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School is underway, Denton Live Jazz line-up never better

August 24, 2013
Historic Denton County Courthouse

Historic Denton County Courthouse

School starts very soon – a new clutch of University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University students (Welcome, y’all) find their way to the coolest Live Jazz venues Denton has to offer, and you have the best Live Jazz skinny at your fingertips via Denton Jazz Chronicles.

UNT Prof and Jazz guitarist Fred Hamilton

UNT Prof and Jazz guitarist Fred Hamilton

Running way late with this post (computer issues), but had to post – not just for the incredible schedule of Live Jazz, but because University of North Texas Jazz Studies Prof Fred Hamilton shared this on Facebook re: The Aristocrats performance last night –

“Noel Johnston, Pete Weise, Justin Schenk, Scott Neary, David and Fran Adams, Katy, and 175 others were witness to a great set by Guthrie Govan and the Aristocrats at Dan’s Silverleaf. Denton is a great town and the music that happens here is astounding. I am blessed to live here and teach at North Texas.” Fred Hamilton

Wednesday, August 21:

“In the 1960’s, the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass could be heard on the top radio shows of the time, as well as television and the big screen. The music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is quirky, retro, hip, sometimes cheesy, but always groovy!”
ATOH band members: Trumpet & Flugelhorn – John Wier; Trumpet & Flugelhorn – Danny O’Brien; Guitar – Robert Hokamp; Piano – Paul Slavens ; Bass – Ross Schodek; Percussion – Joe Cripps and Drums – Tex Bosley

Thursday, August 22:

  • Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, kicks off the weekend early with Brian Ward Trio, 6-7:45 p.m., followed by Open Mic Night – sign up 7:45 p.m., downbeat 8 p.m.Brian Ward Trio

Friday, August 23:

  • 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. (BTW – La Milpa is celebrating its 5th anniversary service quality Mexican food to Dentonites, and travelers.
  • Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, presents Classical Guitar music, 6 p.m.; followed by UNT Literary Professor and Poet Bruce Bond, 7 p.m; at 8 p.m., this month’s Song and Story features Ashley Gatta, Mathew Grigsby, Ellie Meyer and Richard Gilbert; followed by Matty Harris and Nathan Phelps at 10 p.m.
  • The AristocratsSPUNE presents The Aristocrats, Dan’s Silverleaf , 103 Industrial, Denton. Doors open – 8 p.m. Show – 9 p.m. All Ages welcome – $15.00 +fees
    The Aristocrats: Instrumental Rock/Fusion’s “Rowdy New Democracy” The word “supergroup” is tossed around a lot in instrumental music circles, the result of a seemingly endless supply of efforts to package together individual virtuoso players and make a band out of them. But every once in a while, the group part of that shopworn term becomes authentic and real. Such is the case with The Aristocrats – guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller, and drummer Marco Minnemann – who defiantly and joyously blow the supergroup stereotype to bits, thrilling audiences and fans around the world in the process with a preternatural band chemistry that equals exponentially more than the sum of its parts. (More at

Saturday, August 24:

  • Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, presents Jennifer Escue– Jazz, 6 p.m., followed by Carolyn Campos, 8 p.m; Caleb Coonrod at 9 p.m.; and Trotline – Chris Veon and Chuck Voellinger, 10 – 11:45 p.m.
  • Buster Brown Band – plays Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, Denton, 8 p.m. Tickets – $10.
    Buster Brown Band

    Buster Brown Band

    The sound is soulful, distinctive – passionate, creative, original, honest and powerful. For forty years the Buster Brown Band has created a unique sound and become one of the most influential groups in the DFW area and throughout Texas. FMI: click

Sunday, August 25:

  • A Taste of Herb: The Sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, takes the stage at Gerhard’s German Restaurant, 222 W. Hickory St., Denton, 6-8 p.m.Taste of Herb logo
  • Brazilian samba group Brasuka! plays their percussion-rich music on the patio stage at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m. Free. Bring your dancing shoes –
  • Mi son, Mi son, Mi son brings its vibrant Cuban-folk based jazz to the Dan’s Silverleaf stage, 103 Industrial, Denton, at 9 p.m. – Right after “Breaking Bad”
    FREE SHOW!!!

Monday, August 26:

  • Bassist Willie Wrinkle offers a sophisticated take on Jazz tonight, 10 p.m., at the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust., Denton.

Tuesday, August 27:

Mario Cruz portrait by Madeline Samples

Mario Cruz portrait by Madeline Samples

  • One of the most talented and hardest working sax musicians – Mario Cruz & Friends play Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, tonight 7-9 p.m. Always a fantastic show. Stop by for a Tuesday Special ( I’m hooked on the Poblano Hamburger) and a $3 Texas beer or beverage. Stay for the great Jazz and laid-back atmosphere.

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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