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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.

June, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016 – 6:30pm - $27.50 cover / $15 minimum
JON-ERIK KELLSO QUARTET
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane - Ridgefield
Reservations: 203-438-8282
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 7pm - FREE
SIMPLY SWING – featuring Vivian LaRosa

Riverfront Park - Welles Street - Glastonbury
Under the musical direction of drummer/composer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and wonderful vocals by Vivian LaRosa. The popular swing orchestra will perform a variety of favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released in 2013. Blankets or lawn chairs suggested. Rain date: August 14. Full series info: http://www.simplyswingmusic.com
Monday, June 27, 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, June 27, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - RAY MCMORRIN QUINTET: Ray McMorrin-saxophone; Josh Evans-trumpet; Dave Bryant-piano; Dezron Douglas-bass; Curtis Torian-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.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 6:30pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING – featuring Vivian LaRosa

Elizabeth Park - Asylum Avenue - West Hartford
Simply Swing continues at Elizabeth Park, Hartford. Under the musical direction of drummer/composer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and wonderful vocals by Vivian LaRosa. The popular swing orchestra will perform a variety of favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released in 2013. Rain date: June 30. Full series info: http://www.simplyswingmusic.com
Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
MONTREAL JAZZ WEEKEND PACKAGE
Package Includes:
  • Round Trip First Class Motorcoach Transportation
  • 3 Nights Quality Accommodations at the Newly Renovated Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville - www.yul-downtown.hiselect.com
  • 235 rooms
  • Health & Fitness Center
  • Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool
  • Spa Facilities
  • Full Buffet Breakfast each morning
Transportation to the Casino de Montreal - Friday evening
Hotel taxes and Gratuities

DISCOUNT PRICE PER PERSON
$750 per person based on 1 per room
$480 per person based on 2 per room
$395 per person based on 3 per room
$360 per person based on 4 per room

Passports are needed

Bus Departs: 8:00AM
From: Windsor Commuter Lot, Windsor Ct (Rte 218) Next to Mt. St. Benedict’s Cemetery
Make checks or money orders payable to: Tonya Knight
Mail payments to: Tonya Knight, P.O. Box 232011, Hartford, CT 06123
Payment schedule per person: March 1st100.00; April 1st $100.00; May 1 $100.00; June 1st balance in full
Deposits are non-refundable unless trip is cancelled
July, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
SWINGTIME BIG BAND

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
By George! Big Band Gershwin! For their ninth annual visit to Music Mountain, Swingtime Big Band celebrates the music of George Gershwin on the 100th anniversary of his first song being published! The evening will also feature special centennial birthday tributes to bandleaders Harry James and Billy May. Dedicated to the performance of America's greatest popular standards, Swingtime Big Band has been thrilling concert audiences with authentic recreations of the timeless swing music of such great Big Band leaders as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Doresey, Duke Ellington, among many others. Lead by Musical Director Steve Shaiman and featuring vocalists Bobbie Ruth and Jerry Costanzo, this 20-piece band brings to life both the style and the spirit of this unforgettable music. Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Monday, July 4, 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, July 4, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, July 7, 2016 – 6pm - $10 members / $15 non members - buy here: http://bit.ly/MC3Mattatuck
MIKE CASEY TRIO - Mike Casey - Saxophones, Corey Garcia - Drums, Matt Dwonszyk - Bass
The Mattatuck Museum - 144 West Main Street = Waterbury 203-753-0381 x130
A lifetime passion for the saxophone began when Mike took to the saxophone like a fish to water in the 5th grade. Eager to expand his musical horizons, he attended the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts in high school, where he studied in the jazz program. He is a graduate of the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford's Hartt School, CT). While at Hartt he was fortunate to study with renowned jazz artists such as saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, & Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. Nominated for “Best Jazz” in the CT Music Awards, Mike has performed and delighted a wide range of audiences throughout the Northeast. He has shared the stage with notable jazz artists such as Marc Cary, JD Allen, Charles Tolliver, Duane Eubanks, Rashaan Carter, Tarus Mateen, Ugonna Okegwo, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, Brandee Younger, & Dezron Douglas. In early 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz musicians/composers worldwide selected to participate in the prestigious 2 week “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he was fortunate to learn from celebrated jazz artists Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Eric Revis, J.D. Allen, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, and Cyrus Chestnut. Mike has performed at notable venues such as Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC), The Kennedy Center (DC), , Minton’s, Gin Fizz, Ginny’s Supper Club, & Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Exit Zero Jazz Festival (NJ), & NYC Winter Jazz Fest, & consistently performs in the top jazz venues Connecticut has to offer. Mike has enchanted audiences young & old alike, performing a unique blend of upbeat, accessible, original music and exciting arrangements of jazz standards with a mature lyricism and a sound that commands the attention of the audience. Watch/Listen to the Mike Casey Trio here: www.mikecaseyjazz.com/trioepk
Thursday, July 7, 2016 – 8pm – 10pm - FREE
WEST HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
The West Hartford Jazz Jam features musicians from the greater Hartford region of CT. Led by James Antonucci, the core of this group are founding members of the Shoreline Jazz Collective, which performed in CT with the likes of Dick Oatts, John Mosca, Scott Wendholt, Ralph Lalama and Michael Mossman. Continuing in its new location at Black Eyed Sally’s, the band will also feature alumni members of the prestigious Hall High School jazz program past and present. These evenings will be sure to be great evenings of modern and seminal big band literature, great food, and great hang. Come check it out!!
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 8pm - $28 general public / $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni / $12 students
JIMMY GREENE QUARTET
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown 860-685-3355 cfa@wesleyan.edu
One of the most respected jazz saxophonists of his generation, Jimmy Greene will perform works from his Grammy Award-nominated album Beautiful Life (2014, Mack Avenue Records) with Aaron Goldberg on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, and Otis Brown III on drums. Mr. Greene graduated from The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford in 1997. Mr. Greene previously performed as part of the Summer at the CFA Series in July 2008 as part of the Kwaku Kwaakye Martin Obeng Band in the CFA Courtyard.Tickets for this event go on sale on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Noon.
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
VINCE GIORDANO & THE NIGHTHAWKS

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks are renowned on the big band circuit for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and ‘30s jazz and popular music. For over 40 years, Vince Giordano has single handedly kept alive a wonderful genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation. The Grammy Award Winning band has appeared in film (The Aviator), television (HBO’s Bessie, Boardwalk Empire), and regularly performs live throughout New York City and far afield including appearances at The Rainbow Room, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and weekly engagements at Iguana NYC. Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 8 pm - $10
LASZLO GARDONY – MARCO PIGNATARO DUO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
New England’s world-class musicians, Laszlo Gardony (piano) and Marco Pignataro (saxophone) will perform unique takes of South-American and Caribbean standards as well as originals and jazz standards with arrangements especially suited for the duo. They have toured the Dominican Republic as a duo and have played major festivals (Rochester Jazz Festival, Cambridge River Festival) together. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, July 11, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

YOSVANY TERRY QUARTET
Opening Group: DAMIEN CURTIS SEPTET

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford

Monday, July 11, 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, July 11, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 8 pm - $85
TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews fronts Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the age of six, and toured internationally for the first time at age 12 before joining Lenny Kravitz’ horn section at the age of 19. He performed on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah, and the band has made guest appearances on Conan, Leno, Kimmel, Fallon, Arsenio, and Austin City Limits. Shorty also played himself on the HBO series “Treme,” performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month and received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation. AllShows.com VIP Party Pass which includes a pre- show cocktail party, open bar, priority parking, VIP seating and meet and greet with the artist when available! Call the Box Office for more information. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Thursday, July 14, 2016 – 8pm – 10pm - FREE
WEST HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
The West Hartford Jazz Jam features musicians from the greater Hartford region of CT. Led by James Antonucci, the core of this group are founding members of the Shoreline Jazz Collective, which performed in CT with the likes of Dick Oatts, John Mosca, Scott Wendholt, Ralph Lalama and Michael Mossman. Continuing in its new location at Black Eyed Sally’s, the band will also feature alumni members of the prestigious Hall High School jazz program past and present. These evenings will be sure to be great evenings of modern and seminal big band literature, great food, and great hang. Come check it out!!
Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 - FREE
THE 25TH ANNUAL GREATER HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ

Bushnell Park - Hartford
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 8 pm - $10
SEAN CLAPIS TRIO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Guitarist/composer Sean Clapis has recently made his biggest statement yet with the release of The Unseen River. Best known by some for his work with the popular revivalist jazz ensemble Carte Blanche, he is also making a mark in New York and beyond in the realm of modern jazz. Born and bred in Hartford, CT, Sean trained at the Artist’s Collective, founded by Jackie McLean, and at the storied Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, getting the opportunity along the way to perform at the “National Festival da Juventude” on the African island nation of Cape Verde. Upon receiving a generous scholarship from the Hartford Jazz Society in 2005, Sean earned his Bachelor’s in Music at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, training with notable masters such as Rene McLean, Randy Johnston, Rich Goldstein, Steve Davis, Andy LaVerne, Joe Diorio and many others. Moving to Brooklyn in 2011, Clapis began his relationship with Carte Blanche and forged many other new relationships in the jazz world. He has also performed with the Spanish rock group “Tulsa,” Alan Palmer’s progressive jazz ensemble “New Soil Ship,” the swing band “Fleur Seule” and Scott Bradlee’s “Postmodern Jukebox” among many others. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
THE CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY PRESENTS JOANNA WALLFISCH, BEYOND JONI MITCHELL

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
Called "a breath of fresh air on the jazz scene," the Saturday evening Twilight Series continues with vocalist Joanna Wallfisch debuting a retrospective of 1960's songstresses that will bridge the sounds and stories of folk and jazz improvisations, calling on Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Judee Sills and beyond. British vocalist/composer Joanna Wallfisch has built an impressive profile since her move to New York from London in 2012. Her latest album, The Origin of Adjustable Things was received with wide critical acclaim. Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Monday, July 18, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

THE AFRI-GARIFUNA JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Opening Group: ERICA BRYAN QUARTET

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford

Monday, July 18, 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, July 18, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 8pm – 10pm - FREE
WEST HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
The West Hartford Jazz Jam features musicians from the greater Hartford region of CT. Led by James Antonucci, the core of this group are founding members of the Shoreline Jazz Collective, which performed in CT with the likes of Dick Oatts, John Mosca, Scott Wendholt, Ralph Lalama and Michael Mossman. Continuing in its new location at Black Eyed Sally’s, the band will also feature alumni members of the prestigious Hall High School jazz program past and present. These evenings will be sure to be great evenings of modern and seminal big band literature, great food, and great hang. Come check it out!!
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 8 pm - $10
ERIC KUHN WITH NOAH BAERMAN AND DAVE KOPPERMAN
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Eric Kuhn, Noah Baerman, and Dave Kopperman are all multi-faceted performers, songwriters and bandleaders. On this evening we will be treated to solo sets of mostly original songs by each artist along with collaborative jams on one another’s material and quite possibly a stump speech by Eric for his presidential campaign. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
THE CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY PRESENTS DAN TEPFER GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATIONS

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
Brilliant jazz pianist and APA Cole Porter Fellow Dan Tepfer will perform his critically acclaimed Goldberg Variations / Variation. Following each of Bach’s original Goldberg Variations, Mr. Tepfer creates his own improvised variation that becomes a musical commentary and takeoff on the Bach. His 2011 Goldberg Variations / Variations has received broad praise as a "riveting, inspired, fresh musical exploration" (New York Times). Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8 pm
ALEX SNYDMAN TRIO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Drummer Alex Snydman launched himself onto the modern jazz landscape with his debut album entitled Fortunate Action, which released in 2013. Alex explains his inspiration behind the project: “Fortunate Action is a term that to me symbolizes the positive ripples that echo out when we listen to our inner voice. Sometimes, this intuition we are all imbued with, is telling us to make a difficult decision, but it seems that it is always directing us towards a path of Love.” Down Beat Magazine states “Syndman’s debut recalls the heartland approach of Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band” while All About Jazz declares “Fortunate Action deserves serious attention from critics and fans alike.” This sentiment is echoed by EJAZZ NEWS saying “Alex Snydman has offered the listening public a new level of sound, with accolade-blanketed reactions” and Brent Black of Critical Jazz declaring the album as “One of the best for 2013…4.5 Stars…on point in every possible fashion.” Alex has performed at major jazz clubs and festivals on the East and West Coasts as a leader and sideman, sharing the stage with artists such as Grammy winner Charles Neville, Larry Koonse, Grace Kelly, Avery Sharpe, Joe Sanders, Felipe Salles, Miro Sprague, Tatum Greenblatt, Chris Pattishall, Josh Johnson, Danny Janklow and many more. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Jazz Performance at The California Institute of the Arts, while maintaining a bi-coastal performance schedule. Snydman’s new Trio features the talents of emerging pianist, Keelan Dimick whom took 1st place at the International Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the age of 14. Since then, Keelan turned down full rides from The Berklee School of Music as well as The University of Michigan to pursue an undergraduate degree from The Manhattan School of Music as well as a Full Ride for his Masters at The University of Miami. Dimick has recorded with critically acclaimed artists Kobie Watkins, Amanda Brecker, Walter Smith, and many others. “Keelan Dimick has all the elements I hope to encounter in a jazz pianist: that ‘bounce’ in his playing that makes the music come alive, solos that are commanding and full of direction, and a supportive and inspiring accompanist. —Bob Reynolds (John Mayor, Snarky Puppy) The trio is rounded out by award winning bassist Jonathan Richards, a first call player on the Los Angeles jazz scene. He is a regular member of Grammy winning pianist Bill Cunliffe’s band, as well as the great Joe LaBarbera’s new Quartet. He has also shared the stage with notables such as Terrell Stafford, Eric Reed, Grace Kelley, Jeff Clayton, Peter Erskine, Kris Bowers and Grammy winner Van Hunt. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, July 25, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

E.J. STRICKLAND QUINTET
Opening Group: MIKE CASEY

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
Monday, July 25, 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, July 25, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
THE CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY PRESENTS WILL AND PETER ANDERSON QUINTET: SAX SQUARED

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
Called "virtuosos on saxophone" by the New York Times, Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary sibling teams performing music today. Peter and Will will be joined on Saturday evening by jazz organist Pat Bianchi, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Kenny Washington to present Sax Squared, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the saxophone. The concert will include the repertoire and stylings of sax legends like Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, and Coleman Hawkins in addition to new original works by the Andersons composed specifically for this concert. Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8 pm - $10
SWEET AS SUGAR
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
“Sweet As Sugar” is Bill Shontz, Zack Danziger and Kate Nicolau. At their core they are jazz based, but mix in originals and more than a dolop of cool medleys and fusions of well known songs. Bill Shontz, writes, sings, and plays Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones and sometimes some surprises. Kate is a wonderful vocalist with a sweet,jazzy, Diana Krall approach, Zack is a brilliant guitarist and vocalist/songwriter. He loves to use his “looper” and inevitably ends up accompanying himself as he creates a highly crafted, clever solo on top. “They combine their voices to make some terrific, sophisticated harmonies making for great original arrangements.” “….All in all, this is a clever, lighthearted, funny, and musically sophisticated group”. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time
August, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

TOM HARRELL’S TRIP
Opening Group: JOSH BRUNEAU QUINTET

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 8pm – 10pm - FREE
WEST HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
The West Hartford Jazz Jam features musicians from the greater Hartford region of CT. Led by James Antonucci, the core of this group are founding members of the Shoreline Jazz Collective, which performed in CT with the likes of Dick Oatts, John Mosca, Scott Wendholt, Ralph Lalama and Michael Mossman. Continuing in its new location at Black Eyed Sally’s, the band will also feature alumni members of the prestigious Hall High School jazz program past and present. These evenings will be sure to be great evenings of modern and seminal big band literature, great food, and great hang. Come check it out!!
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 8 pm - $38
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and an art exhibit by a local artist! A legend lives on! The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Playhouse! With its unique jazz sound, the 18-member Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Under the baton of Music Director/vocalist Nick Hilscher, the consummate entertainers will play and sing selections from the vast Glenn Miller Orchestra library including all of the biggest hits that were the soundtrack of The Greatest Generation — “Moonlight Serenade”, “A String of Pearls”, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “At Last”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “In The Mood”, “Stardust”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, plus some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Saturday, August 6, 2016
SPRINGFIELD JAZZ & ROOTS FESTIVAL
2 Court Square – Springfield, MA
Saturday, August 6 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL – “GENERATIONS OF JAZZ”
Goshen Fairgrounds - 116 Old Middle Street - Goshen
This year, the Festival is dedicated to bassist Mario Pavone, one of the founding members of Litchfield Jazz Festival & Camp. The themed program, Generations Of Jazz, pairs young stars-in-the-making who came out of the Fest’s teaching arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp, with iconic players. Young lions like saxophonist Albert Rivera and pianist Emmet Cohen will be joined by guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Other well-known artists includes Steve Johns, Orrin Evans, Dave Stryker, Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe. Matt Wilson and many more. This year the Festival sports a new look with its Sunday kickoff, Scat & Scramble - A Jazz Brunch with a New Orleans flair in food and music led by saxophonist Donald Harrison and an all-star band. Tickets are on sale now at LJF2016.eventbrite.com. Visit the website www.litchfieldjazzfest.com or call 860-361-6285 for assistance and information.
Monday, August 8, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

NOAH PREMINGER QUARTET
Opening Group: JEFF FULLER TRIO

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
Monday, August 15, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

DOUG WIMBISH QUINTET
Opening Group: MX=TRIO DATA

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 8pm – 10pm - FREE
WEST HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
The West Hartford Jazz Jam features musicians from the greater Hartford region of CT. Led by James Antonucci, the core of this group are founding members of the Shoreline Jazz Collective, which performed in CT with the likes of Dick Oatts, John Mosca, Scott Wendholt, Ralph Lalama and Michael Mossman. Continuing in its new location at Black Eyed Sally’s, the band will also feature alumni members of the prestigious Hall High School jazz program past and present. These evenings will be sure to be great evenings of modern and seminal big band literature, great food, and great hang. Come check it out!!
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 6pm – 9pm - FREE
NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

New Haven Green - 165 Church Street - New Haven
September, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE
JEREMY PELT AND SHOCK VALUE
Opening: PAUL GABRIEL BLUES BAND

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

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