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Live at Nocturne II

Live at Nocturne II

The Artist

Tom Amend Trio

Live Jazz
Tom Amend’s Live at Nocturne II is the second live recording Octave has made at this legendary jazz nightclub in Denver, CO and Tom's sophomore album on the label. The stage, room and acoustics are perfectly designed for jazz and Tom’s trio is captured in the room beautifully in DSD256 on the Pyramix workstation. With a blend of original music by Tom Amend and standards by Carla Bley and Chick Corea, this live jazz album is one to play on repeat.
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Tom Amend Trio

Tom Amend is an organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, Colorado. Tom performs throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and a sideman. He has performed and or recorded with Colorado based artists: Gabriel Mervine, Taylor Scott, The Burroughs, Paul Romaine, Greg Gisbert, Steve Kovalcheck, among many others. Amend has also shared the stage with, Jeff Hamilton, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan and others.

Tom’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Downbeat award winning UNC Jazz Lab Band One, Vocal Lab, Chris Potter, John Fedchock, and Joey DeFrancesco. His writing is featured on the April 2019 release, “Frontier Justice” featuring Steve Kovalcheck and Jeff Hamilton as well as his March 2021 Octet release, “Heliotrope” that features a host of Colorado’s finest.

Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. Through his association with UNC, Tom has performed with nationally recognized UNC Lab I, UNC Vanguard Combo, and Vocal Lab. Tom is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Northern Colorado and performs extensively as both a leader and a sideman.

01 - Syndrome
02 - Edge of a dream
03 - Spatula
04 - RSVP
05 - The wind has a lot to say
06 - Mirror Mirror
07 - Loud Clock
08 - Utviklingssang


Tom Amend- piano, organ, Matt Smiley- bass, Dru Heller- drums, Jessica Carson- executive producer, Paul McGowan- recording engineer, mix engineer, Terri McGowan- assisting, Gus Skinas- mastering engineer, Emilie Druss- cover art, Recorded at Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club Denver, CO and Mixed at Octave Studios Boulder, CO

Album Features

  • Pure DSD recorded on the Pyramix system
  • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD Direct-Mastered 176.4kHz 24 bit, 88.2kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 24-bit PCM download
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks mixed on the PS Audio FR 30 reference loudspeaker in Octave Studios' Mixroom by Paul McGowan