Vernon’s Jazz Club, in the heart of Albuquerque’s the North Valley may seem like an unlikely place to experience jazz– it’s at least two thousand miles from New York, Chicago, and other music hubs associated with the uniquely American art form. And yet, those in the know realize that a stop on Route 66 in Albuquerque is to jazz what the legendary crossroads is to the blues–and Vernon’s is the place where magic and music intersect any night of the week.
Tucked into a corner of a somewhat ubiquitous New Mexican shopping center, Vernon’s Jazz Club looks rather mysterious but nondescript– hidden behind unmarked, darkly tinted glass. But just as the oyster contains the pearl, once inside this modern speakeasy, with its sparkling, black diamond walls and red velvet curtains you are lured into a lovely den of artisan cocktails, savory appetizers, intoxicating music, and an egalitarian entry fee to boot. Vernon’s is not a mirage–it’s the real McCoy. Vernon’s is a classic jazz club with old school values, for the 21st Century.

On any given night, you may bear witness to the sweat and tears of a hard-working Grammy-winner fresh from the road, or a young lion, looking to make a name for himself, or both. Vernon’s is as much a club as it is a proving ground. “Patrons can expect local, regional, and national jazz artists performing at their best in a club that is committed to presenting, preserving, and cultivating live jazz music in a very unique environment for New Mexico, says Tommy Gearhart, jazz crooner and music curator at Vernon’s. Gearhart performs Sundays at Vernon’s– quite possibly the only club in the state solely dedicated to jazz music. Local favorites like John Rangel and Cathy McGill pack the house, while international artists such as trumpeter Bobby Shew and saxophonist Doug Lawrence also play the Vernon’s stage to copious and eager audiences. Big name musicians just passing through on tour, as Duke Ellington and John Coltrane did a generation ago, will find Vernon’s to be a home away from home. Gearhart says there’s no other venue around that offers world-class performers in an intimate setting where they can truly to let their hair down. “Vernon’s gives the artists an authentic jazz club where they can present their art with dignity in a very hip and sophisticated environment, Gearhart adds.” “Vernon’s Jazz Club strives to be a cultural oasis for those thirsty for true beauty and art that is undoubtedly American, and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything like it in the Southwest.”


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It’s that time again– the Doug Lawrence Session is TOMORROW NIGHT at Vernon’s at 7:00. Bring your axe– see how long you last with one of the best saxophonists in the business. You might get your  . . . axe handed to you, but it’s worth the learning curve.

Come on down to Vernon’s!

Things are really starting to COOK and Vernon’s Jazz Club! Now, we have the BLUES!
Vernon’s Jazz Club presents a NEW, monthly series deep-fried.

((((( Jazz Has The Blues:a new Vernon’s Jazz Club Series )))))
We’re, “Making a way out of no way,” starting May 14th
8:30PM til MIDNIGHT!

Jazz Has the Blues, a monthly series kicks off
with the incomparable Cathryn McGill!

Cathryn McGill is an award-winning singer/songwriter– she infuses her jazz, R&B and soul with a special vocal flavor that is uniquely her own. On (((FRIDAY, MAY 14th))) Cathryn McGill serves up ‘Gospel-cooked, Blues for the body and soul, just for YOU.

See you at Vernon’s!

Hello Jazz Friends,

I have been asked by several people if you have to eat dinner if you come to Vernon’s Jazz Club … the answer is NO. Truth is, you can only have dinner in the jazz club on Sundays– however cocktails and appetizers are available. How about this:  make reservation at Vernon’s Steakhouse, and come by the club before/afterwords. You are going to love the new club!

See you tonight!

Tommy Gearhart

Saxophonist Glenn Kostur performs with his quartet THIS FRIDAY, April 30th at Vernon’s. We hope you’ll come on down!  The Glenn Kostur Quartet 8:30-midnight, $10 seating.

Here’s a little something on Glenn:

Saxophonist Glenn Kostur performs frequently in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. For three years Glenn was saxophonist, composer/arranger, and musical director for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson with whom he appeared on three recordings: “Big Bop Nouveau”, “Footpath Cafe”, and “Live From London”.

For more information on Glenn, check out his website:

The Glenn Kostur Quartet Friday, April 30, 8:30-midnight, $10 seating. Vernon’s Jazz Club.

6855 4th. St. NW
Los Ranchos New Mexico
US 505.341.0831
Reservations RECOMMENDED.
Appetizers in the lounge only.

On April 28th, trumpeter Paul Gonzales hosts the Doug Lawrence Session, 7:00 – 10:30! Just $5 general, $2 for musicians!  Bring your axe– you just might get called up to the Vernon’s Jazz Club stage to play!

A little something about Doug:

Born October 11th, 1956 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, saxophonist Doug Lawrence spent over 25 years as a working musician based in New York City. Among the artists he has performed and recorded with include – Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Cobb’s Mob, Frank Wess, Buck Clayton, Billy Eckstine, Dakota Staton, Wild Bill Davis, Benny Carter, Bobby Short, Diane Schuur, Patti Austin, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Dennis Mackrel’s Manhattan Symphony Jazz Orchestra, George Bensen, Lizz Wright, Nneenna Freelon, Ledisi and many others.

Find out more about Doug Lawrence.