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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, 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

July, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 8:30pm - $10
NEW HAVEN/GERMANY-BASED CHAMBER IMPROV TRIO BROADCLOTH AND NEW YORK-BASED VOCALIST JEN SHYU
The Big Room - Erector Square - 319 Peck St. - Building 6W, Studio D - New Haven
On July 23rd, The Uncertainty Music Series is pleased to present the improvisation trio Broadcloth featuring vocalist Anne Rhodes, accordionist Adam Matlock, and cellist Nathan Bontrager. Bontrager currently divides his time between Germany and the US and will only be performing this one with Broadcloth in the US this year. Vocalist Jen Shyu is a Doris Duke 2014 Impact Award winner. For this performance, Shyu will be performing from elements of her solo work "Solo Rites: Seven Breaths". Shyu “is among New York’s most invigorating vocal presences. And perhaps the most enigmatic” (Larry Blumenfeld, Wall Street Journal). “Instead of think about her categorically … focus on how beautifully and generously she use sound” (Ben Ratliff, The New York Times). Broadcloth’s members are all acclaimed performers and composers in their own right. Vocalist Rhodes “brings an intense presence to the music, a voice that seems to imply capacity in every vocal style” (Brian Morton, Point of Departure). Accordionist Adam Matlock “has a virtuoso command of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ accordion timbres, precisely measuring the breadth of his sound” (Kevin Whitehead, NPR). Cellist Bontrager’s cello quartet has been called a group capable of presenting “concerts that showcase the whole breadth of improvised music” (Carl Ludwig Huebsch). Broadcloth performs improvised music with a nod to various compositional outlets. Using a unique instrumentation of voice (Anne Rhodes), cello (Nathan Bontrager) and accordion/recorders (Adam Matlock), the trio plays from notated, graphic, embroidered, and textual scores in addition to completely spontaneous pieces. Without shying away from virtuosity, Broadcloth creates music that reflects the order of composition and the risk of unpredictable musical interactions. Emphasis lies on establishing a holistic sound that favors cooperation over hierarchy. Born in Illinois from Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, Jen Shyu is a soloist and bandleader now based in New York. Shyu has worked with innovators such as Anthony Braxton, Mark Dresser, Dave Burrell, and currently records and tours with saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman and Five Elements since appearing on his latest albums Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi Recordings 2010) and Lucidarium and Weaving Symbolics (Label Bleu 2005 & 2006). The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven, CT based creative music series that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on experimental, improvised, and electronic music and presents one concert a month on the 2nd Saturday of every month, as well as occasional supplementary concerts at various locations in New Haven. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The Big Room is a new studio and performance space providing the New Haven area with a much needed, low-tech platform for interdisciplinary collaboration, experimentation and research in dance and performance.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 6pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH PHIL BOWLER

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
An electrifying evening of jazz with maestro John Brighenti on keyboards and renowned bassist Phil Bowler.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 6-10 pm - FREE
PETER HAND JAZZ DUO

Basso Cafe - 124 New Canaan Avenue - Norwalk
Guitarist/Composer and Savant Records recording artist Peter Hand and bassist Harvie S will perform a wide range of great jazz and Brazilian music plus Horace Silver classics at Basso Cafe. Peter Hand's original compositions and arrangements have been performed by such artists as Jon Lucien, Carmen Lundy, Claudio Roditi, Houston Person, Lee Konitz, George Coleman, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. His Savant Records CD, "The Peter Hand Big Band Featuring Houston Person – The Wizard of Jazz: A Tribute To Harold Arlen" was cited by jazz critics as one of the best CDs of 2009, and Savant Records will release "Out Of Hand", a brand new studio recording of the Peter Hand Big Band on September 9th. Joining Peter at Basso Cafe is bassist, composer and recording artist Harvie S, one of the leading bassists in jazz today, who has performed with Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Joe Lovano, Paquito D'Rivera, Ray Barretto, Dave Valentin and countless others. Information: call 203-354-6566, or see www.bassobistrocafe.com, www.peterhandmusic.com.
Thursday, July 24 2014 – Doors 7:00pm - $25
ADAM KOLKER QUARTET - Featuring John Abercrombe.
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Adam Kolkerhas long been recognized as an important part of the NYC and international music worlds as a robust improviser, composer and band leader. He has several critically acclaimed recordings under his name including "Flag Day" featuring Abercrombie and the late, great Paul Motian. John Abercrombie is a long time ECM recording artist and a true legend in the world of jazz guitar and modern composition. The band is completed by Joe Fitzgerald on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums, two veterans of long standing in the NYC jazz scene. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed. Tickets and details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 1-7pm - FREE
SWINGIN ON THE VINE DAY OF JAZZ AND DANCE

Black Birch Vineyard - Glendale Road – Southampton, MA info 413-519-3654 or 413-527-0164
A day of music and dance at the beautiful Black Birch Winery featuring 6 wonderful groups. Hosted by Ed and Mary Blackwell and located at their beautiful vineyard featuring their great wines, stellar views of the Mount Tom range.
1 pm - The Expandable Brass Band this local group has been playing their brand of street music for over 4 years throughout Massachusetts. Their spirit and music is infectious and sure to get your feet moving.
2 pm - The Valley Jazz Divas with guest Scott Mulett. Jill Connolly, Barbara Weene and Carol Abbe Smith have been harmonizing together for over 6 years performing at Northamptons First Night and the Paradise City Arts Festival. The Divas will be performing with Claire Aranius on Drums, James Argiro Piano, Wayne Roberts bass, and special guest Scott Mulett sax.
3pm - Lisa Leizman Dance Company has been performing for over 20 years and is the resident company for the Northampton Center or the Arts. The company has performed throughout the Pioneer Valley in both indoor and outdoor settings.
4pm - Green Street Trio featuring Jason Robinson. The Green Street Trio was formed 4 years ago and is the house band for the Tuesday night jazz series at The Loft at the Clarion hotel in Northampton. The trio features Paul Arslanian piano, George Kaye bass and John Fisher drums.The Trio have performed with individually and together with many of the top Jazz performers in the country including Gary Smulyan, Karrin Allyson, Grace Kelly,Houston Pierson to name a few. Jason Robinson is on the faculty at Amherst College and performs internationally with his own big band.
5pm - WOFA drum and dance troupe of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School - This group under the leadership of Kabisko Kaba of Guinea has performed throughout the area as well as a trip last year to Guinea. They feature both contemporary and traditional music and dance for West Africa.
6pm - As Yet Quintet features Eugene Uman piano, Anna Patton, clarinet, Charlie Schneeweiss trumpet, Miamon Miller, violin, Julian Gerstin, congas, Todd Roach, drums. The group world music vibes range from Latin grooves to Turkish modes with Cajun rhythms.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 7pm - $20
JAZZ JAMMIN with Vince Rogers trumpet; Steve Lipman, vocals,; Dan Prindle bass; Chris Casey piano; Tido Holtkamp, drums
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – Doors 7:30pm - $25
ERIC WYATT Quartet CD Release Party!
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
Eric is joined by Benito Gonzalez on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass, Shinnosuke Takahashi on drums.
Tickets and details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8 pm - $10
LA HOT JAZZ
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Buttonwood Tree will be sizzlin’ on July 26 when La Hot Jazz performs with sophistication and style. These seasoned musicians will add a unique flavor and charisma to The Buttonwood Tree’s jazz event. The band performs the Great American Songbook with a lineup of voice, upright bass, saxophone, drums, and piano. La Hot Jazz recently recorded “Under the Moonlight” at Rotary Records in West Springfield, MA. On this CD you will hear sophisticated renditions of familiar favorites like Black Coffee, East of the Sun, and I Love Paris. Vocalist Sue Lopes was educated at the Hartford Conservatory. She has thrilled crowds from Hartford to Chicago over the past 15 years with her unique, sultry renditions of the jazz canon. On upright bass, you will hear the remarkable David Hosking who has performed professionally since the age of nineteen. Dave studied under Rick Rozzi, Principal Bass of the Hartford Symphony, and Dr. Bruce Bellingham, Professor Emeritus of Music History at UConn. Saxophonist and flautist Ralph Martin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. As music director of La Hot Jazz he ensures that the musical experience the band cooks up is both fresh and authentic. Drummer and band leader Louie Delorso studied with the great Jim Handley, and has honed his craft over decades to develop an outstanding level of musicianship on the skins. Pianist Jerry Aiyathurai adds a deft classical touch, drawing on his eight years with the ABRSM program of the Royal College of Music (London). http://www.bandmix.com/lahotjazz/ Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, July 28, 2014 – 6pm
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
RAY MANTILLA ENSEMBLE
Opening Group: Espada Jazz Ensemble

Pavilion – Bushnell Park – Hartford (Rain venue: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford)
Monday, July 28, 2012 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
STEVE DAVIS QUARTET – Steve Davis (trombone)), Tony Davis (guitar), Steven Porter (bass), Curtis Torian (drums) with special guest Alita Moses (vocals)

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, July 31, 2014 - 6pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH ERIN O'LUANAIGH

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
House favorite jazz vocalist Erin O'Luanaigh joins maestro John Brighenti for another great evening of jazz and standards.
August, 2014
Friday, August 1 thru Sunday August 3, 2014
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Fort Adams State Park – Harrison Avenue - Newport, RI
The festival features three full days of jazz on three different stages at Fort Adams, one of the park system's national treasures situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. In between sets, in addition to enjoying the breathtaking views and ocean breeze, patrons can also enjoy the unique food and crafts areas throughout the festival site, or relax in one of the Louis Jadot Wine Cafés where wine, beer and food is served.
Monday, August 4, 2014 – 6pm
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
RENEE ROSNES QUARTET
Opening Group: N’dea Lloyd

Pavilion – Bushnell Park – Hartford (Rain venue: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford)
Monday, August 4, 2013 - 8pm - FREE
JAZZ IN THE LIVING ROOM: KEVIN SAINT JAMES & JOE MCWILLIAMS

Cafe Nine - 250 State Street - New Haven 203-789-8281
In the midst of many other musical projects, Jazz pianist Joe McWilliams; Rhythm & Blues Singer Kevin Saint James; and local songbird Kriss Santala started doing a piano-lounge show from time to time at Cafe Nine in the mid 1990's. Since then, all three have been on the Cafe Nine stage in a variety of bands playing Jazz, Blues, R&B, and original music. A few years ago, Joe and Kevin reconnected with each other and since then have played numerous shows in downtown New Haven and beyond as a duo, a trio (with an added bassist), and with a full band (The Kevin Saint James Band). On many occasions, they have been joined again by Kriss Santala and more recently by Katherine Christopher who has also played on the Cafe Nine stage for many years during the 1990's with her R&B band, The Convertibles. Jazz in The Living Room brings them all together for a relaxed evening of Jazz Standards made popular by artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Louis Prima, and more. Cafe Nine hosts live music of all genres from national, regional, and local acts in the heart of New Haven's Historic 9th Square seven nights a week. This intimate setting is the perfect place to catch some of your favorites getting back to their roots or see the stars of tomorrow on their way to the stadiums.
Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10, 2014
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Goshen Fairgrounds – Goshen
Lineup
“The Litchfield” is not just a festival—it’s a jazz family. The focus is quality and fun across the boards. Listen, learn and love jazz at the Festival’s 19th anniversary under the tent or on the lawn at the Goshen Fairground in Goshen, CT, August 8-10. Enjoy the Opening Night Friends Gala, three days of music on two stages, fine art and handmade crafts, fantastic food, wine and local brews, artist talks, student performances, plus family activities, all with views and sunsets over the rolling Litchfield Hills. The line-up features The Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cyrus Chestnut, Curtis Fuller, Anthony Strong, Jimmy Greene, Mike Stern, Jane Bunnett, Mario Pavone, the LJF Orchestra Django Reinhardt Project and more. For five weeks leading up to the Jazz Festival is Litchfield Jazz Camp (July 6-August 8) now on the campus of Canterbury School, New Milford, CT. A non-competitive total jazz immersion for students ages 12 through adult led by Music Director Don Braden and taught by award-winning touring and recording jazz musicians. Students even perform on a second stage Jazz Fest weekend. For more information visit www.litchfieldjazzfest.com, find us www.facebook.com/litchfieldjazzfestival, www.twitter.com/litchfieldjazz or call 860-361-6285.
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8pm - $20 / $12 students, seniors
THS JAZZ COMBO - Tom Killackey – trumpet, Matt Stevens – guitar, Michael Louchen – bass, Brandon Charron - drums
Studio 59 - 59 Barber Street - Downtown Torrington
Proceeds from this concert will go directly to support the Torrington High School Music Department's marching band to be able to play in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington. Gold Medal - Fermi High School Jazz Festival 2014 "I have a Jazz Combo this year that is simply the best jazz group I have ever had."
---Wayne Splettstoeszer - Director of Instrumental Music/Music Technology - Torrington High School Torrington, CT selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America 2014! Torrington has received this national designation fourteen times since 2000, the most of any community in Connecticut. When it comes to music excellence, THS Music means business.' Just like local business owners, these music students understand the concept and value of hard work, and the success that can come with it. To be invited to play in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is an honor of great distinction for students, school, town, and state. But to participate, students need your financial support. Please become a Sponsor, and help our students keep the march alive. This incredible educational performance experience will cost each attendee $500 -- out of the range of many of our students. You can help. To make your contribution, or for more information, contact THS Band Director, Wayne Splettstoeszer at 860-489-2282 or email: WSplettstoeszer@torrington.org Visit www.thsmusic.net
If you cannot attend this performance please consider making a contribution. 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.
Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 7pm - $20
GERRY BEAUDOIN
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street - Windsor
Gerry Beudoin will perform with his son Gerard Beuadoin III on vibes, and Brad Hallen on bass. "...One of the finest jazz guitarists on the face of the earth, Mr. Gerry Beaudoin." -Gene Pettit Program Manager - Public Broadcasting Station WICN
Monday, August 11, 2014 – 6pm
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
STEPHEN “KING” PORTER
Opening Group: Michael Pallas Quintet

Pavilion – Bushnell Park – Hartford (Rain venue: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford)
Thursday, August 14 – Sunday, August 17, 2014
HUDSON VALLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Various venues in and near Warwick, NY
Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Unionville Center Gazebo, Alice Clover Pinney Park, School Street, Farmington
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing with New England’s busiest Big Band style group returning to the Unionville Gazebo. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. This amazing 10-piece swing orchestra features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. (Rain Site: Farmington Senior Center).For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Saturday, August 16, 2014 – FREE
NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL
New Haven Green
Sunday, August 17, 2014
JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Monday, August 18, 2014 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing with New England’s busiest Big Band style group returning to West Hartford’s Westmoor Park for the third straight year. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. This amazing 10-piece swing orchestra features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. (Rain Date: August 18) For more information see wwww.simplyswingmusic.com.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Noon – FREE
SIMPLY US FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Old State House Steps, Hartford
Simply Us featuring talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa will perform selections from the Great American Songbook. Simply Us is a five-piece combo comprised musicians from Simply Swing, New England’s busiest Big Band style group and led by drummer/composer Joe LaRosa. (Rain Date: August 22)
Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Riverfront Amphitheater, East River Drive East Hartford
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing with New England’s busiest Big Band style group making its first appearance at the scenic Riverfront Amphitheater in East Hartford. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. This amazing 10-piece swing orchestra features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. (Rain Date: August 24) For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8 pm - $10 / $5 students
DAN ARCAMONE
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Bloomfield Senior Center, 330 Park Avenue, Bloomfield (Rain or Shine)
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing, an amazing 10-piece swing orchestra. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Veterans Park, Main Street, Ansonia
Simply Swing continues its hectic summer schedule with its first performance in the Ansonia Cultural Commission’s summer concert series. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.www.simplyswingmusic.com
Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 2:30pm - $25 - $97.50
TONY BENNETT WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST ANTONIA BENNETT
Tanglewood - Koussevitzky Music Shed - Lenox, MA
No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950's. He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" and his signature song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and now in the first two decades of the 21st century. In the last ten years alone, he has sold ten million records. Bennett has received 17 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Award. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards for pop music. He has toured the world to sold out audiences with rave reviews whenever he performs.
September, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
William J. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield Street, Wethersfield
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues indoors at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Friday, September 5, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
Rocky Hill Lions Fair, Elm Ridge Park, Rocky Hill
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues at the Rocky Hill Lions Fair. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 7pm - $20
JOHN KORDALEWSKI, pianist and KURTIS RIVERS, alto sax
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Kordalewski leads the Makanda Project, a thirteen-piece group playing previously unrecorded compositions by Makanda Ken McIntyre and featuring several of Boston’s leading jazz musicians. Rivers, a fixture of the Boston jazz scene, and member of the Makanda Project, joins Kordalewski for evening of great jazz.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 8pm – FREE
MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT
Faith Congregational Church - 2030 Main Street – Hartford 860.547-0820 Wheelchair accessible
The Many Colors of a W*O*M*A*N FREE Jazz Concert will feature Nicki Mathis’ AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ with: Ricky Alfonso trumpet, Alysia C Cosby voice, James Daggs bass, Carolyn Doughtie clarinet, Melanie Dyer viola; Jill Friedman voice; Joey Djimbe, Bill Lowe trombone; Linda Presgrave piano, NYESHA Mccauley voice, Maxine Martin tenor, Antoinette Montague voice, Dotti Anita Taylor flute/voice; Deborah Weisz trombone, Cleo Duke Wright voice. To round out this international, multigenerational feast for the senses, the evening’s performances will spotlight original compositions of participants, & more.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7pm - $15
GEORGE LESIW QUARTET - George Lesiw-Guitar; George Mastrogiannis-Drums; Preston Murphy-Bass; Jack Riotte-Tenor Sax
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
When reflecting upon Miles Davis' original thoughts surrounding fusion jazz, I have to say that George Lesiw has done a masterful job of interpreting those ideas." -Sheldon T. Nunn
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE
BASSIST NAT REEVES’ ALL STAR ENSEMBLE
ED FAST & CONGA BOP

Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
Monday, September 22, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
The Calendar House - Southington
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing concludes with an indoor performance at The Calendar House in Southington. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. There’s plenty of room for dancers at this series finale. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com
October, 2014
Thursday, October 11, 2014, 7pm - $15
NICKI MATHIS, AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Jazz standards, blues, Latin jazz, Brazilian spirituals, show tunes, popular and Reggae repertoires.
November, 2014
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.
December, 2014
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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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) - Steve Davis Quartet featuring Linda Ransom every Sunday 6-9pm
  • 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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