Hi everyone, this is Yae. Bob and I are on our way back to Montana! It was truly a great trip but we can’t wait to relax a bit at Hebgen Lake 🙂  Bob would like to add his words on coming concerts of Luca Rodoni Quartet.
“Musical events of Luca Rodoni Quartet are very special, of course to his family, friends, and local music fans but also to me. I have a close tie with phenomenon bassist Nathan Pence. He studied with me at University of Missouri Kansas City before he went to Temple University in Philadelphia. Then I met Luca Rodoni in Bozeman, Montana then found out he was going to attend Temple University where Nathan is studying. I knew Luca and Nathan would become friends fast which happened. Their friendship will last for their life time. I know this from my own experiences. ”
* 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, June 13th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Luca Rodoni Quartet will be making beautiful sounds! The quartet includes three of Luca’s dearest friends and rising-stars in the jazz world: bassist Nathan Pence, saxophonist Dylan Band, and guitarist/pianist Elijah Cole. Please come down to enjoy the music with glass of wine and delicious food! No Charge.
Plonk Wine Bozeman
Wednesday, June 13th
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


On Thursday, June 14th a band Skylark is performing at The Mint Cafe and Bar in Belgrade from 7:00p.m. to 9:30p.m.! Singer Krista Barnett, guitarist Craig Hall, drummer Alex Platt, and bassist Bob Bowman will be making sweet music.  Please come to enjoy the music and fantastic food, drink, and service!!
The Mint Cafe and Bar, Belgrade
Thursday, June 14th
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


On Thursday, June 14th at Cikan house Luca Rodoni Quartet, trumpeter Luca Rodoni, bassist Nathan Pence, saxophonist Dylan Band, and guitarist/pianist Elijah Cole will be playing! This will be a great concert!! Here are their bios :

Luca Rodoni is an up-and-coming trumpeter currently based in Philadelphia, PA. Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. In both 2014 and 2015, Rodoni was selected as a member of the Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to being chosen as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Jazz Trumpet Competition, he was recognized as a national YoungArts winner in both 2015 and 2017. He has received outstanding soloist awards at both the Lionel Hampton Jazz
Festival and the University of Northern Colorado Greeley Jazz Festival and most recently, was selected as a member of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra.
Rodoni has shared the stage with musicians such as Sean Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Robin Eubanks, Brian Lynch and Kirk Whalum. He has worked privately with trumpet players Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Jim Rotondi and Jack Walrath. He is also a sideman on saxophonist, Jeff Coffin’s album, “Inside of the Outside”. In addition to performing in Cuba with Coffin, Luca has played at the Telluride Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, Port Townsend Jazz Festival and Jazz Montana Festival. Rodoni currently attends the Boyer College of Music at Temple University where he studies with Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Tim Warfield and Joe Magnarelli among others.

Nathan Pence is a 21 year old jazz bassist originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He is a proud alum of the JazzU program where he spent two years as a member of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars. Nathan’s career as a musician began to take shape at the age of 16, when he had the opportunity to play his first professional gig with Willie Akins. He has since
had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Terell Stafford, Rodney Green, Peter Martin, Montez Coleman, Bobby Watson, Russell Gunn, Ronald Bruner Jr., Tia Fuller, Justin Faulkner, Victor Goines, Brian Owens and Bobby Shew. He has performed at venues such as The Apollo Theater, Jazz at the Bistro, Powell Symphony Hall, and The Blue Note in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan. He has professionally recorded with Brian Owens and the Message and Nao Yoshioka. He currently attends Temple University in Philadelphia where he studies Jazz Bass performance.

Dylan Band is a 20-year-old saxophonist based in Philadelphia. While growing up, he studied privately with the Philadelphia saxophonist, Larry Mckenna and has performed with various groups at the Philadelphia Clef Club and the Kimmel Center. Dylan has had opportunities to perform with ensembles such as Pennsylvania All State Jazz Ensemble, the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra and the Temple University Jazz Band. He has also performed in venues such as the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Chris’ Jazz Café, South Jazz Parlor, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Dylan is currently a student of Dick Oatts at Temple University.

Elijah Cole is a 19 year old musician who performs regularly on both guitar and piano. Growing up in a musical family just outside of Washington DC, he honed his skills performing at clubs such as HR-57 and Twins while still in high school. He has since moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University, where he has been fortunate to study with the likes of Peter Bernstein and Dick Oatts. He additionally performs around Philadelphia as a sideman and as the leader of his own trio, which combines elements of contemporary and avant garde styles.

Cikan Residence
Thursday, June 14th from 7:00 p.m. –
Bozeman, MT.
lucarodonimusic@gmail.com to reserve your seats


Every Friday, there is a Jazz Night at Red Tractor Pizza in Bozeman from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  On June 15th Silas Stewart on vibraphone, Alex Robilotta on guitar, Michael Steel on bass, and Jeff Jensen on drums will be performing! Enjoy your Friday night with good live music and of course delicious pizza and beer/wine!
Red Tractor pizza
Friday, June 15th
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


On this Saturday, June 16th at American Grill & Tapas Bar WALKERS in Billings Luca Rodoni Quartet will be making beautiful sound! Luca Rodoni on trumpet, Nathan Pence on bass, Dylan Band on saxophone, and Elijah Cole on guitar/keys. If you are around Billings on Saturday, please come down and enjoy the music!
On every Sunday American Grill & Tapas Bar WALKERS in Billings has Jazz night through 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This week Pablo Masis Quartet will be performing!! So please come down to enjoy the music with delicious food and drinks!
Both no charge.
American Grill & Tapas Bar WALKERS
Saturday, June 16th
Sunday, June 17th
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


The Bridger Mountain Big Band 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, June 17th
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Backburner Reunion

I’ve got an exciting news from my friend and great musician Eric Funk. Backburner (Alan Fauque on sax, Eric Funk on piano, Eddie Tsuru on bass, Mike Gillan on drums) will have a reunion concert at Rialto on August 23rd!! Alan will travel back to Montana from Wisconsin and Eric will “give it a try” after a few years away 😉 It will be so exciting! I will post more when I get more detail.

June 22nd @ Red Tractor Pizza
Alex Robilotta on guitar, Eddie Tsuru on bass,  and Josh Poole on drums

June 22nd @ Daly Jazz (Missoula)
Luca Rodoni Quartet

June 24th @ Sola Cafe
Montana Manouche

June 27th @ Saffron Table
Skylark (Krista Barnett on vocal, Craig Hall on guitar, Bob Bowman on bass)

More to come!
We are planning to bring back these great musicians : pianists Dan Haerle and Phil DeGreg, Steve Houghton on drums, vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, saxophonist Matt Otto, and drummer John Kizilarmut from Kansas City, MO, and guitarist John Stowell, saxophonist Loren Stillman, and pianist David Morgenroth  in Spring & Summer!

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