Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz

Musical Conceptualists Close Out Monday Night Jazz

The final evening of Monday Night Jazz’s six-week series showcased the genre’s almost limitless variety and its continuous reinvention. Saxophonist Allen Lowe and his quartet started off with a series of original compositions showcasing Aaron Johnson on clarinet, Louis Porter at the piano, Kevin Ray plucking the bass and drummer Ben Bilello. Johnson’s sublime clarinet [...]

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Uniting the Sacred and the Secular at Monday Night Jazz

Asylum Hill Congregational church could not contain the joyful music of Monday Night Jazz in its rainy-day setting. For opening act Matt and Atla DeChamplain, the church was the ideal acoustic venue for Atla’s soaring vocals, set off by Matt DeChamplain at the piano, Matt Dwonszyk on bass, tenor saxophonist Jovan Alexandre and drummer Curtis [...]

By |August 12th, 2017|Categories: Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on Uniting the Sacred and the Secular at Monday Night Jazz

Goddess Magic Lights Up Bushnell Park

A perfect summer evening sparkled with goddess energy as two jazz “mistresses” filled the air with their inimitable brand of jazz improvisation and interpretation. The Maxine Martin Quartet opened Monday Night Jazz with original compositions executed by Maxine Martin on tenor saxophone and clarinet, guitarist Jim Mercik, “Abu” Alvin Carter, Sr. on congas and Cori [...]

A Night of Cool, Elevating Jazz In Bushnell Park

The tone was cool and soulful at Monday Night Jazz under cloudy skies and jacket-weather temperatures. For saxophone lovers, the first half of the evening showcased the instrument’s tonal diversity, with the Kris Allen Quartet’s original compositions centering around the interplay of two saxophones. Playing selections from the recently released album, “Beloved,” the Quartet featured tenor [...]

By |July 29th, 2017|Categories: Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on A Night of Cool, Elevating Jazz In Bushnell Park

Dancing to Latin Rhythms at Monday Night Jazz

If Monday night in Hartford wasn’t sultry enough, Latin jazz rhythms turned up the heat in Bushnell Park for another very large and musically enthused crowd. Starting with Heshima Moja and Ofrecimiento’s “Afro Cuban Blues,” featuring Moja scat singing against the beat of David Allen Rivera’s conga drumming, the African and Caribbean influences were infectious. [...]

By |July 21st, 2017|Categories: Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on Dancing to Latin Rhythms at Monday Night Jazz

Monday Night Jazz Kicks Off the 2017 Season

by Lisa A. Chase photos Maurice D. Robertson Kitty Katherine Paul Brown must have been smiling down on Bushnell Park as Kitty Kathryn and the Paul Brown Tribute Ensemble kicked off the Monday Night Jazz Series’ 50th anniversary celebration. Accompanied by Norman Gage on baritone sax, Alex Nakhimovsky at the piano, James Daggs [...]

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Concert Reviews, Hartford Jazz Society, Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz|Comments Off on Monday Night Jazz Kicks Off the 2017 Season