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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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October, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, 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. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 7pm - FREE
THE JOE CARTER TRIO PLAYS THE MUSIC OF JOAO DONATO, featuring guest artist Duduka da Fonseca
The Edgerton Center for Performing Arts - Sacred Heart University - 5151 Park Ave. – Fairfield 203.371.7908
The trio, led by Joe Carter, Director of the Academic Music Programs at Sacred Heart University, performs the music of Brazilian pianist and composer, Joao Donato, one of the architects of the Bossa Nova style that developed in Brazil in the late 1950s. Performing as part of the trio is Duduka da Fonseca, Grammy nominated drummer and author, born in Rio de Janeiro and one of the top practitioners of the Samba Jazz style. Included in the trio is Sacred Heart University faculty member, Leco Reis, on acoustic bass. www.joecartermusic.com
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 8pm to midnight
ZARCO! - percussionist Marcus Kreiger, bassist Aidan O'Connell, Michelle Zarco on flute
Elmwood Kabob & Bar - 1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford 860-232-1500
Join the Hartford Jazz Society for Live Jazz and experience the Latin jazz flavor of Zarco! Marcus Kreiger was born in Rochester, New York and studies at the Hartt School of Music. This talented percussionist is often called upon to perform with many groups in the Hartford area as well as bassist Aidan O'Connell who is under the tutelage of the great Nat Reeves. Flautist Michelle Zarco was born in the Philippines. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and also attends the Hartt School of Music. The Hartford Jazz Society enjoys a history as rich as it is diverse. Founded in 1960 by dedicated JAZZ aficionados, it is the oldest continuously operating jazz society in the country. For over 40 years, the all-volunteer Society has never wavered from its founders' goals: to improve JAZZ as America's gift to the music world, and to foster in each succeeding generation an appreciation and love for JAZZ in all its many forms. The Elmwood Kabob and Bar offers an outstanding menu of traditional kabobs and specialty drinks. There will be a 10% discount for HJS members. Jam session begins after 1st set. All ages are welcome. For more information call the Elmwood Kabob & Bar at 860 232-1500.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 -6:30pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH ERIN O'LUANAIGH

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
Jazz nights every Thursday night with John Brighenti and Friends from 6:30-8:30pm. John will be joined by songbird Erin O'Luanaigh for an evening of jazz and standards.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 8pm - $10 / $5 students
MATTHEW SHIPP/DARIUS JONES DUO
Bezanson Recital Hall – UMass – Amherst, MA
The intergenerational partnership of Darius Jones (alto saxophone) and Matthew Shipp (piano) features one of New York’s most talked about young talents and one of its most established and prolific veterans. On their 2011 debut recording, Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity), they create an expansive 13-part song cycle that Jazzwise called "a form of pure expression that transcends notions of genre or style." Their new recording, The Darkseid Recital, also on AUM Fidelity, has just been released to critical acclaim. Pianist, producer and composer Matthew Shipp arrived in New York City over 25 years ago and has since become one of the most important players on the downtown avant-garde scene. Rolling Stone Magazine calls him, “one of the most daring and original pianists in jazz, positioned in a lineage between Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor.” Born in 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware, Shipp studied at the University of Delaware and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Shipp and bassist William Parker are charter members of the David S. Ware Quartet, one of the most important small groups in recent jazz history. Shipp has recorded with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory, DJ Spooky, Roy Campbell, and Mat Maneri. Since his 1987 debut with Rob Brown, (Sonic Explorations), he has released 49 recordings as a leader. Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. Since moving to New York in 2005 after living and studying in Richmond, Virginia, Jones has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds. "Darius Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone,” writes Nate Chinen in the New York Times, “and as an improviser he's fearless but disciplined.” Since 2009 Jones has released three highly acclaimed albums for AUM Fidelity: Man'ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing), with Rakalam Bob Moses and Cooper-Moore; Big Gurl (Smell My Dream), featuring Adam Lane and Jason Nazary; and Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) with Matt Mitchell, Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith. "Once again drawing on his Southern roots for inspiration, Jones revels in a program that runs the gamut from tender balladry to testimonial fervor,” writes Troy Collins, “with a penchant for all things funky underscoring the date. Fulfilling (and exceeding) expectations, Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) is a rightfully compelling follow-up to his stunning debut. With another installment already in the works, Jones has set the stage for a winning series of albums designed to document his rise as one of the most impressive and unique voices of our time." Tickets are available through the FAC box office, 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS. See the entire season at www.fineartscenter.com/solosandduos. The Solos & Duos Series is produced by the UMass Fine Arts Center. Thanks to the UMass Hotel at the Campus Center and WMUA, 91.1FM.
Friday, October 24, 2014
JD ALLEN QUARTET - JD Allen –tenor saxophone; Victor Gould – piano; Alexander Claffy – bass; Jonathan Barber – drums
Opening Group: East Catholic High School Jazz Ensemble

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Polish National Home – 60 Charter Oak Avenue - Hartford
4:30 – 6 pm:  Student workshop
7 pm:             East Catholic High School Jazz Ensemble
8 pm:             JD Allen Quartet
Tickets will be available via PayPal at the HJS website and at Integrity ‘N Music. Financial support for the concert is provided by the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees.
Friday, October 24, 2014 -7:30pm
RON CARTER TRIO
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE WEE 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 25, 2014 - 7pm - $15
RANDALL KANE QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Randall Kane on saxophone, Gary McMahon on guitar, Dick Rosol on bass and Fran Guerrera on drums, performing jazz standards and ballads. Great music of the 20th century - reimagined for today! Supported by a grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30pm - $22.50 - $64.50
BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET
Mortensen Hall – Bushnell – 166 Capitol Avenue – Hartford 860-987-5900
Experience the legacy of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. His sons – Dan on drums and Chris on bass and trombone – will join forces with guitarist Mike DeMicco, pianist Chuck Lamb and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for a dynamic performance of “melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.” – Philadelphia Inquirer.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30pm - $25
MORRIS “MO” PLEASURE CONCERT TO BENEFIT GUILFORD A BETTER CHANCE
International star Morris “Mo” Pleasure to perform with Connecticut’s own Rohn Lawrence (guitar) and David Lovolsi (bass), and other world renowned artists. The Guilford High School Jazz Ensemble will open the concert.
Guilford High School - 605 New England Road - Guilford
Morris "Mo" Pleasure produced two sold-out concerts in 2009 and 20011 at his alma mater, Guilford High School, for the benefit of Guilford ABC where he met his wife, Lori, when they were teenagers living in Guilford. An American composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and touring musician, Pleasure plays piano, bass, trumpet, and guitar, in genres that include pop, funk, jazz, R&B, soul, Brazilian, and classical music. Pleasure recorded and performed with artists such as Ray Charles, Najee, George Duke, Earth Wind and Fire (also served as music director for the band), Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Peter Cetera, David Foster and many others. Pleasure appeared in the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It and Janet Jackson's film Janet: Live in Hawaii. Pleasure is sponsored by Yamaha. Rohn Lawrence, widely acclaimed for his work with New Haven Funk bands such as "Good News" and "The Lift" (including saxophonist Marion Meadows), Lawrence continues to work with Meadows, George Duke, Diane Reeves, Jonathan Butler, Alex Bugñon, Freddie Jackson, Najee and many others. David Livolsi is an accomplished bass player also from Connecticut whose diversity led him to work with many world renowned artists such as John Scofield, Bill Evans, Jazz Is Dead, T Lavitz & Rod Morgenstein (from The Dixie Dregs), Jerry Goodman, Chuck Loeb, Sam Rivers, John Tropea, and David Spinozza. $25 Open Seating (online only at guilfordabc.org); VIP Orchestra seating, contact Jim Schaffer 203-912-2802, jim@charity-spring.org
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: BRYAN CARROT
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Bryan Carrott is an internationally renowned vibraphonist/mallet percussionist, who performs, records, and tours extensively in the jazz idiom. A prolific composer and improviser as well, Mr. Carrott is also an accomplished pianist. Bryan began percussion studies at New York's High School of Music and Art and continued at the Manhattan School of Music. He then went on to study at Brooklyn College under New York Philharmonic percussionist Morris Lang and William Paterson College, where he studied with Dave Samuels. Bryan completed degrees in Jazz Studies and Jazz Performance. A two-time recipient of New York's "Meet the Composer Foundation", Bryan has been cited by Down Beat Magazine's International Critics' Poll seven of the last nine years for "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in the vibes category. Mr. Carrott was featured in the concert film "The Lounge Lizards Live in Berlin," as well as several television programs including "BET's JAZZ CENTRAL". Bryan can also be seen performing on marimba with Don Byron and Harvey Kietel in the film, "Lulu on the Bridge". He spent two years as a featured mallet percussionist for Disney's Broadway production of "The Lion King" and most recently performed with Branford Marsalis and his Quartet on the original soundtrack music composed by Marsalis for the Spike Lee produced film, "3 A.M.". As a sideman Bryan has played with many top jazz groups including James Spaulding, Benny Powell, The Lounge Lizards, Kimati Dinizulu, and Roy Campbell. In recent years, he has been recording and performing with David "Fathead" Newman, Muhal Richard Abrahms, Butch Morris, The Jazz Passengers, Bob Moses, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Henry Threadgill, Dave Douglas, Yoron Israel Connection, and Charlie Hunter. These performances include dates in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. In the Summer of 2006, Carrott is stated to perform with the world renown Ju Percussion Group in Teipei. Carrott has also collaborated with pianist/composer Riccardo Fassi for successful tours and festival performances in Italy. An original member of The Ralph Peterson Fo'tet, Bryan has composed, performed, and recorded with the group for the last ten years. As a composer, Bryan has performed and presented his original music throughout the U.S., Europe and on recordings with the Fo'tet and vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd, all to critical acclaim. He also performs and tours with his own groups the Bryan Carrott Trio, Quartet, and Quintet. Bryan performs and records exclusively with the Ross R715G vibraphone and R420W marimba. Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, 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. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH DAVE DADDARIO AND LINDA RANSOM

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
Jazz nights every Thursday night with John Brighenti and Friends from 6:30-8:30pm. Talented bassist Dave Daddario will join veteran jazz pianist Brighenti with the inimitable Linda Ransom doing vocals!
Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 7pm
JHUNTER GROUP - Steven Marien-saxophone, Rufus Davis-keyboards, James Hunter-bass, Randy Cloutier-drums
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd - Mystic
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 8pm - $20 / $12 students, seniors
JAZZ MACABRE: A DARK EVENING WITH THE GRIM STRING QUARTET
Studio 59 - 59 Barber Street - Downtown Torrington
Tickets are available at the door or by calling (860) 482-6801. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own wine or spirits. For more information about the upcoming fall season, visit www.studio59ct.com.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOE MCPHEE | DANIEL LEVIN | CHRIS CORSANO
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).
November, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, 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. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Friday, November 7, 2014 – 7pm & 9pm - $22
NICOLE ZURAITIS GROUP
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE NELS CLINE SINGERS
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 8, 2014 7pm - $20
NICK DIMARIA QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Nick Di Maria is a New Haven-based jazz trumpeter. Since 2006, Nick has been performing with his quartet all over New England and New York City. Heavily influenced by Miles Davis and Eddie Henderson, Nick's music extends the capabilities of post bop, electronic and experimental music.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8pm - $15 / $12 Real Art Ways, Hartford Jazz Society & museum members
CONCERT: IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WITH WILLIAM PARKER - sessionography
The great William Parker - American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer - performs live at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, with his band, In Order To Survive. Parker, who plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri, was born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York. He studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison. He entered the music scene in 1971 performing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly's on The Bowery and The Baby Grand, playing with many acclaimed avant-garde musicians. Parker eventually began leading and recording his own bands, founding In Order To Survive in 1994. The ensemble is comprised of Kidd Jordan (tenor saxophone), Hamid Drake (percussion), Dave Burrell (piano), Rob Brown (alto saxophone), Lewis Barnes (trumpet), and Steve Swell (trombone), with Parker himself on stand-up bass. The performance, which takes place on the historic stage of the Wadsworth Atheneum's Aetna Theater, is presented by Real Art Ways in partnership with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Hartford Jazz Society. To purchase tickets call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North. The performance of William Parker and In Order to Survive, presented by Real Art Ways, Inc. in collaboration with Hallwalls, Inc. and Kerrytown Concert House, Inc., is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation..
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, 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. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: JOE MORRIS’ MESS HALL with Joe Morris, Jerome Deupree, Steve Lantner, Stephen Haynes
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MYRA MELFORD AND BEN GOLDBERG 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, November 15, 2014 – 8pm - $54-$74
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 20 Greenwoods Rd. W - Rt. 44. - Norfolk 866-666-6306
Saturday, November 15, 2014 -8pm - $40 / $35 / $30 / $5 Fairfield University students
VIJAY IYER TRIO
Quick Center for the Arts – 1073 N. Benson Rd. Fairfield University – Fairfield (203) 254-4010 or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396
Grammy Award nominees and Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Group of the Year 2012, the Vijay Iyer Trio is among the most celebrated ensembles in jazz. Receiving the honor of a 2013 MacArthur Fellow (“Genius Grant"), Vijay Iyer is joined by his colleagues Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephan Crump (bass) for an evening of incredible music.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 8pm - $10
SINAN BAKIR "SOLO ELECTRIC"
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Guitarist Sinan Bakir will be back at the Buttonwood Tree to play a concert on the solo electric guitar. The performance will include selections from his original work, standards and improvised pieces inspired by the moment. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 7-30pm
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, 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. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 7pm – FREE
CREATIVE CONTENT CONCERT - PHEEROAN AKLAFF
Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Happening 14: Students in Music 459 “Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I,” under the direction of drummer and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, interact with the campus community and confines. Not to be confused with a parade of dreams fulfilled or fantasies driven to burst. Your presence is encouraged.
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7pm & 9pm - $21
ALI RYERSON
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
ANDREA PARKINS 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).
Sunday, November 23, 2014 – 5pm - $24 / $5 students, elementary through graduate school
FRED HERSCH JAZZ TRIO CONCERT
Chester Meeting House - 4 Liberty St. - Chester
The 41st season of the Collomore Concert Series at the historic Chester Meeting House welcomes the Fred Hersch Trio. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch will perform with bassist Aidan Carroll and drummer Eric McPherson. Hersch's influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists -from his former students including Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus - to his contemporary Jason Moran, who has said, "Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.” The trio’s newest trio CD, Floating (Palmetto), was released in July 2014 and was named “an extravagantly beautiful new album" by the New York Times' Nate Chinen. A reception is held after the concert to meet the performers. Information is at collomoreconcerts.org or email tickets@collomoreconcerts.org or call 860-526-5162.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, 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. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
December, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
MINGUS BIG BAND
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JONATHAN FINLAYSON'S SICILIAN DEFENSE
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 7, 2014 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: CHAD TAYLOR
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 7:30pm - $45 - $65
JANE MONHEIT - HELLO BLUEBIRD - CELEBRATING THE JAZZ OF JUDY GARLAND
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
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 Journalistʼs 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 2002ʼs In The Sun and 2004ʼs Taking A Chance On Love.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($30) and 10 pm ($20)
LEE KONITZ 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).
December 14 - 21, 2014
International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba - Information

January, 2015
February, 2015
March, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
THE AMERICAN JAZZ CENTURY: WILLIE RUFF, AARON DIEHL
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
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.
  • Basils (64 West Stafford Road, Route 190, Stafford) is hosting jazz nights starting Friday, October 17 with Jeff Giglio Quartet.
  • Baxter's at the Bitter End (Bridgeport) - Steve Clark Trio performs every Wednesday from 8PM - 11:30 PM
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center with The Hartford Jazz Society. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Bloomfield Village Pizza (34 Tunxis Avenue – Bloomfield) - Cliff Davis Presents: Early Jazz every Monday evening 6pm – 9pm with some of the finest jazz artists in Connecticut. Students and professionals are welcome to perform. Come early and Leave early, and remember all of this is keeping jazz alive!!
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Canoe Club (Harbor Park - 80 Harbor Drive - Middletown) - jazz every Thursday from 6 – 10 pm
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Casona Bar & Restaurant (681 Wethersfield Ave - Hartford - 860-519-5590) – Latin Jazz every Friday at 6:30 pm; complimentary Happy Hour buffet; bar & restaurant menu
  • 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.
  • Japanalia – at various venues in Hartford
  • La Petite France Bakery Cafe (967 Farmington Ave - West Hartford) – jazz every Saturday at 8 pm beginning April 5 brings you the smooth sound of local jazz artists along with great food, so come out and enjoy! All ages welcome.
  • Laetus Restaurant & Lounge (253 Asylum St. - Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends every Wednesday at 7-10pm
  • Mattatuck Museum (144 West Main Street, Waterbury 203-753-0381) – presents jazz on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - The Steve Davis Group performs every Sunday from 6pm – 9pm
  • Montenia’s (137 State Street - Springfield, MA) - every second Sunday (3 PM - 7 PM)
  • 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 Thursday 4-7pm 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
  • Shish Lounge (904 Farmington Ave. - West Hartford 860-730-1030) - Live Jazz every Friday, 7pm-10pm - $5 cover. Swing dancing every Wednesday, 8pm-11pm where we play the best swing and jazz recordings from the 20s-40s.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
  • Trinity-On-Main (69 Main Street, New Britain 860-229-2072) – a live jazz happy hour is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 5 pm, donation $5
  • Whistle Stop Cafe (139 Broad Street, Windsor, Exit 37 off 91 North) – every Wednesday from 6 pm – 9 pm, no cover
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