Jazz Slows Down To A Crawl In Vegas

Jazz, smooth or otherwise, has suddenly come to a dramatic halt in Las Vegas for the month of October

Station Casinos, who have brought many great artists to the Boulder Station Hotel and the Santa Fe Station Hotel, has either streamlined or cancelled acts in October. However, look for Hiroshima to perform November 1st at Santa Fe Station, followed by Euge Groove at Boulder Station on November 22nd.

Chris Botti
will perform two dates in November at two Station Casino resorts at two different venues, November 28th at Green Valley Ranch Resort, and November 29th at the newest venue, Aliante Station.

The Suncoast Hotel, once a force for bringing in legendary artists like Chuck Mangione and the funk band, Tower Of Power, has been dry for jazz entertainment for some time.

The Killer Groove Band managed to sneak in a District At Green Valley Ranch performance, but that was about it.

Pogos Tavern, which has hosted Friday night jazz since 1968, is continuing on so far with traditional jazz. But patrons have expressed discontent for the changes the club has exhibited since new ownership and management took effect back in the early summer.

Every other month jazz saxophonist and vocalist Tommy Alvarado switches Tuesday night duties at the Blue Martini with the legendary keyboardist Ronnie Foster. And so far it seems that this will continue until further notice.

But why the drawback of jazz entertainment? One word, economy. That's right. The economy has affected entertainment in general in town, and the fewer dates in the fourth quarter of this year are going to reflect the budget cutbacks by hotels, clubs, and restaurants who have hosted jazz for several years.

We wish well for all Vegas venues that they may weather through these trying times.