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Master Class at Nighttown: The Magic of the Muppets
$10.00
Sunday 4/22
2:00 pm
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Kermit the Frog. Miss Piggy. Cookie Monster. Bert and Ernie.  We all grew up with them – and we continue to love them today.

For more than 60 years, the creations of Jim Henson continue to entertain and entrance fans of all ages.  What is it about those Muppets and Monsters that have such staying power?  Why does "Rainbow Connection" still bring a tear to our eyes?  And what makes us respond to every "Mahna Mahna" with a “Do doo do do doo”?

On April 22 and 23, Joe Hennes, Editor-in-Chief of ToughPigs.com, the premier fan site for adult fans of Jim Henson and The Muppets, will deliver a "Master Class" on the life and legacy of visionary Jim Henson.

From Sesame Street to The Muppet Show and beyond, Master Class at Nighttown will take a deep look at what makes Jim Henson’s creations so beloved to the inner child in all of us.

Master Class at Nighttown: The Magic of the Muppets will premiere on April 22 at 2:00 pm, at a family-friendly $10 per person and repeat on April 23 at 7:00 pm, $15 per person.  Both shows will be fairly similar.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.nighttowncleveland.com.  

About Joe Hennes
A self-proclaimed "professional Muppet fan," Cleveland native Joe Hennes has been co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of the premier Muppet fan website ToughPigs.com since 2006.  With a career in children's multimedia, Hennes has worked for companies such as Teletubbies and Sesame Workshop.  He has presented programs on Jim Henson and the Muppets at New York Comic Con, and his writing can be seen on the Sesame Street blog and Mental Floss.  His work on ToughPigs.com has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC and Al Jazeera, and he has interviewed Muppet-related visionaries including Frank Oz, Paul Williams and Caroll Spinney. Hennes also starred in and produced a series of "Unboxing" videos with The Jim Henson Company.

Did you see Best Picture winner Birdman starring Michael Keaton?  More importantly, have you seen Big Birdman, a parody version starring Big Bird performer Caroll Spinney, co-written by Joe Hennes?  You can watch it on YouTube here.








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Nicole Henry
$25.00
Sunday 4/22
7:00 pm
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Dynamic jazz & soul vocalist from Miami/NYC live on Nighttown stage!  With the Robert Hubbard Trio.

Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists. Ms. Henry possesses a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing and powerful emotional resonance.

Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma have earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz CDs, and rave reviews by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more.

Ms. Henry’s accompaniment ranges from a jazz trio to a full big band with a repertoire that includes the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals.

Ms. Henry has captivated audiences in over 15 countries, headlining at venues in New York, Tokyo, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, San Francisco and Miami - including over 30 music festivals and in some of the world’s most famous venues.

Such venues include: Blue Note; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blues Alley; Arsht Center; Feinstein’s; Madrid Jazz Festival; Regattabar; Catalina Jazz, L.A.; The Royal Room, Palm Beach; Jazz Aspen/Snowmass Festival; Green Mill; Jazz Kitchen and many more!

“The obvious forerunner to Ms. Henry…is the younger Natalie Cole, to whose style she adds a coating of brass.”
  -  The New York Times

"...this generation's First Lady of Jazz. She is the genuine article, the dream at last come true…
  - The Huffington Post

“…a paragon of perfection…the vocal love child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan.”
  - Miami Herald

“...a pop, soul superwoman.”
  - The New York Times


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Master Class at Nighttown: The Magic of the Muppets
$15.00
Monday 4/23
7:00 pm
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Kermit the Frog. Miss Piggy. Cookie Monster. Bert and Ernie.  We all grew up with them – and we continue to love them today.

For more than 60 years, the creations of Jim Henson continue to entertain and entrance fans of all ages.  What is it about those Muppets and Monsters that have such staying power?  Why does "Rainbow Connection" still bring a tear to our eyes?  And what makes us respond to every "Mahna Mahna" with a “Do doo do do doo”?

On April 22 and 23, Joe Hennes, Editor-in-Chief of ToughPigs.com, the premier fan site for adult fans of Jim Henson and The Muppets, will deliver a "Master Class" on the life and legacy of visionary Jim Henson.

From Sesame Street to The Muppet Show and beyond, Master Class at Nighttown will take a deep look at what makes Jim Henson’s creations so beloved to the inner child in all of us.

Master Class at Nighttown: The Magic of the Muppets will premiere on April 22 at 2:00 pm, at a family-friendly $10 per person and repeat on April 23 at 7:00 pm, $15 per person.  Both shows will be fairly similar.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.nighttowncleveland.com.  

About Joe Hennes
A self-proclaimed "professional Muppet fan," Cleveland native Joe Hennes has been co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of the premier Muppet fan website ToughPigs.com since 2006.  With a career in children's multimedia, Hennes has worked for companies such as Teletubbies and Sesame Workshop.  He has presented programs on Jim Henson and the Muppets at New York Comic Con, and his writing can be seen on the Sesame Street blog and Mental Floss.  His work on ToughPigs.com has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC and Al Jazeera, and he has interviewed Muppet-related visionaries including Frank Oz, Paul Williams and Caroll Spinney. Hennes also starred in and produced a series of "Unboxing" videos with The Jim Henson Company.

Did you see Best Picture winner Birdman starring Michael Keaton?  More importantly, have you seen Big Birdman, a parody version starring Big Bird performer Caroll Spinney, co-written by Joe Hennes?  You can watch it on YouTube here.








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Elizabeth A. Davis "his name's not Indian Joe
$20.00
Monday 4/23
7:30 pm
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Come hear the wholly original Pop/Folk/Americana Score of "his name is not Indian Joe" by
CWRU/CPH Alum & Tony Nominee Elizabeth A. Davis.

Live on Nighttown's Stephens Green Patio!

Hear it in Cleveland before it's Summer 2018 Commercial Production @ The Paramount Theatre in Hudson Valley, New York

Joining Elizabeth will be:
Luke Holloway
Paul Lincoln
Ann Hairston
Kevin Martinez
David Handles
& featuring John Williams

Elizabeth DavisThe sound of the American musical has changed. There is now room for raw and genre-defying music in the commercial realm. This musical’s homage to a man named Joe Lightfoot Gonzales doesn’t follow a traditional formula. The sound is crisp and unique. It cross-pollinates with singer-songwriter traditions to welcome a new crowd in the door of the musical theatre room-at-large.

This musical, written by a woman and starring two women, a Native American and an Africa American, is not contrived to appear relevant. This is a story based on true events that began in 2005 & will ring true at a moment in our history where diversity is championed but often exploited.

As a lover of Cleveland, Elizabeth is thrilled to return to Nighttown, above which she lived for three years while pursuing her MFA. She would often fall asleep to the lulling of world-class percussion, bass and horns, or sometimes sneak down to bear witness to the musical magic.

ELIZABETH is a Tony Award & Drama Desk Award nominated, classically trained actor in NYC. She is an Innovative Theatre Award  and NYMF Award Winner. She has originated 11 new roles in plays and musicals. She received her BFA & MFA in Theatre Performance, crediting Michael Chekhov technique, Arthur Lessac work, and Grotowski training as the basis for her approach. She is also a classically trained violinist. (But prefers to fiddle.)

Originally from a town of 363 people in the Panhandle of Texas, Elizabeth remains a small town girl at heart while being fiercely committed to the soul & call of NYC. This synthesis of place & style drives the aesthetic from which she creates. Elizabeth's chameleon-esque versatility  continues to be evidenced on stage & screen, from classic texts to new works to musicals. She's the girl next door, the abandoned victim, & the out-to-get-you villain.

Elizabeth has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, & Off Off Broadway.  She can be seen in a wide range of TV shows from network to TV Land. She shares her own music across NYC in venues from 54 Below & 42West, to Rockwood and The Players Club. Her writing was last produced at The Cherry Lane Studio & The Goodspeed Opera House's Norma Terris Theatre.

As an actor, Elizabeth is also the 2013 Young Alumni Award Recipient for Case Western Reserve University, and is a 2016 CFW Artist in Residence. She shares a Library of Congress song patent with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.


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Stanley Jordan & Diego Figueiredo "Together for the First Time!"
$30.00
Wednesday 4/25
7:00 pm
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After Selling out their Solo Shows in January, Nighttown is proud to Present these Two World Class Guitarists Together For the First Time!

International Summit Meeting with Stanley Jordan (USA) and Diego Figueiredo (Brazil).  World Premier Live at Nighttown!!

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. 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.

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.

Diego Figueiredo is a new star of the guitar world. He is only 35, and he has release 23 Cds, 3 DVDs, and he has playing in more than 60 contries around the world. He is winner of several important competitions like Montreux Jazz Competition, VISA Prize and some others. Diego is presenting now his new concert “ From Classical to Jazz”. It is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa nova and Classical music. Diego has an unique interpretation, with a lot of technique, much emotion, and his show has been a great success to audiences.

Brazil continuously fosters new stars that impress and amaze their audiences with their joy and exceptional technique. Diego Figueiredo makes new fans everytime he enters the stage, and very few others play the guitar as expressively as he does.

Diego has recorded and performed with big names like Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Roberto Menescal, Toquinho, Belchior, Fafá de Belém, Angela Maria, Toninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Ken Peplowski, Lewis Nash, John Clayton, Cyrille Aimée and many others.


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Caroline Davis Trio
$15.00
Thursday 4/26
7:30 pm
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Cutting edge Saxophonist and her NYC based Trio debut music from her new CD Live at Nighttown!

On Nighttown's Secret Garden Patio!

For the past four years, saxophonist/composer Caroline Davis has been tied up in matters of the heart. Her focus is multi-tiered, however. There are the metaphorical facets, including her feelings about her recent relocation to New York from her longtime home in Chicago and the emotional rigors of navigating the path of an itinerant musician within the City’s bustling jazz scene. There is also a more physiological aspect, as Davis has actively researched the life giving organ and its properties in dealing with her father’s own heart ailment. All of these forces come to bear on her new recording, Heart Tonic.

“The group was able to reach a moment of collective improvisation and boundless energy—embodying the full, spiritual fury and technical mastery”

- Capital Bop


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Stanley Jordan & Diego Figueiredo "Together for the First Time!"
$30.00
Thursday 4/26
8:00 pm
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After Selling out their Solo Shows in January, Nighttown is proud to Present these Two World Class Guitarists Together For the First Time!

International Summit Meeting with Stanley Jordan (USA) and Diego Figueiredo (Brazil).  World Premier Live at Nighttown!!

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. 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.

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.

Diego Figueiredo is a new star of the guitar world. He is only 35, and he has release 23 Cds, 3 DVDs, and he has playing in more than 60 contries around the world. He is winner of several important competitions like Montreux Jazz Competition, VISA Prize and some others. Diego is presenting now his new concert “ From Classical to Jazz”. It is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa nova and Classical music. Diego has an unique interpretation, with a lot of technique, much emotion, and his show has been a great success to audiences.

Brazil continuously fosters new stars that impress and amaze their audiences with their joy and exceptional technique. Diego Figueiredo makes new fans everytime he enters the stage, and very few others play the guitar as expressively as he does.

Diego has recorded and performed with big names like Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Roberto Menescal, Toquinho, Belchior, Fafá de Belém, Angela Maria, Toninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Ken Peplowski, Lewis Nash, John Clayton, Cyrille Aimée and many others.


http://www.stanleyjordan.com/en-us/

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An Evening with Jimmy Webb
$75.00
Friday 4/27
8:30 pm
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Saturday 4/28
8:30 pm
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An Evening with Jimmy Webb highlights some of the 100+ recordings from the Jimmy Webb songbook as well as the music he wrote for Glenn Campbell, pulling the audience in with various accounts each night of the personal side of generational touchstones like "Up Up and Away", "MacArthur Park", “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and more.  His songs have been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Feinstein and Judy Collins as well as bands like R.E.M..

Songwriter Jimmy Webb has had many chart topping hits, spanning a wide variety of musical genres. He received his first gold record at age 18, was the National Songwriter Hall of Fame's youngest ever inductee and the only artist ever to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

But perhaps Webb's most enduring legacy is his musical partnership with Glen Campbell. The two musicians worked on over one hundred recordings together beginning with “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” which won two Grammy awards. But at the time, the two had never met in person. Webb says that happened a couple of years later at a recording studio in L.A.

Webb offers fans a unique glimpse into that collaboration with Glen Campbell.

Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade.   Not many artists can say they premiered a classical nocturne and had a rap hit with Kanye West (“Do What You Gotta Do” on “Famous”) in the same year, but Jimmy’s career is full of surprises.  Since his first platinum hit “The Worst That Could Happen,” Webb has had numerous hits including “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “All I Know” and “MacArthur Park,” and has also become a leader and mentor in the industry as a champion for songwriters.

Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. His numerous accolades include the prestigious Ivor Novella International Award (2012) and the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award (2016).  In 2016 Rolling Stone Magazine listed Webb as one of the top 50 songwriters of all time.

Per BMI, his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was the third most performed song in the 50 years between 1940 and 1990.  Webb continues to write and record, and has released ten solo albums since the 1970s, while also writing for other artists.  His latest two CDs, Just Across the River and Still Within the Sound of My Voice, feature duets with friends including Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, JD Souther, Glen Campbell, Lucinda Williams, Mark Knopfler, Brian Wilson, Lyle Lovett and Keith Urban, among others.


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Lou Armagno "Sinatra Selects"
$10.00
Sunday 4/29
7:00 pm
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Vocalist Lou Armagno & his group Sinatra Selects plays the music of "Old Blue Eyes" for Special Spring Show at Nighttown!

Featuring: Lou Armagno-vocals, Marc Paige-sax, Mike Elkins-piano, Jim Mass-bass, & Ricky Exton-drums.

Lou Armagno  Lou has been performing in and around Cleveland since he moved back in June 2013. What sets Lou apart from other Rat Packer’s is his uncanny similarity in sound and delivery to 'Ole Blue Eyes?  Prior to coming back home Lou performed in Honolulu with various bands and venues. His 2015 CD release, NEVER BEFORE, a 100th anniversary tribute to The Chairman of the Board, is a fantastic interpretation of songs Frank never recorded, and truly a treat! 

Marc Paige   Marc has been playing clarinet and saxophone for over 55 years. He has performed with many rock, blues and jazz groups, along with most of Cleveland's big bands.  Additionally, he is a member of the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra, and a board member with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

Mike Elkins  Mike Elkins is a pianist, music director, and arranger.  He is a veteran of several area big bands and currently the pianist for the Dan Zola Orchestra.  He has worked in regional musical theater productions as a pit orchestra member and music director at Beck Center, Huntington Playhouse, Clague Playhouse and the former Berea Summer Theater at Baldwin Wallace University.  Mike is one half of the singing duo, Mike and Mary, in which he plays keyboards, sings, and arranges.  Mike is employed as a software engineer and lives in Berea with his wife, Linda.

Jim Mass  Jim is a Cleveland native with a diverse musical background spanning more than 40 years. Being equally comfortable on both Acoustic and Electric bass, he has played in most every musical genre, including Jazz, Pop, Rock, Big Band, Classical, Country, Bluegrass, Shows and Plays, Christian and Ethnic. His musical foundation makes him a quick study, and a first call on many sub lists in the area. Groups (to name a few) he has played with include the NEO Jazz Orchestra, Skyline, Swing City Big Band, The Juice Band, Jazz Connection, Johnny Baron Quintet, the Tom Fries Orchestra, Summit Jazz, Cleveland Philharmonic, Hermit Club and Chagrin Studio Orchestras, Rob Michaels, and Josephine Venuti.

Ricky Exton  Drummer, recording artist, composer, arranger, and producer, Ricky has been active in the music community for over 2 decades. At an early age, Ricky's talents emerged as one of the Cleveland Tri C All Stars. He continued his career in music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a Baccalaureate in Professional Music. His performance venues include jazz festivals, concerts, television appearances, and private and corporate events. He has performed with Lou Rawls, Wynton Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Cyrus Chestnut, Joanne Brackeen, Kim Nazarian, Linda Presgrave, and international guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza. In addition, Ricky is an active session musician recording in studios from the east coast to the west coast.


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Lucky Peterson & Tamara Tramell & Band
$20.00
Sunday 4/29
7:30 pm
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Legend of Jazz and Blues returns to Nighttown!  Back by Popular Demand!

Featuring: Lucky Peterson-guitar, organ, & vocals, Tamara Tramell-vocals, & their touring group!

On Nighttown's Stephens Green Patio.  Seating limited!

Lucky Peterson is the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues. He has gained a reputation as one of the most preeminent performers of the modern era. A searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist, Lucky’s many talents are truly mind-boggling.

Peterson is prime-rich in roots but performs in the present. But that’s just what one would expect from an artist with Peterson’s resumé; his career began when he was just a child. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Peterson was exposed to music his whole life; his father owned The Governor’s Inn, one of the area’s most renowned blues clubs. Willie Dixon produced Peterson’s first record when he was but five years old, the R&B hit, “1-2-3-4.” This resulted in television appearances for the blues prodigy on such shows as The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and What’s My Line.

As a teenager he attended Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts before paying dues in the bands of Etta James and Otis Rush. One of the most versatile players working in the blues, Peterson has since performed with a long list of greats, including B.B. King and Albert Collins. His 1993 Verve debut I’m Ready announced the arrival of a new force in the blues, while his 1996 collaboration with the legendary Mavis Staples saw him displaying his gospel chops and influences. Peterson’s previous dates also include 1994′s Beyond Cool, 1996′s Lifetime, 1997′s Move (all on Verve), and 1999′s Lucky Peterson, his first for Blue Thumb Records.

In addition to establishing himself through these recordings, Peterson has made his name through his electrifying live performances, which are the attributes of a legend.
 

Lucky's brand new album, "Tribute to Jimmy Smith", was released in October and heralded world wide.  Here's Lucky talking about his mentor Jimmy.


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Baldwin Wallace Musical Theater Seniors & Sophmores - DOUBLE BILL
$15.00
Monday 4/30
7:00 pm
SOLD OUT

Sophmore Standards & Senior Showcase from the Next Generation of Broadway Stars!  Live at Nighttown!

“Senior Showcase” and “The Sophmores with Broadway Golden Standards”

This is it.  The Senior Showcase, itself, a dynamic non-stop production created for the Broadway casting directors and agents.  By the time you see this showcase on the Nighttown stage, the seniors will have already been to New York City to do the show for the agents, so this will be the last time they perform together as a class.  Every year we see this showcase on the Nighttown stage, it’s an emotional experience for the kids – and the audience, too.

Before the Senior Showcase, we’ll listen to the BW sophomore students present standards from The Great American Songbook.                                                                                  

If you’re a fan of musical theater, you won’t want to miss this unforgettable, dual performance !!


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Hubb's Groove Tribute to Herbie Hancock
$20.00
Monday 4/30
7:00 pm
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Celebrate International Jazz Day with Hubb's Groove paying tribute to Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock!

Featuring: Robert Hubbard-drums, Tony Watson-sax, George Granville-keyboards, and John Jones-bass.

Live on Nighttown's Stephens Green Patio. (Limited seating)

International Jazz DayHerbie Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieve success among pop audiences.

Hancock's best-known compositions include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man" (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", and the singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

 

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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Ernie Krivda Fat Tuesday Big Band
$10.00
Tuesday 5/01
7:00 pm
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Dynamic Saxophonist leads Big Band Live on Nighttown Stage with very special guest vocalists Evelyn Wright and Mike Cady!

In 1993, the legendary tenor saxophonist formed the Fat Tuesday Big Band. Named for the biggest party of them all, this band would be an instrument of joy. Its rhythm would be a source of joy. Music played to elevate the spirit and touch the hearts of its audience. Built on the tradition of the great big bands of the past, The Fat Tuesday Big Band Brings a distinctive energy to its performances that makes each concert or dance an unforgettable event.

The Fat Tuesday Big Band features Ernie Krivda's one of a kind tenor sax, some of the areas finest singers, and the musicians that fill its ranks are among the regions finest jazz players. The Band's sound and style is its own whether swinging hard or caressing a beautiful ballad. It is Cleveland greatest show in jazz.

Evelyn Wright will be one of the featured vocalist for this concert with The Fat Tuesday Big Band. 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. 

 

Mike CadyMike Cady dazzles his audiences with his ability to go from the jazz stlylings of Eddie Jefferson to lead singer in Teddy Harris Jr's Bebop Society Jazz Orchestra. And just when you think you've heard it all, he pulls out songs from the R&B past, making each his own. His venues have rannged from small clubs to concert halls to major jazz festivals in cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, and Miami. He has performed with noted musicians such as Marcus Belgraves, Harold McKinney, Rudy Robinson, Marion Haden, and more.


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The Lucky Losers
$15.00
Wednesday 5/02
7:00 pm
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From San Francisco! Soulful Blues and Roots Music from 5 Pc. Band featuring vocalists Phil Berkowitz & Cathy Lemons.
On Nighttown's Secret Garden Patio.  Seating limited.

“A throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s … impassioned vocals …electrifying interplay… powerful harmonica… dramatic, heavy blues rock…. such a compelling listen… haunting soulful…. Roots music listeners who take a chance on the Lucky Losers will surely hit the jackpot.”
ROBERT H. CATALIOTTI, Living Blues, Oct/Nov 2016

The Lucky Losers are a five-piece band from San Francisco headed up by vocalist Cathy Lemons and vocalist/ harmonica player Phil Berkowitz. Their music is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s - with gorgeous harmonies reminiscent of Delaney and Bonnie.  Since the band’s formation in 2014, The Lucky Losers have released two chart topping albums produced at award-winning Greaseland Studios with Kid Andersen. Their first album “A Winning Hand” made the Roots Music Report’s “Top Blues Albums of 2015,” and their 2nd Album, "In Any Town," was nominated in for 5 awards, 2 of which were Independent Blues Awards.   Their 3rd Greaseland album “Blind Spot,” is scheduled for release May 18 2018. In support of the album, The Lucky Losers embark on a 15 state/25 venue tour through the South-west, Midwest and South in April and May of 2018.

Cathy Lemons (vocals) originally from Dallas, TX, has been described as “the finest light skinned blues singer in the U.S.!” by Real Blues. Cathy has mesmerized audiences for over 25 years and has performed with some of the great names in blues, including Anson Funderburg, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, and Tommy Castro (Tommy Castro is on two of Cathy's Albums). She has three albums to her credit.

Phil Berkowitz (vocals/harmonica) has been described as a “Top-flight blues singer/harmonica player” (San Jose Mercury News). Phil has brought his energetic and refined musical style to American audiences for over 20 years. Phil has produced 2 critically acclaimed albums, “Louis’ Blues”/2005 and “All Night Party”/2009.  Phil has collaborated with a range of premiere musicians, such as 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) winner Sean Carney, 2014 IBC winner for “Best Guitar” Ben Rice, Duke Robillard, Billy Branch, and most notable, Charles Brown’s former bandleader and guitarist, Danny Caron.

Ian Lamson (electric, acoustic, & slide guitar) has been a professional musician since 1995.  Ian has performed with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, George Thorogood, Steve Miller, Robben Ford, Chris Cain, Sista Monica, Zydeco Flames, Angela Strehli, Paula Harris, Natasha James, and now The Lucky Losers.

Jon Otis (drums) is the son of the great Johnny Otis. Some of the highlights of his career have been sharing the stage with his father, Johnny, and his brothers Nick and Shuggie. Most recently Jon and his famous family toured Europe and performed at The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.

Robby Yamilov (bass) is still in his early twenties but has already performed with popular Bay Area greats such as Aki Kumar and Kid Andersen.


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John McCutcheon
$30.00
Thursday 5/03
8:00 pm
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Singer/Songwriter & Folk Music Legend returns to Nighttown!  Back by popular demand!

John McCutcheon is one of folk music’s great living storytellers.  Revered around the world for his thoughtful and inspiring songwriting and mastery of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon’s career spans over twenty albums and seven Grammy nominations.

Wisconsin native John McCutcheon  is an American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced 34 albums since the 1970s.He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and is also proficient on many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and jawharp.

McCutcheon, whose family background encompasses farmers and shoemakers, started playing guitar in the early 60s. He picked up a great number of traditional American songs and tunes from the Appalachians, and learned a wealth of instruments, including fiddle, banjo, autoharp and, most notably, the hammer-dulcimer. His playing of the latter encompasses folk, classical, jazz and many other elements. McCutcheon's extensive recording legacy has attracted a string of awards, and also seven Grammy nominations. He has recorded exclusively for Rounder Records since the early 80s. Howjadoo was the first of several children's albums which have established McCutcheon as arguably the leading artist within the genre. In the 90s his children's recordings included the Grammy-nominated Four Seasons series, which featured many compositions co-written with long-time friend and collaborator, Si Kahn. McCutcheon has also collected and recorded a good deal of Nicaraguan music, which was released by Rounder as a double album, Nicaragua Presente!, in 1989. McCutcheon's prolific work rate has included production work for several other folk artists, and he has also had published songbooks and instructional materials.

Don't miss this opportunity to witness a living legend perform live on the Nighttown stage.

Click here to read the article in the Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com from John's last appearance in 2015


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Corky Siegel & Howard Levy
$30.00
Friday 5/04
8:30 pm
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Chicago Harmonica Legends and All Around Great Musicians! Live on the Nighttown Stage!

Featuring: Corky Siegel-Harmonica & Vocals (From the Siegel-Schwall Band), Howard Levy (From Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)-Harmonica and Piano.

Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the world’s great blues harmonica players, and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader and author.

Born in Chicago in 1943, Corky’s professional music career began when he founded the now legendary Siegel-Schwall Band in Chicago in 1964 with guitarist Jim Schwall. The group was a major component of the young generation of white blues artists—also including Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites and Michael Bloomfield—who learned the historic Chicago blues style at the feet and hands of such towering figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Sam Lay.

Corky played with all these greats at Siegel-Schwall’s first steady engagement, in 1965 at Peppers, Chicago’s internationally renowned blues club. They were soon signed to Vanguard Records, with blues luminary Samuel Charters producing. Their first album, The Siegel-Schwall Band, was released in 1966, and with it the group made San Francisco a virtual second home: There the likes of Janis Joplin, Santana, Steve Miller and Joni Mitchell opened for them (Siegel-Schwall actually produced Mitchell’s demo tape); the band would record three more classic albums for Vanguard up through 1970, then five for Wooden Nickel/RCA through 1974 before going on hiatus.

After releasing three solo albums, Corky founded Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, featuring himself on harmonica, piano and vocals, the West End String Quartet of topflight Chicago classical string players, and Frank Donaldson on world percussion instruments. The novel ensemble performed Siegel’s pioneering blues/classical music compositions and released its first album, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, on Chicago’s famed blues label Alligator Records in 1994.

Howard Levy is equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays.

Howard Levy is a musician without limits. Composer, Grammy Award winner, multi-instrumentalist, he is best known for his astonishing harmonica playing, which has earned him the admiration of audiences worldwide. This has made him a favorite and a recording artist sought after by the likes of The Flecktones, Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Rabih Abou Khalil, and Paquito D, Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon.

All About Jazz says, “Levy’s harmonica playing is startlingly fluid and full of the technical prowess that would be expected from the genre’s top saxophonists, not from an instrument that is often associated with campfire cowboys and Mississippi bluesmen…These musicians have come together to prove, once again, that it’s not necessary to only look to New York for the best in American jazz.”

It is only natural then that Corky Siegel and Howard Levy, two of Chicago’s most revered and celebrated music treasures,  would come together to make people laugh while knocking them flat with jaw dropping virtuosity.


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Dan Pugach Nonet
$20.00
Saturday 5/05
8:30 pm
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From Israel/NYC.  Dynamic Drummer leads little Big Band at Nighttown Featuring vocalist Nicole Zuratis.

Featuring: Dan Pugach-drums & leader, Nicole Zuratis-vocals, David Smith-trumpet, Sam Blakeslee-tromobone, Jen Hinkle-bass trombone, Andrew Gould-alto sax/flute, Jeremy Powell-tenor sax/clarinet, Brandon Coleman-guitar, & Leo Sherman-bass.

“I can’t gush enough about the joyful energy that Dan and his Nonet express in the most open of ways. Dan’s music is thoughtful, exciting and immensely engaging.” —Ingrid Jensen

“Dan's writing is sharp, concise and so is everybody's playing. Beautiful album.”—Antonio Sanchez

"His mastery of the music from the subtle inner workings of his horn orchestrations to his command over shaping larger musical statements puts Dan in a league of his own." —Alan Ferber

Pugach goes from strength to strength on Plus One, the album showcasing his beautifully intricate  compositions, peerless arrangements and yes, his drumming, which is funky, on-point and surprisingly restrained for a musician of such skills and gifts. Dan's arrangements for Nonet recall the classic sounds of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra–expressed in a far smaller ensemble. Deft compositions, challenging arrangements, brilliant players and Dan's silken rhythmic touch make Plus One a special outing.

Dan Pugach is a Brooklyn-based, two-time ASCAP Jazz Composer Award-winning drummer/arranger. Dan has worked with Ingrid Jensen, Rosa Passos, Airto Moreira, Gregoire Maret, Billy Drews, Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Bergeron, Sloan and Lucy Wainwright, and Dave Stryker, among others.  Originally from Israel, Dan served his mandatory three-year military duty as the drummer of the Air-Force Orchestra. He received his bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and his master’s from the City College of New York, where he studied with Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington and Ari Hoenig.


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Jessica Lee / Mark Strickland Duo
$10.00
Thursday 5/10
8:00 pm
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Charming and Talented Pittsburgh Vocalist, and Guitar Master for intimate Show Live at Nighttown!

Singing the Great American Songbook, Jazz Standards, and more!  Featuring: Jessica Lee-vocals & Mark Strickland-guitar.

Jessica Lee is an American jazz & blues vocalist, songwriter (ASCAP) and recording artist, born in Manassas, VA. Lee’s vocals reflect the influence of classic jazz, blues, rhythm & blues and gospel, but always with a heavy emphasis on the blues. Her musical motto is to study and perform “something old, something new, something borrowed . . . but always blue.”

Lee performs at jazz and blues clubs, music festivals, charitable and private events, universities and concert halls throughout the U.S. She has performed at legendary clubs such as Antone’s in Austin, Texas and is featured frequently at major charitable events. For example, Jessica was the featured jazz & blues singer to perform a live, nationally-broadcasted concert benefiting the Make-a-Wish-Foundation from the WQED TV Studios in Pittsburgh and has also been a featured singer for the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure and other major charity events. In 2011-12, record label EQ Music selected three of Jessica’s recorded songs from her “Bluebird Fly” album for inclusion in three compilation albums, including two in their “Greatest Audiophile Voices” album series and one in “The Best Pop Jazz” album for international distribution. Since then, EQ Music has selected four more of Lee’s recorded songs to feature on four new international vocal compilation CDs, including “When Blues Meets Jazz,” and represents her solo albums internationally.

Also a social entrepreneur and educator, Lee has focused much of her entrepreneurial energy on several high-profile initiatives in collaboration with the nonprofit Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, including co-founding the America’s Arts & Music Crossroads Center which connects professional artists and musicians with underprivileged youth for creativity and career coaching; co-founding a jazz and American music camp series for at-risk youth with the Afro American Music Institute’s James Johnson, Ph.D. and trumpeter/educator Sean Jones; the saving and renovation of the legendary Crawford Grill jazz club in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District with Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris and a team of social investors; and various other educational, career and entrepreneurial ventures which are designed to “pass on” the American Music and creative art forms to the next generation, with a special emphasis on serving youth in at-risk situations and communities.

Mark Strickland has been playing guitar since 1964. He has performed with various musical units throughout the Pittsburgh Area, including legendary jazz organist Gene Ludwig, Roger Humphries & R H Factor Band, and many more. In the summer of 2011 he played with international drummer/singer Grady Tate. Mark performed on the 2011 release of Gene Ludwig’s last CD, “Love Notes”, a tribute to Cole Porter.


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Forecast
$15.00
Friday 5/11
8:30 pm
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North Coast's Premier Contemporary Jazz Group back at Nighttown!

Featuring: Lem Adams-vibes, Gary Stevenson-bass, Alphonso McDuffie-keyboards, Riley Richards-sax, & Gene Butler-drums.

Forecast is the leading contemporary jazz group in the Northeast Ohio area. Founding members Lem Adams on vibes and Gary Stephenson on electric bass have been entertaining Ohio audiences for over 20 years. The current Forecast lineup includes Jermaine Lockhart on sax, Dave Crawford on keyboards, Kevin Byas on guitar, and Gene Butler on drums.

Forecast has shared the stage with many of the top names in contemporary jazz including Stanley Turrentine, Roy Ayers, The Crusaders, Bob James, Pieces of a Dream, and several others. They have won numerous awards and competitions over the years and have been the house band at The Q for Cleveland Cavs games.


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Nellie McKay - CD Release Event
$30.00
Saturday 5/12
8:30 pm
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CD Release Party!   Playing Music from her Brand New CD "Sister Orchid"!

Back by Popular Demand!  Singer Songwriter, Pianist, & Comedienne

Live on the Nighttown Stage!

Conjuring the image of a lonely all night truck stop along highway 1 on the California coast, all but lost in the fog that comes creeping along the shoreline.. this album speaks of the night, the outsider, the plaintive wail of those lost at sea.  Sister Orchid was conceived in solitude, executed in darkness. It comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall.  An oasis of hungry eyes and easy promises, warm as a biscuit, the kind of place your mother warned you against.

Nellie McKay has released six relatively accomplished albums, won a Theatre World Award for her Broadway portrayal of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, co-created and starred in the award winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats, and has written musical biographies around a compelling gallery of ladies - from environmental pioneer Rachel Carson to the life, conviction, and execution at San Quentin of  the underdog Barbara Graham, and most recently The Big Molinsky – Considering Joan Rivers, as well as A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of the Year by The New York Times.

A recipient of PETA's Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal advocate against war, capitalism and the two-party system that sustains it.


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Nan O'Malley
$10.00
Sunday 5/13
7:00 pm
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Celebrate Mother's Day with North Coast Jazz Vocalist Nan O'Malley! Showcasing Music from Women Composers / Lyricists including Dorothy Fields, Betty Condon, Joni Mitchell, Irene Higgenbottom, Ann Ronell, & Peggy Lee.

Featuring: Nan O'Malley-vocals, Joe Hunter-piano, Dallas Coffey-bass, & Gary Jenkins-drums.

A seasoned jazz, blues and folk singer, Nan O'Malley has fronted her own trios and quartets and the Swingtime Big Band, performing at Nighttown, the Bop Stop, Fat Fish Blue, Sammy's in the Flats and Club Isabella to name just a few.


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University School Jazz Ensembles
$10.00
Monday 5/14
7:00 pm
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Next Generation of Jazz Musicians hit the stage at Nighttown!

Featuring Daniel Bruce, guitar and The University School 1:00 Jazz Ensemble and Combo, featuring Chad Komocki, drums

Acclaimed guitarist and composer Daniel Bruce will be guest soloist with the University School 1:00 Jazz Ensemble and Combo.  He leads groups of various genres that have performed in the top jazz venues in the Midwest.  Bruce has played with Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, Dan Wall, Bobby Selvaggio, Greg Bandy, Lynn Seaton and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra; he has also played in pit orchestras at Playhouse Square. Dan has recorded two albums as a leader, has extensive guitar and jazz teaching experience, including the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Camp and has had articles on guitar published in national magazines, such as Fingerstyle Guitar.  He has a Masters in Jazz Studies from the renowned Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Texas.

In addition, Chad Komocki, one of the Cleveland area’s finest and most versatile drummers
(Harry Bacharach, Miles saxophonist Sam Morrison) will be handling drum set duties this evening, insuring grooving from start to finish.
 
The groups will be performing music by, among others, Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, Paul Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Bobby Timmons and Dan Bruce.  Jazz at University School is under the direction of David Kay, a member for 30 years on both the US faculty and the summer music faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp.  Kay has a Masters in Jazz Studies from Indiana University and has played and/or recorded with Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Aretha Franklin, The King’s Singers, The Temptations, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross, Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti, Shawn Pelton (drums/SNL band) and nearly 40 other jazz/pop noteworthies.








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Hathaway Brown Music Program
$10.00
Thursday 5/17
7:30 pm
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HB Vocal Program Showcase Live at NIghttown!

Hathaway Brown School Vocal Arts Department offers a class called Solo Voice.  This class for high school age female vocalists explores a singer’s performance with songs in various styles of jazz, contemporary music, music for theatre, and original work, emphasizing communication with the audience, working with an accompanist or band, song arranging and material selection. Dynamics of vocal interpretation and style are also examined.  This evening of jazz and contemporary song is the culminating experience of the course.  Come out and see the newest talent Cleveland has to offer.


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Ki Allen with special guest Richie Cole
$20.00
Friday 5/18
8:30 pm
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Exciting North Coast Jazz Vocalist Ki Allen and her 6 Pc. Group with Special Guest Richie Cole hit the Stage at Nighttown!

Featuring: Ki Allen-vocals, Richie Cole-sax, David Thomas-piano, Bob Fraser-guitar, Peter Dominguez-bass, & Bill Ransom-drums.

An encounter with singer Ki Allen is  nothing less than extraordinary!  She has the uncanny ability to charm a young audience and at the same time surprise aficionados.  Whether a jazz or blues enthusiast, Allen will always show you something new about the music you love.

Allen constantly challenges herself.  Her repertoire is ever expanding and her phrasing ever illuminating.
Through her performances in concerts, television, radio, and night clubs, Allen has developed a broad array of devoted fans.

Richie ColeRichie Cole started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own “Alto Madness” style in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations.  Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as gave a command performance for the Queen of England.

Cole has recorded over 50 albums and CDs, including his top hit album “Hollywood Madness” (1979 Muse Records) and his tribute album to Leonard Bernstein, “Richie Cole Plays West Side Story” (1997 Music Masters Jazz). A prolific composer, Cole also finds time to arrange for full big bands, symphony orchestras and frequent performances at jazz festivals worldwide. Moreover, he enjoys sharing his love of music with younger generations and is active recording, touring and presenting university master classes.


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Judith Owen & Leland Sklar
$20.00
Wednesday 5/23
7:00 pm
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Dynamic UK Singer/Songwriter, pianist, and legendary Bassist live on Nighttown Stage!

Pianist-singer-songwriter Judith Owen is known for her love of musical variety and melding it into a great stylistic gumbo all her own. ‘Somebody’s Child’ is the culmination of this mix: voice and piano front and centre, songs that are vignettes of life crafted from the perspective that we ARE all “somebody’s child” – parental as well as planetary. An album about us.

“By nature, I am a diverse musician. It’s who I am because of all the music I grew up being exposed to, from opera to Sinatra, Joni to Stevie Wonder, and everything in between,” says Judith.

Whereas 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Ebb & Flow’ was personal and very much a love letter to Laurel Canyon, ‘Somebody’s Child’ takes a leap from the confessional to the observational, whilst recruiting the same crème de la crème of Los Angeles session musicians – bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Russell Kunkel – and incorporating them with her British-based musicians – master percussionist Pedro Segundo and sublime cellist Gabriella Swallow.

It’s classical. It’s pop. There’s jazz. There’s rhythm and blues.

‘Ebb & Flow’ was when many discovered Judith’s highly seductive sound and was hailed as one of the releases of 2014 by The Independent newspaper in the UK, receiving further praise from Rolling Stone in Germany and the Wall Street Journal in the US.

Recording with Kunkel, Sklar and Wachtel, studio stalwarts behind Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro among others, and touring with them “served as this incredible calling card for me. I waited a long time to be able to work with some of my musical idols. I’m a late bloomer,” she admits.

Leland Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970s and ever since. Sklar has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the "A" players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce, and where only the strongest will survive. His very recognizable bass playing style has been heard on hits by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, to name just a few. And never one to remain idle, Sklar has entered the new millennium with a vengeance, taking on new projects with Willie Nelson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nils Lofgren, Lisa Loeb, and many more.

He has played on TV shows such as Hill Street Blues, Knight Rider, Simon and Simon, and also on many motion pictures, including Forrest Gump, Ghost, Kindergarten Cop, and My Best Friend's Wedding. The list is virtually endless.

It was toward the end of the '60s that Sklar met James Taylor and they started doing some gigs. They thought they might be playing together for about a month, but then Taylor's "Fire and Rain" became a huge hit record and Sklar's career began to gain steam.


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Marcus Johnson w/Hubb's Groove
$25.00
Friday 5/25
8:30 pm
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Piano/Keyboard & Master Composer from Washington DC returns to Nighttown!  With Robert Hubbard & Hubb's Groove!

An independent Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz keyboardist and pianist, Marcus Johnson is also the CEO and Founder of FLO Brands, LLC and more recently FLO Wine, LLC. He has combined an eminently successful musical career with his love of wine by marrying the two in a unique endeavor.  Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums.  On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and his music receives a 74% “thumbs ups” rating verses an average of 56%.  Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the “DIY” music world.  His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media and accolades across the music industry.

Marcus has performed at clubs throughout the United States and has been a featured performer at many jazz festivals, including his hometown Capitol Jazz Festival, the Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, the Latin Meets Jazz Festival and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival.

Image 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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Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Sextet
$15.00
Saturday 5/26
8:30 pm
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Great Lakes Leading Latin Jazz Group live at Nighttown!

Featuring:  Sammy DeLeon/timbales & vocals, Jackie Warren-piano, Nelson Orta-percussion,
Jose 'Cheo' Hernandez-bass, Scott McKee-trumpet, & Tom First-sax.

Sammy DeLeon a master timbales player has shared his talent far and wide.  He has appeared in New York, Chicago, Miami, San Juan and points in between.  He is the undisputed leader in latin music in the Ohio area.  Formerly the musical director of Impacto Nuevo, Sammy has been leading his own group since 1996. Equally adept in latin jazz, salsa and merengue, Sammy and his Orchestra make it hard for an audience to sit still. DeLeon has shared the stage with many stars of latin jazz.

He opened up for the late Tito Puente several times in Cleveland and New York City and was a favorite of the late master.  Sammy has collaborated with many of the leading latin musicians throughout the world. They include Humberto Ramirez, Tony Vega, El Gran Combo, and Tito Rojas.  Latin music has enjoyed a great revival in Northeast Ohio thanks to the leadership of Sammy DeLeon and his dynamic Orchestra.

Jackie Warren is one of the most in demand and prolific jazz artists working in the Great Lakes region. On any given night she can be found playing solo, leading her trio, or she may be heard as the featured soloist and arranger for Sammy DeLeon's Salsa and Latin-Jazz ensemble.

Jackie is also a professor of music at Tri-C and has several private students. Jackie gets calls constantly from vocalists who want her to back them, and she is frequently called on to guest with national artists. In the past few years Jackie has performed with David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Watson, Jane Bunnett, and Gerald Wilson. Her arrangements can be heard on Sammy DeLeon's new CD, and recently she recorded a session in collaboration with the legendary producer Tommy LiPuma.


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Vanessa Rubin w/Larry Willis Trio & NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan
$30.00
Sunday 5/27
6:00 pm
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Dynamic Vocalist back home after several World Tours with an All-Star Lineup for Holiday Weekend Show @ Nighttown!

Featuring: Vanessa Rubin-vocals, Larry Willis-piano, Marion Hayden-acoustic bass, & Gayelynne McKinney-drums at 7:00pm

Special Jazz Conversation with Promoter/Producer/Agent, & 2018 NEA JazzMaster Todd Barkan at 6:00pm

Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer in the making.  The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire.  Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods.

One of the surest tests of a jazz singer is her acceptance by skilled players; the relationship between instrumentalist and vocalist is so often fraught with distrust.  From the time she joined the New York jazz community in the early 80s, under the guidance of such grandmasters as Barry Harris and Frank Foster, Rubin’s acceptance has been universal.   

The list of great musicians who have graced her recordings and bandstands is quite impressive: Monty Alexander, Cecil Bridgewater, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Billy Higgins, Etta Jones, Lewis Nash, Houston Person, Patience Higgins, Don Braden, Toots Thielemans, Steve Turre, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington, Jr..

LarryLarry Willis has played on more than 300 records. He’s played or recorded with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era, stars like Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Hugh Masakela, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Clifford Jordan, Carmen McRae, and Shirley Horn.

Larry’s extraordinary versatility as a pianist ranges from rock and pop—he spent 7 years as keyboardist for Blood, Sweat and Tears—to African, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. He’s one of the only non-Hispanic players who ever impressed Mario Bauza as a Latin pianist—I was there the night it happened.

ToddJazz impresario Todd Barkan's name is inextricably associated with one of the nation’s legendary jazz clubs: the Keystone Korner, a San Francisco venue he had opened in 1972 and then managed for more than a decade. While that alone would make him a significant figure in the jazz world, he also worked as a record producer, for labels such as Fantasy/Milestone, Concord, 32 Records, and HighNote. .

To date, Barkan has produced hundreds of recordings, including artists such as Tommy Flanagan, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Hank Jones, and Jimmy Scott. Barkan continues to work as a lecturer, record producer, and curator of live jazz events.


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Sultans of String Duo
$20.00
Wednesday 5/30
7:00 pm
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Direct from Toronto!  Eclectic group features World Music and Gypsy Jazz for unique blend.

Back by popular demand, 3x JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and Billboard charting Sultans of String are set to raise the rafters (and funds!) with their much anticipated return to Nighttown.

The lads will be raising donations for the Outreach Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the Presbyterian Church, with ground operations in Syria and Lebanon to assist displaced children and their families.

This is also their 10th anniversary show, celebrating Sultans of String’s milestone decade of music-making.

Folk Radio UK recently described their music as “an enthralling, adventurous celebration of the power music has to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries, and Sultans of String wield that power with grace, eloquence and spirit.”  Indeed their vinyl and digital release 10, is more than a global sonic tapestry. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.  While the album treks across all kinds of musical terrain, the fertile soil beneath each track is fed by hope unhindered and freedom found.

At the core of the band’s sound is Queen’s Diamond Jubilee recipient Chris McKhool’s fiery fiddle, melded seamlessly with founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm. Together their musical synergy create Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar.

The band’s US manager and acclaimed promoter Dave Wilkes (Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris) states, "Over the decades, I’ve worked with numerous top ten and #1 Billboard artists. In all that time, I have not worked with composers more talented than McKhool and Laliberté from Sultans of String. Not only are they a superb writing team, they are also amazing arrangers and performers”.

Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as NYC’s Lincoln Center and the legendary Birdland, Boston’s Scullers and California’s hip music scene including the San Jose Jazz Festival. Sultans of String were filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and have performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

“Your set was sensational. Loved it.”
Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“The boys are fantastic!"
Bob Ezrin (Producer--Pink Floyd. Peter Gabriel)

“Absolutely brilliant”
BBC Radio


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David Garfield & Hubb's Groove
$20.00
Thursday 5/31
8:00 pm
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Pianist/Keyboard Wizard & George Benson's Musical Director Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: David Garfield-piano/keys, Robert Hubbard-drums, Tony Watson-sax, & John Jones-bass.

David Garfield’s mission statement is “I make music.”  And “make music” he does, as a world-renowned keyboard artist, producer, and composer. Be it jazz, rock, funk, or world beat – he is the creative force behind the production of many internationally acclaimed recordings.

David started his career with jazz greats such as Willie Bobo, Freddie Hubbard, and Tom Scott in the 70’s. After being on the L.A. scene for several years, he moved into the vast studio world and earned a reputation for fine craftsmanship and versatility.

His first international release on Creatchy Records, “Tribute to Jeff,” featured 78 musicians and artists including Don Henley, Eddie Van Halen, Michael McDonald, and Richard Marx, a virtual who’s who in the music industry.

Garfield continues to have ongoing music relationships with George Benson (he is frequently Benson’s Musical Director), and Boz Scaggs.

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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Anne Cochran & Abe LeMarca
$30.00
Friday 6/01
8:30 pm
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Vocalists Anne Cochran & Abe LeMarca join forces with 7 pc. Band For Exciting Spring Show Live on Nighttown's Main Stage!

Anne Cochran

Anne has established herself in the music industry through numerous solo albums ( Anne Cochran, Thinking of You, Lucky Girl, Cover Girl, This Is The Season, Close To Me, Two of Hearts, Christmas Wish) and accompanying pianist Jim Brickman on several recordings, TV Specials, co-host to his syndicated radio show and as his lead touring vocalist on tour.  Brickman and Cochran had a top 5 Adult Contemporary hit single “After All These Years”. She has performed for Stars On Ice at Madison Square Garden and Gund Arena, NBC’s A Golden Moment, and has performed with numerous symphonies and pop orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Louisville, Kansas City, Colorado, Cincinnati, Nashville and Columbus.

Throughout her career, Cochran has shared many memorable duets with renowned artists such as Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Wayne Brady, Collin Raye, Dave Koz, Richie McDonald, Mark Masri, Ben Utecht and her favorite soulful singer, Abe LaMarca. Anne and Abe have enjoyed radio success with their popular duets, “Rise and Shine” and “Who’s Gonna Baby You”, off her newest cd, “Deeper”, produced by LaMarca. Cochran is thrilled to be re-uniting with Abe, on the Nighttown stage. 

Abe LaMarca

Northern soul music has been the driving and motivating musical force behind this powerful vocalist since he was a teenager growing up in Cleveland Ohio in the late 60’s. He has recently returned back home after living and performing in Las Vegas.

Abe LaMarca is also a proud member of the highly respected stable of singers and musicians often referred to as the “Crown Jewel” of  Las Vegas, Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns.

Abe grew up on a steady diet of sophisticated soul and jazz music well beyond his years. He was influenced by Dinah Washington, Jackie Wilson, Dave Brubeck and Little Richard to name a few.  The height of his young career as a local singer was to land a huge gig with one of Cleveland's most memorable horn bands, Rastus. It was at this time he was schooled by these older and hipper cats, most of all, tenor sax player, Vic Walkuski. "Whenever you started to feel cool and cocky about how good you were, Vic would pull out some obscure soul record with these amazing singers to knock you back down to earth. Most notable was an album by "The Blind Boys of Alabama". I decided then and there that if I was gonna be respected I would have to strive to that level".

After leaving the band he spent time in LA singing demos and working for songwriters Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser. In the 80's Scottie Bros/CBS Records released "LaMarca", a solo endeavor that found this soul lover singing some catchy pop songs, a few of which made it to the big screen, most notably, "Hold on Blue Eyes" from the movie "The Wraith" starring Charlie Sheen. He devoted the 90's to raising his kids in Cleveland and singing radio jingles and T.V. commercials. In 2005, Abe decided to make the move to Las Vegas where he worked at just about every hotel on and off The Strip with various bands and show projects.

Abe's current cd, “Stand and Deliver” is receiving much praise at Smooth Jazz Radio.


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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
$50.00
Sunday 6/03
6:00 pm
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Monday 6/04
6:00 pm
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Tuesday 6/05
7:00 pm
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The Big Band in Jazz!  The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra are returning to the Nighttown Stage!!

Directed by Scotty Barnhart.  With Special Guest Vocalist Everett Greene.

20 Pc. Orchestra live on Nighttown Stage!  Longest running group in Jazz History….83 Years Strong!!!!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND  5 BIG SHOWS!!!!!

2015 marked the 80th Anniversary of The Count Basie Orchestra. William “Count Basie” (1904-1984) started his orchestra in Kansas City in 1935, and proceeded to develop and maintain one of the greatest jazz orchestras in music history. With Mr. Basie’s meticulous attention to detail, selecting the very best musicians, and making sure that every tune could be danced to, The Count Basie Orchestra soon became the favorite for everyone to listen and dance to with it’s irresistible Kansas City Swing beat.

Count Basie was able to get many of the greatest instrumentalists and vocalists in jazz to be a part of his orchestra, including Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Sweets Edison, Joe Jones, Joe Williams, Snooky Young, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, and Clark Terry amongst others.

The orchestra has played many times for Kings, Queens, and other members of Royalty around the world. Appeared in movies, television shows, tv and radio commercials,  won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, and has 18 Grammy Awards, the most for any orchestra.

Today, under the leadership of it’s Director, Scotty Barnhart, The Count Basie Orchestra is traveling the world celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary and continuing the excellent standards in swinging and shouting the blues with precision, and continuing to be “The Most Explosive Force In Jazz”.


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