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Jazz on the Radio and Online

Sunday: WRCH 100.5 (Smooth Jazz: 8am - Noon) Monday: WRTC 89.3 (Trinity College) (Midnight – 2am; 6am – 9am; 3pm – 6pm) WWUH 91.3 (University of Hartford) (9am – Noon) WPKN 89.5 (Bridgeport) (1pm – 4pm) WESU 88.1 (Wesleyan University) (5pm – 6pm) WFCR 88.5 (University of Massachusetts) (8pm – 11pm) Tuesday: WRTC 89.3 (Trinity College) [...]

By |October 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Jazz on the Radio and Online

Hartt School Grads Lead A Blues-Inspired Parkville Renaissance

Aficionados of the Hartford jazz scene are keenly aware of the Hartt School’s powerful influence on the local – and national – creation of original jazz and blues. After all, every summer Monday Night Jazz and its “after concert” venue, Black Eyed Sally’s, feature a virtual who’s-who of Hartt graduates.  A more surprising discovery for [...]

By |September 24th, 2017|Categories: Concert Reviews|Comments Off on Hartt School Grads Lead A Blues-Inspired Parkville Renaissance

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

Native Americans in Jazz—Present and Past

The purpose of this post is to illuminate the contributions of Native Americans—present and past—to the art form we love:  Jazz. This is an important subject that has not been given adequate attention in the published jazz histories we are most familiar with. Yet, as the sources below make evident, these contributions have been authoritatively [...]

By |July 21st, 2017|Categories: Jazz History|Comments Off on Native Americans in Jazz—Present and Past