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June 26-July 2: Denton Jazz heating up

June 26, 2012

Sean P. Jones

June winds down and Summer heats up with end-of-the-month Live Jazz events, and upcoming July 4th activities. Check out the latest cool Jazz gigs in Denton (and further out.)

Monday, June 25:

A Taste of Herb – Tribute to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass at Dan’s Silverleaf , 103 Industrial, Denton, 10 p.m. – FREE

Drummer, recording engineer and producer Sean P. Jones and his band bring a clear, upbeat music style to the Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar, 600 N. Locust, Denton, 10 p.m.-Midnight – Click to hear:

Tuesday, June 26:

  • The Bonduris Quartet plays Tuesday Jazz Night, 7-9 p.m. on the patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton. The quartet features Thad Bonduris on guitar, Dana Sudborough on vibes, Ross Schodek on bass, and Greg Sadler on drums, playing a mix of Jazz styles.
  • Jazz Trombonist Luke Brimhall and his Quartet plays the final Tuesday Evening Jazz at the Fountain in the Shops at Highland Village, NW corner of FM 2499 and FM 407 in Highland Village, 7-9 p.m. FMI, Visit:

    Thad Bonduris

Wednesday, June 27:

Simone Lounge, 222 W. Hickory, Denton, once again offers the Latin Jazz stylings of Christina and LatinVibesBest Salsa and Merengue Live Band – beginning at 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 28:

  • Two Big Bands with two dinstinctive music genres hit all the right notes at Abbey Underground, 100 W. Walnut, Denton
    At 9:30 p.m. – Latin Jazz group Los Wedos offers up a spicy menu of Afro-Cuban music with band leader Jose Gonzales directing Julian Sutherlin, alto sax/flute; James Holt, fresh from a year and a half in Alaska, tenor sax; Kevin Hicks, soon to start his military gig with the USAF Airmen of Note, trombone; Mike Shields, trumpet; Ian Lesser, piano; Mark Harreth, bongos and cabalas; Dave Shaw, bass;  and Lucas Albano, timbales. (Spoiler alert: Videographer

    Los Wedos

    Andy Violette may be taping Los Wedos tonight.)
    At 11 p.m.Devin Eddleman leads the 18-member Denton Basie Tribute Big Band in some fantastic classic Count Basiegrooves with challenge solos and spot-on arrangements. (The

    Dave Eddleman and the Denton Basie Tribute Big Band

    Denton Basie Tribute Big Band, made up of University of North Texas Jazz Students and alums, plays Abbey Underground on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.)

Friday, June 29:

  • University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Workshop Final Concert in Kenton Hall – UNT Campus, at 7 p.m. – FREE
  • Banter Bistro, 219 West Oak Street, Denton, sets the stage for a full roster of musical talent starting at 6 p.m. with Jazz composer and saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom and his group, followed by Singer/Songwriter Steve Jackson and Acoustic Distortion, 8 p.m. – featuring Steve Jackson on acoustic guitar; Thad Bonduris on guitar; Tyler McCarthy, bass; and percussionist Pete Pravettori – at 10 p.m., the stylings of Singer/Songwriter Karyna Micaela.

Saturday, June 30:

  • Full schedule of great music at Banter Bistro, 219 West Oak Street Denton, beginning at  6 p.m.- Jazz Trumpeter Pete

    Pete Weise Trio

    Weise and Friends; at 8 p.m.- Oui Bis offers its rendition of dance music from a variety of American eras including old standards, Latin American jazz, Parisian Gypsy Jazz, both Northern and Southern American Old Time, Irish Traditional, and music by modern performers. Join new singer/songwriter group Future Eyes at 10 p.m.

  • Singer/Songwriter and pianist Ellie Meyer brings her music to Café du Luxe, 3101 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Denton, 8-10 p.m.

Monday, July 2:

  • Vintage Jazz Society meets at the Center for Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory Street Denton, 9:30 am – discussion, followed by jam session at 10:30 am – everyone is welcome
  • Late night Jazz every Monday at The Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar, 600 N. Locust, Denton, 10 p.m.-Midnight

Please send additions or corrections ASAP to either or

FMI visit:
The Abbey Underground:!/TheAbbeyUnderground
Cafe du Luxe:
The Cellar 22:
Dan’s Silver Leaf:
The Greenhouse Restaurant:
Hickory Street Lounge:
Simone Lounge:
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern:


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