LisaC

About Lisa Chase

Lisa runs a strategic communications consulting firm, Lucky Fish Communications (http://luckyfishcomm.com/index.htm), specializing in content development for nonprofit organizations and the environmental and social entrepreneurship sectors. Clients include Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, and she’s published in Stanford Social Innovation Review and Harvard Business Review. Lisa’s undergraduate music education give her a keen appreciation for all music genres, including jazz and the blues’ pervasive influence on American music-making.

Fresh New Jazz from The Parkville Sessions

It doesn't get much better than this: live original jazz recorded at Hartford's Parkville Sounds with the city's emerging jazz masters.  Jackie McLean grads Tommy Lehman on trumpet, Greg Carlton on tenor sax,  guitarist Tony Davis, bassist Josh Uguccioni and Corey Garcia at the drums recorded Davis' "Caramel Eyes" and "Braeburn" for The Parkville Sessions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=792yKw4PgwA   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg5jsqg-9Ok&t=12s [...]

By |January 11th, 2018|Categories: Hartford Jazz Society|0 Comments

Jazz in the Morning at the Hartford Musical Club

As we anticipate balmy jazz-filled evenings in Bushnell Park, we’re always on the lookout for jazz venues to fill the intervening months. The Musical Club of Hartford is well known for its long history of supporting classical music performance, but jazz fans may be surprised to know the Musical Club’s members also enthusiastically support America’s [...]

By |January 8th, 2018|Categories: Hartford Jazz Society|0 Comments

Transcending Musical Boundaries with Broca’s Area

If Broca’s Area (http://www.brocasareamusic.com/) is any indication of the Jackie McLean Institute’s musical philosophy, then “no boundaries” defines the Hartt School’s jazz-trained musicians. On December 8th Broca’s Area, a project of four McLean Institute progeny, treated a Bridge Street Live (http://www.41bridgestreet.com/) audience to a funk-infused repertoire including original compositions and covers of contemporary jazz and [...]

By |December 20th, 2017|Categories: Concert Reviews|Comments Off on Transcending Musical Boundaries with Broca’s Area

A Brazilian-North American Love Affair at Old Lyme’s SideDoor

Jazz fans can take heart that Monday Night Jazz will return to Bushnell Park in a mere forty-five weeks. In the meantime, we’re all on the lookout for new jazz venues around Hartford and beyond. A relatively recent addition to the Connecticut jazz scene and a surprising – at least to this listener – venue [...]

By |September 9th, 2017|Categories: Concert Reviews|Comments Off on A Brazilian-North American Love Affair at Old Lyme’s SideDoor

Musical Conceptualists Close Out Monday Night Jazz

The final evening of Monday Night Jazz’s six-week series showcased the genre’s almost limitless variety and its continuous reinvention. Saxophonist Allen Lowe and his quartet started off with a series of original compositions showcasing Aaron Johnson on clarinet, Louis Porter at the piano, Kevin Ray plucking the bass and drummer Ben Bilello. Johnson’s sublime clarinet [...]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on Musical Conceptualists Close Out Monday Night Jazz

Uniting the Sacred and the Secular at Monday Night Jazz

Asylum Hill Congregational church could not contain the joyful music of Monday Night Jazz in its rainy-day setting. For opening act Matt and Atla DeChamplain, the church was the ideal acoustic venue for Atla’s soaring vocals, set off by Matt DeChamplain at the piano, Matt Dwonszyk on bass, tenor saxophonist Jovan Alexandre and drummer Curtis [...]

By |August 12th, 2017|Categories: Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on Uniting the Sacred and the Secular at Monday Night Jazz

Goddess Magic Lights Up Bushnell Park

A perfect summer evening sparkled with goddess energy as two jazz “mistresses” filled the air with their inimitable brand of jazz improvisation and interpretation. The Maxine Martin Quartet opened Monday Night Jazz with original compositions executed by Maxine Martin on tenor saxophone and clarinet, guitarist Jim Mercik, “Abu” Alvin Carter, Sr. on congas and Cori [...]

A Night of Cool, Elevating Jazz In Bushnell Park

The tone was cool and soulful at Monday Night Jazz under cloudy skies and jacket-weather temperatures. For saxophone lovers, the first half of the evening showcased the instrument’s tonal diversity, with the Kris Allen Quartet’s original compositions centering around the interplay of two saxophones. Playing selections from the recently released album, “Beloved,” the Quartet featured tenor [...]

By |July 29th, 2017|Categories: Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on A Night of Cool, Elevating Jazz In Bushnell Park

Dancing to Latin Rhythms at Monday Night Jazz

If Monday night in Hartford wasn’t sultry enough, Latin jazz rhythms turned up the heat in Bushnell Park for another very large and musically enthused crowd. Starting with Heshima Moja and Ofrecimiento’s “Afro Cuban Blues,” featuring Moja scat singing against the beat of David Allen Rivera’s conga drumming, the African and Caribbean influences were infectious. [...]

By |July 21st, 2017|Categories: Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on Dancing to Latin Rhythms at Monday Night Jazz

Monday Night Jazz Kicks Off the 2017 Season

by Lisa A. Chase photos Maurice D. Robertson Kitty Katherine Paul Brown must have been smiling down on Bushnell Park as Kitty Kathryn and the Paul Brown Tribute Ensemble kicked off the Monday Night Jazz Series’ 50th anniversary celebration. Accompanied by Norman Gage on baritone sax, Alex Nakhimovsky at the piano, James Daggs [...]

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Concert Reviews, Hartford Jazz Society, Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on Monday Night Jazz Kicks Off the 2017 Season