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The HJS Jazz Calendar lists live jazz events taking place in Connecticut, primarily the Greater Hartford area, as well as central Massachusetts, and jazz festivals in nearby states. Time constraints do not allow individual listing of weekly club events, unless submitted in the calendar format, and the choice of shows listed here is not meant to be all-inclusive. Changes and mistakes can happen, so please use the contacts to verify information before venturing out to a show. HJS encourages jazz enthusiasts everywhere to Support Live Jazz. Send new listings, corrections and comments about this calendar to JazzInCT@yahoo.com. When submitting listings for the calendar, please submit them using the format below, and include relevant links. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.
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September, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 7pm
THE AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE: DAYS OF AWE CONCERT
The Outer Space - 295 Treadwell Street - Hamden
With Rosh Hashanah coming up the Afro-Semitic Experience celebrates the 10th anniversary of their best-selling CD The Days of Awe with a concert at the Outer Space in Hamden. Please join us as we enter a unique spiritual realm with arrangements and interpretations of major works for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Yossele Rosenblatt and others from the Jewish cantorial tradition along with traditional congregational melodies. As an added bonus we are celebrating the birthday of our percussionist, Abu Alvin Carter, Sr. The Afro-Semitic Experience is:
Will Bartlett: tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Warren Byrd: piano and vocals; Alvin Carter, Sr.: percussion; Alvin Carter, Jr.: drum set; David Chevan: bass; Saskia Laroo: trumpet, electronics; Stacy Phillips: dobro, lap-steel guitar, violin.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 8pm - 11pm
FRED HO TRIBUTE - THE HARTIGAN EPSTEIN BROWN QUARTET
The 9th Note - 56 Orange St - New Haven 203 691-9918
The Hartigan Epstein Brown Quartet, an ensemble that creates and performs works inspired by World Cultures and Jazz, will present a tribute to their colleague and collaborator, Fred Ho. Also joining the performance will be Librettist Ann T. Greene and Baritone Saxophonist Benjamin Barson, long time collaborators and colleagues of Mr. Ho and special guests associated with his work. Reservations for dinner are recommended. Fred Ho was a Composer, Author, Activist and Musician. Although often associated with Asian and African culture, Jazz, and the Baritone Saxophone, the scope and impact of his compositions, writings, lectures and performances is vast. He is known as a master of the martial arts, has composed, performed and produced works for opera, dance, chamber and large music ensembles, and established himself as a revolutionary cultural and political theorist with his many plays, books and papers that delve into topics of economics, class struggles and politics. He also designed apparel, many creations of which were worn for casual, business and performance use. Awards and honors for Mr. Ho include the “Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award”, “Harvard Arts Medal” bestowed to him by his Alma Mater in November 2009, and multiple performances of his work, “Fanfare to Stop the Creeping Meatball” as commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (The work opened performances at the world famous Shed Concert Hall, Ozawa Hall and the Theatre at Tanglewood, during the week of August 4 – August 7, 2011.) Mr. Ho died from metastatic colorectal cancer after a long journey with the disease. He wrote extensively about his experience in his memoir, “Diary of A Radical Cancer Warrior”(SkyHorse Publishing). In the last years of his life Mr. Ho completed the large work, “The Sweet Science Suite: A Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali”, incorporating music, dance and the spoken word during his ordeal with the disease. The work was showcased at the Guggenheim Museum’s “Works and Process” series in November 2011, and in its entirety at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in October 2013. Jon Pareles of the New York Times once praised Fred for his “audacious integrity,” a trait that was always evident in his prodigious output that includes multimedia works, scores for dances, oratorios and operas, and several books.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:30pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH MIKE ASETTA

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
The dynamic duo, John Brighenti on keyboards and Mike Asetta on bass, provide an evening of swinging jazz and standards. Jazz Nights with John Brighenti and Friends happens every Thursday night at Casa Mia On the Green from 6:30-8:30pm. No Cover.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7pm - FREE
PETER HAND QUINTET ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT

Byram Shubert Library - 21 Mead Avenue - Greenwich
Guitarist/Composer Peter Hand and his quintet will perform in concert celebrating the new album release on Savant Records, "The Peter Hand Big Band - Out Of Hand". The quintet features Peter Hand with Eddie Allen on trumpet, Ralph Lalama on tenor saxophone, Harvie S on bass and Steve Johns on drums - all of whom perform on the new big band album, set for release on September 23. Although the quintet is not as large as the sixteen-piece big band, it's just as much fun! Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of Greenwich Library and the new CD will be available to purchase.
Information: call 203-531-0426, or see www.greenwichlibrary.org, www.peterhandmusic.com.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 8pm - $10 / $5 students
MARK DRESSER
Bezanson Recital Hall –University of Massachusetts - 151 Presidents Drive – Amherst, MA
"Mark Dresser is an inventor,” says Harvey Pekar. “He also may be the most important bassist to emerge since 1980 in jazz or classical music." Called “one of the few virtuosos of so-called avant-garde jazz,” by the Village Voice, Mark Dresser has been composing and performing solo contrabass and ensemble music professionally since 1972 throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Emerging from the L.A. "free" jazz scene of the early 70's, Dresser performed with the "Black Music Infinity", led by Stanley Crouch, and included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray and James Newton. Concurrently he was performing with the San Diego Symphony. After completing B.A. and M.A. degrees at UC, San Diego where he studied with contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky and a Fulbright Fellowship in Italy with maestro Franco Petracchi, Dresser relocated to New York in 1986 after being invited to join the quartet of saxophonist, Anthony Braxton. Dresser played with Braxton for nine years. Once in New York, Dresser also began working with a wide variety of musicians including Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Davis, Fred Frith, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, and others. A former professor at Hampshire College, Dresser is currently a professor at UCSD. A founding member of the Arcado String Trio, Dresser has written and performed original music for the stage (the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Henry VI), and silent films (“Un Chien Andalou” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”). “You’re got to pity Dresser’s poor bass,” wrote The New Yorker, “you wouldn’t treat a dog the way he manhandles his instrument. But the gnarled tones and vicious swing he tortures out of it are worth the abuse.” At the core of his solo music is a commitment to expanding the sonic and musical possibilities of the double bass through the use of unconventional amplification and extended techniques. His solo works include the DVD/CD/art booklet, Guts: Bass Explorations, Investigations, and Explanations (2010) and CDs Unveil (2006) and Invocation (1994). A chapter on his extended techniques, “A Personal Pedogogy,” appears in the book, ARCANA (Granary Press). Dresser has written two articles on extended techniques for The Strad magazine: “Double Bass Harmonics” (October 2008) and an “Introduction to Multiphonics” (October 2009). “Mark Dresser has created a fantastic language for the double bass,” writes Bill Shoemaker, “one that rivals any created with machines in its ability to fascinate. Dresser uses his language to pull the listener into, for the lack of a mushless term, another world.” Tickets are available through the FAC box office, 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS. See the entire season at www.fineartscenter.com/solosandduos. The Solos & Duos Series is produced by the UMass Fine Arts Center. Thanks to the UMass Hotel at the Campus Center and WMUA, 91.1FM.
Friday, September 19, 2014 – 7pm & 9pm - $42
JOHN PIZZARELLI with JESSICA MOLASKEY
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8 pm - $3 Umass Students $5 Students $10 Gen Admission
PAUL WINTER DUO (w/JEFF HOLMES)
"In Celebration of the Earth"
Bezanson Recital Hall – UMASS - Amherst, MA
Multiple Grammy award winner Paul Winter (sax) brings his world music to UMASS' Bezanson Recital Hall joined by frequent Paul Winter Consort collaborator/UMASS Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Holmes (piano), performing Consort works, with special guest appearance by vocalist Dawning Holmes. For more information contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 413 545 2511, UMASS Music Dept online calendar www.umass.edu/music/ or order tickets at https://fac.umass.edu/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=26E79614-C162-4F21-853C-25C29A6A5EFF
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
EVAN PARKER | JOE MORRIS | NATE WOOLEY
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 20, 2014 - 2 pm - FREE
SINAN BAKIR TRIO - Sinan Bakir-Guitar; Jason Schwartz-Bass; Mike Augeri-Drums

Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 4pm – FREE
LATIN JAZZ OPEN JAM!

Bliss Music Room - The Hartt School - University of Hartford - 200 Bloomfield Avenue - West Hartford | 860.768.4451
Bring your friends, bring your instrument, and come jam with the Latin Jazz community at the Hartt Community Division. Join Ed Fast in this free event for students interested in exploring Latin Jazz Music or reconnecting with their prior Latin Jazz colleagues as we all gear up for this year's Latin Jazz Ensembles. Click here to RSVP.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 6pm - $25 Singles / $45 Couples
NICKi MATHIS' AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ DUO
Passages Gallery – 509 Farmington Avenue – Hartford 860-206-2125 Limited Seating
Nicki Mathis accompanied by Orice Jenkins. Always something exciting including a salute to Nina Simone. Parking: Rear of building, On street, empty lot across the street.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: EVAN PARKER, saxophones - discography
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
“Evan Parker, the British jazz saxophone revolutionary who transformed the language and techniques of the instrument in the late 1960s and has since become one of the most admired and influential saxophone improvisers on the planet. Parker has been rewriting the book on the sounds that can be made with a saxophone for almost half a century, developing a remarkable post-Coltrane technique that has allowed him to play counterpoint on what was designed as a single-line instrument, generate electronics-like textures acoustically, and build a personal soundscape that avoids conventional tunes but has its own arresting lyricism. Parker has worked with comparable revolutionaries like John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, and played in experimental electro-acoustic groups and contemporary-classical ensembles - but he has also brought a sharp edge to more orthodox jazz lineups led by Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler and by the Rolling Stones Charlie Watts, and the celebrated South African orchestra Brotherhood of Breath. “ -Parliamentary Jazz Awards, 2013
“Though he has worked extensively in both large and small ensembles, Parker is perhaps best known for his solo soprano saxophone music, a singular body of work that in recent years has centred around his continuing exploration of techniques such as circular breathing, split tonguing, overblowing, multiphonics and cross-pattern fingering. These are technical devices, yet Parker's use of them is, he says, less analytical than intuitive; he has likened performing his solo work to entering a kind of trance-state. The resulting music is certainly hypnotic, an uninterrupted flow of snaky, densely-textured sound that Parker has described as "the illusion of polyphony". Many listeners have indeed found it hard to credit that one man can create such intricate, complex music in real time. Parker's first solo recordings, made in 1974, were reissued on the Saxophone Solos CD in 1995; more recent examples are Conic Sections and Process and Reality, on the latter of which he does, for the first time, experiment with multi-tracking. Heard alone on stage, few would disagree with writer Steve Lake that "There is, still, nothing else in music - jazz or otherwise - that remotely resembles an Evan Parker solo concert." Such intensity of purpose has guided Parker's own work for over 30 years. lt is the main reason he is now widely acknowledged as "one of the music's greatest living instrumentalists" (The Times), "one of the world's finest ensemble improvisers" (Chicago Reader) and "one of the modern era's most original voices" (The Wire). Evan Parker appears on more than 200 recordings on labels including ECM, FMP, Emanem, Incus, Ogun, Po Torch, Okka, Island, CBS, RCA etc. In 2001, he founded his own label, Psi. Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7pm - $15
GEORGE LESIW QUARTET - George Lesiw-Guitar; George Mastrogiannis-Drums; Preston Murphy-Bass; Jack Riotte-Tenor Sax
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
When reflecting upon Miles Davis' original thoughts surrounding fusion jazz, I have to say that George Lesiw has done a masterful job of interpreting those ideas." -Sheldon T. Nunn
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 8pm - $35 balcony / $25 orchestra
EDMAR CASTANEDA TRIO
Sprague Hall – Yale University – 470 College Street - New Haven
Edmar was born in 1978, in the city of Bogota, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has quite literally taken New York and the world by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp. He has developed his own style – incredibly playing melody and bass simultaneously. Edmar comments about his playing by saying, “With my left hand, I play the bass and the groove, and with my right hand I play the melody and harmony. If you close your eyes you can hear two or three instruments playing at the same time.” A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Edmar has been characterized as “almost a world unto himself.” (The New York Times). This is particularly evident on his NPR Tiny Desk Concert which can be viewed on the internet. In addition to his acclaimed performing career, he has also performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Chico O’Farrill and John Petitucci as well as gaining recognition as a composer. Yale Concert Bands is producing the concert in conjunction with Creative Concerts, Inc. Creative Concerts has a long history of bringing the best jazz musicians to the New Haven area – in the past, they have produced concerts featuring McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins and Dave Holland. Edmar will be performing solo and with his trio which features Edmar on harp, Marshall Gilkes on trombone, and Dave Silliman on drums and percussion. Special guest will be Andrea Tierra on vocals. Reserved tickets will go on sale on Thursday, August 28 at 10:00 am. Tickets can be obtained online at music-tickets.yale.edu or by phone at 203-432-4158…or in person at the box office on 470 College St, New Haven.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 8pm – FREE - Seating is on a first come, first serve basis; there is no reserved seating.
THE SWEET SUE SPECIAL BAND – “Sweet” Sue Terry, saxophone, clarinet; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Steve Johns; drums, and Vic Juris, guitar
The Artists Collective - 1200 Albany Avenue (corner of Woodland Street) – Hartford 860-527-3205
Saxophonist, clarinetist, “Sweet” Sue Terry began her professional music career at the age of sixteen, playing for church performances and musical theater. She began playing Jazz gigs in Hartford while attending the Hartt School, which at that time was a traditional music conservatory. Though she was enrolled as a Classical clarinetist, her secret agenda was to study with the late Jazz legend, Jackie McLean, which she did for five years. The Hartt School elected her Alumna of the Year in 2001. Sue Terry has played and recorded with a variety of notable Jazz artists, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Charlie Persip, Peggy Stern, Clifford Jordan, Melba Liston, Hilton Ruiz, Howard Johnson, Tim Price, Walter Bishop, Jr., and Jaki Byard. She has also performed with Jazz VIP’s such as Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, Jon Faddis, Lew Tabackin, Wynton Marsalis, Lew Soloff and Ray Barretto. She’s been a Jazz soloist with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York Pops, and has performed worldwide at venues such as The Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, Quasimodo in Berlin, Germany, Marian's Jazz club in Bern, Switzerland, and Spice of Life in London, UK. In the States she has been a frequent performer at venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.Sue Terry travels frequently to South America, where she is Artist-in-Residence at the Jazz Society of Ecuador. In 2014, she collaborated with American film director, Ashley Rogers and Venezuelan cinematographer, Hernán Salcedo, to create a 9-minute documentary short, The Source. The film features her advice to artists of all stripes, and includes stunning shots of Ecuador, as well as live music scenes with some of the country's up and coming musicians. Free passes for The Sweet Sue Special Band are available in advance at the Artists Collective and will also be available at the door. Call (860) 527-3205 for more information. The Artists Collective Free Community Concert featuring The Sweet Sue Special Band is made possible with support from: Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America Trustee, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE - article
BASSIST NAT REEVES’ ALL STAR ENSEMBLE
ED FAST & CONGA BOP

Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 2pm - $10 adults / $5 students and seniors
JACOB VARMUS SEXTET - Jacob on trumpet and cornet, Greg Ward on alto saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Pete McCann on guitar, Lee Tomboulian on piano and electric piano, Marco Panascia on bass, and Christian Coleman on drums
Lordship Community Church - 179 Prospect Drive - Stratford
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 6pm - $12
J A Z Z @ THE PIZZERIA: ALON NECHUSTAN & "VENTURE BOUND"
Alon Nechustan on piano, Shareef Taher on drums, and Edward Perez on bass
Pizzeria Lauretano - 291 Greenwood Ave - Bethel - 203-792-1500, pizzerialauretano.com
Israeli native Alon Nechustan is making waves with his spirited, swinging piano playing. He brings his New York City trio of fantastic improvisers to Bethel for an evening of exciting boundary-crossing International jazz. "Alon Nechustan is a talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas and an unbridled spirit." Michael .F. Jackson, DownBeat Magazine "A superb, often hard-swinging and inventive trio...tight, spirited and filled with life...a more perfect piano trio would be hard to imagine,” says Bruce Gallanter in DownTown Music Gallery. Reservations recommended, and nationally-acclaimed Neapolitan cuisine too!
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 7:30pm - $69 - $89
CHICK COREA & THE VIGIL
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
Chick Corea reinvents himself — again. With all-new music and fresh arrangements of Corea Classics and a new band. From sublime acoustic to scintillating electric. The Vigil Features the modern-day monster of bass, Hadrien Feraud. Creative force Marcus Gilmore on drums (carrying on the lineage of jazz from his grandfather, Roy Haynes). Saxes, flute, bass clarinet and innovation from Tim Garland. And a rising-sun (although from the west coast), guitarist Charles Altura. A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process as evidenced in 2013’s release of The Vigil. Stay vigilant. “Gale force intensity… thrilling results.” - Jazzwise Magazine
Monday, September 22, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
The Calendar House - Southington
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing concludes with an indoor performance at The Calendar House in Southington. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. There’s plenty of room for dancers at this series finale. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
FREDDIE HENDRIX QUARTET

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:30pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH DIANNE MOWER AND LOU BOCCIARELLI

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
The inimitable vocalist Dianne Mower will join maestro John Brighenti on keyboards with Lou Bocciarelli on bass for an evening of unforgettable jazz. Jazz nights with John Brighenti and Friends happens every Thursday evening at Casa Mia On the Green from 6:30-8:30pm. No Cover.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9pm - $18 - Must be 21 or over to attend
CHARLIE HUNTER AND SCOTT AMENDOLA
Café Nine - 250 State St. - downtown New Haven
Since reuniting to tour and record as a power duo in 2010, New Jersey’s seven-string guitar wizard Charlie Hunter and Berkeley’s drummer extraordinaire Scott Amendola have covered many thousands of miles on the road and released two acclaimed albums: 2012’s recession-inspired Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead and 2013’s Pucker. The first CD focused exclusively on Hunter’s compositions and the second showcased Amendola’s writing. But with the viability of the CD looking more tenuous than ever for indie artists, the duo is forging a new path for disseminating their music while maintaining the programmatic potential of the album format. Over the next four months Hunter and Amendola are releasing four 5-track EPs, each focusing on the music of a particular artist or act. The project opens with ingenious distillations of Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn gems such as “Rockin’ In Rhythm,” “Daydream” and “Mood Indigo.” From Cole Porter’s songbook, they interpret standards, including “Too Darn Hot,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye” and “Anything Goes.”
Friday September 26, 2014 – 8pm - $15
VIBRAPHONIST JAY HOGGARD AND HIS ENSEMBLE
Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St Ext - downtown Middletown
Tickets and dinner reservations, please call Scatz at (860)347-2289.
Friday, September 26, 2014 – 8pm - All ages welcome - $5 Cover
MIKE CASEY QUARTET - Mike Casey - Sax, Matt Dwonszyk - Bass, Corey Garcia - Drums, Matt DeChamplain - Keys
The 9th Note - 56 Orange St - New Haven 203-691-9918
Originally from Storrs, CT; Mike is currently a Jazz Studies student at the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz(University of Hartford's Hartt School, CT) and a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He has been fortunate to study with some of the world's top jazz musicians, including saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, & Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. Mike has performed at well-respected venues such as the Kennedy Center (DC), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), and the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), as well as numerous venues across CT. Past festival appearances include the Hartford Jazz Society's Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park, The Boston GreenFest, the New England Autumn Fest, and more. Mike's usual trio project (sax/bass/drums) has impressed audiences young and old alike, performing a unique blend of original music and exciting, fresh arrangements of jazz standards. Come hear his new quartet (with added piano) feature all new original music at New Haven's newest jazz club! To hear Mike, visit www.mikecaseyjazz.com
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON
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 27, 2014 – 8pm - $15
VIBRAPHONIST JAY HOGGARD AND HIS ENSEMBLE
Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St Ext - downtown Middletown
Tickets and dinner reservations, please call Scatz at (860)347-2289.
Sunday September 28, 2014 – 4pm - $15
VIBRAPHONIST JAY HOGGARD AND HIS ENSEMBLE
Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St Ext - downtown Middletown
Tickets and dinner reservations, please call Scatz at (860)347-2289.
Sunday, September, 28, 2014 - 6pm - $10
J A Z Z @ THE PIZZERIA: "NEW ENGLAND SKY" - Nick Bariluk on piano, Chris Morrison on guitar, Henry Lugo on bass, and Bobby Leonard on drums
Pizzeria Lauretano - 291 Greenwood Ave - Bethel - 203-792-1500, pizzerialauretano.com
Four of Connecticut's finest jazz musicians, these guys have been playing together for years. Nick Bariluk is a prolific composer and pianist who has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center, and worked with Pat Metheny, Grover Washington Jr, and Randy Brecker. Chris Morrison, son of jazz guitarist Allen Morrison, began performing early on in New Haven with jazz organists Richard McCrae and Bobby & Eddie Buster. He teaches jazz guitar at West Conn, Fairfield U, and the National Guitar Workshop. Henry Lugo is an in-demand bass player, who teaches bass at SCSU, Choate Rosemary Hall, and Naugatuck Valley Comm. College. Bobby Leonard is a widely-respected drummer who has performed for more than 40 years, with such well-known artists as Woody Herman, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, John Patitucci, Milt Jackson and John Scofield. Hear tunes at http://www.myspace.com/nickbariluk Reservations recommended, and nationally-acclaimed Neapolitan cuisine too!
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 7:30pm - $69 - $89
MANHATTAN TRANSFER
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
It's been nearly forty years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
ERICA BRYAN

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
October, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 8pm - $30-$45
KURT ELLING
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 - 8pm - Orchestra - $60 / Mezzanine and Balcony - $55
ESPERANZA SPALDING - "Thank You October" Tour
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Rd. - Ridgefield, CT 203-438-5795
109 Cheese and Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz. Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for a free wine tasting and reception with local artist Pamela Hochstetter, courtesy of Watershed Gallery.To celebrate her birthday month, Esperanza returns with a special two-week tour. Joined by long-time collaborators Leo Genovese and Lyndon Rochelle, this intimate trio performance will include selections from her critically-acclaimed releases, Junjo, Esperanza, Chamber Music Society, and Radio Music Society. Since her early years to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards. This is unprecedented by a jazz musician, and Spalding continues to make the unprecedented her norm.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:30pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH LINDA RANSOM

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
A very special night of cabaret jazz with John Brighenti on keyboards and the incomparable Linda Ransom doing vocals!!! Jazz nights with John Brighenti and Friends happens every Thursday evening at Casa Mia On the Green from 6:30-8:30pm. No Cover.
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + KRIS DAVIS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12, 2014 - $225 for Saturday and Sunday / $80 per single session including meals / $30 for the Friday Night Special --- no meals
JEFF AND JOEL'S JAZZ HOUSE PARTY
VFW Hall - 104 Mill Road – Guilford
After four spectacular events, "Jeff and Joel's (Jazz) House Party " advances to its fifth edition, Oct. 10-12 in Guilford, CT. The party is a direct copy of the house parties of the1920's and 30's jazz age when 10-15 musicians came together for a weekend house party. There was good food, lots of hydration, and hot jazz music in a small intimate setting. It was time for a revival so Jeff Barnhart and Joel Schiavone decided to collaborate on the first Jeff and Joel's House Party. The Schiavone's hosted the initial party in February 2012 in their 1804 farmhouse where it was held the last 4 times. However, the party outgrew the house and has moved just down the street to the new pondside venue, which though small and charming offers more room for dancing, seating, parking, eating at tables or al fresco dining outside the hall or by the pond. The intimate setting remains the same --- limited to 80 seats. Jeff Barnhart directs 14 top traditional jazz musicians, mixing and matching their talents. The music ranges from early 1900s to the hot jazz and swing of the 20s and 30s — and you’ll never know what you’ll hear, depending on the mood of the musicians. The food is fantastic and plentiful served buffet style. There is plenty of soda, water, juice and ice provided complimentary, while beer, wine and mixed drinks are available for sale. In the spirit of Keeping American’s original Traditional Jazz Alive jazz fans loved the idea and have enthusiastically supported it. Besides the 3 sessions on Saturday and Sunday including meals, there is a Friday Night Special which does not include any food. Soda, water juice and ice will be available for free and there will be a bar where mixed drinks, wine and beer can be purchased. We're looking forward to another fun-filled gathering at Jeff and Joel's House Party with the variety of music, fantastic food and the camaraderie between the musicians and jazz fans. Here’s what’s happening this year ! 3 Sessions of music for Saturday and Sunday of the weekend. Saturday 11am to 4pm; and 5pm to 10pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm with 15 musicians mixing and matching their musical talents. Lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. An addition to the weekend is a Friday Night Soiree 7 - 9 pm featuring Molly Ryan and Dan Levinson backed by Jeff Barnhart, Vince Giordano, and Bill Reynolds. No food will be served but drinks will be available for sale. The musicians for Saturday and Sunday include: Trumpet: Bob Ferguson and Fred Vigorito (playing Sat. afternoon and Sun. afternoon only) and Lew Green (playing Sat. evening only); Reeds: Peter Anderson and Will Anderson with Noel Kaletsky (playing Sun. only in a Triple Reed Special); Trombone: Herb Roselle and Herb Gardner; Piano: Jeff Barnhart and Herb Gardner; Banjo: Joel Schiavone; Bass: Vince Giordano and Genevieve Rose; Drums: Tom Palinko and Bill Reynolds. The lineup of talent this year along with the new venue will make this an unforgettable October, 2014 Jeff and Joel's House Party. For reservations leave a message at 203-208-1481. (Seats are limited to 80 per session). Prices: $225 for Saturday and Sunday, $80 per single session including meals and $30 for the Friday Night Special --- no meals. For additional information see the website at www.jeffandjoelshouseparty.com
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:30pm - $38
THE CAB CALLOWAY ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY C. CALLOWAY BROOKS
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Smooth shiny instruments all in a row, red-hot lyrics, silky smooth ensemble work, spicy brass harmonies, a joyful audience bouncing and swaying to irresistible rhythms, and the sound of “Hi De Ho!” filling theaters on cue. These have been the classic trademarks of concerts by The Cab Calloway Orchestra ever since the 1920s. They are the ingredients that made the orchestra a hit when it played the Palais Royale in downtown South Bend in 1939, and it’s the same mix that gives the group its energy and popularity today. These days, under the baton of Cab’s grandson, Calloway Brooks, the Orchestra delivers the same sizzling jazz sound and snazzy stage style, producing the jump, blues, and boogie sounds of “swing that is king and jive that’s alive.” The band, some of whose amazing musicians have played with the group for decades, uses original vintage orchestrations as a point of departure, creating an authentic brand of hot Cotton Club-style music and hijinks!
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MANUEL VALERA TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Thursday, October 11, 2014, 7pm - $15
NICKI MATHIS, AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Jazz standards, blues, Latin jazz, Brazilian spirituals, show tunes, popular and Reggae repertoires.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 8pm - $25 general public / $22 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
VIJAY IYER TRIO
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University – Middletown
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today." Recent honors include a 2013 MacArthur fellowship, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, an unprecedented “quintuple crown” in the 2012 DownBeat International Critics Poll (winning Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories). At Wesleyan, Mr. Iyer will perform with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey MA '11. JazzTimes described a recent performance by Mr. Iyer's trio as “intensely improvisational” in which “rhythm was paramount,” and the group’s “precision made possible by their decade of playing together. . . . The fun was in witnessing the group’s distinctive redefinition of the jazz piano trio.” A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Mr. Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. Named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India in 2011, earlier this year Mr. Iyer began a permanent appointment at Harvard University’s Department of Music as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts. Mr. Iyer’s many collaborators include musicians Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Suphala, DJ Spooky, and John Zorn; Wesleyan alumni Steve Lehman '00 and Himanshu Suri '07; choreographer Karole Armitage; filmmaker Bill Morrison; and poets Amiri Baraka, Charles Simic, and Robert Pinsky. Mr Iyer’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Silk Road Ensemble, and Imani Winds, among others. “Secret Keeper” is Mr. Crump’s duo collaboration with guitarist Mary Halvorson '02. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MIKE PRIDE'S FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, October 19, 2014 -7pm - $32 / $42 Members / $52 / $82 Preferred Seating
DIANNE REEVES
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center - 14 Castle Street - Great Barrington, MA 413-528-0100
No singer knows her way around a jazz tune like Dianne Reeves. Renowned for her virtuosity, this four-time Grammy winner is one of music’s most gifted vocalists and will be joined by four exceptional musicians: Gerald Clayton, Romero Lubambo, James Genus, and Terreon Gully for a truly memorable night.
Friday, October 24, 2014
JD ALLEN
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Polish National Home – 60 Charter Oak Avenue - Hartford
Friday, October 24, 2014 -7:30pm
RON CARTER TRIO
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE WEE TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7pm - $15
RANDALL KANE QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Randall Kane on saxophone, Gary McMahon on guitar, Dick Rosol on bass and Fran Guerrera on drums, performing jazz standards and ballads. Great music of the 20th century - reimagined for today! Supported by a grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: BRYAN CARROT
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOE MCPHEE | DANIEL LEVIN | CHRIS CORSANO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
November, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014 – 7pm & 9pm - $22
NICOLE ZURAITIS GROUP
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE NELS CLINE SINGERS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, November 8, 2014 7pm - $20
NICK DIMARIA QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Nick Di Maria is a New Haven-based jazz trumpeter. Since 2006, Nick has been performing with his quartet all over New England and New York City. Heavily influenced by Miles Davis and Eddie Henderson, Nick's music extends the capabilities of post bop, electronic and experimental music.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8pm - $15 / $12 Real Art Ways, Hartford Jazz Society & museum members
CONCERT: IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WITH WILLIAM PARKER - sessionography
The great William Parker—American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer—performs live in the Aetna Theater. To purchase tickets call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: JOE MORRIS’ MESS HALL with Joe Morris, Jerome Deupree, Steve Lantner, Stephen Haynes
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 7-30pm
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 7pm – FREE
CREATIVE CONTENT CONCERT - PHEEROAN AKLAFF
Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Happening 14: Students in Music 459 “Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I,” under the direction of drummer and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, interact with the campus community and confines. Not to be confused with a parade of dreams fulfilled or fantasies driven to burst. Your presence is encouraged.
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7pm & 9pm - $21
ALI RYERSON
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
ANDREA PARKINS DUO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
December, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:30pm - $50 - $90
DIANA KRALL WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR
Toyota Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
MINGUS BIG BAND
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JONATHAN FINLAYSON'S SICILIAN DEFENSE
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: CHAD TAYLOR
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 7:30pm - $45 - $65
JANE MONHEIT - HELLO BLUEBIRD - CELEBRATING THE JAZZ OF JUDY GARLAND
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
Jane Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalistʼs Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing the work of Vince Mendoza on 2002ʼs In The Sun and 2004ʼs Taking A Chance On Love.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($30) and 10 pm ($20)
LEE KONITZ QUARTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
January, 2015
February, 2015
March, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
THE AMERICAN JAZZ CENTURY: WILLIE RUFF, AARON DIEHL
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
  • MyRootDown.com (Boston and surrounding area)
  • Boston Improv Calendar
  • New England Traditional Jazz Plus (originates in Massachusetts and covers New England)
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Languages (New York City)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Collaborations Festival (New York City) - March (4 days)
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

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