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Jazz line-up for July 8-14, 2012

July 8, 2012

By Kathy Edwards McFarland and “Mister Joe” Pinson

Music and events  seemed to crowd each other on the calendar after school let out for the summer. More activities  and live music

Denton Base Tribute Big Band

than Denton (and beyond) has had in the past few years. In the know sources attribute the myriad of plays, concerts, etc., to many people taking “stay-cations” instead of venturing to far off lands.

No complaints from this writer. Top-of-the-chart events for the week – University of North Texas Jazz Winds Workshop and faculty concerts, Denton Basie Tribute Big Band at Abbey Underground, and tonight’s Evidence: The Music of Thelonius Monk at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern.

What was:

Saturday, July 7: 

  • Live Local Jazz at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak, Denton, at 6 p.m., Ghost Solo Show at 8 p.m. and Destination Unknown at 10 p.m. – FREE
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson and Decoding Society play “Jazz at the Kessler” series at the Kessler Theater, in Dallas (Oak Cliff),  7:30 p.m. Tickets $20.

What is:

Sunday, July 8:


  • Dave Zoller and his quartet bring fresh interpretations and new energy to the music of a jazz master with Evidence: The Music of Thelonious Monk back to Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m. The tight-knit group features Dave Zoller, keyboard; Woody Berner, Jonathan Fisher and Pete Gallio. Free.

What shall be:

Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12:

Monday, July 9:

  • A Taste of Herb: Tribute to Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, 10 p.m., Dan’s Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial, Denton. Free. FMI: see companion post: “A Taste of Herb – Tribute to Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass.”
  • Jazz artist Clark Erickson plays piano tonight from 10 p.m. to Midnight, at The Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, Denton. Clark is a graduate from UNT earning both a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Jazz Studies, and has performed with many groups throughout his career, including as a featured pianist for such artists as Maynard Ferguson and Diane Schuur.

Tuesday, July 10: 

  • Bach Wilder Norwood Group performs at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m. – Free. Bassist Norwood leads his groups through fun and well done jazz, keeping it cool on a hot summer night.

Thursday, July 12:

  • At 11 p.m. – Abbey Underground, 100 W. Walnut, Denton, presents Devin Eddleman leading the 17-member Denton Basie Tribute Big Band in some fantastic classic Count Basie grooves with challenge solos and spot-on arrangements. (The Basie 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, July 13:

  • Mike Dillon Band plays Dan’s Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial St.,Denton, 10 p.m.. $8 cover. The band – Mike Dillon on vibraphone, percussion, lead vocals; Carly Meyers – trombone, Moog Taurus pedals; Adam Gertner – drums; and Cliff Hines – guitar, bass and keys – bring a unique range of “electrified, psychedelic, Coltrane-induced vibraphone playing, a tabla jam on a level that few have witnessed in person,” according to Andy LaViolette and Lucinda BreedingLittle d After Dark.

Saturday, July 14:

  • Live Jazz at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak, Denton, 6 p.m.

FMI visit:
Banter Bistro:
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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