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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.

January, 2015
Through April 26, 2015 - FREE
THE BEST OF BABY GRAND JAZZ: A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE!

Hartford Public Library - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Showcases the images of local artists specific to past performances from 2004 - 2014. Featured artists include Joseph Chandler, Byron Dean, Darryl Z. Oates, Maurice Robertson, Wanda Selden & Ray Shaw. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Library hours. Please visit hplct.org. or call (860) 695-6293.
Friday, January 30, 2015 – 8pm - $10
RICKY ALFONSO JAZZ GROUP
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
“I like to play tunes that swing and have a groove. People want to have a good time when they hear live music. To me, thats what it’s all about.” -Ricky Alfonso http://www.rickyalfonso.com/ The performance will include selections from his original work, standards and improvised pieces inspired by the moment. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 8pm - $10
GREG DIAMOND JAZZ GROUP
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Brooklyn guitarist Greg Diamond has been an emerging force in recent years and is now situated at the forefront of a new generation of contemporary latin jazz artists in New York City. Endowed with technical prowess and, above all, an impassioned distinguishable sound characterized by his mixed Latin American origins, Diamond puts forth an attractive and innovative concept of latin fusion in a modern jazz context. Greg and his band have been seen performing at venues such as: The Blue Note, Iridium Jazz Club, Joe’s Pub, Smalls Jazz Club, Nublu, and Zinc Bar; not to mention numerous festival presentations, among them: The Madrid International Jazz Festival, Barranquijazz Festival, Jimmy Glass Jazz Festival, Teatro Libre Jazz Festival, Jazz al Parque Festival, and the Nublu Jazz Festival. In 2007 he was a semi-finalist at The Gibson International Jazz Guitar Competition hosted by The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Visit Greg Diamond’s website here: http://www.gregdiamondmusic.com/ Both Diamond’s debut “Dançando Com Ale” (Chasm 2008) as well as his second release “Conduit” (Dot Time 2012) have garnered him praise among critics world-wide. Diamond has shared the stage with Seamus Blake, Henry Cole, Antonio Hart, Jon Benitez, Stacy Dillard, Emilio Solla, Michael Mossman, Don Friedman, Gretchen Parlato, Asha Puthli, and many others.The performance will include selections from his original work, standards and improvised pieces inspired by the moment. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday. January 31, 2015 - 8:30pm - $28.50
MICHAEL WEISS QUARTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme - 860-434-0886
For over thirty years pianist and composer Michael Weiss has worked with a who’s who of jazz legends including Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Frank Wess, Slide Hampton and Lou Donaldson just to name a few. Weiss has also firmly established himself as a leader, headlining at the Village Vanguard and other prestigious venues around the country. His recordings are on the DIW, Criss Cross and SteepleChase labels. About Weiss’ latest release, "Soul Journey" (Sintra), the New Yorker wrote "Weiss’ shrewd writing and arranging skills are as clearly in view as his sleek piano work.” Weiss has appeared on NPR’s Piano Jazz, Jazzset and Making the Music. He is a winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s piano and composition competitions. Weiss’ group includes saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, bassist David Wong and drummer George Fludas.
February, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JOLIE ROCKE BROWN
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Monday, February 2, 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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 8pm – midnight – FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY LATIN JAZZ JAM FEATURING ZARCO!

Elmwood Kabob and Bar - 1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford
Join The Hartford Jazz Society every Wednesday from 8pm until midnight at the Elmwood Kabob & Bar for live jazz and experience the Latin jazz flavor of Zarco! This spicy Jazz trio called Zarco! features percussionist Marcus Kreiger, bassist Aidan O'Connell and Michelle Zarco on flute. Marcus Kreiger was born in Rochester, New York and studies at the Hartt School of Music. This talented percussionist is often called upon to perform with many groups in the Hartford area as well as bassist Aidan O'Connell who is under the tutelage of the great Nat Reeves. Flautist Michelle Zarco was born in the Philippines. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and also attends the Hartt School of Music. The Hartford Jazz Society enjoys a history as rich as it is diverse. Founded in 1960 by dedicated JAZZ aficionados, it is the oldest continuously operating jazz society in the country. For over 40 years, the all-volunteer Society has never wavered from its founders' goals: to improve JAZZ as America's gift to the music world, and to foster in each succeeding generation an appreciation and love for JAZZ in all its many forms. The Elmwood Kabob and Bar offers an outstanding menu of traditional kabobs and specialty drinks. There will be a 10% discount for HJS members. Jam session begins after 1st set. All ages are welcome. For more information call the Elmwood Kabob & Bar at 860 232-1500.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 7pm - $25.00 advance / $30 door
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
Iron Horse Music Hall - 20 Center Street - Northampton, MA 413-586-8686
Christian McBride is an American jazz bassist. His father, Lee Smith, and his great uncle, Howard Cooper, are well known Philadelphia bassists who served as McBride's early mentors. He is regarded as a virtuoso, and is one of the most recorded musicians of his generation, having appeared on close to 300 recordings as a sideman before the age of 40. With "Out Here," McBride’s fifth recording on Mack Avenue Records, he introduces his latest working group: a trio, fully embracing at age 41 his role as standard-bearer and mentor. Pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.—both younger, emerging artists— have been performing with McBride’s smallest group for about three years, honing their trio conception to a fine point of expressive depth and nuance with select performances around the world.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 7pm ¬ $15 suggested donation
GOZA LATIN BAND
Windsor Art Center ¬ 40 Mechanic St. – Windsor 860¬688¬2528
Goza (“joy” in Spanish) performs exciting music and dance rhythms from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with guitar, violin, horns, Latin percussion and beautiful, romantic vocals. They are a popular New England troupe who feature rhythms from samba, rumba cha-cha, salsa, cumbia, flamenco, tango and bolero. They play songs by Tito Puente, Sonny Rollins, Carlos Santana, Buena Vista and Antonio Carlos Jobim,as well as versions of songs by the Beatles, Van Morrison and the Eagles.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30pm - $15
JASON KAO HWANG/SING HOUSE – Jason Kao Hwang on violin, with Steve Swell, trombone, Chris Forbes, piano, Ken Filiano, bass and Andrew Drury, drums
Arts Block - 289 Main St. - Greenfield, MA
Jason Kao Hwang (composer, violin/viola) creates works that range from jazz, to contemporary music and world music. Burning Bridge, his recent octet project commissioned by Chamber Music America, features Chinese and Western instrumentalists, and will be performed at UMass on April 30. In 2011, he released Symphony of Souls, featuring his string orchestra, Spontaneous River, and Crossroads Unseen, the third release by his quartet, EDGE. Mr. Hwang’s opera, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown was named one of the “Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005” by Opera News. Hwang has worked with Reggie Workman, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and many others.
“Violinist Jason Kao Hwang stands at the crossroads of his influences,” writes Downbeat, “classical, jazz and traditional Chinese music - and sets the divisions between them ablaze. Though Sing House is Mr. Hwang’s new quintet, all the musicians have worked together over ten years. Their creative engagement cultivates empathic listening and compositional understanding, while spurring the evolution of their individuality. “Striking a delicate balance between freedom and form, Eastern and Western tonalities and dynamic shifts in mood,” writes Troy Collins “…Hwang's talent for deftly transcending cultural divisions places him at the creative forefront of his peers.” 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.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8pm - $30/$25 CGS members
FREDDIE BRYANT IN CONCERT!
Presented by the Connecticut Guitar Society
Asylum Hill Congregational Church – 814 Asylum Avenue – Hartford Tickets
Be sure to see the fabulous Freddie Bryant who has distinguished himself as an eclectic nylon string guitar wizard. The great guitarist Kenny Burrell wrote, "Freddie Bryant is a brilliant young guitarist and composer." He is a versatile musician skilled both in jazz and classical music receiving his BA from Amherst College '87, Master's degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music and currently teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts in the Africana and Music departments and at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland. Freddie is currently in demand in the New York jazz scene where he works with Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet (new CD "Memories of T" on Concord Records), the Mingus Orchestra. He is also on the first call list of many singers and Brazilian musicians because of his sensitive accompanying and his knowledge of Brazilian guitar and has toured with pianist/singer Eliane Elias.
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
SURVIVORS SWING BAND
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 3pm - $35 / $5 full-time students
VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS - play hot jazz from the 1920s and 1930s
Valley Regional High School - Kelsey Hill Road - Deep River Tickets at www.essexwinterseries.com or 860-272-4572
The Grammy Award-winning eleven-piece band is well known for providing the soundtrack to the acclaimed HBO series Boardwalk Empire and for their many appearances over the years on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have appeared in films, including The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Revolutionary Road, and Finding Forrester, and in concert at Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival, and many other major venues and festivals. Recording projects include soundtracks for Ghost World, The Savages, The Good Shepherd, Away We Go, Public Enemies, Kill Your Darlings, along with HBO’s Grey Gardens, Todd Haynes’ HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and an upcoming Haynes’ film Carol. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. Mihae Lee is the artistic director of Essex Winter Series (EWS), and the appearance by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks has been arranged by EWS’s jazz artistic advisor, Jeff Barnhart. The February 8 performance is the 2015 EWS Stu Ingersoll Jazz and is co-sponsored by The Clark Group and Tower Laboratories.
Monday, February 9, 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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 8pm – midnight – FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY LATIN JAZZ JAM FEATURING ZARCO!

Elmwood Kabob and Bar - 1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford
Join The Hartford Jazz Society every Wednesday from 8pm until midnight at the Elmwood Kabob & Bar for live jazz and experience the Latin jazz flavor of Zarco! This spicy Jazz trio called Zarco! features percussionist Marcus Kreiger, bassist Aidan O'Connell and Michelle Zarco on flute. Marcus Kreiger was born in Rochester, New York and studies at the Hartt School of Music. This talented percussionist is often called upon to perform with many groups in the Hartford area as well as bassist Aidan O'Connell who is under the tutelage of the great Nat Reeves. Flautist Michelle Zarco was born in the Philippines. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and also attends the Hartt School of Music. The Hartford Jazz Society enjoys a history as rich as it is diverse. Founded in 1960 by dedicated JAZZ aficionados, it is the oldest continuously operating jazz society in the country. For over 40 years, the all-volunteer Society has never wavered from its founders' goals: to improve JAZZ as America's gift to the music world, and to foster in each succeeding generation an appreciation and love for JAZZ in all its many forms. The Elmwood Kabob and Bar offers an outstanding menu of traditional kabobs and specialty drinks. There will be a 10% discount for HJS members. Jam session begins after 1st set. All ages are welcome. For more information call the Elmwood Kabob & Bar at 860 232-1500.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: TIM BERNE – alto sax
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
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
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 6:30pm
JEFF GIGLIO TRIO with Dave Stoltz And Richie DeLorso
Hilltop Restaurant - Rt 32 - Willington
Saturday, February 14, 2015 – 7:30pm (2 sets) - $17
A ROMANTIC EVENING OF JAZZ - Atla DeChamplain, Vocals; Matt DeChamplain, Piano; Matt Dwonszyk, Bass; Jason Anick, Violin
Northwest Park – 145 Lang Road – Windsor
The DeChamplains use the bandstand to share an amazing American tradition. It was their love for jazz that originally brought Matt and Atla together and now their passion is to share this classic music with contemporary audiences performing a romantic evening of jazz for Valentine’s Day. Their unique combination of accessibility and musicality allow them to present a variety of music including American Songbook, Bebop, contemporary jazz pieces and original compositions. Their influences include a great range of jazz masters, including Ella Fitzgerald, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole. They naturally create a comfortable atmosphere that reaches today’s diverse audience with a musical experience that is truly memorable. On Valentine’s Day, they will present an Evening of Romantic Jazz, featuring favored songs from the American Songbook. Joining them will be bassist Matt Dwonszyk and violinist Jason Anick. All musicians completed their undergrad degrees at the Hartt School of Music, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online: Northwest Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 8 pm - $110 - $125
CHRIS BOTTI
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
He's earned so many superlatives in his career, it may be best to put it simply: the cat can play. Trumpeter Chris Botti brings his superb musicianship, his killer band and his on-stage generosity to The Playhouse stage for one night of can't-miss musical thrills. In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. He was also nominated in 2008 for his album Italia, and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album Chris Botti In Boston. Four of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.Moving effortlessly from jazz to pop and in between - Chris Botti may spend more than 300 days on the road every year, but every concert is special! For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
STEPHEN HORENSTEIN (saxophones), STEPHEN HAYNES (brass), and JOE MORRIS (guitar/bass)
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
Please come out this Saturday and enjoy music in a casual atmosphere. Please bring friends, food, and drinks. The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11am – 2pm - $35 / $25 members
JAZZ BRUNCH: MARY CORSO QUARTET
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – 600 Main Street – Hartford 860-838-4100
Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch and complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
STEVE CLARKE TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 7:30pm - $59 - $74
DIANNE REEVES
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
Dianne Reeves is considered among the world’s pre-eminent female jazz vocalists. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity and improvisational prowess, Ms. Reeves received a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings — a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s Academy Award–nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck, her soundtrack recording provided Ms. Reeves with her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy. Ms. Reeves has recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim, was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and has also recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis.
Monday, February 16, 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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 8pm – midnight – FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY LATIN JAZZ JAM FEATURING ZARCO!

Elmwood Kabob and Bar - 1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford
Join The Hartford Jazz Society every Wednesday from 8pm until midnight at the Elmwood Kabob & Bar for live jazz and experience the Latin jazz flavor of Zarco! This spicy Jazz trio called Zarco! features percussionist Marcus Kreiger, bassist Aidan O'Connell and Michelle Zarco on flute. Marcus Kreiger was born in Rochester, New York and studies at the Hartt School of Music. This talented percussionist is often called upon to perform with many groups in the Hartford area as well as bassist Aidan O'Connell who is under the tutelage of the great Nat Reeves. Flautist Michelle Zarco was born in the Philippines. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and also attends the Hartt School of Music. The Hartford Jazz Society enjoys a history as rich as it is diverse. Founded in 1960 by dedicated JAZZ aficionados, it is the oldest continuously operating jazz society in the country. For over 40 years, the all-volunteer Society has never wavered from its founders' goals: to improve JAZZ as America's gift to the music world, and to foster in each succeeding generation an appreciation and love for JAZZ in all its many forms. The Elmwood Kabob and Bar offers an outstanding menu of traditional kabobs and specialty drinks. There will be a 10% discount for HJS members. Jam session begins after 1st set. All ages are welcome. For more information call the Elmwood Kabob & Bar at 860 232-1500.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 8pm - $15 in advance / $20 on day of concert
“TEN DECADES OF JAZZ PIANO” WITH PIANIST BILL MAYS
Baba Louie’s Backroom - 34 Depot Street - Pittsfield, MA
Part of Pittsfield’s annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, where events all carry a “10” theme.
Advance purchase strongly advised: www.BerkshiresJazz.org.

Master pianist Bill Mays explores examples of jazz' progression from raggedy honky-tonk sounds to its speakeasy era, to its heyday in the mid-20th century, to bebop, and now, to "America's Classical Music." Choosing one example from each of 10 decades, his interpretations both entertain and educate; a better-informed audience gets to hear a NY-based piano virtuoso in an intimate, speakeasy-type setting. In addition to his reputation as a jazz pianist noted as both a first-rate accompanist, and soloist, Bill Mays is well-known for his compositional and arranging talents. He has contributed music to the libraries of a wide array of artists: Aureole chamber ensemble, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Percy Faith Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Morgana King, Shelly Manne, Mark Murphy, Bud Shank, Marvin Stamm, Lew Tabackin, Turtle Creek Chorale and Phil Woods. Currently, he tours and records in many varied configurations. He has many awards and honors as an arranger, pianist and producer, and has been the recipient of performance grants from Meet The Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
MIHOKO TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Monday, February 23, 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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – 8pm – midnight – FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY LATIN JAZZ JAM FEATURING ZARCO!

Elmwood Kabob and Bar - 1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford
Join The Hartford Jazz Society every Wednesday from 8pm until midnight at the Elmwood Kabob & Bar for live jazz and experience the Latin jazz flavor of Zarco! This spicy Jazz trio called Zarco! features percussionist Marcus Kreiger, bassist Aidan O'Connell and Michelle Zarco on flute. Marcus Kreiger was born in Rochester, New York and studies at the Hartt School of Music. This talented percussionist is often called upon to perform with many groups in the Hartford area as well as bassist Aidan O'Connell who is under the tutelage of the great Nat Reeves. Flautist Michelle Zarco was born in the Philippines. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and also attends the Hartt School of Music. The Hartford Jazz Society enjoys a history as rich as it is diverse. Founded in 1960 by dedicated JAZZ aficionados, it is the oldest continuously operating jazz society in the country. For over 40 years, the all-volunteer Society has never wavered from its founders' goals: to improve JAZZ as America's gift to the music world, and to foster in each succeeding generation an appreciation and love for JAZZ in all its many forms. The Elmwood Kabob and Bar offers an outstanding menu of traditional kabobs and specialty drinks. There will be a 10% discount for HJS members. Jam session begins after 1st set. All ages are welcome. For more information call the Elmwood Kabob & Bar at 860 232-1500.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 -, at 8pm - $12 general public / $7 students
FRED HERSCH TRIO – Fred Hersc h, piano; John Hébert, bass; Eric McPherson, drums
Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA
The Trio has been called, “one of the major ensembles of our time", by Will Friedwald. Their 2012 release, Alive at the Village Vanguard, “is audacious and extravagant,” writes Tom Conrad in Jazz Times. “The music bristles with a spirit of invention,” writes Howard Reich, “its substantive harmonic content giving weight to the proceedings, while Hersch’s mercurial interactions with John Hébert and Eric McPherson keep listeners on edge.” Their most recent release, Floating, was released to critical acclaim last year. Hersch was the first and second artist in the 75-year history of the Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist, and is the creative force behind his ambitious 2011 autobiographical production, My Coma Dreams, (a full-evening work for 11 instrumentalists, actor/singer and multimedia). Hersch is “singular among the trailblazers of their art,” writes the New York Times, “a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” A passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies since 1993, Hersch has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and in numerous concerts for charities including Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS that have raised over $250,000 to date. He has also been the keynote speaker and performer at international medical conferences in the U.S. and Europe. The Magic Triangle Jazz Series continues April 2, with Ned Rothenberg "Inner Diaspora". Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 1-800-999-UMAS. www.fineartscenter.com/magictriangle. The Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series is produced by WMUA-FM and the Fine Arts Center, and funded by the UMass Arts Council. Additional support from Hotel UMass.
March, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
LASZLO GARDONY TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 3 pm - FREE
STANLEY MAXWELL - Andy Chatfield on drumset and percussion, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano and melodica

Wesleyan University's Russell House – 350 High Street - Middletown
The Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell plays original music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisation. The group has built a grassroots name for themselves at colleges and festivals throughout the northeast since 2001, combining the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction, which helped lead to their winning "Best Jazz Band" in the Hartford Advocate's Grand Band Slam Readers' Poll in 2007, 2009, and 2010. "Mousetrap" is an eleven-bar blues influenced by Thelonious Monk from their debut album "Don't Wake The Baby!" The band's recording of the composition by pianist Evan Green attracted international attention, including "Mousetrap" winning "Best Jazz Song" in the 7th annual Independent Music Awards in December 2007.
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
THE AMERICAN JAZZ CENTURY: WILLIE RUFF, AARON DIEHL
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, March 6, 2015 – 8pm - $65 - $95
DIANA KRALL WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR
Toyota Oakdale Theatre - 95 South Turnpike Road – Wallingford 203-265-1501
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
MATT DECHAMPLAIN
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Tuesday, March 13, 2015 – 9pm
STEVE DAVIS & CODE BLUE feat. KRIS JENSEN, TONY DAVIS, MATT DWONZSYK, JONATHAN BARBER
Sully’s Pub - Park St. off Prospect (near Lena's Pizza) - Hartford
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
ISABELLE DUTHOIT (clarinet) and FRANZ HAUTZINGER (trumpet)
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
Please come out this Saturday and enjoy music in a casual atmosphere. Please bring friends, food, and drinks. The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 11am – 2pm - $35 / $25 members
JAZZ BRUNCH: GOZA LATIN JAZZ
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – 600 Main Street – Hartford 860-838-4100
Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch and complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JOSHUA BREAKSTONE
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Friday, March 20, 2015 – 8pm - $15 in advance / $20 at the door for non-members / $10 in advance for HJS members / $15 at the door for HJS members / $5 Students
ETHAN IVERSON / RON CARTER
Opening Group: TBD
Polish National Home – 60 Charter Oak Avenue - Hartford
Tickets will be available via PayPal.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JONNY KING TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: JOE MCPHEE – reeds
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
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
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8 pm - $76
CASSANDRA WILSON - A CELEBRATION OF BILLIE HOLIDAY
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Cassandra Wilson, perhaps the greatest living jazz singer, comes to The Playhouse to offer a special tribute concert to Billie Holiday on the centennial of Lady Day’s birth. Wilson has the goods to honor Holiday: TIME magazine recognized her as “America’s best singer” and “the true heir of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.” The New York Times noted approvingly that Wilson possesses “a contralto as rich and as supple as vintage leather,” with a distinctive “earthy majesty.” The BBC went further in describing her spectacular voice: “husky yet smooth, like sand mixed with honey, it’s sophisticated, wise, and sexy all at the same time, and seems to plug right in to the history of black American music.” For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Friday, March 27th, 2015 - 8pm - $10
NOBUKI TAKAMEN QUARTET - Nobuki Takamen on guitar, Henry Lugo on bass, Dan O'Brian on tenor sax and George Mastrogiannis on drums
The 9th Note - 56 Orange Street - New Haven 203.691.9918
A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his gourp in the USA, Canada and Europe, performing at some of the best international jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club and Smalls Jazz Club. He has also toured annually throughout Japan since 2004. ''... a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skills...'' - Vintage Guitar Magazine
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 8pm - $35 / $30 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $30 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
INCOGNITO
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
ALVIN CARTER PROJECT: CONFLUENCE OF INFLUENCE
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
April, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8 pm - $50 / $45
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
The “quintessential New Orleans institution” (The New York Times) brings the sounds of the French Quarter to Ridgefield! The Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to present their unique New Orleans jazz sounds to the world. Having recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a recording and sold-out Carnegie Hall concert that included My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Mos Def and others — Preservation Hall is set to usher in the next decade of world class jazz. With many musicians related to the original players by blood — and all connected through the sheer power of tradition — their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $32 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
BRIAN CULBERTSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts- 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
CURTIS BROTHERS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 6PM - FREE
TONEBURST LAPTOP AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ENSEMBLE

CFA Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works by ensemble members, and old electronic works newly arranged for laptop ensemble, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
BRIAN MARSELLA TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Friday, April 24, 2015 – 7pm - FREE
WESLEYAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, present an exciting evening of jazz repertoire by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and others.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 8pm - $15 / Senior 60+ $12 / Wesleyan Faculty/Staff $12 / Non-WES Student, Child $12 / Wesleyan University Alumni $12 / Wesleyan Student $6
NOAH BAERMAN RESONANCE ENSEMBLE
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
A pianist, composer, educator, author, and Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, “Noah Baerman is no stranger to aiming high” (David Adler, Village Voice). Mr. Baerman’s group will present the world premiere of his extended work “The Rock and the Redemption.”
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
HEY RIM JEON & FRIENDS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm - FREE
JACKIE MCLEAN INSTITUTE OF JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Alfred C. Fuller Music Center F Millard Auditorium - University of Hartford - 200 Bloomfield Avenue - West Hartford 860.768.4454
May, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8 pm - FREE
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FOR VOCAL QUARTET

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
Four members of the New York Virtuoso Singers, under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, will present a concert of new and recent music for voice by Wesleyan graduate students and others.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $33 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
JEFREY OSBORNE, KIM WATERS, BRIAN SIMPSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts- 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
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
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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.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • 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
    Send new listings and comments to, e-mail JazzInCt@yahoo.com
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