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Kristine Jackson
$10.00
Thursday 1/23
8:00 pm
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Solo Acoustic Show from Roots, Rock, and Blues Master!

Kristine has been a professional artist for over 15 years. She started out as a trumpet player and band leader, but shortly thereafter taught herself how to play guitar as she began writing and singing her own material.

As a solo artist she has opened for some of the biggest legends in the music business such as B.B.King, Jimmy Webb, and Mavis Staples. She has self-produced her own records, all with success on Sirius XM radio. Her newest album is a combination of “Sunshine and Blues” a tribute to both her roots in the blues and her love for the water and beach vibe.

As a songwriter she has awards from both the International Songwriting Competition and the Nashville Songwriters Association. In January 2019 she  represented the Northeast Ohio Blues Alliance in Memphis, TN for the  International Blues Competition where she placed in the Semifinals as a solo artist. In fall of 2018 she was embraced by the Parrothead / Trop Rock community and has been invited to perform at many of their main events across the U.S and now has airplay across their many formats.

Now in 2019, Kristine continues to travel the country performing her original material on stages of all sizes. She loves to connect with an audience over shared emotion, whether it’s sorrow or happiness, she loves to bring everyone into the moment.


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Gene Bertoncini Trio
$20.00
Friday 1/24
8:00 pm
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Guitar Legend back on Nighttown's stage!

Featuring: Gene Bertoncini-guitar, Doug Richeson, acoustic bass, Dane Richeson-drums.

Gene Bertoncini is a masterful guitarist who brings a classical sensibility to jazz guitar. He is known for his beautifully constructed arrangements and for his subtle and melodic based playing. Bertoncini's career dates back to the early sixties and he has backed several legendary musicians including Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Paul Desmond, Lalo Shifrin, and Michel LeGrand. He has extensive studio and television experience and has taught at the Eastman School of Music and The New England Conservatory. In short Gene Bertoncini has had an exemplary career. He is admired by his peers, critics, and jazz fans the world over.


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Badi Assad
$20.00
Wednesday 1/29
7:00 pm
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From Brazil!  Dynamic and Exciting World Class Guitarist & Vocalist  Live @ Nighttown!

Brazil’s Badi Assad (Bah-gee Ah-sagh) is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented Artists of all times and is lauded as one of the world’s most unique and cross-transcendental performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization.

What makes Badi Assad so unique is her hungry pursuit of performance experimentation that no other artist has done: She combines an extraordinary guitar talent, a unique mouth percussion, beautiful singing, combining a rhythmic body movement, to create an exciting, fresh music sound, and leaving spectators… simply… BREATHLESS. Indeed, watching Badi perform is like witnessing a spiritual phenomenon. How she does what she does all at once, and delivering an extraordinary performance, is quite unbelievable.

As a singer, Badi is vibrant and electric, responding to her inner passion with deft creativity. As a guitarist, she has inspired audiences and critics worldwide with a unique combination of technical mastery and innovation that has caused many to re-examine their notions about the instrument. Through it all, Badi’s adventurous spirit and buoyant personality have become an integral part of her music.

“Ms Assad takes the listener on a personal musical journey – diving deep in to fiery lusciousness….Assad’s astonishing guitar lines and voluptuous vocals abound throughout. Her Brazillian jazzy edges will have fans begging for more….”
- TJ Nelson, World Music Central 


“Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance! Revelatory, a brilliant display of innovation, imagination, and skill…almost hypnotically compelling!”
- LOS ANGELES TIMES


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Vicky Chew
$10.00
Thursday 1/30
8:00 pm
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North Coast Singer/Songwriter and her Group hit the stage at Nighttown!

Singer/songwriter Vicki Chew has been performing her music in Northeast Ohio and Texas for over 30 years. She was a new folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, but folk doesn't define her beautifully crafted music that draws influences from Jazz, R+B, Rock, and Latin music.

Vicki has released three CD's  "Your Perfect Life" {with Under The Tree}, " The Bells of St. Rose" and "People in the Sun'. Vicki brings her full band to Nighttown:  Dave Huddleston on Guitars and vocals, Paul Lawson on Bass guitar and vocals, and Gary Naherny on Drums and vocals.  


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Hubb's Groove & Friends
$25.00
Friday 1/31
8:30 pm
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Drummer Robert Hubbard Celebrates his 50th Birthday with Hubb's Groove & Friends!

Featuring: Robert Hubbard-drums & leader, Evelyn Wright-vocals, Lafayette Carthon-piano, Cecil Rucker-vibes, Skip Gibson-keys,Kevin Muhammad-acoustic bass, & Gary Stevenson-electric bass.

Hubb's Groove is a mIx of Soul, Jazz, R&B and a splash of Gospel.  It's a smooth but yet high energy band that believes whats played from the heart, reaches the heart. 

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

Hubb's Groove has performed with Angela Bofill, Marcus Johnson, Alex Bugnon, Mike Phillips and Sean Jones to name a few.  When the group is not on tour together, they are working with other artists such as Babyface, Toni Braxton, Gerald Albright and Pieces of a Dream.


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Sam Hooper Group
$15.00
Saturday 2/01
8:30 pm
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Guitarist Extraordinaire leads All-Star Group playing Jazz, Blues, & More live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Sam Hooper-guitar & vocals, Moss Stanley-keyboards/vocals, Dan Wenninger-sax, Derrick James-bass/vocals, & Chuck Orange-drums. 

Sam Hooper Group is an exciting Cleveland band rooted in the blues. Originally formed when Hooper lived in Boston, the band has evolved through tours and recording in the USA and Asia to develop its own interpretation of this classic art form. Hooper has kept the approach fresh, since returning to his hometown roots in Cleveland, OH four years ago and performing all over Northeast Ohio.

The current band is a mix of talented musicians who are old and new friends with experience in jazz, rock, funk, and blues. The mailing list grows with every performance so the bands influence is steadily growing. Check them out on their newest CD, “Sam Hooper & Mike Null - Hoodoo Blues.”

Hooper’s newest CD, "Sam Hooper and Mike Null - Hoodoo Blues," was the Winner for 2015 Best Self-Produced CD in the Cleveland Blues Society's annual International Blues Challenge competition.

“Without eschewing the gritty soul of traditional blues, guitarists Hooper and Null break stereotypes by sidestepping standard shuffles and stomps for fresh takes on classic tunes that buoy their sweet molasses vocal performances with jazz informed chord changes, rhythms and melodies. And Hooper's original "Itchin' To Be Your Man" has the hip, sophisticated vibe of a lost Mose Allison gem.”
- Ted Drozdowski, Nashville Scene


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Eli Degibri Quartet
$25.00
Friday 2/07
8:00 pm
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Presented in Association with Tri-C JazzFest

From Israel! World Class Saxophonist and his group hit the Stage at Nighttown! 
Featuring:
Eli Degibri-tenor sax
Tom Oren-piano
Alon Near-acoustic bass
Eviatar Slivnik-drums

An internationally recognized saxophonist-composer-bandleader, Eli Degibri possesses many gifts as a musician. He boasts a seemingly bottomless fount of artistry as a composer and a bandleader, and is a recipient of the honorary Israeli “Prime Minister Award for Jazz Composition”, recognizing his great talent as a melodic composer, and the “Landau Award for Jazz Performance”, recognizing his achievement as a remarkable bandleader.

Known for his charismatic performances, Degibri has recorded and performed extensively since the mid-1990s. He has been called, “an exceptionally melodic improviser with a big, bold tenor tone” (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes), and “a bewitching fellow who shows impressive chops, as both a player and a composer.” (Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Jazz icon Herbie Hancock said that Degibri (who was a member of Hancock’s Sextet from 1999 to 2002) is “a very talented composer, arranger, and performer“, one who’s music, “treads uncharted waters“, and that the saxophonist-composer, “has the potential to be a formidable force in the evolution of jazz.”

The legendary drummer Al Foster (of whose band Degibri was a member from 2002 to 2011) said: “Degibri knows how to tell a story, lots of feeling, lots of thought, he’s a wonderful melodist. I don’t hear these qualities in other young musicians. In fact, Eli is the only young saxophonist that I know that his playing gives me joy.”

In April 2012, Eli Degibri was invited to be a part of UNESCO’s first International Jazz Day at the UN General Assembly in New York, alongside many of the finest jazz musicians in the world.

The Quartet’s album Twelve was released in September 2013, and the “Masterpiece” album CLIFF HANGIN’ was released in autumn 2015 and received a 5-star review from DownBeat magazine.

In April 2016 Eli was invited to perform at the White House as a guest of President Barak Obama and Michele Obama as part of a special all-star concert celebrating international jazz day.

Degibri is now engaged in the long-standing tradition of mentorship in the jazz world:  his current quartet consists of three young and promising Israeli musicians, the award-winning pianist Tom Oren, bassist Alon Near, and drummer Eviatar Slivnik.  In October, the quartet released SOULSTATION, a tribute to the late, great Hank  Mobley. 


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Michele Edwards w/David Thomas Trio
$20.00
Saturday 2/08
8:30 pm
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Top Notch Soul Jazz from the North Coast Featuring Vocalist Michele Edwards with The David Thomas Trio.

Michele Edwards is a jazz songstress with smooth and sultry vocals that are sure to enter the mind, elevate the soul and leave you wanting more. A veteran vocalist who has extensive theatrical experience at Severance Hall, Playhouse Square and Karamu House, she has traveled internationally as a gospel vocalist.

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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Jim Carr & Laura Webster Quintet
$15.00
Sunday 2/09
7:00 pm
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Love Songs for Valentine's Week!  Combining Folk, Pop, Jazz, and More!

Featuring: Jim Carr-guitar & vocals, Laura Webster-guitar & vocals, Reed Simon-violin, Brendan Hearn-cello, and Greg Coleman-percussion.

Jim Carr, guitarist/vocalist, performs an eclectic array of styles including jazz, classical, swing, Celtic, flamenco, and contemporary. Performs solo throughout the Cleveland area. Venues include Nighttown, Music Box Supper Club, Shaker AHA Music Series, and at numerous private events. As a composer, Jim Carr has written and arranged numerous choral and chamber pieces. Commissions and performances of his music include Crooked River Choral Project (MIE), the Baldwin Wallace Festival of Contemporary Music, Massachusetts Music Educators Conference (Composer of the Year), Seraphim Singers (Boston), Harvard University Concert Series & the Opera Club of New England.

Jim Carr is Director of Music at Church of St. Dominic in Shaker Heights and on the music faculty of John Carroll University.

From Cleveland, Ohio, Laura Webster spent much of her early career as a lead singer and songwriter in New York City, performing in clubs throughout the metropolitan area.  In the 1990s, Laura studied music at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She formed the folk-blues band “The Stompers” with guitarist Dan Isenberg and performed on campus and at local clubs. She was lead vocalist for the rock band, “the Meteors” and the lead singer and songwriter for the funk band, “Tropic of Cancer.”  Laura’s debut album, “Coming Home” was released in January of 2004. This initial collection of original songs showcases her musical breadth as she steps up her performing career.  More recently, Laura is the vocal arts director at Hathaway Brown School where she started a jazz solo class for singers and directs two vocal ensembles. Webster is in demand as a classical soloist as well as jazz solo artist throughout the Cleveland area.


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Nicole Henry - Love Songs
$30.00
Wednesday 2/12
7:00 pm
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Thursday 2/13
8:00 pm
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Dynamic jazz & soul vocalist from Miami/NYC live on Nighttown stage!  With the Robert Hubbard Trio.

Special Valentine's Week Program!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drummer, Robert L. Hubbard Jr. is known for his diverse style of music consisting of jazz, gospel, R&B and rock. Robert was born in Cleveland. At the age of 5, Robert began to play drums in his father's church. He began his preparatory studies at the Cleveland Music Settlement , John Hay High School and was later accepted into the Cleveland School of the Arts. During his junior and senior years he was recognized at the Tri-C Jazz Fest as the top high school jazz drummer in the state of Ohio. Robert attended Jarvis Christian College in Texas.  His first major tour began in 1993 with R&B group Men At Large, in which he appeared on the Arsenio Hall television show. Later, he toured with the hit production play, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and “Will A Real Man Please Stand Up.” He has played with Changing Faces, Gerald Albright, and Sean Jones. Robert started his own band, Moments Notice in 1996


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Moises Borges Quartet
$20.00
Friday 2/14
8:30 pm
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Brazilian Vocalist & Guitarist leads North Coast Quartet playing Bossa Nova, Samba, & More Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Moises Borges-Vocals & Guitar, Jacob Wynne-trumpet, Gary Aprile-bass, & Dylan Moffitt-Percussion.

Special Guest Opening Artist: Katherine O'Neill & Idris Phillips Duo. ?From Youngstown!

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

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


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Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Sextet
$15.00
Saturday 2/15
8:30 pm
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Great Lakes Leading Latin Jazz Group live at Nighttown!

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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Dominick Farinacci "Spirit of the Groove"
$20.00
Thursday 2/20
7:00 pm
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International Trumpet Star with All-Star Next Generation Lineup for Special Show at Nighttown!

Spirit of the Groove, part of the JazzFest Academy at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), is an ensemble comprised of nine young artists from various high schools around the Cleveland area and region, who are all committed to pursuing jazz full-time in college. As an invite-only mentorship program, the group focuses on balancing in-classroom study with on-the-band-stand experience, holding monthly residencies at iconic local clubs such as Nighttown & The Bop Stop. Dominick Farinacci serves as director of the Tri-C JazzFest Academy program and performs with Spirit of the Groove. The program also provides opportunities to learn from and work with visiting national guest artists, most recently including Terence Blanchard, John Clayton and Patrick Bartley.

Dominick Farinacci graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 and launched his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums. Farinacci’s latest recording, Short Stories (Mack Avenue Records), was produced by five-time Grammy Award winner Tommy LiPuma and features Steve Gadd, Christian McBride and Jacob Collier, among others.

Performing in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, Farinacci has been a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America and is a TED speaker. He has also served as Global Ambassador for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar.

Farinacci continues to bring people together and create awareness of social issues through initiatives such as Spirit of the Groove, which unites gospel and jazz communities, and Modern Warrior, an autobiographical music drama of a soldier’s time in the military and his transition back to civilian life.

The Tri-C JazzFest Academy gives students the opportunity to develop their skills and perform in both large and small ensembles through rehearsals that focus on music history, theory and improvisation. Students participate in workshops lead by national artists throughout the year and during Tri-C JazzFest. The semester will end with a public performance and selected ensembles will perform at local venues around town. Visit www.tri-c.edu/creative-arts-academy or call 216-987-6145 for more information.


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Forecast
$15.00
Friday 2/21
8:30 pm
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North Coast's Premier Contemporary Jazz Group back on Stage at Nighttown! 

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

Forecast is the leading contemporary jazz group in the Northeast Ohio area. Founding members Lem Adams on vibes and Gary Stephenson on electric bass have been entertaining Ohio audiences for over 20 years. 

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


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Alice Blumenfeld - ABREPASO's Tablao Flamenco
$25.00
Saturday 2/22
8:30 pm
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Enjoy an Evening of Passionate Flamenco Music and Dance Live at Nighttown! Oberlin Professor of Dance and Company.

Featuring: Alice Blumenfeld (dancer), Marija Temo (flamenco guitar and vocals), Wendy Clinard (dancer), & Liam Smith (percussion/cajón).

Enjoy flamenco in it's most intimate, fiery, passionate, and traditional setting--a tablao. Through their mastery of improvisation the artists express the full range of emotions in the complex and mesmerizing flamenco musical styles, building off each other's sparks to draw the audience into this Spanish art form. 

Marija Temo, described as a “triple threat,” is recognized as a virtuoso classical/flamenco guitarist, flamenco vocalist, conductor, and former dancer.  Guest soloist with The Zac Brown Band; Flamenco Documentary, “Sobre las Olas,” Jose Greco 100th anniversary tribute with guest artists, Carmela, Lola, and Jose Greco II, and performances for former Spanish Ambassador, Don Jaime de Ojeda; the Crown Prince of Spain; and former Vice President, Al Gore. Ms. Temo is currently Guitar Chair and faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Alice Blumenfeld is a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a Fulbright recipient in Dance. She fell in love with flamenco at age 12, and since then it has been the driving force in her life, founding ABREPASO Flamenco in 2016 and currently faculty at Oberlin College. She has toured nationally with Flamenco Vivo and performed as a soloist with their New York-based company, and Blumenfeld has performed internationally in Germany and Spain. Her choreography has been commissioned by The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, and several universities. Blumenfeld holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University and a BA from New York University.

Wendy Clinard is the Artistic Director of Clinard Dance Theatre, a global interdisciplinary ensemble founded in 1999. Her collaborative efforts with local and internationally-renowned musicians, dancers, and artists have resulted in the creation of five full works. Several of these works have toured the midwest as well as internationally in India and Syria. After completing a BFA at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1993, Clinard embarked on a rigorous apprenticeship with flamenco dancer Edo Sie and augmented her studies in Spain with notable teachers such as Juana Amaya and Hiniesta Cortez.

Liam Smith is an Ohio based artist, composer, and percussionist. Having studied under Jamey Haddad, Michael Rosen, and Aurie Hsu while at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Liam performs regularly in the worlds of orchestral and contemporary music. Having performed throughout Europe, North America, and South America, Liam has premiered works by the likes of James Wood, Vijay Ayer, Joungmin Lee, and Shihui Yin. Liam is a founding member of Candombe Joia, and a founding member of Grupo Precisão and performs regularly with Moises Borges, Samba Joia, and has performed with such artists as Gil Shaham, Gamin Kang, Edward Perez, Natchito Herrera, Christina Perisoco, Chad Smith, and Weezer.




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Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre
$10.00
Monday 2/24
7:00 pm
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Next Generation of Broadway Stars hits the Stage at Nighttown!

Join students of the Baldwin Wallace University’s renowned music theatre department for an evening featuring BWMT’s students of color. Members from the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 will perform music from all genres as they present songs that are meaningful to them, and that speak to the joys and struggles of being a person of color in present-day America. Share in this opportunity to be unified by pride in our students and to celebrate all the richness and benefits we enjoy from being a diverse community.

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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Jiggs Whigham & Friends
$25.00
Tuesday 2/25
7:30 pm
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Trombone Master and Native of Cleveland back home from Germany for Special Evening!

Featuring: Jiggs Whigham-trombone, Paul Ferguson-trombone, Dave Morgan-bass, & several more including members of CWRU Jazz Ensemble.

First Set Quartet, Second Set Trombone Octet. All Live at Nighttown!

Jiggs Whigham is an internationally acclaimed trombonist, band leader  and educator. Born in Cleveland Ohio in 1943, Jiggs first came to the attention of critics and fans at 17, as featured soloist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Ray McKinley. Two years later, he was first trombonist with Stan Kenton. Following a year of studio and Broadway Musical engagements in New York, he became featured soloist with the Kurt Edelhagen Jazz Orchestra at the West German Broadcasting Company in Cologne, Germany in 1965. In 1966 Jiggs was awarded 1st Prize at the first competition for Modern Jazz in Vienna.

He uses Bonn, London and Cape Cod as home bases, In 1979 he was named Professor and Head of the Jazz Department at Cologne University College of Music. In 1995 he was named "Professor for Life" and head of the Jazz-Popular Music Department at the "Hanns Eisler" College of Music in Berlin. From 2000-2001 he was visiting professor at Indiana University. He was bandleader of the Swiss Radio Band (Radio DRS) from 1984-1986. From 1995-2000 he was chief conductor and artistic director  of the Berlin Radio Orchestra (RIAS Big Band Berlin).

He is currently soloist and conductor of the BBC Big Band in Great Britain, artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Orchestra and visiting Professor at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama in London and visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.


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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
$20.00
Wednesday 2/26
7:00 pm
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Legendary Cutting Edge Group hits the Stage at Nighttown! EHE now in its 46th Year!

Featuring: Kahil El'Zabar-multi percussion & composer, Corey Wilkes-trumpet, & Alex Harding-sax.

"Raise the Spirit" Tour!

The legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble , has toured internationally , as well as recorded enumerable celebrated projects over the last 45 years. The current line up , featuring Corey Wilkes/trumpet , Alex Harding/baritone sax , and the bands founder, Dr. Kahil El’Zabar/multi-percussion/composition , is guaranteed to inspire audiences , as well as garner significant media for every presenter. The EHE is a must see ensemble, who’s truly making history with each performance! They are 21st century Griot, making Great Black Music for the Mind, Body, and Spirit! Their 2019 touring season , will be kicked off with Amazon Prime’s world premier of the EHE’s international award winning feature film documentary, “Be Known!”. It was executive produced by super star actors , Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance , and directed by Dwayne Johnson Cochran.

Sir Kahil El’Zabar,who was actually knighted by the Counsel General of France in 2014 for his long standing international contributions in the Arts.  Dr. El’zabar holds a PHD in (Interdisciplinary Arts),Lake Forest College.  He was an associate professor of music and collaborative arts at U. Nebraska(Lincoln),(1985-1995) U. Illinois(Chicago),(1999-2004). El’Zabar was chairman of the Iconic Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians(AACM)1975-1983. He has worked with such  luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie,Nina Simone,Stevie Wonder,Pharoah Sanders,Cannonball Adderly, Donnie Hathaway, Lester Bowie,Neneh Cherry,Archie Shepp,David Murray,Nona Hendryx,Ntozake Shange.

Corey Wilkes, one of the most sought after trumpeters in the world today, is an alumnus of the famed Berkley School of Music. He’s a former associate professor of jazz trumpet at Roosevelt U.,2008-2016.  He is a current member of the world famous AACM. Mr. Wilkes had the honor of being chosen to replace the late, great Lester Bowie in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He is currently starring in a reoccurring role in the hit TV show ,”Empire”.  Wilkes has played with Roy Hargrove, Dr.Lonnie Liston Smith, and James Carter.

For two decades , Alex Harding was the most sought after baritone saxophonist in New York City. In recent years, Alex has moved back to his hometown of Detroit and still is one of the busiest musicians in the world. He studied privately for many years with the legendary baritone saxophonest, Hamiet Bluiett.  Alex was the band director of the Tony Award winning Broadway hit,”Fela”. He has worked with legends such as Dollar Brand, Sun Ra, Hamiet Bluiett, James Carter, Roy Hargrove, Oliver Lake, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt, and Aretha Franklin.


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Eric Everett Jazz Quintet featuring Charlene Smythe
$15.00
Friday 2/28
8:30 pm
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North Coast Drummer leads Exciting Group featuring Vocalist  Charlene Smythe from the Jerry Garcia Band and the Melvin Seals Band!

Featuring: Eric Everett-drums, Charlene Smythe-vocals, Dave Thomas-piano/keys, Bobby Selvaggio-sax, & Jeff Slater-bass.

Since 2012, EEJ has performed at Nighttown, Bop Stop, Waterloo Arts Fest, 107.3 The WAVE, Playhouse Square, Culinary Vegetable Institute, CLE Urban Winery, Vault Lounge, Guarino's Restaurant, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Standard, and many more...

The band performs American Songbook, classic jazz, bossa novas, romantic ballads, and smooth R&B.

Eric Everett has nearly four decades of drumming experience, studying privately at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory with Dr. George Kiteley, performing in Case Western Reserve University’s small group Jazz and Big Band ensembles under Paul Ferguson. At CWRU, he participated in the Tri-C Jazz Fest and was also a member of two popular Cleveland 90's bands, Public Library and Five Minutes Fast.  Eric also has been a backing drummer for jazz vocalists, Leah Natale, Evelyn Wright, Michelle Edwards and Nancy Redd.

Charlene Smythe is an accomplished vocalist, returning to Cleveland from San Francisco where she toured with Melvin Seals and JGB. She was a frequent performer at Skip's in San Francisco and has backup vocal Motown recording experience. Upon arriving in Cleveland, Prince Ladia and King Solomon encouraged her to perform with prominent local blues and jazz musicians, including: Alan Greene, Ernie Krivda, Butch Armstrong Band and Reginald Redd.

Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today's jazz scene.  In the words of pianist Kenny Werner, “Bobby is among the best of players out there.”

Bobby, grew up in Cleveland, earned his undergraduate from Kent State.  He moved to NYC and earned a master’s in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, Bobby studied with Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider.

After playing at places like the Vanguard, Smalls, and Birdland for four years, Bobby decided to move back to Cleveland. He now serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State.

David Thomas, was an original member of the R&B group, “Sweet Thunder.” He has also performed with numerous artists including James Cleveland, Dizzie Gillespie, Albert Ayler, Jean Carre, David Ruffin, and Grover Washington. His musical involvement also includes musical theater as a writer, performer, and musical director. He is a gifted educator having worked at The Cleveland School of the Arts, Tri-C, Cleveland State Univ, CWRU, Cleveland School District, The Southeast Seventh Day Adventist, and St. Timothy Baptist Church.

Jeff Slater earned his bachelor's of music in music theory and french horn at Baldwin-Wallace University and did master's work in classical and jazz music theory at the University of Wisconsin and Truman State University. Jeff plays both electric and upright bass and is well versed in all styles of jazz, R&B, rock, and world music.


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Cyrille Aimée
$30.00
Saturday 2/29
7:00 pm
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Grammy Nominated Vocalist from France and her Group back at Nighttown for 2 Big Shows!

Improvisation is not just a technique for Grammy Nominated artist Cyrille Aimée, it’s a way of life, one that has not only allowed her to share her engaging voice and sparkling creativity with the world, but has led her on an unexpected journey.

By opening herself to the whim of the moment, Aimée has ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals.

That adventure began in the small town of Samois-sur-Seine in France, where the young Cyrille Aimée (Sur-real M-A) was introduced to a wealth of diverse music by her French father and Dominican mother.

As the site of the annual Django Reinhardt Festival, Samois played host to an annual gathering of gypsies, and their fireside sing-alongs would lure the precocious Cyrille out of her bedroom window after her parents had gone to sleep. Those experiences exposed Aimée not just to the joys of gypsy jazz, which would go on to be an important color in her rich palette of influences, but more importantly to the gypsies’ spontaneous, nomadic and music-filled way of life.

It was the idea and unlimited potential of improvisation that set Aimée on her course, and the desire to pursue that in-the-moment creation inevitably led her to jazz. She spent her teen years performing in the cafés and clubs of Paris, then attended the American School of Modern Music there.

Aimée was soon drawn to the U.S., where she attended SUNY Purchase – in large part due to its proximity to the jazz hub of Manhattan. She honed her skills through weekly gigs at a Soho restaurant and at Birdland Jazz Club.

At the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007, Aimée won the vocal competition, recording her debut album with the prize money. It was the first of many such accolades to come, including winning the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and becoming a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition.

At the same time, no less an authority than Stephen Sondheim recognized that Aimée’s captivating gift for storytelling through song would translate to the theatrical stage. The musical theater icon hand-picking her to star alongside the legendary Bernadette Peters in an Encores Special Presentation tribute to Sondheim at New York’s City Center in November 2013, backed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

For Aimée herself, the future holds the promise of many more surprises ahead. After more than a decade in New York City she’s embarked on a new chapter in New Orleans. She’s also focusing more intently than ever before on her own songwriting, taking her music in fresh new directions. As always for Cyrille Aimée, the only thing that’s certain is that she’ll find a creative spark and a new pathway from whatever happens next.


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St Patrick's Day with The New Barleycorn
$25.00
Tuesday 3/17
1:00 pm
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Nightown with Irish Music Masters The New Barleycorn!

The place to be for St Patrick's Day!!.

Both Alec and John were born and raised in Ireland in counties Dublin and Down where they learned to play music at an early age, they have both performed professionally since their teenage years both enjoying considerable success with their respective careers.

John Delaney a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group 'Barleycorn', joined forces with Alec DeGabriele nine years ago to form 'The New Barleycorn', after the other finished a 24 year run ending in 1995.  John plays, 5 string and tenor banjos, mandolin, guitar, whistle and bodhran. He also has played banjo on many other Irish artists' recordings.

Alec DeGabriele spent his formative years learning the business of music, theatre and entertaining with his families traveling theatrical show, 'The Shannon Players', which was well known and highly regarded throughout Ireland.  Alec plays guitar and bass and was the band leader with a top Irish Show Band for some years before deciding to come to live in the U.S.A.

Don't miss St Patrick's Day at Nighttown!!

 


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