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A First Look at Nocturne, the Jazz Club Opening in RiNo Later This Year

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If everything goes as planned, owners Scott Mattson and his wife Nicole hope to break ground on the venue in a few weeks and have soft opening events in November and a grand opening in December. Mattson, who graduated from Metro State in 2002 with a degree in music and spent about six years as a working jazz drummer for about six years, says that Nocturne will be a reboot of the jazz club.

The club's interior of the 100-seat club, which will also have a mezzanine level, will be inspired by 1920s and '30s Atlantic Coast art deco of cities like New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia along with more industrial components like mirrors, cement, brick and metal.

"It's not your sort of refurbished hipster hardwood den," Scott Mattson says. "It's this really forward thinking atmosphere."

Scott Mattson says Nocturne won't be as much of a listening room as New York's Village Vanguard, where patrons are asked not to talk during performances. Mattson points out that jazz was the music of brothels and bars for its first thirty years.

"And it really flourishes in a club environment," he adds. "It really does. I want a place that's vibrant and fun and bottles of champagne and mixing good cocktails, and a place where folks can talk and have fun and a band came up and blow their ass off and have fun too."

Mattson says that part of their drive for opening Nocturne (which was partially crowd-funded and to their knowledge we are the first ever crowd-funded jazz venue), that jazz, to an extent, as it's known, is kind of going away.

"It's shrouded in elitism and mystery," he adds. "It seems like the older generation of fans are okay with that, and we aren't. We love the music and basically want to reboot it for our generation."
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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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