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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.

September, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - $10 / $5 Seniors, Students
THE MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N JAZZ FESTIVAL
Hartford Seminary - 77 Sherman Street – Hartford 860-231-0663
Featuring NICKi MATHIS' Afrikan Amerikan Jazz paying Tribute to Sarah Vaughan, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Gloria Lynn, Etta Jones, original material and jazz standards backed by Paul Arslanian's Green Street Trio: Jon Fisher, George Kaye; also starring Joey, Nyesha Mccauley, Michelle Mcfarland, Kate Rushen, & more in remembrance of Frances Cooper, President, MCW.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 8 pm - $12
AMERANOUCHE
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, September 5, 2015 - 9:30pm - $10
FUNKY ORGAN JAMS – BRIAN CHARETTE, FRANK VARELA AND RIC MARSHAL (from Street Temperature)
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Sunday, September 6th, 2015 - 6pm - FREE
STEVE DAVIS & LINDA RANSOM LIVE AT MAX DOWNTOWN - Steve Davis-trombone, Linda Ransom-vocals, Matt DeChamplain-piano, Matt Dwonszyk-bass

Max Downtown - City Place - 185 Asylum Street – Hartford
Monday, September 7, 2015 – 6:30pm – 9:30pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA & FRIENDS featuring LINDA RANSOM (vocals) - with MATT DWONSZYK-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 7, 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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, September 8 – Saturday, September 12, 2015 - FREE
NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Various venues in Northampton, MA
Schedule
Thursday, September 10, 2015 – 5:30pm – FREE
RICHARD MCGHEE & THE RAHSTET

Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace – Amos Bull House - 59 South Prospect Street - Hartford
This Hartford-based sextet is led by saxophonist Richard McGhee III and vocalist Margeaux Hayes who liven up the summer with their hot jazz drenched in blues. Maurice Robertson, a longtime promoter of local jazz and host of "Accent on Jazz" on WWUH-FM (91.3) since 1976, will give a special presentation of his musically inspired photography and experience in the Hartford Jazz scene. All concerts run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Starting at 5:30 pm and lasting throughout the concert, visitors can wander (or dance) around the grounds of the Amos Bull House and the Butler-McCook historic garden to view art and converse with local artists. An audience-chosen selection of the work will hang in the Aetna Gallery for the month after the show!
Friday, September 11, 2015 – 8:30pm - $28
GLENN ZALESKI TRIO "MY IDEAL" CD RELEASE TOUR - Glenn Zaleski, piano; Dezron Douglas, bass; Craig Weinrib, drums
The Side Door - 85 Lyme St. - Old Lyme (860) 434-0886
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 2pm – FREE
JAZZ UP CLOSE: PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION WITH DRUMMER VICTOR LEWIS

Russell Library - 123 Broad Street – Middletown (860) 347-2528 x135 www.russelllibrary.org
Resonant Motion, Inc. and series curator Noah Baerman presents the third of four installments in the 2015 Jazz Up Close series. Renowned drummer and composer Victor Lewis will be featured in a trio with bassist Henry Lugo and pianist Noah Baerman. A native of Omaha, Lewis has appeared on hundreds of albums. He has had extended tenures in the bands of such jazz legends as Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, George Cables, Kenny Barron and J.J. Johnson as well as being a co-leader and core member of Bobby Watson’s Horizon. His albums as a bandleader include Know It Today, Know It Tomorrow, Family Portrait, Three Way Conversations and Eeeyyess. Many artists have recorded his compositions. He is on the jazz faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. This program is made possible by a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8 pm - $12
ORICE JENKINS
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE - Printable Flyer
JIMMY GREENE QUARTET | ED FAST & CONGA BOP

Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 1pm brunch, 2pm show - $35 / $25 students
SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: REIMAGINING BENNY GOODMAN FEATURING ORAN ETKIN
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
As 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of Benny Goodman's famous Palomar concert that started the “Swing Era,” Oran Etkin brings together Steve Nelson, Matt Wilson, and Sullivan Fortner for a creative homage to the groundbreaking quartet of Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa of the 1930s. Praised as a great clarinetist and all-around improviser by the New York Times, Israeli-American clarinetist Oran Etkin felt a deep connection with Benny Goodman, whose groundbreaking work in redefining the role of the clarinet and challenging the status quo inspired a generation of musicians. Click here to purchase tickets, or call box office at 203-438-5795
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 7:30pm - $34 - $54
LIZZ WRIGHT
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Vocalist Lizz Wright delivers a sultry R&B performance that's divinely layered in gospel and jazz, and keenly similar to the work of Oleta Adams and Jill Scott. Wright was born in 1980 in the Georgia town of Hahira, and her musical tastes blossomed early on. Her father served as the pianist and musical director at the local church, and he encouraged his daughter to absorb the soulful dispositions of classic hymns. Eventually, blues and jazz were added to Wright's musical plate, and by high school she was earning awards in countless choir competitions. Wright was coming into her warm, smooth singing voice, so her decision to attend Georgia State in Atlanta to study voice at a professional level wasn't surprising. Atlanta became her home and her voice became her solace. In 2000, Wright joined the vocal quartet In the Spirit. The group was quickly hailed as the best jazz group in the city, motivating Wright to hone her craft all the more. Two years later, Verve inked Wright a deal. Her impressive singing style was captured on her debut, Salt, the following spring. Dreaming Wide Awake followed in June 2005. After making a guest appearance on the Toots Thielemans album One More for the Road in 2006, Wright released her third album, The Orchard, in 2008. In 2010, Wright returned with Fellowship, featuring guest performances from bassist Me'Shell Ndegéocello and vocalist Angélique Kidjo.
Monday, September 14, 2015 – 6:30pm – 9:30pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA & FRIENDS featuring LINDA RANSOM (vocals) - with MATT DWONSZYK-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 14, 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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, September 20, 2015
GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL
Guelph – Ontario
Schedule
The Guelph Jazz Festival is a singular organization earning critical international acclaim for presenting innovative jazz and creative improvised music in a community setting. The GJF features a main stage concert series showcasing Canadian and international artists, free outdoor concerts as part of Jazz at Market Square in the heart of downtown Guelph, and an acclaimed educational colloquium.
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8pm - $27 general public / $25 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO FEATURING VICENTE ARCHER AND HERLIN RILEY
Pre-concert talk by Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman at 7:15pm
Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
Grammy Award-winning trumpet virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton was born into a musical family in New Orleans. After touring with Elvin Jones, Mr. Payton made his major-label recording debut as a leader in 1994. Since then, Mr. Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice and forging new musical frontiers. At Wesleyan, Mr. Payton will perform on trumpet, piano, and Fender Rhodes with his Trio featuring bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Herlin Riley.
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8pm - $20-40 sliding scale / $15 students, available at door, online, reserved by phone & at In the Moment Records, Main St Brattleboro
JAMIE BAUM SEPTET PLUS
Vermont Jazz Center - 72 Cotton Mill Hill #222 – Brattleboro, VT 802 254 9088
Downbeat and Guggenheim award winning composer and flutist Jamie Baum leads her Septet Plus in an original, driving, colorful blend of jazz influenced by Indian, Pakistani, and classical music, with music from her new CD, 'In this Life'. Please call ahead for handicap access.
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JON COWHERD MERCY PROJECT
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 19 – 6:45 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Great River Park Amphitheater - East River Drive – East Hartford
As part of the 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series, Simply Swing returns to the Great River Amphitheater its third themed-based program this summer. This performance will feature up tempo favorites for “Swing Dance Night by the River.” Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. In addition to selections from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras, the group will perform original selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. The group will be joined by “The Dancing Duo” who will be featured on several numbers and conduct a mini lesson at 6:30 pm and during the intermission. Lawn chairs or a blanket are suggested. September 20 is the rain date.
For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860)
989-9217.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 8pm - FREE
DOOBIE POWELL

Artists Collective – 1200 Albany Avenue – Hartford
Music was a motivating force in Doobie Powell’s life, and his skillful commitment to the art has opened many doors for him to work with the likes of Kim Burrell, the Clark Sisters, Tramaine Hawkins, Kelly Price, Rance Allen, Donald Lawrence, John P. Kee, the late Billy Preston, Mike Phillips, Tye Tribbett, Tonex, The Tommies, Pastor Marvin Winans, Rob Lewis, Alex Ward, Mano Haines, Harry Connick, and Raphael Saadiq, just to name a few. He has performed on and produced many projects for many artists, such as Kim Burrell and Harry Connick, Jr. Doobie is a very humble but highly esteemed musician. His love for the Lord has helped to develop his personal mission, which is to reach people through the powerful vehicle of music. With five critically-acclaimed independent albums under his belt (found on iTunes), he is well on his way to seeing his mission transform from vision to reality. His goal as a Minister of Music and of the Gospel is to help advance the Kingdom of God by any means necessary. Most recently, he collaborated with Harry Connick, Jr. on a song dedicated to the Sandy Hook victims. Doobie’s “Gift “ was featured as an artist and musician in the movie “Black Nativity” (a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated in 2013). Doobie worked very closely with the movie’s Executive Music Producer, Raphael Saadiq, and Associate Music Producer, Taura Stinson. Doobie brilliantly utilized his keyboard knowledge on the organ, piano, Rhodes and in programming. He gracefully contributed to the lyrics on: ‘Motherless Child’ (performed by Jacob Latimore) and assisted in arranging three songs of the soundtrack. H. Doobie Powell, III also currently serves as the Minister of Music at the Latter Rain Christian Fellowship, Hartford, CT. He celebrates his heritage of music, as he comes from a family line of musicians, singers and preachers. He and his family have traveled extensively to minister in the U. S., Japan, Africa and Paris, France.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 8 pm - $12
JAZZ-APERO
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, September 19, 2015 - 8pm - $20-40 sliding scale / $15 students, available at door, online, reserved by phone & at In the Moment Records, Main St Brattleboro
STEVE WILSON AND WILSONIAN’S GRAIN
Vermont Jazz Center - 72 Cotton Mill Hill #222 – Brattleboro, VT 802 254 9088
Famed alto saxophonist Wilson brings his quartet, heralded as “jazz at its finest - in conception, execution and spontaneity.” With Orrin Evans, piano, Ugonna Okegwo, bass and Clarence Penn, drums. Please call ahead for handicap access.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 8pm - $30 / $25 CGS Members / $10 students
A TRIBUTE TO JOE DIORIO - WITH JOHN ABERCROMBIE & TRIO
Town & Country Club - 22 Woodland Street - Hartford
Renowned jazz guitarist, John Abercrombie, presents a concert in honor of CT native and guitar legend, Joe Diorio. John will be joined by Joe's local protégés Rich Goldstein and Chris Morrison, with Steven LaSpina (bass) and Anthony Pinciotti (drums). An award will be presented to Joe Diorio and a short multimedia presentation will highlight some of his accomplishments and accolades.
Monday, September 21 – 6:30-8 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

The Calendar House - 388 Pleasant Street - Southington
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
concludes indoors in Southington with the last of 18 performances
throughout the region. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six
swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. In
addition to selections from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras, the group
will perform original selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing”
CD. This indoor venue has plenty of room for dancers. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860)
989-9217.
Monday, September 21, 2015 – 6:30pm – 9:30pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA & FRIENDS featuring LINDA RANSOM (vocals) - with MATT DWONSZYK-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 21, 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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27, 2015
WHITE PLAINS JAZZ FEST
Various venues in Downtown White Plains, NY
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:30pm - $15
AMIR ELSAFFAR’S TWO RIVERS ENSEMBLE - ElSaffar, trumpet, santour, voice, Ole Mathisen, saxophone, Nasheet Waits, drums, Carlo DeRosa, bass, Tareq Abboushi, buzuq (long-necked lute), Zafer Tawil, oud and percussion
Community Music School of Springfield - 127 State St. - Springfield, MA
After eight years together, the ensemble has developed a profound empathy and an intuitive ease with this highly complex music, enabling the band to play with a creativity that transcends its pure technical challenge. Crisis, the new recording by Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Ensemble, chronicles the continuing development of a band built to explore the juncture between jazz and music of the Middle East. The new work is his reflection on a region in turmoil and strife: revolution, civil war, sectarian violence; a culture's struggle for survival. Crisis was commissioned by the Newport Jazz Festival, where at its 2013 premiere, it made a clear emotional connection to the audience, receiving a rousing standing ovation after just the first piece. Driving and to the point, ElSaffar’s music is beyond categorization – not jazz, world music or any facile fusion thereof – but a world unto its own. Crisis is his fifth release on Pi Recordings and the third, following Two Rivers (2007) and Inana (2011) to feature the Two Rivers Ensemble. A 2013 winner of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar continues to grow as an artist. In April, 2015 ElSaffar assembled an unprecedented ensemble of 17 musicians to realize a new work, “Rivers of Sound,” that made its premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City. 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. Thanks to our business sponsors: Davis Financial Group, Florence Savings Bank, UMass Fine Arts Center, Downtown Sounds, Carol Abbe Smith Delap Real Estate, River Valley Market, Simmer Music, Bueno y Sano, Tony Margherita Management, Haydenville Woodworking & Design, Artisan Gallery, Barbara Ween: Visage and Dean’s Beans.
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 8pm
GREGORY PORTER
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
AMIR ELSAFFAR AND TWO RIVERS
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 26, 2015 – Noon to 6pm - FREE
THE BERKLEE BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL

Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street – Boston, MA
Performance Schedule
The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s biggest block party—a free, annual outdoor concert open to the public that has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with an array of food vendors and free activities for kids. Each year, the festival is the place to be in Boston on the last Saturday in September as the community comes together in a bond forged in the joy of great live music. Stretching across six blocks in Boston’s historic South End, the festival offers world-class music on three stages, phenomenal food and drink, arts, crafts, and unique gifts. The Natixis Family Park offers facepainting, inflatables, cotton candy, KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and more.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 – 8pm - $40 all seats (Reserved Seating); Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15
THE HOT SARDINES
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride piano virtuoso, toss in a tap dancer, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys front woman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines – a band that plays the hot trad jazz and sultry standards of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s with a Parisian accent and a dash of the rich Dixieland sounds of New Orleans. Fans of Pink Martini and the Squirrel Nut Zippers: you’re gonna love the Hot Sardines! Join us for a pre-concert “Speak-Easy” party in the lobby with cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Dress to impress for the period and win a prize.
Monday, September 28, 2015 – 6:30pm – 9:30pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA & FRIENDS featuring LINDA RANSOM (vocals) - with MATT DWONSZYK-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, September 28, 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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
October, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $54
LEE RITENOUR
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Grammy-winning Guitarist, and Phenom of Fretwork Lee Ritenour has recorded with EVERYBODY!! The founding member of Fourplay, laid some of his first studio guitar tracks with The Mama’s & The Papa’s at the tender age of 16!! Since then, he was worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Dizzy Gillespie, to Phil Collins and Pink Floyd.
Thursday, October 1, 2015 – 8pm – $10 / $5 students
A DIFFERENT PLANET: WILLIAM PARKER WITH DAVID BUDBILL
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
It is hard to overestimate the impact bassist and band leader William Parker has had on creative music over the last four decades. Parker is featured on over 150 recordings under his own name and with Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware and Peter Brötzmann. A performance poet, David Budbill is the author of seven books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, a libretto, and dozens of essays, speeches and book reviews.
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BRYAN AND THE AARDVARKS
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, October 9, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MAT MANERI & LUCIAN BAN
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 10, 2015 - 12:30pm - FREE
AL FENTON BIG BAND

Garlic Festival – Bethlehem
The AFBB is an 18 piece jazz band performing blues, swing and jazz. Corinne Thurston will be our guest vocalist for the event. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and your appetite!
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 3pm – FREE
FRED SIMMONS: TURN OF THE CENTURY QUARTET

Russell House – corner of Washington and High Streets – Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Turn of the Century Quartet--featuring Private Lessons Teacher Fred Simmons on piano, Adjunct Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard on vibraphone, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff on percussion--returns to The Russell House with an afternoon of original compositions, as well as highlights by other composers, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck.
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
TONY MALABY'S TUBACELLO 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, October 23, 2015 - 8pm
GERALD ALBRIGHT & PEABO BRYSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7pm & 9:30pm (2 shows) - @ $32.50 in advance/ $35 at the door
THE BAD PLUS JOSHUA REDMAN
Iron Horse Music Hall - 20 Center Street - Northampton, MA 413-586-8686
As though it was always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds their fated fourth member in longtime friend and collaborator, saxophonist Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and David King — pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes the supergroup best: “It’s as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It’s like that.” Now touring as a four-part collective, "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman" have released an album of original compositions written by — and specifically for — this ensemble. As The Boston Globe says, “The new album seems to seal this collaboration as a creative unit on its own terms, not merely a band showcasing a featured soloist.”
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 7:30 pm - $54 / $74
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
We are proud to welcome back Spyro Gyra to our Norfolk stage!! For over 40 years, and with more than 30 Albums that have sold over 10 million copies, these multi-Grammy nominated fusion jazz giants refuse to slow down, and continue to delight audiences the world-over!! Those of you that have seen Spyro at our Hall, know these tickets go fast, so don’t delay!!
Thursday, October 29, 2015 – 8pm – $10 / $5 students
QUASAR: DOUGLAS EWART, MATTHEW SHIPP, NI'JA WHITSON
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Douglas Ewart has had a remarkable 40-year career as a composer, improviser, poet, wind player and maker of masks and instruments. Matthew Shipp is one of the most celebrated and influential pianists of the last 25 years. Ni’Ja Whitson is a choreographer and dancer who has worked with Dianne McIntyre, Sharon Bridgforth and Guillermo Gomez Peña.
Friday, October 30, 2015 – 8p - $50, $45, $20 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10
DIANNE REEVES │BEAUTIFUL LIFE
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
The lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation and skilled lyric interpretations of Dianne Reeves make her a powerhouse of jazz, and she has four GRAMMY® awards to prove it. Enjoy an evening of jazz as the legendary singer and her all-star quintet perform a rich program ranging from jazz to soul, featuring Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye classics, as well as sumptuously beautiful jazz ballads. Reeves’ “intimate sense of a song has long made her one of the most compelling vocalists in jazz” – Seattle Times
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
RALPH PETERSON 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).
November
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
ANDY MILNE & DAPP THEORY
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 13, 2015 - 8pm
BWB - NORMAN BROWN, KIRK WHALUM, RICK BRAUN
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN ZORN'S SIMULACRUM
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm - $15 in Advance / $18 at the Door
JOE FONDA PRESENTS: TENTH ANNUAL CONNECTICUT COMPOSERS FESTIVAL
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Allan Chase and Dominique Eade Duo Performance – 7:30 PM
Allan Chase – Sax
Allan Chase
has had a long and full career. He earned his B.M. in music theory and composition from Arizona State University and his M.A. in ethnomusicology from Tufts University. He has also pursued graduate studies at New England Conservatory. Allan has performed with countless bands in genres reaching from Rock to Jazz and has been featured as a soloist on numerous recordings (including 35 for Jazz alone). He’s been a soloist on feature film scores for Faithful, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Music of Chance, and other recordings for film and television. In addition to his music career, he is an accomplished teacher. He has served as faculty at Tufts University and as chair of of Jazz Studies, chair of Contemporary Improvisation, and Dean of Faculty at New England Conservatory. He currently chairs the Ear Training department at the Berklee College of Music.

Dominique Eade – Vocals
Dominique Eade
picked up guitar as a young teenager, learning folk, pop and jazz songs and writing some of her own. She played her first gigs in the coffee houses of Stuttgart while in high school there. Later, as an English major at Vassar, Eade sang for a time with the jazz group, Naima. Eade transferred briefly to Berklee College of Music, and then finished her degree at New England Conservatory. Eade stayed in Boston after graduating and soon after began teaching at NEC. She was an active performer on the vibrant Boston jazz scene in the 80’s, forming groups with Boston-based artists including Mick Goodrick, Donald Brown and Bill Pierce. She also traveled in the United States and Europe as a clinician and performer. In addition to her own groups, Eade also performed contemporary classical music and was a featured soloist with Boston Musica Viva, Composers in Red Sneakers, NuClassix and jazz big bands Orange Then Blue and the Either/Orchestra. In 1987 she became the first jazz artist to be accepted into the NEC Artist Diploma program, where she studied for two years with Dave Holland and Stanley Cowell. In 1990, Eade moved to New York City and released her first CD, The Ruby and the Pearl, featuring Alan Dawson and Stanley Cowell, for Accurate Records. During this time she maintained her teaching position at NEC, and performed in a variety of contexts including soloist roles, duo performances, and an adventurous trio with Ben Street and Kenny Wollesen performing weekly in the East Village. She recorded her second CD, My Resistance is Low (Accurate), featuring fellow Brooklyn resident and frequent collaborator Bruce Barth, George Mraz, and Lewis Nash. Just prior to returning to Boston in 1996 to begin a family, Eade was contacted by RCA’s Steve Backer and signed with the label later that year, recording two critically acclaimed CDs for RCA Victor. Though in the midst of raising two small children, Eade toured in the United States and Europe to support the two recordings. For the next couple of years, she mostly kept her efforts closer to home, focusing on composing and local Boston performances. In 2001, at the request of Columbia Records, Eade recorded a demo of her newer songs. Later, Eade began to record more original material with pianist Jed Wilson whom she met while he was a student at NEC. Eade and Wilson released a CD of duets, Open, in the fall of 2006. Eade also began to reemerge in New York, first with Ran Blake, then in duos and quartets with Jed Wilson, Ben Street, Matt Wilson, and in duo with guitarist Brad Shepik, all receiving critical recognition. Eade currently lives near Boston with her husband, saxophonist Allan Chase, and their two sons. She has been on the faculty of New England Conservatory since 1984 and also teaches privately in New York.

Satoko Fujii and Joe Fonda Duo Performance – 8:30 PM
Satoko Fujii – Piano

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. A truly global artist, she splits her time between New York and Japan and tours internationally leading several ensembles. Just as her career spans international borders, her music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical music, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognizable as hers alone. Her wide-ranging compositions can incorporate the simple melodies of folk song, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the rhythmic power of rock, and the extended forms of symphonic composers. Although Fujii’s compositions are full of sudden shifts in direction and mood, the extremes are always part of a greater conceptual whole. As an improviser, Fujii is equally wide-ranging and virtuosic. In her solos, explosive free jazz energy mingles with delicate melodicism and a broad palette of timbre and textures. She has showcased her astonishing range and ability on over 50 CDs as leader or co-leader since 1996. With each new recording or new band, she explores new aspects of her art. “Fujii is clearly one of the most exciting musicians to come along in a while.” – Robert Iannapollo, Cadence “Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising…Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz.” – Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Joe Fonda – Bass
Joe Fonda
is an accomplished international Jazz artist, bassist and composer who has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul, Billy Bang. “There is more to creative mastership than the surface of satisfaction and political certainty. The music of Joe Fonda is part of a living tradition of belief and dedication. Future historians will be surprised at the breadth of Mr. Fonda’s offerings. This is a real virtuoso and composer of the highest order.” – Anthony Braxton, 1996

Jimmy Greene Solo Performance – 9:30 PM
Jimmy Greene

A native of Hartford, CT, Jimmy Greene is considered one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since his graduation from the Hartt School of Music in 1997. His previous solo releases have been met with much critical acclaim. In fact, Tony Hall of Jazzwise Magazine (UK) calls Greene “ . . .without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years.” The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide. In one such appearance, Jim Macnie of the Village Voice said,”[Greene] is good for a couple of body chills every time you see him. He’s got a big barrelhouse sound, and a way of negotiating changes that make academic moves seem natural.” Greene is Assistant Professor of Music and Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Previously, he has served as Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the University of Manitoba, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Purchase College (State University of New York), as Lecturer at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School (University of Hartford) and as an Instructor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Greene has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel and Russia. As a composer, Greene was awarded the prestigious 2005 ASCAP / IAJE Commission in honor of Ornette Coleman, the 2013 State of Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award in Music the City of Hartford’s Innovator Award in Music. Greene was named a 2004 Winner of Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation grant for jazz composition, awarded a 2005 Artist Fellowship in Music Composition by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and awarded a 2009 Individual Artist Grant by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Forty of Greene’s original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on the RCA Victor, SmallsLive, Criss Cross, NuJazz and RazDaz / Sunnyside labels. In addition, Greene’s performance of his composition “Mr. McLean” was aired throughout the US and Canada on ABC-TV during a NASCAR pre-race broadcast in September 2007.
Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 8:15pm - $10 / $5 students
ANGELICA SANCHEZ│OMAR TAMEZ DUO
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
“Angelica Sanchez is subtle,” writes David Adler, “tossing out gnarled chords, open almost elliptical phrasing, simple folk music-like melodies, and taut mid-speed solos.” For this duo, the acclaimed pianist is joined by Mexican guitarist Omar Tamez, who has performed in 144 countries with Wadada Leo Smith, Karl Berger and John Lindberg, among others.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 7:30pm - $25, $15 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
THE AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUARTET
UMass Bowker Auditorium - Stockbridge Hall - 80 Campus Center Way - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) cut his jazz teeth playing professionally while still in high school. Inspired by legendary saxophonists Joe Henderson and Steve Coleman, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his first album in 2007. Called “a thrilling trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing” (The New Yorker), Akinmusire has moved to the front ranks of progressive jazzmen, leading his quartet and contributing his burnished tone to projects with the OSSO String Quartet and vocalists Becca Stevens and Theo Bleckmann.
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
SATOKO FUJJI'S TOBIRA
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, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
PETER EVANS - ZEBULON TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 8pm
VINCENT INGALA with special guests GREGG KARUKAS and STEVE OLIVER
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 1:10pm – FREE
JOHN CAGE'S MUSICIRCUS

Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
Students from MUSC 109 "Introduction to Experimental Music" and special mystery guests stage their original work as part of a series of overlapping performances in their realization of John Cage's Musicircus. The first of Mr. Cage's Musicircus "happenings" took place in 1967 at the University of Illinois.
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
NED ROTHENBERG - INNER DIASPORA
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, 2016
February, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:30pm - $40, $35, $20 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
MIGUEL ZENON'S IDENTITIES ARE CHANGEABLE BIG BAND
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Saxophonist Miguel Zenón offers his most ambitious project yet with a song cycle for his quartet augmented by a 12-piece big band. The evening-length work explores the experience of Puerto Ricans who have moved to the mainland, particularly New York City. Zenón is the most celebrated altoist of his generation, a multi-Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow who has extended jazz’s conceptual reach with a series of albums exploring the music of Puerto Rico, where he was born.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:30pm - $35, $20 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
JAZZ BY 5 - Featuring Javon Jackson, Tenor Saxophone; Randy Brecker, Trumpet; George Cables, Piano; Eddie Gomez, Bass; Jimmy Cobb, Drums
UMass Bowker Auditorium - Stockbridge Hall - 80 Campus Center Way - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Jazz By 5 is a musical collaboration that celebrates the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond. The performance includes a mixture of classic jazz standards coupled with original material from the members of the ensemble, who have performed with legends like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra. Saxophonist Javon Jackson initially comprised Jazz By 5 in an effort to perform, tour and collaborate with his close friends, all of whom have made an indelible mark on the jazz genre.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 8pm – $12 / $7 students
MATT WILSON QUARTET with Kirk Knuffke, Jeff Lederer and Chris Lightcap
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Matt Wilson is one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists, universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style, as well as for being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. He has performed at the White House with Herbie Hancock, graced the covers of Downbeat and Jazz Times Magazine, appeared on over 250 CDs as a sideman, and released 15 recordings as a leader.
March, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016 – 8pm – $12 / $7 students
BOBBY BRADFORD | HAFEZ MODIRZADEH QUARTET
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
One of the most original cornet players to emerge from the avant-garde, 81-year-old Bobby Bradford made his mark in Los Angeles, playing with Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy and John CarterOver two decades, saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has developed his pioneering chromodal concept, a cross-cultural musical approach developed from his own American jazz and Iranian heritages.
April, 2016
Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 8pm - $40, $35, $20 / Five College, GCC & 17 and under $10
MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
A big-band group led by composer-pianist Maria Schneider blends the freedom of jazz and the structure of classical music. Schneider has garnered nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy wins, and her music has been hailed by critics as "evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization." Since 1994 Schneider has honed her compositions and conducting to highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 8pm – $12 / $7 students
JANE IRA BLOOM QUARTET - Jane Ira Bloom-soprano saxophone; Dawn Clement-piano, keyboards; Mark Helias-bass; Bobby Previte-drums
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Premiere - Other Eyes - Jane Ira Bloom explores Emily Dickinson
May, 2016
June, 2016
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    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.
  • Cabaret (32 Hancock St – Springfield, MA - 413-734-3000 after 5 pm) - The Paul Fuller 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, drummer TBA and joined by 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
  • 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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