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Ernie Krivda Fat Tuesday Big Band
$20.00
Tuesday 9/24
7:00 pm
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Tenor Titan Back in Action live on the Nighttown Stage!

Fat Tuesday Big Band Celebrates their "28th Year of Swinging"!

Featuring: Ernie Krivda-Sax & Leader, Evelyn Wright-Vocals, Mike Cady-vocals, Erin Keckan-vocals, and a Cast of Top Flight North Coast Jazz Musicians!

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.

Erin KeckanErin Keckan (Kufel) began singing with Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band as a student in the Tri-C Jazz Studies program in 2003. She’s been singing her heart out in Cleveland ever since. Erin stepped away from performing in the last few years to take care of her 4 children. She is very excited to return to the stage and belt it out again!  

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Alex Bevan
$15.00
Wednesday 9/25
7:00 pm
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Legendary NE Ohio Singer/Songwriter back on the Nighttown Stage!

Alex Bevan has been sharing his voice, guitar, music and stories with audiences for more than forty years.  First known as the "Skinny Little Boy" from Cleveland, Ohio who came to "Chase you wimmin' and drink your beer", Alex has made a  name for himself through out the Regional Ohio music scene.

Drawing on his  deep skill set of imaginative and honest song writing combined with an agile, improvisational wit that dovetails wonderfully with his flawless guitar slinging, Alex never fails to delight and  charm audiences no matter what the venue.

His recordings span the gamut from folk to folk rock and pop to children's educational music.  He has won a number of awards for his commercial efforts in radio and television including an Emmy for his score of the "American Promise - Rustbelt Blues" for WKYC.  Alex's creative works have also contributed to documentary film scores.

Announcing the release of Alex's 22rd recording of songs and music, "Dreams Came". This is the third part of the song cycle that started with “Fly Away” and “I Have No Wings”. 

This collection consists of thirteen songs and is the most intimate of the group. Recorded over the winter, each song is a delicate performance consisting of a single guitar and Alex's voice…. simple and direct… like he was sitting across from you….

You need to see him to believe him and hear him to know him.


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Tony Monaco Trio
$25.00
Thursday 9/26
8:00 pm
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Dynamic Hammond B-3 Wizard Tony Monaco Leads All-Star Trio live at Nighttown!

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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Moises Borges Quartet
$15.00
Friday 9/27
8:30 pm
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Brazilian Vocalist & Guitarist leads North Coast Quartet playing Bossa Nova, Samba, & More Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Moises Borges-Vocals & Guitar, Matt Horwich-Sax, Gary Aprile-bass, & Dylan Moffitt-Percussion.

On Nighttown's fully covered and heated Stephens Green Patio.

Moises Borges is a native of Brazil now living in Cleveland and has become a prolific performer on the Northeast Ohio scene in recent years.  A gifted vocalist and guitarist, Borges plays in the Bossa Nova tradition interpreting classics by Jobim, Gilberto, and many others.  Far away from his native Brazil, the music of his homeland is very much alive when he is on stage.

Don't miss the fun and engaging Brazilian guitarist Moises Borges.


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Ira Sullivan Quintet
$20.00
Sunday 9/29
7:00 pm
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Legendary Multi-Instrumentalist and Octogenarian back on Nighttown Stage for Rare Cleveland Appearance!

Featuring: ?Ira Sullivan-Sax,Trumpet, Flutes, Marc Berner-sax & flute, Rock Wehrmann-piano, Tim Lekan-acoustic bass, and Donnie Patterson-drums.

Ira Sullivan (born May 1, 1931) is a jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, flautist, saxophonist, and composer born in Washington, D.C.. An active musician since the 1950s, he worked often with Red Rodney and Lin Halliday.

He was taught trumpet by his father, saxophone by his mother and played both in 50s Chicago with such seminal figures as Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Wardell Gray and Roy Eldridge, garnering a reputation as a fearsome bebop soloist. After playing briefly with Art Blakey (1956), and mastering alto and baritone saxophone, Sullivan moved south to Florida and out of the spotlight in the early 60s. His reluctance to travel limited his opportunities to play with musicians of the first rank, but Sullivan continued to play in the Miami area, often in schools and churches. Contact with local younger players, notably Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny led to teaching and to a broadening of his own musical roots to include the lessons of John Coltrane's music and elements of jazz rock. 

With the addition of flute and soprano saxophone to his armory, Sullivan moved to New York and in 1980 formed a quintet with legendary bop trumpeter Red Rodney. Resisting the temptation to follow current trends and play the music of their youth, Sullivan and Rodney worked on new material and fostered young talent to produce some fresh and stimulating music. Ira and his longtime friend and collaborator Stu Katz, jazz pianist and vibraphonist, co-led a multi-night performance with Katz at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago. A live recording of some of those performances, A Family Affair: Live At Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase, was released in 2011. In 2014, Ira Sullivan performed in concert with jazz vocalist Erin McDougald for a live-recorded concert at 35th Street Studios which featured pianist-guitarist Rob Block, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Charles Heath along with multi-reed player Marc Berner. 

Currently, Sullivan teaches at the Young Musicians Camp each summer at the University of Miami.

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Debi Lewin's "A Night on the Piazza"
$20.00
Thursday 10/03
7:00 pm
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An Evening of Opera and Broadway with the most Glorious of Voices Live at Nighttown!

Multiple artists featured under the Direction of Debi Lewin.

Nighttown and Marquee Showcase Productions will present an evening with some of the most glorious vocalists from the Ohio area!  The evening will marry together the most familiar Opera selections and Broadway hits that also have that “Opera Flare”.

These wonderful performers have dedicated their time to many years of training. If you have never had the distinct pleasure of being up-close to the glorious use of the human voice, this is your chance to experience this incredible adventure in the intimate setting that we love at Nighttown.

Songs featured are: Phantom, South Pacific, West Side Story to name a few and of course the GREAT WORKS OF: Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart and more!

Debi Lewin - A Cleveland vocalist favorite and past performer of sold out shows at Nighttown, Debi will direct, host and this time perform in her new show called “A Night on the Piazza”. This is the first show of the Marquee Showcase Productions Series at Nighttown. For more on Marquee www.nationalsingingstar.com Producers: Julie Matthews/Debi Lewin.

Our Featured Performers:
Julie Ann Gulenko is praised for her graceful soprano voice and sensitive musical interpretations. The northeast Ohio native who makes her Nighttown debut is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Ms. Gulenko has made multiple appearances with both Canton Comic Opera and the Summit Choral Society and has recently collaborated with the Cleveland Ballet, the Western Reserve Historical Society, and the Tuesday Musical Association. Julie was the first prize winner of the 2014 Festival of Song USA competition in New York and was invited to perform at the Cantamare Festival in Palermo, Sicily, that summer.

Max Cook (tenor) is from Ashland, Virginia, and is in his 4th year at Oberlin College and Conservatory where he will earn a Bachelor of Music for Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts for Politics and Law & Society. This autumn he will appear as Flute in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with Oberlin Opera Theater."

Ryan Dearon - Chicago native, bass-baritone Ryan Dearon has been praised for his gorgeous, warm sound and for being “dramatically robust” on stage (The Plain Dealer). A recent graduate of both Oberlin College and Conservatory, Ryan is honored to have performed recently with The Cleveland Opera. 

Claire Holdren  (13 years old) was the 2017 National Singing Star 1st Place winner and Canton Idol winner. Claire performed the National Anthem for the Akron Rubber Ducks and Akron Zips. Claire has already had over 100 solo vocal performances throughout Northeast Ohio.

Cat Lally -  A student of Berklee College of music. Cat has performed with the Cleveland Opera at various venues including Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theater. As a mezzo soprano she one day hopes to take the stage in the Broadway musical “Wicked”.

Gabriela Linares (mezzo-soprano):- Oberlin Conservatory Student.


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UZIZI
$10.00
Friday 10/04
8:00 pm
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11 Pc. Jazz Folk Fusion Ensemble combining Folk, Jazz, World, & Rock Music.  Featuring Reed Simon & Darren Frate.

Live on Nighttown's Fully Covered and All Weather Stephens Green Patio.

Featuring: Craig Matis, songwriter, bandleader, acoustic guitar, banjo, lead singer
Darren Frate, electric bass
Reed Simon, violin
Jim Van Cleef, electric guitar
Mark Nathanson, drums and percussion
Singing Section: Kathy Jo Gutgsell, Terry Gutgsell, Mattie Roberts, Dee Walters, Jordan Davis.

UZIZI delivers an acoustic/electric mix of folk and jazz, spiced with world musical overtones and rock influences, both sacred and profane. The band includes a five-voice singing section with acoustic and electric instruments. This concert will include a new ten-song suite with projected visual art, along with other material from their decades-long career.

Reed Simon is an inventive jazz violinist most recently seen in the Hot Djang Quartet. Darren Frate, of Velvet Voyage, brings his lively fretwork on electric bass to the mix.

UZIZI is an eclectic musical adventure, full of melodic surprise and lyrical dimensionality. The life's work project of renaissance artist Craig Matis, songs may be balladic or anthemic, sacred or profane, deeply personal or declaratively outward-facing. Recent shows include projections of Craig’s neo-primitive visual art, illustrating the new ten-song suite “Crossing the Water.” 








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Forecast
$15.00
Friday 10/04
8:30 pm
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North Coast's Premier Contemporary Jazz Group back on Stage at Nighttown! 

Featuring: Lem Adams-vibes, Gary Stevenson-bass, Riley Richards-sax, Steve Johnson-keyboards, & John Turner-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. 

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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Travis "Moonchild" Haddix
$15.00
Saturday 10/05
8:30 pm
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World Class Bluesmen orbits in to Nighttown with his Swinging and Soulful 8 Piece Band with Full Horn Section!

Travis Haddix began playing the piano at the age of seven in his home town of Walnut, Mississippi, located thirty miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. The turning point in his musical learning experience came when he was eight, when the legendary B.B. King came to Memphis and began playing daily at the studios of WDIA. Travis was awed by King;s guitar virtuosity and he hung around the radio station every day to learn all he could. Soon, Travis' piano playing fell by the wayside and was replaced by the guitar, which he plays on stage and in the studio.

Years later, the Haddix family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Travis, now a budding star, continued to refine his craft by singing and playing throughout the North. The original "Moonchild", he earned the nickname from his beaming presence on stage and his always broad smile and energetic, sexy performances, In 1959, Travis moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he joined the D.L. Rocco Band and achieved regional notoriety that led to a prominent spot with the Little Johnnie Taylor group. Travis also contributed material to five albums by Artie "Bluesboy" White. His material is also covered by Artie “blues boy” White, Dickie Williams, Jimmy Dawkins, Michael Burks, Charles Wilson, the late Son Seals, and Lee Shot Williams.

Haddix has received rave reviews in Living Blues Magazine, Blues Revue, Real Blues, Big City, Jefferson and Audience Magazine, and he has toured Europe since 1992. His style evokes the sounds of the great Stax-Volt days, when the likes of Sam & Dave ruled the urban blues roost. His fifth release on Ichiban Records is A Big Ole Goodun', featuring the Travis Haddix band (together since 1988). He proves, once again, that he is a fixture in the modern blues industry with songs like. "Make Me Say Please" , "From Bad to Worse", and the made-for-jukebox single, "(She Called Me) Knucklehead".

Travis received 4 awards in 1999. Best Male Blues Artist, Best New Blues Artist, Best Blues Entertainer and Contemporary Blues Artist Of The Year. In 1989 he founded Haddix publishing Company and Wann-Sonn Records, and recorded ten CDs under his own label. in 2007 travis won the Gay Rose Production Keeping the Blues Alive Award.

Next time you have a chance, check out the movie April's Fool which features Travis' hit song, Everything Is Everything.

In 2007, Travis' single, "Dick for Dinner" from "Mean Ole Yesterday" was nominated Best Blues Song by the Blues Critic Awards 2007 Readers Poll-Comtemporary Blues. Travis was in great company; the prize was awarded to Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan.


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Tom Knific Quartet featuring Jamey Haddad
$20.00
Sunday 10/06
7:00 pm
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Acoustic Bass Master and Western Michigan University Professor leads All-Star Quartet Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Tom Knific-acoustic bass, Jamey Haddad-drums & percussion, Dmitri Matheny-trumpet & flugelhorn (from SF, Ca.), & Gene Knific-piano.

Tom Knific, Cleveland native and Azica Recording Artist, returns to Nighttown for what is sure to be a fabulous reunion and musical celebration. The Tom Knific Quartet has toured Africa, Russia, the US, and received rave reviews for Lines of Influence, and The Muse, on Cleveland’s Azica Records. Knific has gone on to perform on tour and record with many of the great jazz and classical artists of our time including Dave Brubeck, Michel Legrand, Fred Hersch, Randy Brecker, Billy Hart, Edward Simon, Toots Thielemans, Andre Watts, Pepe Romero, and many more. He is heard on over 30 CD’s. Tom is emeritus Director of Jazz Studies of the award-winning jazz program at Western Michigan University. The TKQ is featuring Cleveland’s internationally heralded percussionist Jamey Haddad,  along with pianist and son Gene Knific, and West Coast Flugelhorn star, Dmitri Matheny.  

Knific has planned some special dedications he has composed to celebrate this homecoming honoring his Cleveland roots. 

A world class musician, native Clevelander Jamey Haddad  spent most of 2012 and 2013 on tour with Paul Simon enhancing his world famous music with his percussion.  Jamey Haddad has been a professional jazz musician for over 25 years. He has toured and recorded with many greats including Carly Simon, Joe Lovano, Paul Winter, Kenny Werner, and Dave Liebman.

Currently Jamey teaches at Oberlin and he continues to tour as the leader of his own group, and as a special guest, nationally and internationally.
 


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Jeremy Kittel & Co
$20.00
Tuesday 10/08
7:00 pm
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From NYC/Michigan. Dynamic Violinist from the Turtle Island Quartet leads his own Group live at Nighttown!

“Some of the most engaging people I’ve ever worked with have a real vision while being willing to explore—following, rather than dictating, the creative energy.” — Jeremy Kittel

That ethos is central to the new release, Whorls, from Kittel & Co. The album’s title refers to patterns of spirals, an apt metaphor for the undulation between the outsize skills and free-spirited instincts that drive its sound. A dazzlingly original work, Whorls inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, folk and jazz sensibilities.

Previously of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, Kittel demonstrated similar scope as a composer-arranger- collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. But for the last few years, the Brooklyn-based artist has been diligently building his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group.

Kittel & Co. includes mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham (named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine), genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand (a presidential scholar at Berklee College of Music), transcendent cellist Nathaniel Smith (as heard with Sarah Jarosz and Kacey Musgraves), and hammer-dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman (acclaimed for bringing a new tonal flexibility to the instrument). “We met gradually over the years, through festivals, shows, gatherings,” Kittel says. “Each really struck me with their uniqueness, for being a singular force on their instrument.” These musicians are as prodigious as they are world class: Most aren’t even 30 years old.

Their musical contributions to Whorls are visceral, yet precise. “The guys have an incredible combination of skill and intuition. Says Kittel: “It’s been so moving to be part of a whole, when the music starts taking off and everyone is supporting, balancing, breathing together. In those rare moments, it’s as holy a thing as I’ve ever experienced.”


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Paul Kovac's Big 'Grass Band
$15.00
Thursday 10/10
8:00 pm
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String Masters play Music from their New CD "Ohio Bluegrass from the Appalachian Plateau", and Traditional Bluegrass Favorites Live at Nighttown!

Paul Kovac caught the Bluegrass bug while in his teens, learning to play banjo, guitar & mandolin, and quickly joined bands in an effort to ‘earn-while-you-learn’. Realizing that the older, first-generation musicians held the keys to the kingdom, he set out to see, meet and play with as many as he could. Over the year’s, Paul’s performed with Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise, Mac Wiseman, Vassar Clements, and countless others. These experiences have been the bedrock of his Bluegrass foundation.


“(Kovac) makes the banjo talk!”  -Bluegrass Unlimited

Though Paul plays and enjoys other styles of American music, including Honky-tonk, Appalachian Old-time Stringband, and Singer-songwriter music, it’s Bluegrass that tugs the hardest.

The Big ‘Grass Band is his return to Bluegrass, flanked by premier like-minded musicians, making Paul’s original songs come to life. The album, “Ohio Bluegrass: From the Appalachian Plateau”, was recorded in Akron, OH by David Mayfield, and all the musicians involved grew up within fifty miles of one another in NE Ohio.

The Big ‘Grass Band is made up of seasoned, experienced players, with decades of experience, successfully presenting Bluegrass to audiences knowledgeable about the music, and to folks hearing Bluegrass for the first time.


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Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion
$25.00
Friday 10/11
8:30 pm
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Percussionist Extraordinaire Sammy Figueroa & His Miami Based Group hits the Stage at Nighttown!

As featured in the groups of Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and many other greats!

Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians. As one of the world's leading percussionists he has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock to pop to bebop to Latin to Brazilian to New Age. As one of New York's most sought after session players Sammy played on countless albums, jingles and film scores and appeared often on The David Letterman Band and the Saturday Night Live Band. He has recorded and toured with Miles Davis, the Brecker Brothers (for 12 years!), Sonny Rollins, Michel Camilo (who wrote the tune 'And Sammy Walked In' in his honor), Chaka Khan, David Bowie, and Mariah Carey (in her multi-million selling MTV Unplugged). Sammy's famed sense of humor, ebullient personality, and open-heartedness is famous within the music industry and has further empowered him in his connection with musicians and audiences alike.

As leader of The Latin Jazz Explosion, Sammy empowers his players and has created an ensemble that is astounding in its musical excitement. His first album, "And Sammy Walked In" (on Savant Records), co-produced by longtime production partner Rachel Faro, included music by Michel Camilo and Hermeto Pascual. His second album, "The Magician", (also on Savant Records), again co-produced with Rachel Faro, features spectacular original compositions by Venezuelans Silvano Monasterios and Gabriel Vivas alongside jazz classics such as Seven Steps and Cedar Walton's Firm Roots. Both albums received Grammy Nominations for Best Latin Jazz Album. His third album, "Urban Nature", mainly original compositions by Monasterios and Vivas, further explores the connection between Latin rhythms and complex modern jazz, with offerings ranging from the complex 'Gufillo' to the poetic lyricism of 'Zuliana' to the swinging salsa of Mongo's 'Cuca y Olga'.

In 2010, 'just for fun', Sammy developed a second band, Sally's Tomato, an exciting tribute to the music of Cal Tjader. With the blessings of Tjader family, this band caught on instantly, magnetizing a devoted fan base of its own with its breezy tropical, retro sound. This band has played everywhere from New York's Iridium club to many corporate events.

In 2014 Sammy released a new album, 'Talisman', a special collaboration with Brazilian singer Glaucia Nasser, also produced by Rachel Faro. This album brilliantly combines the rhythms of Latin percussion with the beauty of Brazilian song. The Talisman group toured the U.S. East coast in late 2014.

Sammy's fourth album "imaginary World", was released in June 2015. All signs indicate that this album is not only his best yet but will be a benchmark for Latin jazz recordings. Co-produced by Rachel Faro and American Idol musical director Ray Chew, the tracks combine a highly complex and challenging Latin approach with a classical sense of beauty. 

Sammy Figueroa "Cuco Y Olga" at Pineaple Groove


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Joe Policastro Trio
$20.00
Saturday 10/12
4:00 pm
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From Chicago!  Windy City Bassists Leads Progressive Jazz Trio Live at Nighttown!  Playing Music from their new CD "Nothing Here Belongs".

Special matinee concert / dinner.

Featuring: Joe Policastro-acoustic bass, Dave Miller-guitar, & Mikel Avery-drums.

Hailed by Downbeat for its “deft analysis of choice repertoire,” and by the Chicago Reader for its “diversity of approaches to all kinds of source material,” the JOE POLICASTRO TRIO is Chicago-based alternative jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro features guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature draws upon a wide array of musical styles and sources while still keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic trio intact.

Nothing Here Belongs (JeruJazz Records - February 8, 2019) marks the fourth release by the band. The new release follows in the wake of West Side Story Suite (2013), POPS! (2016), and Screen Sounds (2017), all of which highlighted the trio’s ability to remake unlikely songs in its own raw, highly idiosyncratic fashion. Nothing Here Belongs, by contrast, for the first time showcases the trio’s captivating body of original music, while also including characteristically bold arrangements of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, and Santo & Johnny.

True bands are a rarity in jazz these days, especially ones who hone their craft as consistently as this one does. In addition to their long-running thrice weekly residency at Pops For Champagne in the Chicago, the band has been extensively playing together throughout the US and Canada having even performed for President Barack Obama.

As sidemen, Joe Policastro (Jeff Hamilton, Pat and Debby Boone, Phil Woods, Diane Schuur), Dave Miller (Clarice Assad, Patricia Barber, Algernon), and Mikel Avery (Joshua Abrams, Theaster Gates, Rob Mazurek) have shared the stage with a wide array of musicians but dedicate collectively to this trio. Whether highlighting the original music of its members, re-contextualizing modern music, or performing jazz classics of the likes of Thelonious Monk, Chico Hamilton, or Charles Lloyd, the trio readily displays its singular approach, sound, texture, and simultaneity.


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Dominick Farinacci "Spirit of the Groove"
$20.00
Sunday 10/13
7:00 pm
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Rising Trumpet Star with All-Star & Next Generation Lineup for Special Show at Nighttown!   

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has been recently credited the title Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further integrate jazz into communities around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 launching his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, later releasing two more globally. He has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education & advocacy, “This kid is 360 degrees!”

His most recent recording “Short Stories” is produced by Tommy LiPuma. This is Tommy & Dominick’s first collaboration, and was recorded in their hometown of Cleveland at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts.

In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.




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Diego Figueiredo & Chuchito Valdes
$30.00
Wednesday 10/16
7:00 pm
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Brazil meets Cuba when these two masters of guitar and piano take the Stage Live at Nighttown!!   

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. Don't miss this opportunity to discover this incredible artist.  

Diego Figueiredo is an extraordinary fast rising star among the world's greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now. He has a very unique skills and his concert have been a great success in more than 50 countries around the world.

He has already released 23 CDS, 3 DVDs and a book and he has received awards twice at the “MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL” as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. Diego Figueiredo performs one amazing concert uniting technique and emotion in a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz.

?Diego Figueiredo is a brilliant musician who keeps the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music and at the same time can be extremely virtuous , modern and innovative.

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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 Diego Figueiredo Trio Live in Concert in São Paulo Brazil
 Diego Figueiredo Duo (hold onto your seat)
 Diego solo performing "Stella by Starlight"
 Diego Figueiredo wins the Festa Nacional da Música Award in Brazil

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Jeff Varga Duo
$10.00
Thursday 10/17
7:30 pm
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Top Notch NE Ohio Singer Songwriter Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Jeff Varga-Guitar & Vocals, & Mike Criscione-piano.

On Nighttown's Fully Covered and All Weather Stephens Green Patio.

Jeff Varga is an unassuming folk-styled, singer-songwriter who belongs to a seasoned class of artists, influenced by the likes of James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon. Unlike the ramblings of those who write about horses they’ve never ridden and mountain tops they’ve never seen, Varga’s music is dipped in a classic brand of folk that values emotional and lyrical authenticity over populist style. 

A favorite Cleveland-area singer-songwriter, Varga’s 40-year musical career includes 10-years in the New York City scene and numerous tours across Europe with various country groups during the Urban Cowboy movement. 

He recently scored the award-winning short film “Burnt” by Lucia Apicella and has recorded six solo albums including the recently released, 7-song project “Back Porch Songs” (2012). An avid animal lover and horse enthusiast, Varga, when he’s not composing or performing, rehabilitates horses and supports the work of local animal shelters. 

“With my writing, I want people to know that whatever happens, it can get better. There is hope,” says Varga. “It’s a three to five minute genre of telling a story and if you can get it right,” he says, “that’s when you’re making something great.”
 


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Diego Figueiredo & Chuchito Valdes
$30.00
Thursday 10/17
8:00 pm
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Brazil meets Cuba when these two masters of guitar and piano take the Stage Live at Nighttown!!   

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. Don't miss this opportunity to discover this incredible artist.  

Diego Figueiredo is an extraordinary fast rising star among the world's greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now. He has a very unique skills and his concert have been a great success in more than 50 countries around the world.

He has already released 23 CDS, 3 DVDs and a book and he has received awards twice at the “MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL” as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. Diego Figueiredo performs one amazing concert uniting technique and emotion in a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz.

?Diego Figueiredo is a brilliant musician who keeps the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music and at the same time can be extremely virtuous , modern and innovative.

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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 Diego Figueiredo Trio Live in Concert in São Paulo Brazil
 Diego Figueiredo Duo (hold onto your seat)
 Diego solo performing "Stella by Starlight"
 Diego Figueiredo wins the Festa Nacional da Música Award in Brazil

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An Evening with Jimmy Webb
$75.00
Friday 10/18
8:30 pm
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Saturday 10/19
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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Cleveland Guitar Trio
$15.00
Sunday 10/20
7:00 pm
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Master Acoustic Guitarists based on North Coast hit the Stage at Nighttown!

Featuring: Doug Wood, Darren Frate, & Patrick Woods.

Cleveland Guitar Trio (formerly Guys With Guitars) brings their  ever dynamic and engaging show to Nighttown. The trio features Doug Wood, Patrick Woods, and Darren Frate; all accomplished solo artists, but together they provide the quintessential guitar show, featuring great original solo works, fun collaborations, and even a few recognizable and fan favorites.


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Adam Hawley / Danny Lerman / Hubb's Groove
$25.00
Thursday 10/24
8:00 pm
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All Star Contemporary Jazz Summit Meeting Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Adam Hawley-Guitar (LA, CA), Danny Lerman-Sax (S. Bend, IN) & Robert Hubbard & Hubb's Groove (Cleveland, OH)

Adam Hawley’s new CD “Double Vision” has jumped out the gates with Three #1 Hits! This means that in unprecedented fashion all 6 of Adam’s singles have topped the charts! The album also includes special guests Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Darren Rahn, Julian Vaughan, and Kat Hawley.

Adam signed with Kalimba Music (founded by Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire) in August 2015. His first offering on the Kalimba label features Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Eric Darius and Michael Lington. And in 2016, Adam was been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year.

Danny Lerman is a riveting saxophonist and composer. Danny has studied with Junior Walker's legendary teacher, Charlie Atkins and at the music school of the University of North Texas and the Berklee School of Music as well as with Peter Ballin. Danny's CD’s, Danny’s Island/Chartmaker Jazz and Meow Baby/Lightyear/EMI earned stunning reviews, opening the door to international airplay, festivals and concerts in Finland, Venezuela, South Africa, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Israel and the USA.  Lerman has recorded and performed with Howard Hewett, Danny Boy, Bobby Lyle,  Norman Connors and Jimmy Mngwandi. Danny has performed with Peabo Bryson, Kevin Mahogany and Onder Focan,  and recorded with Randy Brecker , Dave Valentin, and Hubert Laws. Lerman has opened for Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Sergio Mendez, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, the Ghetto Boys and Joe Lovano among others. 

Danny has performed as a featured soloist with the South Bend Symphony and in Breda, Holland with members of the Metropole Orchestra. Danny’s compositions have been featured in movie soundtracks, Wedding Bell Blues and Kill Me Later as well as commercials for JD Powers.  

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.
 




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JazzWorks
$20.00
Friday 10/25
8:30 pm
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Exciting 9 Piece Little Big Band Live at Nighttown! 

Featuring: John Klayman, Jack Schantz, Chris Anderson, Howie Smith, Bob Ferrazza, & More!  

Experience some of the best jazz talent our region has to offer with the return of JazzWorks, including new music & arrangements by members of this all-star band! Featuring Howie Smith, John Klayman, Jack Schantz, Chris Anderson, Theron Brown, Aidan Plank, Bob Ferrazza, Reggie Jackson.

JazzWorks was originally founded in 2009 to be a resident ensemble of Tri-C JazzFest with a working collective of Northeast Ohio musicians showcasing their skills as composers, arrangers and performers. Since 2009, JazzWorks has re-imagined the works of legendary artists such as McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jim Hall and The Liberation Music Orchestra with Charlie Haden.

While the presentation of repertoire material is part of the vision, there has always been an emphasis on presenting the new music and/or arrangements by members of JazzWorks. 

While the presentation of repertoire material is part of the vision, there has always been an emphasis on presenting the new music and/or arrangements by members of JazzWorks.

 








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The Numbers Band (15-60-75)
$10.00
Saturday 10/26
8:00 pm
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From Kent, Ohio.  Celebrating their 49th Year!  Legends of Jazz, Blues, & Rock live at Nighttown.

On Nighttown's Fully Covered and Heated Stephens Green Patio.

15 60 75 The Numbers Band has been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications since the beginning of their 30 years of live performances and recordings. Many fans are under the impression that the band remains obscure by choice. In fact, they have never been offered a contract from any recording company in the industry, ever.

The music "cannot be categorized", "it is undefinable", "too original". The music industry is not about music anymore. It is about selling products the public can relate to. After all, it is a business. Even "alternative" music has become a label. The founder of the band, Robert Kidney, explains, "The music industry, the media, and the tellsusourvision (TV) are defining for the American public what is good music by only playing and supporting what is profitable. We are taught to disregard everything that is not familiar. We (The Numbers Band) give the people our best. Our effort goes into being creative, unique and original. We define our own sound. There are no rules because we don't play the game. We are not in it for the game, we're in it for the music."

So, the band continues to create and evolve outside of the "Rock & Roll" establishment. The majority of the recordings were financed by friends. Hundreds of photographs taken of the band in different stages of it's existence by different amazing people tell a story of intense performances, long nights, and the passing of time. Band members have come and gone, and returned again. Robert sees music as much more than an emotional release or a performance.

The title of the band has always aroused curiosity from fans. The fans called them The Numbers because it was easier than trying to get the figures right. Numbers had not been used in a name before, and the political climate in 1970 was quite Orwell-ian. Robert choose a sequence of numbers mentioned in a book written by Paul Oliver called The Blues Fell This Morning. In the chapter "The Jinx Is On Me", Oliver describes the Numbers Racket popular in Harlem in the 1950s and how dreams were analyzed as number sequences and used for placing bets. The band's music theory specialist, Terry Hynde, also discovered that 15 divided 15 is 1, 60 divided by 15 is 4, and 75 divided by 15 is 5. In a musician's world, "1, 4, 5," is referred to as the "universal progression".

The band resides in northeast Ohio. They have several recordings under their belt and more music than they can afford to release.

 


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Dane Vannatter
$20.00
Saturday 10/26
8:30 pm
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Dynamic Jazz Vocalist and recent arrival in Cleveland back by Popular Demand with his Quartet!

Dane Vannatter-vocals, Max Leake-piano, James Moore-trumpet, Brent Hamker-guitar, Demetrius Steinmetz-bass, & Ricky Exton-drums.

Dane Vannatter has received Bistro awards for Outstanding Vocalist and for his second recording Flight by the critics of BackStage in New York. Dane has been acclaimed by reviewers at The New York Post, The Boston Globe, and BackStage for a style that “blends facets of cabaret and jazz with intelligence and care.”

The Boston Globe remarks “Dane Vannatter’s distinctive style leaves an imprint on whatever music he sings. His voice has a floating quality that gets in your head and won’t leave….his music is a swinging, soaring adventure!” He has been nominated for 4 MAC awards and is a Nightlife Award finalist.

Dane has performed for several years at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in New York. In Pittsburgh, Dane has performed for First Fridays at the Frick, and sings regularly at Fairmont Hotel’s Jazz at Andy’s and James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy. On July 31, 2015 Dane was called to the stage by Patti LaBelle during her concert in Columbus, Ohio. After hearing Dane sing and inviting him to duet on her classic “Lady Marmalade” Patti exclaimed “You better sing, fool. My God!.”

Dane released his 4th CD Give Me Something Real in 2016 to much critical acclaim


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Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre
$10.00
Monday 10/28
7:00 pm
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3nd Annual Kyle Jean-Baptiste Benefit featuring the Next Generation of Broadway Stars live at Nighttown!

BW's Broadway Bucket List.

The cast of Great Lakes Theater’s production of Music Man comes to Nighttown!  Join Baldwin Wallace University students and graduates from the cast as they explore their dream roles and sing iconic musical theatre classics! 

From lead roles on Broadway and London’s West End to prime time television, film and more, students and alumni from Baldwin Wallace’s music theatre program have garnered top acclaim for more than 20 years and was most recently ranked as the number 1 Music Theatre program in the country by onstageblog.com!  Program director Victoria Bussert continues to lead students to successful careers.

3nd Annual Kyle Jean-Baptiste Benefit featuring the Next Generation of Broadway Stars live at Nighttown!


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Johnny A
$20.00
Monday 11/04
7:00 pm
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Master Guitarist lights up Nighttown’s Stage!

Boston Hall of Fame inductee Johnny A. is a Gibson and now Epiphone signature guitarist (the Johnny A. Gibson is one of their most popular selling signature models) is a spectacular performer guaranteed to mesmerize an audience with the 1st riff! Johnny has shared the stage with artists from BB King to Steve Vai and everybody in between and has performed at such prestigious festivals as Eric Clapton’s Crossroads, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and Tokyo’s Fuji Rock Festival.

Coming back to his roots, Johnny has developed an intimate solo performance celebrating some of the greatest, and most influential, guitar work in history.

“The hallmark of a great artist is that they never sit still in their music explorations. Johnny A. in his “Just Me…And My Guitars” show reveals his considerable talents in his approach revealing his take on tunes that we have all grown up with and love. Since Johnny is alone, it is a perfect show for venues like ours.”  - Tony Beadle / President, Rockport Music

“Devotion to melodies, tight dynamics and succulent tones perfectly temper Johnny’s balance of fire and ice.” -  Guitar World

“Johnny A let’s his guitar speak for him with eloquence and spirit.” - Washington Post

“Johnny A. has eclectic musical vision and the skills to realize it… both accessible and sophisticated.” - JAZZIZ

“A musician who resists easy categorization and that’s always cool by us.” - London Free Press


In the words of Premiere Guitar Magazine, “ Johnny A.'s magic crosses over because, like Bill Frisell, he doesn't just play guitar - he plays music.”

Johnny A on the Gibson Johnny A Signature Guitar

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