Thursday Jazz

Jeff Sherman Duo @ Varanese
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Guitar and Bass:  Jazz Standards and popular music five nights a week at this Frankfort Ave bistro featuring Louisville jazz guitarist Jeff Sherman, various bass players and occasional guests.

Miles Davis: The Birth of the Cool @ Speed Museum Cinema
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

After the Thursday showings, stay for CINEMA+ a post-screening discussion with Michael A. Tracy, Professor of Music, Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program, and Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Louisville.

“With sharply edited interviews and stunning archival reach, [the film] fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new.”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

 Miles Davis was a horn player, a band leader, and an innovator who throughout his life was elegant, intellectual, vain, callous, conflicted, and controversial.  His work was magnificent, mercurial, and genius—the very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful, it could break your heart.

The central theme of Miles Davis’s career was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms.  It made him a star. For the people who loved him most, it also made him incredibly difficult to live with. Consistently, in music and life, Davis broke with convention—and when his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again.  Davis’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and his constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator of music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral symphonies, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn.  A selection of the Sundance Film Festival. 2019, U.S., DCP, 115 minutes.  Recommended for 13+.


NOTE: The showing is free, but admission to the museum may be required.  For your information, the admission costs are below:


Members FREE
Adults $15
Seniors (Age 60+) $10
Kids Age 4 – 17 $10
Kids Age 3 & Under Free
University of Louisville Students, Faculty & Staff Free
Select Area Schools Free*
College Students (with valid ID) $10
Military Personnel $10

Steve Crews (Solo) @ Jack Fry's
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Veteran pianist Crews solos on standards and his own compositions in the evening at this upscale restaurant on Bardstown Road that has been hosting jazz for decades.

Reservations recommended!

Tim Whalen, Kendall Carter and Mike Hyman @ Hell or High Water
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A couple of old pros and a young one play at this new speakeasy inside the Hello Curio gallery on Whiskey Row.

Tim Whalen…………………Sax
Kendall Carter……………..Keyboard
Mike Hyman…………………Drums

Carly Johnson and Craig Wagner @ META
Oct 17 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Ms. Johnson’s bluesy interpretations of standards and pop tunes  are accompanied by Wagner’s stylish guitar licks on Thursday’s at this cocktail bar just off 4th Street.

Friday Jazz

Kind of Bird on ARTxFM 97.1
Oct 18 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

A jazz journey taking you from the recordings of Charlie “Bird” Parker through the year 1959; which saw the deaths of Billie Holiday and Lester “Prez” Young and the release of the best selling jazz album of all time, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. The show will travel from bebop to cool jazz to hard bop and everywhere in between. Tune in, tap your foot and enjoy. BIRD LIVES!!!
Your tour guide is Justin Brown.
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Jeff Sherman Trio @ Varanese Restaurant
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Jazz Standards and popular music by Louisville  guitarist Jeff Sherman, a bass player and various other excellent local jazz musicians. Catch them every Friday and Saturday evening at this nice Frankfort Avenue bistro.

Steve Crews (Solo) @ Jack Fry's
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Veteran pianist Crews solos on standards and his own compositions in the evening at this upscale restaurant on Bardstown Road that has been hosting jazz for decades.

Reservations recommended!

Carly Johnson and Craig Wagner @ Volare Italian Restaurant
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Wagner’s stylish guitar licks and Miss Johnson’s soulful interpretations of standards and blues favorites Friday evenings at this upscale bistro on Frankfort. Fans of Etta James and of bossa nova will also enjoy this show.

Pete Petersen @ Ramsi's Cafe on the World
Oct 18 @ 10:00 pm

Piano jazz by a seasoned local pro. Some of his pals sometimes sit in as the night progresses.