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The HJS Jazz Calendar lists live jazz events taking place in Connecticut, primarily the Greater Hartford area, as well as central Massachusetts, and jazz festivals in nearby states. Time constraints do not allow individual listing of weekly club events, and the choice of shows listed here is not meant to be all-inclusive. Changes and mistakes can happen, so please use the contacts to verify information before venturing out to a show. HJS encourages jazz enthusiasts everywhere to Support Live Jazz. Send new listings, corrections and comments about this calendar to JazzInCT@yahoo.com. When submitting listings for the calendar, please submit them using the format below, and include relevant links. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.
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April, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -7pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI JAZZ TRIO
J's Crabshack - 2074 Park St. - Hartford 860 231 9545
Veteran jazz pianist John Brighenti will be joined by the great Phil Bowler on bass and dynamite jazz singer Erin O'Luanaigh. Promises to be a great night for listening to some jazz sweet with some heat!!
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 7pm - All ages welcome - FREE
MIKE CASEY TRIO - Mike Casey - Sax, Matt Dwonszyk - Bass, Corey Garcia – Drums - Info
MCC on Main - 903 Main St, Manchester, CT - 860-647-6030
Jazz saxophonist Mike Casey, originally from Storrs, Connecticut, is currently a Jazz Studies student at the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford's Hartt School, CT) as well as a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Mike has been fortunate to study with some of the world's top jazz musicians including saxophonist Abraham Burton, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. Mike has performed at well-respected venues such as Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston) as well as venues across CT such as Black Eyed Sally's, The Russian Lady, Wadsworth Atheneum, The Firebox , Shish Lounge, J.Rene Coffee Roasters, and more. Past festival/music series appearances include The Boston GreenFest, the Hartford Jazz Society's Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park (Hartford, CT), Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest (CT), and the New England Autumn Fest (CT). Mike's current trio project has impressed audiences young and old alike, performing a unique blend of original music and exciting, fresh arrangements of jazz standards.
To learn more about Mike, visit www.mikecaseyjazz.com
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:30 pm - $12.50 in advance / $15 at door
JEN ALLEN QUARTET - : Jen Allen - Piano, Kris Allen - Alto Sax, Henry Lugo - Bass and Jonathan Barber - Drums
Shoreline Piano - 50 Shaw Road, Rt. 80 - North Branford
Performing together for the past decade, this accomplished trio of musicians will delight listeners with an eclectic mix of American jazz standards (from Cole Porter to John Lennon and beyond) and original compositions from Kris and Jen Allen’s recently released albums, “Pieces of Myself” and “Circle House”. Tickets are on sale now at JazzHaven.org. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. / BYOwine / We provide cheese & crackers / Free Parking. Jazz pianist Jen Allen is one of only eight pianists from around the world to participate in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Jen serves on the faculties of Trinity College and the University of Hartford, teaches at the Litchfield Jazz Camp. A protégé of alto saxophone great Jackie McLean, saxophonist and composer Kris Allen has performed with living jazz legends, including Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, Curtis Fuller and Andy Gonzales. Kris is Artist in Residence in Jazz Activities and Lecturer in Music at Williams College and is teaching artist at Litchfield Performing Arts since 2001. Bassist Henry Lugo performs with Yoron Israel’s High Standards Quartet, the Noah Baerman Trio and the quintet Playdate. In addition to Southern Connecticut State University, Henry teaches bass as well as jazz history at various schools and colleges in Connecticut. Finally, drummer Jonathan Barber is no stranger to New Haven. J.B. led his band in a featured performance on stage at the 2011 New Haven Jazz Festival. Born in Hartford, CT, Jonathan Barber has been playing the drums since the age of five. Barber was first introduced to the drums by his father and began nurturing his passion and talents at his family church. During his senior year of high school, Barber became a member of the Artist’s Collective in Hartford, CT founded by Dollie and Jackie McLean.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 8:30pm - $12 general public / $7 students
THE MARTY EHRLICH LARGE ENSEMBLE
Bezanson Recital Hall - University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA
The ensemble includes: Marty Ehrlich, J.D. Parran, Bob DeBellis, Andy Laster, Jason Robinson, Adam Kolker and Lisa Parrott, reeds; John Clark, Ray Anderson and Michael Dessen, horn/trombones; E.J Allen, Ron Horton and James Zollar, trumpets; James Weidman, piano; Jerome Harris, guitar; Brad Jones, bass; Warren Smith, percussion; Matt Wilson, drums. The Ensemble will be performing A Trumpet in the Morning, Ehrlich’s celebrated new recording on New World, which is the first documentation devoted to his large ensemble compositions. “A Trumpet in the Morning (named for a poem by Arthur Brown, 1948-1982) is a tour-de-force, showcasing the best of Ehrlich's many metieres that have marked his success as an instrumentalist, composer and bandleader for more than three decades,” writes Bob Blumenthal. “Strong melodic invention prevails alongside a keen ear for instrumental color, a multi-genre, multi-disciplinary approach, and, "an unblinking yet ultimately affirmative insistence on connecting his music with realities both historic and contemporary." Since his first recording with the Human Arts Ensemble in 1972, Marty Ehrlich has emerged as one of the most thoughtful, varied and prolific instrumentalists and composers in creative music. He studied with Jaki Byard, Joe Maineri and Ran Blake at the New England Conservatory of Music, and moved to New York in 1978. Since then, he has worked with many of the most ground-breaking musicians of our time, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Julius Hemphill, and Yusef Lateef. Ehrlich, associate professor of jazz and contemporary music at Hampshire College, has led various ensembles including Traveler's Tales, The Dark Woods Ensemble, and the Rites Quartet, among others and has recorded for Cecma, Sound Aspects, Muse, New World and Enja. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the New York Composer's Orchestra, the Boston Jazz Composer's Alliance, The Lydian String Quartet, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, The Kitchen House Blend Orchestra, the New York String Trio, and pianist Ursula Oppens. As a sideman he has performed with a who’s who of jazz artists, appearing on over 100 CDs. Ehrlich is also musical director of the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet, which has been active performing that composer’s music throughout the world. In the classical field, Ehrlich has performed with the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the St. Luke's Orchestra, the Birmingham (England) Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Chamber Music Northwest. In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in music composition. Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 1-800-999-UMAS.
Friday, April 18, 2014 – Doors 7:30pm - $40
BENNY GREEN TRIO
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Enjoy his brilliant performance in this quality, intimate venue, Old Lyme CT. Tickets and details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8 pm - $10
WARREN BYRD
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Warren Byrd, native of Hartford, Ct. and resident of Amsterdam, NL is a pianist/vocalist/composer. As an American with a heritage rooted in the fertile soil of Black creativity, he explores the universal ideals that connect us all seeking unity in music…he just so happens to really dig Jazz as his main musical springboard. The youngest of 16, he was encouraged to sing in the church choir from age 4 and embrace big band jazz as well. This grew into a passion for bebop jazz, especially the music of Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson. He began noodling on piano at age 9 and composing music at about age 11. Though he studied Piano and Music Theory from that age, most notably with his church music director Thomassina Neely and his South Catholic High School music teacher R. Leslie Childs, he was primarily self-taught. His pursuit of theatre amassed him extensive performing credits throughout his teen years. By high school graduation in 1983, he’d earn a full scholarship for Classical Voice at Hartt College of Music. He would soon abandon this to pursue his first love: jazz. As a result of a long and itinerant association with Saskia Laroo, his partner in love as well as music, he has been a virtual “ambassador artist” in representing the cultural interests of the Netherlands in more than 40 countries and has worked with many Netherlands-based musicians during this time. He continues to freelance with many Southern New England jazz and pop music acts as well as other international artists and acts. His deep respect for all arts, his experiences in the theatre as a youth, his work with Dance, his extensive touring schedule, all kinds of gigs and performances of diverse styles, his willingness to absorb old and new, his curiosity of all artifacts of the human spirit may be reflected inversely in his work motto: “…Music speaks free-spirit tongues unleashing grace on souls dancing toward daring peace…” http://www.warrenbyrd.com/ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
BAD TOUCH
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 2 pm - FREE
PHIL GIAMPIETRO PROJECT WEST - Phil Giampietro-Euphonium; Keenan Asbridge-Trumpet; Grant Beale-Guitar; Doug Toussaint-Bass; Aaron Nobel-Drums
Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 7pm - $15
THE SINGIN’ DENTIST
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Songs from the American Song Book. Steve’s passion and style will warm your heart.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 7:30 pm - $48 stage-side table seating; $28 general row seating. byob encouraged
MUSIC @ JAPANALIA- MARIANNE SOLIVAN & TRIO: Xavier Davis piano, Matthew Parrish bass, Jerome Jennings drums
Japanalia Eiko - 11 Whitney Street - Hartford
Reservations a must 860-232-4677 MC/Visa (leave a call back #) or cash, check, credit card at the store, Tue~Sat. After Marianne’s first cd, “Prisoner of Love”, the Jazz press praised her for “intrinsic honesty…the infallible swing of Ella, the daring of Betty Carter, the matter-of factedness of Carmen McRae. The exquisiteness,expression, and sentiment of her singing are supreme.” This Hartford concert marks the debut of her second CD, “Spark”, joined by the band from the CD, showcasing a mix of originals as well as off the beaten path standards. www.mariannesolivanjazz.com
Saturday, April 19th 2014 – Doors 7:30pm- $25
MARCUS STRICKLAND QUARTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
"Marcus Strickland has started to turn heads in the most thriving but most competitive jazz scene on the planet ...his tone: liquid and luminous, yet forceful and exact." -Thomas Conrad (JazzTimes Magazine). Marcus will be joined by David Bryant on piano, Ben Williams on bass and E.J Strickland on drums. Tickets and details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 2 seatings: 11am & 12:30pm - $35 ($25 for museum members) includes music, a classic buffet, complimentary Bloody or Mimosa, and admission to the museum.
EASTER JAZZ BRUNCH @ THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM - JOE CARTER SAMBA RIO TRIO
The Museum Café @ The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Of Art - 600 Main St - Hartford
Tickets a must. Reservations strongly suggested. To purchase on line: http://www.museumtix.com/program/program.aspx?vid=877&pid=3891204 call the museum Wed.~Sun from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for more info 860-838-4100. Spring into the season with the classic sounds of Brazil's own version of JAZZ! Brunch at The Atheneum is presented in collaboration with Music @ Japanalia, Healthy Source Catering and The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Of Art.
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 3 pm - FREE
EMERY AUSTIN SMITH
Baby Grand Jazz 2014
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6295
Emery Austin Smith born, raised and still lives in Hartford, CT. He studied piano with Lillian Johnson Pierce and theory/composition with Clyde Wesley Board. Emery played locally with saxophonist Harold Holt, and Percy Nelson. He was the leader and arranger/ composer of the Emery Austin Smith Quintet performing in schools, colleges, museums lecturing and demonstrating the art and culture of Jazz. Smith was a co-leader with Lou West of the Progressive Arts and Culture Company 15 piece band which performed at the first Arts Festival in Hartford. Smith is strongly influenced by Theolonious Monkand Bud Powel. Smith worked in New York with Charles Shavers, Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, Tina Brooks, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. Presently, Smith performs in New York and New England.
Monday, April 21 2014- 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
NICK ROSEBORO QUARTET - Nick Roseboro-trumpet, Jarod Kashkin-piano, Daniel Loomis-bass, Robin Baytas-drums
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH ERIN O'LUANAIGH

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
Exciting young jazz vocalist Erin O'Luanaigh joins veteran pianist John Brighenti for this Jazz Night at Casa Mia On the Green from 6-8pm.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 6pm - $75/$125
SIMPLY SWING
Maneeley’s Banquet Hall – 65 Rye Street – South Windsor
Simply Swing, a 10-piece swing orchestra under the musical direction of drummer/composer Joe LaRosa will perform at the CT Lupus Foundation’s Mission Possible benefit. Simply Swing features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section also including Jim Santucci and Dennis Marolda, and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. For information about the event which will honor WTIC’s Jim Vicevich see WTIC.COM/Lupus or www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Friday, April 25, 2014 – 8pm - FREE
WESLEYAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown - 860-685-3355
The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard '76, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman, will perform exciting programs of classic jazz compositions.
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
RUDY ROYSTON 303
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Friday, April 25, 2014 – Doors 7:30pm - $40
ALI RYERSON QUINTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
Ali Ryerson will be joined by Mike DeMicco, Mark Egan, Pete Levin and Karl Latham. With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks high among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll and has been nominated as Jazz Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, having toured the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North Africa. Tickets and details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9pm - $25 in advance / $30 day of show
OMAR SOSA - QUARTETO AFROCUBANO
Club Helsinki Hudson - 405 Columbia Street - Hudson, NY 518-828-4800
Omar Sosa is known and hailed for his singular blend of Latin jazz and African diaspora music - a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Having grown up in Cuba, where he studied Cuban jazz, folk music, and classical music, Sosa has also lived in Ecuador, Spain and San Francisco, as well as immersing himself in the Gnawa culture of North Africa. Thus what comes out of his fingers when he applies them to the piano keyboard is a unique fusion of all these influences - a kind of world music-influenced, up-to-the-moment world jazz. For this show, Sosa - who has been compared favorably to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock - is bringing his New Cuban Quartet, featuring drummer Ernesto Simpson, bassist Childo Tomas, and saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill, who also plays flute.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 7pm - $15
SASKIA LAROO & WARREN BRYD
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
World-renowned trumpeter Saskia Laroo and international pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd together create a smorgasbord of music for a wide palette of occasions.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Doors 7:30pm - $30
THE CURTIS BROTHERS
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
Brothers Luques (bass) and Zaccai (piano) Curtis are two of the most in-demand rhythm section players on the jazz scene today. Their ability to weave in and out of Latin jazz and “straight ahead” jazz styles set them apart from the average player. They formed a quartet with two incredibly talented and creative percussionists, Richie Barshay (known for his work with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea) and Reinaldo De Jesus (known for his work with Miguel Zenon and Dispatch/Braddigan). After years of practice, rehearsal and development, their unique voice began to take shape and gain recognition worldwide. While Luquez and Zaccai have played for us at The SideDoor many times with a many incredible players, we are thrilled to welcome their own band to the club. Tickets and details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8 pm - $45 / $65
JANE MONHEIT
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro - Route 44 - Norfolk
1-866-666-6306
Saturday , April 26 , 2014 – 8pm - $20 general public / $18 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
OLIVER LAKE BIG BAND
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown - 860-685-3355
Composer, arranger, poet, bandleader, and saxophonist Oliver Lake is a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet with Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray; as well as the multi-disciplinary St. Louis collective the Black Artists Group. Mr. Lake has created chamber works for the FLUX String Quartet, collaborated with choreographer Ronald K. Brown, shared the stage with Mos Def and Me'shell Ndegeocello, and arranged for Bjork, Lou Reed, and A Tribe Called Quest. Mr. Lake will perform as part of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend with his Big Band, which features 17 musicians, including Hartford native Josh Evans on trumpet. The group's critically-acclaimed album "Wheels" (2013) includes an arrangement of OutKast's "The Whole World," which DownBeat called "the best-ever jazz cover of a hip-hop track." The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, will open the concert with a performance of classic jazz compositions. "Lake's arrangements underscore the alto saxophonist's appreciation of Oliver Nelson, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus as well as Sun Ra." --Jazz Inside Magazine
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8 pm - $10 / $8 students
JUSSI REIJONEN: UN
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Bringing together four seasoned musicians from Finland, Turkey, Sweden and Palestine, JUSSI REIJONEN: UN traverses the boundaries between musical cultures, paying tribute to the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its search for new sounds and textures.
       Jussi Reijonen – fretless/fretted guitar, oud
       Utar Artun – piano
       Bruno Råberg – acoustic bass
       Tareq Rantisi – percussion

Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 2 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
Newington Town Hall – 131 Cedar Street - Newington
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing under the musical direction of drummer/composer Joe LaRosa kicks off in Newington. Simply Swing will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD, released in 2013. The group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. In its third season, this year’s series includes 17 performances by Simply Swing throughout the region. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Monday, April 28, 2014- 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
COLLEGE SHOWCASE
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
8 to 8:30 p.m. - WCSU ensemble lead by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, assistant professor of music
8:35 to 9:05 p.m. - UConn, led by composer and jazz pianist Earl MacDonald, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies
9:10 to 9:35 p.m. - Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, led by trombonist Steve Davis, teacher
9:40 to 10:05 p.m. Berklee College of Music ensemble led by percussionist Neal Smith, associate professor of music

For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – 7pm - $25
THE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS PRESENTED BY CINDY SCOTT / KARRIN ALLYSON / JIM ARGIRO
Carol Smiths - 40 Loudville Rd – Easthampton, MA 413 519 3654
Cindy Scott will trace the history of music in New Orleans and why it is considered the birthplace of jazz. She will also discuss the post Katrina music scene. Cindy and Karrin Allyson will sing examples of music showing the progression of jazz in the city accompanied by Jim Argiro. Time permitting all interested musicians will be able to join in for some New Orleans jamming and maybe get a few pointers. Cindy’s newest cd “Historia” features Karrin on a few tunes, http://soundcloud.com/jazzcindy/sets/historia
May, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014 – Doors 7:30pm- $40
THE COOKERS!
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
The Cookers, w/Billy Harper, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Craid Handy & David Weiss. This exciting new all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today. Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each of these guys helped facilitate the process as members of some of the most important bands of the era. Tickets and details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
TAYLOR HO BYNUM SEXTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 2pm - $20 at the door / $15 on our website, www.umojamusic.com
UMOJA PRE-SERIES FUNDRAISER
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
We are so excited! UMOJA Music is preparing for the 3rd annual UMOJA Music Series! We can't wait to continue the tradition of celebrating music and community through the principles of Kwanzaa. Please join UMOJA along with Jay Hoggard, Josh Evans, Jen Allen, Stephen "King" Porter, Jonathan Barber, and Andres Chapparro for a great night of music, food, and community!
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 7pm - $20 for adults / $10 for students & senior citizens (limited seating - all tickets must be reserved in advance)
NORTHWEST CATHOLIC'S SEVENTH ANNUAL JAZZ CABARET NIGHT
The event will feature performances by NWC's Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Singers, and Big Band, as well as gourmet desserts, coffee, and silent and teacup auctions. This year’s event will also feature a guest performance by Ed Fast, Director of Latin Jazz Ensembles at The Hartt Community Division of the University of Hartford. Fast has performed with many national Broadway tours as well as with Broadway touring shows in Moscow, China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. He has also performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and stars such as Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Paul Anka and Martin Short. Fast is the leader and founder of Conga-Bop, a Latin jazz ensemble. Proceeds benefit all students in the Music Department and will be used to help refurbish the school’s Steinway piano, pay for new instruments, and cover music festival fees and buses. Visit www.NorthwestCatholic.org/JazzNight to make seat reservations and for information on purchasing program ads or donating to the auctions. Contact Instrumental Music Director Daniel Luddy ’03 (dluddy@nwcath.org) with any questions.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 3 pm - $10
MIKE LORENZ JAZZ TRIO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Mike Lorenz, guitarist/composer/bandleader, is an up-and-coming musician from Bethlehem, PA. He leads an original jazz quartet, the Mike Lorenz Quartet, which features some of the most in-demand musicians in the Philadelphia area performing his original compositions. The group released its first full length album, Of the Woods, in December of 2011. As the title suggests, the music comes from a place between the urbane nature of jazz and the open spaces of Lorenz’s upbringing in Upper Bucks County, PA. Mike’s trio plays weekly at Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA, recently rated as one of the top breweries in the world. Here the trio explores original music, “jazz standards,” and quirky covers of rock tunes (think Black Sabbath, Nirvana, et al). http://mikelorenz.bandcamp.com/ http://www.reverbnation.com/mikelorenz Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6 pm - FREE
BOB PASKOWITZ AND THE LATIN QUARTER JAZZ COLLECTIVE featuring Sinan Bakir on guitar, Jason Schwartz on bass, Clark Siebold on drums and Bob on alto, tenor and soprano sax
J's Crabshack - 2074 Park St. – Hartford 860-231-9545
Will present a Cinco De Mayo Latin Jazz program.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:30pm - $15
LATIN JAZZ "INFORMANCE" FEATURING THE GONZALEZ BROTHERS QUINTET AND UMASS PROFESSOR AND MUSICIAN FELIPE SALLES
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. - Holyoke, MA
“Informance” is a phrase the VJN uses to describe the nature of our educational events: an information-sharing performance. In this case, we have The Gonzalez Brothers Quintet and musician and scholar Felipe Salles collaborating together to make this event a unique one, jam packed with history and performance! "The Latin influence on American music precedes what we know as Latin jazz. We will be examining the original rhythms, the players, and how their style contributed to the birth of Latin jazz, as well as demonstrating it through some of the important repertoire," says UMass professor and scholar Felipe Salles. Rene Gonzalez adds, “And once the music set starts, we’re gonna play and I really hope people will dance!” Felipe Salles will start the event and then The Gonzalez Brothers Quintet featuring David Allan Rivera (drums), David Yih (piano) Ahmed Gonzalez (flute), Victor Sterling-Duprey (congas), Rene Gonzalez (bass) will take the stage to perform. Gateway City Arts offers a cabaret-style setup, with a cash bar (beer/wine), hors d'oeuvres and salad plates (for an additional charge). Come relax and enjoy the rhythms and history of Latin Jazz!
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 7pm - $20 donation - Reservations Required. Space is limited. 860.527.9860
BRIAN SIMONTACCHI TRIO AND NITA ZARIF
Jazz at the Gallery on Vine - 47 Vine St. - Hartford
Brian Simontacchi is an up and coming trombone artist with a unique story to tell. He is set to earn his B.M. in Jazz Studies from The Hartt School in May 2014. He has been blessed to have collaborated with Gary Bartz, Fabio Morgera, Allen Lowe, Josh Evans, Theo Hill, Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band, Brandon Lewis, Kendrick Oliver's New Life Jazz Orchestra, Troy Roberts, Jonathan Barber, Jovan Alexandre and Dianne Reeves. “I predict that he’s going to be the next trombone star.” -2007 NEA Jazz Master Curtis Fuller “Brass players generally don’t do what he does.” -Eric McPherson The Christian Activities Council and the Connecticut Artists Initiative, together with the CAC Leadership Group have created an Art Gallery to showcase the work of the Connecticut Artists Initiative. In addition to their 2013 Waverly Field Mural and the Youth/Senior Mural (now in Hartford City Hall) their collaborations are making artistry a priority. Expect more programs like Jazz at the Gallery on Vine Street! Enjoy LIVE JAZZ with Regional Stars in an intimate, beautiful atmosphere. Light refreshments served.
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 8pm - $15 in advance/$20 at the door / $5 students / $10 Hartford Jazz Society members at the door
LOUIS HAYES JAZZ COMMUNICATORS – Louis Hayes-drums; Gerald Cannon-bass; David Bryant-piano; Abraham Burton-saxophone
Opening Group: Greater Hartford Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Alex Nakhimovsky at 7pm

Free student music workshop 4:30-6pm
Polish National Home - 60 Charter Oak Ave – Hartford
Tickets available at the Polish National Home, Integrity 'n Music and via PayPal at www.hartfordjazzsociety.com. For additional information, call The Hartford Jazz Society at 860-242-6688. This concert is presented with financial support from The Greater Hartford Arts Council. For additional information/tickets, contact HJS at (860) 242-6688.
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
NOAH BAERMAN AND THE JAZZ SAMARITAN ALLIANCE
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 10pm - $20
THE BRIAN SIMONTACCHI TRIO AND VOCALIST NITA ZARIF
Jazz at the Gallery on Vine - 47 Vine St – Hartford 860.527.9860
A Collaboration with the CAC Leadership Program. Brian Simontacchi is an up and coming trombone artist with a unique story to tell. He is set to earn his B.M. in Jazz Studies from The Hartt School in May 2014. He has been blessed to have collaborated with Gary Bartz, Fabio Morgera, Allen Lowe, Josh Evans, Theo Hill, Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band, Brandon Lewis, Kendrick Oliver's New Life Jazz Orchestra, Troy Roberts, Jonathan Barber, Jovan Alexandre and Dianne Reeves.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 7pm - $20
ALI RYERSON AND JOE CARTER
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Ali Ryerson is a flautist with a background in both classical and jazz. She has performed and toured worldwide. Joe Carter is well known for his Straight-Ahead jazz both nationally and internationally.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8 pm - $10
SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
“Sissy is the voice and the image of Sicily, her songs are starting a new era for Sicilian popular music. Thanks to her, we can discover a new universe within traditional Sicilian music, extremely rich and powerful melodies and soundscapes, that transport us immediately to this island’s streets and fields full of life and art, something very different, worthy of the utmost attention.” — 7 time Grammy Award winning Javier Limon, El Pais (Spain). Powerful and warm voice, Sissy has a unique and soulful sound. Jazz harmonies, Mediterranean and Sicilian roots, African rhythms and a touch of classical music, all combined together to support beautiful original melodies in Sicilian dialect. Pure fire on stage. Sissy’s stunning energy comes as much from her home as it does her unique spirit. Born in Sicily (Italy) into a musical family, Sissy is firmly planted between the Mediterranean Sea and Volcano Etna in an island with a long history of foreign domination, from the Greeks to the Romans, from the Arabs to the Spanish, from the African to the Normans. The result is a mixed culture where every single domination left something to see, to taste, to hear… And all of this shines trough Sissy’s latest record, Intra Lu Munnu. It means “Inside the World”. It’s a collection of 10 original Sissy’s compositions entirely sung in Sicilian dialect, with musicians coming from every part of the world and a special collaboration with the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir. Sissy’s creativity starts flowing at the age of five. She started early on to delve into a wide variety of musical styles, from jazz to blues, to soul and funk, being at the same time exposed to Sicilian traditional folk music. Grown as a self-taught musician, in 2009 Sissy becomes Berklee College of Music scholarship recipient and she specializes in Jazz Composition and Mediterranean Studies. In 2011 she’s awarded as full scholarship and invited as performing artist at the Mediterranean Music Institute (Valencia, Spain). While living in Spain she lines out the first sketches of her compositions. Among others, Sissy had the opportunity to collaborate with several world renowned artists such as jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, John Coltrane etc.) – 10 times Grammy Award winning, Bobby McFerrin – producer/composer Patrice Rushen – 7 times Latin Grammy Award winning, Javier Limon. http://www.sissycastrogiovanni.com/ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 8 pm - $39 / $54
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro - Route 44 - Norfolk
1-866-666-6306
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
RUSS NOLAN QUARTET FEATURING MANUEL VALERA
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 3 pm - $10 / $8 students and seniors
ORICE JENKINS TRIO - Orice Jenkins – vocals; Dan Liparini – guitar; Tom Sullivan – bass
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Orice Jenkins is a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger from Hartford, CT. His music ranges from Lauryn Hill-like hip-hop anthems to powerful Beethoven-like piano pieces, and encompasses nearly everything in between. His newest project, “Around the Piano,” is actually not new at all; it’s a collection of songs that were put together in his early stages of musical development in 2008. The album will finally be released in 2014. He started his first band, “The SoulTransRelation,” while attending the prestigious Hartt School, majoring in Music Composition. He made a point to study with a vast array of professors including David Macbride, Larry Alan Smith, Ken Steen, Nat Reeves, Shawnn Montiero, Andy LaVerne, and many more. Orice is now a sophomore and has premiered several pieces and arrangements featuring himself and the instrumentalists of Hartt. Finishing “Around the Piano” is his current top priority and he is excited to finally share this music to the rest of the world. http://oricejenkins.webs.com/ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Friday, May 23, 2014 – 8pm - $47.50
OTTMAR LIEBERT AND LUNA NEGRA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 E Ridge Rd - Ridgefield
Five-time Grammy Award nominee, and nouveau flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert has released 25 albums and received 38 Gold and Platinum distinctions in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His debut album La Semana has become one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time. When reflecting on getting his start, Liebert says, “I was honestly happy playing this music in hotels and restaurants in Santa Fe, and going in one year from doing that to opening for Miles Davis was a pretty intense jump,” he recalls. “Most shocking for me was to realize how many different people from so many diverse cultures embraced it.” Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling sold-out audiences throughout the world. He returns to the Playhouse stage with his dynamic band, Luna Negra. For tickets and details visit http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/event/ottmar-liebert-luna-negra or call 203-438-5795!
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
BARRY ALTSCHUL AND THE 3DOM FACTOR
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 6pm – 11pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FESTIVAL - TBA
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 7pm - $20
RICKY ALFONSO
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Alfonso has been a mainstay on the East Coast jazz scene since the early1970s. He’ll be performing modern jazz standards and original compositions.
Sunday, May 25, 2014 -7:30pm - $15
FAY VICTOR ENSEMBLE - Fay Victor, voice, compositions; Anders Nilsson, guitar; Ken Filiano, bass
Arts Block Café - 289 Main St. - Greenfield, MA
“Fay Victor is proving to be one of the most extraordinary vocalists on the scene today,” writes Cadence Magazine, “and she comes off as actress, sorceress, and temptress, working an area of rough, declamatory improvisations in the tradition of Jeanne Lee and Abbey Lincoln but with her own burning passion and galvanic force…Victor is a wonder to behold. It’s been a while since I heard Free Jazz with this much holy fire in it.” Fay Victor has led her Ensemble for over eight years and released three recordings. The New York Times calls her most recent, Absinthe & Vermouth (Greene Ave. Music), “a literate but growlingly original new course for her working band.” Now based in New York, Victor has performed and recorded with the Instant Composer’s Pool Orchestra, Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, Dutch reedist Ab Baars, William Parker and many more. Victor also leads Herbie Nichols SUNG, a project dedicated to the great pianist. Victor has written lyrics to a large number of Nichols compositions. “Like Dali’s melting clock, Victor’s lyrics cascade in a melding of the mundane, the natural and the fantastical,” writes Katie Bull, in The New York Jazz Record. “Words morph into pointillistically expressive wails and punctuating tones. It’s like the Mad Hatter invited Kurt Weill and Arnold Schoenberg to tea and the caterpillar scored it.” Anders Nilsson, a long-time associate of Fay Victor, is a Swedish New York based guitarist/composer/improviser. “Nilsson has got the chops to pull off jazz, blues, rock and noise and much of what lies in between,” writes Kurt Gottschalk. “What’s more notable, though, is that he’s got enough sense not to overuse his skills.” Active since the early '80s, bassist Ken Filiano has contributed to dozens of albums featuring Vinny Golia, Steve Adams and John Carter. His debut as a leader was a 2002 solo recording, Subvenire. His 2010 release, Dreams from a Clown Car, can be found on Clean Feed Records. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concerts are produced by a group of music lovers who have purchased jazz shares. Like farm shares, where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, Pioneer Valley Jazz Share members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of The Northampton Center for the Arts, we are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the continued vitality of the music. Shares and single tickets are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 7:30 pm $10 minimum charge for food/beverage waived for sitting-in musicians/singers
NICKI MATHIS W/PAUL ARSLANIAN’S GREEN ST TRIO, GEORGE KAYE, JON FISHER
The Loft at the Clarion Hotel - 1 Atwood Dr (Rt. 5 at Exit 18 off I - 91) - Northampton, MA (413) 586-1211
The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30.
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
FOR LIVING LOVERS: BRANDON ROSS AND STOMU TAKEISHI
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 3 pm - $10
KAREN FRISK - Kent Hewitt, piano; Brian Torff, bass; Rich Tortorigi, drums
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Karen Frisk is a jazz vocalist who has performed across the country with both local and world-renowned jazz artists. Frisk had studied with both Merrill Doucette at the Hartford Conservatory for jazz piano and jazz/pop vocals and performance with Roberta Peck-Vater, a music educator and Capitol Records recording artist. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
June, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
LINDA OH GROUP - SUN PICTURES
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 8pm - Gold Circle Meet & Greet $90 / $70
BERNIE WILLIAMS
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 E Ridge Rd - Ridgefield
The legendary Yankees slugger and chart-topping guitarist returns! After one of the most storied careers in baseball (which included four gold-glove awards, six American League pennants and an ALCS MVP award), Bernie Williams launched his second career as a jazz guitarist and didn’t miss a beat. Having topped the contemporary jazz Billboard Chart with #1 singles, recorded albums with guests as varied as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Secada, and been invited to sit in with the Allman Brothers Band at their storied Beacon Theatre residencies, Williams established himself as a formidable talent instantly and hasn’t slowed down since. For tickets and details visit http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/event/bernie-williams or call 203-438-5795!
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($18) and 10 pm ($12)
SATOKO FUJII TRIO + 1
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region." Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 7pm - $20
JUNE BISANTZ
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
June is a noted artist and college professor at ECSU. She has a “vibrant voice that can twist and turn a dime.” (Newsweek) June will perform with her band.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 – 7pm - FREE
DIANNE REEVES WITH THE NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
2014 International Festival of Arts & Ideas
New Haven Green: Elm Street Stage
Dianne Reeves is among the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. Her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings have earned her multiple Grammys and accolades, and her work has appeared on the biggest stages and screens around the world. At the Festival, she performs a special program with our city's cultural treasure, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra—one of the premiere orchestras in the region. Before the Show: All are invited to an all-musicians play-in with musicians from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Music Haven. Sheet music and additional details will be available on the Festival’s website in early June.
Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 7pm - $15
MIKE CASEY
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Mike Casey is currently a Jazz Studies student at the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford's Hartt School, CT). Mike's current trio project has impressed audiences young and old alike, performing a unique blend of original music and exciting, fresh arrangements of jazz standards.
July, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 7pm - $15
SINAN BAKIR
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Bakir’s fresh sounding tunes are amalgam of rock and jazz styling driven by strong melodies from the rich Turkish tradition of his home.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 8pm - $38
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
For tickets, please call the box office 203-438-5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 3-4:30pm - $10
JOSHUA BREAKSTONE, guitar - Master Class
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
"In teaching, either in clinics or individually, I describe to students the progression we make as jazz musicians, starting with learning to improvise, to invent melody over any harmonic terrain, which could be a lifetime of work right there.”
Tuesday, July 22 – Thursday, July 31, 2014
92Y JAZZ IN JULY – BILL CHARLAP, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Featuring the sounds of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Berstein, Miles Davis, Dick Hyman, Sarah Vaughan and Fred Astaire
Kaufmann Concert Hall - Lexington Avenue at 92nd St – New York City
Celebrate artistic director Bill Charlap’s 10th anniversary as he returns with more than three dozen world-class jazz artists to celebrate the 30th annual Jazz in July Festival. What better reason to stay in the city for the summer than to hear Jazz in July founder Dick Hyman plus beloved jazz greats Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Ken Peplowski and more!
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 7pm - $20
GERRY BEAUDOIN
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Gerry Beudoin will perform with his son Gerard Beuadoin III on vibes, and Brad Hallen on bass. "...One of the finest jazz guitarists on the face of the earth, Mr. Gerry Beaudoin." -Gene Pettit Program Manager - Public Broadcasting Station WICN
August, 2014
September, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 7pm - $20
JOHN KORDALEWSKI, pianist and KURTIS RIVERS, alto sax
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Kordalewski leads the Makanda Project, a thirteen-piece group playing previously unrecorded compositions by Makanda Ken McIntyre and featuring several of Boston’s leading jazz musicians. Rivers, a fixture of the Boston jazz scene, and member of the Makanda Project, joins Kordalewski for evening of great jazz.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7pm - $15
GEORGE LESIW QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
When reflecting upon Miles Davis' original thoughts surrounding fusion jazz, I have to say that George Lesiw has done a masterful job of interpreting those ideas." -Sheldon T. Nunn
October, 2014
Thursday, October 11, 2014, 7pm - $15
NICKI MATHIS, AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Jazz standards, blues, Latin jazz, Brazilian spirituals, show tunes, popular and Reggae repertoires.
November, 2014
Thursday, November 8, 2014 7pm - $20
NICK DIMARIA QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Nick Di Maria is a New Haven-based jazz trumpeter. Since 2006, Nick has been performing with his quartet all over New England and New York City. Heavily influenced by Miles Davis and Eddie Henderson, Nick's music extends the capabilities of post bop, electronic and experimental music.
December, 2014
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
  • MyRootDown.com (Boston and surrounding area)
  • Boston Improv Calendar
  • New England Traditional Jazz Plus (originates in Massachusetts and covers New England)
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Languages (New York City)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Collaborations Festival (New York City) - March (4 days)
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Barcelona (971 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford) – Goza Latin Jazz performs every Thursday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Baxter's at the Bitter End (Bridgeport) - Steve Clark Trio performs every Wednesday from 8PM - 11:30 PM
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center with The Hartford Jazz Society. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Bloomfield Village Pizza (34 Tunxis Avenue – Bloomfield) - Cliff Davis Presents: Early Jazz every Monday evening 6pm – 9pm with some of the finest jazz artists in Connecticut. Students and professionals are welcome to perform. Come early and Leave early, and remember all of this is keeping jazz alive!!
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Canoe Club (Harbor Park - 80 Harbor Drive - Middletown) - jazz every Thursday from 6 – 10 pm
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Casona Bar & Restaurant (681 Wethersfield Ave - Hartford - 860-519-5590) – Latin Jazz every Friday at 6:30 pm; complimentary Happy Hour buffet; bar & restaurant menu
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Firebox Restaurant (539 Broad Street, Hartford 860-246-1222) - Ed Fast and Conga-Bop every first Wednesday of the month
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Japanalia – at various venues in Hartford
  • La Petite France Bakery Cafe (967 Farmington Ave - West Hartford) – jazz every Saturday at 8 pm beginning April 5 brings you the smooth sound of local jazz artists along with great food, so come out and enjoy! All ages welcome.
  • Mattatuck Museum (144 West Main Street, Waterbury 203-753-0381) – presents jazz on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center
  • Montenia’s (137 State Street - Springfield, MA) - every second Sunday (3 PM - 7 PM)
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (139 Main Street Extension, Middletown 860 347-2289) – live jazz every Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm – 11:30pm, no cover
  • Shish Lounge (904 Farmington Ave. - West Hartford 860-730-1030) - Live Jazz every Friday, 7pm-10pm - $5 cover. Swing dancing every Wednesday, 8pm-11pm where we play the best swing and jazz recordings from the 20s-40s.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
  • Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery (330 Main Street, Middletown, 860-344-9646) - The Jovan Alexander Trio (Jovan Alexander on sax, Matt Dwonszyk on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums) will play every Sunday 1:30pm – 3:30pm through December & February 2014. Our full menu & coffee bar will be available.
  • Trinity-On-Main (69 Main Street, New Britain 860-229-2072) – a live jazz happy hour is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 5 pm, donation $5
  • Whistle Stop Cafe (139 Broad Street, Windsor, Exit 37 off 91 North) – every Wednesday from 6 pm – 9 pm, no cover
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