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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.

August, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:30 pm - $10.00 online / $15.00 at the door
HELEN SUNG
Lyric Hall - 827 Whalley Avenue - New Haven
You can purchase your tickets online via PayPal by going to our website at: http://jazzhaven.org/helen-sung
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 2 pm - FREE
ALEX BUTTERWORTH TRIO - Gianni Dino Gardner-Guitar, Ben Gilfrand-Bass, Alex Butterworth-Drums

Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, August 27, 2016 – 8pm – $10
THE PAINTERS - Dan O'Brian-Tenor Saxophone and woodwinds, Mike Suddes-Guitar, Silvain Castellano-Bass, George Mastrogiannis-Drums
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.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 6pm – 9pm - FREE
NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

New Haven Green - 165 Church Street - New Haven
Sunday, August 28, 2016 – 6:30pm - $27.50 cover / $15 minimum
SARAH SPENCER QUARTET - Sarah Spencer, tenor sax; Jimmy Mazzy, banjo and vocals; Bill Sinclair, piano; Art Hovey, bass and tuba
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane – Ridgefield Reservations: 203-438-8282
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 8 pm - $55
AL DI MEOLA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Al DiMeola is giving jazz-fusion fans what they want! Four-time winner as Best Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine’s Reader Poll, Al Di Meola brings his latest tour “Elegant Gypsy Meets Romantic Warrior Electrictour 2016” to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. Jazz and Latin fusion pioneer, composer and guitar legend Al Di Meola is a pioneer of blending world music and jazz. Over the past four decades, the bona fide guitar hero has explored the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, and African music. His latest album, 2015’s Elysium, finds the guitar great blending the lush tones of his nylon string Conde Hermanos acoustic prototype model and a ’71 Les Paul electric in a collection of songs that are at once invigorating and alluring. Last summer, the Montréal Jazz Festival awarded him the 2015 Miles Davis Award, which honors a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom. In this 109 Cheese and Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series performance, ticket holders are invited to a free wine tasting in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and an art exhibit by Asúkú Mlulé, a recently resettled refugee, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mlule is sponsored by Art in Common, Inc. a new community outreach charitable non-profit based in Ridgefield whose mission is to promote creativity, increase community awareness around important social issues and foster connection across diverse populations. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visit Piccolo’s Pizza and Jazzeria (24 Prospect Street, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entree when you show your ticket! Media sponsor is 97.3fm WZBG. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11 pm - FREE
PAUL FULLER QUINTET - Paul Fuller-contrabass, Haneef Nelson-trumpet, Ron Acosta-woodwinds, Damian Curtis-piano, Michael Scott-drums

Wild Bill's Nostalgia - 1003 Newfield Ave – Middletown
Monday, August 29, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 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, August 29, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
JOE NATALE BIRTHDAY BASH: Joe Natale-tenor sax; Noah Barker-piano; Alex Tremblay-bass; Mike Camacho-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.
September, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 5, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, September 9, 2016 - Two Shows – 7pm & 9pm - $24
ADA ROVATTI
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training. After winning a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Italy she divided herself between Boston where she studied with Joe Viola, George Garzone and Italy where she was working in Big Bands with guest artists such as: Phil Woods, Lee Konitz and many others. After spending one year in Paris touring Europe and Africa she moved in new York City. She has performed in important festivals such as JVC in NYC Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest appearing and performing with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands such as: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, John McLaughlin, James Moody, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Joanne Brackeen, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmmy Heath Patti Austin and many others. In addition to her musical expertise Ada appeared in the movie ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ featuring Julia Roberts. In 2003 she released her first 2 CDs as a bandleader with the Elephunk Band and with her quartet with guests: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Don Alias. She also appears on the Grammy CD by Randy Brecker –“34 th N Lex”–ESC Records (best contemporary jazz Album of 2003) and on the acclaimed CD of John McLaughlin “ Industrial Zen”(2006) Drive magazine raved about this “graceful Italian jazzista” in a CD review of Under the Hat. Critics voted Under the Hat as number one in the “Revelation” category of the 2003 in the Brazilian newspaper “Tribuna De Imprensa ” Her 2005 release “Airbop” featured guest artists Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Don Alias in 2006 was nominated by one of the critic of All About Jazz as one of the top Ten Cd of the year.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE
JEREMY PELT AND SHOCK VALUE
Opening: PAUL GABRIEL BLUES BAND

Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
JIVE BY FIVE

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
The crowd-pleasing jazz series concludes on Saturday with Jive By Five! Spend the night dancing to the sizzling music of the Jazz Age! From the Charleston to the Two-Step and the Fox Trot, the is Connecticut favorite, led by drummer Robert Parker, is sure to make for a memorable evening! Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 7:30pm - $90 Gold Circle Meet & Greet / $65 orchestra / $55 mezzanine/balcony; All tickets include admission to the softball game
BERNIE WILLIAMS AND HIS ALL STAR BAND
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
The famed Yankees centerfielder brings his a brand new night of music back to The Ridgefield Playhouse with his All-star band on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. A recent graduate of the Manhattan Music School, fans can once again marvel at this Latin Grammy nominated artist’s classical guitar skills! Starting the day, Bernie and his team of All-stars will treat fans to an afternoon Celebrity Softball Game in the ballpark adjacent to the Playhouse at 1 p.m., with play by play announcing courtesy of 100.7fm WHUD’s morning personality Mike Bennett. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hillside Food Outreach and the Playhouse Arts for Everyone Program. Although he’s won four World Series championships, five appearances on the American League All Star Team, four Gold Glove Awards and the 1996 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award – Bernie’s real passion is music. Since his retirement he has devoted his time getting back to those musical roots. This evening of jazz guitar is generously underwritten by Anita and Nick Donofrio. In this Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine and Jazz, 109 Cheese & Wine will offer complimentary wine tastings in the lobby at take place in the lobby at 6:45 p.m. with a special art exhibit with Cortney Wall. Kicking off the night is Grammy Award nominated guitar virtuoso Gil Parris, is known for his special blend of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Smooth Jazz. He has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with major artists like Dr.John, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Diane Schuur, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell, Toni Braxton to name just a few. Additional sponsorship provided by Canine Training and Behavioral Service, CULTEC, Inc., Northeast Builders of Ridgefield, LLC, United Rentals and Blue Line Labradors, LLC and media sponsors i95fm and WHUD. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show - visit Piccolo’s Pizza and Jazzeria (24 Prospect Street, Ridgefield) for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entree when you show your ticket! Having topped the contemporary jazz Billboard Chart with #1 singles, recorded albums with guests as varied as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Secada, and having accepted an invitation to sit in with The Allman Brothers Band at their storied Beacon Theatre residencies, Williams instantly established himself as a formidable talent. A modern-day multi-talented Renaissance man, Bernie Williams grew up in Puerto Rico where he learned classical guitar at an early age and was to focus on a career in music, until being drafted by the Yankees. Williams has developed a fresh style of jazz influenced by his classical music background along with Brazilian, pop and Latin rhythms. His albums include Moving Forward and The Journey Within. Williams has also written a book, Rhythms of the Game: The Link between Musical and Athletic Performance (2011). Bernie Williams is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, both in his baseball career and in music. He performed at the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year tribute to Gloria Estefan and at the final home game played at historic Yankee Stadium in 2009.. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8pm - $26
JESSE LYNCH JAZZ 101
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - 300 Main Street - Old Saybrook 877-503-1286
Pianist Jesse Lynch is steeped in musical tradition, yet craves the cutting edge in performance and composition. A 2004 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Jesse has been playing for crowds around the globe since 2009. Last year the Jesse Lynch Trio toured in 80 cities across America, with educational outreach in some 45 towns. Jesse has performed domestically and internationally in projects with Grammy saxophonist Charlie Neville, Daniel Rodriguez, The American Tenors, Nathan Granner, Ben Gulley, jazz vocalist Melanie DiBiasio, cellist Wayne Smith, pop artist Robert Chilingirian, reggae artist Mark Shine, funk/soul band Sonnyboy, rock bands Artificial Flavor and Luxe, and frequently with his self-titled jazz trio.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 8pm - $45 / $35 / $25
WILL DONATO (sax) with Bill Heller-keyboards, Kenny Harris-bass, Trever Sommerville-drums
Terminal 110 and Keys to the City - 240 Sargeant Drive - New Haven
Will Donato has performed with some of the best known musicians of the genre namely Al McKay of Earth Wind and Fire, Bruce Conte of Tower of Power, Steve Reid of The Rippingtons, Steve Oliver, Greg Karukas and Nick Colionne. He also fronted Steve Reid's Bamboo Forrest for four years. He has worked outside the smooth jazz genre as well, most notably with Gerald Levert, Toni Childs, and pop star Richard Marx. Will Donato can also be heard on the number one contemporary legacy hit from Steve Oliver, “High Noon,” as well as on the sound soundtracks from several movie scores including Thelma and Louise, The Wedding Planner, Under the Boardwalk, and No Man's Land.
Monday, September 12, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:30 pm – 8 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Bloomfield Senior Center, 300 Park Avenue, Bloomfield
The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series continues with an indoor performance by Simply Swing at the Bloomfield Senior Center. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:30pm - $15
STEVE SWELL’S KENDE DREAMS - Steve Swell, trombone, compositions; Rob Brown, alto saxophone, Connie Crothers, piano, William Parker, bass and Gerald Cleaver, drums
Hampshire College Music Recital Hall - 893 West Street - Amherst, MA
At the urging of Lars-Olof Gustavsson and Keith Knox of Sweeden’s Silkheart Records, Steve Swell assembled an all-star quintet and produced, Hommage à Bartók (2015.) “The seven tracks are creative music pitched at the highest level,” writes John Corbett in the liner notes.“As is that music's unalienable right, it absorbs and transforms things that it comes into contact with. So, unlike Milhaud's attempts to quote or characterize jazz, this is jazz eating and fully digesting modern classical music, turning it into something else completely.” Born in Newark, NJ in 1954, trombonist Steve Swell has been an active member of the New York music community since 1975, when he began playing in top 40 bands, salsa bands, big bands (most notably those of Buddy Rich and Lionel Hampton) and performed on Broadway in Bob Fosse's ‘Dancin’". Swell joined Jaki Byard and the Apollo Stompers, and made his recording debut in Sept. of '84 for the Soul Note label. He then became a member of Makanda Ken McIntyre's band which led to tours and recordings with Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Herb Robertson, Jemeel Moondoc, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Bill Dixon, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Dave Burrell, Elliott Sharp, Rob Mazurek, Perry Robinson and Ken Vandermark. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artist on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the New York City public school system focusing on special needs children. “His playing reflects great attention to timbre and color,” writes Grego Applegate Edwards, “and he in his own way channels the trombone jazz tradition encompassing the early tailgaters, the big-band innovators, boppers and afterboppers, all of it, and gives it his own spin as an important stylist in his own right.” 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. Single tickets available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BEN WENDEL 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).
Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 6:30 – 8:15 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Riverfront Plaza Mortensen Plaza, Hartford
The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues at The Mortensen Plaza stage on the Hartford side of the Connecticut River. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs its UNFORGETTABLE salute to the late Natalie and Nat “King” Cole. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Pack a picnic dinner and blanket, and enjoy! Rain date: September 18, 2015. See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 8pm - $10 per person in advance / $15 single/$25 couple at the door
MIKE CASEY TRIO - A fundraiser presented by the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in partnership with J's Crab Shack
J's Crab Shack - 2074 Park St. - Hartford - 860-231-9545
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.hartfordjazz.org Happy Hour prices available!
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

The Calendar House, 388 Pleasant Street, Southington
The 2016 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing concludes with an indoor performance at The Calendar House, Southington. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Room for dancers. See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 7pm - $25 (Only 40 tickets will be sold, first come first served)
A NIGHT OF JAZZ WITH ROHN LAWRENCE & FRIENDS - A fundraiser presented by the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in partnership with The Tobacco Shop & The Red Gold Fine Wine & Spirits
The Tobacco Shop - 89 Pratt St. - Hartford - 860-524-8577
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.hartfordjazz.org Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Wine and spirit tasting, sponsored by The Red Gold! Hors d'oeuvres provided
Friday, September 23, 2016 - Two Shows – 7pm & 9pm - $24
MARCOS VARELA
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Musician/composer Marcos Varela began his musical career at the age of 17. He started playing the bass in his native Houston, TX while attending the highly acclaimed High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, a school which has been attended by many greats in music and art today. Some alumni include Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Beyonce Knowles, Brian-Micheal Cox, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, Matt Mullenweg (wordpress inventor) and many more. Inspired by such talented mentors and peers this led Marcos to want to pursue a career in music. Marcos is also very accomplished in his compositions for Film and TV. One of his achievements is a film score for acclaimed director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese’s film “Roots in Water,” an adaptation of a piece by Tony Award winning playwright, Richard Nelson.
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
TAYLOR HO BYNUM 7-TETTE
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, September 24, 2016 – 4pm - FREE
FILM SCREENING – BILL EVANS TIME REMEMBERED

The Neighborhood Music School - 100 Audubon St. - New Haven
Bruce Spiegel has produced a complete documentary giving you insights into Bill Evans; not just the musician, but also the person. The film moves chronologically starting with Bill's childhood in New Jersey and culminating with details about his death." The film “Bill Evans, Time Remembered” took me 8 years to make. Eight years of tracking down anybody who knew Bill and who played with him, to try and find out as much as I could about the illusive and not easy to understand Bill Evans. I feel very honored to have had the chance to interview and get to know good guys that spent a lot of time with Bill: Billy Taylor, Gene Lees, Tony Bennett, Jack DeJohnette, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Bobby Brookmeyer, Chuck Israels, Paul Motian, Gary Peacock, Joe LaBarbera. It was a once in a life time experience talking to these gifted talented guys about their time in jazz music, about their “Time Remembered“ with Bill Evans. - Bruce Spiegel" "The film was a bull's eye at capturing as much as one can capture of someone's music, pain, and life story. My family is forever grateful to your outstanding work." - Debby Evans (Waltz for Debby)" "The film is musically intriguing and sensitively crafted. Not soppy with just the right amount of honesty regarding his personal life." - Nenette Evans
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8pm - FREE
THE MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N XXXVI JAZZ FESTIVAL - NICKi MATHIS’ AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ New Millennium All Stars: Ricky Alfonso trumpet, BILL ARNOLD drums, JIM DAGGS bass, Dawn Dumas voice, MELANIE DYER viola; JOANNE JAMES djimbe, YASUYO KIMURA percussions, GWEN LASTER violin, MAXINE MARTIN tenor, NYSHEA McCAULEY voice, MICHELLE McFARLAND voice, DAWN McKINLEY voice, LINDA PRESGRAVE piano, DOTTI ANITA TAYLOR flute/voice; LYNN TRACEY guitar, DEBORAH WEISZ trombone, MARK WHITECAGE alto, MAI LEAH MIYAZYA danse; BERTHA HOPE NU-TRIO: KIM CLARKE, bass LUCIANNA F PADMORE drums

Unitarian Society of Hartford - 50 Bloomfield Ave – Hartford 860.233-9897
29th Year Celebration of the longest running jass festival showcasing jazzwomen and their music.
Monday, September 26, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 8:30 pm - $15 / $7 students
VIJAY IYER / WADADA LEO SMITH DUO
Bezanson Recital Hall - Fine Arts Center - University of Massachusetts – Amherst, MA
A cosmic rhythm with each stroke, recently released on ECM Records, features pianist Vijay Iyer and the musician he has described as his “hero, friend and teacher,” trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Iyer has previously played in Smith’s Golden Quartet, but the present album is the first documentation of their duo work. The centerpiece of the album is the spellbinding title suite, dedicated to the innovative Indian artist, Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990). Iyer and Smith premiered the work at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in March 2016 during a major exhibition dedicated to Mohamedi’s art and writings. Tickets are available through the FAC box office, 413-545-2511 and on line at www.fineartscenter.com.
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
KRIS DAVIS AND CRAIG TABORN 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).
October, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN RAYMOND - REAL FEELS
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).
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 8 pm - $80
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER & TAKE 6 PRESENT “THE SUMMIT”
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Combining forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 ~ two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music ~ create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages.
Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut recording on Atlantic Records ~ Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne will honor founding member, Tim Hauser, as they continue to tour with their newest member, Trist Curless. TMT joins Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event! For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN SCHOTT 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).
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 8 pm - $60
BONEY JAMES
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Four-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James needs no introduction to contemporary jazz fans. The gifted saxophonist, veteran of four RIAA gold albums, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 #1 albums on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, has sold over 3 million records during his career. Four of them have received Grammy nominations, including 2013’s The Beat. His latest, futuresoul, released in 2015, topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for 11 weeks. Tracks such as “Drumline” and “Vinyl” show off Boney’s love of vintage soul as well as his mastery of modern digital production and signature laid back style. This incredibly accomplished artist — who broke into music in the mid-80s touring with acts such as The Isley Brothers, Morris Day (The Time), Randy Crawford and Teena Marie, and emerged as a solo force in 1992 with his breakthrough debut, Trust — has long been influenced by contemporary R&B. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE CLAUDIA QUINTET
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 22, 2016 – 8pm -$10 per person in advance / $15 single/$25 couple at the door
LINDA RANSOM & FRIENDS - A fundraiser presented by the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in partnership with J's Crab Shack
J's Crab Shack - 2074 Park St. - Hartford - 860-231-9545
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.hartfordjazz.org Happy Hour prices available!
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MATT MITCHELL 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).
November, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BRIAN ADLER - SHANKAR
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, November 6, 2016 – Noon – 4pm - $85 (includes Brunch, Entertainment, Parking and Cash Bar)
WEST HARTFORD ROTARY CLUB’S JAZZ BRUNCH - Delfeayo Marsalis – trombone, Javon Jackson – saxophone, Cyrus Chestnut – piano, Jimmy Cobb – drums, David Williams – bass
Proceeds go to “Gifts of Music” & other Rotary Charities
The Hartford Club - 46 Prospect Street - Hartford
Gourmet Brunch by Chef Leslie Tripp. Taste of New Orleans: Mixed Green Salad Bar with Toppings, Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo, Eggs Benedict, Shrimp and Grits, Chicken Jambalaya, Cajan Portobello Mushrooms, Collards & Rice, Green Beans Almandine, Buttermilk Biscuits, Dessert, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce, Bananas Foster, Coffee and Tea. For Tickets & More Info: Hap Leabman 860-409-6883 or hleabman@rpmhealth.com
Sunday, November 6, 2015 - 3pm – FREE
TONY LOMBARDOZZI

Russell House – Wesleyan University – 350 High Street – Middletown
Since the 1970s, jazz guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi has performed with many artists, including Kenny Barron, the late Bill Barron and Ed Blackwell, Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Anthony Braxton, Adjunct Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard, fellow Private Lessons Teacher Giacomo Gates, and Yoron Israel. This is his first concert at The Russell House since 1999.
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
AMIRTHA KIDAMBI'S ELDER ONES 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).
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
KEVIN HAYS 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).
December, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
TOMAS FUJIWARA DOUBLE 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).
Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 3:15pm - FREE
JOHN CAGE’S MUSICIRCUS

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 "Introduction to Experimental Music" class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in this rendition of John Cage's Musicircus. Everything at once and all together. The first of Mr. Cage's Musicircus "happenings" took place in 1967 at the University of Illinois.
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN HÉBERT 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).
January, 2017
February, 2017
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
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.
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
  • Latin Jazz Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

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