The Velvet Lounge series will offer three nights of jazz Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 15 though 17 The music will run from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly at Rock City Café, 316 Main St.

On Thursday, the Bill Barnes Jazz Trio returns for its every-other-week gig. Barnes is a veteran New York session guitarist recently relocated to the Midcoast, and his repertoire includes gypsy jazz, classic jazz standards, sultry bossa novas, tasty ballads and cool, laid back blues.

On Friday, the Velvet Lounge welcomes back the 14 Strings jazz trio featuring Jon Luoma on viola, Harry Richter on guitar and Doreen Conboy on bass, playing jazz standards, original compositions and tunes with Latin and European flavor. The trio gets their unique sound from the unusual combination of viola, bass and guitar. Innovative arrangements and provocative rhythms give contemporary appeal to jazz standards, soulful ballads, Latin bossas and sambas, plus a twist of Django Reinhardt and Svend Assmussen. To round out the sets, Luoma adds original compositions.

Luoma, an artist and illustrator, studied in the Jazz and Contemporary Music program at University of Maine in Augusta. Richter makes and repairs violins and repairs other stringed instruments at his shop, Somerset Violins, in Waterville Luoma plays a viola made by Richter, who also studied jazz guitar at UMA.  Conboy has toured and performed with many Maine bands on bass and cello, and works as a painter and filmmaker.

On Saturday, Rock City Cafe’s Velvet Lounge will present Anne Delaney. Delaney learned the great standards of the 1920s to ’50s on piano when she was 12 and starting singing them in public in her mid-20s. She has worked with jazz trios, quartets, big bands and, most recently, the Novel Jazz Septet. Her influences include Sarah Vaughan, Irene Kral and Johnny Hartman.

As usual there is no cover charge; however, tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to