Dave's Jazz Bistro
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
February 14th, 2020 performance at 6:30 p.m.
Barbara Bentree will be performing the favorite show from her vocal series titled "All About The Words" to celebrate Valentines Day. Ms. Bentree has chosen exquisite songs that feature beautiful lyrics about "the many faces of love." She will be accompanied by the intimate jazz orchestrations of John Rangel on the piano and Colin Deuble on Bass. The DJB audience will enjoy a "special Valentines Day menu" as they savor the extraordinary compositions of Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Johnny Mandel, George Gershwin, and Ivan Lins, to name just a few. The evening will also hold a number of surprises and a few evocative original songs. Barbara believes that Valentines Day exists to celebrate love in a multitude of forms and complexities; love of life, love of animals, love of nature, and romantic love. It will be an evening of inspiration and celebration for everyone!
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!
Sunday, March 29th, 11:00 - Sunday Morning Brunch with the Jazz Ensemble from New Mexico School for the Arts
Dave's Jazz Bistro is excited to introduce a quickly rising group of talented young Jazz musicians to our sophisticated DJB audience. 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. The have performed at The New York City Jazz Festival and also traveled to an "invitation only" performance for the Chinese Government 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 won't want to miss!
Friday, April 24th, 6:30 - 9:30
High expectations are in order for The Lorca Hart Trio, who will be performing at the DJB on Friday April 24. Nationally known drummer Lorca Hart, (who grew up in Taos), is returning to his roots and is bringing a stellar group with him. The trio will consist of Lorca on drums, Josh Nelson on piano, and Santa Fe favorite Michael Glynn on Bass.
Lorca Hart has performed in a vast array of musical situations, working with many of the West Coast’s (and beyond) finest artists including : Bobby Hutcherson, Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Bennie Maupin, Azar Lawrence, Julian Lage, Hugh Masekela, Meklit, actor/musicians Jeff Goldblum and Peter Weller to name only a few. Lorca's vision is to provide deepening creative musical experiences for himself and others. It promises to be an exciting homecoming for Lorca and his world-class trio! For more information about Lorca go to: www.lorcahart.com
Photo by Paul Gitelson
August 31, 2019 performance at 6:30 p.m.
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!
November 2nd, 2019 performance at 6:30 p.m.
Dave's Jazz Bistro is honored to present 2019 Grammy Nominee, Carmen Bradford (carmenbradford.com
) 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.