Fall is my favorite season also a season I was born. On this Saturday I will get one year older, and hopefully be taking a small step to be wiser as well.
Personally I am really looking forward to the duo concert of Bob Bowman and Loren Stillman. Bass and saxophone duo might sound little scary for some people but I saw them playing together as duo before and it was amazing! Bob said “Looking forward very much to playing @ Cikans with Loren Stillman Sunday November 4 @ 5:00. Three days later he’s playing at SMALLS in NYC with his own band consisting of Steve Cardenas, Steve Swallow and Matt Wilson. All serious heavy hitters. That’s the caliber that Loren is and he lives in Montana! ” And FYI Steve Cardenas connected Bob and Loren who now lives in Missoula, MT. So, yes, see you at Cikan House!
* 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, October 24th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sundae + Mr. Goessl are performing at Plonk. Sundae + Mr. Goessl are Seattle’s premier Vintage Jazz Duo featuring Earshot Magazine’s Vocalist of the Year, Kate Voss, and Seattle’s busiest freelance guitarist, Jason Goessl. Together, this dreamy duo delivers a show packed with wit, charm, nostalgia and serious chops! The couple has been providing entertainment to music-lovers since 2014 and has left quite an impression — from the casual listener to critics alike. Be sure to check out all this delightful act has to offer and see if they will be visiting Bozeman. No Charge.
Plonk Wine Bozeman
Wednesday, October 24th
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


The trio ThreeForm is back with a repertoire of new and old standards arranged in their unique style. Ann Tappan is back from Berlin, Rob Kohler is back from Stanford Jazz Camp and MJ Williams is tired of hanging out in Basin and ready to kick it up a notch! This threesome improvises like crazy, digs in and plays from the heart and soul. Nothing is as good for the spirit as live music and Tappan, Kohler and Williams have been dedicated player/improvisers for a combined one hundred and twelve years, give or take a few! Seriously, ThreeForm has some great chops and music to perform.
Cikan House
Bozeman, MT
Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Admission : $15.00
Reservations : 406 539 1986

MJ Williams, vocalist, trombonist, Montana native and co-founder of the Montana Artists Refuge (an artist residency program for artists of all genres), has played for several decades in clubs and festivals, locally, regionally, and internationally. During her career she has performed at The Bellevue Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot Jazz Festival, The New York City Women in Jazz Festival and was a member of the Tappan Roberti Quintet featured on  Montana Public Television’s 11th and Grant Series. Her most recent performances outside of Montana include yearly appearances at the now legendary Le Sept Lezards jazz club and the Atelier de la Main d’Or  both in Paris France. She has just released a CD of original music with Paris musicians Amy Gamlen, Jobic LeMasson, John Betsch and Peter Giron. The CD includes compositions by Williams, Gamlen and LeMasson. MJ received a grant from the Myrna Loy Center’s grants to artists committee (Helena, MT, USA) to record this project, entitled: Trance Atlantic, the MJ Williams Paris Project.

Ann Tappan grew up in Montclair, New Jersey where she started playing piano at the age of four. After a brief romance with the folk guitar in her teens and a two-year residence in Europe, she entered Berklee College of Music to study jazz composition and arranging. She returned to New York in the mid-70’s and connected with the improvisational avant-garde loft scene. In 1975 Ann moved to Berkeley, CA, to study with ECM pianist Art Lande and became part of his experimental jazz school, first as a student then as an instructor. During her time in the Bay Area she wrote and arranged for many live and recorded projects and performed with such giants as Eddie Henderson and Joe Henderson. In 1993 she migrated to Montana where she quickly became a busy performer, private educator, and teacher of the award-winning Bozeman High School Jazz Combo. She was the author and administrator of a 2001 MAC/NEA/Jazz Montana grant, a year-long creative music program linking national and local professional musicians to state-wide audiences and K-12 students.Since living in Montana she has recorded eight CDs with the groups ThreeForm, Springhill and the Tappan/Roberti/MJ Williams Trio and Quartet. She has performed widely in the Northwest, including concerts at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Bumbershoot Arts Festival and Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Jazz Montana Festival, Madison River Music Festival and opening performances for Joan Armatrading and Dave Grusin in Bozeman. Tappan traveled to the 2002 Prague International Jazz Festival in the Czech Republic. She returned to the Czech Republic in October 2003 and 2005 with Springhill for performances at several international jazz festivals in and around Prague.She has toured in Montana with NYC vocalist Roseanna Vitro, performed with David Murray in Bozeman and collaborated in performances with vocalist Carola Vossen, from the Netherlands and NYC vocalist Andrea Wolper.She has collaborated with Montana musicians MJ Williams, Kelly Roberti, Alan Fauque and Brad Edwards in tribute concerts honoring the music of jazz greats Abbey Lincoln, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow, and Wayne Shorter.Recently she was featured on the Montana PBS arts program, “11th and Grant”, hosted by Eric Funk. She performed on two of the shows, “The Tappan/Roberti/Williams Quartet” and “Christmas Favorites”.She was a faculty member (along with Phil Aaberg and David Morganroth) of the Montana Jazz Piano Workshop, and Bozeman’s “Camp Epic”. She continues to maintain an energetic studio in Bozeman and Manhattan, dedicated to educating the young people of Montana in classical and jazz piano, improvisation and jazz vocal coaching. Her 2014CD release ”It’s About The Song…” is available at CD Baby. In 2015 her band ThreeForm, from the 1990’s, reunited in the 1+1=1 Art Gallery in Helena, MT for a sold-out concert. The band is presently creating new works and is performing extensively with plans to record a 3rd CD. Ann appeared at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone Park in 2016 (for the second year) from June 15 to July 12. She is working on a Steve Swallow-Carla Bley tribute concert in collaboration with bassist Rob Kohler. Ann has composed material for the CD “Paintings”,  released in 2017. She has spent 4 months recently in Berlin, Germany, playing studying and soaking up the jazz life that is to be had there.

Rob Kohler has been a regular at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 1991. He has held various titles, including; Education Director, Jazz Camp Faculty Coordinator, and Combo Coordinator. Besides teaching combos and Bass Master Class, he has taught Beginning Theory, Intermediate Theory, as well as Advanced Theory. He is mostly known as a bassist however and has performed in concerts, workshops and master classes at SJW with a list of world class players that includes; John Stowell, Jeff Ballard, Stefan Karlsson, George Garzone, Don Hass, Ndugu Chancellor, Tia Fuller, and Dana Leong to name a few.Besides the SJW, Rob has been an integral part of the South Delta Jazz Workshop in Vancouver B.C. as well appearing annually at The Vancouver International Music Festival since 1998. He has also been on the faculty at the world re-known New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. While at NOCCA he created and directed a middle school program as well worked with at the high school during the school year and their summer sessions.As a composer Rob has been the recipient of two NEA Grants and his originals have been featured on numerous recordings.He is currently Adjunct Professor of Bass Studies at Montana State University


Every Friday, there is a Jazz Night at Red Tractor Pizza in Bozeman from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This Friday Alex Robilotta on guitar, Silas Stewart on vibraphone, Eddie Tsuru on bass, and Alex Platt on drums will be performing! Please come down and enjoy your Friday night with good live music and of course delicious pizza and beer/wine!
Red Tractor pizza
Friday, October 26th
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Luminous (Silas Stewart on vibraphone, Michael Steele on bass, Josh Poole on drums) will be playing at Valhalla Meadery for their soft opening on this Saturday, October 27th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Valhalla Meadery is a domestic craft winery in Bozeman, Montana specializing in mead and cider. Their grand opening will be on October 30th. Please come down and support this wonderful band and the new venue!
Valhalla Meadery
875 Bridger Drive Unit B, Bozeman, MT
Saturday, October 27th
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Gypsy Jazz group Montana Manouche will be performing at Sola Cafe in Bozeman on Sunday, October 28th from 11 a.m. to 1 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, October 28th
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 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, October 28th
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


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 Sundae & Mr. Goessl will be performing! They are Seattle’s premier Vintage Jazz Duo featuring Earshot Magazine’s Vocalist of the Year, Kate Voss, and Seattle’s busiest freelance guitarist, Jason Goessl. Together, this dreamy duo delivers a show packed with wit, charm, nostalgia and serious chops! The couple has been providing entertainment to music-lovers since 2014 and has left quite an impression — from the casual listener to critics alike. Please come down to enjoy the music with delicious food and drinks! No charge.
American Grill & Tapas Bar Walkers
Sunday, October 28th
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.



MSU School of Music Director of Jazz Bands, Ryan Matzinger will perform with special guest artists, Stefan Karlsson on piano, Bob Bowman on bass, and Zach Harmon on drums. All of these jazz veterans have been working nationally/internationally and  they will definitely create great sounds together! So please don’t miss this opportunity to experience their music.  This special concert will take place on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Rialto in Downtown Bozeman. Tickets are $15 General Admission. For more information and tickets please visit Rialto Bozeman ticket page.
Thursday, November 1st
Door open 6:00 p.m.  / Show 7:30 p.m. ~
Tickets at Rialto : http://rialtobozeman.ticketfly.com/


This duo will be making truly inspirational and truthful sounds! Saxophonist Loren Stillman and bassist Bob Bowman are having a duo concert at Cikan House on Sunday, November 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bowman said “I am particularly looking forward to November 4th @ Cikans with Loren Stillman. Definitely one of the best musicians on any instrument on the scene today. So beautifully melodic and swingin’. Now resides in Missoula. We’re more than lucky to have him in the Treasure State. I’d attend even if I weren’t playing.”
Admission $15.00 (students $5.00). BYOB!

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/ )

Bob Bowman : Bob Bowman has performed with numbers of artists including Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Mantooth, Carmen McRae, 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/ )

Cikan House
Bozeman, MT
Sunday, November 4th
5:00 p.m. ~ 6:30 p.m.
Admission : $15.00 (student : $5.00)
BYOB Strongly recommended
Reservations : yaezo1027@gmail.com


The Black Market Trust is a five member jazz band based in Los Angeles. Since the 2012 release of their all instrumental debut album “The Black Market Trust,” a milestone in the genre of gypsy jazz, the band has gone on to record two more albums, maintain a busy touring schedule, and have their music featured on TV shows like the ABC television series “Happy Endings” and the Hulu original program “Casual.” The band features the Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy sound of acoustic instruments, and infuses classics from the Great American Songbook with intricate vocal harmonies inspired by The Beach Boys, and other artists influential to the group. Their sophomore album “II” featured a Top Ten hit on the Adult Contemporary charts, a signature version of “Route 66”.
Story Mansion
811 S Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT
Friday, November 9th
7:20 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets available Cactus Record ( $23.00 – $24.00 )


The next 2nd Saturday Swing Dance will be Nov 10th. Vintage style swing dancing plus lots of old school and new school swing and blues for your dancing and listening pleasure. There is a basic swing lesson at 7pm and DJ’ed music starts at 8pm with dancing going until 10:30pm.
$5 at the door. No partner or experience needed. Come to the Masonic Lodge Ballroom (14 S Tracy) and enjoy an evening of great music, fantastic people, and fun dancing!
Masonic Lodge Ballroom
14 S Tracy Ave, Bozeman, MT
Saturday, November 10th
7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

October 31st @ Plonk

Alex Robilotta on guitar, Silas Stewart on vibraphone, Eddie Tsuru on bass, and Alex Platt on drums

November 2nd @ Uncorked Wine & Cheese Bar, Livingston

Montana Manouche

November 2nd @ Red Tractor Pizza

Bob Nell on piano and Bob Bowman on bass

November 4th @ Walkers, Billings

The Nauman-Hammond Project

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