Bob and I have been enjoying green and smoke free end of summer of Montana. It is unusual but we gladly take it!
Bob will be playing with wonderful musicians in September in Billings and Bozeman. From September 5th to 9th with Ben Markley from Laramie, WY on piano, Stephen Martin from Kansas City, MO on saxophone, and Brian Steever also from Kansas City, KS on drums. Both Martin and Steever are two of the busiest jazz musicians in Kansas City area. Markley is an active performer in the Denver-metropolitan area and along the front range. Now he teaches at the University of Wyoming as as Director of Jazz Studies. Then Bob will join his old friend and great saxophonist Rob Scheps on September 17th at Cikan House with drummer Adam Greenberg and pianist Cheyenne John Henderson. Please check Upcoming Jazz & More for more details!
* 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 SAFFRON TABLE IN BOZEMAN

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT SAFFRON TABLE - Swamp Dawg

It’s the second-to-last week of Saffron Table’s Summer Series on the Patio. Featuring Swampy Southern Soul and New Orleans style funk with Susan Miller on vocals; Blaise Arsenault, guitar and vocals; Jamey Warren, bass guitar; Pete Christensen: keys; Danny Bee: guitar and vocals; and Michael “Mikey G” Gillan, drums and vocals. Join us for a fun filled night with this awesome Bozeman and Livingston band. 
Make your reservation at http://www.saffrontable.com/#reserve and be sure to make a note saying that you want to be outside for the music.
Saffron Table
1511 W Babcock St Ste A, Bozeman, MT 59715
Wednesday, August 28th 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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DOWNBEAT GRAND OPENING AT STARLITE BOZEMAN

DOWNBEAT GRAND OPENING AT STARLITE BOZEMAN

Downbeat Vintage Swing Society is hosting its grand opening at Starlite Bozeman. Join them for an evening of vintage swing dancing! Beginner lesson at 7pm, followed Montana Manouche from 8-10pm. $15 cover. Downbeat also invites people to bring a dish to share as they swing the night away. Downbeat will provide plates, napkins, cups, iced tea and lemonade. If you are new to dancing this is the perfect way to get started. All ages are welcome! it is also a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about the history of social dance in the U.S.
Note: We want to take good care of the floor. Therefore, please no street shoes inside the studio, heels are discouraged. Please bring clean, smooth bottomed dance shoes, or some comfy socks.
Downbeat Vintage Swing Society
622 E Tamarack, Bozeman, MT 59715
Thursday, August 29th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT CRAFT LOCAL IN BILLINGS

ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT CRAFT LOCAL IN BILLINGS - John Roberts Jazz Combo

On Thursday, August 29th at Craft Local in Billings from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. John Roberts Jazz Combo will be making fun and exciting sounds! John Roberts will be playing Rhodes on this night with Phil Griffin on bass and Bill Honaker on drums. Please come down and enjoy the sounds by these wonderful musicians with delicious local beer/wine! No cover. 
Craft Local
2413 Montana Ave., Billings, Montana 59101
Thursday, August 29th 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT RED TRACTOR PIZZA IN BOZEMAN

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, August 30th Alex Robilotta on guitar, Silas Stewart on vibraphone, and Mike Carey on bass will be making fantastic sounds! 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, August 30th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT PINE CREEK LODGE IN LIVINGSTON

ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT PINE CREEK LODGE IN LIVINGSTON -Cubongo

Cubongo will be performing Cuban and Brazilian dance music on the outdoor Beer Garden stage of Pine Creek Lodge in Livingston, Friday August 30th from 7pm-10pm! Styles of dance music include Cha Cha, Salsa, Bolero, Son Montuno, Mambo, Samba and Funky Samba. The mix includes slower tempo songs and varies with fast tempo Salsa and Samba. It’s a musical fix for all levels of dancers.
For this performance, Cubongo performs as a quintet; Michelle Manzo-Vocals, Jake Fleming- Sax, Matt Ridgeway- Keyboards, Michael Steele- Bass, and Chris Naro- Drums.
Pine Creek Lodge
2496 East River Road, Livingston, Montana 59047
Friday, August 30th 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT WILD GINGER IN BILLINGS

ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT WILD GINGER IN BILLINGS - Scott Jeppesen on saxophone, Craig Hall on bass, and Brad Edwards on drums

On this Saturday, August 31st from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Scott Jeppesen on saxophone, Craig Hall on bass, and Brad Edwards on drums will be creating fantastic sounds! This will be a perfect way to see August off and welcome September. Please come down to enjoy wonderful night of music with exquisite Asian cuisine! No charge.
Wild Ginger
2713 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101
Saturday, August 31st 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
http://wildgingermt.com/

ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE EAGLES

Rhythm & Ramble Quartet | Eagles

On Sunday, September 1st at The Eagles the Rhythm & Ramble Quartet will be playing from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.! Tyler de Caussin on guitar, Colby Tinsley on sax etc, Alex Platt on drums, and Mike Carey on upright bass. Please join the band for drinks and dancing at the inimitable Eagles Club.
Bozeman Eagles Club & Ballroom
16 E Main St, Bozeman, Montana 59715
Sunday, September 1st 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT WALKERS IN BILLINGS

ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT WALKERS IN BILLINGS - Cheryl Hodge on vocals and keys, Mark Brian on bass, and Brad Edwards on drums

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 also from outside of MT. This week Jazz & Blues sassy and sultry singer/songwriter/keyboardist, Cheryl Hodge, joins Billings bassist Mark Bryan and drummer Brad Edwards! Please come down to enjoy the music with delicious food and drinks! No charge.
American Grill & Tapas Bar Walkers
2700 1st Ave N, Billings, Montana 59101
Sunday, September 1st 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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UPCOMING JAZZ & MORE CONCERTS

RHYTHM & RAMBLE QUARTET AT DEVIL’S TOBOGGAN IN BOZEMAN

RHYTHM & RAMBLE QUARTET AT DEVIL'S TOBOGGAN

On Tuesday, September 3rd join the Rhythm & Ramble Quartet for night of cocktails and dancing at the gloriously rakish Devil’s Toboggan. Tyler de Caussin on guitar, Colby Tinsley on reeds & voice, Alex Platt on drums, and Anna Hatcher on upright bass.Band starts at 6pm, and plays until 8pm. Free admission, but please support the bar to make live music possible!
Devil’s Toboggan
113 East Oak, Suite 2B (Cannery District) 
Tuesday, September 3rd 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
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BOWMAN / MARKLEY / MARTIN / STEEVER IN BILLINGS

BOWMAN / MARKLEY / MARTIN / STEEVER IN BILLINGS

If you are in Billings area please don’t miss this amazing quartet! The quartet consists of Bob Bowman from West Yellowstone, originally from Kansas City, MO on bass, Ben Markley from Laramie, WY on piano, Stephen Martin from Kansas City, MO on saxophone, and Brian Steever also from Kansas City, KS on drums. Both Martin and Steever are two of the busiest jazz musicians in Kansas City area. Markley is an active performer in the Denver-metropolitan area and along the front range. Now he teaches at the University of Wyoming as as Director of Jazz Studies. Bowman has played and recorded nationally/internationally with heavy jazz names. He has brought “best of the best” jazz musicians to Montana and many Billings jazz fans have seen his playing and love for music. “This will be very adventurous and fun music.” ~ Bob Bowman

  • Thu, Sep 5th at Craft Local 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Fri, Sep 6th at Thirsty Street Brewery 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sat, Sep 7th at Wild Ginger 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sun, Sep 8th at Walkers Grill 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

ON THURSDAY, SEP 5TH AT VALHALLA MEADERY IN BOZEMAN

On Thursday, September 5th Silas Stewart on vibraphone and Michael Steele on bass will be returning to Valhalla! The duo will play some of their original and jazz tunes. Please come and enjoy fresh sounds by these fine musicians with delicious mead and food! No music charge.
VALHALLA MEADERY
875 Bridger Drive Unit B, Bozeman, Montana 59715
Thursday, September 5th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH AT BOZEMAN HOT SPRINGS JOHN SWENDSEID GROUP

ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH AT BOZEMAN HOT SPRINGS JOHN SWENDSEID GROUP

On Sunday, September 8th at Bozeman Hot Springs from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. John Swendseid Group will be performing! The band consists of John Swendseid on sax, Eddie Tsuru on bass, Alex Robilatta on guitar, and Chris Naro on drums. This quartet brings a groovy jazzy funk sound that any given audience can enjoy.
Bozeman Hot Springs
81123 Gallatin Rd. Bozeman, Montana 59718
Sunday, September 8th 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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BOWMAN / MARKLEY / MARTIN / STEEVER AT CIKAN HOUSE IN BOZEMAN

BOWMAN / MARKLEY / MARTIN / STEEVER AT CIKAN HOUSE IN BOZEMAN

“This will be very adventurous and fun music.” ~ Bowman.
Mark your calendar on Monday, September 9th! There will be a great live jazz at Cikan House by pianist Ben Markley from Laramie, WY, saxophonist Stephen Martin from Kansas City, MO, bassist Bob Bowman from West Yellowstone, originally from Kansas City, MO, and drummer Brian Steever from Kansas City, KS.  Please check their bios below and don’t miss this concert by excellent and very sincere musicians!
Cikan House
31 Hitching Post Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715-9241
Monday, September 9th 7:00 p.m. –
Admission : $20 (student $10)
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Reservations : yaezo1027@gmail.com

Ben Markley from Laramie, WY is a jazz pianist, has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, and John Fedchock. Markley’s latest recording project is Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2 records). Markley, along with special guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, celebrates one of the more influential and beloved figures in jazz through this unique project, showcasing many of the late pianist and composer Cedar Walton’s most revered tunes through new arrangements for big band. Performing iconic compositions such as ‘Hindsight,’ ‘Bolivia,’ and ‘Holy Land,’ Markley brings together fellow faculty members from the University of Wyoming and top-flight Denver-area musicians to produce an honest and swinging recording that honors Cedar Walton while presenting his music in a bright new light. The album received great critical acclaim and was selected as one of the best 4 star rated albums of 2017 by DownBeat magazine. He is an active performer in the Denver-metropolitan area and along the front range. Now he teaches at the University of Wyoming as as Director of Jazz Studies.
https://benmarkleymusic.com

Stephen Martin currently based in Kansas City, MO has developed a personal sound on saxophone characterized by a relentless energy and particularly adventurous ideas. He is a highly emotional player, and the vibe of his music ranges widely from sensitive and inviting to thunderous and enraged – inspired by perhaps his deepest musical influence, John Coltrane. Martin’s debut album, Vision, was released on July 27th, 2018. It debuted in the top 40 of the iTunes Jazz Charts, and as an Amazon best-seller. Also he was named a finalist for the 2018 Carinthian International Jazz Award. Martin maintains a regular performance schedule, and is on faculty at The Conservatory of Music & Dance at The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). He contributes to a thriving, exceptional local music scene as well as performing throughout the country and abroad.
https://www.stephenmartinjazz.com/

Bob Bowman 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 dedicated himself to jazz education. Bob now resides in Montana continuing to play and influence the music scene.
http://bobbowman-lownote.com/

Brian Steever is a wonderful drummer who was born in South Dakota, grew up in Chicago and Jefferson City, MO and now tears it up in Kansas City among other places.  He has such joy in playing music at the drums or whatever might be within arms reach (he has long arms btw). No matter what your tastes are in anything you will love watching and listening to this incredible talent! He visited Montana couple of years ago and since then some of Bozeman jazz fans and musician who saw his playing have asked Bob Bowman who brought Steever to Montana “When will he come back??” So there he is! 

ROB SCHEPS W/ BOB BOWMAN, CHEYENNE JOHN HENDERSON, ADAM GREENBERG AT CIKAN HOUSE IN BOZEMAN

ROB SCHEPS W/ BOB BOWMAN, CHEYENNE JOHN HENDERSON, ADAM GREENBERG AT CIKAN HOUSE IN BOZEMAN

Come to a special show on Sept. 17th at the Cikan house featuring saxophonist Rob Scheps on his first trip to Montana. Rob will be backed up by favorites Bob Bowman on bass, Cheyenne John Henderson on piano and Adam Greenberg on drums. Show time is 7pm. Tix $20. Please call (406)580-6020 to get your reservation now. Rob has played with a who’s who of the jazz world and you don’t want to miss this special concert!

“Rob Scheps is a reknowned artist with his own citation in The Encyclopedia of Jazz.  He has performed with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Buddy Rich, Gil Evans, and John Abercrombie.  He tours actively worldwide, and leads bands in New York, Seattle, Portland, Kansas City & Honolulu.”
https://www.robschepsmusic.com/

Cikan House
31 Hitching Post Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715-9241
Tuesday, September 17th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Admission : $20
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