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Monday, Tuesday and beyond – Denton Jazz swings on

August 13, 2013

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Looks like Denton temperatures may slowly dip into the 90’s by week’s end, but the Jazz is still hot. Take a break from your regular routine and discover the variety of Jazz-minded venues and talent.

Monday, August 12:

Clark Erickson

Clark Erickson


  • Late Night Monday Jazz features Clark Erickson, with Jeff Plant – bass and Bill Bachman – drums, at the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, Denton, downbeat 10 p.m. The Greenhouse Restaurant has offered local musicians a venue for more than 10 years.

Clark Erickson (Piano/Hammond B-3 Organ) has performed with many groups throughout his career and has been a featured pianist for such artists as Maynard Ferguson and Diane Schuur.

Tuesday, August 13:

  • Drew Phelps and his Electric Guitar Band

    Drew Phelps and his Electric Guitar Band

    Drew Phelps and his Electric Guitar Band return to the patio stage at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm, Denton, 7-9 p.m. Drew, switching between his up-right bass and electric bass, leads (the usual suspects) Paul Metzger and Don Bell – on electric guitar, and drummer Steve Barnes, on an improvisational journey of Jazz.

Wednesday, August 14:

  • Link Chalon Orchestra plays Hickory Street Lounge, 212 Hickory Street, Denton, 6 p.m. Guitarist Link Chalon, is joined by Dave White, Steve Baker, Nathan Phelps and, in absentia, Larry Shaw will be doing it Happy Hour-style!

Thursday, August 15:

  • Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton,  presents Jimin Lee Group – Jazz at 6 p.m., featuring Stuart Mack, trumpet; Addison Frei, keys; Perrin Grace, bass; Matt Young, drums; with guest vocals by Gabby Byrd, Grace Wright and Jordan Coffing. Open Mic Night begins at 8 p.m. (Sign-up – 7:45 p.m.)
  • KXT 91.7 presents Paul Slavens’ 9 Year Anniversary Party  @ Dan’s Sliverleaf, 103 Industrial, Denton, 9 p.m.,
    J. Paul Slavens

    J. Paul Slavens

    $10. Featuring Dark Rooms (Daniel Hart), Blackstone Rangers and Diamond Age.

J. Paul Slavens is host of The Paul Slavens Show, which airs Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m. on KXT 91.7.  Prior to moving to KXT in November 2009, Paul hosted KERA’s Sunday night music show 90.1 At Night since 2005, bringing to the long-running program a diverse, seemingly random mix of styles, genres and time periods.  Paul is also well known in the North Texas area for his work as a multi-instrumentalist with bands like Ten Hands, the Baptist Generals and Robert Gomez.

Currently, he appears at venues around town where he is joined by an ever-changing array of luminaries such as Jeff Barnes of Brave ComboPaul takes suggestions from the audience and the band creates full-blown songs on the spot.  He is working on a Masters of Composition at the University of North Texas, and his works have been performed at the Dallas Museum of Art, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and numerous churches, campuses and schools around the area. Paul also works as a a commercial voice-over artist and actor.

Friday, August 16:

  • Oui Bis (Yes, again!) begins the Friday Night music, 6 p.m., at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, followed by Kelsey Henry, 8 p.m., and The Knocking at 10 p.m.

Oui Bis, based in Denton, Texas, and playing throughout the North Texas area, features its own 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 from written by modern performers.

  • Ron and the Finkelsteiners, offer up Oom-pah music (aka Polka) and traditional Jazz for your dining pleasure, Gerhard’s German Restaurant, 222 W. Hickory St., Denton, 7-9 p.m.
  • The award-winning Mariachi Quetzal plays traditional mariachi music for your dining pleasure tonight at La Milpa, 820 South Interstate 35E, 8 p.m.
Mariachi Quetzel

Mariachi Quetzel

The award-winning ensemble MARIACHI QUETZAL was formed in 2008. The members of QUETZAL met while studying at the University of North Texas College of Music. Men, Women, Anglo, Hispanic – QUETZAL is made up of a diverse group of individuals who share a love for performing mariachi music, and is dedicated to entertaining audiences with traditional mariachi music (and a little bit of not-so-traditional music, too). In 2011, QUETZAL was voted Best Latin-Tejano Act in Dallas by the Dallas Observer. They have been featured in performances with the Irving Symphony Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Wind Symphony.

Saturday, August 17:

  • Jazz by Keith Karns at 6 p.m., kicks-off the fun at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak, Denton, followed by Johann Wagner, 8 p.m., at 10 p.m., Mathew Grigsby – Live at Banter!

Matthew Grigsby, who sounds very much like Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Leonard Cohen playing his “… Comic and subtly profound song carried by a voice and guitar, …(leaving) you lowsome and laughing all in the same song. Love up your earholes and spend some time with Mathew Grigsby. ” —  Brian LambertYoung Master Grigsby:Towne’s Long Lost Son

Sunday, August 18:

  • Put on your dancing shoes for Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son, setting a red-hot Cuban folk-Jazz beat on the patio stage at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m. – Free. While enjoying the rhythms of the band, try Sweetwater‘s luscious pot roast or fish tacos, and a refreshing beverage.

    Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son (Cuban-Folk Music lights up the night.)

    Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son (Cuban-Folk Music lights up the night.)

Contact Kathy Edwards McFarland,,, for changes, corrections.

Banter Bistro:
Dan’s Silver Leaf:
Gerhard’s German Restaurant:
The Greenhouse Restaurant:
Hickory Street Lounge:
La Milpa:
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern: www.sweetwatergrillandtavern


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