Years Playing at The Brown Palace:24
Favorite Brown Palace Musical Memory:During the Summit of the Eight, held in Denver in 1995, John Kite had the honor of playing for Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin.
Background:John Kite began his career as a pianist, accompanying vocalists, choirs and small groups. He toured extensively throughout the United States and did an eight-week tour throughout Europe.
John Kite started playing the piano in Denver in 1983 at downtown hotels and upscale eateries such as the Marriott City Center, Chez Thoa restaurant, and others.
"Cabaret at the Club" was a series of cabaret shows that Kite developed, featuring singers from New York and local talent. The series was very popular with Denver cabaret lovers and lasted four years.
For the past 24 years, he has been one of the resident pianists at The Brown Palace Hotel. Serving guests from all over the world, Kite has enjoyed playing the private parties of clients from New York to Boston, Hawaii and Denver.
Schedule:Atrium lobby during afternoon tea on Thursdays and Fridays, 12 – 4 p.m. and evening cocktails in the lobby on Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ship Tavern restaurant, Wednesday through Saturday nights, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
*Introducing Live Jazz in the Lobby – start your weekend off in style with sensational sounds presented by John Kite’s Jazz+, playing classic jazz, standards, and whatever inspires them. Fridays and Saturdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy wine, beer or cocktails with delicious appetizers, such as truffle-parmesan fries, calamari, jumbo lump crab cakes, oysters on the half-shell, artisanal cheeses and more. Reservations not required.
Years Playing at The Brown Palace:23
Favorite Brown Palace Musical Memory:Roger Wolf’s fondest memories are of making friends with famed actor Christopher Plummer who was in Denver doing "Barrymore" at the Denver Auditorium Theater."He sat by me every night, asked for tunes by Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim and talked about the show".
The most famous Brown Palace-Roger Wolf story, however, is when singer, songwriter, Billy Joel, asked Roger if he could play a duet with him. "We must have done 25 choruses of "Ain’t Misbehavin’" and at the end of it, the lobby was a mob scene," remembers Wolf.
Background:The 70 years of Roger Wolf’s career as a professional pianist have taken him from his hometown in Medford, Ore, to The Brown Palace, with countless stops in between.
In the 1950s Roger Wolf had his own television show in Phoenix, Ariz. after traveling with the Jan Garber Orchestra across the United States.
After playing gigs in Lake Tahoe, Phoenix, Dallas and Cincinnati, Wolf came to Denver in 1960 with American Airlines and the Sky Chef Restaurant at Stapleton Airport. Denver fans know Wolf best from his 15 year run at the popular Colorado Mining Company Restaurant in Glendale. Roger Wolf’s sing-along piano bar was notorious for the astounding number of regulars that sang with him each week and for the celebrities that listened: Elvis Presley, Mario Andretti, Goldie Hawn, Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Joan Rivers, Farrah Fawcett, Robert Redford and many more.
In 1988, Wolf became a featured pianist in the lobby of The Brown Palace.
Schedule:Atrium lobby during afternoon tea, Monday through Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Years Playing at The Brown Palace:24
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