approach to American roots genres, which they weave in and out seamlessly from song to song with the throwback sound of bluegrass instruments and the striking delivery of blues vocals. They're now touring in support of a new short release, the Here Between EP, which serves as a snapshot of their unique and ever evolving sound. With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay and the band have been traversing the country with instruments in tow since the release of their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds. The album showcased the band's musical ingenuity, Lindsay's vocal prowess and their collective aptitude for cultivating prolific original material. In short, Lindsay Lou Rilko, Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George are a heavy pickin', powerful harmony singin', tight knit family fashion conglomeration of new-fangled roots music.
Hot Club of Detroit
Wednesday, July 23 7 PM $20
Django inspired Gypsy Jazz Masters and Mack Avenue Recording Artists back at Nighttown by Popular Demand! Featuring Evan Perri on guitar and Julien Labro on accordion.
Following up “It's About That Time”, “Nighttown” and the eponymous 2006 debut “Hot Club of Detroit”—Hot Club of Detroit expands its sonic and compositional horizons with Junction (releasing August 14, 2012). Tthis is the band’s fourth release for Mack Avenue Records.
Junction’s sound is at once vintage and boldly new, rooted in the legacy of Django Reinhardt but also the sensibilities of Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny, John Zorn and even the rock band Phish. Far from a traditional gypsy jazz ensemble, Hot Club of Detroit (HCOD) proves itself a versatile modern jazz group, with a unique acoustic-electric sound that surges past expectations and genre boundaries.
“A lot of bands that model themselves after the Hot Club of France are now working with drummers, or percussion of some sort,” says HCOD rhythm guitarist Paul Brady. “We never have. And by doing that it forces us to think creatively about what we can do without it. How can we approach odd meter, how can we approach certain grooves? Regardless of what a drummer can add, that absence to me is interesting and different.”
Different sounds coming together, band members collaborating from different cities: all of this makes Junction the perfect album title. Evan Perri states: “We've always believed that if Django Reinhardt were alive today, he wouldn't play the same way he always did. In his short lifespan you can see how much evolution and vision he had. To pay tribute to him is to continue pursuing our own ideas.”
Don't miss the return of one of Nighttown's favorites the Hot Club of Detroit on Wed July 23rd.
Thursday, July 24 8 PM $10
From Indianapolis! Soul and Blues from Vocalist & Harmonica Master Tad Robinson and his Quartet. Severn Records recording artist and seven time Blues Music Awards nominee.
Tad Robinson is the modern voice of Soul Blues.
From his Manhattan roots and his Indiana and Chicago musical upbringing, Tad has caught the
attention of the music world with his seven Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammys of blues music) and his many recordings, including the song “Rained All Night” which was nominated for Blues Song of the Year at the 2011 Blues Music Awards.
He’s a veteran of countless national and international tours, including many of the most important international blues festivals. With harmonica chops schooled by Big and Little Walter, Sonny Boy I and II, Junior Wells, James Cotton, among many, and vocals that compare to Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Tad ranks as one of the most unique and talented members of the international blues and soul communities.
“Robinson places near the top of the list of the finest living singers of soul blues.”
– DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
“A velvet voiced collection of cool.”
– METROMIX INDY
“Robinson sings with a range and smoothness of delivery that are exquisitely evocative.”
– MOJO MAGAZINE
It’s A Beautiful Day
Friday, July 25 8:30 PM $30
Saturday, July 26 8:30 PM $30
Legendary San Francisco Rock Group formed in 1967 in rare club appearance at Nighttown! Featuring: David LaFlamme, Linda Baker LaFlamme, Val Fuentes, Toby Gray, Gary Thomas, Rob Espinosa, & Michael Pritchard. Playing their famous hits “White Bird”, and “Hot Summer's Day”, and more!!
It's a Beautiful Day is an American band formed in San Francisco, California, in 1967, featuring vocalist Pattie Santos along with violinist David LaFlamme and his wife, Linda LaFlamme, on keyboards.
David LaFlamme, a former soloist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, had previously been in the band Orkustra, and unusually, played a five-string violin. The other members were Linda LaFlamme (keyboards), Pattie Santos (vocals), Hal Wagenet (guitar), Mitchell Holman (bass) and Val Fuentes (drums). Although they were one of the earliest and most important San Francisco bands to emerge from 1967's social phenomenon Summer of Love, the band never quite achieved the success of contemporaries such as Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Santana, with whom they had connections. The band created a unique blend of rock, jazz, folk, classical and world beat styles during the initial seven years it was officially together.
White Bird (mp3)