Not-So-Modern Sounds in Country and Western by the Steve Kovalcheck Quartet
Every Friday in May & June I 7:00p.m. | 1330 27th St. | nocturnejazz.com …
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Every Friday in May & June I 7:00p.m. | 1330 27th St. | nocturnejazz.com | $10
In 1962, Ray Charles released his seminal album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, which was his take on country music and became one of the biggest crossover successes of all time. The Steve Kovalcheck Quarter will be doing their interpretation of it at their artist in residency series at Nocturne. You’ll be able to hear what the songs and sounds of vintage Nashville are like filtered through the lens of jazz. Kovalcheck also teaches Jazz Improvisation at the University of Northern Colorado and leads the Jazz Guitar ensemble there as well. He has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Quartet, Tommy Sims and Carrie Rodriguez, among others. His compositions have been performed internationally, including at the Jazz en Tete festival in Clermont, France.
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