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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.
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The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. - Thich Nhat Hanh
I dwell in possibility. - Emily Dickinson
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. - Leonard Bernstein

February, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
ANDREW RENFROE QUARTET - Andrew Renfroe-guitar; Taber Gable-piano/keyboards; Alex Tremblay-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 22, 2017 - 7pm
JHUNTER GROUP - Steve Marien-saxophone, Rufus Davis-piano, James Hunter-bass, Tido Holtkamp-drums
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd – Mystic 860-536-2661
Jazz, Blues, Latin and some R & B
Friday, February 24, 2017 – 6pm - $15
NAT REEVES STATE OF EMERGENCY WITH SPECIAL GUEST POET KATE RUSHIN
Artists Collective - 1200 Albany Avenue – Hartford 860-527-3205
During the past 30 years, Nat Reeves has been one of the top bassists in jazz. His supportive and stimulating playing has elevated a countless number of sessions and recording dates (most notably with the great altoists Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett) and he has led his own group, State of Emergency: Josh Brunea, trumpet, Jason Brown, drums, and Rick Germanson, piano. Both as a performer and an educator, he has made a strong impact on the jazz world. Over the years, Nat Reeves has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center. Mr. Reeves has been a valuable and beloved professor at The Jackie McLean Institute, Hartt School, University of Hartford. Kate Rushin is an in-demand teacher and storyteller in Connecticut. She's a published poet, a former writer-in-residence and director of the Center for African American Studies at Wesleyan, and a panelist on Colin McEnroe's WNPR radio Friday culture roundup "The Nose.” She is the author of The Black Back-Ups (Firebrand Books). Her “The Bridge Poem” appears in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a ground-breaking feminist anthology. Recipient of the Rose Low Rome Memorial Poetry Prize and the Grolier Poetry Prize, Ms. Rushin's work is widely anthologized and has been published in such journals as Callaloo.
Friday, February 24, 2017—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8 pm - General Public $28 / Senior Citizen (65+), Wesleyan Alumni, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, Non-Wesleyan Student, Child $26 / Wesleyan Student $6
MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS QUINTET - Muhal Richard Abrams-piano, Jonathan Finlayson-trumpet, Bryan Carrott-vibraphone, Reggie Nicholson-drums, John Hebert-bass article
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Wesleyan Music graduate student Sean Sonderegger
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
"In Abrams' singular universe, elemental blues themes and warp speed post-bop structures with challenging intervals coexist comfortably." —All About Jazz
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8:30pm (doors at 7:30) - $40
THE STEVE TURRE QUARTET
SideDoor Jazz Club - 85 Lyme Street, Lyme 860-434-2600
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 6pm -$20
VOCALIST ELLEN LONERGAN AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS FROM THE GREATER HARTFORD AREA - SPEAKING ON A VARIETY OF THEMES
Passages Gallery - 509 Farmington Ave. – Hartford 860-523-3232
Mary Ellen has been singing her entire life, having sung various genres from classical to show tunes. Realizing that her first love was jazz, Mary Ellen studied jazz vocals at The Hartford Conservatory for four years, both individual and ensemble studies. At the Conservatory she was steeped in the tradition of The Great American Songbook, and the Standards, with classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Horace Silver and the like. Mary Ellen brings her own interpretations to the songbook, and conveys a story to the listener. Accompanying Ms. Lonergan Keyboard: Mike Carabello; Bass: James Daggs; Drums: Michael Scott, Jr.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 6pm – 11pm - $55 per person / $400 per table of 8
WINTER CABARET DINNER & DANCE - MUSIC BY “THE LITTLE BIG BAND”
Georginna’s Restaurant & Banquets - 275 Boston Turnpike – Bolton 860-647-0345
Presented by The Hebron Women's Club, AHM Youth and Family Services and the RHAM Education Foundation. The Winter Cabaret includes a cocktail hour, a 3 course dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Enjoy a magical evening and support a great cause. Music by “the little Big Band,” a 15 piece Big Band which features our fabulous female vocalist, Joyce Medling in a wide range of traditional and contemporary charts for Big Band, from Goodman to Goodwin, Miller to Monk, and Gershwin to Gillespie. “the little BIG BAND” has been performing throughout southern New England, playing summer concerts in the park, swing dance events, weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, corporate events and fundraisers for over 25 years. "the little BIG BAND" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the-little-Big-Band-136200789743403/
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 8pm – 11pm - $10 in advance / $15 per person or $25 per couple at door
GOZA LATIN JAZZ – GREATER HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ FUNDRAISER
J’S Crab Shack – 2074 Park Street - Hartford
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8pm - $25 in advance / $30 at the door
THE DECHAMPLAIN TRIO: "TEN FLAVOURS OF JAZZ"
Flavours of Malaysia - McKay Street - Pittsfield, MA
Jazz comes in many flavors, and Berkshires Jazz will be exploring ten of them in a special program, in conjunction with Pittsfield’s annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival. In “Ten Flavours of Jazz”, the Matt DeChamplain Trio will present ten different instrumental and vocal stylings, the latter featuring his wife, the remarkable Atla DeChamplain. The musical menu includes New Orleans/traditional; swing; Brazilian/bossa nova; stride; Kansas City/blues; west coast/cool; and even contemporary. Tickets are available now at www.BerkshiresJazz.org. Doors open at 7:45pm, dinner available separately. Matt DeChamplain is a composer and a piano virtuoso, with a range that spans from delicate and intimate to energetic and powerful, he is a strong improviser and interpreter of the “great American jazz book.” Matt's wife, vocalist Atla DeChamplain, is “moving by leaps and bounds towards stardom as a jazz vocalist,” according to the iconic vocalist Jon Hendricks, with whom she has appeared. The trio last appeared in Pittsfield during 2015, as part of a sold-out centennial tribute to Billie Holiday and composer/pianist Billy Strayhorn. Information about other jazz programming, and tickets, can be found at www.BerkshiresJazz.org. Information about the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is available at https://www.discoverpittsfield.com/10x10/.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:30pm (doors at 7:30) - $28
ROBERT RODRIGUEZ MELODIES & FANTASIES TRIO
SideDoor Jazz Club - 85 Lyme Street, Lyme 860-434-2600
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3 pm - $20 Non-Members / $15 WAC Members / $10 Students
JAZZ JAM
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Free for musicians who come to play
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!
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
GREG ABATE

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3pm - $35 (front) / $30 (rear) / Students half-price
THE SWING LEGACY
MHS Performing Arts Center - 200 LaRosa Lane – Middletown 860-343-7555
The Swing Legacy’s seven acclaimed jazz musicians, six instrumentalists and a vocalist, provide the authentic style, elegance and excitement of a big band. Through their original arrangements of traditional big band music, they produce a “big band sound” that makes the group’s sound larger than its size! The Swing Legacy’s music is both great dance music and interesting concert jazz, and it functions professionally as a concert jazz ensemble and a dance band. Its members are known for their impeccable musicianship and powerful swinging beat. A Boston-based group, organized in 1991 by the notable Henry Francis, The Swing Legacy plays throughout New England…and beyond. Their CD’s have received many complimentary reviews, and some songs have been used in national TV spots and network TV shows. The band consists of Boston’s finest and most experienced big band swing jazz musicians. “We are purposely bringing this performance to Middletown in recognition of Middletown’s talented musicians of the past and their contribution to America’s swing era”, recently remarked Barbara Arafeh, the Greater Middletown Concert Association’s president. Tickets may be purchased by calling 860-343-7555. All major credit cards are accepted. Also, tickets are available for sale at the Middlesex Music Academy, 440 Main St., Middletown. Visit our website at www.GreaterMiddletownConcerts.org. Also, see us on Facebook.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 – 6:30pm - $27.50 cover / $15 minimum
FRANK VIGNOLA, guitar / OLLI SOIKKELI, guitar / JASON ANICK, violin
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane - Ridgefield
Reservations: 203-438-8282
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 7:30pm - FREE
JEFF HOLMES BIG BAND - FEATURING DAWNING HOLMES

121 Club (at Eastworks) - 116 East Pleasant St - Easthampton, MA
Jeff Holmes Big Band plays leaders arrangements and compositions along with featured vocals by Dawning Holmes; songs to include God Bless The Child, Higher Ground, Brother To Brother, People Make the World Go Round and I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free; Jazz, Soul, Blues, Pop and more performed by great musicians/music educators from MA, CT and NYC
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
FRANK KOZYRA QUINTET “DEXTER GORDON BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE” - Frank Kozyra-tenor sax; Andrew Breskin-tenor sax; Matt DeChamplain-piano; Steve Porter-bass; Ben Bilello-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 28, 2017 – 7pm - FREE
THE ALI RYERSON-JOE CARTER DUO CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF BRAZILIAN COMPOSER, MOACIR SANTOS
(1926-2016)
Chapel of the Holy Spirit - Sacred Heart University - 5151 Park Ave. – Fairfield 203.371.7735
Ali Ryerson – flutes; Joe Carter - violao (Brazilian classical guitar) Ali Ryerson is an adjunct flute instructor at Sacred Heart University. Joe Carter, SHU faculty member since 1987, is the Director of the Sacred Heart University Academic Music Programs and teaches Jazz History, The Music of Latin America and private guitar lessons.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 7:30pm - $5
MARDI GRAS CONCERT DIRECTED BY DAVID CHEVAN

Charles Garner Recital Hall (located in rm C-112 in Engleman Hall) - 501 Crescent St. - Southern Connecticut State University – New Haven
I'm already working with my students to learn the two very first songs ever released as jazz numbers (*"Livery Stable Blues" and "The Dixieland One Step", recorded on February 26, 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jass Band). And the rest of the music we're planning will really raise the Mardi Gras spirit to a proper level of celebration (songs by Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Huey "Piano" Smith, the Dixiecups, Allen Toussaint and other legendary New Orleans artists). For more information please call the SCSU Music Department, 203-392-6625.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:30pm - $25
SOUL BRASS BAND & FUNKY DAWGZ BRASS BAND
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge – Ridgefield 203-438-5795
It’s a party! Celebrate Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday with a night of New Orleans Jazz & Funk!! Derrick Freeman – – a drummer, singer, rapper and producer – is a founding member of New Orleans’ own Soul Brass Band. Their brand of Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, and R&B 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 playing 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!
March, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 7:30pm - $30 - $50
RISEUP PRESENTS: MIKE CASEY TRIO ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
We're celebrating the release of my brand new debut album The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door and raising money for The RiseUp Group, a fantastic local nonprofit that has an innovative approach to community development - focusing on mentoring youth in urban communities and pairing them with local professionals for job opportunities. This event will likely sell out so I'd recommend getting your tickets in advance. The event is hosted by local MC Tang Sauce and Black Eyed Sally's has amazing acoustics and award-winning BBQ. We'll be playing a mix of original music and exciting re-imaginations of classics - click for videos // album press release
Friday March 3, 2017 - Two Shows - 7pm & 9pm - $26
SAMBELEZA
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Sambeleza performs a wide variety of Brazilian songs - both old and new - with a jazz twist. Featured composers include Tom Jobim, Ivan Lins and Ary Barroso, as well as younger composers like Djavan, Dani and Debora Gurgel and Arlindo Cruz. The group also performs a number of original compositions to round out the mix. Brasil (spelled with 's' in Portuguese) is well known for its rich heritage - a blend of indigenous, African and European cultures - from which the music has risen with fascinating rhythms, soaring melodies and colorful harmonies. Sambeleza derives its name from two words: samba, the national dance of Brasil, and beleza, Portuguese for 'beauty'. The group has performed widely in Connecticut at festivals - including the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Middletown Summer Sounds, Milford and Hamden Arts Councils - and at universities, nightclubs, restaurants, and libraries throughout the Southern Connecticut region. The musicians of Sambeleza, Laura Volpintesta, Joe Carter and Jeff Fuller, are outstanding US and Brazilian interpreters of the great songs of the bossa nova and samba traditions, as well as outstanding jazz artists in their own right. They will be joined by saxophonist Tim Moran and Brazilian drummer, Adriano Santos.
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8pm – $28 / $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18
URBAN BUSH WOMEN: WALKING WITH ’TRANE
CFA Theater - Wesleyan University – 275 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Urban Bush Women return to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of Walking with 'Trane (2015), an ethereal investigation conjuring the essence of John Coltrane, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of the famed jazz saxophonist. Choreographed by founder and Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Associate Artistic Director Samantha Speis, and Dramaturg Talvin Wilks in collaboration with the company, the work is set to music by composers George Caldwell and Philip White and inspired by Mr. Coltrane’s "A Love Supreme" and other works.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Noon - Day time performances are FREE; evening concert may be free depending on current fundraising
EASTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Eastworks - 116 Pleasant St. – Easthampton, MA
Easthampton High School -70 Williston Ave. - Easthampton, MA
Lineup
This premier event for the city of Easthampton, will be presenting 11 Jazz performances throughout the day and evening. Starting in the 121 Club in Eastworks at 12pm, Ginja Low Main followed by KImaya Diggs and friends,The Ellington Trio, LIzzie Meier/Stephen Kerr Duo, and the Darryl Kniffen Sextet. Also performing in the Eastworks lobby will be the Expandable Brass Band, The South Hadley High School Big Band, The Holyoke Community College Jazz Band, and the NCMS Jazz Band. Starting at 7pm the music moves to the Easthampton High School Theater, hosted by Tom Reney of NEPR’s Jazz A la Mode. The opening set features bassist and arranger George Kaye’s Sextet featuring vocalist Samirah Evans, Miro Sprague, Michael Zsoldos, Eric Miller and Claire Arenius. The program is comprised of selections from the 1958 Miles Davis/ Gil Evans recording of “Porgy and Bess”. At 8:30 the Andy Jaffe Octet takes to the stage. Composer, author, bandleader Andy Jaffe has been a music educator for 40 years, the last 27 as director of the Jazz Program at Williams College. The Octet will be the premier live performance of his recent original rave reviewed recording “Arc”. His all star band features Wallace Roney, Jimmy Greene, Kris Allen, John Clark, Bruce Williamson, Marty Jaffe, and Jonathan Barber.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
JONATHAN SUAZO

Presented by the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective
Sudler Hall - 100 Wall St. – Yale University - New Haven
Puerto Rican saxophone virtuoso Jonathan Suazo writes for his band MÓKSHA has be described as “emotional and diverse". He seeks to blur stylistic boundaries by embracing sounds from many different genres and cultures.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8 pm - $10 / $5 students and TBT members
MODERN RIFFS
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Straight ahead jazz, in combination with 70’s and 80’s classic rock and funk. The group has 4 horns, a singer, and a powerhouse rhythm section. The Modern Riffs is a high energy mentoring group where talented high school musicians perform alongside experienced musicians. They were formed in 2009 and frequently perform at concerts, dance clubs and civic events. Since its inception, the group has fielded over 30 young musicians, many of whom have made performing arts their career. Learn more about The Modern Riffs here. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 3pm - $30 Non-Members / $25 WAC Members / $10 Students
GREG WALL
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Greg Wall has been the spiritual leader of Beit Chaverim Synagogue since August, 2013. Rabbi Wall (also known as "the Jazz Rabbi") is a celebrated musician and recording artist whose innovative downtown blend of jazz, world music and Jewish sounds has filled the halls of top venues from Carnegie Hall to stages throughout North America, Europe and Israel.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
ATLA AND MATT DECHAMPLAIN: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 7pm – FREE
OGJB QUARTET: OLIVER LAKE, GRAHAM HAYNES, JOE FONDA AND BARRY ALTSCHUL

Buckley Recital Hall - Arms Music Center - 53 College St - Amherst College – UMass – Amherst, MA
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
TONEBURST LAPTOP AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ENSEMBLE

Ring Family Performing Arts Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble premieres new works for live-electronics and laptop ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 8pm
STEVE DAVIS & FRIENDS - Steve Davis, Josh Bruneau, Tony Davis, Matt Dwonzsyk, Corey Garcia
Prospect Cafe - 345 Prospect Ave. - West Hartford 860-519-1048
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
PAMELA Z: CORRESPONDENCE

Ring Family Performing Arts Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Composer/performer Pamela Z creates an immersive ensemble performance that teases apart the history of personal communication from hand-written letters and telegraphs to electronic messaging and video chats in Correspondence, a sonic and visual exploration of the ever-evolving modes of personal communication. Using voices, electronic processing, sampled speech sounds, gesture-controlled MIDI instruments, projected image, and an array of mechanical and digital communication gadgetry, Ms. Z will create the work with students as Wesleyan's 2016-2017 Creative Campus Fellow in Music.
Friday, March 10 – Saturday, March 11, 2017 - FREE
JAZZ: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S SOUND

A two-day festival featuring headliner Wynton Marsalis, an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. Also featured will be the five-time GRAMMY award-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra and Anat Cohen, a clarinetist-saxophonist who has an international following. In addition to the concerts, the festival will offer a jazz improvisation clinic with Marsalis and a performance by the Yale Jazz Ensemble. All events are free and open to the community. Tickets are not required unless otherwise noted.

March 10, 2017
4:00pm Yale Jazz Ensemble
5:15pm Screening of “Conservatory Without Walls” (1972)
8:30pm Anat Cohen Quartet


March 11, 2017
9:00am Screening of Judy Chaikin’s “The Girls in The Band” (2014)
10:30am Jazz Improvisation Clinic with Wayne Escofferey
1:00pm Spoken Word Performance
2:00pm Maria Schneider Orchestra
4:00pm Yale Ensemble clinic with Wynton Marsalis
8:30pm Wynton Marsalis

Friday, March 10, 2017 – 7:30pm - $18 / $14 students
POPS 'N JAZZ 2017 - 6TH DIMENSION (KING PHILIP MIDDLE SCHOOL)
Hall High School Auditorium - 975 North Main Street - West Hartford
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 7:30pm - $75 / $65 RAW Members
EDMAR CASTAÑEDA (harp)
Presented by Real Art Ways
At the home of Ed and Tracy Church in Hartford
“If you aren’t watching Castaneda in action, you might think you’re listening to an ensemble rather than a solo player. His left hand pops and slaps the strings, dancing across minor-key ostinatos, while his right hand arpeggiates chords and invents spontaneous micro-melodies. Between both hands, you hear the overlapping polyrhythms of joropo, a complex, triple-meter dance from South America.” – Hartford Courant Enjoy solo jazz harp in an intimate setting. Edmar Castañeda has taken the world by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 7:30pm - $18 / $14 students
POPS 'N JAZZ 2017 - ELLIOT MASON, HALL JUNIOR ARTISTS (MORLEY, SMITH, WHITING LANE, BUGBEE)
Hall High School Auditorium - 975 North Main Street - West Hartford
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 7:30pm - $15
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO - Michael Musillami-guitar, Joe Fonda-bass, George Schuller-drums
121 Club – Eastworks - 116 Pleasant St. - Easthampton, MA
"His compositions develop in leisurely style from quiet simplicity to intricate complexity," writes Jack Massarik in Jazzwise, "and the ensemble playing is civilized, sophisticated and clean." The Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick adds, "Musillami sounds familiar - this is swinging jazz guitar, after all - but not quite like anyone else." Born and raised in California, Musillami studied with renowned guitarist Joe Diorio before moving permanently to the East coast in the early 1980's, working primarily in organ trios led by Richard "Groove" Holmes and Bobby Buster among others. In addition to paying his dues as a sideman performing with Junior Cook, Dewey Redman, and Curtis Fuller, he became a part of the circle of musicians connected to the Hillside Club in Waterbury, Connecticut, including future collaborators Thomas Chapin and Mario Pavone. Over his 30 year career, Musillami has led a variety of ensembles, releasing 20 CDs as a leader and touring throughout North America and Europe. Along with his longstanding flagship trio with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, he has earned critical notice as the leader of groups ranging from duo to octet featuring such prominent collaborators as Mark Feldman, Cameron Brown, Drew Gress, Michael Sarin and Matt Wilson. In 1999, Musillami founded the Playscape Recordings label to give himself more control over his recording career, and to provide other musicians with a supportive environment for creative music. Built around a cadre of frequent collaborators, the label has garnered extensive critical praise and a catalog of more than 40 diverse releases. "Like Blue Note or CTI in their prime," writes Signal to Noise reviewer John Chacona, "Michael Musillami's Playscape label has a signature sound." The Trio with Fonda and Schuller has released five albums, the most recent is Zephyr (2015.) "Working on an almost telepathic level," writes Troy Collins, "they have developed an innate familiarity with each other that enables them to second guess abrupt tempo changes and harmonic detours with split second timing.” In addition to his work as a performer, and overseeing the daily operations of Playscape Recordings, Musillami is also the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. 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. Single tickets are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 8 pm - $20
ERIC MINTEL QUARTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Since December of 2011 we have been fortunate to host the EMQ in December for their special Charlie Brown Christmas concerts and Dave Brubeck pieces. Well now, along with some Brubeck favorites, EMQ will “Play TV” for us – taking Classic TV show themes and playing them as Jazz pieces. We often host artists who have performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and around the world, but we don’t get to host many groups who have played the White House. I think EMQ is the only one so far who has played them all! We DO suggest reservations for this very talented group! http://www.ericmintelquartet.com/ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 8pm - $45 in advance / $55 at the door
MATT MARSHAK
Local Kitchen & Beer Bar - 850 West Main St. - Branford
A New York State of Jazz with Guitarist Matt Marshak. Tickets can be purchased directly at http://mattmarshakatlocal.eventbrite.com
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:30am – 2:30pm - $35/$25 members
JAZZ BRUNCH: GREEN JAZZ BAND
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - 600 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
AMANDA MONACO THREE

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 7:30pm - $18 / $14 students
POPS 'N JAZZ 2017 - KING PHILIP MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND
Hall High School Auditorium - 975 North Main Street - West Hartford
Friday March 17, 2017 - Two Shows - 7pm & 9pm - $32
LOUISE BARANGER TRIO
St Patrick’s Day Beer Tasting Hosted by Black Hog Brewery
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
What better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than with an evening of jazz and beer tasting. Join the Louise Baranger Trio and a beer tasting hosted by Black Hog Brewery. The beer tasting is included in the ticket price. Born in Hollywood, Louise grew up in Irvine, CA, because her lawyer dad wanted to distance the family from the air pollution and rat race of LA. She and her husband, Fred Tregaskis, now reside in Connecticut. Louise has been on TV shows including Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and in movies. She played on albums and videos with Joe Cocker and Bobby Womack, and backed up live performances by Dionne Warwick, Carol Lawrence, Joan Rivers and others. Louise was a soloist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and at the Stars and Stripes Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. in 2005. She currently plays with the brass quintet, Revolutionary Brass, and perform a wine tasting and music show for fundraisers and other private events with her husband.
Friday, March 17, 2017 – 7:30pm - $18 / $14 students
POPS 'N JAZZ 2017 - BRISTOW MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, JOHN DAVERSA
Hall High School Auditorium - 975 North Main Street - West Hartford
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 7:30pm - $18 / $14 students
POPS 'N JAZZ 2017 - KP SINGERS (KING PHILIP MS,) HALL JUNIOR ARTISTS (AIKEN AND NORFELDT)
Hall High School Auditorium - 975 North Main Street - West Hartford
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8 pm - $15
JOE FONDA & SATOKO FUJII
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Intimate and mercurial, Duet features the adventurous musical exchange between two masters of their art. Pianist Fujii and bassist Fonda tap a rich vein of musical understanding in this collaboration showcasing a lifetime of experience and artistry. The woody sound, intense physicality, and percussive quality of Fonda’s bass contrasts beautifully with Fujii’s more flowing lines. When they add trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, the music grows richer and even more complex and layered. The group has released one recording, 2016’s Duet, which captured their second ever performance together. The rapport between them is magical and they seem to anticipate each other, sometimes spontaneously playing the same phrases at the same time, finishing each other’s thoughts, or concluding independent lines simultaneously. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
THE O-TONES

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3pm - FREE
ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY, piano

Avon Free Public Library - 281 Country Club Road – Avon
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 7pm - $15 / $10 students
DECHAMPLAIN TRIO with special guest STEVE DAVIS
Gaylord Memorial Library - 47 College Street - South Hadley, MA - 413-538-5047
The first Music Mondays Cafe performance of 2017 at the Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley features yet another evening of great vocal jazz as The DeChamplain Trio (Atla & Matt DeChamplain - vocals and piano; Matt Dwonszyk - bass) headlines in March. Joining the trio for this performance is Steve Davis on Trombone. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the door (cash). Coffee and other refreshments included. More information is available here on Facebook.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 8pm
STEVE DAVIS & FRIENDS - Steve Davis, Josh Bruneau, Tony Davis, Matt Dwonzsyk, Corey Garcia
Prospect Cafe - 345 Prospect Ave. - West Hartford 860-519-1048
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:30pm - FREE
NEW LONDON BIG BAND

Social Bar + Kitchen - 208 Bank Street - New London
Led by trombonist Sean Nelson, the band is made up of the region’s finest jazz musicians. The band plays music from the libraries of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Maynard Ferguson, as well as compositions by bandleader Nelson and pianist and UConn professor Earl MacDonald
Friday, March 24, 2017 – 6pm - $15
ORICE JENKINS
Artists Collective - 1200 Albany Avenue – Hartford 860-527-3205
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
EUGENE UMAN'S COVERGENCE PROJECT

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Monday, March 27, 2017 – 8pm – FREE
MARY HALVORSON REVERSE BLUE WITH CHRIS SPEED, EIVIND OPSVIK AND TOMAS FUJIWARA

Sweeney Concert Hall - Smith College - 122 Green Street - Northampton, MA
Friday March 31, 2017 - Two Shows - 7pm & 9pm - $26
PHILIPPE LEMM TRIO
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
New York based drummer Philippe Lemm was born in Amsterdam, where he started his musical journey at the age of 16. At the age of 19 he was admitted at The Amsterdam Conservatory. In his second year at the conservatory Philippe started touring internationally with jazz trumpeter Saskia Laroo as well as leading his own group Wazabe. At the end of his studies in Amsterdam Philippe was extensively playing with renowned Dutch jazz musicians like Karel Boehlee (Toots Thielemans), Jorg Kaaij (Jazz Orchestra of the Concert Gebouw) and Peter Tiehuis (Metropole Orchestra). In 2009 he started his second group as a leader: Philippe Lemm Group where he released 2 records with and toured extensively with in Europe. In 2011 he was a recipient of one of the most prestigious scholarships in The Netherlands; Huygens Scholarship, which allowed him to continue his studies at Manhattan School of Music with John Riley. Philippe graduated in 2013 and receives his Masters Degree from this prestigious institute and becomes the first Dutch drummer that earns his Masters Degree for Jazz Drums from the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating from Manhattan School of Music Philippe was invited by India’s leading school for contemporary music, True School of Music in Mumbai, to be an Artist in Residence and Head of the Drum Department for 4 months. In india he started to collaborate with Bollywood superstar Shilpa Rao and accompanied he in her “Hard Rock Café India Tour 2013”
Friday, March 31, 2017 – 8pm - $40 / $35 Series, SCSU Faculty/Staff, Active Alumni with valid ID (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 2)
FOURPLAY
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-SCSU
For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B and pop to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad audience. This popular show is sure to sell out!
April, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8 pm -
CONNOR WAAGE – JAZZ GUITARIST
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Connor Waage is a CT-based jazz guitarist having recently graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Jazz Performance and bursting onto the scene. He leads a duo, trio, and quartet that play bebop and great American songbook-era songs. Hear some of his music: https://soundcloud.com/connor-waage For more information on Bert Seager and Tetraptych, click here and here. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
EARL MACDONALD / FELIPE SALLES QUARTET

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 7pm - $20 Tickets & reserved table-side seating on sale now
GIACOMO GATES with WALTER GWARDYAK-piano, JEFF FULLER-bass, CARMEN INTORRE-drums
Beth El Temple - 2626 Albany Avenue - West Hartford
Call 860-233-9696 or contact BEMA@betheltemplemusic for tickets or table reservations. Wine & snacks provided.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 8pm
STEVE DAVIS & FRIENDS - Steve Davis, Josh Bruneau, Tony Davis, Matt Dwonzsyk, Corey Garcia
Prospect Cafe - 345 Prospect Ave. - West Hartford 860-519-1048
Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 8pm - $5
ELM FICTION - JEFF CEDRONE – Guitar, Electronics/Keys; BOB GORRY – Guitar; TOM HOGAN – Drums, Vibraphone; ADAM MATLOCK – Accordion, Cassette Player
Best Video Cultural Center – 1842 Whitney Ave – Hamden 203-287-9286
NHIC Records announces the release of the new CD, Score by Elm Fiction. Elm Fiction is a thoughtful mix driven by twin guitars, accordion, and drums, with occasional synth, noise, vibraphone and cassette. Jazz elements. New Music. Adventurous. Elm Fiction tells a story about ten years. It is the music behind the story, the Score, that is presented here. The themes and tones follow a narrative arc that reflects this experience from a few particular angles. One story. One score. The group came together to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. Each player brought a piece in and the group worked together to turn them into a complete work, arranging and connecting the pieces and using ideas and themes across the entire work. Out of Many, One. It rewards a full listen as a single work, but the parts stand alone as well. The striking themes and sound collage elements of T. Krex. The meditative look within and without of Impermanence, The epic suite on the degeneration of sound and memory of Sick Wires. The off kilter groove of scattered recollection in Memory N. Listen right now: www.music.nhic-records.com. In 2005 Bob Gorry started holding monthly workshops under the banner of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. Tom Hogan was in the drum chair briefly, before bringing his sticks to the west coast for much of the next decade. Jeff Cedrone joined shortly thereafter and Adam Matlock came to town a few years later. In 2015, they collectively put together this record to reflect on the force of the music made by many individuals and groups in this place during this time. Jeff Cedrone has a wide array of vintage and modern guitar electronics at his command shaping sounds to fit the mood of the piece from the otherworldly ring modulated moogerfooger to just the precise atmospheric fuzz of a modern pedal. Jeff’s synthesizer adds a further array of textures and tones. He plays with his progressive art rock group The Floating Lanterns, Vance Provney’s OutFunked, the electronica of Greylyng and the uncompromising force of Light upon Blight. Jeff is a prolific composer contributing extensively to new music ensembles in CT. Bob Gorry leads the New Haven Improvisers Collective and many of its offshoot bands including ELECTRONHIC, Guitar Trio E, the electro-minimalist Erasmus Quintet, the Avant-Rock-Funk, Beefheart meets Miles “Mayhem Circus Electric”, and the wide open Jazz of nhic:atlas. He worked with the late Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris producing one of Mr. Morris’s conductions with an All-Star New Haven Cast. He continues to play in and support new music being produced in the New Haven area. Tom Hogan is a drummer, vibraphonist and composer playing in a wide variety of styles. He is a founding member of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. Shortly after seeing NHIC through its infancy he moved west with his touring band Strike the Colors. After playing, design, producing, and engineering music in southern California for a decade he moved back east where he teaches music and plays in several groups including Emily B, The Zero Dollar Trio, Olde Guard, Light Upon Blight and more. He also works as ProgressNotes, composing and producing music for short and feature length films, non-profits, television commercials and recording artists. Adam Matlock works as an accordionist, composer and vocalist, exploring traditional music from Spirituals to Klezmer, Balkan to American Old-time, and incorporates this into various projects as a composer, songwriter, and improviser. He studied music and narrative with composer/trombonist Michael Dessen and flautist Margo Simmons-Edwards at Hampshire college and produced recordings of two short stories with music interwoven into the narration. He began exploring improvisation, electronic music, and long form instrumental and vocal composition after graduating. He further explored narrative, writing dramatic/narrative works that culminated in an opera in two stages between 2012-2014. He records as a songwriter under the name An Historic; as a member of the collective trio Broadcloth; and with the folk destructionalist group Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. Matlock has also performed with Kindred Queer, Anthony Braxton’s Syntactical Ghost Trance Choir, the Yale Klezmer Band and various lineups of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. He has performed in New Haven, New York, Boston, and all over New England, North as far as Halifax and Montreal, and South as far as Atlanta. He also works as a music teacher in the New Haven area. The New Haven Improvisers Collective is in its thirteenth year and remains one of the focal points of a thriving improvised and experimental music scene here in New Haven, CT. The Collective now numbers more than 50 members and has been featured in the New York Times along with very major local publication. NHIC members form the core of many of New Haven’s most adventurous groups including: Electronhic, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, Rivener, OutFunked, Emily B, Goodnight Blue Moon, Floating Lanterns, Afro-Semitic Experience, the Sawtelles, Zero Dollar Trio, Mayhem Circus Electric and many more. NHIC continues to hold free monthly workshops, sponsors performances of various combinations of NHIC members and hosts visiting jazz and new music ensembles. Please see www.nhic-music.org for more information and checkout the ever growing members’ page to see all of the local, national and international musicians based in the New Haven area who count themselves as members.
Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 9, 2017
THE CREATE FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY LEGENDARY COMPOSER AND TRUMPETER WADADA LEO SMITH
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
Visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith proudly announces the first-ever CREATE Festival, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature classic works alongside world premiere performances. The festival will include performances by five separate ensembles as well as seminars discussing Smith’s singular compositional innovations. “This idea has been in a dream state for many, many years,” Smith says. That long-cherished dream has been realized in part due to support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which awarded Smith the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2016. The festival offers a thrilling, rare opportunity to delve deeply into the full scope of Smith’s sui generis compositional voice and approach, which – in their category-defying range and breadth – can only be classified using Smith’s preferred term, “Creative Music.” The eclectic weekend will include two unique trios, each featuring unusual, ingenious instrumentation; three of the composer’s most recent works for string quartet, the latest entries in an oeuvre now spanning more than five decades; a vocal oratorio; and the world premiere performance of Smith’s latest epic composition, “America’s National Parks.” In addition, both days’ performance schedules will kick off with short sets by young, unrecorded musicians (including Wadada’s 21-year-old grandson, guitarist Lamar Smith), providing an invaluable opportunity for artists in the early stages of their careers to receive guidance and exposure from the iconic composer. Both evenings’ concert programs will culminate with the first-time live performance of the four largest movements from “America’s National Parks” by Smith’s newly-expanded Golden Quintet: Smith, pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg, drummer Pheeroan akLaff, and cellist Ashley Walters. Cuneiform’s 2-CD recording of the suite last year was widely acclaimed, taking its place at or near the top of most annual lists of the year’s best releases. JazzTimes wrote that the album “unites political engagement with a soul-deep connection to nature… rich with ineffable majesty, [the suite] fully engages with tensions at the heart of the American experience.” Saturday’s line-up commences with “Dark Lady of the Sonnets,” a piece dedicated to Billie Holiday and originally recorded in 2011, by Smith’s Mbira Trio with akLaff and pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen. Mbira will then be joined by the RedKoral Quintet, a string quartet specially assembled to perform Smith’s music, and a pair of vocalists for excerpts from his “Rosa Parks Oratorio,” originally premiered during the 2016 FONT Festival of New Trumpet Music. The Oratorio, Smith says, “is not a portrait of Rosa Parks. It’s my view of how she generated her ideas, her courage and her notions about how to resolve conflict.” The RedKoral Quintet, comprising longtime collaborators Shalini Vijayan and Mona Tian (violin), Lorenz Gamma (viola) and Ashley Walters (cello), will then premiere Smith’s “String Quartet No. 9” and the first movement of “String Quartet No. 10,” two of the latest in a book of music begun in the mid-1960s. “No. 9” features four movements dedicated to female African-American pioneers in music and the Civil Rights movement (Ma Rainey, Marian Anderson, Rosa Parks, and Angela Davis), while “No. 10” was inspired by the legendary Duke Ellington and also features pianist Anthony Davis. Sunday’s concert begins with Smith’s 12th String Quartet, the “Pacifica,” which was premiered at the 2016 Vision Festival and was written for four violas (Stephanie Griffin, Gwen Lester, Tanya Kalmanovitch and Jason Kao Hwang) with Smith’s trumpets and electronics by New York-based sound designer Hardedge. The evening continues with a newly-composed piece for the trio New Delta Akhri, in which Smith is joined by saxophonist and flutist Dwight Andrew and vibraphonist Bobby Naughton. That trio, Smith says, continues to expand concepts inaugurated with his influential early trio, the Creative Construction Company, with fellow AACM pioneers Anthony Braxton and Leroy Jenkins. “That trio set the pace for the idea of an ensemble that didn't have a set bottom, middle and top,” he says. “It sits in a zone that’s quite unique.” Several of the works will be supplemented by images provided by video artist Jesse Gilbert, who Smith says adds integral visual context to the aural elements. “The music and imagery don’t move in separate streams,” he says. “They’re actually intimately connected and responsible for each other, allowing us to create a narrative that transcends space and time. It’s twofold: there’s a technical and musical connection, and then there’s a psychological and historical connection that help to provide for comprehension of the work.” In order to further that comprehension, Smith (aided again by Gilbert’s images) will offer two afternoon seminars during the weekend, one to elaborate on several of the compositions and the inspirations and approaches behind them, and one to offer insights into his symbolic musical language, Ankhrasmation. Both seminars will be accompanied by premium coffee brewed by Wadada himself and Creole gumbo prepared by Gianna Chachere, executive director and founder of New Orleans arts organization The New Quorum. Smith chose New Haven’s Firehouse 12 as the ideal venue for the CREATE Festival, calling it “almost a perfect place to play. The size is intimate enough that everybody in the space will feel that they’re part of the performance and can have a clear, engaged audio and visual experience. It’s a strong center for music in Connecticut.” As with every performance, Smith sees the overall festival as a work in itself, which he calls “Kosmic Music: A Sonic Spectrum of Crystallized Rhythm: Pure – In Eight Parts with Five Ensembles.” In the end, Smith hopes that audiences who attend the festival will come away “with a deeper understanding of how I make my art. I expect that they’ll be more informed about what my music is and therefore they can create a deeper level of appreciation for what I do. Ultimately I wish to create a dialogue about issues of liberty, democracy, art and the connection between human beings.”

Saturday, April 8
12-2:00pm Seminar

A presentation centered around a dialogue about Wadada Leo Smith’s music and some of the pieces being performed over the two days, with Jesse Gilbert, video artist. Premium coffee brewed by Wadada and Creole gumbo prepared by Gianna Chachere.

7:00pm Concert
1. Young People’s Opening Act LaStar
Lamar Smith, guitar,
plus two musicians TBA

2. Dark Lady of the Sonnets

3. Excerpt from Rosa Parks Oratorio
The Montgomery Bus Boycott: 381 Days: Fire

Mbira
Pheeroan Aklaff, drums and percussion
Min Xiao Fen, pipa and voice
Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet

with RedKoral Quartet and Jesse Gilbert, video artist on Rosa Parks Oratorio

4. String Quartets 9 and 10, World Premiere

String Quartet No. 9
Ma Rainey
Marian Anderson
Rosa Parks
Angela Davis


String Quartet No. 10
Ellingtonia
Reminiscing in Tempo


RedKoral Quartet
Shalini Vijayan, violin
Mona Tian, violin
Lorenz Gamma, viola
Ashley Walters, cello
Anthony Davis, piano on String Quartet #10


5. Excerpts from America’s National Parks
New Orleans; National Cultural Park, World Premiere Yellowstone; the Spirit of America

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet
Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet
Anthony Davis, piano
Ashley Walters, cello
John Linberg, bass
Pheeroan Aklaff, drums
Jesse Gilbert, video artist


Sunday, April 9
12-2:00pm Seminar

A presentation of a dialogue concerning the symbolic music language Ankhrasmation, with Jesse Gilbert, video artist. Premium coffee brewed by Wadada and Creole gumbo prepared by Gianna Chachere.

7:00pm Concert
1. Young People’s Opening Act

Musicians TBA

2. String Quartet #12, Pacifica
Viola Quartet with Trumpet and electronics

The Sextet
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Gwen Lester, viola
Tanya Kalmanovitch, viola
Jason Kao Hwang, viola
Hardedge, electronics
Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet


3. New premiere, TBA
New Delta Ahkri
Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet
Dwight Andrew, saxophones/flutes
Bobby Naughton, vibraphone


4. Excerpts from America’s National Parks
Mississippi River
Yosemite


Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet
Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet
Anthony Davis, piano
Ashley Walters, cello
John Linberg, bass
Pheeroan Aklaff, drums
Jesse Gilbert, video artist

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8pm - $10
BRIAN FRIEDLAND TRIO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Brian Friedland Trio plays original music with an emphasis on melody, narrative, atmosphere, and interaction. Friedland’s piano work with bassist Brad Barrett and drummer Austin McMahon on compositions like Northwest Passage, Listen, and Praise Be The Mammal evoke mysterious, contemplation, and humorous moods. The versatility and imagination of their live performances have created a loyal following in the Boston area throughout a decade of active performances. Individually, Brian, Brad, and Austin play with a wide swath of notable Boston artists and can be heard on dozens of recordings. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
EMMET COHEN

Presented by the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective
The Underbrook - Saybrook College - 242 Elm - Entryway H – Yale University - New Haven
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat observed that his "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he's above any convoluted technical showmanship." A member of both the "Ali Jackson Trio" and the "Christian McBride Special Trio," he has also appeared regularly with Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Brian Lynch, and Herlin Riley.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
NICKI MATHIS: Afrikan American Jazz

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – 8pm
STEVE DAVIS & FRIENDS - Steve Davis, Josh Bruneau, Tony Davis, Matt Dwonzsyk, Corey Garcia
Prospect Cafe - 345 Prospect Ave. - West Hartford 860-519-1048
Friday, April 21, 2017 – 8:30pm - $44 / $74
JANE MONHEIT
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit returns to our Hartford stage!! In addition to the charted hits off of her nine studio albums, Jane is also presenting the music of the great Ella Fitzgerald. If you consider yourself jazz savvy, or you just like the sound of a beautiful voice, we will see you at this show!!
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8 pm - $15
TETRAPTYCH
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Say: “TET-trup-tick:” a four-paneled painting where each panel can stand on its own. Grounded in the lineage of the modern jazz saxophone quartet, Tetraptych brings a breathing conversant quality to the music, where movement, playfulness, sensitivity, and deep groove are ever-present in an openhearted chemistry. Hery Paz – tenor saxophone, Bert Seager – piano, Max Ridley – bass, Dor Herskovits – drums. The band plays the music of pianist, composer and band leader Bert Seager, who has written tunes specifically to fit these musicians, their strengths and collaborative chemistry. The music prominently features New York City-based Hery Paz on tenor saxophone. Each one of his solos is imbued with a depth of purpose, a sense of patience and a willingness to venture into the unknown. This commitment reflects the essential inner resources that were required of him during his family’s harrowing emigration from Cuba and subsequent struggle here in the United States. Max Ridley, their upright bassist, makes the music dance while playfully breaking open the grid of time to liberate the proceedings. Dor Herskovits, the Israeli-born drummer whose deep feel and intelligent phrasing drive and shape the music, holds the key to its ebullience. For more information on Bert Seager and Tetraptych, click here and here. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
THERESA WRIGHT

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8pm – FREE
TOMAS FUJIWARA & THE HOOK-UP WITH JONATHAN FINLAYSON, BRIAN SETTLES, MARY HALVORSON AND TREVOR DUNN

Bezanson Recital Hall - UMass – 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
WESLEYAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music 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, as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8pm - $35 / $30 Series / $30 SCSU Faculty/Staff, Active Alumni with valid ID (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 2)
PETER WHITE WITH SPECIAL GUEST LINDSEY WEBSTER
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-SCSU
Join Peter White one of the most energetic and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape to celebrate the release of his new recording “Groovin” and you’ll be in for a treat with a performance by soulful R+B vocalist Lindsey Webster. Lindsey has been compared to Sade and Anita Baker and she opens this fantastic double bill concert and you’ll see for yourself why she had a song go to #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8pm - $15 general public / $12 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18
ELI FOUNTAIN'S PERCUSSION DISCUSSION
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Acclaimed percussionist and composer Eli Fountain presents an evening of music alongside a formidable cast of fellow jazz musicians including Warren Smith, Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, Bryan Carrott, Bobby Sanabria, Reggie Nicholson, Lyndon Achee, and Patience Higgins, as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
ALVIN CARTER PROJECT: CONFLUENCE OF INFLUENCE IV

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
May, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:30pm - FREE
NEW LONDON BIG BAND

Social Bar + Kitchen - 208 Bank Street - New London
Led by trombonist Sean Nelson, the band is made up of the region’s finest jazz musicians. The band plays music from the libraries of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Maynard Ferguson, as well as compositions by bandleader Nelson and pianist and UConn professor Earl MacDonald.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9pm - FREE
TONEBURST LAPTOP AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ENSEMBLE

Memorial Chapel - Wesleyan University – 221 High Street – Middletown
World premiere! The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, teams up with Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht to present a series of works involving live-electronics and the Memorial Chapel organ. The concert will feature world premieres by Linda Buckley, Visiting Scholar in Music Terri Hron, and Jeff Snyder, as well as new works by ensemble members.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 8pm - $35 / $25 Series / $25 SCSU Faculty/Staff, Active Alumni with valid ID (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 2)
MARION MEADOWS AND PAUL TAYLOR
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-SCSU
Buckle up for a musical ride when these two hugely successful solo artists join forces for a concert that will blast off with energy and music that is fresh, hip and edgy. Their careers have been filled with non-stop hit making and thousands of charismatic performances worldwide and they have set new standards for contemporary urban jazz.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8 pm - $50 / $70 VIP
SPYRO GYRA
Eastern Connecticut State University - Concert Hall, Fine Arts Instructional Center - 83 Windham Street – Willimantic
June, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017 – 8pm – $35 / $30 Series / $30 SCSU Faculty/Staff, Active Alumni with valid ID (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 2)
CANDY DULFER WITH SPECIAL GUEST GRACE KELLY
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-SCSU
Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer is known around the world for her powerful and high-energy concerts. She’ll be bringing a super band and horn section that is going to bring the house down! Opening for Candy’s performance is singer and saxophone player Grace Kelly, a 24-year-old winner of the 2016 Annual Downbeat Critics Poll (as a rising star in the alto sax category ) You get a chance to see why she was snagged a spot as a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band!
July, 2017
Thursday, July 6 – Sunday, July 9, 2017
MONTREAL JAZZ WEEKEND - SPACE IS LIMITED! BOOK NOW!
Montreal, Canada
Contact: Tonya Knight, 860-922-7220, tonanite@gmail.com

Package Includes:

Round Trip First Class Motorcoach Transportation
* 3 Nights Quality Accommodations at the Newly Renovated Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville - www.yul-downtown.hiselect.com
* 235 rooms
* Health & Fitness Center
* Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool
* Spa Facilities
* Full Buffet Breakfast each morning
Transportation to the Casino de Montreal - Friday evening
Hotel taxes and Gratuities

DISCOUNT PRICE PER PERSON

$750 per person based on 1 per room
$480 per person based on 2 per room
$395 per person based on 3 per room
$360 per person based on 4 per room

Passports are needed

Bus Departs: 8:00AM
From: Windsor Commuter Lot, Windsor Ct (Rte 218) Next to Mt. St. Benedict’s Cemetery


Make checks or money orders payable to:
Tonya Knight

Mail payments to:
Tonya Knight
P.O. Box 232011
Hartford, CT 06123

Payment schedule per person:
March 1st100.00; April 1st $100.00; May 1 $100.00; June 1st balance in full

Deposits are non-refundable unless trip is cancelled

August, 2017
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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.
  • Brignole Vineyards (103 Hartford Ave - East Granby 860-653-9463) - Ed Fast and his Latin jazz Congabop Quartet hosts performs on the first Thursday of every month 5-8 pm. In addition, young jazz musicians from the area will be invited for featured numbers during the second set.
  • 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.
  • Harvest Wine Bar (1104 Chapel St. - New Haven (the old Scoozi's, next to Yale Rep) and Blue Plate Radio present jazz every Thursday from 7pm-9:30pm. A well-known or new jazz artist performs covers or original material. Winter months performances are inside and, weather permitting, summer and early fall performances are outside on the expansive patio. There is no cover and no minimum.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Side Door Jazz Club (Old Lyme Inn - 85 Lyme Street - Old Lyme 860-434-2600) – Live jazz every Friday and Saturday starting at 8:30pm
  • 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
  • WUJI (68 E Putnam Ave - Greenwich 844-WUJI-NOW) – Live jazz every Thursday at 8:30pm
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