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The HJS Jazz Calendar lists live jazz events taking place in Connecticut, primarily the Greater Hartford area, as well as central Massachusetts, and jazz festivals in nearby states. Time constraints do not allow individual listing of weekly club events, unless submitted in the calendar format, and the choice of shows listed here is not meant to be all-inclusive. Changes and mistakes can happen, so please use the contacts to verify information before venturing out to a show. HJS encourages jazz enthusiasts everywhere to Support Live Jazz. Send new listings, corrections and comments about this calendar to JazzInCT@yahoo.com. When submitting listings for the calendar, please submit them using the format below, and include relevant links. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.
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November, 2014
Friday & Saturday, November 21 & 22. 2014 - 7:30pm - $38.50
NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme CT 06371 - 860-434-0886
Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the great artists of our time. He will be joined by Vincente Archer on bass and Joe Dyson on drums. Significant collaborations include: Trey Anastasio, Ray Brown, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois, Dr. John, Stanley Jordan, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Saturday, November 21, 2014 – 8 pm - $10
MEDUSA - JOCELYN PLEASANT QUARTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Jocelyn’s jazz drumming draws inspiration from a range of styles, from Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. Talented collaborators on bass, guitar, and percussion will join her to present jazz that is both creative and expressive. Jocelyn Pleasant is a percussionist and educator from Bloomfield. She received her first formal training from the Hartt School Community Division in classical percussion at age 10. In addition, she studied African percussion and jazz drum set at the Artists Collective, Jackie and Dollie McLean’s community arts center in Hartford. She continued her music studies at the George Washington University in Washington DC, as a Presidential Arts Scholar and American Studies major. Jocelyn now resides in Middletown, CT and teaches and performs in a variety of genres and settings. She is currently on staff at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, the Artists Collective, and Green Street Arts Center. She has performed with on drum set and percussion with such artists as Jay Hoggard, Steve Davis, Warren Byrd, Phil Bowler, Kim Clarke, Paul Brown, Nat Reeves, Shawnn Monteiro, Sumi Tonooka, Sankofa Kuumba (Hartford, CT). As a member of the North End Artist Cooperative, she runs a free weekly African percussion class, focusing on djembe and dundun rhythms of West Africa. Performers include Jocelyn Pleasant, Matt Dwonszyk on bass, Orice Jenkins on piano, and Corey Hutchins tap dancing. Check them out here: http://youtu.be/vYs11frmTWA
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
ANDREA PARKINS DUO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 2 pm - FREE
MATT DWONSZYK TRIO - Mike Tracy-Alto Sax; Matt Dwonszyk-Bass; Mike Camacho-Drums
Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7pm - $20
DON DEPALMA, pianist
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
"Pianist Don DePalma has been a vital presence on the Hartford jazz scene for decades, having played with a veritable who's who of visiting jazz stars as leader of the legendary 880 Club's house band." -Hartford Jazz Society
Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 7:30pm - $40 orchestra / $30 balcony
JAZZ NIGHTOUT - VINCE ECTOR AND HIS “ORGANATOMY” BAND
Opening Group: Earl MacDonald and the Creative Opportunity Workshop

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - 300 Main Street - Old Saybrook
“Ector is an ingenious musician…whose work crackles with energy and resourcefulness.” Vince Ector, one of the most in-demand percussionists in the New York area has performed with jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, James Moody, Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath. He currently performs with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Nat Adderley Jr., Ben E. King, and is the Instructor of Jazz Percussion at Princeton University. Jazz NightOut, held at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, is an evening of impressive jazz performances, food and wine. Ector brings with him Kyle Koehler on organ, Bruce Williams on saxophone, and Matt Chertkoff on guitar. The band will perform a variety of jazz classics including Dizzy Gillespie’s Con Alma, Duke Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood, Don Patterson’s Aries, Joe Henderson’s Jinrikisha as well as original works by Ector. In addition to being a leader and sideman, Ector has released several albums including Organatomy, Renewal of Spirit and Rhythm Master. The concert kicks off at 7:30pm with Connecticut jazz pianist and composer Earl MacDonald and his group Creative Opportunity Workshop. McDonald, whose work “Wanton Spirit” was the title track for Kenny Barron’s 1994 Grammy-nominated CD, is the Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut. Barron has called MacDonald, "an extremely talented pianist and composer with a firm grasp of the jazz tradition who is constantly searching for new ways to express himself." Recently, MacDonald’s compositions for a 17-piece jazz orchestra have been performed by the Airmen of Note, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, and numerous university jazz ensembles. For his work as Musical Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Hartford Jazz Society’s “New Directions Ensemble,” MacDonald was voted the distinction of “Best Jazz Group in Hartford” in a Hartford Advocate poll. His album releases include Visions – Works for Jazz Orchestra, the Earl MacDonald 6 - Echoes In The Night, and Mirror of the Mind which JazzTimes noted has “beautiful trio statements with MacDonald’s steadily moving voicings…an expansive feeling and sound that brings to mind Aaron Copeland.” Members of Creative Opportunity Workshop are Kris Allen on saxophone, Christopher Hoffman on cello, and Rogerio Boccato on percussion. The group will perform original compositions and arrangements by MacDonald as well as a Nat King Cole Medley: Nature Boy, Calypso Blues by Eden Ahbez and Don George/Nat King Cole, I Never Told You by Johnny Mandel, and Blackbird by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Jazz NightOut is an annual sellout and reserving tickets early is highly recommended. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and dessert/ coffee intermission are included. The box office and cash bars open at 6:30pm; concert begins at 7:30pm. To purchase tickets call (860) 663-5593 or go online at www.artscenterkillingworth.org. Major credit cards accepted. Tickets are held for pickup at The Kate the evening of the performance. While on the Arts Center Killingworth website, listen to performances by Vince Ector and Organatomy and Earl MacDonald and Creative Opportunity Workshop.
Saturday, November 22 ,2014 - 8pm - $10
NOBUKI TAKAMEN TRIO + ONE - Nobuki Takamen -Guitar; George Mastrogiannis-Drums; Josh Uguccioni -Bass; Dan O'Brian-Tenor Sax
The 9th Note - 6 Orange St - New Haven
''... the guitarist servers up roller-coaster, angular melodies, played with care on a clear guitar, picking out one crisp note at a time, letting it ring out before moving to the next...''
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 8:30pm and 10:30pm - $15
The New Haven Improvisers Collective: ELECTRONHIC - Bob Gorry : guitar, Brett Bottomley : chapman stick, Jeff Cedrone : guitar, Paul McGuire : alto sax, soprano sax, Pete Riccio : drums
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
The New Haven Improvisers Collective returns to Firehouse 12 for its 10th year in a row for a showcase of new music. This year’s edition celebrates the eponymous release of a new CD by ELECTRONHIC: http://music.nhic-records.com/ ELECTRONHIC is driven by Chapman Stick and Drums, with comments, noise, electronics, saxophones, whistles and guitars. The group started with a directive to keep still and leave space. The music was allowed to present itself and breathe without being forced. Motion gradually crept in and flourished with rhythms and energetic counterpoint, but open space remained. On the recording and as the group continues to move, space is especially evident in certain pieces, but it remains an important element even in the pieces that veer towards avant-rock. This performance will feature mostly new music, highlighting the further evolution of the group. $15 gets you into both sets at 8:30 and 10pm. 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, November 23, 2014 – 11am to 2pm - $17.95 Brunch and Music
PIANIST KENT HEWITT
Hung Won Asian Grille - Colchester
In addition to the beautiful sounds of this fine, accomplished, versatile, creative, and entertaining musician enjoy a sumptuous assortment of Asian and American offerings from the Hung Won Kitchen.
For information or reservations call 860-537-8788
Sunday, November 23, 2014 – 5pm - $24 / $5 students, elementary through graduate school
FRED HERSCH JAZZ TRIO CONCERT
Chester Meeting House - 4 Liberty St. - Chester
The 41st season of the Collomore Concert Series at the historic Chester Meeting House welcomes the Fred Hersch Trio. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch will perform with bassist Aidan Carroll and drummer Eric McPherson. Hersch's influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists -from his former students including Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus - to his contemporary Jason Moran, who has said, "Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.” The trio’s newest trio CD, Floating (Palmetto), was released in July 2014 and was named “an extravagantly beautiful new album" by the New York Times' Nate Chinen. A reception is held after the concert to meet the performers. Information is at collomoreconcerts.org or email tickets@collomoreconcerts.org or call 860-526-5162.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
STEVE DAVIS AND FRIENDS
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. No cover charge unless noted. Under 21s welcome.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8pm - FREE
EMG PRESENTS: MISSION EYE & EAR - live improvised film scores by Wesleyan musicians to accompany short experimental films from the San Francisco Bay Area! video

A presentation of the Experimental Music Group
Wesleyan University - Center for the Arts – 283 Washington Terrace - Middletown
with:
Matt Chilton, reeds
Hallie Blejewski, steel pan
Dina Maccabee, viola
Ron Shalom, bass
Sean Sonderegger, tenor sax
Matthew Stein, violin
Ben Zucker, percussion
Cecelia Lopez, electronics
Josh Davidoff, reeds
David Elkin-Ginetti, alto sax
Anna Yin, piano
Haeyoon Jung, flute
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
plus others!
Mission Eye & Ear is a live cinema series organized by San Francisco Bay Area bassist, composer and curator Lisa Mezzacappa, that brings together improvisers from around the world to play live music scores to short experimental films from San Francisco’s rich underground film and video scene. The films, ranging in length from three to 30 minutes, explore political and social commentary, documentary storytelling, dreamlike cinescapes, psychedelic excursions, and formal abstraction using found, archival and newly-shot footage. Mission Eye & Ear is a collaboration with the 30-year-old Mission District film and video space Artists’ Television Access (ATA), and has traveled to cities in Germany, Italy and the US. Mission Eye & Ear: Wesleyan will feature performances by Wesleyan improvisers and instrumentalists from all corners of the campus. Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, composer and bandleader whose music spans the vast terrain between free improvisation, contemporary composition, and creative jazz. An active collaborator in the San Francisco Bay Area music community, she performs constantly as a sideperson in original jazz groups, and leads many of her own celebrated bands, including her garage jazz quartet Bait & Switch (voted Best Debut, Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll), the electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Nightshade, and a Trio with Brooklynites Chris Welcome and Mike Pride. Lisa has released her own recordings on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded for Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco Records. She also organizes concerts for jazz and experimental music in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, experimental film, and visual art. www.lisamezzacappa.com
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
JHUNTER GROUP - Lisa Marien-voice, Steve Marien-saxophone, Rufus Davis-keyboard, James Hunter-bass, Randy Cloutier-drums
The Steak Loft - 27 Coogan Blvd #24 – Mystic 860-536-2661
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – 8pm – midnight – FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY LATIN JAZZ JAM FEATURING ZARCO!

Elmwood Kabob and Bar - 1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford
Join The Hartford Jazz Society every Wednesday from 8pm until midnight at the Elmwood Kabob & Bar for live jazz and experience the Latin jazz flavor of Zarco! This spicy Jazz trio called Zarco! features percussionist Marcus Kreiger, bassist Aidan O'Connell and Michelle Zarco on flute.
Marcus Kreiger was born in Rochester, New York and studies at the Hartt School of Music. This talented percussionist is often called upon to perform with many groups in the Hartford area as well as bassist Aidan O'Connell who is under the tutelage of the great Nat Reeves. Flautist Michelle Zarco was born in the Philippines. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and also attends the Hartt School of Music. The Hartford Jazz Society enjoys a history as rich as it is diverse. Founded in 1960 by dedicated JAZZ aficionados, it is the oldest continuously operating jazz society in the country. For over 40 years, the all-volunteer Society has never wavered from its founders' goals: to improve JAZZ as America's gift to the music world, and to foster in each succeeding generation an appreciation and love for JAZZ in all its many forms. The Elmwood Kabob and Bar offers an outstanding menu of traditional kabobs and specialty drinks. There will be a 10% discount for HJS members. Jam session begins after 1st set. All ages are welcome. For more information call the Elmwood Kabob & Bar at 860 232-1500.
Friday & Saturday, November 28 & 29, 2014 - 7:30pm - $38.50
BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme CT 06371 - 860-434-0886
BAJC is a collaborative ensemble comprised of Jazz's finest rising stars. Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, James Burton, Xavier Davis, Gerald Cannon, Johnathan Blake. Each member is a leader in his own right and has been an integral part of groups led by pioneers of jazz, including Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, Freddie Hubbard and many, many others. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Friday, November 28, 2014 - 8 pm - $10
OMAR TAMEZ QUARTET – with Joe Fonda (Bass), Lou Grassi (Drums), Angelica Sanchez (Piano)
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Omar Tamez quartet combines jazz with the spiritual and traditional music of Mexico . It is a unique musical experience, one that should not be missed. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time. http://omartame4.wix.com/omartamez
Sunday, November 30, 2014 – 11am to 2pm - $17.95 Brunch and Music
GUITARIST AND VOCALIST STEVE DECONTI
Hung Won Asian Grille - Colchester
In addition to the beautiful sounds of this fine, accomplished, versatile, creative, and entertaining musician enjoy a sumptuous assortment of Asian and American offerings from the Hung Won Kitchen.
For information or reservations call 860-537-8788
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 6:30pm - $27.50
KARRIN ALLYSON DUO: Karrin Allyson, piano and vocals; Ed Howard, bass
Sarah's Wine Bar - 20 West Lane – Ridgefield Reservations: 203-438-8282
December, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 8pm - $10 / $5 students
CHICAGO UNDERGROUND DUO - ROB MAZUREK AND CHAD TAYLOR
UMass Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA
A Chicago Underground Duo concert contains both composed and improvised music, with powerful grooves along with ambient sound structures, folk song simplicity and polyrhythmic bursts of energy with lyrical melodic vignettes. It combines high energy music with slow moving ballads. Rob Mazurek, trumpet and electronics, and Chad Taylor, percussion and electronics, have been performing since 1996 under the rubric of the Chicago Underground Collective, which has ranged in size from duo, trio and quartet to orchestra. “Stripped down, Mazurek and Taylor hint at the duo of Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell,” writes Mark Corroto. “But add tape manipulations and Moog and they are now treading from planet-to-planet like one time Chicago resident Sun Ra. Their music is simultaneously modern and retro-early electronics. The beauty here is the etherealness of electronica fused with a human component. This ‘life’ is achieved through the breath of Mazurek and the percussive touch of Taylor, be it on drums or vibraphone. Balancing audio manipulation with the randomness of human participation is the Duo's secret.” Working within a multitude of stylistic contexts, electro-acoustic composer/cornetist Rob Mazurek has helped redefine the aesthetic boundaries of artistic expression for 25 years. Born in 1965 in Jersey City, NJ, Mazurek rose to prominence in the fertile mid-1990s Chicago jazz scene, quickly venturing beyond the traditional tenets of the idiom to become one of the most compelling improvising composers of his generation. Chad Taylor, who also came of age in Chicago, is one of the most active, in-demand percussionists in the music. In addition to forming the Chicago Underground Ensembles with Rob Mazurek and Jeff Parker, Taylor had an on-going relationship with Chicago legend, Fred Anderson, and worked with Matana Roberts, Joshua Abrams, Sam Prekop and many other top Chicago improvisers. He is featured on over 50 recordings and performs in Marc Ribot’s Spiritual Unity project, co-leads Digital Primitives, with Cooper-Moore and Assif Tashar, and toured extensively with the indie rock band Iron and Wine. Tickets are available through the FAC box office, 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS. See the entire season at www.fineartscenter.com/solosandduos. The Solos & Duos Series is produced by the UMass Fine Arts Center. Thanks to the UMass Hotel at the Campus Center and WMUA, 91.1FM.
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
MINGUS BIG BAND
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm - $35
MINO CINELU'S WORLD JAZZ ENSEMBLE
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme CT 06371 - 860-434-0886
World-renowned musician, Mino Cinelu has toured and recorded with musical giants Miles Davis, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and the 2014 Kate Bush tour, to name just a few. He has assembled a new quartet, the exciting World Jazz Ensemble, with keyboardist Jamshied Sharifi, bassist Mamadou Ba, and Ben Stapp on tuba. A unique repertoire of instrumental, percussion and vocal works, that bridges World and Jazz music. www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JONATHAN FINLAYSON'S SICILIAN DEFENSE
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30pm - $35
ULYSSES OWENS JR & HIS QUINTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme CT 06371 - 860-434-0886
Both humble in person and imposing behind a kit, Owens is a two-time Grammy® Award winner, earning his stripes as a member of bassist Christian McBride’s acclaimed trio and the driving force of McBride’s famed big band. Ulysses Owens Jr. Drums/Leader is joined by Benny Bennack trumpet, Braxton Cook saxophone, Christian Sands piano, Corcoran Holt bass, and a Special Guest vocalist tba! www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 11am to 2pm - $17.95 Brunch and Music
GUITARIST DAN LIPARINI
Hung Won Asian Grille - Colchester
In addition to the beautiful sounds of this fine, accomplished, versatile, creative, and entertaining musician enjoy a sumptuous assortment of Asian and American offerings from the Hung Won Kitchen.
For information or reservations call 860-537-8788
Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 1:30pm - $25 - $40
THE NEW ENGLAND JAZZ ENSEMBLE PERFORMING DUKE ELLINGTON'S "NUTCRACKER" AND OTHER HOLIDAY FAVORITES
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
The New England Jazz Ensemble has a rich archive of original music, including two ‘live’ performances, as well as one CD of a historic nature, which is the subject of today’s concert. In 2003, the band released one of the first big-band recordings of the suite from the Nutcracker ballet, Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite which was reinterpreted by Billy Strayhorn for Duke Ellington. In the first half of the band’s Infinity Music Hall debut, the band will perform this piece, which is more casually known as “Ellington’s Nutcracker.” The second half of the program will include the band’s original arrangements of other contemporary holiday tunes from its “Cookin’ Christmas” recording, plus other material from its extensive repertoire.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: CHAD TAYLOR, drums and percussion
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is curated by musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, who join a different guest each month for an improvised performance. The listening environment encourages intimate and deep contact with the music, the musicians, and other audience members. 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, December 7, 2014 – 7:30pm - $45 - $65
JANE MONHEIT - HELLO BLUEBIRD - CELEBRATING THE JAZZ OF JUDY GARLAND
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
Jane Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalistʼs Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing the work of Vince Mendoza on 2002ʼs In The Sun and 2004ʼs Taking A Chance On Love.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 7:30pm - $25
ANDY SHERWOOD JAZZ QUARTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme CT 06371 - 860-434-0886
Clarinetist and Saxophonist Andy Sherwood performed as a jazz and classical musician with the United States Coast Guard Band for 24 years, and has performed for 28 years in many venues throughout Connecticut and New England. Andy's Quartet includes Ian Frenkel on piano, Bryan Rizzuto on bass, and Tom Briggs on drums. We are thrilled to welcome back our local CT jazz talent! www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($30) and 10 pm ($20)
LEE KONITZ QUARTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
December 14 - 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: HAVANA, CUBA
Join The Hartford Jazz Society and thousands of jazz lovers from across the globe at the 30th International Havana Festival of Jazz! Some of the world's biggest names in jazz, within Cuba and internationally, perform nightly in concert halls, clubs, bars, along the Malecon, and impromptu on street corners throughout sultry Havana. People who experience this festival return year after year! Jazz, that most American music, takes on a sultry international flavor at the Havana Jazz Fest! This is an outstanding “People0to-People” trip for travelers who have never been to Cuba , and those who have been but want to explore more of Cuba's arts and cultural attractions.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 11am to 2pm - $22.95 Brunch and Music
VOCALIST “TULIVU” WITH THE BLUE LION TRIO
Hung Won Asian Grille - Colchester
In addition to the beautiful sounds of this fine, accomplished, versatile, creative, and entertaining musician enjoy a sumptuous assortment of Asian and American offerings from the Hung Won Kitchen.
For information or reservations call 860-537-8788
Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 7:30pm - $8 / $7 seniors over 62, students with student ID
KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON – DOCUMENTARY FEATURING CLARK TERRY
Cinestudio – 300 Summit Street – Hartford
Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON depicts a 23--year¬-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, and music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. After a life spent working with and teaching the most totemic figures in jazz history, Terry continues to attract and cultivate budding talents. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON highlights Terry’s friendship with the preternaturally gifted Justin Kauflin, who suffers from ebilitating stage fright. Not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. Terry, now 93, was Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the ‘60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC – on The Tonight Show. Kauflin’s work on the film’s score with composer Dave Grusin sets the tone for a story covering decades. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON is a film crafted with great affection by Hicks – another former student of Terry’s – a grace note for his teacher, infused with soulfulness and serendipity. Paula DuPre’ Pesmen (behind the Academy Award winning THE COVE and the Oscar nominated CHASING ICE) produced the film with seven time Academy Award nominee Quincy Jones who also counts Terry as his mentor. Jones came on board as producer after walking into the film as one of its subjects, discovering Justin’s talent purely by chance during a visit at Clark’s home.
Friday, December 20, 2014 – 8 pm - $10
LA HOT JAZZ
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Buttonwood Tree will be sizzlin’ on July 26, when La Hot Jazz performs with sophistication and style. These seasoned musicians will add a unique flavor and charisma to The Buttonwood Tree’s jazz event. The band performs the Great American Songbook with a lineup of voice, upright bass, saxophone, drums, and piano. La Hot Jazz recently recorded “Under the Moonlight” at Rotary Records in West Springfield, MA. On this CD you will hear sophisticated renditions of familiar favorites like Black Coffee, East of the Sun, and I Love Paris. Vocalist Sue Lopes was educated at the Hartford Conservatory. She has thrilled crowds from Hartford to Chicago over the past 15 years with her unique, sultry renditions of the jazz canon. On upright bass, you will hear the remarkable David Hosking who has performed professionally since the age of nineteen. Dave studied under Rick Rozzi, 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 Jerry Aiyathurai adds a deft classical touch, drawing on his eight years with the ABRSM program of the Royal College of Music (London). http://www.bandmix.com/lahotjazz/
Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 11am to 2pm - $22.95 Brunch and Music
PIANIST JOE PARILLO
Hung Won Asian Grille - Colchester
In addition to the beautiful sounds of this fine, accomplished, versatile, creative, and entertaining musician enjoy a sumptuous assortment of Asian and American offerings from the Hung Won Kitchen.
For information or reservations call 860-537-8788
Saturday, December 21, 2014 – 3 pm
JEN ALLEN AND NOAH BAERMAN PRESENT “QUARTET 149″
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Renowned jazz pianists, composers and educators Jen Allen and Noah Baerman are coming to the Buttonwood Tree with Quartet 149. This new group featuring Jen on piano, Noah on synthesizer, Henry Lugo on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums. This performance celebrates the recent publication of Sitting In: Jazz Piano, a new instructional book co-authored by Jen and Noah and published by Alfred Publishing Company. www.jenallenmusic.com www.noahjazz.com
Sunday, December 28, 2014 – 11am to 2pm - $22.95 Brunch and Music
GUITARIST RON MURRAY
Hung Won Asian Grille - Colchester
In addition to the beautiful sounds of this fine, accomplished, versatile, creative, and entertaining musician enjoy a sumptuous assortment of Asian and American offerings from the Hung Won Kitchen.
For information or reservations call 860-537-8788
January, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
ELI YAMIN JAZZ QUARTET
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Saturday, January 10, 2015 – 8pm - $10
SINAN BAKIR "SOLO ELECTRIC"
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Guitarist Sinan Bakir will be back at the Buttonwood Tree to play a concert on the solo electric guitar. The performance will include selections from his original work, standards and improvised pieces inspired by the moment. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
NICOLAS DI MARIA QUINTET
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
ERI YAMAMOTO DUO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: ZEENA PARKINS - harp
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is curated by musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, who join a different guest each month for an improvised performance. The listening environment encourages intimate and deep contact with the music, the musicians, and other audience members. 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, January 25, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
TARANTINO/TEREFENKO DUO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
February, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JOLIE ROCKE BROWN
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
SURVIVORS SWING BAND
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: TIM BERNE – alto sax
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is curated by musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, who join a different guest each month for an improvised performance. The listening environment encourages intimate and deep contact with the music, the musicians, and other audience members. 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, February 15, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
STEVE CLARKE TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 7:30pm - $59 - $74
DIANNE REEVES
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
Dianne Reeves is considered among the world’s pre-eminent female jazz vocalists. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity and improvisational prowess, Ms. Reeves received a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings — a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s Academy Award–nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck, her soundtrack recording provided Ms. Reeves with her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy. Ms. Reeves has recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim, was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and has also recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 8pm - $15 in advance / $20 on day of concert
“TEN DECADES OF JAZZ PIANO” WITH PIANIST BILL MAYS
Baba Louie’s Backroom - 34 Depot Street - Pittsfield, MA
Part of Pittsfield’s annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, where events all carry a “10” theme.
Advance purchase strongly advised: www.BerkshiresJazz.org.

Master pianist Bill Mays explores examples of jazz' progression from raggedy honky-tonk sounds to its speakeasy era, to its heyday in the mid-20th century, to bebop, and now, to "America's Classical Music." Choosing one example from each of 10 decades, his interpretations both entertain and educate; a better-informed audience gets to hear a NY-based piano virtuoso in an intimate, speakeasy-type setting. In addition to his reputation as a jazz pianist noted as both a first-rate accompanist, and soloist, Bill Mays is well-known for his compositional and arranging talents. He has contributed music to the libraries of a wide array of artists: Aureole chamber ensemble, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Percy Faith Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Morgana King, Shelly Manne, Mark Murphy, Bud Shank, Marvin Stamm, Lew Tabackin, Turtle Creek Chorale and Phil Woods. Currently, he tours and records in many varied configurations. He has many awards and honors as an arranger, pianist and producer, and has been the recipient of performance grants from Meet The Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
MIHOKO TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
March, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
LASZLO GARDONY TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
MATT DECHAMPLAIN
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JOSHUA BREAKSTONE
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JONNY KING TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: JOE MCPHEE – reeds
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is curated by musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, who join a different guest each month for an improvised performance. The listening environment encourages intimate and deep contact with the music, the musicians, and other audience members. 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, March 29, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
ALVIN CARTER PROJECT: CONFLUENCE OF INFLUENCE
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
April, 2015
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 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 26, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
HEY RIM JEON & FRIENDS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
May, 2015
June, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
THE AMERICAN JAZZ CENTURY: WILLIE RUFF, AARON DIEHL
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
  • MyRootDown.com (Boston and surrounding area)
  • Boston Improv Calendar
  • New England Traditional Jazz Plus (originates in Massachusetts and covers New England)
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Languages (New York City)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Pittsfield CityJazz Festival (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Collaborations Festival (New York City) - March (4 days)
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Basils (64 West Stafford Road, Route 190, Stafford) is hosting jazz nights starting Friday, October 17 with Jeff Giglio Quartet.
  • Baxter's at the Bitter End (Bridgeport) - Steve Clark Trio performs every Wednesday from 8PM - 11:30 PM
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center with The Hartford Jazz Society. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Canoe Club (Harbor Park - 80 Harbor Drive - Middletown) - jazz every Thursday from 6 – 10 pm
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Casona Bar & Restaurant (681 Wethersfield Ave - Hartford - 860-519-5590) – Latin Jazz every Friday at 6:30 pm; complimentary Happy Hour buffet; bar & restaurant menu
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Elmwood Kabob & Bar (1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford 860-232-1500) Live jazz every Wednesday from 8pm to midnight, presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Japanalia – at various venues in Hartford
  • La 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.
  • La Petite France Bakery Cafe (967 Farmington Ave - West Hartford) – jazz every Saturday at 8 pm beginning April 5 brings you the smooth sound of local jazz artists along with great food, so come out and enjoy! All ages welcome.
  • Mattatuck Museum (144 West Main Street, Waterbury 203-753-0381) – presents jazz on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - The Steve Davis Group performs every Sunday from 6pm – 9pm
  • Montenia’s (137 State Street - Springfield, MA) - every second Sunday (3 PM - 7 PM)
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Thursday 4-7pm No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (139 Main Street Extension, Middletown 860 347-2289) – live jazz every Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm – 11:30pm, no cover
  • Shish Lounge (904 Farmington Ave. - West Hartford 860-730-1030) - Live Jazz every Friday, 7pm-10pm - $5 cover. Swing dancing every Wednesday, 8pm-11pm where we play the best swing and jazz recordings from the 20s-40s.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
  • Trinity-On-Main (69 Main Street, New Britain 860-229-2072) – a live jazz happy hour is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 5 pm, donation $5
  • Whistle Stop Cafe (139 Broad Street, Windsor, Exit 37 off 91 North) – every Wednesday from 6 pm – 9 pm, no cover
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