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Denton Live Jazz: Sept. 24-Oct. 1

September 28, 2013

By Kathy Edwards McFarland
and Contributor Joseph Pinson

Wow, Denton, coming down from a amazing weekend of live  music in all genres – from the open-air, Denton Blues Fest (featuring Lucky Peterson, Kenny Neal, Elvis T. Busboy and

Jania Magness

Jania Magness

Janiva Magness), sponsored by Denton Black Chamber of Commerce, to the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters plunking wonderful strains, followed by Kristy Kruger Dixieland Jazz Band at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern. Snarky Puppy reigned supreme at Dan’s Silverleaf … and that was just a few of the shows. Denton Jazz Chronicles, while staying true to its mission of bringing you “everything Denton Jazz…”

Kristy Kruger

Kristy Kruger

must give a nod to other music genres as Denton live music venues stretch their offerings. This week opens the door for favorites such as A Taste of Herb, the wonderful variety of music performed at Banter Bistro, University of North Texas College of Music presents some of the finest Classical and Jazz music anywhere, and a very special Saturday night performance by Assum Trio from Brazil – playing with the well-known Brazilian Samba group Brasuka! at Sweetwater, 9:30-11:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, we heard from the Bach Norwood Group at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, (good to see Bach after touring with Polyphonic Spree), A Taste of Herb (TJB tribute) at Dan’s Silverleaf, followed by Denton’s own Moody-Blues-esque band Midlake – playing two nights. The second show was sold out by the first of the week.

Laura Otero and Daniel Panilla

Laura Otero and Daniel Panilla

UNT on the Square is well into their Thursday Night Music series, adding more musical texture to the Historic Courthouse Square – this week, where Quartz Trombone Quartet, and Bogata, Colombia– based guitar/vocal duo Laura Otero & Daniel Pinilla performed.

University of North Texas Jazz Studies Seven and Six O’Clock Lab Bands performed in Gateway Center, Wednesday.

Ron and the Finklesteiners playing Gerhard's German Restaurant

Ron and the Finklesteiners playing Gerhard’s German Restaurant


Thursday, Banter Bistro began their musical weekend with Tim Bauckman Jazz and the weekly Open Mic Night.

Ron and the Finkelsteiners played their fun, Bavarian Folk Music (aka Polka) at Gerhard’s German Restaurant, on Friday; also playing in town, Mariachi Quetzal at La Milpa Mexican Restaurant.

Tonight, Saturday, September 28:

  • Brave Combo performs for GreenFest on the Greenbelt, 2-4 p.m. followed by Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son and the AM Ramblersnorth to Sanger, east on 455 to site
  • Bonduris Studio Pre-Recital at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, at 4 p.m., Kent Shores and Emily Davis (jazz) at 6
    Assum Trio

    Assum Trio

    p.m., and Denton Rock at 8 p.m. – ALL FREE

  • Brazilian samba group Brusuka!, breaks out percussion-driven music, and is joined by the Assum Trio from Brazil at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 9:30-11:30 p.m. – FREE For more information re: UNT College of Music Festival Brasileiro, click here

Sunday, September 29:

  • Sweetwater Grill & Tavern,115 S. Elm St., Denton, changes up the Jazz idiom tonight with the popular N’Awlins Gumbo Kings (UFO Saloon, Coffee Regular), 7-9 p.m. – FREE

Monday, September 30:

  • Tito Charneco Group plays late night Jazz at the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, Denton, 10 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton playing Gypsy Jazz at Banter Bistro during First Tuesday.

Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton playing Gypsy Jazz at Banter Bistro during First Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 1:

  • First Tuesday at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton features Mister Joe’s Jazz Band at 8 p.m., playing a rousing set of (mainly) Dixieland Jazz; followed by romantic, dance-able Gypsy Jazz (a la Django Reinhardt) by always fabulous Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, under the direction of guitarist/vocalist Thad Bonduris, at 9 p.m.
  • Around the corner and down the block, Mike Steinel (trumpet, piano) & Jeffry Eckels (bass) Group cranks up the Jazz at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m. FREE
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