Image Alt

This Week at Ace’s – August 28-September 1, 2019 – The Music, The Artists & More

This Week at Ace’s – August 28-September 1, 2019 – The Music, The Artists & More

Ace Gillett’s Musical Happenings – Week of 8.28.19

Greetings, Jazz Fans! Ace Gillett’s Music Director John Olson here to let you know what we have cued up for this week:

Jazz Jam Session

Wednesday, 8/28 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm

Tonight we’re having our weekly Jazz Jam Session, hosted this week by Teague Bechtel (guitar), Seth Lewis and myself. Drums, Piano, Bass, Guitar Amp and a Vocal mic are all provided. As always, we ask that interested performers follow our musician’s dress code of suit and tie for men and cocktail attire for women. All playing levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Weekly food and drink specials are featured as well!

Kenyon Brenner

Thursday, 8/29 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm

The Subterraneans welcome back Kenyon Brenner on tenor sax. Kenyon has been performing at Ace Gillett’s since the early days and is part of the Jazz Faculty at UNC. Kenyon will be joined by Tom Amend on piano, Seth Lewis on bass and myself on drums.

Jack Roben

Friday, 8/30 – 8:00 to Midnight

The Subterraneans welcome back Jack Roben on guitar. Jack is starting his second year pursuing his Masters at UNC and an outstanding young guitarist. Joining Jack will be David Baker on Bass, Amaya Arevalo on piano and myself on drums. This is Amaya’s first time playing a full night at Ace’s – come on down and give her a warm welcome!

Adam Astrup

Saturday, 8/31– 8:00 to Midnight

The Subterraneans welcome guitarist Adam Astrup in a Trio setting with Alex Annan on bass and myself on drums. We’re drawing more from UNC’s deep musical talent, as both Adam and Alex are studying there. I’ve played with Adam before, but this will be the first time this Trio has ever played together! It looks like I might need to change my initials to “A.A.” for the night to keep things consistent….

Ben Markley

Sunday, 9/1 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm

Ben Markley will be featured in a rare solo piano setting at Ace’s while Mark Sloniker enjoys the night off. Ben’s new small-group CD “Slow Play” was just released and he’ll have copies for sale. I’ve listened to it several times already and can highly recommend it as one of my favorite releases of the year! Knowing Ben, I expect that he’ll have some Cedar Walton, Chick Corea and Bill Evans compositions as part of his repertoire this evening (and he might even sing a song or two – don’t miss it!).


As you may have already heard, renovations for Ace Gillett’s are on hold for the time being. Spread the word that we’ll continue featuring your favorite food, cocktails and Live Jazz Wednesday through Sunday nights until further notice. If you haven’t had a chance to see the renovations at the Armstrong, come on down and admire the transformation!


As always, Thank You for supporting Live Jazz at Ace Gillett’s – I hope to see you there soon!

John Olson

Music Director

Ace Gillett’s Lounge