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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.

May, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Bloomfield Senior Center, 330 Park Avenue - Bloomfield
The fourth of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series moves outdoors. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. In the event of inclement weather the concert be held indoors. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 7:30pm - $20 in advance / $25 at the door
THE AL FENTON BIG BAND PRESENTS CABARET!
Universalist Church - 433 Fern Street - West Hartford
Live music, tasty food and dancing. Fundraiser to benefit the Church. The Al Fenton Big Band is an 18 piece big band that features the vocals of Beverly St. Onge under the direction of Kathy J. Neri. Blues, jazz, and swing - Big Band, the Way You Want it! We invite everyone to attend who loves music. For more information, please contact Peggie Geiger at 860-232-0110.
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8pm - $30 / $25 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $25 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
DOWN TO THE BONE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JEFF BRADSHAW, JOEY SOMMERVILE AND ELAN TROTMAN
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8 pm - $10
TRIO 149
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The exciting new jazz group Trio 149 is the brainchild of jazz pianists Jen Allen and Noah Baerman. With Baerman’s organ and synthesizer juxtaposed against Allen’s piano, the result is an interactive synergy with a richly-textured timber that is at once striking and perfectly blended. With a repertoire dominated by original compositions by both Allen and Baerman, some of them including vocals, the group finds the sweet spot between modern jazz, classic soul music and other contemporary sounds, an amalgam of John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Sting and many other influences. For this performance the trio is rounded out by the exciting drummer Jocelyn Pleasant and augmented by Sean Elligers on trumpet. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BRIAN CHARETTE'S MIGHTY GRINDERS
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, May 30, 2015 – 6:45 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Great River Park Amphitheater, East River Drive - East Hartford
The fifth of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series will include a special “Dancing to the Music of Old Blues.” Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. Joining the group for this performance to sing some Sinatra favorites will be vocalist Blaise Tramazzo. There is room for swing and ballroom dancers. The Dancing Duo will conduct a free mini-dance lesson preceding the concert at 6:30 pm. There is room for dancers. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. May 31 is the rain date. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Saturday. May 30, 2015 – 7pm
ALI RYERSON-JOE CARTER DUO - Ali Ryerson – flutes; Joe Carter – guitar
226 Jazz Art Java - 226 Broad Street - Windsor, CT
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8 pm - $15
STANLEY MAXWELL - Andy Chatfield – Drumset, Percussion; Eric DellaVecchia – Alto Saxophone; Evan Green – Piano, Keyboard, Organ, Fender Rhodes, Melodica; Mark Crino – 5-String Electric and 4-String Fretless Bass
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell returns to The Buttonwood Tree for the first time since June 2003. The group plays music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisations, and will perform two 45 minute sets, featuring acoustic arrangements of original tunes from the past decade, with Evan Green on the venue's baby grand piano. The concert will include three songs that had their world premiere in March 2015 on the "Music at The Russell House" series at Wesleyan University. Since 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant-garde center which is recognized internationally as a venue for music, contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry, and dance (from belly dance to hip hop), as well as a space for educational and other community groups. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1pm - FREE
BILLIE HOLIDAY @ 100 WITH JOHN BRIGHENTI AND LINDA RANSOM

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St. Ex. - Middletown - 860 347 2289
Jazz pianist John Brighenti and vocalist Linda Ransom present a musical tribute to Billie Holiday. 1-4 pm
Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 6:30pm - $27.50 cover / $15 minimum
BUCKY PIZZARELLI AND ED LAUB - guitar duo
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane – Ridgefield Reservations: 203-438-8282
June, 2015
Friday, June 5 – June 14, 2015
BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL
Various venues - Burlington - VT
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 8pm - $10
NESTED DRIFT - Larry Derdeyn, keyboards; Jim Matus, guitar/baricello; Greg Conti, bass; Liviu Pop, drums
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Fusion, progressive rock, post-rock, experimental improvisational jazz. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA 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, June 6, 2015 – 7 pm – 8 pm (Happy Hour) – 8pm – 11pm (music) - $10 in advance / $15 single, $25 couple at the door - Jazz Card holders receive advance ticket pricing
A JAZZY TIME @ J’S CRAB SHACK – FEATURING THE ALVIN CARTER PROJECT - FUNDRAISER FOR THE GREATER HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ
J’s Crab Shack – 2074 Park Street – Hartford
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8pm - $10
GEORGE MASTROGIANNIS QUINTET - George Mastrogiannis – drums; Dan O’Brian – tenor Sax & woodwinds; Atticus Kelly – piano; Mike Suddes – guitar; Silvain Castellano – acoustic bass
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Quintet is a group that is exploring the vastness of group interplay in a jazz mode, but leaves the music open to in the moment creation. The sound is a work in progress and through the collaboration of the musicians new ideas are born everytime we play together. It is structured to a degree, but the music will take whatever form it has to so the each performer has the freedom to express what they are feeling in the moment. This is the formation of that search by each of us to come together and create something magical. George Mastrogiannis, a native of Connecticut began playing the drums at 12 years old. His mother Florence saw a need for an expressive outlet that would direct all of hisboundless energy. George started playing in garage bands with his friends throughout high school. After high school George made his way to Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute where he studied with many of the best musicians in Southern California. He returned from LA with a plan to practice and take any gig that came his way. Playing in numerous bands and clubs in New Haven for two years he decided that he wanted to study jazz and in 1998 entered the Hartt School of Music where he immediately began playing with his professors on a weekly basis. George graduated from Hartt in 2002. Since that time he has performed with many different musicians and performers. Some of these include: Bob Mintzer, Bob Berg, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Warren Bryd, Noah Baerman, Chris Morrison, Jimmy Green, Abraham Burton, Phil Bowler, Mike Palin’s The Other Orcestra, Nobuki Takamen, George Lesiw and many others. His musical philosophy is that music can enrich our lives at any level of ability. You must first have a love of music, and a love of learning. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 4pm – 7pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview - article
SPECTACLE II - IMPROVISATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Happy to share news of the return of Spectacle, the culminating event of the 2014-15 Improvisations season. A cross-generational gathering of improvisors, the evening will feature varied groupings of players, followed by the reconvening of Abstract Forest, an improvising orchestra. Expect the unexpected!
Allan Chase/saxophones
Andrea Parkins/accordion
Jerome Deupree/drums and percussion
Fay Victor/voice
Adam Matlock/accordion
Junko Fujiwara/cello
Joe Morris/guitar and bass
Stephen Haynes/cornets
Zachary Rowden/bass
Minta White/flute
Sam Lisabeth/guitar
Will Bridges/alto saxophone
Travis Bliss/tenor saxophone
Jaimie Branch/trumpet
Jason Belcher/baritone horn
The Improvisations series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. Follow the 2014-15 season of Improvisations, browse the photo archives from past seasons and more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvisations/324014434279441
Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 4pm – $10
AL FENTON BIG BAND
Canoe Club – 80 Harbor Drive – Middletown
There will be a cash price for the first place dance contest winning couple.
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:30pm - $15
DAVID VIRELLES/ ROMÁN DÍAZ DUO - David Virelles, piano; Román Díaz, percussion and voice
Wistariahurst Museum - 238 Cabot St. - Holyoke, MA
Born and raised in Cuba, pianist and composer David Virelles left for Canada in 2001 as a protégé of saxophonist Jane Bunnett, with whom he toured and recorded several albums. He studied privately with pianist Barry Harris and also studied composition with Henry Threadgill, who had a deep impact in Virelles’ personal musical outlook. Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with: Tomasz Stanko, Steve Coleman, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Paul Motian, David Binney, Miguel Zenón, Cuban visual artist Alberto Lescay, Wadada Leo Smith, Milford Graves, among others. In 2003, he became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson prize, presented by Peterson himself while Virelles was a student at Humber College in Toronto. His debut album, Motion, was released in 2007 after winning the Grand Prix de Jazz Award at the Montréal Jazz Festival. Vireles’ album Continuum, with bassist Ben Street, legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille and percussionist Román Díaz, garnered critical success worldwide, selected “Best of the Year 2012″ by the New York Times. "One of New York’s best pianists has put together his own quartet, playing mature, mysterious, suite-like music, informed by the best post-’60s New York vanguardists,” wrote The New York Times. “At times it sounds like one of Andrew Hill’s small groups playing for the Yoruba saints..." More recently, Virelles released Mbókò – Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá (ECM). The music draws its inspiration from the Carabalí culture and the Abakuá society and continues the conversation that began with Continuum. It has been widely praised as one of the Best Recordings of 2014. “This kind of album would not have been possible without Román’s contribution – because of what he represents, not only as a musician but also as a carrier of culture, being a title-holder in this tradition,” Virelles explains. “We have developed a kind of playing together that shaped the record’s overall sound.” In 2009 Pedro Martínez and Román Díaz recorded The Real Rumba, capturing essential Afro-Cuban cultural and religious music. “The incredibly talented Pedro Martínez and Román Díaz have joined the pantheon with the best Afro-Cuban rumba recording in recent memory,” writes Pablo Yglesias. “There are moments on this CD where you will go into a trance, and others where you want to get up and dance. Very highly recommended.” 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. Shares and single tickets are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:30pm - $49 / $69
THE RIPPINGTONS FEATURING RUSS FREEMAN
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
After 25 years and 18 studio albums, this Grammy-nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground…..they define the group’s genre as “Contemporary Jazz” but these guys lay down the funk, blues and fusion equally as well.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7 pm - $12 in advance / $15 at the door
CYNTHIA HOLIDAY: "LADY SWINGS THE BLUES"
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
She’s not Billie, not Judy, not Jennifer, not Carmen, not Nancy, it’s Cynthia Holiday! Cynthia Holiday is a real crowd pleaser and her renditions of straight-ahead jazz, blues and pop standards are full of swing, improvisation and soul. Clearly, singing live before an audience is where she feels most comfortable. Kevin Mahogany says, “I met Cynthia many years ago when I used to frequent various jam sessions in Harlem clubs. I was struck by her ability to quickly command the stage. Cynthia has fantastic stage presence and it’s time for her music to be heard.” Cynthia says “I love the up-and-close feeling of performing in small, intimate venues like SMOKE or Showmans Jazz Club in NYC. I also enjoy the thrill of performing for an audience of 10,000 + people at outdoor events like the Harlem Jazz & Blues Festival or Hartford Jazz Festival.” Following her performance, the Hartford Courier’s music review said of Cynthia “She may have been unfamiliar to the audience, but Holiday quickly won over the crowd with her blues-soaked swing and charming banter.” Since the 2008 release of her debut album, All The Way, on the Miles High Records Label, Cynthia Holiday has made new fans and friends in the US and internationally. Most recently she served as a judge in the 2013 Asian Dreams Jazz Vocal Competition followed by a performance with the TS Monk Septet in Osaka, Japan. Cynthia’s gifted vocals and natural inclination for jazz is attributed to her upbringing in Newark, New Jersey where music filled her home on any given day. Her stepfather, trumpeter Calvin Hughes was a band leader and performed with such jazz greats as Count Basie, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Big Maybelle. Early on Cynthia was a dancer, studying for years with the Garden State Ballet Company and teaching dance during college years. But singing was her true love and she began studying classical voice with Jacklyn Snyder in New York City. Eventually Cynthia switched to the jazz vocal program at the Newark School For the Arts with Inez McClendon, followed by private lessons with Duke Anderson, Myrna Lake, Ulysses Slaughter, Jim Carson and the late Rita DaCosta Turrentine. She considers the late bassist Earl May to be an important mentor as she began sitting-in at jam sessions. Released in 2008, Cynthia’s debut CD “All The Way” was produced by John Snyder and Eulis Cathey with guest artists pianist Cedar Walton, bassist David Williams and drummer Joe Farnsworth for Miles High Records. The core band included pianist Radam Schwartz, bassist Andy McCloud, drummer Joe Brown Jr, alto saxophonist Gerald Hayes, guitarist Geary Moore and drummer, Wayne Henderson. “All The Way” spotlights Cynthia giving her own personal touch to standards, blues and introducing some originals. In fact, she co-wrote two of the tunes with Radam Schwartz, “I Like What I See” and “You’ve Got A Job To Do.” When asked to pick out a few favorite selections for the CD, Cynthia says, “My Little Rainbow” is a lovely tune recorded with the Cedar Walton trio and “Samba de Amore” is a light samba. “Her time has come with this release,” says WBGO Jazz88 FM host Sheila Anderson. “Cynthia seeks to continue the tradition of jazz women who sing the blues, a style that has become a lost art among vocalists. I hear the humor of Helen Humes, the soul of Ernestine Anderson, the warm timber of Nancy Wilson and the storytelling of Marlena Shaw, but make no mistake, what you hear is pure Cynthia Holiday.” Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
NOAH JARRETT'S TRIAGE 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, June 13, 2015 - 2 pm - FREE
SAM KIMBLE AND JOE DONATO

New Britain Public Library Community Room - 20 High Street - New Britain 860-224-3155
The New Britain Public Library will be hosting a series of music programs this summer, beginning with two programs during the month of June and continuing into July. Sam Kimble and Joe Donato will kick the series off with a Latin-rhythm inspired program on Saturday, June 13, at 2 pm. Sam is a retired music therapist and Joe is a retired band director who taught at Avon High School.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 -1pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND DANA LAUREN

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St. Ex. - Middletown - 860 347 2289
Jazz chanteuse, Dana Lauren joins pianist John Brighenti for an afternoon of jazz and standards. 1-4pm
Sunday, June 14, 2005 - 8pm - $30 / $45
TUCK & PATTI
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
For nearly three decades, this unique vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs, and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists. Hear favorites like “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, “Love Warriors”, “Love Flows Like a River”, their version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”, or Hendrix’s “Castles Made of Sand/Little Wing”. With over 37 years of performing together and 34 years of marriage, the devotion forged by this extraordinary couple shows no sign of dimming from the pressure of familiarity. For them, this pressure creates more diamond than dust.
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Sat, June 20, 2015 – 7pm - FREE
KURT ELLING WITH THE NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

International Festival of Arts & Ideas
New Haven Green – First Niagara Stage (888) ART-IDEA
Kurt Elling‘s Passion World is a tour-de-force concert of songs of love collected from throughout the world. Said The New York Times, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time,” and here Elling brings his arsenal of talents to songs of love and loss as performed in their native languages. Elling also tells the rich background stories for each of the carefully selected songs, one is swept away on a grand, multicultural, tour of exotic places, cultures and times. At the Festival, he is joined by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, one of the region's premiere symphonic ensembles.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 7:30pm - $49 / $69
AL DI MEOLA ELEGANT GYPSY & MORE ELECTRIC TOUR
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Four-time winner as Best Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine’s Reader Poll, Al DiMeola is bringing his incredible band to Infinity Hall Hartford!! Grab your tickets today, and get ready to watch the fastest fingers you’ve ever seen on a fret board!!
Sunday, June 21, 2015 – Noon – 10pm - FREE
BANG ON A CAN MARATHON

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place - 230 Vesey Street – New York City
This annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 2pm – 6pm - FREE
MONTAGUE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Montague Center Common – Montague, MA
The Montague Jazz Festival (not to be mistaken for Monterey) will feature the Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra and the Broken Cello Orchestra. In case of rain, the bands will play in the First Congregational Church, festival sponsor and provider of its signature strawberry shortcake. The Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra is a true 18-piece big band, under the direction of Jeff Gavioli. With a full horn section, reeds, and rhythm section, the group burst onto the jazz scene with its debut concert at the Florence Community Center two years ago. Singer Cindy Reed headlines the performances with impeccable phrasing and a lush and sound. She makes each of the standards she sings her own – while honoring the genre and character of each piece. In short, she’s a pro. Gavioli gets a tight, fun sound from the ensemble. Solos are original, surprising and never static. Opening the show will be the Broken Cello Orchestra with four vocalists, Montague’s own Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens on clarinet, and a bevy of musicians (a dozen and counting.) Vocalists include KellyRose Fluty, of Albany, with an amazing range and a dazzling voice, Shana Anolik and Joseph Ricker (yes, he is the guitar virtuoso) of Shutesbury, who met at Amherst Regional High School and have been making music together (and apart) for years. Both bands feature danceable standards, so kick off your shoes – or bring a blanket, a lawn chair -- and plan to spend an afternoon enjoying the surprising and sweet sounds of jazz. It's free!
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 5pm - $35 / $45
SOLSTICE MUSIC FESTIVAL - JAZZ JAM
Simsbury Meadows Perfoming Arts Center - 22 Iron Horse Blvd. - Simsbury
Pack your cooler, bring your lawn chair and enjoy the Jazz Jam featuring the free-spirited and consummate chart-topping Saxophonist, Composer and Producer, Euge Groove who brings his special blend of jazz, funk and soul. Also appearing is Cindy Bradley whose multitude of talents extend from traditional jazz to R&B and pop influenced contemporary jazz. And there’s more with Hartford's own, Latanya Farrell, a gifted singer, songwriter and performer who moves audiences with her passion and energy.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 8 pm - $47.50
AL DI MEOLA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
A bona fide guitar hero and virtuoso of the highest order, Al Di Meola has been recognized over the past 30 years as a prolific composer and respected artist with more than 20 recordings in his arsenal. He returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with his Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour 2015 on Sunday, June 21, at 8 p.m. He, along with his fiery electric band, will deliver the intense jazz-fusion as only this world-class guitar deity can. His lightning-fast guitar licks and dazzling technique have won him legions of fans far beyond the guitar aficionado set. No. 109 Cheese & Wine will serve a complimentary wine tasting to accompany a local artist’s reception and exhibit in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. Piccolo’s Jazzeria (24 Prospect Street, Ridgefield) will pour a complimentary glass of wine with dinner the night of this event when tickets are presented. This show is part of the No. 109 Cheese & Wine Evening of “Art, Wine and Jazz” Series with media sponsor 89.5fm WPKN. Di Meola’s latest release, Elysium, features 12 new songs and combines the past with his present state of mind. "My music combines the past with the present, it combines technique with deep feelings and emotions. That's what I am proud of", says Di Meola who suffers from tinnitus due to excessively loud playing, favored acoustic guitar for years. He marked his return to the electric in 2006 with a performance at the Leverkusen Jazz Festival, captured on the 2007 DVD Speak a Volcano: Return to Electric Guitar. Recent albums, though, have seen him playing more acoustic guitar. For Elysium, he will bring the electric guitar back to the fore. Many of the songs, he says, will feature his black Gibson Les Paul. For tickets ($47.50), call the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 8pm - Advance Tickets: $45 Regular / $65 Premium Day-of-Show: $50 Regular / $70 Premium
PASSION FOR BACH AND COLTRANE: IMANI WINDS AND SPECIAL GUESTS
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Long Wharf Theatre - 222 Sargent Drive – New Haven (888) ART-IDEA
Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Performing everything from classical to jazz to contemporary music, this woodwind quintet has earned acclaim for its bold musical explorations and dynamic performances. Passion for Bach and Coltrane is composed by Jeff Scott, performed by Imani Winds featuring Harlem String Quartet, Alex Brown (piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), Neal Smith (drums), and A.B. Spellman (poet). The work is inspired by the poetry of A.B. Spellman, specifically his book of poems Things I Must Have Known. The poetry speaks to the musical mastery of J.S. Bach, John Coltrane as well as religion and mortality.
Tuesday- June 23, 2015- 8pm - $45
MADELEINE PEYROUX TRIO
The Ridgefield Playhouse- 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux’s ‘one of a kind’ voice has carried the Jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris, all the way to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an insightful ‘interpreter’ with a consistently impeccable choice of material. Click here for tickets or call box office at 203-438-5795
Friday, June 26 – Sunday, July 5, 2015
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Montreal
Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazz-centric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!
Friday, June 26, 2015 – 6:30 pm – $40 (drinks and hors d'oeuvres included)
THE STEVE DAVIS TRIO: AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND ART
The Golden Thread Gallery, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT, 06107 – 860-760-9766
Award-winning Jazz trombonist Steve Davis joins us to jam and discuss his illustrious career at The Golden Thread Gallery's annual fundraiser. The Gallery's Rhythm & Blues exhibit will be on display featuring local artists. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres included. For tickets and more information call 860-760-9766 or email info@goldenthreadgallery.org
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 6pm - FREE
BILLIE HOLIDAY @ 100 WITH JOHN BRIGHENTI AND LINDA RANSOM

J's Crabshack - 2074 Park St. - Hartford - 860 231 9545
The inimitable jazz vocalist Linda Ransom joins maestro John Brighenti and bassist Lou Bocciarelli for a musical tribute in commemoration of Billie Holiday's centennial.
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
- MIKE CASEY
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
July, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 1pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND SYLVIA MIMS

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St. Ex. - Middletown - 860 347 2289
Straight from an engagement at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Sylvia Mims joins jazz pianist John Brighenti for an afternoon of jazz and standards. Originally from Los Angeles, Sylvia was extremely active in southern California, being the featured vocalist of the Swing Jazz City Orchestra, and performing at prominent Jazz hot spots. Notable accompanying musicians include Tamir Hendelman, Karen Hammack, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Putter Smith, Earl Palmer, Bobby Rodriguez, Kendall Kay, Jamie Findlay, Dave Koonse, and Gene Bertoncini. In the Tri-State area, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, as a winner in the Golden Voices of America competition, and numerous venues in CT and NY. Sylvia's warm, breathtaking vocals are a conduit to a uniquely appealing and engaging live experience. She is equally compelling singing jazz legend Horace Silver's Nica's Dream as she is performing Your Daddy's Son from the musical Ragtime. Each of her performances has a full range of emotional shades that captivate and enthrall listeners, and her adeptness at singing diverse styles appeals to a broad audience; indeed, to anyone who loves music and wants to be moved. 1-4pm
Friday, July 5, 2015 – 7:30pm - $30 before June 1 / $40 after
JEFF AND JOEL’S HOUSE PARTY PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH THE “CT WASHBOARD”
VFW Hall - 104 Mill Road - Guilford
Stéphane Séva, premier washboard player of the internationally known Paris Washboard jazz band, will be featured in an evening of Parisian style hot jazz. Stephane will be accompanied by The “Connecticut Washboard” with Jeff Barnhart on piano, Noel Kaletsky on reeds and Craig Grant on trombone. For information and sales call 203-208-1481. Jeff and Joel's House Party 6th edition musical weekend is coming up on October 9-11, 2015 at the VFH Hall in Guilford. See the website www.jeffandjoelshouseparty.com for information on all events, musicians and ticket information.
Monday, July 6, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
July 7 – 12, 2015 - $35 per day / $25 students & seniors
VISION 20 FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF 20 YEARS OF VISION
Judson Memorial Church - 55 Washington Sq. South - New York City (212) 254-5420
As we prepare for the Twentieth Anniversary of VISION, Arts for Art is thinking about what has come before that inspires us all to be our best, our most profound and in fact, our most Visionary. We stand on the shoulders of artists like John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Rashied Ali & Jayne Cortez, wondering what our role might be to carry their legacy forward. We are thinking of the German bassist, Peter Kowald who initiated and helped organize the Sound Unity Festivals in the mid 80’s. We remember all of the work of the AACM, BAG and the NY musicians such as Billy Bang, Roy Campbell and David S. Ware. How do we keep alive in the hearts and minds of a new generation, all of the idealism, integrity and sense of responsibility that lay at the heart of those creative movements? This is what we are considering as we prepare for our landmark Twentieth Anniversary: VISION 20. A few highlights: Milford Graves, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra, Henry Grimes, Joe McPhee, Dave Burrell, Joelle Leandre, Hamiet Bluiett, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell, Karl Berger, Matthew Shipp, Kidd Jordan, Douglas Ewart, Wadada Leo Smith, Ingrid Laubrock, Darius Jones, more TBA soon!
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 1pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND SYLVIA MIMS

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St. Ex. - Middletown - 860 347 2289
Straight from an engagement at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Sylvia Mims joins jazz pianist John Brighenti for an afternoon of jazz and standards. Originally from Los Angeles, Sylvia was extremely active in southern California, being the featured vocalist of the Swing Jazz City Orchestra, and performing at prominent Jazz hot spots. Notable accompanying musicians include Tamir Hendelman, Karen Hammack, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Putter Smith, Earl Palmer, Bobby Rodriguez, Kendall Kay, Jamie Findlay, Dave Koonse, and Gene Bertoncini. In the Tri-State area, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, as a winner in the Golden Voices of America competition, and numerous venues in CT and NY. Sylvia's warm, breathtaking vocals are a conduit to a uniquely appealing and engaging live experience. She is equally compelling singing jazz legend Horace Silver's Nica's Dream as she is performing Your Daddy's Son from the musical Ragtime. Each of her performances has a full range of emotional shades that captivate and enthrall listeners, and her adeptness at singing diverse styles appeals to a broad audience; indeed, to anyone who loves music and wants to be moved. 1-4pm
Monday, July 13, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8pm - 27 general public / $25 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni / $10 students
REGINA CARTER QUARTET
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
The foremost jazz violinist of her generation, Regina Carter returns to Wesleyan with the United States debut of her Quartet featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Chris Lightcap, and drummer Alvester Garnett. This group previously performed in October 2014 at the Festival Stradivari at the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Ms. Carter was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006, and released the album Southern Comfort (2014) on Sony Music Masterworks, exploring the folk music of the South. At Wesleyan, Ms. Carter will interpret her own roots—including Cajun fiddle music, early gospel, and work songs (her grandfather was an Alabama coal miner)—through a modern lens, in addition to repertoire spanning her entire career.
Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, 2015 - FREE
THE GREATER HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ

Bushnell Park – Hartford
Schedule
Monday, July 20, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Monday, July 27, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2, 2015
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
Lineup
August, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2015
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Goshen Fairgrounds – Goshen
Line-up
Monday, August 10, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 2pm (concert at 6pm) - $125 / $225
JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD – CASSANDRA WILSON
Martha’s Vineyard Museum – Vineyard Haven Property
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 6pm - FREE
NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL — CELEBRATING WOMEN IN JAZZ

New Haven Green
September, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - FREE
THE MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N JAZZ FESTIVAL

October, 2015
November
December, 2015
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
  • Pittsfield CityJazz Festival (Pittsfield, MA)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Elmwood Kabob & Bar (1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford 860-232-1500) Live jazz every Wednesday from 8pm to midnight, presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Kelly's Gastropub (196 Crown Street, corner of Temple & Crown, New Haven) - "Dr. G's Jazz Brunch" every Sunday from noon to 3pm. We feature a different local jazz hero or two weekly, usually it's a quartet.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • Marco Polo Restaurant (1250 Burnside Ave, East Hartford) - Al Fenton Big Band performs the first Thursday of every month at 7:30-9:30. This is an 18-piece band led by Kathy J. Neri. We perform jazz, swing and blues in the Big Band Style. No cover charge.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • 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
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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