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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.

April, 2015
Through April 26, 2015 - FREE
THE BEST OF BABY GRAND JAZZ: A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE!

Hartford Public Library - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Showcases the images of local artists specific to past performances from 2004 - 2014. Featured artists include Joseph Chandler, Byron Dean, Darryl Z. Oates, Maurice Robertson, Wanda Selden & Ray Shaw. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Library hours. Please visit hplct.org. or call (860) 695-6293.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
HEY RIM JEON & FRIENDS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 6:30pm - $27.50 cover/$15 minimum
MICHAEL VALEANU TRIO - Michael Valeanu-guitar, Jake Sherman-organ, Jake Goldbas-drums, Special Guest: Cyrille Aimee, vocals
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane – Ridgefield Reservations: 203-438-8282
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - JMI BIG BAND

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm - FREE
JACKIE MCLEAN INSTITUTE OF JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Alfred C. Fuller Music Center F Millard Auditorium - University of Hartford - 200 Bloomfield Avenue - West Hartford 860.768.4454
Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 8pm - $12 general public / $7students
JASON KAO HWANG’S BURNING BRIDGE - Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Andrew Drury (drums) and Ken Filiano (bass), Joseph Daley (tuba), Sun Li (pipa), Steve Swell (trombone) and Wang Guowei (erhu)
Bezanson Recital Hall - University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge featuring cross-cultural jazz improvisations by an octet of Chinese and Western instruments. “Violinist-composer Jason Kao Hwang has brought a vast array of sonic wonders to his latest genre-straddling work, Burning Bridge,” writes The Washington Post. “Hwang has his finger firmly on the racing pulse of the 21st century, where everything is interconnected and boundaries of time and geography seem hopelessly quaint. If there’s a war cry for music of the new millennium, it might well be: Burn the bridges – there’s no going back.” Hwang is a founding member of The Far East Side Band, an intercultural ensemble combining Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and American musical elements. He has composed the scores for numerous films and has also worked in the field of commercial music. Hwang was in the original cast of the Broadway production of M. Butterfly, performing music he co-arranged for that production; he later toured with the national productions as a music director. His chamber opera, The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown, premiered in 2001. Over his career, Hwang has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Pauline Oliveros, Butch Morris, William Parker, Fred Hopkins, Milford Graves, Billy Bang, Henry Threadgill, Reggie Workman, Leroy Jenkins and Makanda Ken McIntyre. Hwang has recorded for the Axiom, Celluloid, Columbia, Enja, FMP, New World, Victo, Asian Improv and Innova labels. “Burning Bridge is a monumental endeavor,” writes Glen Astarita, “foretelling that often unattainable synchronization within modern era avant-garde vistas where calamity, harmonious accord, and mind-altering improvisation seem to be in alignment with the heavens.” “Burning one's bridges is typically seen as a break with the past,” writes Downbeat Magazine. “The flip side of the expression, though, is the necessity of moving forward. Violinist Jason Kao Hwang stands at the crossroads of his influences - classical, jazz and traditional Chinese music - and sets the divisions between them ablaze. The resulting palette is expansive, and Hwang explores its full range.” Magic Triangle Jazz Series tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 1-800-999-UMAS. The Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series is produced by WMUA-FM and the Fine Arts Center, and funded by the UMass Arts Council. Additional support from Hotel UMass.
May, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015 - $35
PAULETTE McWILLIAMS
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme - 860-434-0886
We are thrilled to welcome talented jazz vocalist back to The Side Door! She brings a talented quartet of players: Nat Adderley Jr. MD & piano, Don Braden on Saxophone, Kenny Davis on Bass, Vince Ector, drums. Chicago has always produced great musical talent. Paulette McWilliams is no exception to that rule. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Friday, May 1, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Elmwood Community Center – 1106 New Britain Avenue - West Hartford
The first of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series kicks off indoors with room for ballroom and swing dancers. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 6:30pm - $45
SUNSET JAZZ ON THE RIVER
The Glastonbury Boathouse - 252 Welles Street - Glastonbury
Guests will be treated to two sets of Live Jazz featuring Matt DeChamplain, piano; Paul DeMaio, guitar; and Janine DiNatale, vocals – along with other special guests including students from the Glastonbury High School Jazz Ensemble.
Matt DeChamplain, Glastonbury's High School’s Jazz Ensemble coach, is a sought after jazz pianist whose music is rooted in the profound love for early jazz masters. Paul DeMaio and Janine DiNatale both have a long history of jazz performance and a loyal following. “It seemed like an ideal fit to bring Jazz to this side of the river while giving advanced Jazz students an opportunity to perform in a professional setting and show support for The Glastonbury Education Foundation,” said DiNatale who has been hoping to create this type of event in Glastonbury. Sunset Jazz on the River will be the first event held at the new Glastonbury Boat House. It will give guests an enjoyable way to gather with friends and experience the town’s newest scene, while contributing to a great organization. In addition to musical entertainment, there will be lite bites provided by David Allan Catering, along with a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased online at www.GlastonburyEducationFoundation.org.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Glastonbury Education Foundation which provides grants to promote excellence, innovation, and creativity in education for our children and community. For more information, you can find Glastonbury Education Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.glastonburyeducationfoundation.org. Highlights of the event will be marked with #sunsetjazzgb.

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8 pm - FREE
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FOR VOCAL QUARTET

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
Four members of the New York Virtuoso Singers, under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, will present a concert of new and recent music for voice by Wesleyan graduate students and others.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN RAYMOND QUARTET FEATURING BILLY HART
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - $38.50
TIVON PENNICOTT SOUND QUARTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme - 860-434-0886
Saxophonist and 2-time Grammy winner, as well as a 2nd place winner in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition, Tivon Pennicott has worked with greats Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, Al Foster, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor. Sound Quartet is: Mike Battaglia-piano, Spencer Murphy-bass, Kenneth Salters-drums, Tivon Pennicott-saxophone! www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Saturday May 2, 2015 - 7:30pm - $20
GIL GUTIERREZ
Northwest Park Nature Center - 145 Lang Rd. - Windsor
Mexican guitarist and composer Gil Gutierrez has made his home in San Miguel de Allende for many years, his music and playing have attracted attention throughout North and South America and Europe through his many CD’s, film scores , and concert appearances. Since 2007 Mr. Gutierrez has directed and performed in more than 60 concerts with trumpeter Doc Severinsen appearing with symphony orchestras across the United States. His interests spread to many musical genres, such as jazz, flamenco, son cubano to name a few. Accompanying Gil will be violinist Robert Stern . These folks genuinely have fun playing together. Not only are they each a virtuoso in their own right but they have fun listening to and playing off each other. Doc Severinsen writes ...“Gil Gutierrez brings the fullest meaning to the word, “virtuoso.” Whether it is jazz, or pure classical, he brings sensitivity and excitement to the music...” . The Northwest Park Nature Center is a smoke free, handicap accessible facility located in Windsor, Connecticut. For information and reservations call 860-285-1886 or go on line at www.northwestpark.org. Proceeds will benefit environmental studies at the Park.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $33 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
JEFREY OSBORNE, KIM WATERS, BRIAN SIMPSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts- 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8 pm - $10
THE 2ND LINE QUARTET - Sue Lopes – Vocals, Jim Daggs – Double Bass, Josh Briley – Drums, Jerry Aiyathurai – Keyboards
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The 2nd Line Jazz Quartet performs throughout New England with unique interpretations of The Great American Songbook.Vocalist Sue Lopes was educated at the Hartford Conservatory. She has thrilled crowds from Hartford to Chicago over the past 15 years with her unique, sultry renditions of the jazz canon. Double bassist Jim Daggs began performing professionally at the age of sixteen, after learning the art of jazz bass from his luminary father, Richard Daggs. Jim also studied with Bob Bate and Joseph Gitto, and has appeared on stages with Maynard Ferguson, Stefon Harris, Nick Brignola, and Tony Zano. Drummer Josh Briley brings the insights of Berklee greats Neil Smith and Kenwood Dennard, but his musical and personal roots are from New Orleans. A professional drummer since 1992, Josh is a co-founder of the Connecticut Drummers Association and brings a deep swing and occasional funk feel to the music you will hear. Pianist Jerry Aiyathurai adds a formal touch, drawing on his eight years with the ABRSM program of the Royal College of Music (London) to provide orchestration and musical direction to the quartet. For more information, check them out on facebook Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - KRIS ALLEN QUARTET (JMI Alumnus)

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - $35
JON REGEN 'STOP TIME' CD RELEASE
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme - 860-434-0886
Remarkable. Infectious. Soulful. Just some of the words critics have used to describe “Stop Time”, the new album by singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen. Produced by Mitch Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney), and featuring Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s band, “Stop Time” finds Regen at the peak of his songwriting and pianistic powers. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Friday, May 8, 2015 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Avon Senior Center – 635 West Main Street - Avon
The second of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series will be indoors with room for ballroom and swing dancers. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
RUSS NOLAN QUARTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - $50
CHRISTOS RAFALIDES MANHATTAN VIBES - Our 2nd Anniversary Party!
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme - 860-434-0886
Come and help us celebrate our Terrible Two's!! A Super Group of talented friends will be bringing you an evening of Jazz music not to be missed - Christos Rafalides MAHATTAN VIBES will be bringing an all star line up for a great celebration with friends! With Thana Alexa on vocals, Sergio Salvatore on piano, Petros Klampanis on bass and Eric Doob on drums!And if that were not enough - A champaign toast and cup cakes for all! www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Saturday, May 9, 2015, - 7pm - $20 / $10 students and senior citizens - all tickets must be reserved in advance (limited supply)
NORTHWEST CATHOLIC’S POPULAR JAZZ CABARET NIGHT
Northwest Catholic High School - 29 Wampanoag Drive - West Hartford
The event will feature performances by Northwest Catholic’s Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Singers, and Big Band, as well as gourmet desserts, coffee, and silent and teacup auctions. Proceeds benefit all students in the Music Department and will be used to help refurbish the school’s Steinway piano, pay for new instruments, and cover music festival fees and buses. Visit www.NorthwestCatholic.org/JazzNight to make seat reservations and for information on purchasing program ads or donating to the auctions. Contact Instrumental Music Director Daniel Luddy ’03 (dluddy@nwcath.org) with any questions. Since 1961, Northwest Catholic’s mission has been to educate the whole person: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Enrollment for the Class of ’19 is now under way. For more information, contact Andrew Selig (860-236-4221, x140 or aselig@nwcath.org).
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - SEAN CLAPIS CD RELEASE (JMI Alumnus)

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Saturday, May 14, 2015 – 2pm - FREE
JAZZ UP CLOSE – JOHNATHAN BLAKE - video

Russell Library – Hubbard Room - 123 Broad Street – Middletown
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Enes Community Center – 150 Nevers Road - South Windsor
The third of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series will be indoors with room for ballroom and swing dancers. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
TIM BERNE AND MATT MITCHELL DUO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 8pm - $45 - $65
JANE MONHEIT
Infinity Hall Norfolk – 20 Greenwoods Rd - Norfolk – 866-866-6306
Jane Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalist's Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing the work of Vince Mendoza on 2002's In The Sun and 2004's Taking A Chance On Love.
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 1pm – $35 / $25 Students
SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH FEATURING KARRIN ALLYSON
The Ridgefield Playhouse – 80 East Ridge Road– Ridgefield
Four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson has spent the last fifteen years carving out an impressive career as a singer, songwriter, pianist, composer and bandleader. The songs she performs are drawn from a variety of genres, including bossa nova, blues, bebop, samba, jazz and pop standards, the Great American Songbook, soft rock, and folk rock. Click here for tickets or call box office at 203-438-5795.
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 4pm - $30 Premium / $20 General / $10 Senior, Student
FRED HERSCH TRIO
The Music Series at South Church - 90 Main Street - New Britain
Mr. Hersch has been called "…a pianist, composer and conceptualist of rare imaginative power" by the New York Times and "…the most arrestingly innovative pianist over the last decade." (Vanity Fair) Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements as a bandleader, collaborator and theatrical conceptualist. In 2006 he became the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play a weeklong engagement as a solo pianist. His second solo run at the Vanguard was documented on the 2011 release Alone at the Vanguard, which received Grammy Award nominations for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo—two of the eight Grammy nominations Hersch has earned in his more than three dozen recordings as a leader and co-leader. Not to be missed! Contact the Music Series office at 860-223-7555 for tickets.
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - RAY MCMORRIN QUINTET (JMI Alumnus)

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 6:30pm – FREE
MIKE CASEY / COREY GARCIA SAX/DRUMS DUO

MCC on Main – Manchester
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
SPECTRAL (REMPIS, JOHNSTON, OCHS)
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 7:30pm - $15
MARIO PAVONE QUARTET – Mario Pavone, bass and compositions; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Peter McEachern, trombone; Gerald Cleaver, drums
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. - Holyoke, MA
Mario Pavone works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” writes the New Yorker. “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre of his writing and arranging for small bands.” Bassist/composer Mario Pavone has collaborated with both legendary innovators and today's most respected young musicians to consistently define the cutting edge of jazz. Over 40 years, he has anchored the trios of Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980's), and the late Thomas Chapin (1990-97), and co-led a variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Musillami. His list of sidemen past and present includes Steven Bernstein, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Peter Madsen, Tony Malaby, Joshua Redman, George Schuller, Michael Sarin, Craig Taborn, and Matt Wilson among many others. Dave Ballou has released nine internationally recognized CD's as a leader and co-leader. He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Michael Formanek, Denman Maroney, Maria Schneider, Andrew Hill, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steely Dan, Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Don Preston among others. Peter McEachern, a Connecticut native, has toured and recorded three CDs for Polygram with Blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; has worked and recorded with minimalist composer Lamonte Young, and is featured on several important CDs: Insomnia with the Thomas Chapin Trio on Knitting Factory Works and Song for Septet with the Mario Pavone Septet on the New World Countercurrents label. Gerald Cleaver, born in Detroit, is one of the most active drummers in creative music. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Stanko, and others. His trio, “Farmers by Nature”, featuring pianist Craig Taborn and bassist William Parker, has released four CDs. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concerts are produced by a group of music lovers who have purchased jazz shares. Like farm shares, where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, Pioneer Valley Jazz Share members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of The Northampton Center for the Arts, we are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the continued vitality of the music. Shares and single tickets are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Thanks to our business sponsors: Davis Financial Group, Florence Savings Bank, UMass Fine Arts Center, Downtown Sounds, Carol Abbe Smith Delap Real Estate, River Valley Market, Simmer Music, Bueno y Sano, Tony Margherita Management, Haydenville Woodworking & Design, One-Way Screen Printing, Barbara Ween: Visage and Dean’s Beans.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Bloomfield Senior Center, 330 Park Avenue - Bloomfield
The fourth of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series moves outdoors. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. In the event of inclement weather the concert be held indoors. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 7:30pm - $20 in advance / $25 at the door
THE AL FENTON BIG BAND PRESENTS CABARET!
Universalist Church - 433 Fern Street - West Hartford
Live music, tasty food and dancing. Doors open @7:00 p.m. Music starts at 7:30. Fundraiser to benefit the Church. The Al Fenton Big Band is an 18 piece big band that features the vocals of Beverly St. Onge under the direction of Kathy J. Neri. Blues, jazz, and swing - Big Band, the Way You Want it! We invite everyone to attend who loves music. For more information, please contact Peggie Geiger at 860-232-0110.
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8pm - $30 / $25 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $25 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
DOWN TO THE BONE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JEFF BRADSHAW, JOEY SOMMERVILE AND ELAN TROTMAN
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BRIAN CHARETTE'S MIGHTY GRINDERS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 6:45 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Great River Park Amphitheater, East River Drive - East Hartford
The fifth of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series will include a special “Dancing to the Music of Old Blues.” Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. Joining the group for this performance to sing some Sinatra favorites will be vocalist Blaise Tramazzo. There is room for swing and ballroom dancers. The Dancing Duo will conduct a free mini-dance lesson preceding the concert at 6:30 pm. There is room for dancers. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. May 31 is the rain date. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Saturday. May 30, 2015 – 7pm
ALI RYERSON-JOE CARTER DUO - Ali Ryerson – flutes; Joe Carter – guitar
226 Jazz Art Java - 226 Broad Street - Windsor, CT
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8 pm - $15
STANLEY MAXWELL - Andy Chatfield – Drumset, Percussion; Eric DellaVecchia – Alto Saxophone; Evan Green – Piano, Keyboard, Organ, Fender Rhodes, Melodica; Mark Crino – 5-String Electric and 4-String Fretless Bass
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell returns to The Buttonwood Tree for the first time since June 2003. The group plays music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisations, and will perform two 45 minute sets, featuring acoustic arrangements of original tunes from the past decade, with Evan Green on the venue's baby grand piano. The concert will include three songs that had their world premiere in March 2015 on the "Music at The Russell House" series at Wesleyan University. Since 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant-garde center which is recognized internationally as a venue for music, contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry, and dance (from belly dance to hip hop), as well as a space for educational and other community groups. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
June, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA QUINTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 4pm – 7pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview - article
SPECTACLE II - IMPROVISATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Spectacle gathers past performers and friends of Improvisations, the monthly series curated by Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, for a festival-style evening of "Free Music." Musicians will gather to play in a variety of small ensembles over the course of the event, culminating in a collective performance by the entire group. Guest musicians to be announced. The Improvisations 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. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. Follow the 2014-15 season of Improvisations, browse the photo archives from past seasons and more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvisations/324014434279441
Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 4pm – $10
AL FENTON BIG BAND
Canoe Club – 80 Harbor Drive – Middletown
There will be a cash price for the first place dance contest winning couple.
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - MIKE CASEY BIRTHDAY BASH

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
NOAH JARRETT'S TRIAGE QUARTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sat, June 20, 2015 – 7pm - FREE
KURT ELLING WITH THE NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

International Festival of Arts & Ideas
New Haven Green – First Niagara Stage (888) ART-IDEA
Kurt Elling‘s Passion World is a tour-de-force concert of songs of love collected from throughout the world. Said The New York Times, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time,” and here Elling brings his arsenal of talents to songs of love and loss as performed in their native languages. Elling also tells the rich background stories for each of the carefully selected songs, one is swept away on a grand, multicultural, tour of exotic places, cultures and times. At the Festival, he is joined by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, one of the region's premiere symphonic ensembles.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 – Noon – 10pm - FREE
BANG ON A CAN MARATHON

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place - 230 Vesey Street – New York City
This annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 5pm (Gate opens at 3:30) - $35 / $45
JAZZ JAM - Featuring Saxophonist Euge Groove, Trumpeter Cindy Bradley, Latanya Farrell
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center - 22 Iron Horse Blvd. - Simsbury
Enjoy the longest day of the year at the Solstice Music Festival, Day 2 - The Jazz Jam. Bring your own food, wine and beer. And don't forget your lawn chair. Tickets can be purchased at SolsticeMusicFestivalCT.com.
Sunday- June 21, 2015 – 8pm - $47.50
AL DI MEOLA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
Al Di Meola returns with a fiery electric band, delivering the intense jazz fusion as only this world-class guitar deity can. Di Meola brings to the stage lightning fast guitar licks that roar with the passion, and precision that made jazz fusion the most innovative music force in generations. Dipping into game changing albums like "Elegant Gypsy," "Casino," "Electric Rendezvous," "Orange and Blue" and "Tour de Force," this show promises an electric evening of sizzling artistry.
Click here for tickets or call box office at 203-438-5795
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 8pm - Advance Tickets: $45 Regular / $65 Premium Day-of-Show: $50 Regular / $70 Premium
PASSION FOR BACH AND COLTRANE: IMANI WINDS AND SPECIAL GUESTS
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Long Wharf Theatre - 222 Sargent Drive – New Haven (888) ART-IDEA
Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Performing everything from classical to jazz to contemporary music, this woodwind quintet has earned acclaim for its bold musical explorations and dynamic performances. Passion for Bach and Coltrane is composed by Jeff Scott, performed by Imani Winds featuring Harlem String Quartet, Alex Brown (piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), Neal Smith (drums), and A.B. Spellman (poet). The work is inspired by the poetry of A.B. Spellman, specifically his book of poems Things I Must Have Known. The poetry speaks to the musical mastery of J.S. Bach, John Coltrane as well as religion and mortality.
Tuesday- June 23, 2015- 8pm - $45
MADELEINE PEYROUX TRIO
The Ridgefield Playhouse- 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux’s ‘one of a kind’ voice has carried the Jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris, all the way to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an insightful ‘interpreter’ with a consistently impeccable choice of material. Click here for tickets or call box office at 203-438-5795
Friday, June 26 – Sunday, July 5, 2015
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Montreal
Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazz-centric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!
July, 2015
July 7 – 12, 2015 - $35 per day / $25 students & seniors
VISION 20 FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF 20 YEARS OF VISION
Judson Memorial Church - 55 Washington Sq. South - New York City (212) 254-5420
As we prepare for the Twentieth Anniversary of VISION, Arts for Art is thinking about what has come before that inspires us all to be our best, our most profound and in fact, our most Visionary. We stand on the shoulders of artists like John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Rashied Ali & Jayne Cortez, wondering what our role might be to carry their legacy forward. We are thinking of the German bassist, Peter Kowald who initiated and helped organize the Sound Unity Festivals in the mid 80’s. We remember all of the work of the AACM, BAG and the NY musicians such as Billy Bang, Roy Campbell and David S. Ware. How do we keep alive in the hearts and minds of a new generation, all of the idealism, integrity and sense of responsibility that lay at the heart of those creative movements? This is what we are considering as we prepare for our landmark Twentieth Anniversary: VISION 20. A few highlights: Milford Graves, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra, Henry Grimes, Joe McPhee, Dave Burrell, Joelle Leandre, Hamiet Bluiett, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell, Karl Berger, Matthew Shipp, Kidd Jordan, Douglas Ewart, Wadada Leo Smith, Ingrid Laubrock, Darius Jones, more TBA soon!
Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, 2015 - FREE
THE GREATER HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ

Bushnell Park – Hartford
Schedule
August, 2015
Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2015
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Goshen Fairgrounds – Goshen
Line-up
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 6pm - FREE
NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL — CELEBRATING WOMEN IN JAZZ

New Haven Green
September, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - FREE
THE MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N JAZZ FESTIVAL

October, 2015
November
December, 2015
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
  • MyRootDown.com (Boston and surrounding area)
  • Boston Improv Calendar
  • New England Traditional Jazz Plus (originates in Massachusetts and covers New England)
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Languages (New York City)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Pittsfield CityJazz Festival (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Collaborations Festival (New York City) - March (4 days)
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Elmwood Kabob & Bar (1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford 860-232-1500) Live jazz every Wednesday from 8pm to midnight, presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (139 Main Street Extension, Middletown 860 347-2289) – live jazz every Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm – 11:30pm, no cover
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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