I think it is safe to say it is spring here around Hebgen. We’ve been hearing Ruffed Grouse’s drumming sound in the woods frequently. Quite an amazing sound!
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* Detail of these concerts can be changed due to artists/venues’ circumstances.

MICHELLE MANZO COBB WITH BOB BOWMAN, CHEYENNE JOHN-HENDERSON, AND ALEX PLATT AT CIKAN HOUSE

MICHELLE MANZO COBB WITH BOB BOWMAN, CHEYENNE JOHN-HENDERSON, AND ALEX PLATT AT CIKAN HOUSE

On Tuesday, May 28th, a very special concert will be held at the Cikan’s residence! We are welcoming a new jazz singer to our community, the wonderful Michelle Manzo Cobb! If you haven’t heard her, check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nLIw3X0Qgk.
Seating is limited, and reservations are highly encouraged. You can RSVP to the event by emailing plattalex@gmail.com
Cikan House
31 Hitching Post Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715-9241
Tuesday, May 28th 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets : $20 at the door
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Here’s our lineup for the evening!
An acclaimed vocalist dedicated to jazz, Michelle Manzo Cobb puts her heart in everything she sings. She believes improvisation is not just a technique but a way of life. Originally from Miami, FL she moved to New York to further her music studies and began performing with Les Paul, Gene Bertoncini, Ray Santos and Victor Jones. Among the countless music endeavors she embraced there, she also dazzled audiences in the far East. She has performed in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Now based in Bozeman, she looks forward to exploring all the music it has to offer. 

Bob Bowman (West Yellowstone/Kansas City) has performed with numbers of artists including Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Mantooth, Carmen McRae, Pat Coil, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank, Ed Soph, Karrin Allyson, Dan Haerle, Steve Houghton, Steve Allee, Bill Mays, Clay Jenkins, Danny Embrey, Todd Strait, Loren Stillman, 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 BOWDOG. Also he has also dedicated himself to jazz education. Bob now resides in Montana continuing to play and influence the music scene.

Cheyenne John-Henderson studied jazz piano and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed his master’s degree in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has composed music for a variety of settings from mobile video games to jazz ensembles. As a performer he has performed in numerous jazz groups and extensively as a soloist as well. He began teaching at MSU-Bozeman in 2016.

Alex Platt began playing the drums at the age of 10, began performing at the age of 13, and received his degree in jazz from the California Institute of the Arts. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz artists such as Alice Coltrane, Oranyon Coltrane, Jack Walrath, Larry Koonse, and Brad Rabuchin; as well as country artist Stephanie Quayle, soul/funk impresario Big Joe Hurt, Persian legends Bahram Bajelan and Mehrdad Arbifarb, Jake Faulkner and Zac Sokolow of The Americans, and many others. He also is part of the rotating faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. After many years in Los Angeles, he has returned to Bozeman and continues to perform, teach, and produce music. 

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT PLONK

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT PLONK - Montana Manouche

On Wednesday, May 29th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Gypsy Jazz band Montana Manouche will be performing! You’ll hear many Django Reinhardt compositions along with American jazz standards played in the Gypsy Jazz style. Please come down to enjoy the music with glass of wine and delicious food! No Charge and dancers welcome!
Plonk Wine Bozeman
29 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715
Wednesday, May 29th 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
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ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT RED TRACTOR PIZZA

ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT RED TRACTOR PIZZA - Luminous ( Silas Stewart on vibraphone, Michael Steele on bass, Chris Naro on drums)

Every Friday, there is a Jazz Night at Red Tractor Pizza in Bozeman from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On this Friday, May 31st Luminous will be making fantastic sounds! Silas Stewart on vibraphone, Michael Steele on bass, and Chris Naro on drums will be playing lots of their original music. Please come down and enjoy your Friday night with good live music and of course delicious pizza and beer/wine!
Red Tractor pizza
1007 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715
Friday, May 31st 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT CRAFT LOCAL IN BILLINGS

John Roberts quartet at Craft Local

On Saturday, June 1st from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. John Roberts Quartet will be performing at Craft Local in Billings! John Roberts sings blues and soul with William Honaker, Raphael Lopez and Erik Olson and it will be sooooo good! Craft Local is a non-profit that provides artists with the space and they serve some of the best local brews and wine around. Please come down to support local artists!
Craft Local
2413 Montana Ave., Billings, Montana 59101
Saturday, June 1st 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
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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/.
Bozeman Eagles Club & Ballroom
16 E Main St, Bozeman, Montana 59715
Sunday, June 2nd 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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UPCOMING JAZZ & MORE CONCERTS

GYPSY JAZZ DUO TIM KLIPHUIS & ALFONSO PONTICELLI IN MONTANA

GYPSY JAZZ DUO TIM KLIPHUIS & ALFONSO PONTICELLI IN MONTANA

“DJANGO”
Friday, June 7th at Myrna Loy Theater, Helena
7:00 pm (doors open) 7:30 pm (show) / Tickets : $22 (adult)
A soft summer night in the 1930 with gypsy jazz mezmerizing the room by violin legend Tim Kliphuis, renowned swing guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli, Helena favorite Cottonwood Club, and Nancy & Ray Padilla from Montana Manouche. It’s an evening of great music, cold drinks, and maybe a little dancing.
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“Tim Kliphuis and Alfonso Ponticelli in concert”
Saturday, June 8th at Cisel Hall, Billings
8:00 pm – / Admission: $20 at the door
Cisel Hall, MSU-B Campus
Sponsors: Yellowstone Public Radio, Kirk Violins, MSU0B Music Department

“Tim Kliphuis and Alfonso Ponticelli Gypsy Jazz Concert with Swing Dance by Montana Manouche”
Sunday, June 9th at The Attic, Livingston

Dutch jazz violinist and Sony classical recording artist Tim Kliphuis and American guitar wizard Alfonso Ponticelli will begin the event with a one hour concert of eclectic Gypsy Jazz music. For the second set, Montana Manouche, with Tim and Alfonso joining in, will play swing music for your dancing pleasure.
Advance tickets: online at www.theatticmontana.com & Whiskey Creek (Livingston) & at the door. Price: $20
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NAOMI MOON SIEGEL QUINTET – CIKAN HOUSE, BOZEMAN

Naomi Moon Siegel – “a trombonist and composer of great style and distinction” (Earshot Jazz) – celebrates her new album release with a concert of all original music with her Seattle quintet featuring Wayne Horvitz on piano, Sean Woolstenhulme on guitar, Geoff Harper on bass and Chris Icasiano on drums.
A winner of an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award and recent inductee into the Missoula Jazz & Blues Society Hall of Fame, her expressive trombone playing is changing the way the trombone is heard and viewed. Fusing folk melodies with fantastical soundscapes and circular grooves, she is a model of creative self-expression inspired by the jazz tradition. 
naomimoonsiegel.com
Cikan House
31 Hitching Post Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715-9241
Friday, June 14th 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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STOWELL / BOWMAN / SCHLAMB AT CIKAN HOUSE

STOWELL / BOWMAN / SCHLAMB AT CIKAN HOUSE

This trio doesn’t happen often. Guitarist John Stowell from Portland, OR, bassist Bob Bowman now lives in W. Yellowstone played many years in Kansas City, MO, and vibraphonist Peter Schlamb from also Kansas City, MO originally from St. Louis but they have performed and taught nationally/internationally. Their quality of performance and genuinely magnificent sounds will touch you deeply and many Jazz fans around Bozeman area who have enjoyed these musicians’ performing know it!
Please don’t miss this concert at beautiful Cikan House on Monday, June 17th from 7:00 p.m.
Cikan House
31 Hitching Post Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715-9241
Monday, June 17th 7:00 p.m. –
Tickets : $20 (students $10)
Reservations also BYOB are strongly recommended
Reservations : yaezo1027@gmail.com
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June 5th @ Plonk

MJ Williams on vocal, Ken Nelson on keys, Bob Bowman on bass, and Mike Gillan on drums

June 7th @ Red Tractor Pizza

Bob Nell on piano and Bob Bowman on bass


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