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The HJS Jazz Calendar lists live jazz events taking place in Connecticut, primarily the Greater Hartford area, as well as central Massachusetts, and jazz festivals in nearby states. Time constraints do not allow individual listing of weekly club events, unless submitted in the calendar format, and the choice of shows listed here is not meant to be all-inclusive. Changes and mistakes can happen, so please use the contacts to verify information before venturing out to a show. HJS encourages jazz enthusiasts everywhere to Support Live Jazz. Send new listings, corrections and comments about this calendar to JazzInCT@yahoo.com. When submitting listings for the calendar, please submit them using the format below, and include relevant links. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.
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October, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 8pm - $30-$45
KURT ELLING
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 - 8pm - Orchestra - $60 / Mezzanine and Balcony - $55
ESPERANZA SPALDING - "Thank You October" Tour
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Rd. - Ridgefield, CT 203-438-5795
109 Cheese and Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz. Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for a free wine tasting and reception with local artist Pamela Hochstetter, courtesy of Watershed Gallery.To celebrate her birthday month, Esperanza returns with a special two-week tour. Joined by long-time collaborators Leo Genovese and Lyndon Rochelle, this intimate trio performance will include selections from her critically-acclaimed releases, Junjo, Esperanza, Chamber Music Society, and Radio Music Society. Since her early years to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards. This is unprecedented by a jazz musician, and Spalding continues to make the unprecedented her norm.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:30pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH LINDA RANSOM

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
A very special night of cabaret jazz with John Brighenti on keyboards and the incomparable Linda Ransom doing vocals!!! Jazz nights with John Brighenti and Friends happens every Thursday evening at Casa Mia On the Green from 6:30-8:30pm. No Cover.
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + KRIS DAVIS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 7:30pm - $15
THE MAKANDA PROJECT - Joe Ford, Jason Robinson, Charlie Kohlhase, Kurtis Rivers, Sean Berry, reeds; Eddie Allen , Bill Lowe, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Jerry Sabatini, brass; Diane Richardson, voice; John Kordalewski, piano, arrangements; John Lockwood, bass and Yoron Israel, drums
Springfield Community Music School - 127 State St. - Springfield, MA
The Makanda Project, an ensemble based in Makanda Ken McIntyre’s hometown of Boston, is dedicated to continuing Makanda’s legacy through the performance of his music – specifically, by playing compositions which Makanda never had the opportunity to record or perform in public. An enormous body of such work exists, reflecting the full range of his imagination as a composer. The group hopes that as some of it is heard there will be heightened appreciation for his significance as a musician. The band, which was formed in 2005 and has kept mostly the same personnel since then, consists of 13 musicians: 5 saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, a vocalist, piano, bass, and drums. The leader, pianist John Kordalewski, who studied and performed with Makanda, has written arrangements for the large group, working from the lead sheets in Makanda’s notebooks. Since 2007 the group has presented an ongoing series of free concerts in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. These concerts have reflected a belief in the importance of building a presence and role for the music on a community level. They have also served as a consistent platform from which to present an ever-expanding repertoire of Makanda’s compositions to an appreciative and growing audience. The group has also performed elsewhere in New England and beyond. Also in keeping with Makanda’s legacy, most of the members of the Makanda Project are educators as well as musicians, and the group has presented a variety of educational programs along with its performances. Tickets are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 8pm - $10
SINAN BAKIR "SOLO ELECTRIC"
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Guitarist Sinan Bakir will be back at the Buttonwood Tree to play a concert on the solo electric guitar. The performance will include selections from his original work, standards and improvised pieces inspired by the moment. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:30pm - $30 / $15 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
REGINA CARTER'S SOUTHERN COMFORT
Bowker Auditorium - UMASS, Amherst, MA, 800-999-UMAS or UMASSFineartscenter.org
Regina Carter is a knockout violinist who creates music that is “wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent, and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine). Carter’s Southern Comfort program will uncover the songs and music from her father’s home state of Alabama, celebrating the joyous music that infused her childhood. Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com.
Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12, 2014 - $225 for Saturday and Sunday / $80 per single session including meals / $30 for the Friday Night Special --- no meals
JEFF AND JOEL'S JAZZ HOUSE PARTY
VFW Hall - 104 Mill Road – Guilford
After four spectacular events, "Jeff and Joel's (Jazz) House Party " advances to its fifth edition, Oct. 10-12 in Guilford, CT. The party is a direct copy of the house parties of the1920's and 30's jazz age when 10-15 musicians came together for a weekend house party. There was good food, lots of hydration, and hot jazz music in a small intimate setting. It was time for a revival so Jeff Barnhart and Joel Schiavone decided to collaborate on the first Jeff and Joel's House Party. The Schiavone's hosted the initial party in February 2012 in their 1804 farmhouse where it was held the last 4 times. However, the party outgrew the house and has moved just down the street to the new pondside venue, which though small and charming offers more room for dancing, seating, parking, eating at tables or al fresco dining outside the hall or by the pond. The intimate setting remains the same --- limited to 80 seats. Jeff Barnhart directs 14 top traditional jazz musicians, mixing and matching their talents. The music ranges from early 1900s to the hot jazz and swing of the 20s and 30s — and you’ll never know what you’ll hear, depending on the mood of the musicians. The food is fantastic and plentiful served buffet style. There is plenty of soda, water, juice and ice provided complimentary, while beer, wine and mixed drinks are available for sale. In the spirit of Keeping American’s original Traditional Jazz Alive jazz fans loved the idea and have enthusiastically supported it. Besides the 3 sessions on Saturday and Sunday including meals, there is a Friday Night Special which does not include any food. Soda, water juice and ice will be available for free and there will be a bar where mixed drinks, wine and beer can be purchased. We're looking forward to another fun-filled gathering at Jeff and Joel's House Party with the variety of music, fantastic food and the camaraderie between the musicians and jazz fans. Here’s what’s happening this year ! 3 Sessions of music for Saturday and Sunday of the weekend. Saturday 11am to 4pm; and 5pm to 10pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm with 15 musicians mixing and matching their musical talents. Lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. An addition to the weekend is a Friday Night Soiree 7 - 9 pm featuring Molly Ryan and Dan Levinson backed by Jeff Barnhart, Vince Giordano, and Bill Reynolds. No food will be served but drinks will be available for sale. The musicians for Saturday and Sunday include: Trumpet: Bob Ferguson and Fred Vigorito (playing Sat. afternoon and Sun. afternoon only) and Lew Green (playing Sat. evening only); Reeds: Peter Anderson and Will Anderson with Noel Kaletsky (playing Sun. only in a Triple Reed Special); Trombone: Herb Roselle and Herb Gardner; Piano: Jeff Barnhart and Herb Gardner; Banjo: Joel Schiavone; Bass: Vince Giordano and Genevieve Rose; Drums: Tom Palinko and Bill Reynolds. The lineup of talent this year along with the new venue will make this an unforgettable October, 2014 Jeff and Joel's House Party. For reservations leave a message at 203-208-1481. (Seats are limited to 80 per session). Prices: $225 for Saturday and Sunday, $80 per single session including meals and $30 for the Friday Night Special --- no meals. For additional information see the website at www.jeffandjoelshouseparty.com
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:30pm - $38
THE CAB CALLOWAY ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY C. CALLOWAY BROOKS
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Smooth shiny instruments all in a row, red-hot lyrics, silky smooth ensemble work, spicy brass harmonies, a joyful audience bouncing and swaying to irresistible rhythms, and the sound of “Hi De Ho!” filling theaters on cue. These have been the classic trademarks of concerts by The Cab Calloway Orchestra ever since the 1920s. They are the ingredients that made the orchestra a hit when it played the Palais Royale in downtown South Bend in 1939, and it’s the same mix that gives the group its energy and popularity today. These days, under the baton of Cab’s grandson, Calloway Brooks, the Orchestra delivers the same sizzling jazz sound and snazzy stage style, producing the jump, blues, and boogie sounds of “swing that is king and jive that’s alive.” The band, some of whose amazing musicians have played with the group for decades, uses original vintage orchestrations as a point of departure, creating an authentic brand of hot Cotton Club-style music and hijinks!
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MANUEL VALERA TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 4pm - $19.50
JUMPING FOR JOY JAZZ CONCERT
Faith Congregational Church - 2030 Main Street - Hartford
Faith Congregational Church will be jumping for joy at the jazz concert. Featuring some of Hartford’s world renowned musicians such as bassist Paul Brown; pianists Emory Smith, David Gonzales and Mt. Holyoke’s Dr. Ruth Bass-Green; the soulful sounds of Earl Gardner; and the talented Alvin Carter, Jr., along with emerging artist Anil Butler, this concert promises to be a soulful and inspiring afternoon. Faith Congregational church is celebrating its 195th anniversary. While Faith Church is 195 years old, its thinking is young! As Hartford’s first Black church and the third oldest African American congregation, the church’s history of social activism and community leadership is reflected in the anniversary theme “Built on a Solid Foundation Still Serving.” For tickets or more information contact Faith Congregational Church at 860/547-0820 or Sharon Steinle at 860/836-0549 or via email at ssassociates@sbcglobal.net.
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7pm - $15
NICKI MATHIS, AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Jazz standards, blues, Latin jazz, Brazilian spirituals, show tunes, popular and Reggae repertoires.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 8pm - $25 general public / $22 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
VIJAY IYER TRIO
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University – Middletown
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today." Recent honors include a 2013 MacArthur fellowship, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, an unprecedented “quintuple crown” in the 2012 DownBeat International Critics Poll (winning Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories). At Wesleyan, Mr. Iyer will perform with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey MA '11. JazzTimes described a recent performance by Mr. Iyer's trio as “intensely improvisational” in which “rhythm was paramount,” and the group’s “precision made possible by their decade of playing together. . . . The fun was in witnessing the group’s distinctive redefinition of the jazz piano trio.” A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Mr. Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. Named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India in 2011, earlier this year Mr. Iyer began a permanent appointment at Harvard University’s Department of Music as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts. Mr. Iyer’s many collaborators include musicians Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Suphala, DJ Spooky, and John Zorn; Wesleyan alumni Steve Lehman '00 and Himanshu Suri '07; choreographer Karole Armitage; filmmaker Bill Morrison; and poets Amiri Baraka, Charles Simic, and Robert Pinsky. Mr Iyer’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Silk Road Ensemble, and Imani Winds, among others. “Secret Keeper” is Mr. Crump’s duo collaboration with guitarist Mary Halvorson '02. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 8pm - $10 / $8 students
DOUG WHITE QUINTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The quintet is comprised of Doug White, tenor saxophonist and vocalist; pianist, Chris Casey, an instructor at the Hartt School and arranger and conductor of the Jackie McLean Orchestra; trumpeter Pat Casey; drummer Tido Holtkamp; and esteemed bassist Steve “King” Porter, also an instructor at Hartt who is well known for his work with the Winard Harper Quintet. Doug has performed with jazz greats including Annie Ross, Tommy Flanagan, Milt Hinton, Joe Puma; and was mentored by Warne Marsh and Miles Davis. Their program ranges from bop to ballads, catchy original material as well as great standards, blues and modern-style improvising. Doug’s show includes not only his famously engaging sax playing but his vocals by everyone from Al Green and Ray Charles to Frank Sinatra; and the group’s instrumentals range from classic jazz to Herb Alpert and Esquivel. The group has just completed a brand new Juniper Records CD: The Doug White Quintet Live at Tapeworks which brings their show into the studio for a live recording of some of their most popular material. http://dougwhitejazz.com/ http://juniperrecords.com/ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MIKE PRIDE'S FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, October 18, 2014 – 8pm – $25
THE JAZZ SAMARITAN ALLIANCE
Asylum Hill Congregational Church – 840 Asylum Avenue - Hartford
An evening of inspired music, led by local jazz greats Kris Allen, alto saxophone, Jimmy Greene, tenor saxophone and Noah Baerman, piano. This new ensemble is a collective of established musicians using their collaboration as a means of creating and presenting socially-conscious, original jazz. As part of our John and Edie Murphy Music for Humanity concerts, every dollar of ticket revenue will be donated to FoodShare and their mission to end hunger in our region.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 – 8pm - $10
THOLLEM’S MYRIAD – SOLO PIANO SHOW
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
hollem McDonas is a composer, improvisor, singer-songwriter, and educator who has been perpetually traveling and performing his own compositions for seven years, from San Francisco to Oaxaca to Sicily to Sweden to New Orleans and so on. Absorbing different approaches to music from this wide variety of cultures, Thollem swirls them outwards into new and unusual musical compositions that explore a range of genres, but can best be classified as 21st Century Hyphenated Music. His music contains nuances and collisions from his studies of 350 years of keyboard musics, Gamelan, punk, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, jazz, blues and musics found in the ever-changing environments he experiences. About his work, Terry Riley notes that Thollem ”inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally. A true original.” As a soloist, Thollem presents seeds of compositions, complete pieces, and new material, spontaneously composed in the moment. Thollem exclaims, “I make music that I hope stimulates the mind and the body, that’s sexy and athletic and revolutionary and spiritual and loving and that will shake people awake, starting with me first.” http://www.thollem.com/myriads.html Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, October 19, 2014 -7pm - $32 / $42 Members / $52 / $82 Preferred Seating
DIANNE REEVES
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center - 14 Castle Street - Great Barrington, MA 413-528-0100
No singer knows her way around a jazz tune like Dianne Reeves. Renowned for her virtuosity, this four-time Grammy winner is one of music’s most gifted vocalists and will be joined by four exceptional musicians: Gerald Clayton, Romero Lubambo, James Genus, and Terreon Gully for a truly memorable night.
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 7pm - FREE
THE JOE CARTER TRIO PLAYS THE MUSIC OF JOAO DONATO, featuring guest artist Duduka da Fonseca
The Edgerton Center for Performing Arts - Sacred Heart University - 5151 Park Ave. – Fairfield 203.371.7908
The trio, led by Joe Carter, Director of the Academic Music Programs at Sacred Heart University, performs the music of Brazilian pianist and composer, Joao Donato, one of the architects of the Bossa Nova style that developed in Brazil in the late 1950s. Performing as part of the trio is Duduka da Fonseca, Grammy nominated drummer and author, born in Rio de Janeiro and one of the top practitioners of the Samba Jazz style. Included in the trio is Sacred Heart University faculty member, Leco Reis, on acoustic bass. www.joecartermusic.com
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 8pm - $10 / $5 students
MATTHEW SHIPP/DARIUS JONES DUO
Bezanson Recital Hall – UMass – Amherst, MA
The intergenerational partnership of Darius Jones (alto saxophone) and Matthew Shipp (piano) features one of New York’s most talked about young talents and one of its most established and prolific veterans. On their 2011 debut recording, Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity), they create an expansive 13-part song cycle that Jazzwise called "a form of pure expression that transcends notions of genre or style." Their new recording, The Darkseid Recital, also on AUM Fidelity, has just been released to critical acclaim. Pianist, producer and composer Matthew Shipp arrived in New York City over 25 years ago and has since become one of the most important players on the downtown avant-garde scene. Rolling Stone Magazine calls him, “one of the most daring and original pianists in jazz, positioned in a lineage between Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor.” Born in 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware, Shipp studied at the University of Delaware and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Shipp and bassist William Parker are charter members of the David S. Ware Quartet, one of the most important small groups in recent jazz history. Shipp has recorded with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory, DJ Spooky, Roy Campbell, and Mat Maneri. Since his 1987 debut with Rob Brown, (Sonic Explorations), he has released 49 recordings as a leader. Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. Since moving to New York in 2005 after living and studying in Richmond, Virginia, Jones has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds. "Darius Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone,” writes Nate Chinen in the New York Times, “and as an improviser he's fearless but disciplined.” Since 2009 Jones has released three highly acclaimed albums for AUM Fidelity: Man'ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing), with Rakalam Bob Moses and Cooper-Moore; Big Gurl (Smell My Dream), featuring Adam Lane and Jason Nazary; and Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) with Matt Mitchell, Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith. "Once again drawing on his Southern roots for inspiration, Jones revels in a program that runs the gamut from tender balladry to testimonial fervor,” writes Troy Collins, “with a penchant for all things funky underscoring the date. Fulfilling (and exceeding) expectations, Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) is a rightfully compelling follow-up to his stunning debut. With another installment already in the works, Jones has set the stage for a winning series of albums designed to document his rise as one of the most impressive and unique voices of our time." Tickets are available through the FAC box office, 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS. See the entire season at www.fineartscenter.com/solosandduos. The Solos & Duos Series is produced by the UMass Fine Arts Center. Thanks to the UMass Hotel at the Campus Center and WMUA, 91.1FM.
Friday, October 24, 2014
JD ALLEN QUARTET - JD Allen –tenor saxophone; Orrin Evans – piano; Alexander Claffy – bass; Jonathan Barber – drums
Opening Group: East Catholic High School Jazz Ensemble

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Polish National Home – 60 Charter Oak Avenue - Hartford
4:30 – 6 pm:  Student workshop
7 pm:             East Catholic High School Jazz Ensemble
8 pm:             JD Allen Quartet
Tickets will be available via PayPal at the HJS website and at Integrity ‘N Music. Financial support for the concert is provided by the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees.
Friday, October 24, 2014 -7:30pm
RON CARTER TRIO
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE WEE TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7pm - $15
RANDALL KANE QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Randall Kane on saxophone, Gary McMahon on guitar, Dick Rosol on bass and Fran Guerrera on drums, performing jazz standards and ballads. Great music of the 20th century - reimagined for today! Supported by a grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30pm - $22.50 - $64.50
BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET
Mortensen Hall – Bushnell – 166 Capitol Avenue – Hartford 860-987-5900
Experience the legacy of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. His sons – Dan on drums and Chris on bass and trombone – will join forces with guitarist Mike DeMicco, pianist Chuck Lamb and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for a dynamic performance of “melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.” – Philadelphia Inquirer.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: BRYAN CARROT
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 8pm - $20 / $12 students, seniors
JAZZ MACABRE: A DARK EVENING WITH THE GRIM STRING QUARTET
Studio 59 - 59 Barber Street - Downtown Torrington
Tickets are available at the door or by calling (860) 482-6801. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own wine or spirits. For more information about the upcoming fall season, visit www.studio59ct.com.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOE MCPHEE | DANIEL LEVIN | CHRIS CORSANO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
November, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014 – 7pm & 9pm - $22
NICOLE ZURAITIS GROUP
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE NELS CLINE SINGERS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, November 8, 2014 7pm - $20
NICK DIMARIA QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Nick Di Maria is a New Haven-based jazz trumpeter. Since 2006, Nick has been performing with his quartet all over New England and New York City. Heavily influenced by Miles Davis and Eddie Henderson, Nick's music extends the capabilities of post bop, electronic and experimental music.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8pm - $15 / $12 Real Art Ways, Hartford Jazz Society & museum members
CONCERT: IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WITH WILLIAM PARKER - sessionography
The great William Parker—American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer—performs live in the Aetna Theater. To purchase tickets call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: JOE MORRIS’ MESS HALL with Joe Morris, Jerome Deupree, Steve Lantner, Stephen Haynes
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MYRA MELFORD AND BEN GOLDBERG DUO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 8pm - $54-$74
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 20 Greenwoods Rd. W - Rt. 44. - Norfolk 866-666-6306
Saturday, November 15, 2014 -8pm - $40 / $35 / $30 / $5 Fairfield University students
VIJAY IYER TRIO
Quick Center for the Arts – 1073 N. Benson Rd. Fairfield University – Fairfield (203) 254-4010 or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396
Grammy Award nominees and Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Group of the Year 2012, the Vijay Iyer Trio is among the most celebrated ensembles in jazz. Receiving the honor of a 2013 MacArthur Fellow (“Genius Grant"), Vijay Iyer is joined by his colleagues Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephan Crump (bass) for an evening of incredible music.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 7-30pm
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 7pm – FREE
CREATIVE CONTENT CONCERT - PHEEROAN AKLAFF
Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Happening 14: Students in Music 459 “Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I,” under the direction of drummer and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, interact with the campus community and confines. Not to be confused with a parade of dreams fulfilled or fantasies driven to burst. Your presence is encouraged.
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7pm & 9pm - $21
ALI RYERSON
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
ANDREA PARKINS DUO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
December, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
MINGUS BIG BAND
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JONATHAN FINLAYSON'S SICILIAN DEFENSE
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: CHAD TAYLOR
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 7:30pm - $45 - $65
JANE MONHEIT - HELLO BLUEBIRD - CELEBRATING THE JAZZ OF JUDY GARLAND
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
Jane Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalistʼs Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing the work of Vince Mendoza on 2002ʼs In The Sun and 2004ʼs Taking A Chance On Love.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($30) and 10 pm ($20)
LEE KONITZ QUARTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
December 14 - 21, 2014
International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba - Information

January, 2015
February, 2015
March, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
THE AMERICAN JAZZ CENTURY: WILLIE RUFF, AARON DIEHL
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
  • MyRootDown.com (Boston and surrounding area)
  • Boston Improv Calendar
  • New England Traditional Jazz Plus (originates in Massachusetts and covers New England)
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Languages (New York City)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Collaborations Festival (New York City) - March (4 days)
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Basils (64 West Stafford Road, Route 190, Stafford) is hosting jazz nights starting Friday, October 17 with Jeff Giglio Quartet.
  • Baxter's at the Bitter End (Bridgeport) - Steve Clark Trio performs every Wednesday from 8PM - 11:30 PM
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center with The Hartford Jazz Society. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Bloomfield Village Pizza (34 Tunxis Avenue – Bloomfield) - Cliff Davis Presents: Early Jazz every Monday evening 6pm – 9pm with some of the finest jazz artists in Connecticut. Students and professionals are welcome to perform. Come early and Leave early, and remember all of this is keeping jazz alive!!
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Canoe Club (Harbor Park - 80 Harbor Drive - Middletown) - jazz every Thursday from 6 – 10 pm
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Casona Bar & Restaurant (681 Wethersfield Ave - Hartford - 860-519-5590) – Latin Jazz every Friday at 6:30 pm; complimentary Happy Hour buffet; bar & restaurant menu
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Japanalia – at various venues in Hartford
  • La Petite France Bakery Cafe (967 Farmington Ave - West Hartford) – jazz every Saturday at 8 pm beginning April 5 brings you the smooth sound of local jazz artists along with great food, so come out and enjoy! All ages welcome.
  • Laetus Restaurant & Lounge (253 Asylum St. - Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends every Wednesday at 7-10pm
  • Mattatuck Museum (144 West Main Street, Waterbury 203-753-0381) – presents jazz on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - The Steve Davis Group performs every Sunday from 6pm – 9pm
  • Montenia’s (137 State Street - Springfield, MA) - every second Sunday (3 PM - 7 PM)
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Thursday 4-7pm No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (139 Main Street Extension, Middletown 860 347-2289) – live jazz every Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm – 11:30pm, no cover
  • Shish Lounge (904 Farmington Ave. - West Hartford 860-730-1030) - Live Jazz every Friday, 7pm-10pm - $5 cover. Swing dancing every Wednesday, 8pm-11pm where we play the best swing and jazz recordings from the 20s-40s.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
  • Trinity-On-Main (69 Main Street, New Britain 860-229-2072) – a live jazz happy hour is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 5 pm, donation $5
  • Whistle Stop Cafe (139 Broad Street, Windsor, Exit 37 off 91 North) – every Wednesday from 6 pm – 9 pm, no cover
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