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A Hot Night of Cool Jazz - Pops Benefit Concert
$95.00 - $195.00
Friday 1/19
6:00 pm
Tickets available at http://bit.ly/2CYiRob

A festive evening of food and fun, and the best Jazz musicians in Cleveland.

A Benefit for The Cleveland Pops Orchestra 

Featuring Carl Topilow - clarinet; Jack Schantz - trumpet; Paul Ferguson - tromobone; Rock Wehrmann - piano; Jim Rupp - drums; Tim Powell - bass

Tickets Available:
VIP : $195.00, ($140 Tax Deductible) includes reserved seat, two drink tickets, choice of dinner, and entertainment.

Patron: $95.00, ($40 Tax Deductible) includes unreserved seat, one drink ticket, choice of dinner, and entertainment.
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Questions or Tickets by Phone/Email? Please contact:
Sarah Mehler
Director of Development:
smehler@clevelandpops.com
or call 216-765-7677

The Cleveland Pops with Carl Topilow presents the highest quality symphonic pops music to entertain and enrich a wide and diverse audience; and provides educational programs to develop an enduring appreciation of music.

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra was founded in 1993 to bring the best of symphonic pops music to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, while working to expand that audience through youth education and public concerts. The 65 piece orchestra performs five subscription concerts each year in world-renowned Severance Hall, an annual holiday performance and a New Years Eve concert and dance. For the past eleven years, the orchestra has also performed an annual “Salute to Our Armed Forces” concert prior to the Memorial Day Holiday.

The Cleveland Pops has also performed a variety of concerts throughout Ohio, from outdoor performances and inaugural concerts to nationally televised specials.


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Charles Walker Band
$15.00
Friday 1/19
8:30 pm
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From Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

Described as "Dynamically Funky and Recklessly Hopeful" this Barnstorming Wisconsin Trio hits the Stage at Nighttown!

Featuring: Charles Walker-keyboards, sax, & vocals, Porsche Carmon-vocals & bass, Paris Howard-drums.

Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown.  The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies.  The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time.  Surprisingly, at the band’s shows, there are no fans. There is only family.  The question posed at the beginning of the first song is, Are we family or not?   The band evokes positive energy to their family members, who say they always feel better than when they arrived.  The Charles Walker Band is Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.

 Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere.  Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town ten miles away, he found music in the sixth grade.  After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone.  However, his music teacher declared he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker, now also playing keys and singing, started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band.  When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist, bassist, and hand percussionist in the band, the sound began to shift towards funk.  Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets.  

The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band.  Besides Charles and Porsche, Paris Howard nails down the drums.

The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, BB King, Cameo, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx.


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Stanley Jordan
$25.00
Saturday 1/20
8:00 pm
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Virtuoso Guitarist and Mack Avenue Recording Artist back at Nighttown for 2 Big Shows!

In a career that took flight with immediate commercial success and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.

Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan's innovative "touch technique" is an advanced form of two-handed tapping. While a handful of other players were using similar techniques, Stanley’s fluid, multi-layered textures and sheer virtuosity raised the bar for excellence.

But his technique, though impressive, is always a means to a musical end. His music is imbued with a warmth and sensitivity that has captured the imagination of listeners worldwide. A classically trained pianist before playing guitar, Jordan wanted greater freedom in voicing chords on his guitar, so he applied piano principles to do so. Jordan's touch technique allows the guitarist to play melody and chords simultaneously with an unprecedented level of independence. It also allows Jordan to play simultaneously on two different guitars, or even on guitar and piano. He says that “I think of it as a single instrument, but one with a wide range of tonal colors—that’s why I do it.”

To date Jordan has performed in over 60 countries on 6 continents. He has performed at many festivals, including the Kool Jazz Festival, the Concord Jazz Festival, and the Montreaux International Jazz Festival. During the 1980s he collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including performances with Art Blakey and Richie Cole and recordings with Stanley Clarke and Kenny Rogers. T

Jordan has received four Grammy nominations. His most recent album "Friends" was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Jordan came to prominence with the release of his 1985 album Magic Touch, a revolutionary project that placed him at the forefront of re-launching legendary Blue Note Records into a contemporary entity in jazz and beyond, as also established the then-twenty-something Jordan as among the most distinctive and refreshing new voices of the electric guitar.

In 2007 Jordan signed with Mack Avenue Records and released State of Nature in 2008 and Friends in 2011. For Friends, he invited musical guests including guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, Russell Malone and Charlie Hunter; violinist Regina Carter; saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Ronnie Laws; trumpeter Nicholas Payton; bassists Christian McBride and Charnett Moffett; and drummer Kenwood Dennard.

Jordan has maintained an extensive and consistent international touring schedule.


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Deconstructing Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along
$10.00
Monday 1/22
7:00 pm
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Lakeland Community College Director Martin Friedman & Music Director Jordan Cooper preview the upcoming Lakeland production of Stephen Sondheim's 'Merrily We Roll Along" with Cast Members perfuming musical selections, and added perspective on the unique history of this historic Musical Theater Presentation.

 In February, Martin Friedman will direct Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along at Lakeland Civic Theatre.

But in January, Merrily comes to the Nighttown stage when Friedman talks about why this music that so many thought was destined for success flopped on Broadway after only 11 performances – and why over the last 30 years it’s become one of Sondheim’s most beloved musicals. The Nighttown show includes music director Jordan Cooper and Lakeland cast members performing several songs from Merrily.

If you’re a real Sondheim fan, you won’t want to miss "Deconstructing Merrily We Roll Along."

Based on the play by George Kauffman and Moss Hart, this musical (with book by George Furth) tells of the disintegration of the friendship of successful songwriter Franklin Shepard, his lyricist Charlie Kringas, and novelist Mary Flynn. The action moves backward through time, from 1980 to 1957.

The score is constructed in blocks, so we hear characters' themes at the beginning of the show, seeing throughout the rest of the show how that character developed that theme. For example, in the first scene Frank sings, "It's my time coming through / all my dreams coming true / Gorgeous house, gorgeous wife," indicative of his materialism and superficiality. By the end of that show, we hear the same melodies, and characters for that matter, evolve into more positive and optimistic human beings, as embodied in such songs as "Our Time," "Good Thing Going," and "Not A Day Goes By" as they grow younger and inexplicably mature.

Despite the fact many consider Merrily to include Sondheim’s most toe-tapping, Broadway-like scores, the show was an abject failure when it opened on Broadway in 1981.  That said, years’ later Merrily We Roll Along became a cult favorite and now enjoys regular productions across the country. 




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39th Annual Tr-C JazzFest Line-Up Announcement
$15.00
Thursday 1/25
7:00 pm
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Tri-C JazzFest is excited to share their indoor lineup for the 39th annual Tri-C JazzFest, presented by KeyBank!

Join us on Thursday, January 25 for food, drinks & fun as we announce the artists who will be performing in the historic theaters at Tri-C JazzFest this year. Event begins at 7pm and tickets are $15 at the door. Live music will be played by Dan Wilson Trio. Don’t miss your chance to hear our lineup first!

For more info on Tri-C JazzFest or to purchase your festival pass, visit www.tri-cjazzfest.com or call 216-640-8800.

Dan Wilson

Music has been an integral part of Dan Wilson's life since his beginnings in gospel music. Upon hearing a Wes Montgomery record in a relative's basement, Dan decided to pursue a career as a musician. Since then, he has spent more than a decade honing his craft.

His debut album, To Whom It May Concern was released in 2012 and is a product of an intense study of many different musical styles and concepts.

Dan is currently on an international tour with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco, in support of their all-new studio album, “Trip Mode,” which also features drummer Jason Brown & bassist Mike Boone.

In addition to touring with Joey DeFrancesco, he has enjoyed the honor of sharing the stage with many jazz greats including Eric Marienthal, Russell Malone, Les Mcann, Christian Mcbride, and Dave Stryker.

Dan also teaches jazz guitar and improvisation at Cuyahoga Community College and leads a group of world class musicians, called D.T.C, which features drummer David Throckmorton and Cliff Barnes. The group plans to release a collective album in early 2016.

Dan received his Bachelor's Degree in Music & Liberal Studies from Hiram College in 2006. His passion for Brazilian music led him to the city of Rio De Janeiro in 2007 to conduct research for his Masters Thesis which he defended successfully at Youngstown State








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Harmonia
$20.00
Friday 1/26
8:30 pm
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Nationally reknowned Cleveland based group plays the music of Eastern Europe.  Featuring vocalist Beata Begeniova & Walt Mahovlich on accordion

Harmonia presents the traditional folk music of eastern Europe, ranging from theDanube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of this region:Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian and Gypsy. Performing onauthentic folk instruments, and styled after turn of the century East-EuropeanGypsy bands, their music is their music is drawn from both urban cigányzene andrural folk sources of Eastern-Europe.The ensemble’s performances evoke the fullrange of human emotions; interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulfulmelancholy and nostalgic yearning.

The six-piece ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass,violin, panflute, and cimbalom, the East-European 125 string hammered dulcimer.Capturing the emotion, depth, fire and passion of Eastern Europe; Harmonia’srhythms move in a heartbeat from mellow and dissonant to loud and frenzied. Themusicians come from varied East-European backgrounds, finding a commonmusical language in Harmonia.

Their technical brilliance only adds to Harmonia’s breathtaking performances -solos coupled with soaring violin lines, haunting flute and accordion solos andsoulful vocals - are a joy by any standard. In addition to being polished performers,Harmonia’s members are adept at explaining their music and culture - the ensembleis equally at home on the concert stage and in academic or workshop settings.

The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds; in Harmonia theyhave found a common musical language. Harmonia brings to the concert stage thevitality and excitement of the music that inspired composers such as Bártok,Brahms and Lizst. Whether performing in these traditional settings or in concerthalls, Harmonia’s members stay close to their roots.


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Evelyn Wright
$15.00
Saturday 1/27
8:30 pm
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Vocalist extraordinaire from the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra hits the stage at Nighttown.

With the David Thomas Trio featuring David Thomas-piano, Peter Dominguez-acoustic bass, & Reggie Jackson-drums.

Evelyn Wright has been a professional vocalist for over twenty five years with experience in Jazz, R&B and Pop styles of music. Evelyn is a native from Cleveland, Ohio, and was voted Best Female Vocalist in 1985 in conjunction with WCPN radio station. She is also the winner of Most Promising Female Artist and Favorite Female R&B Singer 1993 by Midwest Urban Music Awards. Evelyn has toured throughout the United States and Canada performing in the top hotels, nightclubs, and concert halls.

Evelyn has also recorded with several international recording stars including Phillip Ingram and Gerald Albright.

Dave Thomas is a most talented piano and organ player. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Thomas was an original member of the R&B group, "Sweet Thunder". He has also performed with numerous artists including the late James Cleveland, Dizzy Gillespie, Albert Ayler, Jean Carn, David Ruffin, and Grover Washington. His musical involvement also includes musical theater as a writer, performer, and musical director in performances such as "The Living Cross," "The Audition," and "Black Nativity," which have played throughout the United States and Canada. He is also a gifted educator, having worked at The Cleveland School of the Arts, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University. He is the co-author of a book entitled, "A Child's First Book of Spirituals," which is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.

Presently, Dave is a music teacher with the Cleveland Board of Education School District, Musical Staff member of The Southeast Seventh Day Adventist, Faculty member of The Cleveland State University, and Minister of Music at St. Timothy Baptist Church. He earned his undergraduate and graduate Music degrees from Cleveland State, Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, and postgraduate work at the Royal Holloway College in London, England.


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Eileen Burns "At the Movies"
$10.00
Thursday 2/01
7:30 pm
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Vocalist from Red Light Roxy and the Glenn Miller Orchestra feature Songs & Stories from Classic Films Live on the stage at Nighttown!

Featuring: Eileen Burns-vocals, Joe Hunter-piano, Demetrius Steinmetz-acoustic bass, & Dave Sterner-sax.

“Music and the Movies” is an entertaining and informative program featuring memorable songs and interesting stories from classic Hollywood films such as Casablanca, Swing Time, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Brigadoon, Singin’ in the Rain and many more. Makes for a perfect afternoon program for libraries, senior groups or anyone who loves movies and musicals.

The program features talented vocalist Eileen Burns and her jazz combo comprised of excellent professional jazz musicians. Miss Burns’ performing credits include a year traveling around the world as the female vocalist for the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and five years as the female host/singer with the long-running Midnight Martini Show.

Eileen Burns got her start in community theater and as a swing dancer, developing an appreciation for the great music of the 30s, 40s and 50s and garnering attention for a vocal style that hearkened back to the “girl singers” of that era. Starting in 2003, she performed as a co-host and singer in the original cast of the Rat Pack-inspired Midnight Martini Show at Pickwick & Frolic in downtown Cleveland, a show which ran for almost 5 years every Friday and Saturday night, which is likely the longest-running show in Cleveland history. During the run, the cast performed for thousands of people, was featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and on Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels, and sang at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

During this time, Eileen also performed in numerous Cleveland theatrical productions on stages including Weathervane Playhouse, Cassidy Theater and Playhouse Square. She also appeared regularly on the Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour on WCLV singing standards and Broadway show tunes in an old-time radio format.

In 2012, Eileen was chosen to be the new female vocalist for the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and toured with the band for a year. During that time, she sang at sold-out concert halls throughout the world. She is featured on the GMO’s 2013 album, “In The Mood.”

 








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Vladimir Cetkar
$20.00
Friday 2/02
8:30 pm
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From Macedonia!  International Guitar phenomena Vladimir Cetkar and his 7 piece group combine Jazz, Soul, & Pop.

 With his passion, energy and diverse musical persona, Vladimir Cetkar's hallmark is his ability to seamlessly combine his many talents as a guitarist, vocalist, arranger, composer and producer of the highest order.
The evident musical influences may transport you back in time to the musical era when bands like Chic and Earth Wind and Fire ruled the musical cosmos. But Vladimir's new sound, original music expression, and contemporary production return you to the present, and portend a strong future for this genre of music.

Essentially, Vladimir Cetkar's latest release can be described as his original music cocktail, incorporating a pristine distillate of the Jazz, Pop, Soul and Disco sounds of the late 70's and early 80's, along with a hint of what's to come.

Critics recognize Cetkar's unique sound and passion, and have drawn many flattering comparisons: George Benson's guitar playing; Quincy Jones' and Mauro Malavasi's arrangement and production acumen; Earth Wind and Fire's vocals; and Jamiroquai's grooves.


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Tony Monaco Trio
$20.00
Saturday 2/03
8:30 pm
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Hammond B-3 Master back on stage at Nighttown with All-Star Trio!

Featuring: Tony Monaco-Hammond B-3 Organ, Eric Johnson-Guitar, & Jimmy Alexander-Drums.

Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. "Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!" CriticalJazz Review2012. Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime experience for Tony.

In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed "Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. Tony has since released 8 International releases and toured around the globe many times. Tony also toured and recorded with Pat Martino for over two years! As an ardent student of the organ, it's no surprise that Tony is an accomplished teacher as well. In addition to private students, classes and clinics, Tony has produced a series of instructional DVDs titled "Playing Jazz Hammond" that have become indispensable for many serious students of the organ. Tony continues to expand his catalogue and has created MotherHenMusicEd.com. He developed a system of giving lessons one on one online and gives lessons to students around the globe! Presently, Tony maintains a very busy schedule that includes festival appearances , clinics, and workshops.


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Apollo Fire's Sneak Peeks - Sunday Brunch Events for the Curious
$20.00
Sunday 2/04
12:30 pm
Tickets at https://apollosfire.org/sneak-peeks/

J.S. Bach the Rebel

Why was Bach always getting in trouble with the authorities, and yet his music is so serene? Jeannette Sorrell, oboist Debra Nagy, and cellist René Schiffer discuss Bach’s thorny personality and demonstrate a bit of his sublime music, as AF prepares to play his Wedding Cantata and virtuoso concertos.

A 50-minute peek behind the scenes! WCLV Ideastream’s radio personalities interview Apollo’s Fire artists as they prepare for upcoming AF programs. Sample a taste of the music and a smorgasbord of interesting facts about the composer and his time. Program begins at 12:30, but arrive earlier to order your food and drink.

$20 cover charge, reduced to $10 for AF subscribers. Non-subscribers, attend a Sneak Peek and get $10 off your ticket to the next weekend’s concert! Please note: Food and drink are not included in the price of the ticket.

Purchase tickets at http://apollosfire.org/tickets/?id=sneakpeek

APOLLO’S FIRE

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award- winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.

Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (THE INDEPENDENT, London), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with a BBC broadcast. Subsequent European tours took place in 2011, 2014, and 2015. European performances include sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London (with live broadcast across Europe), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Madrid’s Royal Theatre, Bordeaux’s Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra, and major venues in Lisbon, Metz (France), and Bregenz (Austria), as well as concerts on the Birmingham International Series (UK) and the Tuscan Landscapes Festival (Italy).


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Elijah Rock
$20.00
Thursday 2/08
8:00 pm
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Vocalist, Actor, & NE Ohio Native currently living in Los Angeles plays music from his new Gershwin CD, and More!

Elijah Rock, native son of Cleveland, Ohio makes his first debut at Nighttown. Alumnus of University School and The Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artist Program and Undergraduate Studies in Vocal Performance, Elijah, originally known to Cleveland as Eric Myricks is currently touring the country with his American Songbook album release, "Gershwin For My Soul," a tribute to George and Ira Gershwin. In 2014, Elijah Headlined The Cleveland Playhouse as Roland Hayes in "Breath and Imagination" which helped win CPH a Tony Award for Best Regional Theater that season. He is also an alumni of The Singing Angels, The Cleveland Music Settlement, Great Lakes Theater Festival and The Karamu House


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Norman Connors
$40.00
Friday 2/09
8:00 pm
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Special Pre-Valentine's Weekend at Nighttown with Legendary Drummer and Producer Norman Connors and his Group back at Nighttown!   

Playing all of his hits including "You Are My Starship", "Valentine Love", 'Betcha My Golly Wow", & more!

Like Roy Ayers, George Benson, and Patrice Rushen, Norman Connors is best known for his major RB hits but started out as a jazz improviser.  The drummer/composer was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he lived in the same neighborhood as Bill Cosby and became interested in jazz when he was only a child. Connors was in junior high when he began sneaking into jazz clubs and sat in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane gig.

Connors went on to study music at Philly's Temple University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Gigs with Jackie McLean, Jack McDuff and Sam Rivers followed, and he was first recorded as a sideman when Archie Shepp employed him on his 1967 Impulse session Magic of JuJu.

After touring with Pharoah Sanders and playing on several of his albums, Connors signed with Buddah's Cobblestone label in 1972 and recorded his first album as a leader, Dance of Magic. A few more jazz-oriented Cobblestone and Buddah dates followed, and it was in 1975 that Connors made R&B his main priority with Saturday Night Special (which included the number ten soul hit "Valentine Love"). The rest of the 1970s found Connors featuring R&B singers prominently (including Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, and the late Phyllis Hyman) and scoring such R&B hits as "We Both Need Each Other," "Once I've Been There," and the lovely "You Are My Starship."

Currently Norman Connors is touring in support of his latest CD "Star Power" on Shanachie records.  He will be featuring his six piece touring group and promises to perform all of his classic hits.

Don't miss legendary drummer, producer, and vocalist Norman Connors for a special engagement in the intimate Music Room of Nighttown.

 


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Charlie Mosbrook & Friends
$10.00
Sunday 2/11
7:00 pm
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Northeast Ohio Singer/Songwriter celebrates his 50th Birthday with Friends Live at Nighttown!

Opening artist Matt Harmon

For over 25 years, Charlie Mosbrook has been performing original and traditional folk music. Based in Cleveland, he has played a significant role in promoting and preserving the folk music tradition. Locally this work is best recognized in the many open mics he has coordinated through the years as well as Folknet, an organization he currently serves as president. Nationally Charlie has presented many workshops and concerts on the life and legacy of Woody Guthrie, most notably during the 1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum program called Hard Travelin’: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie. Charlie also serves as the Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference workshop coordinator.

Charlie has been recognized by FolkAlley.com as its featured artist of the month in 2012,  was voted the best singer songwriter in a Scene Magazine Best of Cleveland readers poll, and had the CD of the week on the WFMT Chicago nationally syndicated radio show the Midnight Special His last two CDs are current nominees for the best traditional folk album by Just Plain Folks music awards.

His latest project Hear Me Callin’: A Collection of American Folksongs is a full-length CD featuring including selections by Woody Guthrie, Ledbelly, Robert Johnson, Elizabeth Cotton and others. The musical foundation of the recording features guitar, dulcimer, and mandolin. David Krauss contributes harmonica. Kate Kooser and XeLa provide additional vocals. On May 2nd of 2017, Nighttown in Cleveland Heights will present a special concert to commemorate the release of the new disc.

"There’s a familiar comfortable feeling that comes over you when you listen to the music of Charlie Mosbrook. The guy has a rich, worldly voice that sounds like it was broken in slowly, like a well-loved instrument."
 - No Depression
 
A Time Long Gone (Charlie Mosbrook)
The lead track “Up Among the Stars” leaps right out and invites you to settle in for more. The rest of album makes it a welcome invitation indeed.
 - Kelly Walker Sundilla Music

 


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Hubb's Groove Pre-Valentine's Celebration
$20.00
Tuesday 2/13
7:00 pm
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 Valentine's Warm-Up at Nighttown

 

Pre-Valentine's Day Bash with Master Drummer Robert Hubbard & Hubb's Groove!

With Special Guest Vocalists TBA.

Hubb's Groove is a mIx of Soul, Jazz, R&B and a splash of Gospel.

It's a smooth but yet high energy band that believes whats played from the heart, reaches the heart.

The band was founded In 1996 by Robert Hubbard in Cleveland Ohio under the name "Moments Notice". In 2006 Robert changed the name to "Hubb'S Groove". The band has shared the stage with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Earth Wind & Fire, Wayman Tisdale and Pieces of a Dream.

Hubb's Groove has performed with Angela Bofill, Marcus Johnson, Alex Bugnon, Mike Phillips and Sean Jones to name a few.

When the group is not on tour together, they are working with other artists such as Babyface, Toni Braxton, Gerald Albright and Pieces of a Dream.


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Nicki Parrott Trio
$20.00
Wednesday 2/14
7:00 pm
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Valentine's Day at Nighttown

 

Vocalist and Acoustic Bassist from Les Paul Trio leads All-Star Trio live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Nicki Parrott-vocals & acoustic bass, Jackie Warren-piano, & Bob Fraser-guitar.

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki Parrot started her musical training at age four with the piano, followed by the flute, soon after. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15.

After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. She continued her studies with various bassists including visiting artists Ray Brown and John Clayton.

Nicki came to New York in May 1994.

In June 2000, Nicki began performing on Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club with the legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki worked side-by-side with guitar greats from Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller to fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel.

Since then she has performed with such notable musicians as Michel Legrand, Joe Wilder, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Marlena Shaw, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton, Lillian Boutte, Larry Carlton and Houston Person, to name a few.  

Nicki has performed at most major festivals around the globe including the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Newport Beach Jazz Party, Jazz Ascona and Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and many others.

Vinny Raniolo has already performed alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman. Vignola and Raniolo have been touring together as a guitar duo for nearly four years, and have played hundreds of shows together.

John di Martino,  Composer, Arranger, Pianist, has recorded many CD's for Venus Records  with his  "Romantic Jazz Trio". Noted for his versatility, John has performed and recorded with such notables
as Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Joe Lovano, David "Fat Head" Newman,  Freddy Cole, Pat Martino, Paquito D'Rivera  and Houston Person.

 Mr. di Martino is a  sought after musical director and has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Diane Schurr, Kelly Smith, Alexis Cole, and Billy Eckstine.  John's talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with vocalists: Gloria Lynn and Grady Tate .


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Chuchito Valdes
$30.00
Friday 2/16
8:30 pm
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8:30 pm
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From Cuba!  Piano virtuoso and his group heat up the cold winter with Hot Latin Jazz Live at Nighttown!

The hot sounds of Cuba's roots and modern jazz come alive in the explosive hands of pianist and six-time Latin Grammy nominee Chuchito Valdes. Son of Chucho Valdes, grandson of Bebo Valdes, Cuba's most beloved musical dynasty.

Chuchito Valdés, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players form Cuba.

With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band.

Chuchito has recorded and performed piano with the world renown Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for two years. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe.

Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. He has also extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition. His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques. In his performances, Chuchito’s music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno and much more. Chuchito Valdés currently resides in Cancun, Mexico and is a frequent performer in the United State and Canada.
  
“Chuchito Valdés displays the hell-bent intensity and daredevil technique of the elder Valdés-qualities recognized worldwide as hallmarks of Cuban Jazz.”

Neil Tesser / The Reader (Chicago’s Art & Culture Guide) and author of The Playboy Guide to Jazz.




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