Vernon's Black Diamond Lounge - Schedule


Did you know that Vernon's Black Diamond Lounge is one of the best venues to listen to live music in the state?  We have scheduled amazing live bands all weekend long!

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, November 30th - December 3rd at 6pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.


Jazz Brasileiro

THURSDAY, December 4th at 6pm

From Jobim to Joyce, Jazz Brasileiro is synonymous with Brazilian Jazz, playing both classic bossa nova and a wide range of contemporary Brazilian music. The collaboration between guitarist Tony Cesarano and vocalist Debo Orlofsky highlights exquisitely crafted guitar lines and gorgeously haunting melodies sung in Portuguese and English. The guitar/vocal duo adapts this purest form of bossa nova with singular arrangements and voicings.

Tony Cesarano is a professional guitarist originally from New York City. Tony has done much professional work in New York playing a variety of musical styles from pop and rock to classical and his favorite, jazz. His professional work includes Broadway shows, recordings, and musical tours. He is known by many for his 28 years of playing for the Rockettes at Radio City Musical Hall. 

Debo Orlofsky has been a mainstay on the Albuquerque music scene for 25 years. A veteran vocalist of both rock and world-beat bands, Debo's honeyed alto has graced many local projects including the seminal alternative sounds of Splinter Fish, the African dance music of Animal Opera, and the sweet country blues of Alpha Blue. 

Tony and Debo bring their passion for the Brazilian repetoire to each performance. If you ask them what their favorite song is, they'll tell you it's the one they're playing.

Entourage Jazz

FRIDAY, December 5th at 7:30pm

One of the newest jazz groups to hit Albuquerque, the EJazz Trio (a component of the larger Entourage) will have you remembering the standards of yesterday, while simultaneously enjoying the smooth sounds of today’s contemporary jazz.

The DCN Trio

SATURDAY, December 6th at 7:30pm

An exciting and versatile trio, DCN’s repertoire has earned a reputation for the vast variety of songs they perform.  With refined talent, they adapt with ease to a wide range of genres including Jazz Standards, Bossas, R&B, Funk, and Soul Classics.   Their unique and innovative arrangements add an astonishing level of sophistication.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, December 7th - 10th at 6pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.


THURSDAY, December 11th at 6pm

Melange is a duo made up of Monique Candelaria and Matthew Harrell.

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s rising star, Monique Candelaria, is a native New Mexican showing her amazing talents all over the world and hypnotizing her audience with her abundance of strength and beauty. Since Graduating from the University of New Mexico in 2009 she has shown her ability to manipulate her self-image and make a name for herself by being cast in 4 full-featured films in the last two years. Her repertoire includes a 1940’s period film called “Bless me, Ultima” directed by Carl Franklin, “Ten Year” staring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Justin Long, as well as a horror film called “The Banshee Chapter” being ranked 4th on the character cast list as the mentally corrupt antagonist due to chemical experimentation. Her most recent accomplishment is being cast in the award winning television series Breaking Bad for the #501 episode titled “Live Free or Die.” On her time off she has been modeling for Siren Audio Studios for the audio book covers ”Sid Guy Private Eye” and “Sin Temer La Noche” which is Albuquerque’s first audio cinema providing a full cast list of local actors to narrate each book. She has also reached as far as the UK with her beauty by gracing the cover, “Seven Point Eight” written by Marie Harbon from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England. Besides her talent to act and model she has shown her amazing vocal range by singing a variety of music with only vocals and a guitar in the duo “Mélange.” One thing is clear; this is only the beginning of a prosperous journey that will captivate the world around her.

Matthew Harrell was born with a love of music.  His mother would tell him stories of how he as an infant, lying in front of the stereo, would try to match pitch with the music. He started on saxophone in the 5th grade and played through college at LSU.  There he earned his B.A. in Music Education.  He first picked up a guitar towards the end of high school when he became tired of waiting to play a solo while everyone else was jamming.  His older brother taught him a few chords and he never looked back.  Guitar took center stage and after playing in several bands in Baton Rouge, La. he moved to Los Angeles to chase his rock and roll dreams. After three years in L.A., he returned to Baton Rouge to rejoin his old band.  They played together until he and his girlfriend moved to Albuquerque to follow her job opportunity.  They got married in 2005 and started a family.  After almost a decade of not playing on stage, Matt is excited to start gigging again.

Chava and Paid My Dues Rhythm and Blues

FRIDAY, December 12th  at 7:30pm

Chava & Paid My Dues Rhythms & Blues have been performing in New Mexico for the past three years. The group consists of accomplished artists:

Dave Clausen     - Guitar & Vocals
Alyson Steinman –  Bass Guitar, Vocals
Nicholas Baker   –  Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Chava -  Lead Vocals & Percussion.
Chava has an amazing voice and her voice has a unique presence. She can belt out clear, unembellished tones as well as the guttural Jazz/Blues voice most associated with New Orleans and New York City. Chava is an experience!

With the exceptional musicianship of David Clausen, Alyson Steinman  and Nicholas Baker blending  tasty vocal harmonies to much of their repertoire. Paid My Dues Rhythms and Blues is unforgettable. From the Tap Roots of the early Blues Era to the present day, Paid My Dues Rhythms and Blues will take you on a musical, historical journey of what is a great American art form to be proud of………

Sina Soul

SATURDAY, December 13th at 7:30pm

Sina Aurelia Soul is the product of an international marriage between a Native Pacific Islander & a North African Latino. While her mother was a traditional healer, served as a nurse in the US Army and her father was an Naval immunohematolist and chemist, Soul womanifests a synthesized shamanic sound that synthesizes harmonic healing with a soothing of the senses. Soul's proliferation as an international underground icon stems from work as a multi-lingual lyrical activist & multi-instrumental vocalist to Hip Hop Culture educator & lecturing socioethnomusicoloist. In layman’s terms, Soul sings in 8 different languages, is a trained classical pianist, a fierce percussionist and a true JazzMaster of the voice. Described by Raymond Fiore of Entertainment Weekly as “the southwest will not contain the cosmic jazz stylings of sexy, sultry, funky international vocal artist Sina Soul for much longer- she is destined for worldwide fame... her sound and interpretations falling between powerhouses Rochelle Ferrel and Ella with a hint of Tina Turner and a splash of Sade.” Soul’s repertoire encompasses selections by Sade Adu, Norah Jones, Dianna Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Dianna Reeves, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Randy Crawford, and Nancy Wilson in addition to works by international jazz artists in French, Spanish, Portugese and Italian.

Soul weaves a masterful web of original and cover tunes spotted with lyrical compositions from all 7 continents.  Soul is a Zulu Queen, ordained by Afrika Bambaata, curandera & griot, named Wumei or 'beautiful warrior' by Mokotaidejekan.  She has performed with Rock Steady, Cassandra Wilson, K.R.S.O.N.E., the Roots, Cody Chestnut, Celia Cruz, Ozomatli, DeadPrez, Bahamadia, Ziggy Marley, B.B.King & Zap Mama! as well as toured with Erykah Badu & George Clinton (P-Funk) on the Smoking Grooves Tour ('96).  She attended BROWN University and is a SLAM Poet, author, mc, martial artist and healer in addition to being hailed as the premiere Jazz & Soul vocalist of the Southwest. Soul performs with iconic bassist Rodney Bowe and his RB Jazz trio. Her sounds will soothe and entice you; her scintillating, powerful voice will entrance you and have you coming back for more. Schedule at,, or text “Sina” to 83936 for updates. Vocal samples can be found at or at, video can be found at

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, December 14 - 17th at at 6pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

Chris Thomas

THURSDAY, December 18th at 6pm

Chris Thomas is a professional keyboardist, pianist, arranger and performer currently residing in Rio Rancho, NM. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He grew up in a house filled with music. His mother Marilyn, studied Organ at Northwestern University and was the choir director and organist at the Forest Park United Methodist Church where she met his father Bill singing in the choir. Bill played the piano quite well by ear. Chris started lessons at the piano in second grade. Both parents encouraged Chris' creativity and he shined playing in groups by the age of fourteen. At eighteen, Chris decided to go west to Colorado Springs, Colorado and work in nightclubs and lounges to get started on his career.

Soon Chris was playing in a band called THE HEROES and traveled all over the western states performing and sharing the stage with CHUBBY CHECKER, THE VENTURES and DAVE MASON. Denver based band VIS-A-VIS hired Chris to tour with them on the Marriott Inn circuit which brought him to California and Arizona where he eventually relocated in 1992. Throughout the nineties and until 2008 Chris worked with a huge variety of musicians in all types of styles mostly country and Top-40 pop/rock. In Arizona Chris shared the stage with country music legend ALAN JACKSON at Country Thunder and ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL in Cave Creek.

On stage, Chris has performed as a solo act or with other musicians all over the United States and in Canada. From upstate New York to Chico, California in nightclubs, Iounges, concerts and corporate events


FRIDAY, December 19th at 7:30pm

Shane is a name soon to be synonymous with the forward motion of music. Already stirring a buzz in the recording industry the singer songwriter from Albuquerque, NM yielded songs from the very first moment he cradled a guitar in his arms. Since, he has produced two albums, and was recently voted “Best New Singer/Songwriter of 2011” by Albuquerque the Magazine. Influenced by 60‘s soul, pop, folk and rock music, Shane’s songs are tender and soulful and with his organic yet fluid voice Shane draws you into a most comfortable place and keeps you there like a gentleman host.

Citing his parents as planting the musical seed at an early age, most every morning music from his parent’s record player greeted Shane’s young ears with the sounds of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Drifters, The Eagles and Patsy Cline. With an ear for soul and a mind for philosophy and Eastern religion (he graduated with a degree in Religious Studies and English Literature from the University of New Mexico), Shane’s music is moving and introspective while being inviting and most enduring, all. While Shane’s first album, When the Light Comes In (2008), consists entirely of raw, acoustic songs, his sophomore offering filled out his sound with a full band in This Year Has Changed Me (2010) . Garnering critical acclaim and quite a buzz in the southwest and beyond, the latter has received praise by numerous
media, including The Albuquerque Journal, The Mountain View Telegraph, KRWG and PBS in El Paso, TX, and the Albuquerque Examiner.

Shane is currently in the finishing stages of his as yet unnamed third album project where it is rumored he has teamed with a Grammy Award winning producer/engineer. While information about the recordings is being tightly guarded, the album is also said to feature the talents of some of Rock and Rolls greatest players including Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane fame on bass! Sounds' exciting! Time will tell.

Chris Dracup Trio

SATURDAY, December 20th at 7:30pm

Chris Dracup, a life long resident of New Mexico, began performing at the age of sixteen in his hometown of Taos, NM. Since then he has been a singer and lead guitarist with some of New Mexico's favorite bands, including "The Muttz", "The Rattle Cats", "The Chris Dracup Trio" and "The Chris Dracup Project".

Known for his stunning and soulful electric blues guitar, he works in a diverse range of musical styles. His acoustic guitar playing draws heavily from the blues tradition, an eclectic mix of Delta slide, country blues and jazz influences. His songwriting has garnered critical and popular acclaim and won him an enduring fan base.

In 2002, Chris and the Chris Dracup Trio became finalists in the New Mexico Music Showcase. He has also been a featured performer at some of the region's top music festivals, including the Thirsty Ear Festival, The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and the Silver City Blues Festival. In 2004, Chris was featured on a television commercial for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico’s “You’ve got the Blues” ad campaign. In addition, he has shared the stage with many popular touring acts.

He has recently started a family with his wife Melissa and has two daughters, Aleida Rose and Stephanie Corinne. He still maintains a regular performance schedule, performing his original songs and the blues, reggae and funk classics that are a staple of his act.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, December 21st - 24th at 6pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

Merry Christmas!

THURSDAY, December 25th

The Al DeMarco Trio

FRIDAY, December 26th at 7:30pm

Jazz the way you like it!

Amy Faithe

SATURDAY, December 27th at 7:30pm

Bursting onto the scene with a bold new freshness the industry has not heard in a long time, Amy Faithe is making a name for herself as one of the top vocalists in the Southwest. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amy has perfected her craft singing on the Las Vegas hotel circuit in such places as Caesar’s Palace, The Venetian, The Hilton, the former Stardust, The Rampart Casino, Red Rock Casino and has opened for guitarist, Esteban. Also having “The Big Apple” under her belt, Faithe has toured around NYC performing in places which include the famous Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall. This young talent is frequently featured at the prestigious Vernon’s Jazz Club in Albuquerque, where well-known musicians such as the Grammy award-winning vocalist, Jon Hendricks and the notable, tenor saxophonist, Doug Lawrence make guest appearances. Whether backed-up by her band or as a duo, Amy's style, which ranges from smooth, sexy and intimate to bold, soulful and power-packed, makes her a singer that you don’t want to miss!   

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - TUESDAY, December 28- 30 at 6pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

Le Chat Lunatique

WEDNESDAY, December 31st from 9pm - 1am

As unpredictable, fearless, and entertaining as their namesake, Le Chat Lunatique purveys an addictive genre they call “filthy, mangy jazz,” a signature sound that makes you want to smoke and drink too much—if only you could get off the dance floor. Le jazz hot of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli is their north star, but they use that beacon to navigate through a wide range of genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae, doowop, and “anything else we damn well please” into strikingly original compositions and audaciously reworked standards alike.