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This Week at Ace’s – July 17 – 21, 2019 – The Music, The Artists & More

This Week at Ace’s – July 17 – 21, 2019 – The Music, The Artists & More

Ace Gillett’s Musical Happenings – Week of 7.17.19

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, 7/17 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm

Tonight we’re back for our weekly Jazz Jam Session, hosted by Spencer Zweifel, David Baker and myself. Drums, Piano, Bass 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. Now that we’re on a weekly schedule, I’m hoping our jam will be a destination location for jazz musicians to meet and network with like-minded players.

Ben Parrish

Thursday, 7/18 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm

The Subterraneans welcome Ben Parrish on guitar, accompanied by Spencer Zweifel, Matt Smiley and myself. Ben was part of Matt’s tribute to Talking Heads that was featured at Nocturne in Denver last month. Maybe we’ll bust out a couple of those charts on Thursday?

Josh Quinlan Quartet

Friday, 7/19 – 8:00 to Midnight

The Subterraneans welcome The Josh Quinlan Quartet, visiting from Costa Rica. Josh was a regular performer at Ace Gillett’s for many years before moving to Costa Rica to teach and perform a few years. I missed seeing Josh when he visited last year, but I’ll definitely be there on Friday to hear this talented group.

Ben Markley Trio

Saturday, 7/20 – 8:00 to Midnight

The Subterraneans welcome the return of the Ben Markley Trio, featuring bassist Matt Smiley and myself. Ben, Matt and I have played together hundreds of times and I’m looking forward to having this Trio back. We played together last week for the first time in many months, and it felt just like riding your favorite bike – I love playing with these guys!

Mark Sloniker

Sunday, 7/21 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm

Mark Sloniker is back playing solo piano in the Lounge from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. Mark is a weekly favorite at Ace Gillett’s and is usually joined by family and friends for his second and third sets. Mark has earned his status as a local legend, having undoubtably played more nights of live music in Fort Collins than anyone else on record!


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