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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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January, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:30pm - $30 Non-Members / $25 WAC Members / $10 Students
THE SAXTET UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DARREN LITZIE
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Pianist, composer and educator Darren Litzie will perform a tribute to Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.
Friday, January 20, 2017—7pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND ESDRAS LUBIN
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, January 20, 2017 – 7:30pm – $5
FILM SHOWING: “ROUND MIDNIGHT”
Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)
The Packing House - 156 River Road, Willington 518-791-9474
Inside the Blue Note nightclub one night in 1959 Paris, an aged, ailing jazzman coaxes an eloquent wail from his tenor sax. Outside, a young Parisian too broke to buy a glass of wine strains to hear those notes. Soon they will form a friendship that sparks a final burst of genius in the fading musician. Round Midnight, set to Herbie Hancock’s Academy-Award winning Best Original Score, is an elegant ode to bebop – the technically demanding jazz that blossomed during the post war era. “In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950's New York jazz world.” – IMDb The music was recorded live. The director, Bertrand Tavernier, has said that in earlier jazz films, the audience could sense that the actors were not really playing; that you could see in their eyes that they were not listening to the other musicians onstage with them. In "Round Midnight," the music happens as we hear it, played by Gordon, Herbie Hancock on piano and others such as Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter and Billy Higgins, with Lonette McKee on vocals.” – Roger Ebert
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8pm - $87.50
AN EVENING WITH PAT METHENY
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge – Ridgefield
Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition at one point winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2 pm - FREE
Matt Dwonszyk Sextet - Nigel Bello-Trombone, Nigel Bello-Congas, Tony Davis-Guitar, Avery Allen-Alto & Piano, Matt Dwonszyk-Bass, Bruce Wilson-Drums

Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 6 pm - $50
WINE, JAZZ, & SONG: SIR WILLIAM TRIO – William Stillinger, bass; James Argiro, piano; Gregory Caputo, drums
Presented by the CONCORA Friends of Bach

Porter Memorial (Amistad Hall), First Church - 75 Main Street - Farmington
CONCORA’s Friends of Bach invite you to enjoy an evening of Wine, Jazz, & Song. The Sir William Trio and vocalists from CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) will offer their interpretations of jazz standards, selections from the American songbook, and much more. Enjoy fine wines, plentiful, delectable hors d’oeuvres, a silent wine auction, write-your-own song dedications, and perhaps even a spin around the dance floor, all in a casually elegant atmosphere. Seating is limited at this special event, so reserve your seats soon at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-jazz-song-tickets-28626034239 or by contacting the CONCORA office at 860-293-0567 or contact@concora.org. Snow date: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 6-9 pm.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 8pm - $10
WARREN BYRD'S BYRDSPEAK SESSIONS WITH SPECIAL GUEST MIXASHAWN: REFRESH MLK - Warren Byrd-keys, vocals, etc; Saskia Laroo-bass, electro trumpet, sax, etc; Mixashawn Lee Rozie-reeds, especially tenor sax; Emile de Leon-drums
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Warren Byrd's Byrdspeak Sessions brings The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King into high focus. January looms large in Byrd's calendar as not only the month of his birth but also of one of the stellar Americans of the 20th Century. Martin Luther King will be the subject of one of Warren's latest "Palettes", to be premiered with co-innovators Dutch Jazz luminary Saskia Laroo on Bass, Trumpet, and alto sax, New England jazz legend Mixashawn Lee Rozie on tenor sax and Emile de Leon on drums. Spoken word will also be an aspect of this presentation with excerpts and renditions of selected poets. Warren will also feature the originals of his cohorts, namely, gems of Mixashawn and Saskia Laroo's, as well as vocal renditions from the expanded American Songbook. Saskia Laroo, hailed by American public and press at large as "Lady Miles of Europe", is one of the few women trumpet stylists, blowing for more than three decades. Born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam, she began on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming of becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, at first mostly on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet; the trumpet became her main instrument. Saskia Laroo combines today's music by contrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as "nu jazz" or "swingin' body-music"--a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that many other artists dare not venture. Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her seven albums journeying us through the music she has absorbed and plays from heart and soul. saskialaroo.com. Lee Mixashawn Rozie has been a practicing multi-disciplinary and internationally acclaimed Jazz artist for the past three decades. Mr. Rozie also holds a degree in History and Ethnomusicology from Trinity College and is equally at home in academic and cultural settings. Beginning from the point of Indigenous artist, using ancient cultural principles, maritime arts and historical data both written and oral he has developed a system of "Hemispheric Principles" to inform and guide his art form, more directly referred to as "Wave Art" : sonic, aquatic percussive and harmonic. Mixashawn offers musical performance and educational classes and workshops on Indigenous music traditional and contemporary as well as original workshops that utilize his extensive experience as performer, Indigenous artist and educator to inspire creativity and natural expression for all ages. mixashawn.com Warren Byrd, native of Hartford, CT, is a pianist/vocalist/composer whose music could be called indescribable, except for the fact that, 'He sounds like a lot of jazz pianists we've all dug'...Well, surely some cliches describe him well enough: 'Drawing on his roots to build new sounds', 'Original in ways that relate in ways to how everyone relates', 'Moving "outward" toward the "Core"', Blah, blah, etc. The truth of the matter is in the pudding: As an American with a heritage rooted in the fertile soil of Black creativity, he explores the universal ideals that connect us all seeking unity in music ... he just so happens to really dig Jazz as his main musical springboard. warrenbyrd.com. Emile de Leon is a professional musician, astrologer, as well as a photographer and metaphysical bookstore owner. Raised in Connecticut, Colorado and NYC, he was born into a professional musical family historically involved in Broadway productions as well as esoteric philosophies. He continues to further these arts, creating beneficial music both live and recorded for the world to enjoy. www.Templesounds.net
Sunday, January 22, 2017– 10:30am and 12:30pm - $35 / $25 Wadsworth Atheneum members
JAZZ BRUNCH – JONATHAN CHATFIELD TRIO
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Aetna Theater – 600 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
ORICE JENKINS

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 3pm - FREE
MIKE CASEY & NAT REEVES

Simsbury Public Library - 725 Hopmeadow St. - Simsbury
Saxophonist, song writer and teaching artist Mike Casey brings his unique blend of upbeat, accessible, original music and exciting arrangements of jazz standards to the Simsbury Public Library. Nominated for “Best Jazz” in the CT Music Awards, Mike has performed and delighted a wide range of audiences throughout the Northeast, sharing the stage with some of the finest jazz artists in the world. Nat Reeves has been one of the top bassists in jazz for the past 30 years. He has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center.Registration suggested at 860-658-7663 or www.simsburylibrary.info.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 3pm - FREE
MATT & ATLA DECHAMPLAIN, piano & vocals

Avon Free Public Library - 281 Country Club Road – Avon
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
HANEEF N. NELSON BIRTHDAY BASH - Haneef N. Nelson-trumpet/flugelhorn; Frank Kozyra-tenor sax; Taber Gable-piano; Matt Dwonszyk-bass; Jonathan Barber-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, January 25, 2017 - 7:30pm - FREE
NEW LONDON BIG BAND

Social Bar + Kitchen - 208 Bank Street - New London
Led by trombonist Sean Nelson, the band is made up of the region’s finest jazz musicians. The band plays music from the libraries of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Maynard Ferguson, as well as compositions by bandleader Nelson and pianist and UConn professor Earl MacDonald. Short video of the New London Big Band: https://youtu.be/NIVnnEQ6wo8
Friday, January 27, 2017—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday January 27, 2017 - Two Shows - 7pm & 9pm - $25
CAILI O’DOHERTY QUARTET
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
A native of Portland, Oregon, Caili O’Doherty has received national awards for jazz piano performance and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award. Initially trained as a classical pianist, Caili was exposed to a variety of musical styles before discovering her love for jazz at age eleven when she transferred to a performing arts school. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a full scholarship and graduated with a degree in jazz piano performance. During her time at Berklee, Caili was a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an intensive honors performance program headed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Perez. Through this program, Caili had the opportunity to work closely with some of the leading musicians in the jazz world, including Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Terri Lyne Carrington and Danilo Perez. Caili has performed with various jazz groups at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (opening for pianist Martial Solal), the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Panama Jazz Festival (opening for the Wayne Shorter Quartet), Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as pianist for Terrell Stafford), Portland Jazz Festival, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland, Boston Beantown Jazz Festival, MICI International Film Festival in Mexico, Stanford Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and UNESCO First International Jazz Day in Paris, as well as two US State Dept. supported tours to Colombia and Togo and Benin in West Africa.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8pm - $10
CARL BARTLETT, JR. DUET
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.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
HESHIMA AND OFRECIMIENTO: Walking In the Footsteps of the Masters

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3pm – FREE
JESS BEST

Russell House – Wesleyan University – 350 High Street – Middletown
Singer-songwriter Jess Best '14, now based in Manhattan, returns to Wesleyan to perform her original soul and jazz compositions influenced by Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell, and Esperanza Spalding. She will be accompanied by Connor Schultze on bass and Paul Bloom on piano.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 4pm - $60 individual ticket / $100 couple ticket
“MATCHING WINE, MUSIC & FRIENDS” FEATURING GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SAXOPHONIST WAYNE ESCOFFERY
Neighborhood Music School - 100 Audubon Street - New Haven
This unique wine tasting event will feature scintillating jazz favorites performed by The Wayne Escoffery Quartet, paired with wine, cheese and charcuterie provided by The Wine Thief and Caseus. Proceeds will help raise funds for financial aid students participating in the school’s new After-School Arts Academy. They can be purchased on-line at NeighborhoodMusicSchool.org or by calling 203-624-5189 x 15. NMS alumnus Wayne Escoffery is a Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist who has recorded eight CDs as a leader, as well as toured and recorded with renowned musicians from around the world. Wayne's many notable accomplishments include being a member of acclaimed jazz ensembles such as the Tom Harrell Quintet, Lonnie Plaxico Group, Mingus Big Band and Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet, an innovative group dedicated to carrying on the legacy of jazz great Thelonious Monk. Wayne has also toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Music of the Masters, two groups of musicians hand-picked by Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis. Known in the jazz world for his muscular tone, impressive technique and versatility, Wayne is continually working on new projects; his latest is a two keyboard quintet featuring pianist Orrin Evans and five-year Miles Davis Band veteran Adam Holzman on keyboards. Wayne performed with his quartet during the 2015 Twilight Tuesdays summer series and is soon taking on the guest artist role for NMS's new Jazz Discovery Program.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 – 6:30pm - $27.50 cover / $15 minimum
KENNY WESSEL-guitar and JOE FITZGERALD-bass
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane - Ridgefield Reservations: 203-438-8282
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:30pm - FREE
JEFF HOLMES BIG BAND - FEATURING DAWNING HOLMES

121 Club (at Eastworks) - 116 East Pleasant St - Easthampton, MA
Jeff Holmes Big Band plays leaders arrangements and compositions along with featured vocals by Dawning Holmes; Jazz, Soul, Blues, Pop and more performed by great musicians/music educators from MA, CT and NYC
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
NATHAN DAVIS’ YOUNG GODS MUSIC GROUP - Nathan Davis-trombone; Karim Rome-tenor sax; Lomar Brown-alto sax; Mike Carabello-keyboards; Matt Dwonszyk-bass; Joshua Colemon-percussion
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.
February, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 8:30pm - $25
MIKE CASEY TRIO ALBUM RELEASE SHOW FOR "THE SOUND OF SURPRISE: Mike Casey - Saxophones, Matt Dwonszyk - Bass, Corey Garcia - Drums
The Side Door Jazz Club (inside the Old Lyme Inn) - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme
“Enjoyable from first to last note, this group certainly takes the chordless saxophone trio format to a new level.” -Sammy Stein, Jazz in Europe. "The Mike Casey Trio is a unique jazz group not only in their musical approach, but in instrumentation as well. The band features Mike Casey on saxophones, Matt Dwonszyk on acoustic bass, and Corey Garcia on drums - three of the brightest rising stars in jazz, all trained at the Jackie McLean Institute at Hartt. The absence of guitar or piano, which is typically found in a jazz group, gives the band a very distinctive sound. Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the CT jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Harford’s Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen by Jason Moran to participate in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC where he studied with an all-star faculty including Eric Harland, JD Allen, Eric Revis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Jason Moran. After two packed NYC debuts at the legendary Minton’s Harlem & chef Marcus Samuelsson's iconic Ginny's Supper Club in 2016, Mike went on to accomplish an incredible feat: the crowdfunding campaign for his debut album "The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door" (recorded at their Side Door debut last year and due for a February 2017 release) reached 111% funded in under 30 days. His resume includes appearances with heavy hitters such as Charles Tolliver, DJ Logic, Brandee Younger, Zaccai Curtis, Tarus Mateen and Marc Cary, whose project “The Harlem Sessions” features Mike as an original member. We hope you can join us in celebrating Mike's newly released debut album recorded live at The Side Door!
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 8pm – $15 Advance Online / $20 Door / $10 Students at Door (with valid I.D.)
KATHY KOSINS with EARL MACDONALD
Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)
The Packing House - 156 River Road, Willington 518-791-9474
Detroit based award-winning jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins joins us as part of her New England tour schedule. She has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of Jazz and Soul. Kathy has shared the stage and performed with numerous names in the jazz and R&B world. The Chicago Tribune cites her as "one of the most alluring voices in Jazz". When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the 50’s (Kathy Kosins). Kathy will be joined by Earl MacDonald on keys. Currently Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut, Earl is an accomplished musical director, composer, and pianist who has written for and played with a long list of well known bands, ensembles, and Grammy-nominated jazz performers (Earl MacDonald). Join us for a unique opportunity to see and hear these outstanding jazz talents together at The Packing House! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474. www.thepackinghouse.us/upcoming. Tickets: http://thepackinghouse.squarespace.com/upcoming/2017/2/3/acoustic-artist-series-kathy-kosins-with-earl-macdonald-jazz.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 8pm - $10
DANIEL MERON TRIO – SKY BEGINS
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Pianist and composer Daniel Meron and his trio will present music from their recently released album Sky Begins. Meron’s songs are influenced by jazz, folk and indie music, and shift between intimate moments and energetic improvisation. The show will also feature the Israeli born pianist’s interpretations of American songbook and folk standards. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 8pm – $15 Advance Online / $20 Door
TIM RAY TRIO - Tim Ray-piano, John Lockwood-bass, Mark Walker-drums
Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)
The Packing House - 156 River Road, Willington 518-791-9474
Tim Ray is perhaps best known as Lyle Lovett’s pianist for over 15 years, but he has been an active and in-demand jazz artist since 1978. He also tours and records with the internationally acclaimed vocalists Tony Bennett and Jane Siberry, and often performs with the leading jazz musicians in the New York and New England areas. His busy performance schedule has included numerous tours throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and most of the major jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada and Central America. Tim is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has performed numerous times on The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), Late Night with David Letterman, and other national broadcasts. Tim teaches jazz piano and improvisation privately, and is currently on the jazz faculty of the Berklee College of Music (Tim Ray). Join us for a rare opportunity to hear these accomplished jazz musicians in an historic intimate setting! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474. www.thepackinghouse.us/upcoming. Tickets: http://thepackinghouse.squarespace.com/upcoming/2017/1/7/acoustic-artist-series-tim-ray-trio-jazz.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 2pm - $20 / $15 CGS members
SINAN BAKIR
Windsor Arts Center - 40 Mechanic St – Windsor (860) 249-1132
Sunday, February 5, 2017—2pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI TRIO WITH ESDRAS LUBIN AND JEFF TAYLOR
Pianist John Brighenti with bassist Esdras Lubin and sax player Jeff Taylor
Farmington Public Library— 6 Monteith Dr.—Farmington 860 673 6791x1
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
HESHIMA AND OFRECIMIENTO: Walking In the Footsteps of the Masters

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 3pm - $15 / $12 Real Art Ways Members / $5 Hartt Students
HARTT FACULTY CONCERT: ROBERT CARL (“INFINITY AVENUE”) AND KEN STEEN (“ASSUMPTION”)
Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street - Hartford
Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 5pm - $35
KATHY KOSINS with EARL MACDONALD – piano; HENRY LUGO – bass; BEN BILELLO – drums
Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek - 55 East Kings Highway – Chester 860-526-8920
The phenomenally multi-talented jazz soul singer Kathy Kosins comes to Chester, CT from Detroit “Motor City” for a very special concert to kick off our ninth season of Music & More. Kathy Kosins grew up during the Motown era and rapidly became one of the most sought after session singers. She soon started working with 3-time Grammy and 1-time Emmy winning producer Don Was (Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Rolling Stones, etc. etc.). Kathy toured with Don as singer and arranger when he formed his own band Was (Not Was) during the 80’s. She still works closely with Don Was, who is now president of Blue Note records. During the ‘90s Kathy toured with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and put out her first solo recording. In 2012 Kathy Kosins released “To The Ladies Of Cool”, a dedication to the West Coast School of Cool artists like June Christy, Chris Connor, Julie London, and Anita O’Day. Her latest release this past year is titled “Uncovered Soul” and includes lesser known tunes by well-known artists such as Curtis Mayfield, The Neville Brothers, and Bill Withers, along with three originals of her own. Local jazz legend Earl MacDonald and his combo will be backing Kathy for this CT appearance. Earl is a celebrated jazz pianist, Director of Jazz Studies at UConn, and composer in residence at the Hartford Jazz Society. Earl has won the Hartford Advocate’s “best jazz group” award several times and is bringing in Henry Lugo on bass and Ben Bilello on drums to round out the combo backing Kathy. Tickets and more information are available on our website https://www.cbsrz.org/engage/events/music-more/ and on facebook https://www.facebook.com/music.more.cbsrz/. There will be a wine reception following the concert and a chance to meet and greet the band.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
LAWRENCE CLARK TRIO - Lawrence Clark-tenor sax; Alex Tremblay-bass; drums-tba
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, February 10, 2017—7-10pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND LOU PROVENZANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday February 10, 2017 - Two Shows - 7pm & 9pm - $42
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as "Performer of the Year" Ann is born entertainer. Her unique singing style that blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few. Callaway's live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics and originals. She is one of America's most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra. Ann has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood and is featured at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes. She has sung with more than thirty of the world's top orchestras and big bands, and has performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry at London's Donmar Warehouse. Their act "Boom!," a critically acclaimed celebration of the baby boomer hits of the 60's and 70's, was recorded on PS Classics which debuted in the top 25 on Billboard Jazz. Ann was featured in the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade telecast watched by 6 million people singing Emmy Award winning song "Yes, Virginia." Said Randall Fleischer after conducting the show with The San Francisco Symphony, "Ann's tribute to Streisand is a glorious evening of great songs, brilliantly orchestrated and sung magnificently." After performing the show at 54 Below, she garnered two Broadwayworld.com Awards and the 2013 MAC Award for Show of the Year.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 8pm - $10
THE CHARTER OAK JAZZ QUARTET - Alec McCandless-piano, Stephen Zulli-guitar, Cal McCandless-drums, John Norton-bass
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Charter Oak Jazz woodsheds and plays out in the Hartford, CT area. Straight Jazz classics - keeping the tradition alive, and loving the music! www.soundcloud.com/charteroakjazz
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 6pm - $45.00 includes dinner and music
DINNER DANCE: AL FENTON BIG BAND
Georgina’s Italian Restaurant - 275 Boston Tpke. – Bolton 860-647-0345
We would like to invite you to the "I've Got A Crush on You!" Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 11th. The three course meal begins at 6:00 with dinner and music. Joel Silvestro will be performing a feature dance with a guest dancer adding to the romance of the night! They will also lead everyone in line dancing during the band's breaks. Kathy Neri, the band leader of this great 19 piece big band, has put together a night of dancing and beautiful ballads with vocalist Jen Greenfield. Reservations may be made by calling Georgina's at 860-647-0345. Come join us for a night of great food, music and dancing.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
NITA ZARIF

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 7:30pm - $15
HARRIS EISENSTADT’S OLD GROWTH FOREST – Harris Eisenstadt-drums, Tony Malaby-saxophones, Jeb Bishop-trombone, Jason Roebke-bass
Parlor Room - 32 Masonic St. - Northampton, MA
Formed during Harris Eisenstadt’s September, 2015 residency at The Stone, Old Growth Forest released its first recording on Clean Feed in 2016. An old growth forest is one that has been left untouched, a place that has been allowed to follow its own natural course, without interruption. “There’s a lot of variety in this recording, and a sense of unimpeded flow.” writes Derek Stone. “Like a forest with its myriad specimens, this album has parts that swing, parts that groove, parts that confound and parts that astound.” “Poised as ever, Eisenstadt generates a rustling understory in which his rhythmic shifts and embellishments subtly prompt and push his colleagues,” writes John Sharpe. “Roebke presents a melodic but meaty presence in the middle level while Malaby and Bishop create a canopy not only full of overlapping forms, but also the gaps that permit illumination of what goes on beneath. Malaby’s unpredictable delivery and love of unconventional texture in particular keeps the ears pricked while Bishop’s garrulous yet honeyed trombone affords a fine foil.” One of only a handful of drummers equally well known for his work as a composer, the Toronto native is among the most individual and prolific musicians of his generation. His eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in jazz and improvised music, West African and Cuban drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera. Most active in jazz and improvised music, Eisenstadt has performed all over the globe, been awarded grants from organizations such as Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Canada Council for the Arts, and appeared on more than 60 recordings since 2000, including seventeen as a leader. Single tickets are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concerts are produced by a group of music lovers who have purchased jazz shares. Like farm shares, where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, Pioneer Valley Jazz Share members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of The Northampton Center for the Arts, we are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the continued vitality of the music.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
PETER GREENFOGEL QUARTET - Peter Greenfogel-tenor sax; Chris Casey-piano; Steve Porter-bass; drums-tba
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 7:30 pm - $36 floor / $32 mezzanine / $15 Students & Youth Under 18 (2 per ID) / Seniors $2 off each ticket (1 per senior) / UConn Faculty/Staff $2 off each ticket (2 per ID)
KARRIN ALLYSON
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - University of Connecticut - 2132 Hillside Road - Storrs 860-486-4226
Known by the Los Angeles Times as "... one of the jazz world's finest," when one listens to Allyson's exquisitely distinctive voice, one hears heart, intelligence, and a deep musical sophistication. From heartfelt to sassy, her emotional range is beyond that of her musical peers. And there is a literate and engaging connection that honors the great tradition of blues, jazz and roots, expands to the Great American Songbook, and embraces French and Brazilian rhythms. Together with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi, they have developed an effortless style uniquely their own.
"The stuff that shivers are made of, both innocent, sexy and world weary." – The Washington Post
Friday, February 15, 2017 - 8pm - $30 (Limited Seating event)
PHILLIP DENNY-sax and ERIC LEONE-guitar with special guests ANDRÉA SAUNDERS-vocals, STEVE CLARKE-bass, PAT MARAFIOTE-keys, DEXTER PETTAWAY SR.-drums
Waterbury Palace Theater - 100 East Main Street - Waterbury 203-525-8420
Visit www.palacetheaterct.org for online ticketing or contact the box office at 203-346-2000. Following the show, patrons will be invited to take to the dance floor for an Old School Dance Party featuring everyone's favorite R&B, funk, house and club classics spun by the evening's host, Al Taylor "DJ ACT" from 94.3FM WYBC Smooth Jazz Sundays. Since emerging in 2012, International Smooth Jazz saxophonist Phil Denny (http://phildenny.com/) from Michigan is a four-time Billboard charting independent artist has been described as a passionate and soulful player, captivating audiences with his smooth yet energetic style. Friends and fans alike often describe him as a people’s musician having developed and maintained a very active and ever-growing fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized debut CD, Crossover. Denny's sophomore CD release features the hit track, “Diggin' On”, which is on the Top 20 Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts January 2017. Connecticut’s own Eric Leone has two fundamental characteristics that best describe his music, the elements of Love and Life. Love…the emotion that touches everyone’s heart and Life...that which stimulates the mind. Eric is a graduate of the Hartford Conservatory School of Music, where he studied Jazz Guitar and is an accomplished song writer and producer. Eric released his first CD, Outstanding in 2003 which was met with much excitement in smooth jazz radio and among his fans. In 2010 Eric accomplished his sophomore CD entitled "Cruisin" which reached the Smooth Jazz charts (#28) as well as the Smooth Jazz Indie Charts (#11) and his second release Groove With Me, Reached (#42) on the Smooth Jazz charts, and (#20) On the Indie charts.
Tuesday, February 16, 2017 - 7:30pm - $35 / $25 / Five College student and youth (17-and-under) tickets $10
AARON DIEHL PRESENTS JELLY & GEORGE, FEATURING ADAM BIRNBAUM AND CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - University of Massachusetts - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA
presents the music of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin as interpreted by piano virtuoso Aaron Diehl, Grammy-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, and rising star, pianist Adam Birnbaum, backed by a quintet featuring Paul Sikivie, bass; Lawrence Leathers, drums; Corey Wilcox, trombone; Evan Christopher, clarinet; and Riley Mulherkar, trumpet. The program takes us on a joyous exploration of the work of two artistic geniuses whose compositions and techniques profoundly influenced twentieth-century American music. Concert-goers are invited to come early for a preconcert talk by NEPR’s Jazz à la Mode host Tom Reney at 6:30 in the concert hall lobby. Born in 1985, Diehl was just 17 years old when he was invited to tour with Wynton Marsalis’s septet. The New York Times has described his playing as combining “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” McLorin Salvant recorded her first album at age 20, and a year later won the prestigious Thelonious Monk competition. Her 2015 album For One to Love, won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In the last 15 years, pianist Adam Birnbaum has become a presence on the New York City scene as both a leader and sideman, performing in such legendary venues as the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, and Birdland. All three bring technical mastery, a gift for improvisation, and formidable interpretive powers to their performance of the songs of two American musical giants and are backed by five talented and accomplished musicians. Tickets for “Jelly & George” are. For tickets, call the box office at 545-2511 or toll-free at 800-999-UMAS, or purchase them online at fineartscenter.com. The FAC and select area restaurants offer great discounts through our Artful Palate & Pillow program (“Pillow” discounts for hotel accommodations). Single-ticket buyers receive a discount.
Friday, February 17, 2017—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Saturday, February 18, 2017—7-10pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI TRIO WITH BASSIST LOU BOCCIARELLI AND TRUMPET PLAYER VINCENT CASSOTTA
Pazzo Café—377 Cromwell Ave.—Rocky Hill 860 721 8888
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:30am – 2:30pm - $35/$25 members
JAZZ BRUNCH: ATLA & MATT DECHAMPLAIN TRIO
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - 600 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 2pm - $20 / $15 CGS members
JASON JENKINS
Windsor Arts Center - 40 Mechanic St – Windsor (860) 249-1132

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
JIMMY MACBRIDE

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3pm - FREE
MARLENE VERPLANCK TRIO

Avon Free Public Library - 281 Country Club Road – Avon
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3 pm - $35 / $5 students
DAN LEVINSON'S ROOF GARDEN JASS BAND
Valley Regional High School - 256 Kelsey Hill Road - Deep River
That’s no typo –“Jass” is any early spelling of Jazz. Dan and his renowned band will mark the centennial of the first recordings of New Orleans jazz in what is sure to be a spirited and rollicking afternoon. Presented by Essex Winter Series Valley Regional High School, Deep River; www.essexwinterseries.com, 860-272-4572
Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 7:30pm - $39 - $64
KEIKO MATSUI
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Award-winning and world renowned pianist/composer Keiko Matsui has worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Stevie Wonder. With over 1.2 million albums sold in the U.S. alone and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, Matsui is one of the most admired jazz talents on the scene.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
ANDREW RENFROE QUARTET - Andrew Renfroe-guitar; Taber Gable-piano/keyboards; Alex Tremblay-bass; Jonathan Barber-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.
Friday, February 24, 2017—6:30pm
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO
Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8 pm - General Public $28 / Senior Citizen (65+), Wesleyan Alumni, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, Non-Wesleyan Student, Child $26 / Wesleyan Student $6
MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS QUINTET - Muhal Richard Abrams-piano, Jonathan Finlayson-trumpet, Bryan Carrott-vibraphone, Reggie Nicholson-drums, John Hebert-bass
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
"In Abrams' singular universe, elemental blues themes and warp speed post-bop structures with challenging intervals coexist comfortably." —All About Jazz
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3 pm - $20 Non-Members / $15 WAC Members / $10 Students
JAZZ JAM
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Free for musicians who come to play
Join our Artistic Director for Jazz, Brian Torff, for a free-wheeling jam session with some of our community's most active musicians. These sessions are intended to be a spontaneous exploration of Jazz, Blues, and other music styles. We encourage students and semi-professionals to drop in and jam for FREE!
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
GREG ABATE

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
FRANK KOZYRA QUINTET “DEXTER GORDON BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE” - Frank Kozyra-tenor sax; Andrew Breskin-tenor sax; Matt DeChamplain-piano; Steve Porter-bass; Ben Bilello-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.
March, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8pm – $28 general public / $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
URBAN BUSH WOMEN: WALKING WITH ’TRANE
CFA Theater - Wesleyan University – 275 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Urban Bush Women return to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of Walking with 'Trane (2015), an ethereal investigation conjuring the essence of John Coltrane, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of the famed jazz saxophonist.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 3pm - $30 Non-Members / $25 WAC Members / $10 Students
GREG WALL
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Greg Wall has been the spiritual leader of Beit Chaverim Synagogue since August, 2013. Rabbi Wall (also known as "the Jazz Rabbi") is a celebrated musician and recording artist whose innovative downtown blend of jazz, world music and Jewish sounds has filled the halls of top venues from Carnegie Hall to stages throughout North America, Europe and Israel.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
ATLA AND MATT DECHAMPLAIN: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
TONEBURST LAPTOP AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ENSEMBLE

Ring Family Performing Arts Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble premieres new works for live-electronics and laptop ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
PAMELA Z: CORRESPONDENCE

Ring Family Performing Arts Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Composer/performer Pamela Z creates an immersive ensemble performance that teases apart the history of personal communication from hand-written letters and telegraphs to electronic messaging and video chats in Correspondence, a sonic and visual exploration of the ever-evolving modes of personal communication. Using voices, electronic processing, sampled speech sounds, gesture-controlled MIDI instruments, projected image, and an array of mechanical and digital communication gadgetry, Ms. Z will create the work with students as Wesleyan's 2016-2017 Creative Campus Fellow in Music.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:30am – 2:30pm - $35/$25 members
JAZZ BRUNCH: GREEN JAZZ BAND
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - 600 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
AMANDA MONACO THREE

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
THE O-TONES

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3pm - FREE
ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY, piano

Avon Free Public Library - 281 Country Club Road – Avon
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
EUGENE UMAN'S COVERGENCE PROJECT

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
April, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
EARL MACDONALD / FELIPE SALLES QUARTET

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8pm - $10
BRIAN FRIEDLAND TRIO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Brian Friedland Trio plays original music with an emphasis on melody, narrative, atmosphere, and interaction. Friedland’s piano work with bassist Brad Barrett and drummer Austin McMahon on compositions like Northwest Passage, Listen, and Praise Be The Mammal evoke mysterious, contemplation, and humorous moods. The versatility and imagination of their live performances have created a loyal following in the Boston area throughout a decade of active performances. Individually, Brian, Brad, and Austin play with a wide swath of notable Boston artists and can be heard on dozens of recordings. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
NICKI MATHIS: Afrikan American Jazz

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
THERESA WRIGHT

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8pm - FREE
WESLEYAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and Jazz Ensembles, directed by Noah Baerman and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire, as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8pm - $15 general public / $12 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18
ELI FOUNTAIN'S PERCUSSION DISCUSSION
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – 283 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Acclaimed percussionist and composer Eli Fountain presents an evening of music alongside a formidable cast of fellow jazz musicians including Warren Smith, Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, Bryan Carrott, Bobby Sanabria, Reggie Nicholson, Lyndon Achee, and Patience Higgins, as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 3 pm - FREE
ALVIN CARTER PROJECT: CONFLUENCE OF INFLUENCE IV

Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Hartford Public Library (Center for Contemporary Culture, main floor) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
May, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9pm - FREE
TONEBURST LAPTOP AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ENSEMBLE

Memorial Chapel - Wesleyan University – 221 High Street – Middletown
World premiere! The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, teams up with Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht to present a series of works involving live-electronics and the Memorial Chapel organ. The concert will feature world premieres by Linda Buckley, Visiting Scholar in Music Terri Hron, and Jeff Snyder, as well as new works by ensemble members.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8 pm - $50 / $70 VIP
SPYRO GYRA
Eastern Connecticut State University - Concert Hall, Fine Arts Instructional Center - 83 Windham Street – Willimantic
June, 2017
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
  • Latin Jazz Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Brignole Vineyards (103 Hartford Ave - East Granby 860-653-9463) - Ed Fast and his Latin jazz Congabop Quartet hosts performs on the first Thursday of every month 5-8 pm. In addition, young jazz musicians from the area will be invited for featured numbers during the second set.
  • Cabaret (32 Hancock St – Springfield, MA - 413-734-3000 after 5 pm) - The Scott Sasanecki Quartet performs every third Sunday of the month 5-8pm, starting Sept. 20. There will be a small cover and we suggest you arrive early! Featured in this ensemble will be Hartford-based musicians pianist Damian Curtis, bassist Paul Fuller, New Haven-based drummer Jay Williams and longtime Western MA native, guitarist Scott Sasanecki. Hard-bop and bebop standards, blues, and sambas.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Kelly's Gastropub (196 Crown Street, corner of Temple & Crown, New Haven) - "Dr. G's Jazz Brunch" every Sunday from noon to 3pm. We feature a different local jazz hero or two weekly, usually it's a quartet.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • Side Door Jazz Club (Old Lyme Inn - 85 Lyme Street - Old Lyme 860-434-2600) – Live jazz every Friday and Saturday starting at 8:30pm
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
  • WUJI (68 E Putnam Ave - Greenwich 844-WUJI-NOW) – Live jazz every Thursday at 8:30pm
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