Bob and I are back from Billings where it is warm like late spring to Hebgen where snow still covers ground. Good contrast! Bob will be 66 years old on Wednesday, April 17th and will play with wonderful musicians from Billings at Plonk! Then a Cikan House concert on 22nd with amazing musicians : Loren Stillman on saxophone, Pete Zimmer on drums, Erik Olson on piano. Please mark these days on your calendar!
* To musician friends, if you would like to add your message or on going projects like new albums on this website or news letter please contact me!
* Detail of these concerts can be changed due to artists/venues’ circumstances.

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT PLONK

Plonk Bozeman Skylark - Krista Barnett on vocal, Craig Hall on guitar, Bob Bowman on bass

On Wednesday, April 10th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. a band Skylark will perform at Plonk. Singer Krista Barnett, guitarist Craig Hall, and bassist Bob Bowman will be making sweet and beautiful music! Please come down to enjoy and support the live music with glass of wine and delicious food! No Charge.
Plonk Wine Bozeman
Wednesday, April 10th
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
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ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT VALHALLA MEADERY

Valhalla Meadery - Silas Stewart on vibraphone and Bob Bowman on bass

On Thursday night at Valhalla Meadery in Bozeman from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. vibraphonist Silas Stewart and bassist Bob Bowman will be making fantastic sounds! Valhalla is Bozeman’s first meadery. Producing and showcasing local Montana mead in their tasting room. Offering Scandinavian fare,  from scratch soups and deserts. See you in Valhalla!
Valhalla Meadery
Thursday, April 11th
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/valhallabozeman/

MSU BILLINGS SPRING CONCERT

MSUB Spring Concert

MSU Billings Jazz Ensembles will have a concert on Thursday, April 11th at Cisel Hall in MSU Billings.  C’mon down and get that foot a-tappin’!  Featuring Jeff Troxel on Jazz Guitar!  Free with MSUB ID, $3 for students and $5 for adults.  Basie, Ellington, Oliver Nelson, Horace Silver and more!
Cisel Hall (MSU Billings)
Thursday, April 11th
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT RED TRACTOR PIZZA

Red Tractor Pizza - Alex Robilotta on guitar, Rob Kohler on bass, and Mike Gillan on drums

Every Friday, there is a Jazz Night at Red Tractor Pizza in Bozeman from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This Friday, April 12th Alex Robilotta on guitar, Rob Kohler on bass, and Mike Gillan on drums will be making splendid sounds!  Please come down and enjoy your Friday night with good live music and of course delicious pizza and beer/wine!
Red Tractor pizza
Friday, April 12th
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Facebook event page

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT SEVA KITCHEN IN BILLINGS

Sunday Brunch at Seva Kitchen : Scott Jeppesen on saxophone, Alex Nauman on guitar, Phil Griffin on bass

If you are around Billings on this Sunday, April 14th please come down to Seva Kitchen in downtown Billings. Start your day with delicious food, coffee, mimosas, and terrific live jazz by Scott Jeppesen on saxophone, Alex Nauman on guitar, Phil Griffin on bass! The band will play from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Seva Kitchen
Sunday, April 14th
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
http://sevakitchen.com/

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT SOLA CAFE

Montana Manouche at Sola Cafe

Gypsy Jazz group Montana Manouche will be performing at Sola Cafe in Bozeman on Sunday, April 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You’ll hear many Django Reinhardt compositions along with American jazz standards played in the Gypsy Jazz style.  Gypsy jazz sound for your Sunday brunch enjoyment. No cover!
Sola Cafe
Sunday, April 14th
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Facebook event page

ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE EAGLES THE BRIDGER MOUNTAIN BIG BAND

ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE EAGLES THE BRIDGER MOUNTAIN BIG BAND

The Bridger Mountain Big Band or small combo performs at The Eagles on every Sunday led by a drummer Adam Greenberg.  No cover charge but there will be a tip jar so be generous.  For more information please check https://www.facebook.com/TheBridgerMountainBigBand/.
The Eagles
Sunday, April 14th
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/bozemaneagles326/

ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT WALKERS IN BILLINGS

ig Sky Trio at Walkers in Billings

On every Sunday American Grill & Tapas Bar Walkers in Billings has Jazz night through 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Walkers features some of the very best jazz cats in the Rocky Mountain region and is well known for its depth of musicians. This week Big Sky Trio, Erik Olson, Parker Brown, and Keller Paulson will be performing! Please come down to enjoy the music with delicious food and drinks! No charge.
American Grill & Tapas Bar Walkers
Sunday, April 14th
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
http://walkersgrill.com/

UPCOMING JAZZ & MORE CONCERTS

ON APRIL 17TH BOB BOWMAN’S BIRTHDAY AT PLONK

Bob Bowman's Birthday Night at Plonk Bozeman - Alex Nauman on guitar, Erik Olson on keys, Bob Bowman on bass, and Brad Edwards on drums

On Wednesday, April 17th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. will be more festive and maybe it can get even crazier (in an adult manner) than other Plonk jazz nights. Bassist Bob Bowman will be 66 years young on the day and he will be playing with these excellent musicians : guitarist Alex Nauman, pianist Erik Olson, and drummer Brad Edwards. If you are around Bozeman please come down to give him a warm hug and enjoy their fantastic sounds!
Plonk Wine Bozeman
Wednesday, April 17th
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Facebook event page

ZIMMER / STILLMAN / OLSON / BOWMAN AT CIKAN HOUSE

Pete Zimmer on drums, Loren Stillman on saxophone, Erik Olson on piano, and Bob Bowman on bass at Cikan House

Please don’t miss this concert! On Easter Monday, April 22nd these amazing musicians : drummer Pete Zimmer, saxophonist Loren Stillman, pianist Erik Olson, and bassist Bob Bowman will be making beautiful sounds at Cikan House where you can enjoy live music at intimate setting and friendly atmosphere. They are from different places and generations but sharing deep passion for music that you will feel it when you listen to them.
Cikan House
31 Hitching Post Road, Bozeman, MT
Monday, April 22nd
7:00 p.m. ~
Admission : $20.00 (student : $10.00)
BYOB Strongly recommended
Reservations : yaezo1027@gmail.com
Facebook event page

Pete Zimmer : Drummer, Pete Zimmer has established himself as one of the top-call drummers in New York City’s jazz scene. Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, Zimmer has made his mark nationally and internationally as a versatile and articulate drummer, bandleader, sideman, composer, educator, and record label entrepreneur. Zimmer’s band has performed at many of the prominent jazz venues in New York City including: The Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland Jazz Club, The Kitano, Fat Cat, and Cornelia Street Café. Pete Zimmer is a highly regarded educator and clinician. He has presented clinics and masterclasses at many top collegiate jazz programs throughout the United States and United Kingdom. (for more info : http://www.petezimmer.com/ )

Loren Stillman : The music of Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer, Loren Stillman, has found acclaimed reviews in such publications as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and National Public Radio, marking him as an innovative voice of modern jazz. With his training stemming from Lee Konitz and David Liebman to Harvey Pittel, Stillman has performed, recorded, and educated throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Alongside an impressive record of performances, recordings, and master-classes with his own ensembles, Stillman has performed and recorded alongside The Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie, Michael Formanek: Ensemble Kolassus, Ralph Alessi, Andy Milne’s DAPP Theory, Michele Rosewoman Quintessence, Tyshawn Sorey Oblique, Brad Shepik, Vic Juris and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. (for more info : https://www.lorenstillman.com/ )

Erik Olson : A native of Powell, Wyoming, Erik Olson has been one of the busiest musicians in the Billings, MT music scene. His talents as a pianist, woodwind specialist, composer, and educator have kept him busy performing in the northwest region. Currently Erik plays in a number of well known Montana groups. He has also performed and recorded with various Country, Classical, Funk, Rock, R&B, Hip Hop, and Soul groups around the area. At 30 years old, Erik has performed with jazz legends Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Other notable artists that he has performed with include Nick Mancini, Ronnie Bedford, Kansas, Dave Pietro, and Eric Reed.

Bob Bowman : Bob Bowman has performed with numbers of artists globally including Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Carmen McRae, Frank Mantooth, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank, Karrin Allyson, Dan Haerle, Steve Houghton, Steve Allee, Bill Mays, Clay Jenkins, Danny Embrey, Todd Strait, Bob Sheppard, Matt Otto, Rod Fleeman, John Stowell, Jerry Hahn, Bobby Watson and others. Bob has toured around the world and been on many recordings that have won or been nominated for GRAMMY awards. While performing with these artists, he works with his own bands including the legendary Kansas City group, INTERSTRING and has also dedicated himself to jazz education. Bob now resides in Montana continuing to play and influence the music scene. (for more info : http://bobbowman-lownote.com/ )


April 19th @ Red Tractor Pizza

Royal We Quintet

April 20th @ Wild Ginger in Billings

Pete Zimmer on drums, Erik Olson on keys, and Bob Bowman on bass

April 21st @ Walkers in Billings

Pete Zimmer on drums, Erik Olson on keys, and Bob Bowman on bass

April 24th @ Plonk

Cheyenne John-Henderson on keys, Bob Bowman on bass, Alex Platt on drums

April 26th @ Red Tractor Pizza

Alex Robilotta on guitar, Eddie Tsuru on bass, and Alex Platt on drums

April 27th @ The Murray Bar in Livingston

Cubongo : Silas Stewart-Vibraphone, Michael Steele-Upright and Electric Bass, Chris Naro-Drums and Percussion and Matt Ridgeway-Keyboards


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