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Alex Bugnon
$30.00
Friday 11/16
8:00 pm
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Saturday 11/17
8:00 pm
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Pianist and Contemporary Jazz Superstar & his group return for Big Weekend at Nighttown!

Montreux-reared Bugnon studied at a music conservatory in Paris before coming to America to continue at Boston’s famed Berklee School of Music. He spent a lot of time playing not only jazz but gospel, gigging on that time-honored southern circuit. Upon graduation he moved to New York. After spending a year driving taxicabs and teaching French at the Berlitz School, he found initial work backing R&B stars such as Patti Austin & James Ingram and Keith Sweat. It was through backing Freddie Jackson that he made the contact at then-new Orpheus Records where he recorded his first two CDs Love Season (1989) and Head Over Heels (1991), making his deepest first impressions with R&B audiences as a soulful instrumentalist du jour. A switch to Sony’s Epic Records family yielded 107 Degrees in the Shade (1991) and This Time Around (1993), upon which time he jumped to RCA Records for Tales from the Bright Side (1995). From there he segued into the four albums he did for Narada Records, an associated label that specialized in smooth jazz and new age.

Beyond his recordings, Alex has built a loyal fan base through constant touring on the club and jazz festival circuits. Just last year he passed the great Dizzy Gillespie’s record of playing Washington, D.C.’s Blues Alley for 12 consecutive Thanksgivings with his own lucky 13th visit. That most recent gig found his new music from Going Home receiving quite the warm welcome. “People in their 40s, 50s and 60s that have all of my CDs were raving about the new songs,” he beams. “At the same time, college students that are more likely to be Radiohead fans were coming up to me saying, ‘I really dug that ‘Silver Finger’ song, man’ - which was really nice to hear!”

 


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Jeff Hamilton Organ Trio
$25.00
Sunday 11/18
7:00 pm
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Drum Master returns to Nighttown with All-Star International Organ Trio!

Featuring: Jeff Hamilton-Drums, Akiko Tsuruga-Hammond B-3 Organ, & Graham Dechter-Guitar.

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. 

Jeff is equally at home in smaller formats. He is an integral part of the Clayton Brothers and Herb Wong stated in his review of their release, The Music (Capri), in JazzTimes: “Always evident is…the colorful work of the rhythm section featuring…the sensitivity and sizzle of Jeff Hamilton’s seasoned drums.”

In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Jeff has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy. 

An accomplished guitarist, composer and arranger, Graham Dechter plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his young age. The 28-year-old Los Angeles native, a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since he was 19, shows a deep reverence for the jazz guitar tradition in his warm-toned renditions of ballads, bossas, bebop and blues. A formidable soloist and consummate accompanist, he imbues standards with rare enthusiasm and an inherent bluesiness while carving out his own path with several affecting original compositions.

Dechter’s tastes are firmly rooted in a different aesthetic. A talent deserving of wider recognition, Dechter follows in the lineage of his guitar heroes like Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, Grant Green and Herb Ellis.

Akiko Tsuruga - Raised in Osaka, Japan, this talented musician began studying the organ at the age of three, at the famed Yamaha Music School. After discovering her passion for jazz very early on in her musical journey, Akiko launched her career immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. 

While living and playing in Osaka, she had many opportunities to perform with world-renowned jazz musicians from the United States. Meeting Grady Tate, in particular, was a life-changing event for Akiko. 

After landing in the mecca for jazz, New York City, it didn’t take long for Akiko to make her mark - she was soon embraced not only by audiences, but by her fellow musicians, as one of the top organ players in the city.  

But it was the meeting of organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith that proved to have the greatest impact on Akiko’s musical development and career. He became an important mentor to Akiko, and she considers him her greatest influence. 

Akiko has ten albums as a leader to her credit.  Her debut album in the U.S.,  “Sweet and Funky”, was selected as a “Best album of 2007” in DOWNBEAT Magazine.
 


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Mike, Jim, & Bill Do The Beatles White Album
$15.00
Wednesday 11/21
7:00 pm
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A unique reconstruction of the class Beatles White Album featuring 3 voices and 3 guitars, with great stories Live at Nighttown!

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Release of The White Album!

Featuring: Mike Kearns, Jim Wilson, and Bill Hoffman.

In February, 1968, The Beatles travelled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Ringo and his wife left after ten days. Paul McCartney and Jane Asher left after five weeks. Lennon and Harrison returned sixteen days later.  During their time there, they wrote songs on acoustic guitars and jammed with Donovan, Mike Love of The Beach Boys and the American jazz flautist, Paul Horn.  They brought back to England 40 new songs.
 
On May 30, 1968, work began at Abbey Road Studios on what many consider their most creative and controversial album or, in this case, double album. On November 22, 1968,
The Beatles was released in the US. This diverse collection of Beatles music became known as The White Album because of its austere, white album cover. It became The Beatles’ largest selling LP.
 
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 48 years to the day of the first release, three Cleveland musicians: Mike Kearns, Jim Wilson and Bill Hoffman will perform The White Album at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights.  Side One begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Nighttowncleveland.com.
 
Mike, Jim & Bill Do The White Album is a reconstruction of The Beatles’ classic album using just three guitars and three voices. Not content with simply recreating The Beatles’ arrangements, this trio enjoys giving the material a quarter turn, accompanying songs with witty tales and anecdotes and taking the audience down the slide headfirst.
 
Mike, Jim & Bill Do The White Album debuted on May 30, 2015, at The Wingenstock Concert Series at the Lantern Theatre in Valley View, Ohio, 47 years to the day of the first Abbey Road sessions. They repeated their performance at this summer’s Wingenstock Concert Series on June 18, Paul’s birthday, and took it to the west side at The Brother’s Lounge in August.  Their engagement at Nighttown marks their first east side appearance.
 
“Anyone who lived through the 60’s will live through Mike, Jim & Bill Do The White Album.”








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Forecast
$15.00
Friday 11/23
8:30 pm
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Saturday 11/24
8:30 pm
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North Coast's Premier Contemporary Jazz Group back on stage for Big Holiday Weekend at Nighttown!

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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All City Vocal Group w/David Thomas & Friends
$15.00
Sunday 11/25
7:00 pm
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The Top Vocalists from Cleveland City Schools join pianist David Thomas & Friends Live at Nighttown!

All-City Arts is a district-wide after school and weekend program providing artistic and college readiness skills which is produced by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Department of Arts Education. All-City Arts collaborates with certified arts teachers, teaching artists and community arts partners to produce All-City Arts instruction, productions and events.

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

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


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Sarah Partridge with Dan Maier Trio
$20.00
Thursday 11/29
8:00 pm
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From NYC!  Exciting Jazz Vocalist/Composer/Actress take the stage at Nighttown!

Featuring: Sarah Partridge-vocals, Dan Maier-piano, Tim Lekan-bass, & Donnie Patterson-drums.

Sarah Partridge grew up in Boston and Birmingham, Alabama, listening to jazz vocalists around the house, soaking up her father’s albums of Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Connor, Dakota Staton, Irene Kral, and Sarah Vaughan. But she was drawn to acting, and ended up majoring in theater at Northwestern University. After graduating in 1982, she worked around Chicago, and landed her first feature role in Tom Cruise’s star-making 1983 hit Risky Business.

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1984, she worked steadily in film and television and carved out a niche doing voice-overs (often portraying cartoon superheroes). Out with friends one night at the Improv, she accepted their dare to take a turn at karaoke and delivered a stunning rendition of “Summertime.” The impromptu performance caught the ear of a booker, who promptly hired her to sing in a concert with the top tier of L.A. jazz musicians. It was a successful gig that rekindled a long-buried dream.

“It was a fluke,” she says. “But as an actress I loved to sing. I was just never a Broadway belter. My dad was a huge fan of female vocalists and I grew up knowing the artists and the songs, but I never considered that I would do this professionally. I didn’t go to music school or take vocal classes. But there was that moment singing ‘Summertime’ when my friends looked at me afterwards, and said, how do you know how to do that?”

Sarah Partridge She spent years honing her technique in Los Angeles and New York City, where she moved in 1994, and instantly bonded with trumpet legend Doc Cheatham, “the first musician I played with in New York.” Attending one of his regular Sunday brunch performance’s at Sweet Basil, her husband convinced pianist Chuck Folds to let Partridge sit in. Her version of “Every Day I Have the Blues” went over well and Cheatham told her “You can come anytime you want,” Partridge recalls. “After that, I sat in regularly and we did some gigs together. I learned so much from him musically, just seeing the obsessive dedication he had. He was a real inspiration.”

Partridge released her debut I’ll Be Easy to Find in 1998, a widely acclaimed album (“She’s a pleasure to hear in any emotional guise, whether one of regret or exaltation”—Billboard) featuring veteran jazz greats like Frank Wess, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Gene Bertoncini. She has grown exponentially with each new recording: Blame It on My Youth, 2004; You Are There, Songs for My Father, 2006; Perspective, 2010; and the long-awaited I Never Thought I’d Be Here, 2015 (“Ms. Partridge consistentlystretches both herself and the music. It would not be surprising if a few of her songs became standards in the future”). And now Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian captures an artist fully in command of her craft. Surrounded by an enviably sympathetic cast of collaborators, Partridge has expanded the possibilities for fellow vocalists, bringing the work of an American original firmly into the jazz fold.


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Philippe LeJeune Trio
$10.00
Friday 11/30
8:30 pm
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From Toulouse, France!  Jazz, Blues, and Boogie Woogie from Versatile and Dynamic Pianist from France!

Featuring: Philippe LeJeune-piano, George Lee-bass, & Sunny Tabler-drums.

French pianist Philippe LeJeune is a perfect example of the mixture of jazz and blues which was especially an important strain in the jazz tradition. The young pianist attended a 1968 concert in Reims, France, by master boogie-woogie and blues pianist Memphis Slim, and immediately put an end to his classical efforts and began teaching himself the blues, scouring local record shops for LP's by boogie woogie greats. In 1980 he was invited by Memphis Slim - who had been a parisian citizen since 1962 - to cut an album titled « Dialog In Boogie » as a piano duet.
 
A frenchman who loves and plays classic American jazz is not entirely unusual, but what sets Philippe apart from his contemporaries is his soulfoul feel for the music. His repertoire ranges from classic barrelhouse boogie woogie piano to Duke Ellington and Horace Silver tunes as well those of Milt Jackson and George Gershwin.
 
Philippe LeJeune has released six CD's in the United States  and also makes numerous appearances in various American jazz and blues clubs and festivals : Detroit Jazz Festival, Toledo Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Festival, Monterey Bay Blues Fest, Cincinnati Blues Festival. His performance at the 2005 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival (Detroit) was recorded live to be edited into P.B.S. television specials and DVD. Living in Toulouse, France, LeJeune has performed for many years throughout Europe in the Jazz festivals and clubs circuit (France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic …) and in Africa (Tunisia, Sénégal).

Philippe LeJeune has found a role not only as an interpreter of contemporary numbers, but as traditionalist bringing back to today's audiences important music from a variety of older sources and melting it all together into a highly personal style and repertoire. The frenchman's natural instinct for blues, jazz and boogie is food for the soul.


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Hey Mavis
$15.00
Saturday 12/01
8:30 pm
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Ohio Based American Super Group play music from their new CD "Silver Ribbon Dream-Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal" Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Laurie Caner-vocals, banjo, composer, Eddie Caner-violin & viola, Bryan Thomas-acoustic bass, & Anthony Taddeo-drums/percussion.

Northcoast Americana band “Hey Mavis” was formed in 2010 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program.  Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Christmas compilation CD and went on to produce their first two albums, both of which hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and amassed favorable reviews across the globe. Hey Mavis’s third release, produced by Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala, received similar accolades and has outsold its predecessors by a factor of two. 

Hey Mavis's latest project, funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is a book/CD of original songs and illustrations based on stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal, in collaboration with nationally-acclaimed artist Leandra Drum. Slated for release in October, 2018, preliminary reviews have ranged from "unconventionally beautiful" to "startlingly original." A traveling gallery exhibit accompanied by Hey Mavis performances is currently being scheduled in cities throughout the Midwest for the 2018-2019 season, including appearances with the Muncie Symphony and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic. 

Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR’s Whad'ya Know?, and PBS’s Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio. In 2017, Melissa Etheridge saw Hey Mavis perform at a benefit concert and recruited the group to perform as one of seven headliners (including Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan) on her 2018 music cruise.


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Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys
$15.00
Sunday 12/02
7:00 pm
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Vocalist, pianist, & singer/songwriter & Band live at Nighttown!  Special Holiday Show!

Featuring: Rachel Brown-piano & vocals, Dave Huddleston-guitar, Bill Watson-bass, & Roy King-drums.

Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys are a delicious musical anachronism – Americana music of today that seems like it could have come from a time when milk came in glass bottles and doctors still made house calls. Powered by singer-songwriter Brown’s multi-octave voice, fed by guitarist Dave Huddleston’s tasty licks and harmonies, decorated by the smooth grooves of string bassist Bill Watson and drummer Roy King, the band journeys through the musical landscape of country, jazz, blues and gospel on a trip you want to take over and over.

Rachel has opened for many top artists including  Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Peter Cooper & Eric Brace, Nathan Bell,  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Kirchen, Chuck Mead, Phil Lee, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Vern Gosdin, Clint Black , Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley,Richie Furay, Donna the Buffalo, The Carpenter Ants, Little Jimmy Dickens, Southern Pacific, Ricky Scaggs, David Jacobs Strain  and The Judds. Rachel is also a music teacher for the Elyria City School District.


Bill Watson has had an extensive and successful career out of performing music for many years. Currently, you can also find Bill playing with "The Numbers Band" (since 1990), "Hillbilly Idol" (since 1990), "Alex Bevan" (since 1988) and "Clearfork" (since 1990). Some of you may remember seeing Bill perform with "The Damn Band" (1991), "Reckless Abandon" (1987), "Mimi Hart & The Bopkats" (1984-86), "Deadly Ernest & The Honky Tonk Heroes" (1981-84), "Gopher Broke Swing Band" (1977-1981), "Smackinrrouge" and "Better 'n Bacon Band" (pre 1977).

Roy King has had the pleasure of performing with living legends like Mose Allison, Bucky Pizzerelli, Eddie Bo, Johnny Gimble and Jay McShann to great local heroes such as Alex Bevan, the Gopher Broke Swing Band, pianists Mike Petrone and Joe Hunter. Roy currently teaches drums and percussion at Woodsys Music in Kent and Medina, as well as leading his own jazz trio which plays at Nighttown in Cleveland, Ohio.  "I always wanted to be a beatnik and a playboy.", says Roy. " Now I can be both!"

Dave Huddleston is a lifelong student and lover of music. He is known locally as a vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Cleveland, Dave grew up in a musical family and was exposed to a variety of music genres -- from Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, to Broadway musicals played on the family hi-fi, to pop tunes squeezed out of a tiny transistor radio tuned to WIXY 1260-AM. His influences are all over the map -- Bach, Artie Shaw, Elvis, the Temptations, the Beatles, Ella, 1960s TV themes, Gaetano Veloso, Chaka Khan, U2, the Bee Gees, the Isley Brothers, Frankie Valli, Ennio Morricone, Buck Owens. Dave sees every song and every gig as a chance for exciting explorations, always with an element of surprise.


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Baldwin Wallace Musical Theater Program - "Gold Standards"
$10.00
Monday 12/03
7:00 pm
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Next Generation of Broadway Stars hit the Stage at Nighttown!

Featuring the Junior Class performing "Gold Standards"!

The Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre Class of 2020 will present “Gold Standards”, a concert of selections from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady,  Bock and Harnick’s She Loves Me, and Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!. he concert has music direction by Beth Burrier, and is directed by Victoria Bussert.
 
Student Names: Kailey Boyle; Enrique Caraballo; Elijah Dawson; Caroline Didelot; Nick Drake; Shelby Griswold; Nadina Hassan; Sydney Howard; Marcus Martin; Charles Miller; Erin Niebuhr; Veronica Otim; Charlie Ray; Willem Sandercox

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.


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Lucky Peterson
$20.00
Thursday 12/06
8:00 pm
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Legendary Jazz & Blues Master Live on The Nighttown Stage!

Featuring: Lucky Peterson-Vocals, Guitar, Piano/Keys, Tamara Tramell & Their Band, The Organization!

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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Muriel Andersen, Mark Sganga, Pete Cavano
$20.00
Friday 12/07
8:30 pm
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Fingerstyle Guitar Summit with 3 Top Flight String Masters!

Featuring: Muriel Anderson (Nashville), Mark Sganga (NYC), Pete Cavano (Cleveland)
Muriel Anderson and Mark Sganga have both been named National Guitar Champions
at the International Fingerstyle Guitar Festival in Winfield, Kansas!

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her recent CD “Nightlight Daylight” has won top honors in 11 national awards. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide.

An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity.

Mark Sganga has enthralled audiences from Stockholm to Kuala Lumpur to the Thredbo Jazz Festival in Australia. His dynamic playing has been featured on tours and recordings with Indian violin virtuoso Dr. L. Subramaniam, alongside Larry Coryell and Herbie Hancock.
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Back in NY, Mark has appeared at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Stone, S.O.B.’s and The Bitter End. He’s performed numerous times at Iridium, often as a guest of the legendary Les Paul.

Sganga has regularly participated in The Woodchoppers Ball (Kent Stage in Kent, OH). He is a repeat featured performer and a judge at The Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition.

Mark has curated a Summer Concert Series at Torne Valley Vineyards where he led several all-star groups, including his trio, backing up 7 String Guitar Master, Bucky Pizzarelli.

Pete Cavano - "It has been an honor and privilege to perform with artists as diverse as the late Robert Lockwood Jr., and local legends Anne E. Dechant, Wallace Coleman, Mr. Stress, and Colin Dussault, to name just a few.

In addition to my local work, I have been an annual performer at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention held in Nashville. This is a showcase of the best solo guitarists from around the world and I am humbled to be in their ranks.

Though I will continue to “sit in” with notable local bands, for the last 20 years I have concentrated on solo guitar. Covering everything from Bach to the Beatles, I have developed a broad repertoire which I can adapt to any audience."

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Moises Borges
$15.00
Saturday 12/08
8:30 pm
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Brazilian Vocalist & Guitarist plays Bossa Nova, Samba, and More in a Special International Show! 

On Nighttown's intimate all weather and fully covered Secret Garden Patio!

Moises Borges a native of Brazil now living in Cleveland has become a prolific performer one 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.  This far away from his native Brazil the music of his homeland is very much alive when he is on stage.


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Dominick Farinacci - "Spirit of the Groove"
$20.00
Sunday 12/09
7:00 pm
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Rapidly Rising Trumpet Star with All-Star & Next Generation Lineup for Special Holiday 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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Lou Armagno "Sinatra Selects" w/Special Guest Dianne Palmer
$15.00
Wednesday 12/12
7:00 pm
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A special birthday bash on Francis Albert Sinatra 103d birthday, with Lou Armagno & SINATRA SELECTS and their Special Guest: DIANNE PALMER.    

Featuring: Mike Elkins—Piano; Marc Paige—Saxophones & Clarinet; Jim Mass—Bass; & Ricky Exton—Drums.  Come celebrate a Legend—Sinatra! 

Lou Armagno was performing in Honolulu Hawaii before moving back home to Cleveland in 2013.  He deputed his first CD, “FLYIN’ HIGH” right here on our Nighttown stage May 2014.  And their Sinatra Selects CD, “NEVER BEFORE” won a 2016 Hawaiian, Na Hoku Hanohano award.  What sets Lou apart from other Rat Packer’s is his remarkable similarity in sound and delivery to “The Man” himself.  You won’t believe your ears!” 

Dianne Palmer is the featured vocalist with one of the most successful, longstanding, 19-piece big bands in Northeast Ohio.  She has performed in regional theater companies, summer stock theaters and on cruise ships, and hosts live performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and their children’s Musical Rainbow Series.  Dianne is also a sought-after voiceover artist for TV, radio, web narration, on-hold messaging, cartoon characters and video games, both nationally and internationally.  She has also narrated more than 150 audiobooks in genres ranging from non-fiction and biographies to children's literature.

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.  

Marc Paige 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.

Jim Mass 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. His musical foundation makes him a quick study, and a first call on many sub lists in the area. Groups 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, and more.

Ricky Exton 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. He has performed with Lou Rawls, Wynton Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Cyrus Chestnut, Joanne Brackeen, Kim Nazarian, Linda Presgrave, and international guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza. 

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Hawken School's Music in the City Showcase
$10.00 - $15.00
Thursday 12/13
8:00 pm
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All-Star North Coast Lineup back up students in 20th Century Pop & Jazz Showcase! Features Classics by Clapton, Hendrix, Vaughan, Wonder, Franklin, Frampton, Gill, and The Allmans!

Featuring: Tim Facemyer-guitar, David Thomas-keys, Kip Reed-bass, Chad Komocki-drums, Mark Demichell-percussion, & Many Student Perfomers!

 








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Geoffrey Keezer Trio
$20.00
Saturday 12/15
8:30 pm
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Jazz Pianist Extraordinaire Hits the Stage at Nighttown with his Trio!  Playing selections from his new CD "On My Way to You"!

Featuring: Geoffrey Keezer-piano, Peter Dominguez-acoustic bass, & Jon Wikan-drums

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Diana Krall, Art Famer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s. More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three GRAMMY®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. His 2009 album Áurea (ArtistShare) was nominated for a Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY® award. Geoffrey’s 2013 solo piano release, Heart of the Piano (Motema Records), seeks to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, while his latest album On My Way to You (MarKeez Records 2018) is a stunning new set of music featuring his working trio with the addition of guest vocalist Gillian Margot.

Geoffrey’s compositions have been commissioned by the Mainly Mozart Festival, Art of Elán ensemble, Saint Joseph Ballet, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. His music can be heard in the films What Happens in Vegas and Inhale, and in numerous TV shows including The Young and the Restless (CBS), Parks and Recreation (NBC), House of Lies (Showtime), and Casual (Hulu Original).

Time Magazine wrote, “Geoffrey has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole”, and pop icon Sting said “In the universe of piano players that I have been exposed to over the years, Geoffrey has proved himself to be not only a superb technician and improviser, but also above and beyond this, a composer and conceptualist who can maintain the overall line and the DNA of the song in everything he plays. A musician’s musician.”


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Bill Rudman's Christmas Cabaret
$30.00 - $35.00
Sunday 12/16
7:00 pm
For tickets call (800) 838-3006 or visit MusicalTh

Monday 12/17
7:00 pm
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Nighttown's Home for the Holidays

13th Anniversary of The Musical Theater Projects Christmas Cabaret.  Featuring: Bill Rudman, Nancy Maier, Joe Monaghan, & Bridie Carroll.

Tickets available only through TMTP’s Box Office.

Before you can say “Sleighride,” The Musical Theater Project is back with our annual holiday treat! The show isn’t complete until everyone joins in on “White Christmas”—but that’s just one of several dozen songs that appeal to every generation. The hits range from “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” to Irving Berlin’s 101-year-old salute to Santa Claus and our inevitable tributes to Rudolph, Frosty and that mean one, Mr. Grinch. Now in its 12th year and often referred to as "Nighttown's Nutcracker," come celebrate the season with us!

 

Tickets available 24 hours a day through Brown Paper Tickets
To purchase tickets by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
To purchase online, visit www.MusicalTheaterProject.org
 

 

 


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5j Barrow
$15.00
Thursday 12/20
8:00 pm
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Nighttown's 12 Days of "Home for the Holidays"

Singer/Songwriters & Cleveland Natives now based in NYC, Eryn Murman & Jason Hite, bring their original Music to Nighttown's stage for a special Holiday Show! 

From the historic Apollo Theater to the open air of Washington Square Park, 5j Barrow has inspired audiences with soulful music, evocative imagery, and lyrics that tug at the heart. Founded by Broadway performers Eryn Murman and Jason Hite in the fall of 2011, 5j Barrow was named "Best Band in NY" after winning The Greene Space WNYC/WQXR's 'Battle of the Boroughs 2014'. They have built a loyal following on the streets of the city and engaged audiences in the heartland with performances that are both intimate and rousing.  5j Barrow released their debut album From the Dim Sweet Light in 2014, and their first installment of three upcoming EPs produced by Grammy nominated David Mayfield, was just released October 6th, 2017.


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Andre Cavor & The Cavor Project
$20.00
Friday 12/21
8:30 pm
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North Coast Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist & Group hit the Stage for Special Holiday Show at Nighttown!  Featuring music from his brand new CD "Road Trip".

Featuring Special Guest Vocalists!

Over the past two decades, urban jazz icons Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler have paved the way for emerging artists to take a bolder approach to blending their passions for instrumental pop, jazz and soul and gospel music. While those two artists were well established before they began recording gospel and worship albums – and rarely blend the two styles on a single project – saxophonist Andre Cavor is unabashedly sharing his lifelong love for both styles of music from the get go.
 
True to its title, the Cleveland based performer’s independent debut album Road Trip chronicles his multi-faceted journey – starting with playing the sax in church and, over the past decade, founding and leading The Cavor Project, an 11 piece ensemble renowned as one of the most diverse bands in the city. Andre found the perfect producer to take his artistry to the next level in Darren Rahn, a saxophonist and artist who has worked his studio magic for Whalum and Butler in addition to genre greats Dave Koz, Wayman Tisdale, Najee, Eric Darius, Jeffrey Osborne and Jeff Lorber.
 
“Mixing contemporary jazz and gospel songs on Road Trip felt like a natural extension of my many live performances over the years,” says Andre, who first began playing the sax at 16 but let it go during his eight year stint in the army before rediscovering it in the early 2000s.
 
“So many people I have played for and entertained liked and responded emotionally to both sides of my artistry,” he adds. “When I started thinking about doing my first solo album, I thought I should share everything I truly love to do. Of course, I heard from some fellow sax players and other naysayers, telling me that new artists should never mix gospel and smooth jazz/R&B, that audiences won’t get it for some reason. My response was, ‘I honestly don’t think you were conceived to a gospel tune!’ and then told them I believed that people that love church and God also love R&B. I felt it was important to share my entire self with people. Including both on Road Trip was the perfect way to share my entire self with everyone.”
 
Andre laid the foundation for Road Trip with hundreds of performances as leader of The Cavor Project, which has been a mainstay on the Cleveland music scene since 2007. The band is known for infusing fresh, explosive energy into vocal and instrumental classics from the 80’s through 2017 and spicing up their set list with dynamic originals. The Cavor Project performs a grooving mix of R&B, smooth jazz, hip-hop, reggae, pop, blues, rock and gospel.
 
When I see the smiles on people’s faces when they hear my music, it’s an overwhelming feeling and confirmation that I’m doing exactly what I am put here to do. My goal is always to make people happy, and now with the release of Road Trip, I’m excited about reaching beyond my comfort zone and sharing the joy with more people.”  


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Reggie Kelly w/ Joe Hunter Trio
$15.00
Saturday 12/22
8:30 pm
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Dynamic Vocalist and Actor of Karamu House Reggie Kelly hits the stage for Special Holiday Show at Nighttown!

Featuring: Reggie Kelly-vocals, Joe Hunter-piano, Kip Reed-bass, & Bill Ransom-drums.

Mr. Kelly, an alumnus of Cleveland’s renowned Karamu House Theater, performs a musical blend of contemporary and classical jazz.  He can take a song and mesmerize you.

Mr. Kelly’s accomplishments include success as a national award-winning singer, actor, director, choreographer and playwright with over 30 years of experience.

His authentic arrangements and interpretations of various artists include Kem, Al Jarreau, Frankie Beverly and the soft baritone voice of Nat King Cole.  His silky soulful voice has pleased many audiences over the years.

Mr. Kelly has received critical acclaim performing leading roles throughout the tapestry of African-American musical theater classics.  Some highlights include: The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, The Mahalia Jackson Story, and Tambourines to Glory.

He toured Europe in The Black Gospel, starred in the touring company of Heaven’s Child-The Emmett Till Story, co-starring Grammy-award winner Regina Belle, and Charnelle Brown of the television series A Different World.

A crooner, devoted to Jazz and Neo-Soul, Reggie Kelly has delighted audiences at the most respected and high profile musical venues in this country and abroad including  Club Isabella; The Boarding House; The Ritz Carlton; Miss Ruby's-Shanghai China; The Bop Stop; XO's; The House Of Blues; Jazz 28; The Pine Grill JazzFest-Buffalo, NY; Phoenix Collaboration Jam-Phoenix AZ; The Sarasota Jazz Society-Sarasota FL; and he was also the opening act for Najee at the Nautica Stage-Cleveland OH.

Currently Reggie Kelly is a soloist member with the renowned N.Y. Harlem Singers, annually touring China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

Nighttown favorite Joe Hunter has released two popular CD's in recent years.  Hunter is the pianist of choice in the Northeast Ohio area.  He can be heard frequently in the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Swing City, and backing big name artists.  He has backed many, including the legendary Tito Puente, and saxophonist David Sanborn, At Nighttown Hunter has backed some several top guns including clarenetist Ken Peplowski, and saxophonists David "Fathead" Newman, and Scott Hamilton. Joe Hunter is also on the faculty at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), one of the top jazz programs in the country.








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Shirley Cook w/ Eddie Baccus Sr.
$15.00
Sunday 12/23
7:00 pm
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Home for the Holidays

Dynamic North Coast Jazz Vocalist in Special Soul Jazz Holiday Show!

Featuring: Shirley Cook-Vocals, Eddie Baccus Sr.-Hammond B-3 Organ, Cecil Rucker-Vibes, Billy Artis-Guitar, & Perry Williams III-Drums.

Shirley Cook is a jazz vocalist with a style deeply rooted in the Blues and rousing gospel music.  Cook has long had a romance with music and singing, that was first inspired by her father’s side of the family who were gospel singers.

Born in Stotesbury, West Virginia, Ms. Cook moved to Cleveland with her family when she was 2 years old.  By the time she was eleven, she was singing in a gospel ensemble with her aunts, the Cook Singers, who performed for church and social functions. Throughout her teen years and into adulthood, Cook continued to sing in church choirs with her aunts.

Ms. Cook officially began her professional jazz singing career in 1983. She worked with some of Cleveland’s most notable jazz musicians including Carl “Ace” Carter, the first pianist to work with the Basie Orchestra after the count’s death.  Ace Carter provided Cook with her first work, and with invaluable insights into jazz and show business. Organist Eddie Baccus Sr., who is noted for working with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, has supported Cook since 1984. Shirley has performed extensively with Peter Dominguez, Hank Geer, Willie Smith, Neal Creaque, Lawrence” Jacktown” Jackson, Greg Bandy, Teddy Pantelas, Ray Miller and Reggie Pittman to name a few.

Ms. Cook’s style is subtle and relaxed, in a manner much like Carmen McRae’s. Her early inspiration began when a friend Tim Swan lent her some albums by Billie Holiday; this opened Ms. Cook up to such inspiring singers as Abbey Lincoln who became Ms. Cook’s closet friend and mentor. Cook traveled with Abbey Lincoln, 1996 until her death in 2010. Shirley Cook has been described as a dynamic jazz vocalist who has her own style with ballads and tempos. A Great Entertainer!

Eddie Baccus Sr.
One of the senior statesmen of the Cleveland Jazz Scene, organist Eddie Baccus Sr. has set the standard locally since the early 1960's.  Like the late great Jimmy Smith, Baccus is a virtuoso on the Hammond B-3, equally adept at soul jazz and bebop.  In many ways Eddie Baccus Sr. has been to the jazz scene what the late Robert Jr. Lockwood was to the local blues scene; he has been a leader, mentor, and the soul of the community for many years.

Early on his talent was evident as he was linked with another jazz legend, saxophonist Roland Kirk.  Baccus and Kirk were schoolmates at the Ohio School of the Blind and their sessions together in the old Euclid and 105th area are the stuff of local legends.  Kirk would go on to national acclaim before his untimely death in the late 70's.  Baccus stayed close to home and it has been our good fortune.

Eddie Baccus Sr.  has been the bedrock of the Cleveland jazz scene and his influence on fans and musicians alike has been invaluable.










Hathaway Brown Alumni Show
$10.00
Wednesday 12/26
7:00 pm
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Hathaway Brown Alumni Hit the Stage at Nighttown for Holiday Show!








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Cliff Habian Trio
$15.00
Thursday 12/27
8:00 pm
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Dynamic Pianist presents Special Christmas Show with Selections from  The Songbook of legendary Pianist Vince Guaraldi of Charlie Brown/Peanuts Fame. 
And, also selections from his Christmas CD "First Snowfall".

Featuring: Cliff Habian-piano, Kip Reed-bass, & Bill Ransom-drums. 

Cliff Habian began piano lessons at the age of nine and was composing music just a few years later with both classical and jazz music being strong influences, he decided early on to integrate the two genres into his own unique style.

A multifarious pianist, Cliff can play in virtually any style and performs comfortably in groups settings as well as solo performances. Eventually, Cliff would become s disciple of the "Third Stream" style.

After attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, as a composition major under the late Donald Erb,  he accepted a position as Director of American Music and Department Head of Keyboard studies at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where he taught for 13 years.

 He has worked with such greats as Joe Lovano, Freddie Cole, Frank Morgan, Jane Ira Bloom and many others in addition to appearing on “Good Morning America”.

Cliff was recently honored to play for the great concert pianist Lang Lang receiving wonderful kudos from the international superstar.

His international reputation began with a recording debut for Milestone/Fantasy Records.  

Locally, Cliff regularly has or is performing at Nighttown, Johnny’s on Fulton, Johnny’s Downtown, Blu Jazz and Taza.


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Vanessa Rubin
$30.00
Friday 12/28
8:30 pm
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Dynamic Vocalist back home after several World Tours with an All-Star Lineup for Home for the Holidays at Nighttown!

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.  Vanessa Rubin has never experienced such travails.  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.  Instrumentalists have always been impressed by her way around a song, her willingness to flow with their muse, and her innate ability to swing that music.  

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., and James Williams are just a few of the masters who’ve lent their skills to support Ms. Rubin’s artistry.  More recently she has completed auspicious global tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders.


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Red Light Roxy
$15.00
Saturday 12/29
8:30 pm
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Hot Vintage Swinging Jazz!  Special Holiday Show!

Featuring: Eileen Burns-vocals, Joe Hunter-piano, Dave Sterner-sax, Daris Adkins-guitar, Demetrius Steinmetz-bass, & Holbrook Riles-drums.

Red Light Roxy is a professional jazz band from Cleveland, Ohio that plays an upbeat mix of jazz standards, jump blues, swing, boogie-woogie and a dash of old-school R&B. Its repertoire comes from the Great American Songbook and includes familiar songs made famous by such legendary performers as Ella Fitzgerald, Ruth Brown, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong. Red Light Roxy has played at the Tri-C JazzFest, Wade Oval Wednesdays, Cain Park, Akron's LOCK IV, the Shaker Heights Art and Music Festival, Legacy Village and a variety of city summer concerts and swing dances, as well as private events.

If you're looking for an authentic experience and the music has got to be swingin', it's got to be Red Light Roxy.


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JAZZWORKS
$15.00
Sunday 12/30
7:00 pm
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Exciting 9 Piece Little Big Band Live at Nighttown! 

Featuring: John Klayman-tenor sax, Jack Schantz-trumpet, Howie Smith-alto sax, Chris Anderson-trombone, Bob Ferrazza, guitar, Theron Brown-piano, Glenn Holmes-acoustic bass, & Holbrook Riles III-drums.

JazzWorks was founded by Tri-C JazzFest in 2009 to be a resident ensemble of 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.

 








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Anne Cochran / Abe LaMarca & Band
$40.00
Monday 12/31
8:00 pm
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Vocalists Anne Cochran & Abe LeMarca join forces with 7 pc. Band For Exciting New Year's Eve Shows 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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Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Septet
$30.00
Monday 12/31
8:30 pm
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Bring in the New Year's with the Great Lakes Leading Latin Jazz Group live at Nighttown! On Nighttown's fully covered, and heated Stephens Green Patio.

Featuring: Sammy DeLeon/timbales & vocals, Jackie Warren-piano, Gilberto Morales-vocals, Rafael Guzman-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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Anne Cochran / Abe LaMarca & Band
$40.00
Monday 12/31
10:30 pm
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Vocalists Anne Cochran & Abe LeMarca join forces with 7 pc. Band For Exciting New Year's Eve Shows 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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