Nocturne, a modern jazz and supper club, will open its doors in Denver's RiNo neighborhood this winter. Mile High natives Scott and Nicole Mattson are creating and developing the new eatery, which will be located at 1330 27th Street.
"Denver is a great jazz city," said Mattson. "It has a storied history, phenomenal musicians, a world-class jazz radio station, and a lot of serious music fans. Nocturne celebrates jazz as an important part of our cultural heritage and also as a vibrant, living art form - there is no other city we'd want to build it in other than Denver," he added.
Veteran chef Dustin Beckner will offer an ever-changing tasting menu series entitled Renditions. Inspired by iconic jazz recordings such as John Coltrane's Giant Steps, and Way out West by Sonny Rollins, every Renditions tasting menu will express qualities of each selected artist and album in five to eight courses.
In addition to the creative Renditions menu, a small plates menu will showcase fresh produce, fish, and meats from micro-farms in the Rocky Mountain area. Nocturne's beverage program will be headed by Scott Mattson himself, who doubles as a sommelier. Expect a carefully curated list of wines, cocktails, and Colorado craft beers.
A social hour will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include drink and food specials accompanied by a library of classic jazz recordings played live in-house on vinyl. Following social hour, live jazz will be on stage six nights per week.
— By Robert Stein