La Cour Bistro & Art BarBilbao guitarist Mike Kramer, Suzanne Real of the Boulder Wine Meetup group, and La Cour Bistro and Art Bar proprietor Janet Poth, have planned an event for Saturday, December 6th 5:30 – 10:00 pm that will delight all senses – while the Bilbao Jazz Trio performs, La Cour will host a biodynamic wine tasting.

You may opt in or out of the wine tasting – if you choose to participate, the cost is $10 and includes 2-ounce-pours of each of  four wines – Domaine Begude’ “Terroir 11300” 2012 Chardonnay, Francois Chidaine’ Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Domaine du Bel Air’ Bourgueil Les Vingt Lieux Dits old vine Cabernet Franc 2011, and Chateau Couronneau’ Bordeaux Superior Rouge 2012. These special wines contain no sulfites.

Stay for dinner – La Cour Bistro and Art Bar offers a fantastic full menu to compliment their French wines. Janet is offering a 15% discount for their cheese plate and full glasses or bottles of the four featured wines for the entire evening.

Tasting starts at 5:30 pm / Music starts at 6:30 pm

Nicci Morrish FlyerCome join us again in the mountains west of Boulder at Nederland’s, Salto Coffee Works – Friday, June 6th, 6 – 9 PM.

In addition to perfectly roasted coffee, Salto serves local beer and wine. The food is fantastic – they roast their own meats, craft their own dressings and source the highest quality (local when possible) ingredients. Try the Re-Boot sandwich!

We will be playing for the art opening of painter Nicole (Nicci) Morrish.

Come join us in the mountains west of Boulder at Nederland’s newest establishment, Salto Coffee Works – Friday, March 7th, 6 – 9 PM.

Salto  serves beer, wine, soup, salads and sandwiches in a warm, new ski lodge like atmosphere.

We will be playing for the art opening of painter Jessica Ansari –

Jessica Ansari was born and raised in a small seaside town in Northern England, but now lives and loves the high altitude life in Nederland, Colorado. Her preferred medium is acrylic paints on canvas, but she also works as a graphic designer in the digital field. Ansari completed a BFA with distinctions in Art & English at CU Boulder in 2008, before training in graphic design.

Here are some pictures from our last show at The Berkeley Inn where the beer is cold and the crowd is warm and lively. We appreciate all of our friends who came to support us – a special thanks to Ron Feldman for taking these photos.

Here are some photos from our house concert in July.

VitaPlaying Vita over a period of a year shaped our music in a way I had not expected. During breaks and set-up we heard the hypnotic repetition of European electro-jazz over the house sound system. We started introducing these ideas into some of our jazz standards.

 

Last night we played for the St. Anne’s Episcopal School faculty nestled between the books in the library. This is the fourth year we’ve performed at this event – we always look forward to the warm and festive mood at this historic and beautiful campus.

Jason Moran & the Bandwagon
Jason Moran & the Bandwagon

Last night our family saw Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at DazzleJazz. What’s great about the Dazzle Showroom is that kids are allowed to attend the 7 PM shows. We’ve been bringing our daughter here to experience great music for almost all of her 11 years.

Jason and his trio are fantastic – individually and as a team they have an innovative and uniquely melodic style not to mention an energy that shook the house. On three arrangement they incorporated recorded narratives which became part of the composition as if there was a fourth player in the room.

What I liked most about Jason’s piano style was his ability to bring the fun and excitement of early jazz riffs from the Fats Waller days into now and beyond with a groove.

Bassist Tarus Mateen opened up expansive textures with his ability to layout the harmonic structure from the lowest to highest register in less than a blink.

Drummer Nasheet Waits’ dynamic responses were more than just in the moment – his ability to shift from complexity to simple grooves was fascinating to hear and watch.

Check this out – Jason Moran & the Bandwagon – Ringing My Phone

Forest Room 5

A few years back, we had the opportunity to play the Forest Room 5. Over the course of that year we came to really appreciate the eclectic and totally inside-outside funkiness of this club. Owner Thomas Nesler created the environment one crazy piece at a time – and he never seems to stop. When we think of Thomas, we are reminded of Theolonius Monk – here’s our recording of  Well You Needn’t. I’m sure our style evolved as result of playing the Forest Room 5.