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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, 2015
Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2, 2015
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
Lineup
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7pm - FREE
FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ AT SAM'S - ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY, PIANO & SPECIAL GUESTS

Sam's Gyro - 7 South Main Street - West Hartford
Last set - Open Mic - Bring your instruments! Vocalists welcome! Great food & drink! For more information: 860-233-6300 or AlexNakhimovsky.com
August, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 6pm
PB & J WITH SPECIAL GUEST PEARL CODY (vocals)
Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd – Mystic 860-536-2661
Peter Davis-piano; Bob Card-Sax; James Hunter-Bass; Charles Wyant-guest reed man

Monday, August 3, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

NOAH BAERMAN RESONANCE ENSEMBLE
Opening Group: HANEEF NELSON

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Monday, August 3, 2015 – 7:30pm – 10:30pm
JAM SESSION HOSTED BY DON DEPALMA FEATURING LINDA RANSOM, MATT DWONSZYK, ALVIN CARTER, JR. AND GUESTS
Hot Tomatoes - 1 Union Place - Hartford
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 6pm - FREE
2015 NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL KICK OFF PARTY - CELEBRATING WOMEN IN JAZZ
On the patio at 116 Crown - 116 Crown St - New Haven By RSVP only! Respond to: info@jazzhaven.org
Honoring Barbara Lamb, recipient of the 2015 Unsung Heroes Award from Jazz Haven. Barbara served as the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven for 14 years, responsible for producing the New Haven Jazz Festival from 2001 until 2006. The 2015 New Haven Jazz Festival is being dedicated to the memory of the late Martha Meng. Martha was a board member of Jazz Haven from 2009 until her untimely passing in 2012. Martha spent her entire professional career with the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP, where she specialized in healthcare law. Murtha Cullina is one of the sponsors of the 2015 Jazz Festival. Pianist, vocalist and composer Isabella Mendes, who will open the 2015 New Haven Jazz Festival on August 22nd, will be joined by bassist Jeff Fuller, the recipient of the 2014 Unsung Heroes Award, in providing the musical portion of our kick-off event. For more info: JazzHaven.org

Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2015
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Goshen Fairgrounds – Goshen
Line-up
Saturday, August 8, 2015 – 11am - FREE
THE SPRINGFIELD JAZZ & ROOTS FESTIVAL

Springfield's Court Square – Springfield, MA
Schedule
Saturday, August 8, 2015 – 2pm
JEFF HOLMES QUARTET
Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival - Springfield Court Square - www.springfieldjazzfest.com
Originals and arrangements by Jeff Holmes, piano, w/Steve Johns, drums James Cammack, bass and Jonathan Ball, reeds with special guest appearance by Dawning Holmes,vocals
Sunday, August 9, 2015 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Riverfront Park – Welles Street - Glastonbury
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
resumes in Glastonbury. 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 a blanket are
suggested. August 16 is the rain date. For more information see
www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Monday, August 10, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

MIMI JONES
Opening Group: NATALIE HERNANDEZ

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Monday, August 10, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Unionville Gazebo - Alice Clover Pinney Park - School Street - Farmington
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
continues in the Unionville section of Farmington. 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 a blanket are suggested. The rain site is the Farmington
Senior Center. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or
call (860) 989-9217.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 7:30pm - $18 in advance / $20 at the door
THE CHARLES NEVILLE & KHALIF NEVILLE JAZZ DUO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers will be bringing his signature sounds of BeBop, New Orleans Jazz and much more to The Buttonwood Tree. Even more of a treat though, is that his son, Khalif Neville, who learned from one of the greatest and has begun to make a name for himself, will be accompanying Charles on the piano. With fast paced Charlie Parker standards, slow Erroll Garner ballads and of course some original flavor added into the mix, this will not be a show to miss. Learn more about Charles Neville and the Neville Brothers at his website. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 4pm – FREE
NICKi MATHIS w/Family Day Foundation House Band: Alvin Benjamin Carter, Warren Byrd, Lional Crawford, Saskia Laroo, Doug Long

Keney Park – Hartford 860.333-8711
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - Festival in the tent at 5:30pm | Concert at 6:30pm - $35
FESTIVAL CUBANO FEATURING CHUCHITO VALDES QUARTET
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
Join us under the tent on the field next to the Playhouse with Live Cuban Jazz by Chuchito Valdes and his Latin Quartet; following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdes and Grandfather Bebo Valdes, Cuchito continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. There will be Cuban food vendors, Cuban dance, specialty rum cocktails, cigars and more- Dancing is strongly encouraged! Click here to purchase tickets, or call box office at 203-438-5795
Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 2pm (concert at 6pm) - $125 / $225
JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD – CASSANDRA WILSON
Martha’s Vineyard Museum – Vineyard Haven Property
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Darius Miller Band Shell - Walnut Hill Park - New Britain
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
continues in New Britain. 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 a blanket are suggested. For more information see
www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Veterans Park - Main Street - Ansonia
Under the direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing returns to the Ansonia
Cultural Commission’s summer concert series for the second straight
year. 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 are suggested. For more information see
www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217. August 20 is the rain
date.
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 6pm - FREE
NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL — CELEBRATING WOMEN IN JAZZ

New Haven Green
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 6:45 pm - FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Great River Park Amphitheater - East River Drive – East Hartford
As part of the 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series, Simply
Swing returns to the Great River Amphitheater for the second of three,
themed-based programs this summer. This performance will feature a
variety of music for “Ballroom Dancing by the River.” Under the
musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes 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 including a variety of foxtrots, rhumbas, cha-chas, swing and even
a waltz and a little salsa, all aimed at filling the scenic riverfront
patio with dancers. The group will be joined by “The Dancing Duo”
who will be featured on several numbers and conduct a mini lesson at
6:30 pm and during the intermission.
Lawn chairs or a blanket are suggested. August 23 is the rain date. For
more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 8pm - $10
SARATOGA SOUL CENTENNIAL – PHOTO EXHIBIT AND JAZZ PERFORMANCE
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
As part of the Saratoga Springs, New York Centennial Celebration (1915-2015), this unique and fascinating historical photographic collection will be on view to the public this August 22, 2015 at the Middletown, Connecticut Buttonwood Performing Arts Center. The Daggs Family is of African-American, Native American and Dutch ancestry. Residents of the ‘Spa City’ since the Nineteenth Century, the family has principally occupied the historic ‘Bryantville’/’Gaslands’ neighborhood presently known as South Side. In keeping with the Centennial theme, this special collection of one hundred photographs spans a hundred years and includes primarily black and white photos with some color prints. The Buttonwood Performing Arts Center will offer a partial exhibit of 20-25 photographs. The late Mr. and Mrs. Emory Senior and Maud (Wicks) Daggs raised their eight children on Doten Avenue which was their neighborhood and a vibrant agricultural center. The owners of Daggs Refuse, the family business was a pre-cursor to present day waste removal services. Relatives and extended family also resided in homes to the south and west. The Daggs family farmed, raised pigs, chickens and kept milking cows. Emory was also a Hackman and maintained a horse drawn taxi. Their gardens and animals provided year round sustenance and quality produce to the greater community and racetrack kitchens during the summer racing season. The Daggs children attended Saratoga public schools, served the community, pursued various careers and served honorably in the United States military. The photographic exhibit will be a visual accompaniment to the concert. Open to view during the Buttonwood Performing Arts Center concert with Jazzage: the artful application of musical Jazz sounds to the auditory apparatus and soul via vocal and instrumental flow! Jazzage is a dynamic trio offering a refreshing blend of tastefully arranged Jazz standards and original selections written by Carol Daggs on piano & voice. The performance features James Daggs on double bass and Billy Arnold on drum set. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday - August 22, 2015 - 8pm (Pre-concert cocktails on the patio - 7:30pm – BYOB) - $20 / $12 students, seniors
AUGUST MOON featuring THE ALCHEMISTS - RJ Avallone, trumpet; Preston Parish, guitar; Timothy Alexandre Wallace, piano
Studio 59 - 59 Barber Street - Downtown Torrington
Tickets are available at the door or by calling (860) 482-6801. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own wine or spirits. For more information about the upcoming fall season, visit www.studio59ct.com.
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, August 27 – 30, 2015
HUDSON VALLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Various venues in Hudson Valley, NY

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 7:30pm - Gold Circle Meet and Greet $90 | Orchestra $65 | Mezzanine and Balcony $55
*All tickets for the performance include a ticket to the charity softball game at 1pm! *
BERNIE WILLIAMS & FRIENDS – CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME AND PERFORMANCE
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Road - 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! Click here to purchase tickets, or call box office at 203-438-5795
Monday, August 31, 2015 7:30pm - FREE
JEFF HOLMES BIG BAND W/DAWNING HOLMES, VOCALS

The One Bar & Grill - 1 Pearl Street - Northampton MA 413-341-3200
Jazz, Blues, Soul and More! www.onebarandgrill.com
Monday, August 31, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

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. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
September, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - FREE
THE MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N JAZZ FESTIVAL

Friday, September 11, 2015 – 8:30pm - $28
GLENN ZALESKI TRIO "MY IDEAL" CD RELEASE TOUR - Glenn Zaleski, piano; Dezron Douglas, bass; Craig Weinrib, drums
The Side Door - 85 Lyme St. - Old Lyme (860) 434-0886
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE - Printable Flyer
JIMMY GREENE QUARTET | ED FAST & CONGA BOP

Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 1pm brunch, 2pm show - $35 / $25 students
SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: REIMAGINING BENNY GOODMAN FEATURING ORAN ETKIN
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
As 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of Benny Goodman's famous Palomar concert that started the “Swing Era,” Oran Etkin brings together Steve Nelson, Matt Wilson, and Sullivan Fortner for a creative homage to the groundbreaking quartet of Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa of the 1930s. Praised as a great clarinetist and all-around improviser by the New York Times, Israeli-American clarinetist Oran Etkin felt a deep connection with Benny Goodman, whose groundbreaking work in redefining the role of the clarinet and challenging the status quo inspired a generation of musicians. Click here to purchase tickets, or call box office at 203-438-5795
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 7:30pm - $34 - $54
LIZZ WRIGHT
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Vocalist Lizz Wright delivers a sultry R&B performance that's divinely layered in gospel and jazz, and keenly similar to the work of Oleta Adams and Jill Scott. Wright was born in 1980 in the Georgia town of Hahira, and her musical tastes blossomed early on. Her father served as the pianist and musical director at the local church, and he encouraged his daughter to absorb the soulful dispositions of classic hymns. Eventually, blues and jazz were added to Wright's musical plate, and by high school she was earning awards in countless choir competitions. Wright was coming into her warm, smooth singing voice, so her decision to attend Georgia State in Atlanta to study voice at a professional level wasn't surprising. Atlanta became her home and her voice became her solace. In 2000, Wright joined the vocal quartet In the Spirit. The group was quickly hailed as the best jazz group in the city, motivating Wright to hone her craft all the more. Two years later, Verve inked Wright a deal. Her impressive singing style was captured on her debut, Salt, the following spring. Dreaming Wide Awake followed in June 2005. After making a guest appearance on the Toots Thielemans album One More for the Road in 2006, Wright released her third album, The Orchard, in 2008. In 2010, Wright returned with Fellowship, featuring guest performances from bassist Me'Shell Ndegéocello and vocalist Angélique Kidjo.
Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, September 20, 2015
GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL
Guelph – Ontario
Schedule
The Guelph Jazz Festival is a singular organization earning critical international acclaim for presenting innovative jazz and creative improvised music in a community setting. The GJF features a main stage concert series showcasing Canadian and international artists, free outdoor concerts as part of Jazz at Market Square in the heart of downtown Guelph, and an acclaimed educational colloquium.
Saturday, September 19 – 6:45 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Great River Park Amphitheater - East River Drive – East Hartford
As part of the 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series, Simply Swing returns to the Great River Amphitheater its third themed-based program this summer. This performance will feature up tempo favorites for “Swing Dance Night by the River.” Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. In addition to selections from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras, the group will perform original selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD. The group will be joined by “The Dancing Duo” who will be featured on several numbers and conduct a mini lesson at 6:30 pm and during the intermission. Lawn chairs or a blanket are suggested. September 20 is the rain date.
For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860)
989-9217.
Monday, September 21 – 6:30-8 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

The Calendar House - 388 Pleasant Street - Southington
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
concludes indoors in Southington with the last of 18 performances
throughout the region. Under the musical direction of Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six
swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. In
addition to selections from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras, the group
will perform original selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing”
CD. This indoor venue has plenty of room for dancers. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860)
989-9217.
Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27, 2015
WHITE PLAINS JAZZ FEST
Various venues in Downtown White Plains, NY
Saturday, September 26, 2015 – 8pm - $40 all seats (Reserved Seating); Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15
THE HOT SARDINES
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride piano virtuoso, toss in a tap dancer, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys front woman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines – a band that plays the hot trad jazz and sultry standards of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s with a Parisian accent and a dash of the rich Dixieland sounds of New Orleans. Fans of Pink Martini and the Squirrel Nut Zippers: you’re gonna love the Hot Sardines! Join us for a pre-concert “Speak-Easy” party in the lobby with cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Dress to impress for the period and win a prize.
October, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $54
LEE RITENOUR
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Grammy-winning Guitarist, and Phenom of Fretwork Lee Ritenour has recorded with EVERYBODY!! The founding member of Fourplay, laid some of his first studio guitar tracks with The Mama’s & The Papa’s at the tender age of 16!! Since then, he was worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Dizzy Gillespie, to Phil Collins and Pink Floyd.
Thursday, October 1, 2015 – 8pm – $10 / $5 students
A DIFFERENT PLANET: WILLIAM PARKER WITH DAVID BUDBILL
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
It is hard to overestimate the impact bassist and band leader William Parker has had on creative music over the last four decades. Parker is featured on over 150 recordings under his own name and with Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware and Peter Brötzmann. A performance poet, David Budbill is the author of seven books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, a libretto, and dozens of essays, speeches and book reviews.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 12:30pm - FREE
AL FENTON BIG BAND

Garlic Festival – Bethlehem
The AFBB is an 18 piece jazz band performing blues, swing and jazz. Corinne Thurston will be our guest vocalist for the event. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and your appetite!
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7pm & 9:30pm (2 shows) - @ $32.50 in advance/ $55 at the door
THE BAD PLUS JOSHUA REDMAN
Iron Horse Music Hall - 20 Center Street - Northampton, MA 413-586-8686
As though it was always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds their fated fourth member in longtime friend and collaborator, saxophonist Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and David King — pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes the supergroup best: “It’s as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It’s like that.” Now touring as a four-part collective, "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman" have released an album of original compositions written by — and specifically for — this ensemble. As The Boston Globe says, “The new album seems to seal this collaboration as a creative unit on its own terms, not merely a band showcasing a featured soloist.”
Thursday, October 29, 2015 – 8pm – $10 / $5 students
QUASAR: DOUGLAS EWART, MATTHEW SHIPP, NI'JA WHITSON
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Douglas Ewart has had a remarkable 40-year career as a composer, improviser, poet, wind player and maker of masks and instruments. Matthew Shipp is one of the most celebrated and influential pianists of the last 25 years. Ni’Ja Whitson is a choreographer and dancer who has worked with Dianne McIntyre, Sharon Bridgforth and Guillermo Gomez Peña.
Friday, October 30, 2015 – 8p - $50, $45, $20 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10
DIANNE REEVES │BEAUTIFUL LIFE
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
The lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation and skilled lyric interpretations of Dianne Reeves make her a powerhouse of jazz, and she has four GRAMMY® awards to prove it. Enjoy an evening of jazz as the legendary singer and her all-star quintet perform a rich program ranging from jazz to soul, featuring Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye classics, as well as sumptuously beautiful jazz ballads. Reeves’ “intimate sense of a song has long made her one of the most compelling vocalists in jazz” – Seattle Times
November
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm - $15 in Advance / $18 at the Door
JOE FONDA PRESENTS: TENTH ANNUAL CONNECTICUT COMPOSERS FESTIVAL
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Allan Chase and Dominique Eade Duo Performance – 7:30 PM
Allan Chase – Sax
Allan Chase
has had a long and full career. He earned his B.M. in music theory and composition from Arizona State University and his M.A. in ethnomusicology from Tufts University. He has also pursued graduate studies at New England Conservatory. Allan has performed with countless bands in genres reaching from Rock to Jazz and has been featured as a soloist on numerous recordings (including 35 for Jazz alone). He’s been a soloist on feature film scores for Faithful, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Music of Chance, and other recordings for film and television. In addition to his music career, he is an accomplished teacher. He has served as faculty at Tufts University and as chair of of Jazz Studies, chair of Contemporary Improvisation, and Dean of Faculty at New England Conservatory. He currently chairs the Ear Training department at the Berklee College of Music.

Dominique Eade – Vocals
Dominique Eade
picked up guitar as a young teenager, learning folk, pop and jazz songs and writing some of her own. She played her first gigs in the coffee houses of Stuttgart while in high school there. Later, as an English major at Vassar, Eade sang for a time with the jazz group, Naima. Eade transferred briefly to Berklee College of Music, and then finished her degree at New England Conservatory. Eade stayed in Boston after graduating and soon after began teaching at NEC. She was an active performer on the vibrant Boston jazz scene in the 80’s, forming groups with Boston-based artists including Mick Goodrick, Donald Brown and Bill Pierce. She also traveled in the United States and Europe as a clinician and performer. In addition to her own groups, Eade also performed contemporary classical music and was a featured soloist with Boston Musica Viva, Composers in Red Sneakers, NuClassix and jazz big bands Orange Then Blue and the Either/Orchestra. In 1987 she became the first jazz artist to be accepted into the NEC Artist Diploma program, where she studied for two years with Dave Holland and Stanley Cowell. In 1990, Eade moved to New York City and released her first CD, The Ruby and the Pearl, featuring Alan Dawson and Stanley Cowell, for Accurate Records. During this time she maintained her teaching position at NEC, and performed in a variety of contexts including soloist roles, duo performances, and an adventurous trio with Ben Street and Kenny Wollesen performing weekly in the East Village. She recorded her second CD, My Resistance is Low (Accurate), featuring fellow Brooklyn resident and frequent collaborator Bruce Barth, George Mraz, and Lewis Nash. Just prior to returning to Boston in 1996 to begin a family, Eade was contacted by RCA’s Steve Backer and signed with the label later that year, recording two critically acclaimed CDs for RCA Victor. Though in the midst of raising two small children, Eade toured in the United States and Europe to support the two recordings. For the next couple of years, she mostly kept her efforts closer to home, focusing on composing and local Boston performances. In 2001, at the request of Columbia Records, Eade recorded a demo of her newer songs. Later, Eade began to record more original material with pianist Jed Wilson whom she met while he was a student at NEC. Eade and Wilson released a CD of duets, Open, in the fall of 2006. Eade also began to reemerge in New York, first with Ran Blake, then in duos and quartets with Jed Wilson, Ben Street, Matt Wilson, and in duo with guitarist Brad Shepik, all receiving critical recognition. Eade currently lives near Boston with her husband, saxophonist Allan Chase, and their two sons. She has been on the faculty of New England Conservatory since 1984 and also teaches privately in New York.

Satoko Fujii and Joe Fonda Duo Performance – 8:30 PM
Satoko Fujii – Piano

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. A truly global artist, she splits her time between New York and Japan and tours internationally leading several ensembles. Just as her career spans international borders, her music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical music, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognizable as hers alone. Her wide-ranging compositions can incorporate the simple melodies of folk song, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the rhythmic power of rock, and the extended forms of symphonic composers. Although Fujii’s compositions are full of sudden shifts in direction and mood, the extremes are always part of a greater conceptual whole. As an improviser, Fujii is equally wide-ranging and virtuosic. In her solos, explosive free jazz energy mingles with delicate melodicism and a broad palette of timbre and textures. She has showcased her astonishing range and ability on over 50 CDs as leader or co-leader since 1996. With each new recording or new band, she explores new aspects of her art. “Fujii is clearly one of the most exciting musicians to come along in a while.” – Robert Iannapollo, Cadence “Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising…Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz.” – Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Joe Fonda – Bass
Joe Fonda
is an accomplished international Jazz artist, bassist and composer who has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul, Billy Bang. “There is more to creative mastership than the surface of satisfaction and political certainty. The music of Joe Fonda is part of a living tradition of belief and dedication. Future historians will be surprised at the breadth of Mr. Fonda’s offerings. This is a real virtuoso and composer of the highest order.” – Anthony Braxton, 1996

Jimmy Greene Solo Performance – 9:30 PM
Jimmy Greene

A native of Hartford, CT, Jimmy Greene is considered one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since his graduation from the Hartt School of Music in 1997. His previous solo releases have been met with much critical acclaim. In fact, Tony Hall of Jazzwise Magazine (UK) calls Greene “ . . .without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years.” The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide. In one such appearance, Jim Macnie of the Village Voice said,”[Greene] is good for a couple of body chills every time you see him. He’s got a big barrelhouse sound, and a way of negotiating changes that make academic moves seem natural.” Greene is Assistant Professor of Music and Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Previously, he has served as Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the University of Manitoba, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Purchase College (State University of New York), as Lecturer at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School (University of Hartford) and as an Instructor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Greene has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel and Russia. As a composer, Greene was awarded the prestigious 2005 ASCAP / IAJE Commission in honor of Ornette Coleman, the 2013 State of Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award in Music the City of Hartford’s Innovator Award in Music. Greene was named a 2004 Winner of Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation grant for jazz composition, awarded a 2005 Artist Fellowship in Music Composition by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and awarded a 2009 Individual Artist Grant by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Forty of Greene’s original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on the RCA Victor, SmallsLive, Criss Cross, NuJazz and RazDaz / Sunnyside labels. In addition, Greene’s performance of his composition “Mr. McLean” was aired throughout the US and Canada on ABC-TV during a NASCAR pre-race broadcast in September 2007.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 8:15pm - $10 / $5 students
ANGELICA SANCHEZ│OMAR TAMEZ DUO
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
“Angelica Sanchez is subtle,” writes David Adler, “tossing out gnarled chords, open almost elliptical phrasing, simple folk music-like melodies, and taut mid-speed solos.” For this duo, the acclaimed pianist is joined by Mexican guitarist Omar Tamez, who has performed in 144 countries with Wadada Leo Smith, Karl Berger and John Lindberg, among others.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 7:30pm - $25, $15 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
THE AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUARTET
UMass Bowker Auditorium - Stockbridge Hall - 80 Campus Center Way - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) cut his jazz teeth playing professionally while still in high school. Inspired by legendary saxophonists Joe Henderson and Steve Coleman, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his first album in 2007. Called “a thrilling trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing” (The New Yorker), Akinmusire has moved to the front ranks of progressive jazzmen, leading his quartet and contributing his burnished tone to projects with the OSSO String Quartet and vocalists Becca Stevens and Theo Bleckmann.
December, 2015
January, 2016
February, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:30pm - $40, $35, $20 / Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
MIGUEL ZENON'S IDENTITIES ARE CHANGEABLE BIG BAND
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA 413-545-2511
Saxophonist Miguel Zenón offers his most ambitious project yet with a song cycle for his quartet augmented by a 12-piece big band. The evening-length work explores the experience of Puerto Ricans who have moved to the mainland, particularly New York City. Zenón is the most celebrated altoist of his generation, a multi-Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow who has extended jazz’s conceptual reach with a series of albums exploring the music of Puerto Rico, where he was born.
March, 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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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