Java Men Reunion

From the 80s until around 10 years ago, there was an iconic jazz group in Louisville called the The Java Men. One of the founders, drummer Ray Rizzo, was then lured away to the Big Apple, but he comes home to visit periodically, and we’re lucky that this time he, along with guitarist Craig Wagner and keyboardman Todd Hildreth are getting back together for one night stand.

New Vintage
2126 South Preston

$7 at the door.

Swing Shift at Diorio’s

Tunes from the Great American Songbook, with vocals by Emanuel Maize, from 7 to 10 at this Highlands pizza parlor.

Will Adams – Guitar
Fred Bogert – Piano
Rob Whitmer – Bass
Larry Abrams – Drums
Emanuel Maize – Vocals

Diorio’s
919 Baxter Ave

614.8424

Todd Hilldreth Recital at Bellarmine

This fine pianist (who also happens to be the accordionist for Squeeze-Bot) plays selections from his debut From the Hip CD and his 2013 release Hymns, plus some new material.

Todd Hildreth Piano
Patrick Denney Bass
Nick Bryan Drums

Free

Amy Cralle Theater
Wyatt Hall
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road

The Buzzard at Decca for New Year’s Eve

Tim Whalen Tenor Sax
Ken Slone Trumpet
Pete Petersen Keyboards
Danny Kiley Bass
Mike Hyman Drums

Some of the best mainstream jazz in town from some real old pros ring in the new year at this upscale NuLu restaurant’s nice basement lounge – one of the better listening rooms in town.

No Cover

Decca

812 East Market Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40206

502.749.8128

Billy Goat Strut Revue at the Nach Bar

This fun group plays New Orleans-style antique jazz plus whatever they feel like. Formed in late 2011 by guitarist Mark Hamilton, the band also features Laura Ellis on vocals, accordion and ukelele, Amos Hopkins on upright bass, Allison Cross on trombone, Peter Klarman on drums, David McClure Humphrey on violin, and Zach Driscoll on alto sax.

No Cover

The Nach Bar

969 Charles St. at Krieger

637.4377

Gypsy Jam Brunch at the Highlands Tap Room Grill

The peripatetic gypsies serenade the brunchers at the Highlands Tap Room Grill.

These fine players – generally including players from Swing 39 – celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Great American Songbook. Regulars include Kenny Allday, Ben Andrews, Jane Halliday and John Thornberry.

Bring your axe.

No Cover

Highlands Tap Room Grill

1058 Bardstown

584.5222

Spyra Gyro at Jim Porter’s

The jazz fusion group, which has been around almost 35 years, visits this ballroom on Lexington Ave near Grinstead.

Toys will be collected for Toys for Tots.

Tickets $35 to $75

Jiim Porter’s Ballroom

2345 Lexington Rd,
(502) 452-9531
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