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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, unless submitted in the calendar format, 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.

February, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 7pm - $25 in advance, $30 at the door – includes autographed CD
JOEL SCHIAVONE + 11 – LIVE RECORDING SESSION
VFW Hall – 104 Mill Road - Guilford
Call 203-208-1481 for information and tickets. No reserved seating (room for 100 people). You and 12 musicians are invited to a live recording session. Five different musical aggregations, from the Galvanized Jazz Band with Cynthia Fabian and myself on vocals to Pat Keogh with some of his funky guys from the folk song era. Andy Rubenoff and his piano and cabaret songs from the 30s and 40s, and the highlight of the show, if you're a banjo fanatic, Gim Burton and myself on the banjo. And last but not least the live audience, meaning you and your singing voices. All of this recorded on a CD by Eric Devine, the recording guy who has done all our jazz concert videos for the last 4 years. When finished we will send each of you a copy of the CD, retail value $15, personally autographed. For $5 extra, some stimulating pictures of me and only the banjo. Price for all this - $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 8pm
THE 2ND LINE JAZZ QUARTET - Sue Lopes – Vocals, Jim Daggs – Double Bass, Dennis Marolda – Drums, Jerry Aiyathurai – Keyboards and Arrangements
The Performance HUB - 45 Main Street - Torrington (860) 689-5550
The 2nd Line Jazz Quartet puts a fresh, toe-tapping spin on the Great American Songbook. Vocalist Sue Lopes was educated at the Hartford Conservatory. She has thrilled crowds from Hartford to New Orleans over the past 15 years with her distinctive, polished renditions of the jazz canon. Double bassist Jim Daggs has performed professionally since the age of sixteen, after learning the art of jazz bass from his luminary father, Richard Daggs. Jim has appeared on stages with Maynard Ferguson, Stefon Harris, and Tony Zano. Drummer Dennis Marolda has worked as a professional musician for over forty years, with experience playing everything from rock and jazz to symphonic music. As a military musician Dennis toured extensively in Europe as well as Asia and the US and recently retired from the CT National Guard Band with 38 years of service. 2nd Line founder and pianist Jerry Aiyathurai adds a formal touch, drawing on his eight years with the ABRSM program of the Royal College of Music and his wide experience in musical theater to provide direction to the ensemble. Check the quartet out online on Facebook at www.bandmix.com/2nd-line Performance HUB is a BYOB (with responsibility) venue. Doors open at :30pm. Show starts at 8pm. Some snacks and beverages will be available for sale. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show (IF there are any left!). Tickets can be purchased on line by visiting Ticketleap or by stopping by The HUB during regular business hours.
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
WARREN BYRD & SASKIA LAROO WITH JAY HOGGARD

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 3pm - $20 / $15 members
JAZZ JAM
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Join our Artistic Director for Jazz, Brian Torff, for a free-wheeling jam session with some of our community’s most active musicians. These sessions are intended to be a spontaneous exploration of Jazz, Blues, and other music styles. We encourage students and semi-professionals to drop in and jam for FREE! This concert will be dedicated in memory of Don Mulvaney.
Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 3pm - FREE
ROSS NOVGRAD JAZZ TRIO – RossNovgrad-saxophone and flute, Ralph Whittle-piano, Bocciarelli-bass

Community Room - Avon Free Public Library - 281 Country Club Road - Avon
Ross Novgrad’s musical roots run deep. A native of Vernon, Connecticut, he earned a performance degree from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music and spent the next decade honing his chops as a free-lance musician in New York City performing in settings ranging from the legendary citadel of jazz, the Blue Note, to every musician’s hallowed ground, Carnegie Hall. He’s shared the stage with a number of greats including Randy Becker and Jerry Dodgion. He broadened his musical horizons with a deep dive into the world of Latin music, touring nationally with Lucho Munoz and playing with Mario Bauza, Paquito D'Rivera and Daniel Ponce. Back in his home stomping grounds since 1992, he’s been performing locally and throughout New England with his trio and as the leader of his Latin Jazz Quintet. He lists Charlie Parker and Michael Brecker among his musical influences. Pianist Ralph Whittle is a versatile keyboard artist whose background includes performing with many jazz headliners including Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, John Abercrombie and Sheila Jordan. He is also a committed music educator who has played and accompanied for the UMASS summer jazz clinics and teaches at Westfield State University, Holyoke Community College, and the Community Music School of Springfield. A much sought-after bass player, Lou Bocciarelli has an impressive musical resume that features a list of credits that reads like a Who’s Who of the jazz world. Among the many wonderful artists he’s had the pleasure of performing with are Dave Brubeck, Louis Bellson, Joe Morello and Donn Trenner who opened this winter’s series of concerts at the library. Lou’s busy schedule includes appearances with numerous ensembles including the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, and at such noted venues as the Goodspeed, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:30. Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists following the program.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - TOMMY LEHMAN GROUP: Tommy Lehman trumpet; Alden Hellmuth-alto sax; Greg Carleton-tenor sax; Lucas Kadish-guitar; Josh Uguccioni-bass; Corey Garcia-drums

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, 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. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 8pm - $25
SOUL BRASS BAND & FUNKY DAWGZ BRASS BAND
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge – Ridgefield 203-438-5795
It’s a night in the Big Easy with a night of New Orleans Jazz & Funk to celebrate Fat Tuesday!! Derrick Freeman – – a drummer, singer, rapper and producer Soul – – is a founding member of New Orleans’ own Soul Brass Band. Their brand of Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, and R&B mixed with Derrick’s truth-telling and consciousness-raising, comic relief, fine storytelling will make this a night of music you won’t soon forget!
Featured on Live For Live Music’s Brass Bands You Need To Know, the Funky Dawgz have exploded onto the live music scene FD 1playing a mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, and today’s top hits with a brass twist. One of the biggest up-and-coming touring acts these high energy horns are bound to get everyone around them dancing all night to that irresistibly funky music!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 7pm - $5
2016 MUSICAL RESIDENCY: THE GRAYS - ELECTRIC GYPSY TRIBAL JAZZ
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Grays will be performing on the second and fourth Wednesdays this spring sharing original works-in-progress and jams. Featuring special guest artists and dancers in a high-energy but chilled out vibe, in a cabaret style jazz lounge for Get-over-the-Hump Midweek Date Nights
All ages welcome. For more information about the Grays visit: http://facebook.com/thegraysmusic http://thegrays.bandcamp.com. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:30pm - $40, $35, $20 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
MIGUEL ZENON'S IDENTITIES ARE CHANGEABLE BIG BAND
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Saxophonist Miguel Zenón offers his most ambitious project yet with a song cycle for his quartet augmented by a 12-piece big band. The evening-length work explores the experience of Puerto Ricans who have moved to the mainland, particularly New York City. Zenón is the most celebrated altoist of his generation, a multi-Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow who has extended jazz’s conceptual reach with a series of albums exploring the music of Puerto Rico, where he was born.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 8pm - $48
BEBEL GILBERTO
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge – Ridgefield 203-438-5795
As a member of Brazilian musical royalty, Bebel Gilberto has Brazilian music woven into her DNA. The daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, as well as the niece of the legendary Chico Buarque, she crafts a work that’s light but never boring. Known for her adventurous blends of Brazilian, European and electronic pop styles, the multi-Grammy-nominee released her latest album, Tudo, in August of 2014 –her first studio recording in five years. Tudo, which means “everything” in English, showcases Bebel’s ethereal vocals and wistful, dreamy songwriting. Bebel splits her time between Rio de Janeiro and New York City and she’s exquisitely synthesized musical influences from both cities in every track. The perfect Brazilian mix of chill and melancholy mixed with intimate vocals and playful Brazilian rhythms has become Bebel Gilberto’s specialty.
Friday February 12, 2015 - 7pm & 9pm - $24
NICKI PARROTT TRIO
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org
As an accomplished composer, adventurous improviser and superlative bassist, Nicki Parrott brings beautiful tone, rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive jazz arrangements. Deemed “a first-class bassist whose playing is as sublime as her vocals,” Parrott’s elegant voice and emotive bass blend to create a depth of expression that can both break a heart and increase one’s blood pressure.
Since 2000, Nicki has performed every Monday night at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC as part of legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul’s Trio, and has shared the stage with such notable musicians as Jose Feliciano, John Pizzarelli, Patti Labelle, and Marlena Shaw. She has performed in several Broadway shows (Avenue Q, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jekyll and Hyde) and has performed at many major festivals around the globe.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8pm - $20-40 general admission / $15 student (contact VJC about educational discounts); at door, In the Moment in Brattleboro, online, reserved by phone
STEVE DAVIS SEXTET: THE MUSIC OF J.J. JOHNSON - Steve Davis, trombone; Josh Bruneau, trumpet; Scott Mullett, saxophone; Harold Mabern, piano; Nat Reeves, bass; Joe Farnsworth, drums
Vermont Jazz Center - 72 Cotton Mill Hill #222 – Brattleboro, VT 802-254-9088
The Steve Davis Sextet highlights the music of trombonist and composer J. J. Johnson. Featured are one of bebop’s foremost elder statesmen on piano, Harold Mabern, as well as the formidable tenor saxophonist, Scott Mullett. This concert was originally scheduled with saxophonist Eric Alexander who gracefully bowed out for a European tour. This group has performed this repertoire several times and recorded a soon-to-be released CD (with Eric Alexander) at New York’s “Smoke;” they appear at the VJC with regional saxophone star, Scott Mullett. The legendary pianist Harold Mabern, described in the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings as “one of the great post-bop pianists” played in Miles Davis' sextet in 1963 and toured or recorded with Cannonball Adderly, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Sarah Vaughan, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and others. Steve Davis celebrates one of his main influences, one of bebop’s foremost trombonists and composers, J. J. Johnson. Sponsored by Janet and Jeremy Birch and a friend of the VJC’s Summer Workshop. Thanks for ongoing support to the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hampton Inn of Brattleboro, the Brattleboro Reformer, WVPR, WVEW and WFCR. Please call ahead for handicap access.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8 pm - $10
2ND LINE JAZZ QUARTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The 2nd Line Jazz Quartet puts a fresh, toe-tapping spin on the Great American Songbook. Vocalist Sue Lopes was educated at the Hartford Conservatory. She has thrilled crowds from Hartford to New Orleans over the past 15 years with her distinctive, polished renditions of the jazz canon. Double bassist Jim Daggs has performed professionally since the age of sixteen, after learning the art of jazz bass from his luminary father, Richard Daggs. Jim has appeared on stages with Maynard Ferguson, Stefon Harris, and Tony Zano. Drummer Josh Briley brings the insights of Berklee greats Neil Smith and Kenwood Dennard, yet his musical and personal roots incorporate the energy of New Orleans. Pianist and composer Jerry Aiyathurai adds a formal touch, drawing on his eight years with the ABRSM program of the Royal College of Music (London) to provide musical direction to the ensemble.
http://www.bandmix.com/2nd-line/ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8pm - $20 in advance / $25 at the door
"THRUSH HOUR": STEPHANIE NAKASIAN PROFILES THE GREAT JAZZ SINGERS
Panchos Mexican Restaurant - 154 North St. – Pittsfield, MA (dinner reservations: 413-400-2266. tickets online at www.BerkshiresJazz.org)
Stephanie Nakasian will perform with the Hod O’Brien Trio in a special one-time concert. Created specifically for Pittsfield’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, Nakasian’s program entails a musical survey of 10 of the great historic jazz singers. A national recording artist, Nakasian is renowned for her unique vocal insights and capabilities that enable her to sing in the styles, and with the sensibilities, of her subjects, who range from Ether Waters to June Christy, Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday to Abbey Lincoln, and more. The performance and contextual information are based on research she conducted as part of her vocal jazz course at the University of Virginia, and which serve as the foundation for her recording “Thrush Hour: A Study of the Great Ladies of Jazz.” A prolific recording artist with a dozen celebrated albums, including her recent Billie Remembered, which was featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, Nakasian performs regularly with ensembles, orchestras or in small groups with her partner, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Hod O’Brien. The Hod O’Brien Trio includes David Clark on bass, George Schuller on drums; and O’Brien on piano. This is their first performance in the Berkshires since their rousing reception at the 2014 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. About her work embodied in this program, All About Jazz commented, “Stephanie Nakasian is a great gift to jazz buffs—and especially to those who love singers. Thrush Hour combines masterful singing, top-notch musicianship, and an educator's expertise to deliver a comprehensive study of the great ladies of jazz....Few singers can tell you as much about where their sound comes from.” The event is part of Pittsfield’s annual “10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival,” during which cultural institutions present 10-themed programs, such as new 10-minute plays; readings of 10 poets; 10 days of play at the Berkshire Museum, etc.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
TAINO PACHECO

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - MATT & ATLA DECHAMPLAIN: Atla DeChamplain-vocals; Matt DeChamplain-piano; Matt Dwonszyk-bass; Curtis Torian-drums

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, 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. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:30pm - $35, $20 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
JAZZ BY 5 - Featuring Javon Jackson, Tenor Saxophone; Randy Brecker, Trumpet; George Cables, Piano; Eddie Gomez, Bass; Jimmy Cobb, Drums
UMass Bowker Auditorium - Stockbridge Hall - 80 Campus Center Way - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Jazz By 5 is a musical collaboration that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond. The performance includes a mixture of classic jazz standards coupled with original material from the members of the ensemble, who have performed with legends like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra. Saxophonist Javon Jackson initially comprised Jazz By 5 in an effort to perform, tour and collaborate with his close friends, all of whom have made an indelible mark on the jazz genre.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 7:30pm - $20 / $18 Seniors / $18 UHa Alumni / $18 Non-UHa Students / $15 groups 10+ / $10 Real Art Ways members / University of Hartford Faculty/Staff/Students FREE with valid ID/email
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
University of Hartford – Lincoln Theater - 200 Bloomfield Avenue - West Hartford 860-768-4228
Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today. Together, the All-Stars have worked in unprecedented close collaboration with some of the most important and inspiring musicians of our time, including Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Burmese circle drum master Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Tan Dun, DJ Spooky, and many more. The group’s celebrated projects include their landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, Owen Pallett and others. The All-Stars were awarded Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2005 and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Tickets
Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS/ARCADE - WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES – cornet
FEATURING: KIRSTEN LAMB-bass | ZACHARY ROWDEN-bass |MATT ROUSSEAU-drums | DAN O'BRIEN-saxophone, clarinet, flute

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations/Arcade series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
SYLVIA MIMS TRIO

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 3pm - $35 / $5 Students
JEFF BARNHART AND HIS HOT RHYTHM - Jazz and Pop Standards from the First Half of the Twentieth Century
Valley Regional High School - Kelsey Hill Road - Deep River 860-272-4572 www.essexwinterseries.com
Jeff Barnhart and His Hot Rhythm will celebrate the rollicking jazz and pop styles of the first half of the twentieth century with a concert on the Essex Winter Series on Sunday, February 21, at 3:00 pm at Valley Regional High School in Deep River. Barnhart, the renowned pianist who serves as Jazz Artistic Advisor for Essex Winter Series, will be joined by a band of all-stars, including Anne Barnhart on vocals and flute; Joe Midiri on reeds; Paul Midiri on vibes and trombone; Vince Giordano on bass, tuba, and bass sax; and Jim Lawlor on drums. Known for both the quality and variety of its concerts, Essex Winter Series, under the artistic direction of Mihae Lee, features one jazz concert each season. Named for a former board member who encouraged the inclusion of jazz in the series, The Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert has become very popular, attracting a large and loyal audience. Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer (member of ASCAP), educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Here he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century. The 21st century has found Jeff constantly appearing as a soloist and band pianist at parties, festivals, clubs and cruises throughout the world. In addition, he leads two bands in the UK: the Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band, which concentrates on hot music of the 1920’s, and Jeff Barnhart’s British Band, which performs small group swing of the 30’s. Due to his versatility, vast repertoire and vibrant energy, Jeff is in increasing demand as a participant in international jazz events as either a soloist or as pianist in All-Star Jazz ensembles. In addition to his widely acclaimed solo and band appearances, Jeff is enjoying great success performing with smaller groups, most notably Ivory&Gold®, a group he co-leads with his talented wife, flutist/vocalist Anne Barnhart. Ivory&Gold® has become a mainstay at many jazz and ragtime festivals throughout the US, the UK and Europe. Jeff enjoys playing dual piano and has done so with such jazz luminaries as Ralph Sutton, Neville Dickie, Louis Mazetier, John Sheridan and Brian Holland. In addition to his own label, Jazz Alive Records, Jeff plays piano and sings on the international labels GHB, Summit-World Jazz Records, Music Minus One, and the two largest jazz labels in the UK, Lake Records and P.E.K. Sound. In 2006, Jeff joined the roster of artists featured on the Arbors Records label, with 4 recordings currently available: the most recent featuring jazz legends Bob Wilber and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jeff has recorded as both pianist and vocalist on over 100 full-length albums. He averages 40 weeks a year on the road, bringing his music to all corners of the globe. Music composer, performer and reviewer Jack Rummel, recently summed up the reason for Jeff’s popularity, averring, “When it comes to talent, speed, versatility, creativity, mastery of multiple genres and just plain entertaining zaniness, Jeff Barnhart stands alone”. In addition to his active performance and recording schedule, Jeff is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator. His double BA in Music and English, combined with his MA in Education, make Jeff a formidable and entertaining force in the clinic, master class and inspirational speaking forums. In the first quarter of 2015, he and Anne have appeared as clinicians at Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX, The University of Colorado Denver and Mississippi State University.
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - PETER GREENFOGEL GROUP: Peter Greenfogel-tenor sax; Chris Casey-piano; Stephen “King” Porter-bass; Jonathan Barber-drums

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, 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. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7pm - $5
2016 MUSICAL RESIDENCY: THE GRAYS - ELECTRIC GYPSY TRIBAL JAZZ
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Grays will be performing on the second and fourth Wednesdays this spring sharing original works-in-progress and jams. Featuring special guest artists and dancers in a high-energy but chilled out vibe, in a cabaret style jazz lounge for Get-over-the-Hump Midweek Date Nights
All ages welcome. For more information about the Grays visit: http://facebook.com/thegraysmusic http://thegrays.bandcamp.com. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 8pm – $12 / $7 students
MATT WILSON QUARTET - Matt Wilson-drums, Jeff Lederer-reeds, Kirk Knuffke-cornet and Chris Lightcap-bass
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Matt Wilson is omnipresent in the jazz world. The veteran drummer leads four groups — the Matt Wilson Quartet, the Christmas Tree-O, the Arts and Crafts Quartet and the Carl Sandburg Project — in addition to working as a sideman on innumerable projects. In addition to 11 studio albums as a leader, Wilson has been featured on more than 250 records as a sideman, while winning polls in, and gracing the covers of Jazz Times and DownBeat magazines. As a musician, Wilson has been praised for his ability to draw from a vast catalogue of jazz styles and techniques and for his surprisingly melodic approach to percussion. His original compositions and arrangements similarly incorporate a multitude of influences, achieving an effect — often whimsical but always daring and inventive — that defies classification. Along with his work as a composer, bandleader and performer, Wilson is well known as a tenacious advocate for jazz, conducting hundreds of workshops, private lessons and lectures each year while maintaining a full performance schedule. His dedication to the promotion of jazz has earned him the respect of musicians and critics and resulted in his performing alongside Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater at a White House state dinner in 2011. “There are few more emphatically dazzling drummers today,” wrote Nate Chinen, “but almost nobody in Wilson’s peer group with a broader sense of jazz history, or a more natural sense of time, or more goodwill among his fellow players.” Born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois in 1964, Wilson went to Wichita State University and worked with Dr. JC Combs, a major influence. After obtaining his B.M. in 1986, Wilson moved to Boston with his late wife Felicia, where he worked with keyboardist John Medeski, vocalist Dominique Eade and saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase. Wilson worked with Russ Gershon’s celebrated Either/Orchestra, from 1987 to 1992. He has since lived in New York. Wilson has been an integral part of bands led by Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz. John Scofield, Bob Stewart, Marty Ehrlich, Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose among others.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
ORQUESTA ESPADA

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - JONATHAN BARBER TRIO: Jonathan Barber-drums; Matt Dwonszyk-bass; Jovan Alexandre-tenor sax

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, 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. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
March, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 8pm - FREE
TONEBURST SAMPLER

Wesleyan University - Center for the Arts – 283 Washington Terrace - Middletown
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works for live-electronics and laptop ensemble under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Friday March 4, 2015 - 7pm & 9pm - $22
MANHATTAN VIBES
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org
Manhattan Vibes is a supremely cool percussion-oriented, vibraphone-based band with a unique sound that appeals to both young and mature audiences. By merging odd meters and contemporary American grooves with international influences and their own diverse backgrounds, these New York based musicians perform a style of music that transcends boundaries and blends together without ever losing the element of dance and groove.
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 7:30pm - $20 / $10 with student ID
PIANO JAZZ SUMMIT - BARRY HARRIS, TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI, AND AARON DIEHL
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University - 470 College Street - New Haven
The Piano Jazz Summit features three keyboard legends: Barry Harris, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Aaron Diehl.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
LENORE RAPHAEL

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
JONATHAN BALL QUARTET

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Friday March 18, 2016 - 7pm & 9pm - $24
GIACOMO GATES
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Who is the hippest hipster? Experience an evening with Giacomo Gates. In the world of jazz there has always been a secret language. A way of communicating that separated those who were in the know and those who weren’t. An insider’s speak that came from the street and eventually made its way into the mainstream lexicon precisely because it was so damn "cool." The words were descriptive like when you wanted to avoid the “heat” referring to the law. If you were cool you didn’t wear clothes you wore "threads." And if you were at a gig when the music wasn’t making it you simply "split" with a simple retort of "later" giving your friends all the information they would need to know. This hip speak also seeped into a kind of music, a music that had stories to tell in their own subversive and off-beat way. Here are three stylists that each have their own distinct way of contributing to this type of music. The baritone Giacomo Gates has released his latest album aptly titled Everything is Cool , unearthing once forgotten gems from the be bop-cool era, some of which epitomize authentic hip sentiment.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 8pm - $20 / $12 students, seniors
THE ALCHEMISTS - RJ AVALLONE (trumpet) and TIMOTHY ALEXANDRE WALLACE (piano)
Studio 59 - 59 Barber Street - Torrington
On a quiet street in Torrington, Connecticut, is an historic church, just minutes from downtown. It is here that a bit of old Paris has been recreated as Studio 59, a performance gallery. Owner and founder Timothy Alexandre Wallace has transformed this quaint old church into a setting reminiscent of an Eighteenth Century European drawing room, complete with comfortable wing-back and parlor chairs. The centerpiece is a magnificent German Steinway concert grand piano with a breathtakingly rich and clear sound. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (860) 482-6801. Refreshments during intermission..
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
THE COLBYS

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS/ARCADE - WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES – cornet
FEATURING: LESTER ST. LOUIS-cello | DRE HOCEVAR-drums

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations/Arcade series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series.
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 8 pm - $30.00
HABANA SAX
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Direct from Havana, Habana Sax brings its Cuban sound to The Ridgefield Playhouse. Their unique brand of Cuban rhythms that is anything but traditional. Habana Sax fuses such diverse musical styles as Latin jazz, hip-hop, swing, classical and funk. Mauricio Gutierrez Upman, the lone drummer, and four saxophone players, Jorge Almeida, Eduardo Fernandez, Angel Ballester and Evaristo Denis, create music for everyone. For tickets, call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Sunday, March 21, 2016 - 1pm - $10 / $20
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL - CROMWELL HIGH SCHOOL AND BACON ACADEMY (COLCHESTER)
Infinity Hall Norfolk - 20 Greenwoods Rd W – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Each school will play a 30 minute set. Proceeds from the show will go to each school's band!
Sunday, March 21, 2016 - 4pm - $10 / $20
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL - BERLIN HIGH SCHOOL & ST. PAUL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (BRISTOL)
Infinity Hall Norfolk - 20 Greenwoods Rd W – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Each school will play a 30 minute set. Proceeds from the show will go to each school's band!
Sunday, March 21, 2016 - 7pm - $10 / $20
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL - TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL AND LITCHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Infinity Hall Norfolk - 20 Greenwoods Rd W – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Each school will play a 30 minute set. Proceeds from the show will go to each school's band!
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 8 pm - $15
KATIE BULL GROUP PROJECT - Katie Bull-vocals/compositions, Jeff Lederer-saxophones, Landon Knoblock-piano & electronics, backup vocals, Joe Fonda-bass, George Schuller-drums
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Band members are consummate jazz veterans who play inside and “out”side the jazz tradition. From swing to bop to blues to groove, the KBGP is genre-defying “out” edged indie-jazz. “We’ve been developing what I call our ‘hive mind’ for over ten years at venues in and around the NYC area. During founder/ owner Queva Lutz days of the 55 Bar on Christopher St., we honed our band’s connection in a monthly residency; after Queva passed we accepted an invitation by Fay Victor to join the Arts for Arts Evolving Music Series at the Local 269 on Houston St.; that series moved to the Clemente Soto Velez on Suffolk St., curated by Patricia Nicholson Parker. Other lower Manhattan venues included University of the Streets, The Brecht Forum, Nublu, and most recently, the Whynot Jazz Bistro as part of the “Whynot Experiment?” Series curated by Andrea Wholper. Other musi- cians who have been formative in the evolution of KBGP include pianists Michael Jefry Stevens and Frank Kimbrough; drummers Lou Grassi, Harvey Sorgen, Matt Wilson and Deric Dickins; bassists Martin Wind, Hillard Greene and Ratzo Harris.”. https://soundcloud.com/katiebull1224/01-crazy-poet-song-final/s-CxB9p Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 – 8pm – $12 / $7 students
BOBBY BRADFORD | HAFEZ MODIRZADEH QUARTET
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
One of the most original cornet players to emerge from the avant-garde, 81-year-old Bobby Bradford made his mark in Los Angeles, playing with Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy and John CarterOver two decades, saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has developed his pioneering chromodal concept, a cross-cultural musical approach developed from his own American jazz and Iranian heritages.
April, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016 – 8pm - $35 / $30 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)
RICHARD ELLIOT WITH BOBBY CALDWELL
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven (203) 392-6154
Renowned for his musicality, Richard Elliot is supremely gifted on tenor sax and soprano sax. He has been blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing for many years and he is often described as the reigning merchant of soul jazz. The original Blue Eyed Soul Singer, Bobby Caldwell’s live performances are always entertaining. He has had a long and successful career with numerous solo releases drawing from his vast repertoire of intimate smooth jazz, and big band songs, and rousing R&B including his timeless classic, “What You Won’t Do For Love,” which has been recorded and sampled by more than 100 artists. Richard and Bobby will fill the room with great songs, mixed with a sense of humor and a genuine love of performing for people that will make for a fabulous live concert event!
Saturday. April 2, 2016 - 8:30pm
MICHAEL WEISS QUARTET
The 9th Note - 15 Bank St - Stamford - 203-504-8828
For over thirty years pianist and composer Michael Weiss has worked with a who’s who of jazz legends including Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Frank Wess, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath and Lou Donaldson just to name a few. Weiss has also firmly established himself as a leader, headlining at the Village Vanguard and other prestigious venues around the country. His recordings are on the DIW, Criss Cross and SteepleChase labels. About Weiss’s latest release, "Soul Journey" (Sintra), the New Yorker wrote "Weiss’s shrewd writing and arranging skills are as clearly in view as his sleek piano work,” and JazzTimes described Weiss’s music as having “warmth, integrity, and above all, originality.” Weiss has appeared on NPR’s Piano Jazz, Jazzset and Making the Music. He is a winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s piano and composition competitions. Weiss’ group includes saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, bassist Paul Gill and drummer George Fludas.
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
RAY GONZALEZ LATIN JAZZ QUARTET

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Friday April 8, 2016 - 7pm & 9pm - $23
YOKO MIWA TRIO
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Critically acclaimed pianist and JVC Victor Entertainment Recording Artist Yoko Miwa has spent the past decade honing one of the most musical trio sounds on the jazz scene. Miwa is an artist with a unique sound, style and meaning to her fans. In addition to being voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll, The Yoko Miwa Trio made their Blue Note NYC debut in 2014 to rave reviews. “Miwa had just as much fun sending the rhythm section away and swinging by herself as she did engaging in a tightly spiraling, interlocking web of melody...pensively spacious minor-key blues, a scampering right hand against a stern left, tension and release around a central tone, intricately conversational interplay with the guys in her fantastic trio...She’s fun to watch and just as tuneful.” — The New York Music Daily. The Yoko Miwa Trio released their major label debut CD in Japan titled Act Naturally on the JVC Victor Entertainment label in 2012 and she toured Japan with her trio that same year to rave reviews. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine. She was appointed an Assistant Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music in 2011. She has played sold out shows in NYC and Boston, and she was chosen to play a special concert, Marian McPartland & Friends at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8pm - $25
JUMAANE SMITH
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge – Ridgefield 203-438-5795
Best known to audiences throughout the world as the lead trumpeter for international superstar Michael Buble for the past decade, multi-faceted singer, entertainer and musician Jumaane Smith is set to make his highly anticipated, critically acclaimed independent standards-filled debut album I Only Have Eyes For You. Smith, whose collaborations range from pop idols to jazz legends, including Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Chris Botti and others.
Friday, April 8, 2016 – 8pm - $20-$43
MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - 2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104 - University of Connecticut - Storrs
Storrs Considered "the most important composer in the jazz world (Thirteen WNET, NY)," Maria Schneider's 18-piece orchestra comprises some of the top players on the jazz scene today. "From the lustrous opening chords of a Maria Schneider concert, you are swept off your feet and falling through space – but with the certainty that someone with a lot of emotional intelligence is there to catch you." – The Guardian
Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 8pm - $40, $35, $20 / Five College, GCC & 17 and under $10
MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
A big-band group led by composer-pianist Maria Schneider blends the freedom of jazz and the structure of classical music. Schneider has garnered nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy wins, and her music has been hailed by critics as "evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization." Since 1994 Schneider has honed her compositions and conducting to highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
SAMBELEZA

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS/ARCADE - WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES – cornet
FEATURING: DANA JESSEN-bassoon

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations/Arcade series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 8 pm - $42.50
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
For tickets, call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 7pm - Advance $22.50 / Door $25.00
BILL CHARLAP TRIO
Iron Horse Music Hall - 20 Center Street - Northampton, MA 413-586-8686
One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.” Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In 2010 Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait (Blue Note). Charlap most recntly teamed with Tony Bennett for the new album (Sept. 2015) The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, which celebrates the title composer's catalog of pop and musical theater tunes.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 8pm - $32 / $25 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)
SAX PACK WITH JEFF KASHIWA, STEVE COLE, JACKIEM JOYNER AND SPECIAL GUEST SELINA ALBRIGHT
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven (203) 392-6154
The Sax Pack along with being cohesive musically, the trio share a unique camaraderie on stage. Backed by a tight rhythm section, the talented trio combine their life-long love of music and their passion for performance, to make an impact on audiences that love music as much as they do. The well-known saxophonists are excited to create a show that combines their individual styles and diverse backgrounds for a fresh approach to the music that inspired them all to become musicians. Enjoy this special presentation when three jazz stars join forces with an amazing R&B/Jazz vocalist! The Sax Pack will be providing the punch to get you grooving and Selina Albright will bring the soulful angelic tone to create one unforgettable concert event!
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
TRICHRO

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 8pm - $43 / $47
ESPERANZA SPALDING PRESENTS: EMILY’S D+EVOLUTION
College Street Music Hall - 238 College Street - New Haven
Esperanza Spalding’s new project ‘Emily’s D+Evolution’ (March 4/Concord) is a fresh artistic vision, a daring tapestry of music, vibrant imagery, performance art and stage design. Co-produced by Esperanza and Tony Visconti (David Bowie), the album is an electrifying take on the power trio adorned with backing singers and touches of synthesizer, “as if to fly the pirate flag of the Black Rock Coalition” according to the NY Times. Esperanza assembled a new band for ‘Emily’s D+Evolution’ including guitarist Matthew Stevens (Christian Scott) and drummer Karriem Riggins (Madlib, Erykah Badu). She recorded some of the album’s eleven tracks in front of a small audience in a Los Angeles studio. The result is otherworldly cosmic soul, kinetic songs that burst with energy and life.
Friday, April 22 2016 - 8 pm - $10
THE DECHAMPLAINS – A TRIBUTE TO DUKE ELLINGTON
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
For married couple Atla and Matt DeChamplain, recording a full-length album together is an important milestone. On Oct. 2, the DeChamplains celebrated the release of "Pause," their first album, at the Palace Theater's Poli Club in Waterbury. It's a way of finalizing one chapter of their professional lives and jump-starting the next one. "Pause" is about "what we're up to now and what we've been doing live for the last 13 years together," says Atla, 29. "It helps us solidify it and then let it go. We can decide who we want to be next, how we're going to grow next and what we're going to do." The DeChamplains, who live in Berlin, are longtime fixtures in the Connecticut jazz scene. Atla, a singer, is a protegee of the legendary singer Jon Hendricks; like her teacher, she practices "vocalese" — the art of adding lyrics to instrumental solos or composed melodies (unlike scat-singing, which is essentially wordless, vocal improvisation). Matt, 31, a pianist, has a solo-piano album out, "Stride-Bop," and has appeared as a sideman on other people's records. "I think ["Pause"] serves as documentation, in a way," Matt says. "It's stuff that we've been performing for a good many years now, and a lot of the people that are on the CD also are people that we've been performing with." The DeChamplains co-composed "Pause," the title track, a loping, moody 6/8 meditation on living in the moment; "Pause, give yourself a little time," Atla sings, "break the rhythm and just breathe / unload the burdens on your mind / recall, rewind." In the bridge, four chords, each given three beats apiece, connect to a fifth chord that's only two beats long — a literal break in the meter, if not the rhythm — with Atla's wordless melody floating above it. "We didn't want to do an album of all originals right off the bat," Atla says. "Jazz is really about tradition and legacy and passing down of knowledge. ... But certainly performing and recording original work is really rewarding in a different kind of way and will help our audience know us as people better." "We love the American Songbook, and definitely want to continue learning it and absorbing that repertoire," Matt adds. "There are a lot of different approaches to the American Songbook. These songs have been recorded hundreds, if not thousands, of times. So we have to find a way to bring them to life." Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time. http://mattdechamplain.com/music-new/ and http://atladechamplain.com/
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 3 pm - FREE
EMERY SMITH

Baby Grand Jazz
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford
Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 8pm – $12 / $7 students
JANE IRA BLOOM QUARTET - Jane Ira Bloom-soprano saxophone; Dawn Clement-piano, keyboards; Mark Helias-bass; Bobby Previte-drums
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Premiere - Other Eyes - Jane Ira Bloom explores Emily Dickinson
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 8pm - FREE
WESLEYAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND WESLEYAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard, and Jazz Ensembles, directed by Noah Baerman and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 8pm - $15 / $12 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, Wesleyan Alumni, Non-Wesleyan Students / $6 Wesleyan students
JAY HOGGARD HARLEM HIEROGLYPHS ENSEMBLE
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown
Vibraphonist, composer, and Adjunct Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard ’76 presents music from his new recording Harlem Hieroglyphs in celebration of 40 years since his Wesleyan senior recital in Crowell Concert Hall, almost to the day.

May, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 8pm - FREE
TONEBURST ELECTROEXTRAVAGANZA

World Music Hall – Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works for live-electronics under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, and premieres works written by ensemble members.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 8pm - $40 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)
EVENING WITH BONEY JAMES
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven (203) 392-6154
Music critics consider him one of the most influential jazz artists of his generation which explains why his latest CD “Futuresoul” jumped right to the top of the contemporary album chart. You can enjoy this #1 jazz artist live in an appearance at Lyman center that is guaranteed to be a night filled with fantastic music. Join in the fun with this fan favorite!
Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS/ARCADE - WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES – cornet
SPECTACLE III - lineup TBA

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations/Arcade series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series.
June, 2016
Friday, June, 3 2016 – 8pm – $35 / $30 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)
BOB BALDWIN AND WALTER BEASLEY
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven (203) 392-6154
This dynamic DOULE BILL begins with Bob Baldwin composer, jazz keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author. He and his band will raise the roof as they perform from this hot urban jazz keyboardists extensive catalog of more than 20 records! Then get prepared for a lesson in jazz from saxophonist, Walter Beasley, who has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “Musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade and the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history! Get ready for some fun because school’s out for the summer!
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 8pm - $55
LIZZ WRIGHT
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
For tickets, call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
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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
  • Latin Jazz Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
    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
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • 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.
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Cabaret (32 Hancock St – Springfield, MA - 413-734-3000 after 5 pm) - The Scott Sasanecki Quartet performs every third Sunday of the month 5-8pm, starting Sept. 20. There will be a small cover and we suggest you arrive early! Featured in this ensemble will be Hartford-based musicians pianist Damian Curtis, bassist Paul Fuller, New Haven-based drummer Jay Williams and longtime Western MA native, guitarist Scott Sasanecki. Hard-bop and bebop standards, blues, and sambas.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • 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.
  • Kelly's Gastropub (196 Crown Street, corner of Temple & Crown, New Haven) - "Dr. G's Jazz Brunch" every Sunday from noon to 3pm. We feature a different local jazz hero or two weekly, usually it's a quartet.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • Marco Polo Restaurant (1250 Burnside Ave, East Hartford) - Al Fenton Big Band performs the first Thursday of every month at 7:30-9:30. This is an 18-piece band led by Kathy J. Neri. We perform jazz, swing and blues in the Big Band Style. No cover charge.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • 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.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • 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.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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