Greetings, Jazz Fans! Ace Gillett’s Music Director John Olson here to let you know what we have cued up for this week:
Wednesday, 5/15 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Tonight we’re back to our weekly Jazz Jam Session, hosted by Spencer Zweifel, Seth Lewis 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 to play and network with other local jazz musicians. Happy Hour pricing in the Lounge all night! Rumor has it that I’ll be bringing a 1970’s Gretsch “Tony Williams” set for tonight’s session, so tell all of your drummer friends they don’t want to miss this chance to play it!
Thursday, 5/16 – 8:00 to Midnight
The Subterraneans welcome Peter Sommer on Tenor saxophone, accompanied by Tom Amend, Seth Lewis and myself. Peter is the Director of Jazz Studies at Colorado State and a regular performer at Ace’s. All four of us have played together many times in different configurations, but this will be the debut of this quartet and I’m looking forward to hearing the results!
Friday, 5/17 – 8:00 to Midnight
The Subterraneans welcome Heath Walton on tenor saxophone, accompanied by Jeff Jenkins on piano, Bill McCrossen on bass and myself on drums. This will be another debut of a quartet that’s never played together before. I love seeing the surprise when I respond to questions of “how long have you guys been playing together?” with “this is our first time.” Come on down and see how our debut turns out!
Saturday, 5/18 – 8:00 to Midnight
The Subterraneans welcome Jack Roben on guitar in a Trio setting with Seth Lewis and myself. Jack just finished his first year toward receiving his Master’s Degree at UNC and has quickly stepped in as a regular performer at Ace’s.
Sunday, 5/19 – 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Tonight we welcome Spencer Zweifel, playing solo piano in the Lounge from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. Spencer recently made a decision to pursue his Master’s Degree at James Madison University and will be moving from Fort Collins at the end of the summer. I’ve assured him that I’ll put him to work as much as possible in the meantime!
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!
Ace Gillett’s Lounge