Las Vegas is becoming one of the best cities in America to listen to live music. Long before Las Vegas started welcoming the superstars, small bands and jazz trios littered casino lounges and small bars all over the valley. You can still find places to listen to great jazz bands, young and old, all around the valley. Two of the best resources for jazz events in Las Vegas are vegasjazz.org or evandavisjazz.com.
Slim Henry And The Good ‘Uns
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If you have ever spent a night downtown at First Friday, you might have heard Slim Henry and The Good ‘Uns playing at Lola’s. The seasoned musicians play a combination of jazz, blues and early rock n’roll with a touch of country. If you watch local television news, you might recognize one of the faces on the bass guitar, Tom Hawley. Hawley spends his days making sure you know where the trouble traffic spots are and treating us to stories about vintage Las Vegas. For a schedule of Slim Henry and The Good ‘Uns’ next gig, visit them online at slimhenry.com.

Tommy Ward
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When you think of jazz musicians and singers, you tend to think of a band made up mature adults. But this 18 year-old jazz sensation is taking over the stages of Las Vegas singing standards and his own original music. As a student at Las Vegas Academy, Ward was discovered by Frankie Moreno and given a shot to be his opening act. Since then, he has been featured in shows with the likes of Matt Goss, Michael Bublé and more. To hear his original music and find out where he is playing next, visit his website.

Jimmy Wilkins And The New Life Orchestra
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Las Vegas got lucky when Jimmy Wilkins decided to retire. A musician and a conductor, Wilkins fronted a big band in Detroit for over 30 years and his career includes interludes with artists like Gladys Night, Junior Walker, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. At 91, he is only semi-retired and still plays with his band The New Life Orchestra in Las Vegas. Find out where you can see his next gig by visiting vegasjazz.org or evandavisjazz.com.

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Nik Mastrangelo And The Nik At Nite Trio
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Nik Mastrangelo has a long history in Las Vegas and was influenced greatly by a Las Vegas regular, Frank Sinatra. Mastrangelo has performed all over Las Vegas and played with artists such as Michael Feinstein, David Foster and Donna Summer. He can sing in Italian and Spanish and loves to sing the classic standards. He regularly plays with his band, the Nik at Nite Trio at Piero’s, Piazza lounge, Tuscany Suites and many other hot spots around town.

Hot Club Of Las Vegas
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The Hot Club of Las Vegas is a local jazz band playing a style of jazz that originated in Paris in the 1930s and ’40s. Called Gypsy Diazz, it combines American swing, flamenco and Parisian musette, creating a very unique sound. Members Noybel Gorgoy, Mundo Juillerat, Marlow Valentin, Chris Davis  and Gabriel Santana Falcon have been playing together since the mid-90s and recently released their first album, “Summer Score.” You can catch them playing at venues big and small all over Las Vegas.

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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