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Acting local, thinking global: Cleveland’s own super cool jazz club Nighttown has been named one of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World by Down Beat magazine. Here’s their schedule for the next month or so:

    Special Events at Nighttown

    Swing City with Ernie Krivda
    (sax, piano, trombone, guitar, trumpet, bass, drums)
    Thursday, January 30
    7 PM
    $12 Advance, $15 Day of Show

    The Best of The Best

    On Thursday, January 30th, Night Town is proud to present Swing City with
    Ernie Krivda. The seven piece jazz group Swing City is the resident jazz
    ensemble of the Tri-C Jazz Studies Program. Under the direction of
    Cleveland’s well known saxophonist/composer Ernie Krivda, Swing City features
    exciting performances of its unique repertoire, mixing distinctive takes on
    standard tunes with the striking original compositions of its leader. The
    personnel of Swing City is made up of some of the most talented and creative
    musicians in the area. Along with Ernie on tenor sax are Andy Hunter on
    trombone, Steve Enos on trumpet, Joe Hunter on piano, Brian Thomas on bass,
    Lee Bush on guitar, and Ray Porrello on drums.

    Special Events at Night Town Winter 2003

    Jan 30 Thurs Swing City with Ernie Krivda 7PM $12 Adv $15 Day of
    Show

    Tri-C resident jazz ensemble featuring Ernie Krivda, Steve Enos, Joe Hunter,
    Brian Thomas, Andy Hunter, Lee Bush, and Ray Porrello.

    Feb 4 Tues Christian Howes 7PM $15
    Jazz violinist extraordinaire

    Feb 9 Sun Dominick Farinacci CD Release Party 7PM $20
    Cleveland trumpet prodigy releases his new album recorded with Mulgrew Miller

    ** Feb 18 Tues Alex Skolnick 7PM $TBA
    Acid rock guitarist makes jump to the jazz world

    Feb 19 Wed Joe Hunter and Dallas Coffey CD Release Party 7PM $10
    Night Town’s famed piano/bass duo release their new album.

    Feb 23 Sun Larry Coryell Trio 7PM $25
    Legendary jazz-rock fusion pioneer returns to Night Town

    Feb 24 Mon Judy Silvano Quintet 7PM $15
    NYC vocalist makes Night Town debut

    Feb 27 Thurs Gene Bertoncini 8PM $10
    Veteran guitarist and popular studio musician

And here is a review of the club on Citysearch:

    The Scene
    Being sleepless in Cleveland usually means a drive up Cedar Hill. At Nighttown, a Cleveland Heights restaurant with a good-times reputation, you never know what’s going to happen next. But chances are you’ll be able to tap a toe. Named for the bordello district in a James Joyce novel, Nighttown puts on the red light seven days a week with live music and livelier food.

    The Sounds
    Stride piano might be the attraction one night, bopping jazz trumpet the next. Just up the hill from all that University Circle culture and the pasta ports of Little Italy, expect a diverse crowd eating to an unexpected beat.

    The Food and Drink
    The surprisingly American menu is big on portion size but light on pretense: lots of smoked salmon, lots of cayenne and cream sauces, and a popular whiskey-laced concoction called a Dublin Lawyer (there’s a story attached, and your server will be happy to fill you in). We highly suggest the steamed whole artichoke in a pool of melted butter with a side of dinner rolls … and a Kettle One martini, extra olives.

I am from LA and loved the Baked Potato and the Lighthouse, but Nighttown is just as good (they don’t seem to have a website – luddites).

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  • http://www.student.adams.edu/~porrellorr Raymond Porrello

    My dad is Ray Porrello. Someone should tell him I said what’s up.

  • Eric Olsen

    You have done so!