CJ grew up on gospel music and spent ten years fronting Denver blues band, Reckless Red. She has a serious addiction to all things vintage and retro, and that influence is readily apparent in her vocal style. Her unusually low, resonant voice is uniquely recognizable in today's music industry, channeling, but never emulating, artists like Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday. Her most recent passion has been writing and producing shows like "The Cotton Club to Cafe Society" combining jazz history and hits, bringing the past to life.
In addition to her music career, Nicolai is also an accomplished photographer, working exclusively in B&W film, and still developing it herself by hand. Authenticity and soulfulness are the hallmark of both her music and her visual art.
A Colorado native, Larry Wegner is well-known and loved as a resident house pianist at the Brown Palace for nearly 30 years, as well as serving as the anchor the Thursday night shows at the Clocktower Cabaret for the past decade.
What few may know is that Wegner’s past includes an impressive collection of artists and experiences. He began his career at age 14 in his hometown of Yuma, Colorado, joining the Bob Murphy band playing Glenn Miller hits. At age 24, Wegner found himself in Hollywood, where he was the contestant coordinator for The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game. He was also the resident pianist for Sammy Shore’s original Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard; in between comics, Wegner accompanied artists including Cloris Leachman, Frankie Avalon, Red Foxx, Flip Wilson, and Glen Campbell. He also worked as the rehearsal pianist for Eileen Brennan and Judy Canova.
Flip through his old photographs, and you’ll find a young Larry next to a smiling Carole Channing, and a sparkly Liberace.