Bob and I are in Portland, OR area for Bob’s sister Ann’s memorial. She left us on Thanksgiving. I can say 100% of people who know Ann would describe her as a light. She was kind, generous, loving, joyous, fun, honest, strong, had a great green thumb, a huge music lover… countless virtues. Many people gathered yesterday, November 30th, to celebrate Ann’s life. There was beautiful live music at the memorial of course. Bob participated with some of Portland’s finest musicians who appreciate Ann’s support of music. She will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace, Ann Bowman West.
* To musician friends, if you would like to add your message, on going projects like new albums, etc. on BigSkyJazz.net please contact me!
* Details of these concerts can be changed due to artists/venues’ circumstances.

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT LEVITY IN BILLINGS

Every Wednesday Night, Levity features Live Jazz starting at 7:00 p.m. It’s a Jam Session with Local Jazz Musicians. There are always familiar faces, but it’s open to anyone that can play. All you need is raw talent and your instrument!
Levity Bar and Bistro
1027 Shiloh Crossing Blvd Suite 8, Billings, MT 59102
(406) 651-5985
Wednesday, December 1st 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Levity Facebook page

ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE MIDWAY GRILL AND BREWS IN BILLINGS

Looking for local brews/wine and live jazz around Billings? The Midwest has weekly jazz on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Contact the venue to see who’s playing. Please come down and enjoy live jazz with casual American cuisine and beverages from local breweries!
The Midwest Grill and Brews
1603 Grand Avenue Suite 1045A, Billings, MT 59102
(406) 702-1888
Thursday, December 2nd 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Midway Grill and Brews Facebook

ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT MSU BILLINGS CISEL HALL

On December 2nd, the MSU Billings Large Jazz Ensemble presents a concert of Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Oliver Nelson, Thelonious Monk, and more. This concert will also feature guest violinist, Trevor Krieger.
The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Admission is $5, and free with MSU Billings ID.
Facemasks are required in the auditorium space.
Cisel Recital Hall, MSU Billings
1500 University Dr Billings, MT 59101
Thursday, December 2nd 7:30 p.m. –
Facebook event page

ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT RED TRACTOR PIZZA IN BOZEMAN

Friday Live jazz at Red Tractor Pizza! This week, Bob Squared will be back! Bob Bowman on bass and Bob Nell on piano will be making beautiful sounds that you don’t want to miss. Please come down and enjoy your Friday night with live music and of course delicious pizza and beer/wine! Performance time : 6-8PM.
Red Tractor pizza
1007 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 359-1999
Friday, December 3rd 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Facebook event page

ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MURRAY HOTEL IN LIVINGSTON

This Friday, December 3rd at the Murray Hotel in Livingston, pianist and composer Tyler Schultz will be playing solo piano from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.! Tyler will be playing playing an eclectic mix of jazz, classic rock, and pop, as well as some on-the-spot improvisations. Please come down to enjoy the beautiful sounds he creates in the Murray Hotel’s cozy lobby! No music charge.
The Murray Hotel
201 W Park St Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-1350
Friday, December 3rd 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
https://murrayhotel.com/

ON SATURDAY EVENING AT BASIN CREEK IN BASIN

Please mark your calendar! These amazing musicians : Bob Bowman on bass, Loren Stillman on saxophone, David Morgenroth on piano will be playing on Sat, 4th at Basin Creek in Basin.
The trio will be making beautiful, deep, and honest sounds that you don’t want to miss. They will play songs from the American song book and originals with lots of interplay. If you don’t know about them, please check the bios below. They are great masters of jazz and super nice people!
Basin Creek
82 Basin St Basin, MT 59631
Saturday, December 4th 4:00 p.m.
Facebook event page

ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT BABCOCK THEATRE IN BILLINGS

A Highlight of the Holidays as members of The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective present the Nutcracker Suite, an arrangement by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. Please don’t miss Billings’ finest musicians performance!! Special guest Amy Schendel will also be featured.
Babcock Theatre
2810 1/2 2nd ave north Billings, MT 59101
(406) 702-1699
Saturday, December 4th 7:00 p.m.-
Facebook event page

ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE EAGLES IN BOZEMAN THE BRIDGER MOUNTAIN BIG BAND

Sunday night big band fun! Please join Bridger Mountain Big Band at Bozeman Eagles Club!
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.  To see more information and actual performance schedule, please check https://www.facebook.com/TheBridgerMountainBigBand/.
Bozeman Eagles Club & Ballroom
316 E Main St Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-9996
Sunday, December 5th 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

UPCOMING JAZZ & MORE CONCERTS

ON THU, DEC 9TH AT CRAFT LOCAL IN BILLINGS

From guitarist Alex Nauman!
“Hey everyone! Super pumped to be leading this trio with Erik Gothberg and Keller Paulson again next Thursday down at Craft Local. Come hang 7pm-9pm. We’ll be playing mostly my original tunes, some new exciting stuff! Tell your friends!”
The music will be jazz oriented. The trio will play mostly originals and some standards.
Craft Local
2413 Montana Ave. Billings, MT 59101
(406) 702-1458
Thursday, December 9th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Facebook event page

ON SAT, DEC 11TH AT ZOOTOWN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER IN MISSOULA

The 10th Annual Holiday Swing takes the event downtown with a fantastic location – the Zootown Arts Community Center – and some new great additions. It will feature an internationally recognized woodwind artist Scott Jeppesen, along with auction items, special surprises, and holiday big band favorites!
Early set // 5-6:30 PM // Doors open at 4:30
Late set // 8-9:30 PM // Doors open at 7:30
$250 6-top Sponsorship Table
(includes three bottles of wine, sweets & treats, and name as a sponsor on the program and advertisements)
$100 4-top Table
(includes one bottle of wine, sweets & treats)
$20 General Admission
Zootown Arts Community Center
216 W Main St Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 549-7555
Saturday, December 11th 5:00 p.m. / 8:00 p.m.
Facebook event page

ON SAT, DECEMBER 18TH AT CIKAN HOUSE IN BOZEMAN
THE ANY EVERYTHING ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT

From Alex Platt!
We are excited to be releasing an album of jazz featuring Michelle Manzo Cobb on vocals, Bob Bowman on bass, Cheyenne John-Henderson on piano, and Alex Platt on drums! Join us for an intimate evening of music, and pick up a CD while you’re at it! This is a special “limited release” event before we make the album available on downloading or streaming platforms, with only a limited number of physical copies available. RSVP here or by messaging Alex Platt. Seating is extremely limited, reservations are highly recommended.
Cikan House
31 Hitching Post Rd, Bozeman, MT
Saturday, December 18th 7:00 p.m. –
Cover charge: $25
Facebook event page


  • Thursday, December 9th 7:00PM – 9:00PM @ Craft Local in Billings
    Alex Nauman Trio: Alex Nauman on guitar, Erik Gothberg on bass, Keller Paulson on drums
  • Thursday, December 9th 6:00PM – 9:00PM @ On Broadway in Helena
    MJ Williams w/TBA
  • Friday, December 10th 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ The Murray Hotel in Livingston
    Bob Nell on piano
  • Wednesday, December 15th 6:00PM – 9:00PM @ On Broadway in Helena
    Ken Nelson & Friends
  • Friday, December 17th 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ Red Tractor Pizza in Bozeman
    Bob Bowman on bass and Michelle Manzo Cobb on vocals
  • Friday, December 17th 8:00PM – 10:30PM @ Craft Local in Billings
    John Roberts y Pan Blanco
  • Sunday, December 19th 7:00PM – 9:00PM @ The Eagles Club in Bozeman
    CD Release Celebration and Jam Session, jazz players welcome! Feat. Alex Platt on drums, Michelle Manzo Cobb on vocals, Bob Bowman on bass, Ken Nelson on keyboard
  • Thursday, December 23rd 7:00PM – 9:30PM @ The Old Post in Missoula
    Loren Stillman on saxophone, Bob Bowman on bass, David Morgenroth on piano

2022 CALENDAR WITH TWO FOLDED CARD IS ON SALE

Last year I printed my very first calendar with photos I took. Fortunately all the copies were sold out and people have asked me if I do 2022 calendar. I say “Yes!” All photos were taken in Montana plus my furry family and friends are here and there as I did last year. 
So here it is, my 2022 calendar (8.5 x 11in) plus two folded notecards for $27 include shipping (U.S. only).
Please check 2022 Calendar page for details and to order.


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