When we are open there’s Jazz! Tonight February 28th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents SINGING THE TRUTH! with John Hayden and Syd Harriet.
25 of the all time top 100 songs of the Great American Songbook
Featuring John Haydin, Piano
Syd Harriet, Vocalist
If you’ve visited New York City, Berlin, London, or Paris, you may have had the pleasure of experiencing an intimate, cozy, hideaway where you can relax, enjoy good food and libations, and hear a stunning evening of the best timeless songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, George & Ira Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart and more. Now at La Cour (no need to leave Denver), experience a tasteful plethora of your favorite songs performed by John Hayden and Syd Harriet.
Come join John and Syd at La Cour and hear jazz versions of these all time top songs from the Great American Songbook.
Too Marvelous for Words, Just in Time, Time after Time, All of Me, Here’s To Life, Nearness of you, That’s All, You Do Something To Me, Pennies From Heaven, Just One Of Those Things, We’ll Be Together Again, Autumn Leaves, My Funny Valentine, The Shadow of Your Smile, Make Someone Happy, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Blue Skies, Nature Boy, Here’s To Life, You Make Me Feel So Young, Summertime, Who Can I Turn To, and your requests!
John Hayden is a jazz pianist in the style of Bill Evans, using open voicings and melodic, single note improvisational lines. His playing has been described as “lyricism with an edge.”
“When I play, I try to tell a story,” John says. “Jazz is instant art. It’s about what you’re feeling at that particular moment in time. I never play the tune the same way twice.” He is attracted to standards because the melodies are timeless and lend themselves to improvisation and interpretation.
John started piano lessons at the age of four from his father, a professional accordion player in Chicago and Atlantic City. In Denver, he studied with Ted Alexander and later with his son Bill. He has played solo piano in many hotels around the world as well as numerous jazz club venues with duo and trio accompaniment. He currently plays at the Inverness Hotel as well as various restaurants and jazz clubs in the Denver area. He believes, “Jazz is what you are–a presentation of your life, what you’re made up of–the good as well as the bad. It all comes out in the music.”
Syd Harriet has hosted jazz radio shows in Newport, Rhode Island, New York, Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, and in California at KPFA in Berkeley, KQED in San Francisco, and KAAT, in Fresno. He has performed the Great American Songbook throughout the U.S. including the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. In addition to hosting and singing, Syd is a published author, has recorded five jazz albums and most recently produced an album by Billy Wallace who he has performed with in Denver since 2014. He was in private practice for more than twenty years as a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders and issues related to performance. But, don’t worry, during the gig, you need not fear being analyzed. There are no couches at La Cour.
We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge.