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LOCATION: Nocturne - 1330 27th St



  • Saturday, Jul 13, 2024  6pm - 10:30pm

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This Saturday series will feature the work of dynamic bandleader, composer, pianist, and educator Ben Markley with his quintet of all-star musicians from the Northern Colorado area. Making its return to the Nocturne stage, the quintet will pay tribute to a number of iconic hardbop records in addition to featuring Markley's own compositions. This show will feature Wil Swindler (saxophone), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar), Seth Lewis (bass), and Alejandro Castaño (drums).

Ben Markley is an accomplished pianist, band leader and composer/arranger, active throughout the Rocky Mountain front range and has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, Bobby Shew and John Fedchock and many others. Markley is the leader of the Ben Markley Big Band, a daring ensemble known for their creative takes on beloved modern and contemporary jazz classics. Fresh off the heels of Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton, Markley tackles his most ambitious project yet: Ari’s Funhouse, a big band album featuring the music of drummer Ari Hoenig, with Hoenig himself in the drum chair. The album received great critical acclaim and was selected as one of the best 4 star rated albums of 2022 by DownBeat magazine. Markley has performed a number of Nocturne artist in residencies, and and one of his trio projects was featured on Nocturne's first ever record release.

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