Dave's Jazz Bistro
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Evening entertainment just got tastier and more fun, since the Santa Fe School of Cooking has cooked up something out of the ordinary! On select evenings throughout the year, the Santa Fe School of Cooking will transform itself into Dave’s Jazz Bistro, featuring performances by world-class jazz musicians paired with a fine dining experience that only the School can deliver!
Dave’s Jazz Bistro was inspired by the passionate life led by the late David Ballantyne Curtis, husband of the School of Cooking’s Founder/Owner, Susan Curtis. Dave was an avid student of the clarinet and a lover of fine dining and great jazz. Dave passed away in 2017, but his spirit and his love of music live on through his children and grandchildren, three of whom are aspiring jazz musicians!
Dave’s youngest daughter, Kristen Krell, developed the idea of Dave’s Jazz Bistro as a fun way to expand the family business while sharing Dave’s love for combining jazz and fine dining. She will be working with John Rangel, who will be the curator for the music performances. John is a multi-faceted musician, composer, and producer, originally from New York City and now based in Santa Fe. John has won multiple music awards and has performed with many jazz greats, including Nat Adderly, Marcus Printup, and Dwight Trible. www.johnrangel.com
See Local Flavor's writeup on Dave's Jazz Bistro here
Sunday, March 29th, 11:00 - Sunday Morning Brunch with the Jazz Ensemble from New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA)
This exciting event will benefit students of Santa Fe Community College’s Adult Education Department with scholarships to complete their high school equivalency and college tuition. Dave’s Jazz Bistro is honored to introduce this rising group of talented young Jazz musicians to the Santa Fe community. The NMSA Jazz Combo, directed by John Rangel, has been garnering standing ovations at every performance this year. This energetic ensemble already has an impressive resume. They have performed at The New York City Jazz Festival and, at the request of the Chinese Government, appeared at an "invitation only" performance at an International Jazz Festival in Chengdu, China. The NMSA Jazz Combo has a growing list of impressive accolades, and if you want to see and hear the next generation of Jazz musicians in Santa Fe, this is a Sunday morning brunch you don't want to miss!
Friday, April 24th, 6:30 - 9:30
Presented in partnership with the Outpost Performance Space (outpostspace.org/
) An original member of Bobby McFerrin's innovative a cappella ensemble, "Voicestra," Day Area, vocalist and recording artist, Nicolas Bearde has established himself over the last thirty years as an in demand artist. His silky baritone invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams and his 2019 release, "I Remember You: The Music of Nat King Cole" featuring sax great, Eric Alexander, rose quickly to the Top 20 on the Jazz Week Charts, garnering rave reviews. Tonight, performing music from that recording, Bearde is joined by drummer and Taos native, Lorca Hart and his trio with pianist Josh Nelson and bassist Michael Glynn.
Saturday, March 7th, 6:30 - 9:30
“WITH A SONG IN MY HEART”” is the theme for this eclectic performance by well-known Santa Fe musicians who will be paying tribute to Dave Curtis of Dave's Jazz Bistro. An inspired Jazz Quintet comprised of John Rangel (Piano) Dave Anderson (Saxophone), Jan McDonald (Trumpet), Richard Snider (Bass), and David Post (Drums) will recall the cool, romantic sounds of two great jazz masters; Chet Baker and Paul Desmond. This will be a unique and special performance that you won't want to miss!
Photo by Paul Gitelson
Saturday, June 27th, 2020 performance from 6:30-9:30
The Eddie Daniels Jazz Quartet will inaugurate the Jazz Bistro with an August 31 2019 performance at 6:30 p.m. as a part of the City of Santa Fe’s exciting Music Week. The three course meal menu will be prix fixe. An early sell-out is predicted, and reservations must be made in advance using the Register button below or by calling 800-982-4688.
Mr. Daniels, a native New Yorker and current Santa Fean, was a good friend and an inspiration to Dave for many decades. Jazz critic Leonard Feather, said of Eddie, “It is a rare event in Jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new stage of revolution.” (eddiedanielsclarinet.net
) It is a rare treat indeed to enjoy a local performance by this Grammy award-winning clarinetist!
Saturday, September 5th, 2020, 6:30-9:30
Dave's Jazz Bistro is honored to welcome 2019 Grammy Nominee, Carmen Bradford (carmenbradford.com
) back for a second year in a row. Her 2019 debut at Dave’s Jazz Bistro sold out over a month in advance. She will be performing again with and the John Rangel Trio featuring John Trentacosta and Colin Deuble. At the age of 22, Carmen was discovered by William "Count" Basie and was the featured vocalist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. She has since performed and/or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Shelly Berg, Jeremy Monteiro and many others.
Carmen Bradford's body of work reflects a vast depth of musical experience and technical brilliance. She is also recognized for the overwhelming passion she brings to the lyrics of every song she sings. Carmen Bradford has truly contributed to the perpetuation and preservation of this great American art form called Jazz and continues to do so. We are thrilled to have her back for another magical evening at Dave’s Jazz Bistro!