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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.

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

Hartford Public Library - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Showcases the images of local artists specific to past performances from 2004 - 2014. Featured artists include Joseph Chandler, Byron Dean, Darryl Z. Oates, Maurice Robertson, Wanda Selden & Ray Shaw. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Library hours. Please visit hplct.org. or call (860) 695-6293.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8 pm - $50 / $45
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
The “quintessential New Orleans institution” (The New York Times) brings the sounds of the French Quarter to Ridgefield! The Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to present their unique New Orleans jazz sounds to the world. Having recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a recording and sold-out Carnegie Hall concert that included My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Mos Def and others — Preservation Hall is set to usher in the next decade of world class jazz. With many musicians related to the original players by blood — and all connected through the sheer power of tradition — their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 6pm - $20 / $15 members
MARIO PAVONE NONET - Mario Pavone - bass/compositions; Adam Matlock – accordion; Julian Shore – piano; Carl Testa – bass; Michael Sarin – drums; Brass Quartet: Dave Ballou - trumpet/flugelhorn/arrangements; Leise Ballou - french horn; Peter McEachern – trombone; Gary Buttery - tuba
Veteran bassist Mario Pavone will appear with his nonet, which will include a brass quartet to perform selections from his Street Songs CD, [Playscape Recordings], inspired by his early memories of “stoop music” while growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Waterbury. Pavone’s Street Songs/The Accordion Project will begin on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the museum and attendees will be invited to a pre-concert conversation with Pavone.
Mattatuck Museum – 144 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-753-0381
Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 7pm
ALI RYERSON-JOE CARTER DUO - Ali Ryerson – flutes; Joe Carter – guitar
Windsor Art Center - 40 Mechanic St. – Windsor 860.688.2528
This is a wonderful acoustic space, a former railroad station, with wooden beams and high ceilings where you can hear the (hopefully) subtle nuances that we try to incorporate into our performances.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 8pm - $10 / $5 students
NED ROTHENBERG "INNER DIASPORA" with SAMIR CHATTERJEE, JEROME HARRIS, MARK FELDMAN AND ERIK FRIEDLANDER
Bezanson Recital Hall – UMass – Amherst, MA
The quintet “moves beyond the confines of jazz, classical and folk genres to create something genuinely new,” writes Thom Jurek. “Inner Diaspora is a deeply moving recording, one that touches the heart with its emotional intelligence, even as it dialogues with history.” Released on Tzadik Records as part of its Radical Jewish Culture Series, Ned Rothenberg interprets the inner Diaspora as a place of learning and growth. The music is rich in rhythmic invention, instrumental color and lyricism. Drawing upon his extensive experience in world music, Rothenberg explores the possibilities of 21st century Jewish culture through the nuances of scales, modes and feelings of alienation and belonging. “Woodwind/saxophone ace Ned Rothenberg has a formidable reputation as an innovator,” writes Tzadik Records. “Rothenberg has been celebrated for his circular-breathing techniques, as well as his experiments with overtone manipulation and polyphony. He also shares the restless eclecticism of colleagues like John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, with a particular interest in the more painterly shades of contemporary Japanese classical music. What renders Rothenberg more approachable and, in the end, more significant than many of his peers is the serenity at the heart of his fiercest playing.” Born in 1956 in Boston, Rothenberg graduated from Oberlin College and studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, privately with Les Scott (saxophone & clarinet), and George Coleman (jazz improvisation). However, his trademark solo technique is self-taught. Rothenberg has led his North African-influenced Double Band and the ensembles, Power Lines and Sync. He has toured in duos with the Tuvan throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak, the shakuhachi virtuoso Katsuya Yokoyama, the English saxophone improviser Evan Parker, and worked with many of the most creative musicians in New York City since moving there in 1978. The Magic Triangle Jazz Series continues April 30 with a performance by Jason Kao Hwang’s “Burning Bridge”. Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 1-800-999-UMAS. The Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series is produced by WMUA-FM and the Fine Arts Center, and funded by the UMass Arts Council. Additional support from Hotel UMass.”
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BEN WILLIAMS AND SOUND EFFECT
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, April 3, 2015 - 8:30pm - $38.50
RALPH PETERSON SEXTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme 860-434-0886
Ralph brings an incredible sextet of some of the best jazz artists around today! Sean Jones-Trumpet, Marcus Strickland-Tenor & Soprano, Hailey Niswanger- Alto & Soprano, Luques Curtis- Bass, Zaccai Curtis- Piano & Mr. Peterson on drums! WOW! For nearly 30 years he has been one of the most distinctive and recognizable drummers in jazz. Peterson quickly rose to prominence after meeting master drummer Art Blakey in 1983. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 2 pm - FREE
DAN O’BRIAN QUARTET - Dan O’Brian-tenor sax; Mike Suddes-guitar; Silvain Castellano-bass; George Mastrogiannis-drums

Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 7pm - $15 plus the cost of food and drink
DAN HARTMAN SEPTET - Dan Hartman on trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium; Frank Procaccini - saxes and flute; Derek Joly – saxes; Sean Nelson – trombone; Joe Parillo – piano; Bryan Rizutto – bass; Randy Cloutier – drums
Hung Won Asian Grille - 232 New London Road (route 85) - Colchester
This exciting, high-quality seven-piece contemporary jazz ensemble will be playing some original tunes as well as some high-energy intricate and worldly modern arrangements by well-known composers like Mingus, and by up-and-coming jazz composers of today's NY jazz scene! An exciting evening is in store! Dinner – anytime to 10:00 pm. Reservations recommended: 860-537-8788
Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 7pm - $50 VIP / $35 / $15 college students with ID / $10 youth
ROBERT GLASPER TRIO - Robert Glasper-piano, Vicente Archer-bass, Chris Dave-drums
Yale University - Woolsey Hall – 56 Orange Street – New Haven 203-675-3155
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8 pm - $10
DOUG WHITE QUINTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Doug wrote And Still We Meet” for the soundtrack of the independent film, American Seagull, directed by Michael Guinzburg. Like so much film music that you’ve never heard, this one ended up on the “cutting room floor.” We are pleased to present it for you here. “Esplanade ‘99” was recorded in 1999 and appears on the Juniper Records CD, “The World of Doug White”. “Everybody Has Somebody Else But Me” is the only tune I’ve ever written having been inspired by a dream. It’s a Latin style song with a Rock feeling in the bridge. “Slinky” is a bright line based on the changes of the old 1920’s jazz favorite, “Blue Lou”. “The Crowd” was inspired by a famous silent film entitled, “The Crowd”, directed by King Vidor, about the trials and tribulations of a young man in the 1920’s. All of these selections, other than Esplanade ‘99, have not been released on CD and for the time being are only available on http://dougwhitejazz.com/ Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:30pm - $38.50
DONALD HARRISON QUARTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme 860-434-0886
Saxophonist Donald Harrison is joined by Joe Dyson on drums, Max Moran on bass, Zaccai Curtis on piano and Detroit Brooks on guitar! New Orleans-born traditionalist, modern jazz trendsetter, former Jazz Messenger, nurturer of young talent, composer, bandleader and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison ’81 is a complete musician and entertainer. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 6pm - FREE
STEVE DAVIS AND FRIENDS - Steve Davis- trombone, Dana Lauren- vocals, Matt DeChampain- piano, Matt Dwonszyk- bass

Max Downtown - 185 Asylum St. – Hartford
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - TBD

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
CHES SMITH/CRAIG TABORN/MAT MANERI
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, April 10, 2015 - 8:30pm - $38.50
BUCKY PIZARRELLI & ED LAUB DUO!
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme 860-434-0886
Thrilled to welcome back Bucky with Ed Laub! The list of musicians Pizzarelli has collaborated with over his career includes Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, and Benny Goodman. Pizzarelli acknowledges Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, and George Van Eps for their influences on his style and mode of play. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 7pm - $150
THE 18TH ANNUAL JAZZ FOR JUVENILE DIABETES BENEFIT CONCERT - CYRILLE AIMÉE
West Hartford Town Hall - 50 South Main Street - West Hartford
The event will include Hors d'oeuvres, dinner, drinks, dessert and coffee. The dinner will be catered by award winning chef Billy Grant. Cyrille Aimée has consistently proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. The New York Times referred to Aimée's major label debut in August 2014, as "a bravura turn, presented with a smile." Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, French vocalist Cyrille Aimée is—in the words of Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal—"one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation." She is an “astonishing creative singer, with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past." Cyrille was born in Fontainebleau, France, to a French father and Dominican mother. As a curious child, she would sneak out of her bedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She spent her evenings in their quarters, learned their language and sang by the fire with Django's descendants. Cyrille's hybrid of influences has resulted in a sound that's fresh and enlivening which you will not want to miss. For tickets or additional information please call the JDRF at (860) 470-0020 or Steven Sussman at (860) 614-0770.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $32 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
BRIAN CULBERTSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts- 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8pm - $60 - $80
BERNIE WILLIAMS WITH GIL PARRIS QUINTET
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8 pm - $60
JANE MONHEIT
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - 300 Main Street - Old Saybrook
877-503-1286
"Everything I'm singing now is a reflection of my truest self," says Jane Monheit.
Two time Grammy nominee Monheit has released nine studio albums with music ranging from jazz to contemporary, familiar standards and compositions. She has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds and has been a featured performer at Christmas at the White House, the Capitol Fourth of July Celebration, and has appeared on Letterman, The View, and The Today Show.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:30pm - $38.50
KEVIN HAYS TRIO
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme 860-434-0886
Welcome back Kevin Hays. Long considered to be among the finest of his generation, Jazz Pianist and Composer Kevin has recorded over a dozen CD's as a leader and been featured on many recordings as a sideman. His recordings have been praised by The New York Times and listed among the “Best of the Year” by Musician Magazine and The New Yorker Magazine.. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
CURTIS BROTHERS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 6pm - FREE
STEVE DAVIS AND FRIENDS - Steve Davis- trombone, Linda Ransom- vocals, Matt DeChampain- piano, Matt Dwonszyk- bass

Max Downtown - 185 Asylum St. – Hartford
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - STEVE DAVIS BIRTHDAY BASH (FACULTY)

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 7pm - FREE
JOBIMFEST: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM

Sacred Heart University - The Chapel of the Holy Spirit - 5151 Park Avenue – Fairfield
The Sacred Heart University Academic Music Program presents Prof. Joe Carter and the Brazilian Jazz All Stars in a tribute concert celebrating the music of renown Brazilian music composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim. The concert will feature: Joe Carter (USA) – violao (brazilian acoustic guitar); Hendrik Meurkens (Germany) – harmonica; Ali Ryerson (USA) – flutes; Paul Lieberman (USA & Brazil) – woodwinds; David Finck (USA) – acoustic bass; Nanny Assis (Brazil) – percussion. A.C. Jobim (aka “Tom” Jobim) was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer and pianist/ guitarist. He was the primary force behind the creation of the Bossa Nova style and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. Widely known as the composer of Garota de Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema), one of the most recorded songs of all time, Jobim created a large number of songs that are today included in Jazz and Pop standard repertoires. This international group performs Jobim’s compositions, staying true to the original melodies and maintaining Jobim’s vision for his compositions but, at the same time, adding the North American Jazz aspect of improvisation. This allows the performers the ability to interpret Jobim’s music and apply their musical personalities to the music, creating a very distinctive and original sound. Prof. Joe Carter is the Director of Sacred Heart’s Academic Music Program and has been a SHU faculty member since 1987.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
ROB MAZUREK BLACK CUBE SP - Rob Mazurek-cornet, electronics and compositions, Mauricio Takara-drums, electronics and cavaquinho (brazilian ukelele), Guilherme Granado-keyboard, synths, and sampler, Thomas Rohrer-rabeca (Brazilian viola) and soprano saxophone
The Parlor Room - 32 Masonic St. - Northampton, MA
Rob Mazurek's newest ensemble, Black Cube SP, features his long standing São Paulo Underground trio with the addition of Thomas Rohrer. Rohrer earned his stripes as a master of the keening rabeca through intense studies with the instrument’s leading practitioners in Brazil’s northeast. For Mazurek, the brilliant Chicago conceptualist, the sudden and unexpected passing of his mother Kathleen in May of 2013 set him on a quest to honor her bountiful spirit and acknowledge her transition to another realm. Not surprisingly, he found exactly what he needed in São Paulo, Brazil. Working with fellow sonic explorers, he created Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost, a startlingly cathartic and magisterial modern psychedelic spiritual that’s as riveting as it is ravishing. The album is Mazurek’s latest breathtaking project on Cuneiform. A polymorphous bandleader, Mazurek directs, composes and performs in a wide array of ensembles, from his highly interactive Chicago Underground Duo with drummer Chad Taylor and São Paulo Underground, to his talent-laden Octet and the Exploding Star Orchestra, which has featured Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Dixon Fred Anderson, Nicole Mitchell, Angelica Sanchez, Matana Robert and Jeff Parker. A recent project pairs the Chicago and São Paulo Undergrounds, with tenor saxophone legend Pharoah Sanders, resulting in Pharoah and the Underground: Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed, 2014). Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concerts are produced by a group of music lovers who have purchased jazz shares. Like farm shares, where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, Pioneer Valley Jazz Share members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of The Northampton Center for the Arts, we are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the continued vitality of the music. Shares and single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Thanks to our business sponsors: Davis Financial Group, Florence Savings Bank, UMass Fine Arts Center, Downtown Sounds, Carol Abbe Smith Delap Real Estate, River Valley Market, Simmer Music, Bueno y Sano, Tony Margherita Management, Haydenville Woodworking & Design, One-Way Screen Printing, Barbara Ween: Visage and Dean’s Beans.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 6PM - FREE
TONEBURST LAPTOP AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ENSEMBLE

CFA Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works by ensemble members, and old electronic works newly arranged for laptop ensemble, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 7pm – FREE
AL FENTON BIG BAND

J's Crab Shack – 2074 Park Street – Hartford 860-231-9545
Come on out for blues, jazz and swing and listen to our 18 piece Big Band!
Friday, April 17 – May 17, 2015
16TH ANNUAL CENTRAL BROOKLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL - "WHERE JAZZ LIVES”
Various venues throughout New York City
Celebrating Brooklyn’s contributions to America’s indigenous art form at venues throughout New York City. Nearly 50 events with more than 500 musicians performing. This music series is NYC’s longest continually running grassroots festival dedicated to Jazz. Info: www.cbjcjazz.org or 718.773.2252
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
NELS CLINE AND JULIAN LAGE
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, April 18, 2015 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET
The Uncertainty Music Series
G Café – 141 Orange Street - New Haven
Please come out this Saturday and enjoy music in a casual atmosphere. Please bring friends, food, and drinks. The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
BRIAN MARSELLA TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: BERN NIX – guitar
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. Follow the 2014-15 season of Improvisations, browse the photo archives from past seasons and more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvisations/324014434279441
Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 3pm
ALI RYERSON-JOE CARTER DUO - Ali Ryerson – flutes; Joe Carter – guitar
First Congregational Church of Stratford - 2301 Main Street – Stratford 203.378.2644
Another great listening space with lots of wood and great afternoon light coming through the Rose Window. We're happy to be a part of this wonderful concert series curated by the one and only, Dr. Joe Utterback.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - COLLEGE SHOWCASE FEATURING ENSEMBLES FROM JMI, UCONN, & BERKLEE

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, April 24, 2015 – 7pm - FREE
WESLEYAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, present an exciting evening of jazz repertoire by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and others.
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOE FIEDLER 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, April 25, 2015 – 7pm - FREE
MIKE CASEY / COREY GARCIA SAX/DRUMS DUO

The Bean at 226 – Windsor
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:45pm - $38
STRINGS ATTACHED FEATURING LARRY CORYELL
StageOne – 70 Sanford Street – Fairfield 203-259-1036
Larry Coryell presents a roundtable of todays best jazz guitarists. Equally dexterous in the smoothest standards, and heaviest fusion and bop; Jimmy Bruno, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, and Joe Cohn span the scope of Jazz guitar. Each player has played a decisive role in modern jazz, a genre that has always appreciated a push of the envelope. Together these high flyers represent a veritable state of the instrument. At the helm of this crew is Larry Coryell, jazz-rock pioneer. One of the founding fathers of fusion, Coryell was instrumental in introducing a harder edge to jazz. His classic album, Spaces is a cornerstone in the birth of jazz fusion, and showcases Coryell leading one of the finest bands ever assembled: John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea, and Miroslav Vitous.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 8pm - $15 / Senior 60+ $12 / Wesleyan Faculty/Staff $12 / Non-WES Student, Child $12 / Wesleyan University Alumni $12 / Wesleyan Student $6
NOAH BAERMAN RESONANCE ENSEMBLE
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
A pianist, composer, educator, author, and Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, “Noah Baerman is no stranger to aiming high” (David Adler, Village Voice). Mr. Baerman’s group will present the world premiere of his extended work “The Rock and the Redemption.”
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
HEY RIM JEON & FRIENDS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - JMI BIG BAND

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm - FREE
JACKIE MCLEAN INSTITUTE OF JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Alfred C. Fuller Music Center F Millard Auditorium - University of Hartford - 200 Bloomfield Avenue - West Hartford 860.768.4454
Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 8pm - $12 general public / $7students
JASON KAO HWANG’S BURNING BRIDGE - Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Andrew Drury (drums) and Ken Filiano (bass), Joseph Daley (tuba), Sun Li (pipa), Steve Swell (trombone) and Wang Guowei (erhu)
Bezanson Recital Hall - University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge featuring cross-cultural jazz improvisations by an octet of Chinese and Western instruments. “Violinist-composer Jason Kao Hwang has brought a vast array of sonic wonders to his latest genre-straddling work, Burning Bridge,” writes The Washington Post. “Hwang has his finger firmly on the racing pulse of the 21st century, where everything is interconnected and boundaries of time and geography seem hopelessly quaint. If there’s a war cry for music of the new millennium, it might well be: Burn the bridges – there’s no going back.” Hwang is a founding member of The Far East Side Band, an intercultural ensemble combining Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and American musical elements. He has composed the scores for numerous films and has also worked in the field of commercial music. Hwang was in the original cast of the Broadway production of M. Butterfly, performing music he co-arranged for that production; he later toured with the national productions as a music director. His chamber opera, The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown, premiered in 2001. Over his career, Hwang has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Pauline Oliveros, Butch Morris, William Parker, Fred Hopkins, Milford Graves, Billy Bang, Henry Threadgill, Reggie Workman, Leroy Jenkins and Makanda Ken McIntyre. Hwang has recorded for the Axiom, Celluloid, Columbia, Enja, FMP, New World, Victo, Asian Improv and Innova labels. “Burning Bridge is a monumental endeavor,” writes Glen Astarita, “foretelling that often unattainable synchronization within modern era avant-garde vistas where calamity, harmonious accord, and mind-altering improvisation seem to be in alignment with the heavens.” “Burning one's bridges is typically seen as a break with the past,” writes Downbeat Magazine. “The flip side of the expression, though, is the necessity of moving forward. Violinist Jason Kao Hwang stands at the crossroads of his influences - classical, jazz and traditional Chinese music - and sets the divisions between them ablaze. The resulting palette is expansive, and Hwang explores its full range.” Magic Triangle Jazz Series tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 1-800-999-UMAS. The Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series is produced by WMUA-FM and the Fine Arts Center, and funded by the UMass Arts Council. Additional support from Hotel UMass.
May, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Elmwood Community Center – 1106 New Britain Avenue - West Hartford
The first of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series kicks off indoors with room for ballroom and swing dancers. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8 pm - FREE
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FOR VOCAL QUARTET

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
Four members of the New York Virtuoso Singers, under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, will present a concert of new and recent music for voice by Wesleyan graduate students and others.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN RAYMOND QUARTET FEATURING BILLY HART
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, May 2, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $33 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
JEFREY OSBORNE, KIM WATERS, BRIAN SIMPSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts- 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - KRIS ALLEN QUARTET (JMI Alumnus)

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, May 8, 2015 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Avon Senior Center – 635 West Main Street - Avon
The second of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series will be indoors with room for ballroom and swing dancers. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
RUSS NOLAN 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).
Saturday, May 9, 2015, - 7pm - $20 / $10 students and senior citizens - all tickets must be reserved in advance (limited supply)
NORTHWEST CATHOLIC’S POPULAR JAZZ CABARET NIGHT
Northwest Catholic High School - 29 Wampanoag Drive - West Hartford
The event will feature performances by Northwest Catholic’s Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Singers, and Big Band, as well as gourmet desserts, coffee, and silent and teacup auctions. Proceeds benefit all students in the Music Department and will be used to help refurbish the school’s Steinway piano, pay for new instruments, and cover music festival fees and buses. Visit www.NorthwestCatholic.org/JazzNight to make seat reservations and for information on purchasing program ads or donating to the auctions. Contact Instrumental Music Director Daniel Luddy ’03 (dluddy@nwcath.org) with any questions. Since 1961, Northwest Catholic’s mission has been to educate the whole person: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Enrollment for the Class of ’19 is now under way. For more information, contact Andrew Selig (860-236-4221, x140 or aselig@nwcath.org).
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - SEAN CLAPIS CD RELEASE (JMI Alumnus)

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Saturday, May 14, 2015 – 2pm - FREE
JAZZ UP CLOSE – JOHNATHAN BLAKE - video

Russell Library – Hubbard Room - 123 Broad Street – Middletown
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Enes Community Center – 150 Nevers Road - South Windsor
The third of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series will be indoors with room for ballroom and swing dancers. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
TIM BERNE AND MATT MITCHELL 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, May 16, 2015 – 8pm - $45 - $65
JANE MONHEIT
Infinity Hall Norfolk – 20 Greenwoods Rd - Norfolk – 866-866-6306
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 Journalist's 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 2002's In The Sun and 2004's Taking A Chance On Love.
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 1pm – $35 / $25 Students
SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH FEATURING KARRIN ALLYSON
The Ridgefield Playhouse – 80 East Ridge Road– Ridgefield
Four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson has spent the last fifteen years carving out an impressive career as a singer, songwriter, pianist, composer and bandleader. The songs she performs are drawn from a variety of genres, including bossa nova, blues, bebop, samba, jazz and pop standards, the Great American Songbook, soft rock, and folk rock. Click here for tickets or call box office at 203-438-5795.
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - RAY MCMORRIN QUINTET (JMI Alumnus)

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 6:30pm – FREE
MIKE CASEY / COREY GARCIA SAX/DRUMS DUO

MCC on Main – Manchester
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
SPECTRAL (REMPIS, JOHNSTON, OCHS)
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, May 28, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Bloomfield Senior Center, 330 Park Avenue - Bloomfield
The fourth of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series moves outdoors. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. In the event of inclement weather the concert be held indoors. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8pm - $30 / $25 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $25 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
DOWN TO THE BONE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JEFF BRADSHAW, JOEY SOMMERVILE AND ELAN TROTMAN
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
BRIAN CHARETTE'S MIGHTY GRINDERS
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, May 30, 2015 – 6:45 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Great River Park Amphitheater, East River Drive - East Hartford
The fifth of 18 performances that make up the expanded 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series will include a special “Dancing to the Music of Old Blues.” Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing features six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. The 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras. Joining the group for this performance to sing some Sinatra favorites will be vocalist Blaise Tramazzo. There is room for swing and ballroom dancers. The Dancing Duo will conduct a free mini-dance lesson preceding the concert at 6:30 pm. There is room for dancers. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. May 31 is the rain date. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 7pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview - article
SPECTACLE II - IMPROVISATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Spectacle gathers past performers and friends of Improvisations, the monthly series curated by Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, for a festival-style evening of "Free Music." Musicians will gather to play in a variety of small ensembles over the course of the event, culminating in a collective performance by the entire group. Guest musicians to be announced. The Improvisations series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. Follow the 2014-15 season of Improvisations, browse the photo archives from past seasons and more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvisations/324014434279441
Saturday. May 30, 2015 – 7pm
ALI RYERSON-JOE CARTER DUO - Ali Ryerson – flutes; Joe Carter – guitar
226 Jazz Art Java - 226 Broad Street - Windsor, CT
June, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA QUINTET
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, June 7, 2015 – 4pm – $10
AL FENTON BIG BAND
Canoe Club – 80 Harbor Drive – Middletown
There will be a cash price for the first place dance contest winning couple.
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM - MIKE CASEY BIRTHDAY BASH

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and UMOJA Music
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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
NOAH JARRETT'S TRIAGE 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).
Friday, June 26 – Sunday, July 5, 2015
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Montreal
Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazz-centric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!
July, 2015
July 7 – 12, 2015 - $35 per day / $25 students & seniors
VISION 20 FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF 20 YEARS OF VISION
Judson Memorial Church - 55 Washington Sq. South - New York City (212) 254-5420
As we prepare for the Twentieth Anniversary of VISION, Arts for Art is thinking about what has come before that inspires us all to be our best, our most profound and in fact, our most Visionary. We stand on the shoulders of artists like John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Rashied Ali & Jayne Cortez, wondering what our role might be to carry their legacy forward. We are thinking of the German bassist, Peter Kowald who initiated and helped organize the Sound Unity Festivals in the mid 80’s. We remember all of the work of the AACM, BAG and the NY musicians such as Billy Bang, Roy Campbell and David S. Ware. How do we keep alive in the hearts and minds of a new generation, all of the idealism, integrity and sense of responsibility that lay at the heart of those creative movements? This is what we are considering as we prepare for our landmark Twentieth Anniversary: VISION 20. A few highlights: Milford Graves, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra, Henry Grimes, Joe McPhee, Dave Burrell, Joelle Leandre, Hamiet Bluiett, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell, Karl Berger, Matthew Shipp, Kidd Jordan, Douglas Ewart, Wadada Leo Smith, Ingrid Laubrock, Darius Jones, more TBA soon!
August, 2015
September, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - FREE
THE MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*M JAZZ FESTIVAL

October, 2015
November
December, 2015
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
  • MyRootDown.com (Boston and surrounding area)
  • Boston Improv Calendar
  • New England Traditional Jazz Plus (originates in Massachusetts and covers New England)
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Languages (New York City)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Pittsfield CityJazz Festival (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Collaborations Festival (New York City) - March (4 days)
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Elmwood Kabob & Bar (1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford 860-232-1500) Live jazz every Wednesday from 8pm to midnight, presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • 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.
  • Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (139 Main Street Extension, Middletown 860 347-2289) – live jazz every Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm – 11:30pm, no cover
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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