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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

September, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 8:30 pm - $15 / $7 students
VIJAY IYER / WADADA LEO SMITH DUO
Bezanson Recital Hall - Fine Arts Center - University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA
A cosmic rhythm with each stroke, recently released on ECM Records, features pianist Vijay Iyer and the musician he has described as his “hero, friend and teacher,” trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Iyer has previously played in Smith’s Golden Quartet, but the present album is the first documentation of their duo work. The centerpiece of the album is the spellbinding title suite, dedicated to the innovative Indian artist, Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990). Iyer and Smith premiered the work at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in March 2016 during a major exhibition dedicated to Mohamedi’s art and writings. Tickets are available through the FAC box office, 413-545-2511 and on line at www.fineartscenter.com.
Thursday, September 29—6:30pm— FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI WITH VOCALIST LOU PROVENZANO AND BASSIST DAVE DADDARIO

Pazzo Café—377 Cromwell Ave.—Rocky Hill 860 721 8888
Friday, September 30, 2016—7pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI WITH VOCALIST LOU PROVENZANO

Som Siam—1209 Main St. - Branford 203 208 4204
Friday, September 30, 2016 – 8pm - $15
SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Powerful and warm voice, Sissy has a unique and soulful sound. Jazz harmonies, Mediterranean and Sicilian roots, African rhythms and a touch of classical music, all combined together to support beautiful original melodies in Sicilian dialect. “Sissy is the voice and the image of Sicily, her songs are starting a new era for Sicilian popular music. Thanks to her, we can discover a new universe within traditional Sicilian music, extremely rich and powerful melodies and soundscapes, that transport us immediately to this island’s streets and fields full of life and art, something very different, worthy of the utmost attention.” Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
KRIS DAVIS AND CRAIG TABORN 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).
October, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 1pm - FREE
PETER PERFIDO JAZZ TRIO

Simsbury Public Library - 725 Hopmeadow St. - Simsbury
The Peter Perfido Trio has its roots firmly planted in the foundations of Jazz tradition with its branches spanning out to embrace contemporary improvisation. A mixture of these 2 worlds constitutes the heart-wood of the trio’s music. The trio is led by drummer Peter Perfido and complemented by pianist and composer Bob Degen and acoustic bassist, Harvie S. Their repertoire draws from a wealth of Degen's original compositions which combine a lush harmonic sense as well as an affinity for spare yet rich melodies. Selections also include some gems from the 'Great American Songbook' and Jazz classics from the likes of Monk, Mingus and Ellington. Newington native Peter Perfido, who as an expat has been living in Europe for 32 years, has a career spanning four decades and four continents that incorporates jazz, improvisation, rock and blues. Peter performs mostly in Europe these days with groups spanning a wide spectrum in his expansive musical palette. Bob Degen had his performing debut at the age of 12 at the famous 52nd St. club in NYC, the Hickory House. He has lived in Germany since 1972, playing and recording with many great musicians, including 25 years with Peter Perfido. He has received critical acclaim throughout Europe and is also very popular in Japan. Harvie S, award winning composer, arranger, bassist, educator and producer has performed and recorded with many of the greats, with his own and collaborative CDs numbering in the hundreds. Harvie is the Jazz bass and ensemble instructor at the Manhattan School of Music for masters and undergraduate students. The one-hour concert will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A. Registration is suggested at 860-658-7663 or Peter Perfido Trio, 10/1/16, 1 pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2 pm - FREE
NICK DIMARIA QUINTET - Nick DiMaria-Trumpet, Josh Walker-Tenor Sax, Andrew Kosiba-Piano, Keith McDade-Bass, Eric Hallenbeck-Drums

Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, October 1, 2016—6:30-9:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Saturday , October 1 , 2016 - 8pm - $20.00 in advance (online) / $25.00 at the door
BOB DEGEN TRIO featuring Harvie S & Peter Perfido
The Packing House - 156 River Rd. – Willington
We are extremely pleased to have the Bob Degen Trio join us for a rare “state side” performance at The Packing House on Saturday, October 1st. The trio is led by international pianist/composer Bob Degen, featuring Connecticut native Peter Perfido on drums, and renowned bassist Harvie S up from NYC.
The Bob Degen Trio has its roots firmly planted in the foundations of Jazz tradition with branches spanning out to embrace contemporary improvisation. Their repertoire draws from a wealth of Bob Degen's original compositions which combine a lush harmonic sense as well as an affinity for spare yet rich melodies. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required). Snacks and soft drinks available. Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 8pm - FREE
DOUG HEWITT GROUP - Doug- guitar & vocals, Mitch Pine- piano, Mark Sims- bass, Alan Kurtz- drums and Alex Meisner- sax

Sam’s Café - 235 Main Street – Northampton, MA
The Doug Hewitt Group will perform songs from his hit CD Roots In The Sky plus sizzling jazz covers. Doug's music is a uniquely original fusion of rock and jazz drawing from his 30+ years of songwriting. The group's sound has been compared to Chicago, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny and the Beatles. CDs will be available at low concert price. Roots In The Sky CD http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/doughewitt2
Sunday, October 2, 2016 – 2pm - $17
TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA
Warner Theatre - 68 Main Street - Torrington
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands in Big Band history. Known as, “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, Dorsey was a master at creating warm, sentimental, and always musical moods. With vocalist Frank Sinatra, the band recorded their biggest hit of all – “I’ll Never Smile Again,” the most successful and best-known version of the song. Frank Sinatra’s career blossomed with Dorsey, and, with Sinatra’s vocals, the band became more successful than ever. The music world lost Tommy at an early age, but his legacy of great music has transcended time. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra repertoire continues to entertain audiences of all ages throughout the world and represents explosive and swinging Big Band entertainment at its best.
Monday, October 3, 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, October 3, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5 donation
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
HENRY CONERWAY III QUARTET: Henry Conerway-drums; Josh Bruneau-trumpet; Rick Germanson-piano; Nat Reeves-bass
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.
Monday, October 3, 2016 – 9pm – 12am - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ with THE SAINT JAMES TRIO

The Owl Shop - 268 College Street – New Haven 203-624-3250
The Saint James Trio is a stripped down version of The Kevin Saint James Band. The group uses a variety of well-known standards made popular by artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, Louis Prima, and more as a basis for creative reinterpretation and spontaneous transmutation. Saloon singer Kevin Saint James will be joined by Steve Donovan on piano and Mike Asetta on upright bass.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:30pm - FREE
HESHIMA MOJA

The Loomis Chaffee School - Hubbard Performance Hall - 4 Batchelder Road - Windsor
Mr. Moja was a featured guest on New England Public Radio’s Spanish language program Tertulia, hosted by Raquel Obregón last summer. According to the artist’s website, he has “moved audiences around the world with his soulful voice, fiery bass licks, and unforgettable songs and compositions. Heavily influenced by jazz, Afro-Cuban rumba, hip-hop and R&B, he has been touching audiences with his brand of World Soul.” Mr. Moja has composed music for Nickelodeon, PBS, and various films throughout Latin America. His two recordings, “The Awakening” (2005) and “Round and Round” (2011), remain in rotation throughout various media outlets in Europe and Asia. Mr. Moja has also worked with award-winning producers and has recorded and shared the stage with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including Patti Labelle and Mary J. Blige; Latin music superstars La India and Paoili Mejias: Latin jazz trombonist and composer William Cepeda; jazz icons Arturo O’Farrill, Avery Sharpe, Onaje Allan Gumbs, and James Carter; and hip-hop pioneers Quest Love of the Roots and Guru. In his biography, Mr. Moja notes that he “delivers passionate and inspiring workshops on music as a tool for social justice, meditation and mediation.”
Friday, October 7, 2016—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:30pm - $50
JEFF AND JOEL'S HOUSE PARTY – PREVIEW CONCERT
THE PARIS WASHBOARD --- Alain Marquet-clarinet, Daniel Barda-tuba, Louis Mazetier-piano, Stephane Seva-washboard, direct from Paris, France

Elks Lodge - Route 146, 158 South Montowese Street – Branford
No meals will be served, cash bar available. For information see www.jeffandjoelshouseparty.com. For tickets call Maureen at 203-208-1481. Cost for all 3 sessions Saturday and Sunday $225. Cash bar available.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN RAYMOND - REAL FEELS
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, October 8, 2016 - 11am – 4pm - $80 includes lunch
JEFF AND JOEL'S HOUSE PARTY - Jeff Barnhart directs 14 musicians for 3 sessions in mixed groupings playing Traditional Jazz in a small intimate setting with food and drinks.
Elks Lodge - Route 146, 158 South Montowese Street – Branford
Musicians: Jeff Barnhart, Joel Schiavone, Alain Marquet, Daniel Barda, Louis Mazetier, Stephane Seva, Lou Bocciarelli, Lew Green, Dan Tobias, Craig Grant, Tom Palinko, Eli Newberger, Fred Vigorito, Noel Kaletsky, Jane Campadelli.
For information see www.jeffandjoelshouseparty.com. For tickets call Maureen at 203-208-1481
Saturday, October 8, 2016—7-9pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI WITH VOCALIST LOU PROVENZANO
Som Siam—1209 Main St. - Branford 203 208 4204
Sunday October 9, 2016 - 11am – 4pm - $80 includes brunch
JEFF AND JOEL'S HOUSE PARTY - Jeff Barnhart directs 14 musicians for 3 sessions in mixed groupings playing Traditional Jazz in a small intimate setting with food and drinks.
Elks Lodge - Route 146, 158 South Montowese Street – Branford
Musicians: Jeff Barnhart, Joel Schiavone, Alain Marquet, Daniel Barda, Louis Mazetier, Stephane Seva, Lou Bocciarelli, Lew Green, Dan Tobias, Craig Grant, Tom Palinko, Eli Newberger, Fred Vigorito, Noel Kaletsky, Jane Campadelli.
For information see www.jeffandjoelshouseparty.com. For tickets call Maureen at 203-208-1481
Monday, October 10, 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, October 10, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5 donation
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
JOE PALMER TRIO: Joe Palmer-drums; Zwelakhe Duma bell le Pierre-bass; John Lander-piano
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.
Monday, October 10, 2016 – 9pm – 12am - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ with THE SAINT JAMES TRIO

The Owl Shop - 268 College Street – New Haven 203-624-3250
The Saint James Trio is a stripped down version of The Kevin Saint James Band. The group uses a variety of well-known standards made popular by artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, Louis Prima, and more as a basis for creative reinterpretation and spontaneous transmutation. Saloon singer Kevin Saint James will be joined by Steve Donovan on piano and Mike Asetta on upright bass.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 8 pm - $80
TAKE 6 MEETS THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Combining forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 - two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music - create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages. Before the show, ticket holders can enjoy a wine tasting and art exhibit in the lobby at 6:45 p.m. Each of these legendary acts has 10 Grammy Awards to their credit amongst a host of other recognitions. Each will perform a set, culminating with a duet featuring the tightest harmonies known in the music business as well as in innovative arrangements and funky grooves. No ordinary double bill, this is a show that will create a once-in-a-lifetime event! The two groups are known for their ability to move effortlessly among a wide range of styles from jazz to swing, pop and gospel to R&B. The Manhattan Transfer marks the 40th anniversary of their debut recording this year while Take 6 celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great jazz and pop hits that earned them induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their first hit, “Operator,” was followed by the history making “The Boy From New York City” making them the first group to win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year. The 12 Grammy nominations they received for their album Vocalese in 1985 made it the second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as most nominated album in one year, and cemented the group’s status as one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music. “Route 66” and their rendition of “Birdland” are yet more memorable classics of their 19 singles and 29 albums over their stellar career. With worldwide record sales in the millions, their melodic and jazz infused vocals continue to bring audiences back year after year spanning generations. Take 6 has been recognized as the quintessential a capella group in virtually every genre. They were inducted last year into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, from whom they have received 10 Dove Awards in addition to their Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year and more. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “Baddest vocal cats on the planet!” Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), Take 6 captivates the audience wherever they perform. They earned performances on Saturday Night Live, the Oscars, the Grammys, and have had the honor of performing for four sitting U.S. Presidents, and at the Democratic National Convention. One, their fifteenth album, is Take 6’s most recent recording. It is the group’s return to their spiritual heritage. For tickets, call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 7:30pm – 10:30pm - $35 in advance / $40 door / $50 VIP / Festival Pass: $85, VIP $125 / Students $20, Student Festival Pass $40
DIANNE MOWER GROUP WITH MARION COWINGS | JOCELYN PLEASANT GROUP | THE GREATER HARTFORD ACADEMY OF THE ARTS ALL STARS
BSBI 1st Annual Jazz Festival presented by Beth Shalom B’nai Israel
Cheney Hall - 177 Hartford Road - Manchester
We are proud to present the BSBI First Annual Jazz Festival on Thursday October 13, 7:30-10:30 pm, Saturday, October 15, 7:30-10:30 pm, and Sunday, October 16, 1-5pm. The festival is generously sponsored by Beth Sholom B’Nai Israel in Manchester. This exciting three-day musical event will host a line-up of world-class jazz musicians based in New England, New York City and Washington, DC, celebrating the wealth of our region’s creative talent. The festival is distinguished by its stylistic diversity, exploring a variety of approaches to both vocal and instrumental jazz, and boasting a diverse lineup of internationally known jazz artists along with Connecticut’s best young talent from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Program. Visit the website: http://myshul.org/events/jazz for tickets. For more info, Dr. Ken Wichmann kwentp@m-p-c.necoxmail.com or 860-324-8658
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 8 pm - $49 - $69
THE RIPPINGTONS FEATURING RUSS FREEMAN
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Friday, October 14, 2016—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 7pm - FREE
THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS (THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND)
Opening Group: Manchester High School Band

Manchester High School - Bailey Auditorium - 134 Middle Turnpike E – Manchester
Join the Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band as we present a free concert of jazz and patriotic favorites. This performance is presented by the Manchester High School and WIHS Radio.
Friday October 14, 2016 - Two Shows – 7pm & 9pm - $28 \
GARY SMULYAN
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Born in Bethpage, New York, USA. Gary Smulyan started out playing alto saxophone while still very young before changing to the baritone saxophone. In high school he was encouraged to look to jazz as a means of self-expression and he went on to sit in with several noted touring musicians, including Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and Jimmy Knepper. In the mid- to late 70s he studied at SUNY-Potsdam and Hofstra University before joining Woody Herman in 1978. In addition to playing at many venues in the USA, he also played at festivals overseas during succeeding decades. From the early 80s he played with several noted leaders, often in big bands, including Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin, Louie Bellson, George Coleman, Benny Green, Lionel Hampton, Tom Harrell, Gene Harris, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Mel Lewis, Machito, Kevin Mahogany, Mingus Epitaph, the Philip Morris Superband, Tito Puente, Red Rodney, Don Sickler and Clark Terry. In the 90s Smulyan began associations with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and with Three Baritone Saxophone Band, in which group he is teamed with Nick Brignola and Ronnie Cuber. Smulyan has acknowledged that his baritone idols are Harry Carney and Pepper Adams, and something of the richly flavoured sound of the former and the sometimes detached approach of the latter make an intriguing blend that is apparent in his work. Smulyan’s Homage pays tribute to Adams not only as player but also by using his idol’s compositions on all tracks.
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:30pm - $10 in advance / $15 at door
AL FENTON BIG BAND
New England Carousel Museum – Bristol 860-585-5411
Vocalist Jen Greenfield will delight the audience with her beautiful ballads and high energetic swing vocals. In addition, the Dunamic Dancing Duo of Prudence Sloane and Joel Silvestro will do a swing lesson at 7:00 with line dancing during the band's breaks! At 7:30 the band starts to cook. The band will be swinging their way through fall with music to dance the night away to! Call the museum to get your tickets. 860-585-5411.Tables of 8 or more may also be reserved. This is a B.Y.O.B, snacks and glass event. Dress to impress!
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8pm - $30 / $25 in advance
PITTSFIELD CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: THE SCOTT ROBINSON QUARTET
Flavours Restaurant-75 North St. (Entrance on McKay St) Pittsfield, MA
The exciting, creative sounds of saxophonist Scott Robinson will fill Flavours Restaurant in a Berkshire debut performance that will be a night to remember. Robinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1981. The next year, he returned to Berklee to teach. He has appeared on more than 200 LP and CD releases, including eleven under his leadership. Tickets are available online at: http://berkshiresjazz.org/ or at the door the night of the event.
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN SCHOTT 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, October 15, 2016 - 6pm
NORMAN GAGE/KENNY REED QUINTET
Passages Gallery – 509 Farmington Avenue – Hartford 860-206-2125
Saturday, October 15, 2016—7pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI WITH LINDA RANSOM

Pazzo Café—377 Cromwell Ave.—Rocky Hill 860 721 8888
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 7:30pm - 10:30pm - $35 in advance / $40 door / $50 VIP / Festival Pass: $85, VIP $125 / Students $20, Student Festival Pass $40
JUNE BISANTZ SEXTET | NORMAN JOHNSON QUARTET | JACOB PATRONE QUARTET
BSBI 1st Annual Jazz Festival presented by Beth Shalom B’nai Israel
Cheney Hall - 177 Hartford Road - Manchester
We are proud to present the BSBI First Annual Jazz Festival. The festival is generously sponsored by Beth Sholom B’Nai Israel in Manchester. This exciting three-day musical event will host a line-up of world-class jazz musicians based in New England, New York City and Washington, DC, celebrating the wealth of our region’s creative talent. The festival is distinguished by its stylistic diversity, exploring a variety of approaches to both vocal and instrumental jazz, and boasting a diverse lineup of internationally known jazz artists along with Connecticut’s best young talent from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Program. Visit the website: http://myshul.org/events/jazz for tickets. For more info, Dr. Ken Wichmann kwentp@m-p-c.necoxmail.com or 860-324-8658
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 7:30pm - $35 / $20
PITTSFIELD CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: THE KARRIN ALLYSON TRIO AND THE U.S. ARMY'S JAZZ AMBASSADORS
The Colonial Theater--111 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Music lovers and critics around the world have been marveling at the range of vocalist, Karrin Allyson. Allyson is an extraordinary musician, who moves with ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazzbook. Allyson has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and has been heralded as "a singer with a feline touch and impeccable intonation.” (The New York Times). Her trio appears with America's Big Band, the U.S. Army’s 19-piece Jazz Ambassadors, who have received worldwide acclaim performing America's original art form. The evening will also feature the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble, in residence at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, MA. Tickets are available online at: http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/on-our-stages/music/627-pittsfield-cityjazz-festival-the-karrin-allyson-trio-and-the-u-s-army-jazz-ambassadors or at the Colonial Theater Box Office: 111 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 1pm - 5pm - $35 in advance / $40 door / $50 VIP / Students $20, Student Festival Pass $40
SYLVIA CUENCA on drums W/VALERY PONOMAREV QUARTET | SHARON CLARK W/ THE ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY TRIO | SCOTT ROSEN QUARTET
BSBI 1st Annual Jazz Festival presented by Beth Shalom B’nai Israel
Cheney Hall - 177 Hartford Road - Manchester
We are proud to present the BSBI First Annual Jazz Festival. The festival is generously sponsored by Beth Sholom B’Nai Israel in Manchester. This exciting three-day musical event will host a line-up of world-class jazz musicians based in New England, New York City and Washington, DC, celebrating the wealth of our region’s creative talent. The festival is distinguished by its stylistic diversity, exploring a variety of approaches to both vocal and instrumental jazz, and boasting a diverse lineup of internationally known jazz artists along with Connecticut’s best young talent from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Program. Visit the website: http://myshul.org/events/jazz for tickets. For more info, Dr. Ken Wichmann kwentp@m-p-c.necoxmail.com or 860-324-8658
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 7:30pm - $39 - $59
MACEO PARKER
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 7:30pm - $15
LUICAN BAN/MAT MANERI DUO – Luican Ban- piano, Mat Maneri-viola
Community Music School of Springfield - 127 State St. - Springfield, MA
Both Ban and Maneri were born in 1969, Ban in a tiny farming village in Transylvania and Maneri in Brooklyn. They have largely traveled in different but occasionally intersecting circles, recording together for the first time on Ban and bassist John Hébert's tribute to George Enesco, Enesco Reimagined (Sunnyside, 2010.) Their relationship was cemented during a European tour that culminated in Transylvanian Concert (ECM, 2013.) Recorded in the region where Béla Bartók collected many of the folk songs that underscored much of his writing, The Guardian (UK) noted Transylvanian Concert’s “own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance.” The New York Times called it “a lovely and restive new album.” All About Jazz hailed its “moments of unanticipated beauty.” “Throughout, the pair demonstrates surprising empathy, dynamically swelling to mini-climaxes only to turn, just as quickly, to recondite terrain where little more than silence reigns, all based upon canted melodies and dark-hued harmonies,” writes John Kelman. “Transylvanian Concert may be the first, but is hopefully not the last time these two simpatico musicians come together in such a vulnerable but ultimately revelatory context.” Lucian Ban grew up listening to folk songs performed at weddings, birthdays, holidays and other celebrations. He studied composition at Bucharest Music Academy from 1992 to 1995, before moving to New York in 1999, where he studied for two years at New School University. His American debut recording Somethin' Holy in duet with baritone sax Alex Harding, was awarded 4 stars by Allmusic, and was followed by the critically praised quintet album, Premonition (2003), Tuba Project (featuring Bob Stewart, 2006) and Playground (featuring Jorge Sylvester, 2006). Ban has played/recorded with: Reggie Nicholson, Art Baron, Sam Newsome, Barry Altschul, Brad Jones, Pheeroan AkLaff, J. D. Allen, Curtis Fowlkes, Mark Helias, Ron Horton, Nasheet Waits, Bob Stewart, Gerald Cleaver, and many more. Mat Maneri has recorded with his father, the late, great reed player and educator, Joe Maneri, along with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Berne, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, William Parker and Craig Taborn. He has been recording as a leader since 1996 for ECM, Leo, Thirsty Ear and hatOLOGY. 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.
Monday, October 17, 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, October 17, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5 donation
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
SANAH KADOURA TRIO: Sanah Kadoura-drums; Pat Bianchi-organ; Vic Juris-guitar
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.
Monday, October 17, 2016 – 9pm – 12am - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ with THE SAINT JAMES TRIO

The Owl Shop - 268 College Street – New Haven 203-624-3250
The Saint James Trio is a stripped down version of The Kevin Saint James Band. The group uses a variety of well-known standards made popular by artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, Louis Prima, and more as a basis for creative reinterpretation and spontaneous transmutation. Saloon singer Kevin Saint James will be joined by Steve Donovan on piano and Mike Asetta on upright bass.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 8 pm - $110
CHRIS BOTTI
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 8 pm - $60
BONEY JAMES
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Four-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James needs no introduction to contemporary jazz fans. The gifted saxophonist, veteran of four RIAA gold albums, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 #1 albums on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, has sold over 3 million records during his career. Four of them have received Grammy nominations, including 2013’s The Beat. His latest, futuresoul, released in 2015, topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for 11 weeks. Tracks such as “Drumline” and “Vinyl” show off Boney’s love of vintage soul as well as his mastery of modern digital production and signature laid back style. This incredibly accomplished artist — who broke into music in the mid-80s touring with acts such as The Isley Brothers, Morris Day (The Time), Randy Crawford and Teena Marie, and emerged as a solo force in 1992 with his breakthrough debut, Trust — has long been influenced by contemporary R&B. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Thursday, October 20, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH BASSIST LOU BOCCIARELLI AND A SURPRISE VOCALIST PRESENT A TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER

Bristol Public Library—5 High St—Bristol 860 584 7787
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8 pm - $49 - $69
THE RIPPINGTONS FEATURING RUSS FREEMAN
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Friday, October 21, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI WITH VOCALIST LOU PROVENZANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE CLAUDIA 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).
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 8pm -$10 per person in advance / $15 single/$25 couple at the door
LINDA RANSOM & FRIENDS - A fundraiser presented by the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in partnership with J's Crab Shack
J's Crab Shack - 2074 Park St. - Hartford - 860-231-9545
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.hartfordjazz.org Happy Hour prices available!
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8 pm - $54 - $74
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Saturday, October 22, 2016—8:30pm - FREE
SUE LOPES QUARTET - Sue Lopes - Vocals, Josh Peters - Piano, Jim Daggs - Bass, Dennis Marolda - Drums

Crown & Hammer Restaurant & Pub—3 Depot St.—Collinsville 860 693 9199
Monday, October 24, 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, October 24, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5 donation
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
SAM LANDSMAN SEXTET: Sam Landsman-saxes; Mike Casey-saxes; Emmett Goods-trombone; Mike Carabello-piano/Rhodes; Steve Porter-bass; Jocelyn Pleasant-drums
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 – 7pm (Enjoy live jazz music by June Bisantz & the Chet Baker Project beginning at 6 pm) - $9 / $8 seniors (62 plus), students with ID; $7 Wadsworth Atheneum, HJS members
BORN TO BE BLUE - A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late ‘60s
in collaboration with The Hartford Jazz Society
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Aetna Theater – 600 Main Street - Hartford
2015. USA. 97 min. Rated R. Starring Ethan Hawke. Directed by Robert Budreau.
Friday, October 28, 2016—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday October 28, 2016 - Two Shows – 7pm & 9pm - $29
CASSANDRE MCKINLEY & THE GERRY BEAUDOIN TRIO
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Cassandre McKinley has a vocal style that walks the line between jazz and soul – a voice that is commanding, vibrant and rich - with “chops” to spare. But, she’s no diva – though she’ll confidently and easily weave her way through The American Songbook and Soul Classics alike, singing with the maturity and wisdom of a veteran performer, she will stop to tell you a story – unwittingly disarming you like the “girl next door” she truly is. In her late 20’s, she fell in love – with Jazz. By chance, having heard and met Clay Osborne (oldest of the Osborne children) he introduced her to the phrasing and harmonics unique to Jazz. Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and Joe Williams were immediate influences. The relationship with Clay was just the beginning and solidified her deep appreciation and respect for veteran musicians with “old school” sensibilities. By chance or fate, McKinley found herself working with and learning from local legends - made recordings and shared the stage with jazz greats Dick Johnson, Al Vega, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, J. Geils, Gerry Beaudoin, Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Jerry Portnoy (Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters) and Herb Pomeroy. “Friendships like these were a gift – those gentlemen shared their philosophies with me – they taught me to trust in myself... how to listen, how to lead, how to follow”. Joining Cassandre is The Gerry Beaudoin Trio.
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MATT MITCHELL 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, October 29, 2016 – 2pm - $9 / $8 seniors (62 plus), students with ID; $7 Wadsworth Atheneum, HJS members
BORN TO BE BLUE - A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late ‘60s
in collaboration with The Hartford Jazz Society
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Aetna Theater – 600 Main Street - Hartford
2015. USA. 97 min. Rated R. Starring Ethan Hawke. Directed by Robert Budreau.
Sunday, October 30, 2016 – 2pm - $9 / $8 seniors (62 plus), students with ID; $7 Wadsworth Atheneum, HJS members
BORN TO BE BLUE - A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late ‘60s
in collaboration with The Hartford Jazz Society
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Aetna Theater – 600 Main Street - Hartford
2015. USA. 97 min. Rated R. Starring Ethan Hawke. Directed by Robert Budreau.
Sunday, October 30, 2016—6pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI WITH VOCALIST LOU PROVENZANO

Smokin’ With Chris—59 W. Center St.—Southington 860 620 9133
Monday, October 31, 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, October 31, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5 donation
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
JOVAN ALEXANDRE TRIO: Jovan Alexandre-tenor sax; Khalil Bell-drums; bass-tba
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.
November, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:30pm - $30 Non-Members / $25 WAC Members / $10 Students
ATLA AND MATT DE CHAMPLAIN
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Performing together since they were 15, the DeChamplains focus on Jazz standards. For this special performance, they will perform the music of Jewish composers.
Friday, November 4, 2016 – 8pm - $15 in advance/$20 at the door / $10 in advance (HJS members) / $15 at the door (HJS members) / $10 seniors (paid at the door) / $5 students (paid at the door)
EDDIE HENDERSON QUINTET
Opening Groups at 7pm: Hall High School Jazz Combos
Free Student Workshop – 4:30pm – 6pm
Polish National Home - 60 Charter Oak Avenue - Hartford

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BRIAN ADLER - SHANKAR
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, November 5, 2016 - 8 pm - $55 - $70
LARRY CARLTON
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Sunday, November 6, 2016 – Noon – 4pm - $85 (includes Brunch, Entertainment, Parking and Cash Bar)
WEST HARTFORD ROTARY CLUB’S JAZZ BRUNCH - Delfeayo Marsalis – trombone, Javon Jackson – saxophone, Cyrus Chestnut – piano, Jimmy Cobb – drums, David Williams – bass
Proceeds go to “Gifts of Music” & other Rotary Charities
The Hartford Club - 46 Prospect Street - Hartford
Gourmet Brunch by Chef Leslie Tripp. Taste of New Orleans: Mixed Green Salad Bar with Toppings, Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo, Eggs Benedict, Shrimp and Grits, Chicken Jambalaya, Cajan Portobello Mushrooms, Collards & Rice, Green Beans Almandine, Buttermilk Biscuits, Dessert, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce, Bananas Foster, Coffee and Tea. For Tickets & More Info: Hap Leabman 860-409-6883 or hleabman@rpmhealth.com
Sunday, November 6, 2015 - 3pm – FREE
TONY LOMBARDOZZI

Russell House – Wesleyan University – 350 High Street – Middletown
Since the 1970s, jazz guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi has performed with many artists, including Kenny Barron, the late Bill Barron and Ed Blackwell, Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Anthony Braxton, Adjunct Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard, fellow Private Lessons Teacher Giacomo Gates, and Yoron Israel. This is his first concert at The Russell House since 1999.
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
AMIRTHA KIDAMBI'S ELDER ONES 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).
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
KEVIN HAYS 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, November 19, 2016—8pm - $10
SUE LOPES QUARTET - Sue Lopes - Vocals, Josh Peters - Piano, Jim Daggs - Bass, Dennis Marolda - Drums
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown 860-347-4957
December, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:30pm - $36 floor / $32 mezzanine / $15 Students & Youth Under 18 (2 per ID) / Seniors $2 off each ticket (1 per senior) / UConn Faculty/Staff $2 off each ticket (2 per ID)
JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - University of Connecticut - 2132 Hillside Road - Storrs 860-486-4226
At age 13, young Indonesian piano genius Joey Alexander is fearless at the keyboard. An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist he is one of today's most talked-about jazz artists. Performing a range of classic songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Billy Strayhorn, he has won the admiration of audiences by doing anything but playing it safe. Improvisational brilliance, along with a technique, feeling and authority that comes naturally, puts the young Alexander in a prodigy class all his own.
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
TOMAS FUJIWARA DOUBLE 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).
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 3pm - FREE
BYRDSPEAK ENSEMBLE - Warren Byrd, keyboard & vocals, Saskia Laroo, trumpet, alto sax & electronics, Tido Holtkamp, drums, and Wes Brown, bass

Avon Public Library - 281 Country Club Road – Avon 860-673-9712 www.avonctlibrary.info
Hartford’s Warren Byrd, co-founder of the Afro-Semitic Experience, tours as a solo pianist & sideman for prominent jazz musicians around the world. Byrd collaborates with internationally-known trumpeter, Saskia Laroo, performing in clubs & festivals throughout the U.S., Europe & Asia. Based in Hartford, drummer Tido Holtkamp leads his own group Caravan, and freelances regularly with a wide variety of local greats. Jazz bassist Wes Brown has appeared on stage with many of the top names in jazz, including a world tour with the legendary Earl "Fatha" Hines. Join us for an afternoon of pure organic jazz with these outstanding musicians.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 3:15pm - FREE
JOHN CAGE’S MUSICIRCUS

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 "Introduction to Experimental Music" class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in this rendition of John Cage's Musicircus. Everything at once and all together. The first of Mr. Cage's Musicircus "happenings" took place in 1967 at the University of Illinois.
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN HÉBERT 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, December 10, 2016 - 8 pm - $50 - $75
JOHN PIZZARELLI
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Sunday, December 18, 2017 – 3pm - $50 - $60 / $5 Fairfield University Students
JOHN PIZZARELLI
Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts - 1073 N. Benson Road – Fairfield 203-254-4010
January, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:30pm - $30 Non-Members / $25 WAC Members / $10 Students
THE SAXTET UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DARREN LITZIE
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Pianist, composer and educator Darren Litzie will perform a tribute to Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8pm - $87.50
AN EVENING WITH PAT METHENY
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge – Ridgefield
Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition at one point winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
February, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 7:30 pm - $36 floor / $32 mezzanine / $15 Students & Youth Under 18 (2 per ID) / Seniors $2 off each ticket (1 per senior) / UConn Faculty/Staff $2 off each ticket (2 per ID)
KARRIN ALLYSON
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - University of Connecticut - 2132 Hillside Road - Storrs 860-486-4226
Known by the Los Angeles Times as "... one of the jazz world's finest," when one listens to Allyson's exquisitely distinctive voice, one hears heart, intelligence, and a deep musical sophistication. From heartfelt to sassy, her emotional range is beyond that of her musical peers. And there is a literate and engaging connection that honors the great tradition of blues, jazz and roots, expands to the Great American Songbook, and embraces French and Brazilian rhythms. Together with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi, they have developed an effortless style uniquely their own.
"The stuff that shivers are made of, both innocent, sexy and world weary." – The Washington Post
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
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
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!
March, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8pm – $28 general public / $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
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.
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.
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 jzz Congabop Quartet hosts jazz every Thursday 5-8 pm starting Oct. 6. 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.
  • 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
  • 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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