As part of Jazz Appreciation Month, a speakeasy mood will fill the Museum on Friday nights in April. From sultry blues and mellow harmonies to hard-hitting jazz and high-steppin’ swing, enjoy music and half-price drinks—no need for a password.
Prohibition created the Jazz Age of the 1920s, when gangsters owned the illegal booze trade and competed with each other to offer their patrons the best party music, from small private speakeasies to elaborate nightclubs with integrated crowds. Meanwhile, the police—who were paid off—looked the other way.
An atmosphere of illicit fun surrounded Jazz Age bands, which inspired dance crazes such as the Tango and Charleston. The popularity of jazz grew throughout the decade, popularized via 78 rpm phonograph recordings played in jukeboxes and on the radio.
The Las Vegas Jazz Trio
The Las Vegas Jazz Trio features Kai Brant on vocals, Martin Motnik on bass, Moises Sol on piano and T. G. LaFredo on drums.
Vocalist, producer and songwriter Kai Brant released her debut avant-garde record in 2010, followed in 2012 by The Way You Look Tonight, a sultry compilation of classic jazz standards; both albums received high acclaim for their originality and vocal expression. Pianist Moises Sol studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and has performed with The Buck Ram’s Platters, Jon Secada, and Niccola de Bari, and conducted recording sessions and concert tours for the Mexican Icon Grammy nominee Juan Gabriel. Bassist Martin Motnik is a seasoned musician, performing guitar and bass for audiences worldwide for the past 20 years. Drummer T. G. LaFredo’s studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and has recorded and performed in numerous styles, including jazz, rock, fusion, pop, country, and Irish.
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Sue Mirman will perform with the 12-time Grammy Award-winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. The high school’s World Jazz Studies program is one of several majors for which students audition and focus on throughout their four years of high school, alongside standard academic coursework. Students in the department have had the honor to work with jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, Jeff Hamilton, Marlena Shaw, Jimmy Cobb, Corey Christiansen, Stanton Moore, Chuck Findley, Tom Scott, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Willie Hill, Dave Pietro and James Burton III, among others.
April 8 – Las Vegas Jazz Trio
April 15 – Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
April 22 – Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
April 29 – Las Vegas Jazz Trio
All performances take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission
The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101