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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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October, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 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, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH DAVE DADDARIO AND LINDA RANSOM

Casa Mia On the Green - 600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860 563 7000
Jazz nights every Thursday night with John Brighenti and Friends from 6:30-8:30pm. Talented bassist Dave Daddario will join veteran jazz pianist Brighenti with the inimitable Linda Ransom doing vocals!
Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 7pm
JHUNTER GROUP - Steven Marien-saxophone, Rufus Davis-keyboards, James Hunter-bass, Randy Cloutier-drums
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd - Mystic
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 8pm - $20 / $12 students, seniors
JAZZ MACABRE: A DARK EVENING WITH THE GRIM STRING QUARTET
Studio 59 - 59 Barber Street - Downtown Torrington
Tickets are available at the door or by calling (860) 482-6801. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own wine or spirits. For more information about the upcoming fall season, visit www.studio59ct.com.
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
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8 pm - $10
SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI & INTRA LU MUNNU
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Powerful and warm voice, Sissy has a unique and soulful sound. Jazz harmonies, Mediterranean and Sicilian roots, African rhythms and a touch of classical music, all combined together to support beautiful original melodies in Sicilian dialect. Pure fire on stage. Sissy’s stunning energy comes as much from her home as it does her unique spirit. Born in Sicily (Italy) into a musical family, Sissy is firmly planted between the Mediterranean Sea and Volcano Etna in an island with a long history of foreign domination, from the Greeks to the Romans, from the Arabs to the Spanish, from the African to the Normans. The result is a mixed culture where every single domination left something to see, to taste, to hear… And all of this shines trough Sissy’s latest record, Intra Lu Munnu. It means “Inside the World”. It’s a collection of 10 original Sissy’s compositions entirely sung in Sicilian dialect, with musicians coming from every part of the world and a special collaboration with the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir. Sissy’s creativity starts flowing at the age of five. She started early on to delve into a wide variety of musical styles, from jazz to blues, to soul and funk, being at the same time exposed to Sicilian traditional folk music. Grown as a self-taught musician, in 2009 Sissy becomes Berklee College of Music scholarship recipient and she specializes in Jazz Composition and Mediterranean Studies. In 2011 she’s awarded as full scholarship and invited as performing artist at the Mediterranean Music Institute (Valencia, Spain). While living in Spain she lines out the first sketches of her compositions. Among others, Sissy had the opportunity to collaborate with several world renowned artists such as jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, John Coltrane etc.) – 10 times Grammy Award winning, Bobby McFerrin – producer/composer Patrice Rushen – 7 times Latin Grammy Award winning, Javier Limon. http://www.sissycastrogiovanni.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoOTdAQbTQQ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 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.
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 – 7:30 pm - $10
MIKE BAGGETTA QUARTET – CD RELEASE TOUR FOR ‘THIEVES AND SECRETS”
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
“On ‘Thieves and Secrets’ (Fresh Sound), the New York jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta makes stealthy, mysterious music, with electric and acoustic guitar, and some electronics. He’s played his share of standard jazz repertory, and can improvise fast and fluidly, showing all kinds of learning. (His solos here on the title track and on “Country Wisdom” make that plain.) But this is something else. Mr. Baggetta is into making clearly delineated music, melodies and chord patterns and actual songs, but he’s also into sound and space and texture. He’s a soloist, but interested in the whole area of a piece of music: backgrounds and middle grounds as much as foregrounds. What’s especially good here — in a set of calm, slow songs with the saxophonist Jason Rigby, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer George Schuller — is that he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty.” – Ben Ratliff, NY Times. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MARY HALVORSON SOLO GUITAR
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
Aetna Theatre - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - 600 Main Street - Hartford
The great William Parker - American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer - performs live at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, with his band, In Order To Survive. Parker, who plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri, was born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York. He studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison. He entered the music scene in 1971 performing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly's on The Bowery and The Baby Grand, playing with many acclaimed avant-garde musicians. Parker eventually began leading and recording his own bands, founding In Order To Survive in 1994. The ensemble is comprised of Kidd Jordan (tenor saxophone), Hamid Drake (percussion), Dave Burrell (piano), Rob Brown (alto saxophone), Lewis Barnes (trumpet), and Steve Swell (trombone), with Parker himself on stand-up bass. The performance, which takes place on the historic stage of the Wadsworth Atheneum's Aetna Theater, is presented by Real Art Ways in partnership with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Hartford Jazz Society. To purchase tickets call 860-838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North. The performance of William Parker and In Order to Survive, presented by Real Art Ways, Inc. in collaboration with Hallwalls, Inc. and Kerrytown Concert House, Inc., is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation..
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 2pm - FREE
US NAVY COMMODORES JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Leamy Hall - US Coast Guard Academy - 31 Mohegan Ave. - New London 860-701-6826
Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Led by Master Chief Musician Philip Burlin, the Commodores’ mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring our veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials. The Commodores are held in high regard nationwide by concert patrons and critics alike. The list of guest artists that have appeared with the Commodores reads like a who’s who of jazz and popular music: Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington, Jr., Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, James Moody and many more. They have appeared on television shows, played nearly all major jazz festivals and toured across the United States and abroad. In conjunction with the Airmen of Note (Air Force) and the Army Blues (Army), the Commodores even host their own annual jazz festival, the Joint Service Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. As a versatile and relevant musical organization in the 21st century, the Commodores write and arrange much of their vast library of music. Their concerts are an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements as well as fresh new instrumental music written specifically for the Commodores of today. This vibrant, dynamic musical group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences.
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – 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, 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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 8pm - $10
SINAN BAKIR "SOLO ELECTRIC"
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Guitarist Sinan Bakir will be back at the Buttonwood Tree to play a concert on the solo electric guitar. 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.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 7-30pm
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 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, 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
Saturday, November 21, 2014 – 8 pm - $10
JOCELYN PLEASANT QUARTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
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).
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7pm - $20
DON DEPALMA, pianist
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
"Pianist Don DePalma has been a vital presence on the Hartford jazz scene for decades, having played with a veritable who's who of visiting jazz stars as leader of the legendary 880 Club's house band." -Hartford Jazz Society
Sunday, November 23, 2014 – 5pm - $24 / $5 students, elementary through graduate school
FRED HERSCH JAZZ TRIO CONCERT
Chester Meeting House - 4 Liberty St. - Chester
The 41st season of the Collomore Concert Series at the historic Chester Meeting House welcomes the Fred Hersch Trio. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch will perform with bassist Aidan Carroll and drummer Eric McPherson. Hersch's influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists -from his former students including Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus - to his contemporary Jason Moran, who has said, "Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.” The trio’s newest trio CD, Floating (Palmetto), was released in July 2014 and was named “an extravagantly beautiful new album" by the New York Times' Nate Chinen. A reception is held after the concert to meet the performers. Information is at collomoreconcerts.org or email tickets@collomoreconcerts.org or call 860-526-5162.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – 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.
December, 2014
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).
December 14 - 21, 2014
International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba - Information

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
  • 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.
  • Basils (64 West Stafford Road, Route 190, Stafford) is hosting jazz nights starting Friday, October 17 with Jeff Giglio Quartet.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) - The Steve Davis Group performs every Sunday from 6pm – 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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