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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.

May, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4 pm - $10 suggested donation
SUSANA SANTOS SILVA - Susana Santos Silva – trumpet, Chris Cretella – guitar, Trevor Saint - mallets and percussion, Carl Testa - bass and electronics
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
Please join us for a very special performance this Saturday with Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, guitarist Chris Cretella, percussionist Trevor Saint, and bassist/electronicist Carl Testa. There is a $10 suggested donation to support Susana while on her tour of the US. Susana has performed throughout the US and Europe with groups like the European Movement Jazz Orchestra and musicians like pianist Kaja Draksler and bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg. Don't miss this chance to hear her in New Haven with a brand new grouping of local musicians. The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 8pm - $10
URI SHAHAM & MARK KAPLAN QUARTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Uri Shaham – Mark Kaplan Quartet is a premier jazz ensemble that interprets The Great American Songbook and jazz classics in a uniquely expansive way. Fronted by stellar jazzmen Uri Shaham on piano, and Mark Kaplan on tenor saxophone, the rhythm section is rounded out by all stars David Stoltz on bass, and Ralph Rosen on drums. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 6:30pm - $27.50 cover / $15 minimum
MARVIN STAMM, trumpet; BILL MAYS, piano; RUFUS REID, bass; ANDY WATSON, drums
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane – Ridgefield Reservations: 203-438-8282
Monday, May 30, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

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.
June, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7pm & 9pm - $23
ALI RYERSON
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org
With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Born in 1952 in New York City, Ali grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, was a renowned jazz guitarist who got his start with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and later became one of the first-call studio players in NYC for five decades, recording with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Elvis Presley. Ali has carried on the family tradition, becoming an international touring/recording artist, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note to festival appearances worldwide. Ryerson has released nearly two-dozen albums as leader or co-leader on major jazz labels such as Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Red Baron. She has recorded and performed with jazz greats such as Stephane Grappelli, Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Hubert Laws, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, and Joe Beck. Full Series Info : www.neaae.com

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7:30pm - $15
MICHAEL DESSEN TRIO - Michael Dessen-trombone, live electronics, compositions; Chris Tordini-bass; Dan Weiss-drums
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. – Holyoke, MA.
This concert will feature Dessen’s newest composition for the trio, Somewhere In The Upstream, and is dedicated to Pioneer Valley icon, Yusef Lateef (1920-2013). It’s a concert-length “scorestream” work, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation, that premiered in two concerts in California in 2014. Dessen has worked in this electro-acoustic trio format since 2003 to create music that combines intricately composed materials with highly open improvisation. The music covers a wide range of feels, from polyrhythmic grooves to spacious textures, from crashing densities to delicate threads. The compositions determine specific shapes and flows, but the music sounds very different in each performance because of the emphasis on collective improvisation. Dessen has released three well received releases on Clean Feed Records. His latest, Reasonating Abstractions (2014), is inspired by seven contemporary abstract painters and was commissioned through Chamber Music America’s “New Jazz Works”. Dessen’s composing includes networked “scorestreams” that are displayed dynamically on screens for performers to interpret. As an improviser, he collaborates with diverse bands in addition to performing solo on digibone, an animistic world of slide trombone and live electronics. Since 2007, Dessen has also been involved in numerous telematic concerts that link performers in distant locations via high-definition networking technologies. He has composed new works specifically for the telematic stage, and has co-directed large-scale telematic projects featuring renowned composer-improvisers performing together across continents. He has published writings on music, focusing especially on the role of African American traditions within late-twentieth century experimental music worlds, and he is on the Music faculty at the University of California, Irvine, where he co-founded a new PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT). Dessen’s teachers include Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis, and he is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MM), and the University of California, San Diego (PhD). 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 available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Check our website for updates on related public events: www.jazzshares.org
Friday, June, 3 2016 – 8pm – $35 / $30 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)
BOB BALDWIN AND WALTER BEASLEY
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven (203) 392-6154
This dynamic DOULE BILL begins with Bob Baldwin composer, jazz keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author. He and his band will raise the roof as they perform from this hot urban jazz keyboardists extensive catalog of more than 20 records! Then get prepared for a lesson in jazz from saxophonist, Walter Beasley, who has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “Musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade and the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history! Get ready for some fun because school’s out for the summer!
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
MARIO PAVONE
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Friday, June 3, 2016 – 8:30pm
GREG ABATE & RICHIE COLE WITH THE TIM RAY TRIO - TRIBUTE TO THE LATE PHIL WOODS
The Side Door – 85 Lyme Street – Old Lyme 860-434-0886
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8 pm - $12
SINAN BAKIR TRIO - Sinan Bakir - guitar, compositions, Silvain Castellano – bass, George Mastrogiannis – drums
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 7pm
JHUNTER GROUP - Steve Marien-saxophone, Rufus Davis-piano, James Hunter-bass, Randy Cloutier-drums
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd – Mystic 860-536-2661
Jazz, Blues, Latin and some R & B
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 5pm - $10 cover charge goes to GHFJ and this summer's 25th anniversary festival
A TASTE OF LATIN JAZZ
A fundraiser presented by the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in partnership with The Russell
The Russell - 103 Pratt St. - Hartford - 860-727-4014
Music, featuring: Espada Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.hartfordjazz.com or at the door. Wine tasting with recommended appetizer pairings. Drink and appetizer specials!
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
JAY ROSEN - RDM TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
BRANDON LOPEZ SOLO PLUS 1 GROUP TBA
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
BRANDON LOPEZ SOLO PLUS 1 GROUP TBA
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Thursday, June 14, 2016 – 7pm
JHUNTER GROUP - Steve Marien-saxophone, Rufus Davis-piano, James Hunter-bass, Randy Cloutier-drums
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd – Mystic 860-536-2661
Jazz, Blues, Latin and some R & B
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Noon - FREE
STANLEY MAXWELL

21st annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas - "Scene on the Green"
First Niagara Stage - New Haven Green (Elm Street between Temple Street and Church Street) - New Haven (888) 278-4332
Jazz quartet "Stanley Maxwell" are celebrating their 15th anniversary as a band in 2016. The group plays original music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisations, combining the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction. "Stanley Maxwell" features Andy Chatfield on drums, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on saxophone, and Evan Green on keyboards. This is their first performance in New Haven since September 2014 at Common Ground´s "Feast from the Fields." Other previous appearances in New Haven include Bottega, the New Haven Jazz Festival at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, Toad's Place, WYBC, and Yale University.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 8pm – $45 Regular, $65 Premium in advance / $50 Regular, $70 Premium at the door
MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA
Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall - Yale University - 470 College Street - New Haven
Winner of multiple GRAMMY Awards including 2016 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for the latest album, “The Thompson Fields” and Best Arrangement for “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” recorded with David Bowie, Maria Schneider and her orchestra will perform her new work co-commissioned by the Festival. Her music blurs the lines between big-band jazz, poetry, and chamber music, and her band is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians today.
riday, June 24, 2016 – 8pm - $27
RACHEL Z DUO
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org
Over the latter half of the '90s, pianist/keyboardist Rachel Z blossomed into one of the top female performers in contemporary mainstream jazz. Because of her work in fusion and jazz-pop, she hasn't always enjoyed universally high critical regard, but it's clear that commercial accessibility doesn't constitute the full breadth of her ambition. Plus, the more she came into her own as a solo artist, the more committed she became to spotlighting and collaborating with other female jazz players. In 1994, she began collaborating heavily with saxophone legend Wayne Shorter on his Verve debut and comeback effort, High Life, orchestrating his compositions (mostly on synth) and adding her own synthesizer and piano work. Released in 1995, the results were a commercial and (for the most part) critical success, winning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. After serving as musical director on the supporting tour, Z officially left Steps Ahead and signed with Mainieri's NYC label as a solo artist. Her label debut, A Room of One's Own, was a series of compositions dedicated to the female artists (in all fields) who'd inspired her. Appropriately, her backing group -- which featured, among others, her regular trio of the time in bassist Tracy Wormworth and drummer Cindy Blackman -- was heavily weighted toward female musicians. Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 8pm - $55
LIZZ WRIGHT
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Come early, meet new people, and have a beer on us! One free beer compliments of City Steam Brewery for each ticket purchased. Hang out with friends and be one of the first to hear these talented musicians in an intimate venue! Also, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese and Wine and an art exhibit by Rhonda Gentry, Ridgefield Guild of Artists member. Lizz Wright is a vocalist of uncommon talent and spirit. Sliding effortlessly between jazz, R&B, gospel, blues and folk, the Georgia-reared singer has built a career centered on her smoky, supple voice and an earthy/ethereal style. Whether singing a beloved jazz standard, a reinterpreted modern pop classic or one of her dynamic originals, Wright’s artistry remains wholly and uniquely her own. She gained recognition for her critically acclaimed debut record, Salt, produced by the legendary Tommy LiPuma – best known for his award-winning work with George Benson, Diana Krall, and Natalie Cole. The album helped introduce Wright as one of the most captivating female vocalists of her generation as it raced to number two on Billboard’s “Top Contemporary Jazz” chart. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
MONTREAL JAZZ WEEKEND PACKAGE
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
July, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 8pm - $28 general public / $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni / $12 students
JIMMY GREENE QUARTET
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown 860-685-3355 cfa@wesleyan.edu
One of the most respected jazz saxophonists of his generation, Jimmy Greene will perform works from his Grammy Award-nominated album Beautiful Life (2014, Mack Avenue Records) with Aaron Goldberg on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, and Otis Brown III on drums. Mr. Greene graduated from The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford in 1997. Mr. Greene previously performed as part of the Summer at the CFA Series in July 2008 as part of the Kwaku Kwaakye Martin Obeng Band in the CFA Courtyard.Tickets for this event go on sale on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Noon.
Monday, July 11, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 8 pm - $85
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE WITH SPECIAL GUEST FUNKY DAWGZ BRASS BAND
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and an art exhibit by a local artist. New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews fronts Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the age of six, and toured internationally for the first time at age 12 before joining Lenny Kravitz’ horn section at the age of 19. He performed on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah, and the band has made guest appearances on Conan, Leno, Kimmel, Fallon, Arsenio, and Austin City Limits. Shorty also played himself on the HBO series “Treme,” performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month and received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 - FREE
THE 25TH ANNUAL GREATER HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ

Bushnell Park - Hartford
Monday, July 18, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Monday, July 25, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
August, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 8 pm - $38
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and an art exhibit by a local artist! A legend lives on! The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Playhouse! With its unique jazz sound, the 18-member Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Under the baton of Music Director/vocalist Nick Hilscher, the consummate entertainers will play and sing selections from the vast Glenn Miller Orchestra library including all of the biggest hits that were the soundtrack of The Greatest Generation — “Moonlight Serenade”, “A String of Pearls”, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “At Last”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “In The Mood”, “Stardust”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, plus some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Saturday, August 6 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Goshen Fairgrounds - 116 Old Middle Street - Goshen
This year, the Festival is dedicated to bassist Mario Pavone, one of the founding members of Litchfield Jazz Festival & Camp. The Festival also celebrates 20 years of top jazz instruction by it's teaching arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp. We have selected a roster of ultra talented young musicians, players who have been a part of Litchfield Jazz Camp, to grace our Mainstage alongside mentors who helped them grow as musicians. Some of these pairings will surprise you. All will delight you. The Litchfield Jazz Festival continues a time honored tradition of showcasing jazz legends and fostering up-and-coming talent that has been in place since our first festival in 1996. "Nothing beats the Litchfield Jazz Festival…an ongoing tradition for those in the know." Since 1996 - JazzImprov.
Monday, August 8, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Monday, August 15, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
September, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE
Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
October, 2016
November, 2016
December, 2016
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
  • Latin Jazz Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Cabaret (32 Hancock St – Springfield, MA - 413-734-3000 after 5 pm) - The Scott Sasanecki Quartet performs every third Sunday of the month 5-8pm, starting Sept. 20. There will be a small cover and we suggest you arrive early! Featured in this ensemble will be Hartford-based musicians pianist Damian Curtis, bassist Paul Fuller, New Haven-based drummer Jay Williams and longtime Western MA native, guitarist Scott Sasanecki. Hard-bop and bebop standards, blues, and sambas.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Kelly's Gastropub (196 Crown Street, corner of Temple & Crown, New Haven) - "Dr. G's Jazz Brunch" every Sunday from noon to 3pm. We feature a different local jazz hero or two weekly, usually it's a quartet.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • Marco Polo Restaurant (1250 Burnside Ave, East Hartford) - Al Fenton Big Band performs the first Thursday of every month at 7:30-9:30. This is an 18-piece band led by Kathy J. Neri. We perform jazz, swing and blues in the Big Band Style. No cover charge.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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