Denver has officially become cool. I don’t mean your regular, run-of-the-mill cool. I mean coooool. Nocturne, a modern jazz and supper club, recently opened at 1330 27th St. in RiNo. Inspired by the supper clubs of the 40’s and 50’s, underground jazz, and New York’s 52nd street, Nicole Mattson, Scott Mattson, and Chef Dustin Beckner opened Nocturne with the hopes of inspiring the jazz roots in Denver to grow.
Denver has always been an interesting jazz hotspot, being enroute to St. Louis from Los Angeles for traveling musicians. They would stop here, play a little bit, and then be on their way. In fact, Five Points became such a popular destination that it was dubbed the “Harlem of the West”. Jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis would frequent various clubs in the city, such as Rossonian and the Rainbow Room. After their gigs they would have to stay at the Rossonian because the hotels in Denver wouldn’t house them.
Every year, Five Points still hosts the annual Jazz Festival, paying tribute to its historic jazz past. This year, the festival will take place on May 16 and will include artists such as Ernie Andrews, Sammie Mayfield, Ritmo Latin Jazz, and more. This isn’t the only jazz event in Denver, though. During the summer months you can find Jazz in the Park at City Park, where artists and local bands serenade concertgoers while they sip wine and enjoy their picnic baskets, keeping the tradition of Denver jazz alive.
Nocturne brings another element to Denver that is so iconic that you can’t not think of it when you think of 40’s and 50’s jazz: the club. Featuring live music six nights a week, Nocturne will host local and traveling artists. It’s also doing a “Jazz Artists in Residence” platform, where artists will hold a three- month spot to perform.
The menu at Nocturne will be especially unique. This jazz and supper club will be exploring how “gastronomy and music can be combined”. Chef Dustin Meckner’s menus are to be called “Renditions” and they will change every six to eight weeks. When this happens, each new menu will be released alongside live music, in a story-telling experience. Sounds like an awesome episode of Top Chef to me, and I will most definitely be making a few of these a priority to go to. For only $49, you can experience a six-course rendition – the first is currently TBD. Right now the menu looks absolutely delicious. From various plates of cheese or charcuterie, to sliders and ratatouille, it all looks wonderful. One of their desserts features Little Man Ice Cream – a Denver institution.
Nocturne has all of the ingredients to make itself a staple in the Denver and (more specifically) RiNo area. It’s conveniently located right in the heart of RiNo, four blocks from our Backyard Residences project. We’ve talked a lot about how amazing RiNo is and how much it’s growing, so it is very exciting to see another unique venue coming to the neighborhood…I’ll see you there!