Music & Events

NIGHTTOWN, Jan. - Feb., 2017
Cleveland Hts., OH

Cleveland's Nighttown Restaurant  offers a high powered lineup of jazz stars in Jan. - Feb. 2017  The restaurant is located in Cleveland Heights, on the east side of the Cleveland area, at 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., phone 216/795-0550, website www,nighttowncleveland.com.  The sound is good, as is the food, cover charges are generally reasonable, and the atmosphere is intimate.

 

Nicki Parrott & Bobby Floyd Tues., Feb. 7,  7 p.m. Nicki Parrott Trio   Cover charge $20.  Vocalist & Bassist from Les Paul Trio leads All-Star Trio Live @ Nighttown!

Featuring: Nicki Parrott-acoustic bass & vocals, Bobby Floyd-piano, & Bob Breithaupt-drums.

Nicki has performed at most major festivals around the globe including the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y, Detroit Jazz Festival, Jazz Ascona and Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and many others.  A knockout bassist and singer, both.

Bobby Floyd's talent has launched him into a very rewarding career, putting him in demand and making him one of the favorite, first-call pianists/organists for many well known artists. He has traveled the world accompanying Ray Charles on piano and organ. He currently makes guest appearances with some of the most distinguished orchestras, including The Boston Pops, The Rochester Philharmonic, and The Detroit Symphony. He is presently the feature pianist for the world-famous and legendary Count Basie Orchestra. He also tours nationally and internationally as organist for the Grammy Award winning Dr. John.

The CookersWeds., Feb. 8, 7 p.m.  The Cookers.  All-star octet with Billy Harper -- tenor sax, Donald Harrison -- alto, Eddie Henderson -- trumpet, David Weiss -- trumpet, George Cables -- piano, Cecil McBee -- bass and Billy Hart -- drums.  Each member a star in his own right, this group brings together many years of making great music in a range of creative ensembles.  Each brings his own recognizable approach to the music.  And they're all in one room, making music together.

Not your everyday event!

Dutchess
Thurs., Feb. 16,  8 p.m. Dutchess,a rising NYC Vocal Trio.

Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, Melissa Styleinou, supported by  Carmen Staff -- piano, Matt Aranoff -- bass andJared Shonig -- drums.

 

Norman ConnersFri. & Sat., Feb. 17 & 18,  8 & 10 p.m.  Drummer, singer & Producer Norman Conners, with Bobby Lyle on [piano & keyboards.  .  Playing all of his hits including "You are My Starship", "Vale   ntine Love", "Betcha My Golly Wow", and More!   Cover $40

Like Roy Ayers, George Benson, and Patrice Rushen, Norman Connors is best known for his major RB hits but started out as a jazz improviser.  The drummer/composer was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he lived in the same neighborhood as Bill Cosby and became interested in jazz when he was only a child. Connors was in junior high when he began sneaking into jazz clubs and sat in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane gig.

Connors went on to study music at Philly's Temple University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Gigs with Jackie McLean, Jack McDuff and Sam Rivers followed, and he was first recorded as a sideman when Archie Shepp employed him on his 1967 Impulse session Magic of JuJu.

After touring with Pharoah Sanders and playing on several of his albums, Connors signed with Buddah's Cobblestone label in 1972 and recorded his first album as a leader, Dance of Magic. A few more jazz-oriented Cobblestone and Buddah dates followed, and it was in 1975 that Connors made R&B his main priority with Saturday Night Special (which included the number ten soul hit "Valentine Love"). The rest of the 1970s found Connors featuring R&B singers prominently (including Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, and the late Phyllis Hyman) and scoring such R&B hits as "We Both Need Each Other," "Once I've Been There," and the lovely "You Are My Starship."

Currently Norman Connors is touring in support of his latest CD "Star Power" on Shanachie records.  He will be featuring his six piece touring group and promises to perform all of his classic hits.

Two high-end players on the music scene come to the Nighttown stage.

Dick Thompson
August 17, 2015