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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.

July, 2016
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
Friday, July 29, 2016 – 8pm - $35
AN ALL-WHITE ATTIRE SMOOTH JAZZ AFFAIR FEATURING CHRIS "BIG DOG" DAVIS & ALTHEA RENE
Palace Theater - 100 East Main Street - Waterbury
ACT JAMS Productions presents An Up Close and Personal Smooth Jazz Event with Chris "Big Dog" Davis, two-time Grammy nominee writer and producer, featuring Billboard chart-topping flutist Althea Rene along with vocalists Barbara Fowler and Christi Jones. This will be Althea's first Connecticut Appearance! Hosted by Al "DJ ACT" Taylor from 94.3 WYBC-FM Smooth Jazz Sundays. It’s an All-White Attire Smooth Jazz Affair in the Waterbury Palace Theater orchestra lobby on Friday, July 29 starting at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 and this is a Limited Seating event. Call 203 525-8420 for tickets or info regarding this magnificent show. Visit www.palacetheaterct.org for online ticketing or contact the box office at 203-346-2000. Christopher "Big Dog” Davis is a Waterbury native and two-time Grammy nominated writer and producer, who has earned ten Billboard top #1 smooth jazz records over the past eight years.
Soul Jazz Flutist Althea Rene is one the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists and regarded by some as a “master of her craft.” Her hit song “In the Flow” allowed her to become the first flute player in the history of the Billboard Chart to reach the #1 spot. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at age four as a classical flutist. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father, one of Motown's original Funk Brothers, Dezie McCullers. Recording Artist Barbara Fowler of Hartford will be debuting her new music, which includes a hot single titled "I'm Just Saying" or "IJS" as well as some very tasteful selections for this Up Close and Personal evening of music. Christi Jones of Waterbury is an electrifying vocalist that will captivate a crowd and leave you wanting more. She's a bona fide recording artist that can be heard on the single "No Sleep" from saxophonist Kim Waters new album titled “Rhythm and Romance.” Following the concert, guests will be invited to take to the dance floor for an Old School Dance Party featuring everyone's favorite R&B, funk and club classics. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their white outfits and dance the night away!
Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 2pm - FREE
JOE CARTER SAMBA RIO TRIO - Joe Carter – guitar, Leco Reis – bass, Fernando Saci - percussion

Charter Oak Cultural Center - 21 Charter Oak Ave. - Hartford
Free admission, outdoors in the courtyard, indoors if necessary. Performing a mix of Brazilian music styles - Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Maracatu, Baiao, MPB - all with the improvisational element of Modern Jazz. The music of Jobim, Donato, Caymmi, Bonfa and others mixed in with songs from Joe Carter's latest CD, Both Sides Of The Equator.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
THE CATSKILL JAZZ FACTORY PRESENTS WILL AND PETER ANDERSON QUINTET: SAX SQUARED

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
Called "virtuosos on saxophone" by the New York Times, Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary sibling teams performing music today. Peter and Will will be joined on Saturday evening by jazz organist Pat Bianchi, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Kenny Washington to present Sax Squared, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the saxophone. The concert will include the repertoire and stylings of sax legends like Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, and Coleman Hawkins in addition to new original works by the Andersons composed specifically for this concert. Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8 pm - $10
SWEET AS SUGAR
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
“Sweet As Sugar” is Bill Shontz, Zack Danziger and Kate Nicolau. At their core they are jazz based, but mix in originals and more than a dolop of cool medleys and fusions of well known songs. Bill Shontz, writes, sings, and plays Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones and sometimes some surprises. Kate is a wonderful vocalist with a sweet,jazzy, Diana Krall approach, Zack is a brilliant guitarist and vocalist/songwriter. He loves to use his “looper” and inevitably ends up accompanying himself as he creates a highly crafted, clever solo on top. “They combine their voices to make some terrific, sophisticated harmonies making for great original arrangements.” “….All in all, this is a clever, lighthearted, funny, and musically sophisticated group”. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time
Sunday, July 31, 2016 – 4pm - FREE
SAMBELEZA - Isabella Mendes - piano, vocals; Joe Carter – guitar; Jeff Fuller – bass; Adriano Santos - drums

The Brookfield Library - 182 Whisconier Rd. - Brookfield
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, inside if wet or too hot
Sunday, July 31, 2016—6pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND VOCALIST LOU PROVENZANO

Smokin’ With Chris—59 W.Center St.—Southington 860 620 9133
Sunday, July 31, 2016 – 8pm - $19 - $66
CHICK COREA TRIO – Chick Corea-keyboards, Christian McBride-bass, Brian Blade-drums
Tanglewood - Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA

On Sunday evening in Ozawa Hall, the Chick Corea Trio celebrates Mr. Corea's 75th birthday. A jazz legend, Mr. Corea rose to prominence in the late 1960s through his work with Miles Davis on albums such as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, as well as his first album as leader, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968). He became a leader in avant-garde jazz, then subsequently became a pioneer in the fusion movement of the 1970s. He has been active and extremely prolific ever since, and has been nominated for 63 Grammy Awards, of which he has won 22.
August, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

TOM HARRELL’S TRIP
Opening Group: JOSH BRUNEAU QUINTET

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
Monday, August 1, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 7pm – FREE, donations accepted
“THE LITTLE BIG BAND”
Manchester Bandshell - Manchester Community College
“the little BIG BAND” has been performing throughout southern New England, playing summer concerts in the park, swing dance events, weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, corporate events and fundraisers for 25 years. Our 15 piece Big Band features our fabulous female vocalist, Joyce Medling in a wide range of traditional and contemporary charts for Big Band, from Goodman to Goodwin, Miller to Monk, and Gershwin to Gillespie. For more info on the Bandshell series: 860 432 7728 or www.manchesterbandshell.com www.thelittlebigband.com and click on the Facebook icon to link to our updated info on Facebook.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 7-8:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Henry Park, 120 South Street, Vernon
The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing comes to Vernon for the first time. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa.Pack a picnic dinner and lawn chair, and enjoy! See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 8pm – 10pm - FREE
WEST HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
The West Hartford Jazz Jam features musicians from the greater Hartford region of CT. Led by James Antonucci, the core of this group are founding members of the Shoreline Jazz Collective, which performed in CT with the likes of Dick Oatts, John Mosca, Scott Wendholt, Ralph Lalama and Michael Mossman. Continuing in its new location at Black Eyed Sally’s, the band will also feature alumni members of the prestigious Hall High School jazz program past and present. These evenings will be sure to be great evenings of modern and seminal big band literature, great food, and great hang. Come check it out!!
Friday, August 5, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, August 5, 2016 – 7 – 9 – FREE
“THE LITTLE BIG BAND”

Roseland Cottage - 556 CT-169 - Woodstock
“the little BIG BAND” has been performing throughout southern New England, playing summer concerts in the park, swing dance events, weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, corporate events and fundraisers for 25 years. Our 15 piece Big Band features our fabulous female vocalist, Joyce Medling in a wide range of traditional and contemporary charts for Big Band, from Goodman to Goodwin, Miller to Monk, and Gershwin to Gillespie. In case of weather cancellation the concert will be rescheduled to Friday August 12, 2016 same time & place. For more info on Roseland Cottage: 860-928-4074; http://www.historicnewengland.org/ www.thelittlebigband.com and Click on Facebook icon to reach our Facebook page.
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 8 pm - $38
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and an art exhibit by a local artist! A legend lives on! The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Playhouse! With its unique jazz sound, the 18-member Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Under the baton of Music Director/vocalist Nick Hilscher, the consummate entertainers will play and sing selections from the vast Glenn Miller Orchestra library including all of the biggest hits that were the soundtrack of The Greatest Generation — “Moonlight Serenade”, “A String of Pearls”, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “At Last”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “In The Mood”, “Stardust”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, plus some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Friday, August 5,2016 – 8pm - $15
NORMAN GAGE / KENNY REED QUINTET – Norman Gage-sax, Kenny Reed-trumpet, Kent Hewitt-piano, Jay Williams-drums, Brian Jenkins-bass
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
SPRINGFIELD JAZZ & ROOTS FESTIVAL
2 Court Square – Springfield, MA
Saturday, August 6 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL – “GENERATIONS OF JAZZ”
Goshen Fairgrounds - 116 Old Middle Street - Goshen
This year, the Festival is dedicated to bassist Mario Pavone, one of the founding members of Litchfield Jazz Festival & Camp. The themed program, Generations Of Jazz, pairs young stars-in-the-making who came out of the Fest’s teaching arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp, with iconic players. Young lions like saxophonist Albert Rivera and pianist Emmet Cohen will be joined by guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Other well-known artists includes Steve Johns, Orrin Evans, Dave Stryker, Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe. Matt Wilson and many more. This year the Festival sports a new look with its Sunday kickoff, Scat & Scramble - A Jazz Brunch with a New Orleans flair in food and music led by saxophonist Donald Harrison and an all-star band. Tickets are on sale now at LJF2016.eventbrite.com. Visit the website www.litchfieldjazzfest.com or call 860-361-6285 for assistance and information.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 – 1:30 pm - $39 / $54
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
CHRIS WASHBURNE & ANDRÉ MEHMARI PLAYING RAGTIME & THE BLUES

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
Saturday afternoon brings “one of the best trombonists in New York” (New York Times) along with “one of Brazil’s best kept secrets” (EJazz News) to lead an ensemble in this bi-hemispheric ragtime revival! Latin Jazz master trombonist Chris Washburne leads his Ragtime Band featuring Brazilian virtuoso pianist André Mehmari, plus master New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher, trumpeter Alphonso Horne, and acclaimed vocalists Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Candice Hoyes with the first installment of a two-year project in centennial tribute to the "King of Ragtime Writers" Scott Joplin. This program will feature fresh takes on spirituals and the early blues along with an exploration of the international roots of jazz in the Cuban habanera and Brazilian choro traditions. Program Subject to Change. Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 8 pm - $45 / $65
JANE MONHEIT
Infinity Hall Norfolk - Route 44 – Norfolk 866-666-6306
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 8pm - $40 includes full Italian buffet (buffet at 7pm) / $25 for music only
SAMIRAH EVANS AND HER HANDSOME DEVILS
Zucchini's Italian Restaurant - 1331 North St. - Pittsfield, MA
In New Orleans, a city known worldwide for its music, Samirah Evans was one of its most popular jazz and blues vocalists. She first performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1990, and became a regular fixture as either a leader or featured vocalist for 14 consecutive years. She has toured Europe, Asia, and both North and South America as a headliner, and shared stages with legendary artists from B.B. King and James Brown, to New Orleans’ own Queen of Soul, Irma Thomas. Samirah Evans makes her Pittsfield debut in a dinner show sponsored by Berkshires Jazz, Inc. Evans' whimiscally-named group, Her Handsome Devils, is an impressive lineup, who will have just performed at the Springfield festival that afternoon. They include Michael Zsoldos, saxophones, Miro Sprague. piano; Marty Jaffe, bass; Conor Meehan, drums; and Evans, vocals. The 8pm show will be preceded by a full Italian buffet, starting at 7pm. The dinner show is priced at $40, including the music, buffet, tax and gratuity ($25 for the music only). With limited seating plus the Italian buffet, advanced purchase strongly advised. Tickets at the door will be $30; serving the buffet ($15) through 7:45pm. Tickets and information at www.BerkshiresJazz.org.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 – 8:30pm - $15 advance / $18 door
FREDDIE BRYANT (guitar), EUGENE UMAN (piano), SCOTT MULLETT (tenor), CAMERON BROWN (bass), and FRANCISCO MELA (drums)
The Arts Block - 289 Main Street - Greenfield, MA (413) 774-0150
This event is the kick-off for the Vermont Jazz Center’s Annual Summer workshop, which is held each year in Putney, VT. The members of the Quintet are all instructors at this year’s workshop. For tickets and more information, visit www.theartsblock.com. Freddie Bryant holds a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music, Bryant is currently in demand in the New York Jazz and Brazilian scenes, where he has worked with Elaine Elias, Tom Harrell and many others. He currently is a member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra and leads his own groups, Trio del Sol and Kaleidoscope. As an impassioned educator, he has taught jazz to all ages around the world. Bryant is on the faculties of Berklee College of Music and Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland. Eugene Uman has headed the Vermont Jazz Center for the last 17 years and is a former faculty at 3rd Street Music Settlement House in NYC, Colegio de Musica, Medellin, Colombia. He has recorded with Carlos Averhoff of Irakere as well as various Latin American ensembles and performed with Donald Byrd, Jerry Bergonzi, Larry Rivers group, and the Vermont Jazz Ensemble. Uman has given many workshops at the university level in jazz composition, theory, harmony, improvisation, pedagogy, history and appreciation. Scott Mullett has played and toured with some of the best big bands and artists in the world, including Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Mel Torme, and the national tours of Cats and 42nd Street. He is a first-call saxophone player for the greater Boston area, doing commercial studio sessions, and performing regularly with the White Heat Swing Orchestra and the C-Jammers. He has taught clinics at Berklee, and plays and teaches in the Boston and Keene, NH areas. Cameron Brown began his career in the mid-sixties, recording in Europe with George Russell and Don Cherry. Sheila Jordan, Roswell Rudd, Archie Shepp and Beaver Harris were his mentors and bandleaders, and he has enjoyed special relationships with master drummers: Art Blakey, Dannie Richmond, Philly Joe Jones, Edward Blackwell, Eddie Moore, Idris Muhammad, Billy Hart, Joe Chambers, Lewis Nash and Matt Wilson as well as Mr. Harris. He is on the faculty of the New School University. Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer. He was the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club.. Since 2005, Mela has been an integral part of Joe Lovano’s quartet and his new group “Us Five," and his latest project, Cuban Safari, is an amalgamation of his favorite bands that inspired him to become a drummer.
Sunday, August 7, 2016 – 6pm
PB & J WITH SPECIAL GUEST DICK JORDAN (vocals) - Peter Davis-piano, Bob Card-Sax, James Hunter-Bass, Charles Wyant -guest reed man
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd – Mystic (860 536-2661)
Monday, August 8, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL BROWN MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

NOAH PREMINGER QUARTET
Opening Group: JEFF FULLER TRIO

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
Monday, August 8, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 – 7pm
JHUNTER GROUP - Lisa Marien -vocals, Steve Marien-saxophone, Rufus Davis-piano, James Hunter-bass, Alvin Carter-drums
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd – Mystic (860 536-2661)
Jazz, Blues, Latin and some R & B
Friday, August 12, 2016 – 7 pm – 9 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Bicentennial Band Shell, Manchester Community College, Manchester
The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues in Manchester. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Pack a picnic dinner and lawn chair, and enjoy! See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Friday, August 12, 2016—8pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI WITH LOU PROVENZANO AND DAVE STANGARONE

Pianist Brighenti with vocalist Lou Provenzano and trumpet player Dave Stangarone.
Pazzo Café—377 Cromwell Ave.—Rocky Hill 860 721 8888
Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14, 2016
JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Saturday, August 13, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
CHRIS PATTISHALL OCTET MUSICAL FICTIONS: BORGES IN TANGO

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
Chris Pattishall Octet performs Borges in Tango Saturday evening. Named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the top five jazz musicians under 30 to watch, pianist Chris Pattishall will lead an octet in this debut night dedicated to the writings of Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges and the rich history of tango. Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Sunday, August 14, 2016 – 2 pm – 3:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Iwo Jima Memorial, Ella Grasso Boulevard, New Britain
The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing comes to the grounds of the Iwo Jima Memorial for the first time. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Pack a picnic dinner and lawn chair, and enjoy! See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Monday, August 15, 2016 – 6pm – FREE
PAUL MEMORIAL MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

DOUG WIMBISH QUINTET
Opening Group: MX=TRIO DATA

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park - Hartford
Jazz Society is proud to honor the memory of Jazz bassist Paul Brown by renaming its summer Jazz Series to Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz presented by the Hartford Jazz Society. Mr. Brown died in May at the age of 82.
In 1967, Brown started what became known as the Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park Series. Mr. Brown's free Monday night concerts originally were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to Bushnell Park downtown. The Hartford Jazz Society began producing the series in 2008. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns to downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 49th consecutive season. Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, the Monday Night Jazz season begins on July 11 and includes six weeks of free open-air performances by locally, nationally and internationally renowned jazz artists. Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz is presented with support from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Prudential, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, The City of Hartford, Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues and WWUH 91.3. Concerts will be presented on successive Monday nights with an opening band at 6:00 pm and the headliner performing at 7:30 pm. All concerts will be broadcasted in their entirety on WWUH.org / 91.3 FM. The rain venue for Monday Night Jazz is Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
Monday, August 15, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – 6 pm – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Pomperaug Woods, 80 Heritage Road, Southbury
Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Pack a picnic dinner and lawn chair, and enjoy! See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 8pm – 10pm - FREE
WEST HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
The West Hartford Jazz Jam features musicians from the greater Hartford region of CT. Led by James Antonucci, the core of this group are founding members of the Shoreline Jazz Collective, which performed in CT with the likes of Dick Oatts, John Mosca, Scott Wendholt, Ralph Lalama and Michael Mossman. Continuing in its new location at Black Eyed Sally’s, the band will also feature alumni members of the prestigious Hall High School jazz program past and present. These evenings will be sure to be great evenings of modern and seminal big band literature, great food, and great hang. Come check it out!!
Saturday, August 20, 2016 – 7pm - $20 BYOB. Includes light refreshments.
WARREN BYRD-BYRDSPEAKS ENSEMBLE - Warren Byrd, keyboardist, vocalist, leader; Saskia Laroo, trumpet, alto sax, electronics, vocals; Mixashawn Rozie, saxophone(s), vocals; Stephen “King” Porter, bass; George Mastrogiannis, drums & percussion
Passages Gallery - 509 Farmington Ave. - Hartford
Parking: Available on site and at parking lot across from the Gallery / next to Burger Kings. Passages Gallery, a West-End art gallery, visual and performing arts cafe and cultural hub has featured fine local talent in the field of jazz music in humble presentations. This will be Warren Byrd's first appearance here, gearing up for his re-release of Truth Raised Twice as well as his "nu jazz" effort, February Songs, with the aid of world-class Hartford legends and burgeoning young talent. Contact: Tele: 860-523-3232 or passagesgallery@aol.com Advance Tickets Sales at Eventbrite.com: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/passages-gallery-hartfords-hot-spot-for-jazz-presents-warren-byrds-byrdspeak-ensemble-on-sat-august-tickets-26812965301?aff=eac2#tickets
Monday, August 22, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, August 26, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860 563 3333
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:30 pm - $10.00 online / $15.00 at the door
HELEN SUNG
Lyric Hall - 827 Whalley Avenue - New Haven
You can purchase your tickets online via PayPal by going to our website at: http://jazzhaven.org/helen-sung
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 6pm – 9pm - FREE
NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

New Haven Green - 165 Church Street - New Haven
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 8 pm - $55
AL DI MEOLA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and an art exhibit by a local artist! With the release of his 24th album Elysium on the horizon, Al Di Meola, aka the King of Latin Jazz Fusion, is playing a handful of US dates this summer! A true guitar virtuoso and visionary in his field, don’t miss chance to see his furiously intricate fretwork!For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11 pm - FREE
PAUL FULLER QUINTET - Paul Fuller-contrabass, Haneef Nelson-trumpet, Ron Acosta-woodwinds, Damian Curtis-piano, Michael Scott-drums

Wild Bill's Nostalgia - 1003 Newfield Ave – Middletown
Monday, August 29, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 7:30pm - FREE
JEFF HOLMES BIG BAND - FEATURING DAWNING HOLMES

121 Club (at Eastworks) - 116 East Pleasant St - Easthampton, MA
Jeff Holmes Big Band plays leaders arrangements and compositions along with featured vocals by Dawning Holmes; Jazz, Soul, Blues, Pop and more performed by great musicians/music educators from MA, CT and NYC
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
September, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE
JEREMY PELT AND SHOCK VALUE
Opening: PAUL GABRIEL BLUES BAND

Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:30pm - $30 at the door / $27 in advance / Children FREE
JIVE BY FIVE

Music Mountain - 225 Music Mountain Road - Falls Village - 860-824-7126
The crowd-pleasing jazz series concludes on Saturday with Jive By Five! Spend the night dancing to the sizzling music of the Jazz Age! From the Charleston to the Two-Step and the Fox Trot, the is Connecticut favorite, led by drummer Robert Parker, is sure to make for a memorable evening! Full Series Info: www.musicmountain.org
Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 7:30pm - Gold Circle Meet & Greet $90 / Orchestra $65 / Mezzanine and Balcony $55 / Softball game only $25 * Tickets to the concert include a ticket to the softball game at 1pm!
BERNIE WILLIAMS
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
From Centerfield to Center Stage! Bernie Williams, the New York Yankees center fielder for 16 years, is best known for his long and storied career in pinstripes – a career that includes four World Series championships, five appearances on the American League All Star Team, four Gold Glove Awards and the 1996 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award. Since he’s hung up his cleats, he’s had time to devote to his other great passion in life – jazz guitar. Now that he’s out of the game, he’s getting back to his musical roots. The former slugger will be bringing his music back to Ridgefield with his All Star Band! Kicking off the night… Grammy-Nominated guitar virtuoso Gil Parris, is known for his special blend of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Smooth Jazz. He has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with major artists like Dr.John, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Diane Schuur, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell, Toni Braxton to name just a few.For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:30 pm – 8 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Bloomfield Senior Center, 300 Park Avenue, Bloomfield
The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series continues with an indoor performance by Simply Swing at the Bloomfield Senior Center. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 6:30 – 8:15 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

Riverfront Plaza Mortensen Plaza, Hartford
The Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues at The Mortensen Plaza stage on the Hartford side of the Connecticut River. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs its UNFORGETTABLE salute to the late Natalie and Nat “King” Cole. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Pack a picnic dinner and blanket, and enjoy! Rain date: September 18, 2015. See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING FEATURING VIVIAN LAROSA

The Calendar House, 388 Pleasant Street, Southington
The 2016 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing concludes with an indoor performance at The Calendar House, Southington. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing performs favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and talented vocalist Vivian LaRosa. Room for dancers. See www.simplyswingmusic.com for more info.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 4pm - FREE
FILM SCREENING – BILL EVANS TIME REMEMBERED

The Neighborhood Music School - 100 Audubon St. - New Haven
The Neighborhood Music School in New Haven will screen the documentary *lm Bill Evans Time Remembered on September 24, 2016. The *lm took 8 years to complete and tells the story of Bill Evans’ turbulent life and his unprecedented contribu3on to the jazz community. Debby Evans (Waltz for Debby)
will be hos3ng this screening. The producer of the *lm, Bruce Spiegel will be on hand to answer ques3ons. See www.billevanstimeremembered.com for more info.
October, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 8 pm - $80
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER & TAKE 6 PRESENT “THE SUMMIT”
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Combining forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 ~ two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music ~ create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages.
Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut recording on Atlantic Records ~ Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne will honor founding member, Tim Hauser, as they continue to tour with their newest member, Trist Curless. TMT joins Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event! For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 8 pm - $60
BONEY JAMES
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Four-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James needs no introduction to contemporary jazz fans. The gifted saxophonist, veteran of four RIAA gold albums, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 #1 albums on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, has sold over 3 million records during his career. Four of them have received Grammy nominations, including 2013’s The Beat. His latest, futuresoul, released in 2015, topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for 11 weeks. Tracks such as “Drumline” and “Vinyl” show off Boney’s love of vintage soul as well as his mastery of modern digital production and signature laid back style. This incredibly accomplished artist — who broke into music in the mid-80s touring with acts such as The Isley Brothers, Morris Day (The Time), Randy Crawford and Teena Marie, and emerged as a solo force in 1992 with his breakthrough debut, Trust — has long been influenced by contemporary R&B. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
November, 2016
December, 2016
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
  • Latin Jazz Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
    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
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Cabaret (32 Hancock St – Springfield, MA - 413-734-3000 after 5 pm) - The Scott Sasanecki Quartet performs every third Sunday of the month 5-8pm, starting Sept. 20. There will be a small cover and we suggest you arrive early! Featured in this ensemble will be Hartford-based musicians pianist Damian Curtis, bassist Paul Fuller, New Haven-based drummer Jay Williams and longtime Western MA native, guitarist Scott Sasanecki. Hard-bop and bebop standards, blues, and sambas.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Kelly's Gastropub (196 Crown Street, corner of Temple & Crown, New Haven) - "Dr. G's Jazz Brunch" every Sunday from noon to 3pm. We feature a different local jazz hero or two weekly, usually it's a quartet.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • Marco Polo Restaurant (1250 Burnside Ave, East Hartford) - Al Fenton Big Band performs the first Thursday of every month at 7:30-9:30. This is an 18-piece band led by Kathy J. Neri. We perform jazz, swing and blues in the Big Band Style. No cover charge.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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