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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
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!
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Coe Park - 101 Litchfield Street - Torrington
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. In the event of inclement
weather, the performance will be held indoors. For more information see
www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, July 10, 2015 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Bicentennial Band Shell - Manchester Community College – Manchester
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
continues in Manchester. 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. The group will be joined by
“The Dancing Duo” who will conduct a mini lesson during the
intermission and be featured on several numbers.
Lawn chairs or a blanket are suggested. In the event of inclement
weather, the performance will be held SBM Auditorium on campus. For more
information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 7pm - FREE
FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ AT SAM'S - ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY, PIANO & VOCALIST, JUNE BISANTZ

Sam's Gyro - 7 South Main Street - West Hartford
Last set - Open Mic - Bring your instruments! Vocalists welcome! Great food & drink, no cover. For more information:
860-233-6300 or AlexNakhimovsky.com
Saturday, July 11, 2015 – 7:30pm
MIXASHAWN = TRIODATA w/BILL ARNOLD & MATT DWONSZYK
Bregamos Community Theater - 491 Blatchley Ave - New Haven
100 years of soulatude, 100 years of jazz from Rag time to no time, be bop to hip hop, crow hop to lindy hop = free bop. L. Mixashawn Rozie leds a trio with Bill Arnold and Matt Dwyanzic stylistically through a century of Jazz with original saxophonics, flute, vocals and spoken word, percussion and bass. Infinite sounds for the heart and mind....B.Y.O.B.!
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8pm - $38
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
The Glenn Miller Orchestra is one of – if not THE -- most popular and sought after big bands in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. Hear all the hits “In The Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” Moonlight Serenate,” “Tuxedo Junction” and more when they take the stage again at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Click here to purchase tickets, or call box office at 203-438-5759
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8 pm - $10
SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI – UNPLUGGED TRIO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Jazz, Mediterranean and World Music, with a touch of classical and African influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old folk traditions. Sissy Castrogiovanni comes to The Buttonwood with her Unplugged Trio!

Sissy Castrogiovanni – voice, compositions
Jussi Reijonen – classic guitar, oud
Jorge Perez-Albela – drums, percussion


With her powerful and warm voice, Sissy Castrogiovanni has a unique and soulful sound. Jazz harmonies, Mediterranean and Sicilian roots, African rhythms and a touch of classical music, all combined together to support beautiful original melodies in Sicilian dialect. Pure fire on stage. Sissy’s stunning energy comes as much from her home as it does her unique spirit. Born in Sicily (Italy) into a musical family, Sissy is firmly planted between the Mediterranean Sea and Volcano Etna in an island with a long history of foreign domination, from the Greeks to the Romans, from the Arabs to the Spanish, from the African to the Normans. The result is a mixed culture where every single domination left something to see, to taste, to hear… And all of this shines trough Sissy’s latest record, Intra Lu Munnu. It means “Inside the World”. It’s a collection of 10 original Sissy’s compositions entirely sung in Sicilian dialect, with musicians coming from every part of the world and a special collaboration with the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir. Sissy’s creativity starts flowing at the age of five. She started early on to delve into a wide variety of musical styles, from jazz to blues, to soul and funk, being at the same time exposed to Sicilian traditional folk music. Grown as a self-taught musician, in 2009 Sissy becomes Berklee College of Music scholarship recipient and she specializes in Jazz Composition and Mediterranean Studies. In 2011 she’s awarded as full scholarship and invited as performing artist at the Mediterranean Music Institute (Valencia, Spain). While living in Spain she lines out the first sketches of her compositions. Among others, Sissy had the opportunity to collaborate with several world renowned artists such as jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, John Coltrane etc.) – 10 times Grammy Award winning, Bobby McFerrin – producer/composer Patrice Rushen – 7 times Latin Grammy Award winning, Javier Limon. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 1pm - FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND SYLVIA MIMS

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge - 139 Main St. Ex. - Middletown - 860 347 2289
Straight from an engagement at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Sylvia Mims joins jazz pianist John Brighenti for an afternoon of jazz and standards. Originally from Los Angeles, Sylvia was extremely active in southern California, being the featured vocalist of the Swing Jazz City Orchestra, and performing at prominent Jazz hot spots. Notable accompanying musicians include Tamir Hendelman, Karen Hammack, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Putter Smith, Earl Palmer, Bobby Rodriguez, Kendall Kay, Jamie Findlay, Dave Koonse, and Gene Bertoncini. In the Tri-State area, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, as a winner in the Golden Voices of America competition, and numerous venues in CT and NY. Sylvia's warm, breathtaking vocals are a conduit to a uniquely appealing and engaging live experience. She is equally compelling singing jazz legend Horace Silver's Nica's Dream as she is performing Your Daddy's Son from the musical Ragtime. Each of her performances has a full range of emotional shades that captivate and enthrall listeners, and her adeptness at singing diverse styles appeals to a broad audience; indeed, to anyone who loves music and wants to be moved. 1-4pm
Monday, July 13, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

RONNIE BURRAGE AND BAND BURRAGE
Opening Group: SAMANTHA GILBERT

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
- RISING STAR SERIES: KARIM ROME QUINTET
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, July 14, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Norton Park, - outh Washington Street - Plainville
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
continues in Plainville. 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.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – 6:30 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Pierson Park - West Street - Plainville
The 2015 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing
continues in Cromwell. 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. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be
held indoors. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com or call
(860) 989-9217.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8pm - 27 general public / $25 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni / $10 students
REGINA CARTER QUARTET
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
The foremost jazz violinist of her generation, Regina Carter returns to Wesleyan with the United States debut of her Quartet featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Chris Lightcap, and drummer Alvester Garnett. This group previously performed in October 2014 at the Festival Stradivari at the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Ms. Carter was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006, and released the album Southern Comfort (2014) on Sony Music Masterworks, exploring the folk music of the South. At Wesleyan, Ms. Carter will interpret her own roots—including Cajun fiddle music, early gospel, and work songs (her grandfather was an Alabama coal miner)—through a modern lens, in addition to repertoire spanning her entire career.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8 pm - $19 Orchestra level - Up Close and Personal / $34 Mezzanine "Birdseye View" (Full Bistro Menu available)
GREATER HARTFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL KICKOFF CONCERT
Infinity Hall Harford – 32 Front St – Hartford 866-666-6306
Come meet Tony Succar and experience a sample of the "Unity Tribute" to Michael Jackson and salsa dancing. You can even get a lesson if you need one! www.InfinityHall.com
Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, 2015 - FREE
THE GREATER HARTFORD FESTIVAL OF JAZZ

Bushnell Park – Hartford
Schedule
Friday, July 17, 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, no cover. For more information:
860-233-6300 or AlexNakhimovsky.com
Sunday, July 18, 2015 - 11am – 2pm - $19 per person (taxes, gratuity & drinks are not included)
GREATER HARTFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL BRUNCH FEATURING KIM SCOTT
Infinity Hall Harford – 32 Front St – Hartford 866-666-6306
Enjoy brunch at Infinity Bistro Hartford and then head to the Music Hall to listen to the sounds of one of the most sought after flutists in both the classical and jazz fields. www.InfinityHall.com
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 6pm - FREE
PIONEER VALLEY JAZZ SHARES ANNUAL GATHERING

214 Main St. – Easthampton, MA
Jazz Shares is a grassroots, all-volunteer presenting organization that produces ten concerts a year in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties in western Massachusetts. Based on the farm share model, where people invest in local agriculture by paying farmers up front for food, we sell jazz shares, giving us the necessary capital to fund these ten events. Between now and our first concert (Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble on September 24, 2015), we are selling 100 shares in our small, DIY experiment in cultural production. A full share costs $125 and entitles you to ten admissions to the ten shows. A half share is $63 and gives you five admissions. This past season we had 90 shareholders and 13 business sponsors. Shares and more information are available at www.jazzshares.org. A short video about Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/JazzShares Our annual Jazz Shares gathering will feature food and drink, a recap of Season Three, a look ahead to Season Four, and live music by saxophonist Jason Robinson. This event is free and open to anyone interested in Jazz Shares. In addition to ElSaffar’s sextet, Season Four will include Tony Malaby’s TubaCello, Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (featuring Craig Taborn), Allison Miller’s expanded BOOM TIC BOOM (featuring Myra Melford), Michael Dessen’s Trio and much more.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 8 pm - $10
LA HOT JAZZ
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
La Hot Jazz plays throughout New England with sophistication and style. These seasoned musicians will add a unique flavor and charisma to any social or jazz event. The band performs the Great American Songbook adding style and sophistication to every performance. La Hot Jazz consists of voice, double bass, saxophone/flute, drums and piano. Vocalist Kathy Bonaccorsi is a Hartford born native. She spent 36 years in the San Francisco Bay area honing on her craft singing, writing originals, and recording with artists such as Dan Daniels; Ron White; Helen Stevens of the Light House Singers. Kathy excels with every performance singing the standards. On double and electric bass you will hear Dave Hosking, who has performed professionally since the age of 19. Dave studied under Rick Rossi, Principal Bass of the Hartford Symphony and Dr. Bruce Bellingham, Professor Emeritus of Music History at UCONN. Saxophonist and flautist Ralph Martin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. As music director of La Hot Jazz he ensures that the musical experience the band cooks up is both fresh and authentic. Drummer and band leader Louie Delorso studied with the great Jim Handley, and has honed his craft over decades to develop an outstanding level of musicianship on the skins. Pianist Darryl Patterson, originally from Buffalo, NY has earned his BA in music from S.U.N.Y. in Buffalo where he studied piano and music composition. Throughout his career Darryl has played with numerous Jazz bands. He composes and has written several original jazz compositions. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, July 20, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

STEVEN KROON LATIN JAZZ SEXTET
Opening Group: TROMBEATZ

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Monday, July 20, 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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Friday, July 24, 2015 – 7pm
MIXASHAWN AND BILL ARNOLD
Middlesex Community College - 100 Training Hill Road - Middletown
Friday, July 24, 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, no cover. For more information:
860-233-6300 or AlexNakhimovsky.com
Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 6:30pm - $27.50 cover / $15 minimum
PETER AND WILL ANDERSON TRIO
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane – Ridgefield Reservations: 203-438-8282
Monday, July 27, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE
Opening Group: RICKY ALFONSO

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Monday, July 27, 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.bJam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 7 pm - FREE
SIMPLY SWING

Town Green - Prospect
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. In the event of inclement
weather, the performance will be held indoors. For more information see
www.simplyswingmusic.com or call (860) 989-9217.
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, no cover. For more information:
860-233-6300 or AlexNakhimovsky.com
August, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015 – 6 pm - FREE
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ IN BUSHNELL PARK

TBA
Opening Group: HANEEF NELSON

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Bushnell Park Pavilion – Hartford
Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2015
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Goshen Fairgrounds – Goshen
Line-up
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
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.
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.
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.
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 HAME 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
September, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - FREE
THE MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N JAZZ FESTIVAL

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
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.
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.
  • 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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