Mark Sloniker jazz musician and artist
Mark Sloniker jazz artist and musician
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Jazz@Jay's and DazzleJazz!

DazzleJazz

3/22/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

Woo-hoo! We have quite a week in store for you at Jay's Bistro in downtown Fort Collins, as well as a special event at DazzleJazz in Denver on Sunday evening. Myles Sloniker flew in from NYC on Monday night with friend, colleague, and internationally renowned Venezuelan trumpeter, vocalist, big band director, and composer, Linda Briceño, to do a series of events, concerts, and workshops in Fort Collins and Denver throughout the week. We are pleased and honored to have them both with us Wednesday through Saturday night at Jay's! During the daytime hours, they'll be meeting with students in several school districts, and on Saturday evening will present a workshop (performance/discussion) at the Music District in Fort Collins. The week culminates in a Sunday evening performance at DazzleJazz, a benefit for El Sistema Colorado, featuring Linda and Myles, along with Mark Sloniker on piano, Joe Anderies on saxes and flute, and others. All details below. We hope you can make it to one or more of these outstanding events!

Tonight, Wednesday, March 22nd (6-9 pm) - Myles Sloniker/bass, Linda Briceño/trumpet, and Mark Sloniker/piano jazz up Jay's Bistro (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO) for some mid week liveliness.

Thursday, March 23rd (6:30-10 pm) - Myles Sloniker/bass, Linda Briceño/trumpet, and Mark Sloniker/piano repeat the magic of Wednesday, but in a totally different way!

Friday, March 23rd (8-11 pm) - A powerhouse band at Jay's featuring Linda Briceño/trumpet, Myles Sloniker/bass, Joe Anderies/saxes and flute, Lance Croucher/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano! If you can't make any other night, this is the one not to miss! Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, March 25th (6-8 pm) Linda and Myles present a workshop at the Fort Collins Music District, 639 South College Avenue. The event is free and open to the public, but you will need a ticket. Click this link: http://www.themusicdistrict.org/workshop/myles-sloniker-linda-briceno-performance-discussion/?mdcd=2017-03-25

Saturday, March 25th (8-11 pm) - Jay's again features Myles Sloniker/bass, Linda Briceño/trumpet, and Mark Sloniker/piano in a trio setting. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

We expect Colleen Crosson and Emma Sloniker to make cameo appearances on vocals throughout the week at Jay's, though we can't predict specific times for that.... :-)

Sunday, March 26th (6 pm) - We will NOT be underground at Ace Gillett's this Sunday, but we'll be back again next Sunday! The band featured at Jay's on Friday night (above) will head to Denver to perform a benefit concert for El Sistema Colorado at DazzleJazz, 930 Lincoln St. Trumpeter, Linda Briceño was a founding member of the jazz component of El Sistema, Venezuela’s much-lauded national music education program. In the years since its founding, El Sistema’s model has been adopted by music education programs across the globe, Colorado included! Dazzle has a great listening environment - a perfect situation for this stellar group of musicians. Several El Sistema Colorado students will also join in the performance, sharing their musicianship and perspectives on the program. The show expects to sell out, so get your tickets and learn more about the concert here: http://dazzlejazz.ticketfly.com/event/1441002-linda-briceno-myles-sloniker-denver/

Whew...there you have it - an action packed week indeed!

Hope to see ya,
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Windsday in Fort Collins, CO!

Mark Sloniker

3/8/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

March is doing the proverbial "in like a lion" thing here in CO - can you believe this wind??? If the wind doesn't do it, the music at Jay's and Ace's might just blow you away - come on down!

This week's line-up is as follows:

Wednesday, March 8th (6 - 9 pm) - Jay's Bistro (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins) hosts NYC bassist Max Bezanson (who's in town performing with the Million Dollar Quartet at the Midtown Arts Center), along with Mark Sloniker on piano. We'll be sure to play with great gust-o for you!

Thursday, March 9th (6:30 - 10 pm) - It's the duo of Max Williams/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano at Jay's Bistro.

Friday, March 10th (8 - 11 pm) - Jay's features Corry Petersen/trumpet, Max Williams/bass and Chris Dale/drums. Mark starts off with a solo piano set at 6.

Saturday, March 11th (8 - 11 pm) - Jay's welcomes Derf Green/percussion, Drew Miller/bass, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano starts at 6.

Sunday, March 12th (7 - 11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set is usually solo piano and then Colleen Crosson and Emma Sloniker join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

P.S. Did you know there's a Mark Sloniker Radio station on Pandora? Check it out!
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

March on in to Jay's and Ace's!

Myles Sloniker

3/2/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

Another month has come and gone, and we're soon heading into Spring, though traditionally, March is our snowiest month here in CO. We hope you'll celebrate March with us by marching right downtown to catch some Slonjazz at Jay's Bistro (Wed-Sat) and Ace Gillett's (Sunday).

Here's the rest of this week's line-up:

Thursday, March 2nd (6:30-10 pm) - Drew Miller/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano host the music at Jay's tonight (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins).

Friday, March 3rd (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Andrew Vogt/saxes and clarinet, Max Williams/bass, Chris Dale/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, March 4th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Peter Queal/vocals, Jo Asker/bass, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, March 5th (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set is usually solo piano and then Colleen Crosson and Emma Sloniker join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Jazz@Jay's and Ace's

Myles Sloniker

2/23/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

We sure had a great time with Myles Sloniker last week - thanks for coming out to hear the family! He'll be back again at the end of March for some special projects in Denver, but will also be up in the Fort to play as well. Specifics to come! Here's the line-up for the rest of this week (sorry it's a day late!).

Tonight, Thursday, February 23rd (6:30-10 pm) - Andrew Vogt and Mark Sloniker/piano host the music at Jay's.

Friday, February 24th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Tim Gauthier/guitar, Max Williams/bass, Chris Hewitt/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, February 25th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Max Williams/bass, Chuck Landgraf/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, February 26th (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set is usually solo piano and then Colleen and Emma join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Jazz@Jay's and Ace's

Myles Sloniker

2/16/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

February Jazz is in full swing at Jay's Bistro and Ace Gillett's in downtown Fort Collins! Myles Sloniker is in from NYC and will add to the scene on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights this week. Here's the schedule:

Thursday, February 16th (6:30-10 pm) We're taking the night off, having played on Tuesday night for St. Valentine's Day. The management at Jay's are saints for giving me a night off to hang with my family!

Friday, February 17th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Myles Sloniker/bass, Brian Claxton/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, February 18th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Eva Bacmeister/vocals, Myles Sloniker/bass, and Mark Sloniker/piano. We expect Colleen Crosson and Emma Sloniker to drop by to sing some tunes as well. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, February 19th (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set will feature Myles Sloniker/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano and then Colleen and Emma will join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Jazz@Jay's and Ace's

Myles Sloniker

2/9/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

Here's the low-down on this week's jazz happenings:

Tonight, Thursday, February 9th (6:30-10 pm) - Max Williams/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano host the music at Jay's. (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO)

Friday, February 10th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Bard Hoff/guitar, Max Williams/bass, Chris Dale/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, February 11th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Cliff Allington/bass, Chuck Landgraf/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, February 12th (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's, after having the night off last Sunday because of the Super Bowl. What a game, eh?! Our first set is usually solo piano and then Colleen and Emma join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Upcoming: I'll be playing at Jay's on Tuesday night next week for Valentine's Day. Call Jay's at 970-482-1876 for reservations! I'm also happy to let you all know that Myles Sloniker will be in town next week and will play with me on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night at Jay's and at Ace Gillett's on Sunday night. He'll also be at our Sunday morning gathering, "Paths of Heart", if you'd like information on that.

Thanks for listenin' and be well,
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Super Oops!

Myles Sloniker

2/4/2017

Super Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear Super-E-Friends,

I'm Super sorry to tell you I made a Super mistake in my last e-newsletter! We will NOT be at that Super establishment, Ace Gillett's tomorrow (Super Sunday night), as - YOU already know this - it's SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! Can you tell what a Super sports fan I am??? Have fun, and we'll see you there NEXT Sunday! Again, Super Sorry - especially to those that don't give a hoot about the game...(the commercials are pretty...Super)!?

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Jazz@Jay's and Ace's

Myles Sloniker

2/1/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

February is here and it's almost Groundhog Day!!
G-Hog Day happens to be my favorite (religious) holiday of the year (you know, all the shopping and gift-giving and Groundee Claus and caroling and flying hog-deer just sleigh me)! and I watched the movie (Groundhog Day) with friends on Monday night to get in the mood. I just love that song: "I'm Dreaming of a White Grounghog"! From the looks of it today, Phil will not be seeing his shadow tomorrow....nor in all probability, will I, although shadow-seeing and season-changing appear to have no direct correlation...what a hoax (a veritable HOG-HOAX)! The one true thing about Groundhog Day...and truth-be-told, the only thing that I really care about, is that G-Hog Day marks the exact middle of winter! And, I love winter, absolutely!!! Especially when it's half over!!! So, does that make me an optimist or a realist...and...the answer is NEITHER! It makes me a jazz pianist! So grab your shadow and cast your shadow, and your fate to the wind...AND SWING ON DOWN FOR SOME JAZZ!!!

Tonight, Wednesday, February 1st (6-9 pm) - Andrew Vogt/sax and clarinet and Mark Sloniker/piano jazz up Jay's Bistro (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO) .

Thursday, February 2nd, Groundhog Day! (6:30-10 pm) - Max Williams/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano host the music at Jay's tonight. We'll definitely be playing "The Shadow of Your Smile", in honor of Phil. Maybe even "Me and My Shadow"! Mark promises not to Hog all the solos...

Friday, February 3rd (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Luke Soasey/sax, Max Williams/bass, Chuck Landgraf/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, February 4th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Jo Asker/bass, Chris Hewitt/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, February 5th (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set is usually solo piano and then Colleen and Emma join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Jazz@Jay's and Ace's

Myles Sloniker

1/26/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

January Jazz is in full swing at Jay's Bistro and Ace Gillett's in downtown Fort Collins! Here's the line-up for this week....

Wednesday, January 25th (6-9 pm) - Drew Miller/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano jazz up Jay's Bistro (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO) for some mid week liveliness.

Thursday, January 26th (6:30-10 pm) - Kenny Jones/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano host the music at Jay's tonight.

Friday, January 27th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Dave Lunn/sax, Max Wiliams/bass, Chris Dale/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, January 28th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Peter Queal/vocals, David Becher/bass, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, January 29th (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set is usually solo piano with Mark and then Colleen and Emma join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Jazz@Jay's and Ace's

Myles Sloniker

1/18/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

January Jazz is in full swing at Jay's Bistro and Ace Gillett's in downtown Fort Collins! Here's all you need to know....

Tonight, Wednesday, January 18th (6-9 pm) - Drew Miller/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano jazz up Jay's Bistro (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO) for some mid week liveliness.

Thursday, January 19th (6:30-10 pm) - Kenny Jones/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano host the music at Jay's tonight.

Friday, January 20th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Corry Petersen/trumpet, Jo Asker/bass, Chris Hewitt/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, January 21st (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Colleen Crosson/vocals, Max Williams/bass, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, January 22nd (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set is usually solo piano and then Colleen and Emma join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

Let it Snow??

Myles Sloniker

1/11/2017

Slonjazz Newsletter

Dear E-Friends,

Happy New Year to you! Mother Nature is still singing the holiday tunes (it just started snowing again! Though, we COULD sing that song all winter long, right?....). I trust you all enjoyed your seasonal festivities, and are welcoming 2017 in your own way. I'm running to Jay's in a few, so here's the low-down on this week's music:

Tonight, Wednesday, January 11th (6-9 pm) - David Becher/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano slide into Jay's Bistro (135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO) for some winter white!

Thursday, January 12th (6:30-10 pm) - David Becher/bass and Mark Sloniker/piano host the music at Jay's again (and maybe they'll try some winter red tonight...)

Friday, January 13th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Tim Gauthier/guitar, Max Williams/bass, Chuck Landgraf/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Mark starts off with solo piano at 6 pm.

Saturday, January 14th (8-11 pm) - Jay's features Jo Asker/bass, Chris Dale/drums, and Mark Sloniker/piano. Solo piano with Mark at 6.

Sunday, January 15th (7-11 pm) - We're underground at Ace Gillett's! The first set is usually solo piano and then Colleen and Emma join in around 8:30 with vocals throughout the night. Ace's is downstairs beneath the Armstrong Hotel, 239 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Bartender Ray keeps the classy cocktails coming, and the attentive wait staff bring delectable dishes to your table in short order. We hope you can join us for some subterranean, familial jazz!

Thanks for listenin',
Mark
www.marksloniker.com

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