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Finding Denton Live Jazz and more

January 30, 2015

this weekend, beyond …

By Kathy Edwards McFarland and Joseph Pinson

The last few weeks have been amazing – and scary. We saw Banter Bistro’s – http://dentonbanter.com/ – owners announce the local coffee house, BanterOldB&Wart gallery and music venue is being sold to McKenzie Smith and Chef Patrick Stark (at the end of March) to create a new restaurant, 940’s, and a number of exciting acts (soon-to-be or just-played) at Dan’s Silverleaf, University of North Texas College of Music, and the birth of the Denton Black Film Festival at Campus Theatre, Jan.30-31, with after-parties galore.

DentonBlackFilm FestivalSomewhere in the jam-packed event calendar – Sunday, Feb. 1, I think – is a small thing called the Superbowl

Shout out to Brownout – a note of praise from a local live music connoisseur – this Hardcore Latin Funk band, with heavy brass and percussion lines, recently blew away the crowd at Dan’s Silverleaf, not just with their Austin-based Latino Funk, but with an amazing, award-winning tribute to Black Sabbath – under the show name BrownSabbath. (Read the NPR review – http://www.npr.org/2014/06/15/321017630/first-listen-brownout-brownout-presents-brown-sabbath)

Dan’s Silverleaf, http://www.danssilverleaf.com/, will once again play host to the familiar and always fantastic Jazz trio of Eddie Gomez, Stephan Karlsson and Ed Soph on Feb. 3. Also, the First Tuesday celebration plays on at

Jazz Bassist Eddie Gomez

Jazz Bassist Eddie Gomez

Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St. with the Mr. Joe Jazz Band playing Dixieland favorites at 8 p.m., and the 10year-old Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, from 9-11 p.m., swinging the Gypsy Jazz vibe.

We will be hearing Classical recitals, the Baumer String Quartet Masters classes, and on Feb. 4, Conductor David Itkin and the Symphony Orchestra.

Award-winning vocal Jazz artist Bobby McFerrin © Carol Friedman

Award-winning vocal Jazz artist Bobby McFerrin © Carol Friedman

The week will be Bobby McFerrin‘s, however, as he will lecture and rehearse with UNT voice and Jazz students in preparation for his Feb. 5th sold out performance with the One OClock Lab Band, UNT Jazz Singers in the Murchison Performing Art Center.

Ahead – oh, so much more, but for another blog post, dear Readers.

Courtesy of Marcus Junius Laws Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith, left, has been reppin' the 9-4-0 for years. Dallas chef Patrick Stark has made the north-on-35 jump to Denton and will join Smith in a new restaurant expected to open this summer.

Courtesy of Marcus Junius Laws
Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith, left, has been reppin’ the 9-4-0 for years. Dallas chef Patrick Stark has made the north-on-35 jump to Denton and will join Smith in a new restaurant expected to open this summer.

“May we live in interesting times,” quoting Confucius – that’s what Denton does.

Friday, Jan. 30:

  • Tonight at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St.Gregory Santa Croce at 6 p.m.
    At 8:30 p.m., Singer/Songwriter Claire Parr will join with Denton favorites Wise Ruby ( Julie Hairston Livingston and Kathy Herr) and fiddle favorite Bonnie Norris for a night of music with their guest artists and friends. There’s no telling what other great artists might stop by to sing and play and you won’t want to miss one of our last nights together before Banter closes. Original music and covers and Wise Ruby will be playing music from their new EP available on iTunes now. Let’s show Banter a few more nights of love and appreciation!
  • UNT Trombone Showcase -1 in Voertman Hall at 8 p.m. – FREE
  • Forgotten Space – A Greatful Dead Experience at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, at 9 p.m. – $12

Saturday, January 31:

  • Courthouse Jammers (Bluegrass) at Sweetwater Gril & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., from 10 a.m. until Noon – FREE
  • Live Local Jazz at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., 6 p.m., followed by The Choosey Beggar, 8 p.m., Ryan Thomas Becker, Matt Grigsby, Richard Gilbert & Josh Hamilton at 10 p.m., Black Film Festival After Party at 11 p.m. – ALL FREE
  • Catastica/Foot Patrol at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 8 p.m. – $5

Sunday, February 1:

  • Bone Doggie’s Open Mic at the Abbey Underground, 100 Walnut St., at 9 p.m. – FREE
    Mr. Joe's Jazz Band - Back, Left: Jeffry Eckels, Andy Cooper, Dr. Steve Prouty, Maristella Feustle, Jefferey Barnes. Front, Left: "Capt." David Hume, Mr. Joe Pinson and Thad Bonduris.

    Mr. Joe’s Jazz Band – Back, Left: Jeffry Eckels, Andy Cooper, Dr. Steve Prouty, Maristella Feustle, Jefferey Barnes. Front, Left: “Capt.” David Hume, Mr. Joe Pinson and Thad Bonduris.

    Woody'sRampage

    Woody’s Rampage

Monday, February 2:

  • UNT Concert Orchestra in Winspear Hall at 5 p.m. – FREE
  • Late Night Jazz at the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, from 10 p.m. to Midnight – FREE
  • Paul Slavens & Friends at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 8 p.m. – FREE

Tuesday, February 3:

  • Woody’s Rampage plays the patio at Sweetwater Grill& Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., from 7-9 p.m. – FREE
  • First Tuesday Celebration at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., – Mister Joe Jazz Band, 8 p.m., followed by Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton at 9 p.m. – FREE
  • Federica Lotti (flute) and Massimo Somenzi (piano) UNT Faculty & Guest Artist, perform in Voertman Hall at 8 p.m. – FREE
  • Eddie Gomez, Stefan Karlsson, & Ed Soph at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 9 p.m. – $/12/15

Please send corrections or additions to kathyedwards57@verizon.com or joseph.pinson@verizon.net ASAP.
A copy of this document is also available at: http://www.josephpinson.com

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