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, September 28th - October 1st at 6pm

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

Chris Flynn

THURSDAY, October 2nd at 6pm

Chris Flynn, a native of Albuquerque, has been wowing Jazz, R&B, Rock, and Blues fans as well as fellow musicians for four decades now with his mastery of multiple styles of Jazz, Blues, and R&B piano styles, as well as his wide ranging eclectic vocal styles,  which encompass Rock, R&B, Pop, Country, and Folk music.  Chris began his classical piano studies at only 4 years of age, and he continued his classical studies through age 19. At 9 years of age he also became very interested in listening to and learning to play Jazz recordings his parents and grandparents had, and over the ensuing years gradually developed a dazzling virtuostic technique and speed, as unique and complex harmonic conceptions which have often reminded his Jazz piano fans and fellow pianists of such historical Jazz piano legends as Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, and Bud Powell, all of whom were very early influences on Flynn’s style, and are very much alive in his Jazz piano playing.  As former Jazz club owner Gary Stevens has said, “Chris is one of those rare artists who are superbly gifted in so many areas. He has the looks, personality, and the astounding pianistic and the vocal gifts one rarely sees in a solo performer. He is amazing to watch and listen to as he routinely makes the impossible sound so easy. He has always been one of the biggest crowd pleasers I have ever booked in a solo venue.” 

Chris’s talents emerged early, and he won a city wide talent competition at only age 12 in piano and vocal categories. He began playing professionally in local clubs at only the age of 15, while still a sophomore in high school at St. Pius, and his early jobs included stints at the Western Skies, Four Hills Country Club, The Mirror Lounge, and Territorial House in Corrales.  After graduating high school at age 17, Chris began college while singing and playing and nights in various rock bands, as well as manning solo piano bar gigs around the country including stints in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miami, and Seattle. In addition to performing his own material, Chris is also a masterful vocal impersonator, particularly of early Elvis Presley recordings. Not the typical later stereotypical white jump suited Elvis, but the young 1950’s and 60’s studio session Elvis when he was in his peak years. Chris knows the entire Elvis repertoire, and sits at the piano singing Elvis hits with such accuracy that it often astounds the listeners in the audience!

So if you are into enjoying an up close and personal intimate of dazzling Blues and Jazz piano works interspersed with amazing vocal numbers of many styles, do stop in and enjoy a wonderful night of superb musicianship you won’t forget!

The DCN Project

FRIDAY, October 3rd at 7:30pm

An exciting and versatile quartet, 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. www.thedcnproject.com

The Rudy Boy Trio

SATURDAY, October 4th at 7:30pm

In 2011, The Rudy Boy Experiment released their second national album Volume 2, which included a compilation of previous indie singles from the group. This release was supported by a west coast tour which included high profile stage performances at SXSW and Las Vegas. Rudy Boy's effortless promotions include many high profile radio interviews nationwide, ranging from Fox Sports Radio to NPR, and as a regular on 94 Rock's morning show in Albuquerque. Rudy Boy also enjoyed an endorsement deal from Reverend Guitars, which provided a platform to show off his Volcano on tour.

In 2011, Rudy was successful spearheding the 1st Annual DSN Music Blues Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rudy's single As The Cursor Blinks was featured in the DSN Music compilation album Soundtrack to the End Times.

http://www.digitalsyndicate.net/rudyboyexperiment.html

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, October 5th - 8th 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, October 9th 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, October 10th 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.
www.entourageabq.com

The Ben Martinez Trio

SATURDAY, October 11th at 7:30pm

The group currently focuses on original modern jazz compositions (w/ occasional covers of Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Rick Margitza, Roy Haynes, Don Alias, Mike Stern, Kei Akagi, et al). BMP, like many other jazz groups has been heavily influenced by the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. In live performance and in the studio, BMP focuses on the solid delivery of each melody, i.e., laying the foundation theme of the composition while taking noticeable excursions to provide audiences interesting, interactive and spontaneous dialogues between the several voices (i.e., the instruments). This spontaneous creativity, which requires as much listening skills as it does playing skills from participants, is termed "conversations with the rhythm section" in many circles. During the group's creative improvisations the underlying traditional roles of support and lead are in a constant state of directed flux between each of the band members. BMP consistently brings its unique blend (fusion) of New Mexico Jazz to the TEXAS JAZZ Festival including Traditional (Straight-ahead) Jazz, Funk, Modern Jazz, Latin, Rumba, Urban and Polyrhythm. BMP has appeared at the Texas Jazz Festival for 16 consecutive years (since 1996). They now reside in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area of NM and travel in and out of the state to perform at Jazz festivals throughout the US. LISTEN: http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife/song/21278663-all-me-by-mj-wilde-ben-martinez

https://soundcloud.com/mjwildethejazzlife/if-i-only-had-a-brain/

http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife/song/21245225-dont-explain-by-mj-wilde-ben-martinez

http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife/song/21248099-comes-love-by-mj-wilde-ben-martinez

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, October 12th - 15th at 6pm

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

SHANE

THURSDAY, October 16th at 6pm

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.
www.shane1world.com

Chava and Paid My Dues Rhythms and Blues

FRIDAY, October 17th 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………

The DCN Trio

SATURDAY, October 18th at 7:30pm

An exciting and versatile quartet, 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. www.thedcnproject.com

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, October 19th - 22nd at 6pm

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

Mélange

THURSDAY, October 23rd 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. https://www.facebook.com/Melange.duo

Sina Soul

FRIDAY, October 24th 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 www.sinasoul.info, www.sinasoul.com, or text “Sina” to 83936 for updates. Vocal samples can be found at www.reverbnation.com or at www.myspace.com/SinaSoulmusic, video can be found at www.vimeo.com.

SHANE

SATURDAY, October 25th 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.
www.shane1world.com

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, October 26 - 29th at 6pm

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