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Take 6
$80.00
Thursday 3/21
7:00 pm
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Legendary A Cappella Vocal Group Live on the Nighttown Stage for 2 Big Shows!

Rare Club Appearance!  

The most awarded a cappella group in history, heralded by Quincy Jones as the “Baddest vocal cats on the planet!” are the quintessential a cappella model for vocal genius.

With 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, 2 NAACP Image Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more, Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley) continues to bring extraordinary vocals to their worldwide audiences. April 2018 marks the release of their sixteenth album, aptly titled ICONIC (SRG/Universal) and the debut of a PBS special, The Summit, alongside The Manhattan Transfer.

The new recording, ICONIC, is composed of the songs the sextet loves to perform both on stage and for the pure joy of lending their voices to songs that have taken on a greater meaning to them and to their audiences over their career of nearly four decades. These eclectic tunes pay tribute to both the music and the artists that made them famous, from a fun and vocally significant cover of Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling, a unique and harmonic interpretation of Christopher Cross’ Sailing, Khristian’s melodic and memorable vocal on Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why to a jazz cover that the Beatles would surely be pleased with of Got To Get You Into My Life. They pay homage to their friend Al Jarreau, with their rendition of Roof Garden, and are true to their gospel roots with the hymn Nothing But the Blood. Change The World (Eric Clapton), the first single, was the most-added tune in Smooth Jazz upon its release. Take 6’s last release, in 2016, Believe (SRG/Universal) landed on six Billboard charts simultaneously.

Take 6 has admirably and adeptly crossed most musical genres, from straight-ahead Jazz to Pop to adult R&B, doo wop to blues. Like a fine-tuned vocal orchestra (Alvin, bass; Khristian, baritone; Claude, Mark and Joel, tenors), the group continues to push the boundaries of creativity and musical genius with every new release, and with their ever-evolving live performances.

Any singer who aspires for vocal excellence cannot overlook the contributions these men have made to music. Take 6 has performed with and won praise from such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ben E. King, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Whitney Houston, to name a very few.

Some of the honors Take 6 has enjoyed over the past few years include being chosen as the first musical group to perform in Cuba at the normalization of relations between our two countries, and their induction into The Gospel Music Hall of Fame.


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Hubb's Groove Featuring Stacey "Sarah's Girl" Crawford
$20.00
Friday 3/22
8:30 pm
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Dynamic Drummer and Group hit the Stage at Nighttown!

Featuring: Robert Hubbard-drums, Tony Watson-sax, George Granville-piano/keys, Jonathan Jones-bass, & Special Guest Vocalist Stacey "Sarah's Girl" Crawford.

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

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

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

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

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

Stacey Richardson Crawford, also known as "Sarah's Girl”, started her career at the tender age of 3 when she began singing with her family's gospel choir, the Weeden Family Singers.

After years of honing her craft, Stacey stepped onto the big stage and began singing background for such artists as Ollie Woodson, formerly of the Temptations, Phil Perry, and the late Gerald Levert and Anthony Hamilton for more than 10 years.

Stacey has performed throughout the United States and in major overseas markets such as London, UK, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Seoul, Korea, Martinique and more than 15 Caribbean islands.  

While performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, Stacey was asked by the music director, Paul Shaffer, to sing along with his band at the 2009, 2012, and 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.

Stacey launched her solo career in June 2011.  She released her debut CD, “All About Me” which featured her single “Tonight”.


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Dane Vannatter
$20.00
Saturday 3/23
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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"Gentlemen of the Piano" w/David Thomas, Cliff Habian, & Theron Brown
$20.00
Sunday 3/24
7:00 pm
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North Coast Piano Masters take the Stage Live at Nighttown!
Featuring: David Thomas-piano, Cliff Habian-piano, Theron Brown-piano, Eli Heath-bass, & Sunny Tabler-drums.
Presented in Association with Quad City Productions.

The piano is a sweet and melodic instrument. Especially when play by individuals have mastered their craft. Dave Thomas, Cliff Habian and Theron Brown are the featured pianists for Gentlemen of the Piano. The three of them are distinguished and highly recognized. Each will be bringing his ideas about the purity of the compositions on the program. Rounding out the musical lineup will be drummer Sunceray (Sunny) Tabler and bassist Eli Heath. The audience will see them perform in various alignments throughout the evening.








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Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Program
$10.00
Monday 3/25
7:00 pm
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Next Generation of Broadway Stars hit the Stage at Nighttown!

Music theatre seniors will preview their 54 Below Concert, which will later kick off their Senior Showcase week at New York’s hottest supper club in April.

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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Joe Hunter & Pete Cavano
$10.00
Wednesday 3/27
7:00 pm
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North Coast Music Legends Combine for Exciting Night of Jazz, Blues, & More!

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.

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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Russian Duo
$20.00
Thursday 3/28
7:30 pm
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Traditional Tunes, Classical Elegance

Featuring: Oleg Kruglyakov-balalaika & vocals, & Terry Boyarsky-piano.

From Russian roots to classical favorites, from vocals to ragtime, the Russian Duo is a magical collaboration between virtuoso balalaika and concert piano, creating a vibrant, cross-cultural musical experience.

Russian Duo is an international project born out of a love of traditional music and classical elegance.  Oleg Kruglyakov is a balalaika virtuoso from Siberia and Terry Boyarsky is an American concert pianist with Russian heritage.  They have joined forces to perform exuberant, compelling, magical concerts.

The Duo takes audiences on a journey across the span of Russian culture, ranging from humorous pieces, elaborate sets of variations, pulsating dance music, rhythmic folk songs, gypsy melodies, and lyrical romances.  In addition, their program combines the diverse flavors of traditional Russian folk songs, chamber music classics and unique transcriptions of favorites from around the world.

Oleg Kruglyakov was born in Omsk City, Siberia, Russia.  Educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory in conducting, balalaika performance and ethnic singing, he performed as balalaika soloist with many Folk Russian groups, touring throughout Russia, Siberia, Ukraine, France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Turkmenistan.

Terry Boyarsky has been performing chamber music for almost 50 years and is an internationally recognized  educator in music and movement.  She has collaborated with instrumentalists, singers and dancers across the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Thailand, and Venezuela.

Don't miss the dynamic world sounds of Russian Duo live at Nighttown.


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Claudia Hommel "Souvenirs of Paris"
$20.00
Friday 3/29
8:00 pm
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Parisian Cabaret from French Vocalist Claudia Hommel & Quartet Live at Nighttown!

?Featuring: Claudia Hommel-vocals, Elizabeth Doyle-piano, Walt Mahlovich-accordion/clarinet, & Adam Tully-bass.

On Nighttowns fully heated and covered Back Patio Space. Seating limited.

A favorite from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Musée de Montmartre in Paris, actor/singer CLAUDIA HOMMEL is best known for her cabaret concerts of French and American songs celebrating Paris. Not limited to the role of French chanteuse, "Claudia Hommel is a gifted and uniquely versatile artist, with a wide range of roles demanding deep emotional commitment or zany satirical high-jinks and everything in between," writes her mentor, actor and director Alvin Epstein. Claudia's repertoire encompasses French chanson, American standards, 19th and 20th century art songs and theatre music. Her clear and beautiful voice, ranging from lyrical to gutsy, adds to her considerable appeal.

Claudia HommelBorn in Paris and raised in Detroit, trained extensively in New York City where she lived for 8 years, and now calling Chicago home, Claudia leads an active career as a theatrical singer in clubs, recital halls, museums, libraries and theatres from New York City to California. Described as a "bit of Audrey Hepburn, with something of Ginger Rogers, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and... Air Jordan," Claudia "will make you want to dance along the Seine."

In association with members of the American Association of Teachers of French, Claudia tours her Parisian cabaret programs as artist-in-residence to secondary schools and colleges across the continent. Her academic background in history and archives infuses her school residencies, workshops and master classes with revelations of social and cultural history and criticism.


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JazzWorks
$20.00
Friday 3/29
8:30 pm
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Exciting 8 Piece All-Star Little Big Band Live at Nighttown!                 

Featuring: John Klayman-tenor sax, Howie Smith-alto sax, Jack Schantz-trumpet, Chris Anderson-trombone, Bob Ferrazza-guitar, Theron Brown-piano, Aidan Plank-acoustic bass, & Reggie Jackson-drums

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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Andre Cavor & The Cavor Project
$20.00
Saturday 3/30
8:30 pm
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North Coast Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist & Group hit the Stage 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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Dominick Farinacci - "Spirit of the Groove"
$20.00
Sunday 3/31
7:00 pm
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Rising Trumpet Star with All-Star & Next Generation Lineup for Special Spring 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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The Cookers
$40.00
Wednesday 4/03
7:00 pm
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Legendary All-Star Septet Live on Nighttown Stage!  

Featuring: Billy Harper-Tenor Sax, Donald Harrison-Alto Sax, Eddie Henderson-trumpet, David Weiss-Trumpet, George Cables-Piano, Cecil McBee-Acoustic Bass, & Billy Hart-Drums.

Experience counts, especially in jazz. The more time musicians spend interpreting tunes and interacting with others, the more articulation an audience can expect. You can hear the fruits of such work in the expressive language The Cookers bring to the bandstand and to their four critically acclaimed recordings, Warriors, Cast the First Stone, Believe and Time and Time Again (which was the iTunes Jazz CD of the year in 2014). This exciting new all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today.

Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each of these guys helped facilitate the process as members of some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s great ’60s quartet alongside Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George Cables held down the piano chair in numerous bands including groups led by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper.

David Weiss and Donald Harrison, from a more recent generation and the youngest members of the band, are experts in this forthright lingo, having gained experience performing with Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Roy Haynes and Herbie Hancock.

Each member of the Cookers has spent time leading his own series of groups as well, and each has a keenly individual sound. But it’s the unmistakable power of teamwork that makes this music so commanding and resonates with a kind of depth and beauty that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals (combined, the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and has been a part of over 1,000 recordings). You can feel the collective weight of that experience in their CDs and especially in their live performances. Since this version of the band was solidified in 2007 the group has performed at venues around the world, including headlining the Newprot Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, The Jerusalem Jazz Festival, The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, The Burghausen Jazz Festival, Jazz Terrassa,The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Jazz Viersen, Ronnie Scott’s and Yoshi’s.

Don’t miss this unbelievable group at Nighttown!!


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Allan Harris
$20.00
Thursday 4/04
8:00 pm
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Dynamic NYC Vocalist pays Tribute to Nat 'King' Cole & Eddie Jefferson with his NYC Based Band Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Allan Harris-vocals, Arcoiris Sandoval-piano, Nimrod Speaks-bass, & Shirazette Tinnin-drums.

Honoring two of the world’s most iconic jazz vocalists, DownBeat award winning jazz vocalist/guitarist/composer ALLAN HARRIS has enthralled audiences across the globe with his exciting rendition of music from his recordings the Genius of Eddie Jefferson and Long Live the King, a tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole recorded live at the Kennedy Center. 2018 was the centennial of Eddie Jefferson’s birth and 2019 is the centennial of Nat Cole’s birth…by putting these two artists together in one performance, Harris demonstrates how these two very different artists, born in the same era, bridged the gulf between swinging, hep cat vocalese and the nostalgic crooning of the American Standard Songbook.

Not only has Harris has been described as the “heir apparent to Nat King Cole” (New York Times) but his tribute to the great Eddie Jefferson has won him critical acclaim around the world.
 


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Forecast
$15.00
Friday 4/05
8:30 pm
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North Coast's Premier Contemporary Jazz Group back at Nighttown!

On Nighttown's Stephens Green Patio.  Fully Heated Indoor/Outdoor Space!

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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Joe Policastro Trio
$15.00
Saturday 4/06
8:00 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".

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

On Nighttown's fully heated and covered Back Patio Space.  Seating Limited.

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 returns to Nighttown celebrating the release of their fourth album, Nothing Here Belongs.

This 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 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.  Beyond Chicago, the band has been extensively playing together throughout the US and Canada having even performed for President Barack Obama in October of 2016.  As sidemen, Joe Policastro (Phil Woods, Howard Alden, Pat and Debby Boone, Jeff Hamilton, Diane Schuur), Dave Miller (Clarice Assad, Patricia Barber, Algernon), and Mikel Avery (Joshua Abrams, Theaster Gates, Rob Mazurek) have performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians but dedicate collectively to this trio.
 


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Arielle
$15.00
Saturday 4/06
8:30 pm
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Rapidly rising Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter from Nashville/LA makes Cleveland debut at Nighttown!   

Arielle is considered a music industry triple threat because she could enjoy an impressive career solely as a singer, songwriter or guitar player, but she has combined all three of those gifts to create a unique artistry that defies genres and borders.

She recently opened for Eric Johnson on his 3-month long tour earlier this year, as well as played and/or opened for Vince Gill, Gregg Allman, Heart, Joan Jett, Country Joe McDonald, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, and many more. She has already made the cover of Guitar Player magazine and released the single “California,” which reached No. 3 on CMT Pure Charts.

She is the guitar player for Avery in the TV show Nashville, where she currently resides. Her voice gains comparison to Karen Carpenter and Eva Cassidy for the purity with a fouroctave range.

Arielle has an associate degree from the Musician’s Institute in L.A. and studied at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Queen’s Brian May created a guitar role specifically for her in the West End musical We Will Rock You. She also played guitar on tour with Cee Lo Green.

Her most recent release, ‘My Gypsy Heart,’ her classic folk rock release debuted for 8 weeks on the Billboard Charts in 11 different categories.

Arielle is also a dolphin and whale activist, and is currently working on a unique guitar line, based off her custom prototype, Two-Tone, with Brian May (Queen). Whether it’s her guitar playing or singing, she never feels the need to show off. Indeed, she adheres to the philosophy that less can be more when it comes to expressing experiences through her songs. “The hardships and the insecurities are the reasons why I’m able to be vulnerable and real” she says.
 


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East Central Jazz Educators Band "Mad for Tadd"
$20.00
Wednesday 4/10
7:00 pm
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All-Star Big Band Pay Tribute to Cleveland Jazz Legend Tadd Dameron Live at Nighttown!

Playing Music from the Classic LP "The Magic Touch"

Featured Artists include: Kent Englehardt, John Orsini, Mike Tomaro, Dave Kana, Chris Karlic-saxophones, Scott McKee, Joe Badaczewski, Dominick Farinacci, Steve Enos-trumpets, Jeff Bush, Jim Redmond, Max Brady, Zach Warren, Paul Abel-trombones, Phil DeGreg-piano, Aidan Plank-bass, & Jim Rupp-drums.

"The East Central Jazz Educators All Star Big Band” (ECJEAS Big Band) is an ensemble comprised of the top Jazz Educators from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia..

We will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, Ernie Wilkins (born July 20, 1919) with compositions he penned for Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Terry Gibbs and Maynard Ferguson.

We will also be performing selections from our Tadd Dameron Tribute CD
recorded in Spring 2017 commemorating Tadd Dameron’s 100th Birthday and his Cleveland Connection and Legacy.

Saxophones:  
-Kent Englehardt, alto sax - Ensemble Co-Director and Arranger / YSU Jazz Studies Faculty
-John Orsini, alto sax 
-Mike Tomaro, tenor sax / Chair, Duquesne University Jazz Studies
-Dave Kana, tenor sax / YSU Jazz Studies Faculty
-Chris Karlic, Baritone Sax / NYC

Trumpets:
-Scott McKee
-Joe Badaczewski / Duquesne University Jazz Studies
-Dominick Farinacci / Tri-C JazzFest Academy Director
-Steve Enos / Ensemble Co-Director / Tri-C Jazz Studies Dept. Director

Trombones:
-Jeff Bush / Duquesne University Jazz Studies
-Jim Redmond
-Max Brady 
-Zach Warren
-Paul Abel, Bass Trombone NYC    

Rhythm Section: 
Piano:

-Phil DeGreg / University of Cincinnati Conservatory

Acoustic Bass: 
-Aidan Plank  / Tri-C JazzFest Academy/Kent State

Drums: 
-Jim Rupp / Ohio State, Tri-C Jazz Studies

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Scott Mulvahill
$15.00
Wednesday 4/10
7:30 pm
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From Nashville!  Vocalist and acoustic bassist from the Ricky Skaggs Band plays Special Solo Show Live at Nighttown!

On Nighttown's fully heated and covered Back Patio Space.  Seating Limited.

As a teenager, Scott picked up the bass guitar on a whim. Natural talent and the lure of a challenge drove him to be the best musician he could and discover his love for singing, songwriting and the upright bass. With the encouragement of his teacher, he went on to study music in college.

Scott moved to Nashville after school, and he would meet American music icon Ricky Skaggs and join his Grammy winning band, Kentucky Thunder. He toured with Ricky for five years, and in that time, first started writing songs on his upright bass.

He has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of modern music, such as: Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector, and many more. 

Scott’s songs have received honors or been featured in NPR’S Tiny Desk Contest, the International Songwriting Competition, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and American Songwriter Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Contest, and he has had numerous cuts on other artists’ albums. 

He’s currently touring in support of his September release, Top Of The Stairs(EP), which was produced by himself, Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow) Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz), and Shani Ghandi (Sarah Jarosz).
 




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Ruth Moody Band
$25.00
Thursday 4/11
8:00 pm
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From Winnipeg, Manitoba!

Vocalist from the Wailin' Jenny's and her 4 pc. Band hit the Nighttown Stage!

Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exquisitely crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers.

In 2010, Ruth released her first solo album, The Garden. Produced by David Travers-Smith, it was nominated for two Juno Awards, a Western Canadian Music Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American Folk Radio.

These Wilder Things, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Garden, was released in 2013 to rave reviews. Once again produced by Travers-Smith, it features guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, and The Wailin’ Jennys. It was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ was one of CBC Radio 2’s most played played songs of 2013. The release tour included a string of dates opening for Mark Knopfler in Europe, six of which were at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. Ruth continues to tour worldwide with her all-star band in support of the new record.

Ruth has been recognized by the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition for several of her compositions, including ‘One Voice’, which has gone on to be a signature song for The Wailin’ Jennys. It has been covered by countless artists and sung in concert halls, churches and schools around the world. Her song ‘Storm Comin’, from the Jennys’ latest album Bright Morning Stars, recently won first place in the gospel category at the International Songwriting Competition.

The Ruth Moody Band is Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals; Adam Dobres on guitars, ukulele and vocals; and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals.


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Norman Connors
$40.00
Friday 4/12
7:00 pm
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Legendary Drummer and Producer Back at Nighttown! 

Playing all of his hits including "You are My Starship", "Valentine Love", "Betcha My Golly Wow", and More!

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

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

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

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

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

 




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Eric Andersen Trio featuring Scarlet Rivera
$25.00
Saturday 4/13
8:30 pm
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Legendary Singer/Songwriter leads All-Star Trio live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Eric Andersen-vocals, guitar, piano, Scarlet Rivera-violin, & Cheryl Prashker-percussion

“An American master.” Robert Palmer.

Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene along with Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan, and was at the epicenter of the American Greenwich Village singer-songwriter explosion.

Besides his own classics, he’s co-written songs with Bob Weir of the Dead, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed.  His songs have been covered by many artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Rick Nelson, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Blues Project, Gillian Welch and Linda Thompson, and Rick Danko. Bob Dylan’s version of Eric’s song “Thirsty Boots” was released as a single on Record Store Day and also appears on the Dylan CD Another Self Portrait.

In the early 1990s Andersen recorded 2 trio-harmony albums with The Band’s Rick Danko and Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld. He’s featured in the Joni Mitchell American Masters documentary, the Wildflower Festival DVD with Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Arlo Guthrie, the rock film Festival Express and the documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation.

In 1990 Eric won the New York Music Award for his album Ghosts Upon the Road,

in 1992 the Spellemanns Pris (Norwegian Grammy) for “Danko Fjeld Andersen” and in 2003 The Premio Tenco award with Patti Smith in San Remo, Italy. It is an award given to outstanding songwriters. Previous awards have gone to Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Lou Reed.
 
The Eric Andersen and Friends Webcast was launched in June 2011 by Nevessa Productions Woodstock with special guests Happy Traum, John Sebastian, Joe Flood and Inge Andersen.  
Featured songs from that show were from his album The Cologne Concert (Meyer Records) which was released on CD and Vinyl in April 2011.  The live album features Eric’s wife Inge Andersen on back-up harmonies and he is accompanied on violin by Michele Gazich.

In 2017, Sony/Legacy Records issued THE ESSENTIAL ERIC ANDERSEN – A 42-track digital release, 33 track double CD release and 20 track double LP retrospective release covering fifty years of his recorded history from Today is the Highway to Blue River and Ghosts Upon the Road and Beat Avenue and on to his Live in Cologne album and unreleased New York recordings.

Scarlet Rivera, is an American violinist. She is best known for her work with Bob Dylan, in particular on his album Desire and as part of the Rolling Thunder Revue.  Rivera has multiple CDs as a composer in numerous styles, instrumental, new-age, Celtic and world music. Rivera has performed in the US, Europe and Japan with her Celtic group. She also recorded and performed with Tracy Chapman, Indigo Girls, Kori Linae Carothers, Keb Mo and others.


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Brunch with Bach - Apollo's Fire
$30.00
Sunday 4/14
12:30 pm
Tickets call 216.320.0012 x 1

Violinist Olivier Brault and cellist René Schiffer each perform selections from the great unaccompanied suites.

Jeannette Sorrell and Prof. Thomas Forrest Kelly join the Q&A discussion.

Doors open at 11:30am to begin dining. $30 cover charge includes a glass of champagne.

Purchase tickets by calling 216.320.0012 x 1 

APOLLO’S FIRE

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

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


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Randy Napoleon Trio
$20.00
Thursday 4/18
8:00 pm
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Guitarist from the groups of Freddy Cole, and Michael Buble, & Michigan State Professor leads All-Star Trio!

Featuring: Randy Napoleon-guitar, George DeLancey-acoustic bass, & Jim Rupp-drums.

Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.”

Born in Brooklyn in 1977 and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, Randy Napoleon began his journey in jazz immediately after graduating from University of Michigan. Jeff Hamilton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra invited the young Napoleon to do a series of performances with them at the Hollywood Bowl.  From there, Napoleon’s career took off, first touring with pianist Benny Green nationally and internationally for a year, and then full time with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.  A three-year stint with crooner Michael Buble  followed; Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD “Caught in the Act.”

Currently, Napoleon tours with the legendary singer/pianist, Freddy Cole, and is featured on Cole’s 2009 album, “Live at Dizzy’s Club: The Dreamer in Me. “ He is the main arranger and the guitarist on “Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B,” a 2010 Grammy-nominated release from High Note that features songs from the Billy Eckstine song book, as well as on “Talk to Me,” Cole’s 2011 album and Cole’s most recent album “This and That.”

Today, Napoleon is one of the most sought after guitarists in New York, where he is known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz guitar tradition. In addition to backing the best, he leads his own bands, an organ trio, a trombone trio, a quartet with piano, and a three-horn sextet that includes organ, drums, trumpet, tenor sax and trombone.

 


 

Vintage Guitar Magazine: What younger jazz guitarists stand out to you?

George Benson: I like the guitar player who’s playing with Freddy Cole [Randy Napoleon]. He has an all-fingers approach; he doesn’t use just thumb or pick. He’s spectacular.

Vintage Guitar Magazine
March 2010

 

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Melissa Morgan
$20.00
Friday 4/19
8:30 pm
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From Los Angeles!  Vocalist extraordinaire and Telarc Recording Artists hits the Stage at Nighttown!

Featuring: Melissa Morgan-vocals, Randy Napoleon-guitar, George DeLancey-acoustic bass, & Jim Rupp-drums.

"You have to check out this voice. It is interesting. It is sassy. It is sexy," says producer John Clayton. Brought up in the jazz clubs of New York City, Melissa Morgan has a voice that is unexpected. From the exterior you would assume a sultry lounge singer, which does make an appearance once and awhile, but from inside she contains a powerful instrument. "Prepare to fall in love," says the Bay Area Reporter, and fall in love you do.

On stage she bares everything and makes you laugh while doing it. While belting a blues or tenderly massaging a ballad, she has come a long way from her appearance at the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition.

In 2009, Melissa released her debut album on Telarc Records, 'Until I Met You' to enthusiastic reviews and was embraced by the jazz community as "the one we've been waiting for" (Dr. Herb Wong, jazz critic and historian). Downbeat Magazine included her on their 2009 Rising Star List and JazzTimes has named her "audacious and decidedly salty."

With her new album close to completion, she has gathered together her dearest friends to tell her story of the last five years, growing in the business and as a musician. While you will always hear definitive influences from Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and Billie Holliday, "Melissa isn't copying anybody" (London Evening Standard) and most certainly has a definitive sound all her own.


Praise for Melissa!

'Give your Norah Jones collection a break and pop in this 27-year-old's debut CD of classic and obscure jazz tunes. Her sultry voice shines on Nancy Wilson's 'Save Your Love for Me' and 'I Wonder,' in which she asks a past love, 'Will your heart come running back to me?''
- RealSimple.com

'You'll hear elements of Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and Dakota Staton in her sound, but Melissa Morgan isn't copying anybody...with the help of her top-grade studio group, Ms. Morgan's voice is a shaft of sunlight.'
- 5 Stars from the London Evening Standard

'Morgan is a consistent joy, and unlike some singers, she commands the band, not the other way around. Given the spicy edge in her sexy voice, her dry allure and the way she pops the words like a whip on a gospel choir, Morgan's time has come.'
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The Numbers Band (15-60-75)
$10.00
Saturday 4/20
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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Philippe LeJeune Trio
$15.00
Saturday 4/20
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.
Playing Music from his Brand New CD "Cleveland Getaway"

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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Mike, Jim, & Bill Play The Beatles Revolver & Rubber Soul
$15.00
Wednesday 4/24
7:00 pm
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A unique reconstruction of the classic Beatles Revolver & Rubber Soul Albums featuring 3 voices and 3 guitars, with great stories Live at Nighttown!

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

Mike, Jim & Bill (Clevelanders Mike Kearns, Jim Wilson and Bill Hoffman) have performed their interpretation of The Beatles’ White Album to sold out crowds, twice, at Nighttown. Now the boys follow up with two of The Beatles’ most popular and innovative albums: Rubber Soul and Revolver.

On October 17, 1965, The Beatles entered Abbey Road Studios to record their sixth album, just in time, for a Christmas release, as usual. But there was nothing usual about the outcome. First, and there were many firsts, they did not have songs to record so over the next month and just eleven recording sessions they wrote and recorded 14 of their most creative works. And instead of writing songs of teen love, and inspired by American folk and soul music, they wrote songs about their lives what they felt inside. “Norwegian Wood”, “Nowhere Man”, “The Word”, “Think for Yourself” and “In My Life” to name a few. Being recording veterans, The Beatles asserted themselves and, for the first time, had complete creative control which resulted in, Rubber Soul, an album that certainly changed things.

The change continued with their next effort, Revolver. Again, the universes of pop writing, music, arranging and recording was expanded. 1966 was the year music got “experienced’ and The Beatles led the way. The Beatles wanted everything to sound different, so they experimented with levels, mic placement, tape loops, twin guitar leads, Leslie-phased vocals, Indian instruments artificial double-tracking (ADT) and a variety of new effects, most of which were invented on the spot. The result was another milestone led by “Eleanor Rigby”, “I’m Only sleeping”, “Here, There and Everywhere”, “Good Day Sunshine”, and “Tomorrow Never Knows”.

Both albums, not only, changed the course of The Beatles but, as many have said, changed the direction of pop music. This is not a tribute band. No wigs, please. Mike, Jim & Bill treat each song with the love and respect they deserve and with just three guitars and three voices add style and feeling of their own. 
 








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Phil Keaggy
$50.00
Friday 4/26
8:30 pm
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Saturday 4/27
8:30 pm
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From Nashville &  Youngstown, Ohio! 

Two Big Nights at Nighttown with Legendary Guitarist of Glass Harp Fame in a rare, and exclusive, Small Club Appearance!! 

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.

Phil's solo career has spanned more than 40 years, and has included over 60 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp, as well as numerous duets and trio albums. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

Born in 1951 in Youngstown, Phil grew up in a home filled with music. On Phil's 10th birthday, his brother, Dave returned home with a Sears Silvertone guitar. That's when the magic began.

Phil spent most of his younger days involved in music, and at the young age of 13, he joined his very first band, the Keytones. He later went on to join such local groups as The Vertices, The Squires, and the Volume Four, who later changed their name to New Hudson Exit.

But it wasn't until 1970, when Phil's band Glass Harp (with childhood friend John Sferra on drums, and Dan Pecchio on bass) recorded their self-titled first album that people really began to take notice of this incredibly gifted guitar player. Glass Harp gained more popularity in the Ohio area, opening for such bands as the Kinks and Yes, and even performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. Over the next few years, they recorded two more albums entitled "Synergy" and "It Makes Me Glad".

By 1972, Phil saw his life going in a different direction, and made the tough decision to leave Glass Harp and pursue a solo career. His first solo album, "What A Day", was recorded during January 1973. He married his sweetheart Bernadette that summer, and the following year, they moved to Upstate New York and joined a Church community called Love Inn.

During his years there, Phil took a break from recording his own music. It wasn't until three years later in 1976 that Phil would record his second solo album, "Love Broke Thru", which was soon followed by a string of albums, including the acclaimed instrumental album, "The Master And The Musician".

With the Christian Music industry really beginning to grow, Phil won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat. Phil's second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, "Beyond Nature". Each year from 1998 to 2001, Phil has dominated the "Instrumental Record" category at the Doves, winning for "Invention", "Acoustic Sketches", "Majesty and Wonder", and most recently "Lights of Madrid".

For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.

These days, Phil Keaggy continues to delight audiences all over the US performing primarily acoustic shows, and occasional concerts with a band. 


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Dominick Farinacci "Sprit of the Groove"
$20.00
Sunday 4/28
7:00 pm
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International 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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Baldwin Wallace Musical Theater Program
$15.00
Monday 4/29
6:30 pm
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Next Generation of Broadway Stars Live on the Nighttown Stage!
Featuring: Sophomore Standards & Senior Showcase!

Music theatre seniors will present an encore performance of their 40-minute New York showcase. The 6:30 show will be opened by the sophomore music theatre class performing a set of jazz standards, while the 9:00 show will feature an opening act by BW Faculty Beth Burrier and Robert Mayerovitch.

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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Luca Mundaca "Minhas Cordas"
$20.00
Tuesday 4/30
7:00 pm
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From Brazil! Singer/Songwriter Live on the Nighttown Stage!

Presented in Association with Tri-C Jazz Festival "Flying Home" Series.

Celebrating International Jazz Day!

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Luca Mundaca is the latest in a long line of great Brazilian artists who have gained international acclaim.  Luca is from a small town just south of Sao Paolo.  From her early teens on, she has been fine tuning her musical gifts.  Early on she quickly mastered the standard Bossa Nova repertoire and she became adept at interpreting the work of the masters.
 
With the release of her debut CD "Day by Day" in 2006, it was clear that Luca Mundaca is a musical artist in her prime.  Shortly after releasing the CD an unsolicited copy was sent to Putumayo records in New York City.  So impressed were the Putumayo people they immediately added her to their best selling "Brazilian Lounge" CD.  She was featured alongside several major Brazilian artists on that CD including Bebel Gilberto, Paula Morlenbaum, and Marcos Valle.

Luca Mundaca’s new album Primeiro, features all original compositions

Luca won 2008 Independent Music Award in the World fusion category. In addition to her own albums, Luca’s work has been featured in movies End of watch (2012) The Visitor (2007), the Showtime series Californication (2007), the independent movie Kissing Paris by Anna Kannava (2008), and most recently in Brazilian TV show TiTiTi telenovela (2010).


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Hubb's Groove Tribute to Cannonball Adderley & Wayne Shorter
$20.00
Tuesday 4/30
8:00 pm
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Hubb's Groove back on the Nighttown Stage in Tribute to Two Jazz Legends!

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

Celebrating International Jazz Day!   

Wayne Shorter is a highly acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer. Shorter came to wide prominence in the late 1950s as a member of, and eventually primary composer for, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In the 1960s, he went on to join Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, and from there he co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report. He has recorded over 20 albums as a bandleader.  Many of Shorter's compositions have become jazz standards, and his output has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various commendations. Shorter has won 11 Grammy Awards.

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley was an  jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. Adderley is remembered for his 1966 soul jazz single "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", a crossover hit on the pop charts (it was also covered by the Buddy Rich, the Buckinghams, and was the theme song of the Cleveland Indians for many years). He worked with trumpeter Miles Davis, on his own 1958 Somethin' Else album, and on the seminal Davis records Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959).
 

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

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

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

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

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

 


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