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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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September, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
Tuesday, September 2 – Saturday, September 6, 2014
NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Northampton, MA
Schedule
The fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival will be presented starting Tuesday, September 2nd with nightly events around the greater Northampton area, culminating in an all-day free concert on Saturday September 6 from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Building on the success of the last three years, the NJF Saturday event will feature the main stage on Hampton Avenue (behind Thorne's Market) and at the A.P.E. Gallery on Main Street. The Fest presents internationally known musicians, as well as established local performers and promising players from area colleges and high schools. Attendees can enjoy beer and wine and food from area restaurants that make Northampton a favorite among "foodies." Other Fest events include, Tuesday night jazz at the Clarion Hotel, Food & Music events on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday night's Jazz Strut at several venues in Northampton. "The Jazz Festival is the perfect event to showcase both Downtown Northampton and really great jazz music," said Steven Campbell, president of the Northampton Jazz Festival. "The Fest is growing into a week-long festive celebration." The event is sponsored, in part, by a growing number of regional and local businesses. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Steven Campbell. Attendees can also watch the "12 Mile Meal Challenge," and root for their favorite local chefs. The 4th Annual event takes place from 11am to 3pm and will feature chef teams from three area restaurants, at the Chef Tent. Find out more at http://www.12milemeal.com. The fest will also feature a brewers' contest. The Clarion is offering a special room rate for people coming to the Jazz Festival here
Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
William J. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield Street, Wethersfield
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues indoors at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Friday, September 5, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
Rocky Hill Lions Fair, Elm Ridge Park, Rocky Hill
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues at the Rocky Hill Lions Fair. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 7pm & 9pm - $19
JEN ALLEN TRIO
Part of the NEAE Summer Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 7pm - $20
JOHN KORDALEWSKI, pianist and KURTIS RIVERS, alto sax
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Kordalewski leads the Makanda Project, a thirteen-piece group playing previously unrecorded compositions by Makanda Ken McIntyre and featuring several of Boston’s leading jazz musicians. Rivers, a fixture of the Boston jazz scene, and member of the Makanda Project, joins Kordalewski for evening of great jazz.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 7pm
ROB FLETCHER - Tribute to Chet Baker
The Loft at the Clarion - One Atwood Drive - Northampton, MA
Vocalist Rob Fletcher and flugelhorn player Ed Brainerd will perform a special night of music associated with trumpet player and vocalist Chet Baker, icon of Cool Jazz. Rob and Ed will be joined by Jim Argiro on piano and Wayne Roberts on bass. The concert will be held at
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 8pm – FREE
MANY COLORS OF A W*O*M*A*N JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT
Faith Congregational Church - 2030 Main Street – Hartford 860.547-0820 Wheelchair accessible
The Many Colors of a W*O*M*A*N FREE Jazz Concert will feature Nicki Mathis’ AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ with: Ricky Alfonso trumpet, Alysia C Cosby voice, James Daggs bass, Carolyn Doughtie clarinet, Melanie Dyer viola; Jill Friedman voice; Joey Djimbe, Bill Lowe trombone; Linda Presgrave piano, NYESHA Mccauley voice, Maxine Martin tenor, Antoinette Montague voice, Dotti Anita Taylor flute/voice; Deborah Weisz trombone, Cleo Duke Wright voice. To round out this international, multigenerational feast for the senses, the evening’s performances will spotlight original compositions of participants, & more.
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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, September 8, 2013 - 8pm - No cover.
JAZZ IN THE LIVING ROOM: KEVIN SAINT JAMES & JOE MCWILLIAMS

Cafe Nine - 250 State Street - New Haven 203-789-8281
Jazz pianist Joe McWilliams and Singer Kevin Saint James have played numerous shows in downtown New Haven and beyond as a duo, a trio (with an added bassist), and with a full band (The Kevin Saint James Band). Join them for a relaxed evening of Jazz Standards in The Musicians' Living Room.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 -7:30pm - $15
INGRID LAUBROCK QUINTET – Ingrid Laubrock on tenor and alto sax, Tim Berne on alto sax, Ben Gerstein on trombone, Dan Peck on tuba and Tom Rainey, drums
Arts Trust Building - 33 Hawley St. - Northampton, MA
This new group performs Ingrid Laubrock's latest compositions, written for saxophones/brass and drums. The pieces are taylor-made for this cast of hand-picked musicians, who are all great improvisers and interpreters of creative music. Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz. She is also one of the most creative. Her music continuously moves back and forth between the poles of compositional calculation and improvisational freedom: wild and controlled, gentle and enigmatic at the same time, comparable to the gestures in her playing, driven by an inner energy. “Laubrock's compositional sensibility balances impulsive spontaneity with a structural cohesiveness that occasionally sounds surreal,” writes Troy Collins. “Each of her sophisticated pieces embodies its own distinctive sound world, although angular themes, oblique harmonies and fractious rhythms dominate her idiosyncratic writing.” While legions of young musicians practice their licks at music school, at 18 years old Laubrock left her hometown of Stadtlohn, Germany to head for London to find a broader improvisational playing field in the F-IRE collective, the Brazilian quartet, NOIS4, and an experienced private teacher in former Jazz Messenger, Jean Toussaint. Her first release as a leader, was Who Is It? (Candid, 1997), has been followed by seven subsequent records. Her latest, an octet recording Zürich Concert, was recorded at the SWR New Jazz Meeting and released on Intakt. Laubrock also leads the bands Sleepthief, Anti-House and the collective Paradoxical Frog with Kris Davis and Tyshawn Sorey. She is also part of the Tom Rainey Trio, Mary Halvorson’s Septet and the Kris Davis Quintet.Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concerts are produced by a group of music lovers who have purchased jazz shares. Like farm shares, where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, Pioneer Valley Jazz Share members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of The Northampton Center for the Arts, we are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the continued vitality of the music. Shares and single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Thanks to our business sponsors: Davis Financial Group, Florence Savings Bank, UMass Fine Arts Center, Downtown Sounds, Carol Abbe Smith Delap Real Estate, River Valley Market, Simmer Music, Bueno y Sano, Tony Margherita Management, Haydenville Woodworking & Design, One-Way Screen Printing, Barbara Ween: Visage and Dean’s Beans.
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7:30pm
RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8pm - $5 / Free for students
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO WITH KRIS DAVIS AND JIMMY GREENE
Von Der Mehden Recital Hall – University of Connecticut - Storrs
Post-bop, free jazz presented by WHUS Radio at the University of Connecticut. Parking is behind the recital hall by the UConn School of Fine Arts (http://maps.uconn.edu/map/locations/194)
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
INGRID LAUBROCK QUINTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 8pm - $100 VIP orchestra seating includes cocktail before the show/champagne reception afterward / $38 general admission advance sale ($50 at the door if available)
MUSIC @ JAPANALIA- THE GIRL SINGERS SHOW, The Grand Finale: Dianne Mower, June Bisantz, Antoinette Montague, Audrey Lavine, Rachel Izen, Atla DeChamplain, Dana Lauren, Shawnn Monteiro, Graciela Quinones…and Jimmy Roberts. The Band: Matt DeChamplain, Norman Johnson, Tom Devino, Don Wallace, Carlos H-Chavez
Aetna Theater - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - 600 Main Street - Hartford
Reservations a must 860-983-7097 or 860-549-7557 MC/Visa (leave a call back #) or send checks by September 8 to “Japanalia” c/o 31 Woodland St. 8U, Hartford 06105. 10 amazing Singers! 1 great Band! 1 unforgettable Night!
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8 pm - $10
NOISE IN THE KEY OF BLISS (PART 2) WARREN BYRD FEATURING SASKIA LAROO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Warren Byrd takes directions in improvisation daring to renew himself every time. Sometimes, he feels it’s better when there’s two…Saskia Laroo’s acoustic and electronic trumpet finesse has been heard the world over and is well-known in jazz circles as “the [Trumpet Diva] who loves to make miles…” As says Owen McNally, from his review in the Hartford Courant of their 2011 release “Two of a Kind”, “…After this happy Trans-Atlantic dual alliance, more Laroo/Byrd flights must be booked.” Ideas and sounds never seen before and never to be seen again is the goal; however, most likely, it’ll involve grooves and melodic pleasures that ring a bell. That’s the other goal: to tickle a fancy or two. Enough being cute. This top 25 1999 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition-finishing pianist and this 7-album indie producing world-renown trumpetista will present excerpts from their latest compositions, improvisational palettes and what-not…and maybe a surprise guest(s)…maybe. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 7pm
THE AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE: DAYS OF AWE CONCERT
The Outer Space - 295 Treadwell Street - Hamden
With Rosh Hashanah coming up the Afro-Semitic Experience celebrates the 10th anniversary of their best-selling CD The Days of Awe with a concert at the Outer Space in Hamden. Please join us as we enter a unique spiritual realm with arrangements and interpretations of major works for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Yossele Rosenblatt and others from the Jewish cantorial tradition along with traditional congregational melodies. As an added bonus we are celebrating the birthday of our percussionist, Abu Alvin Carter, Sr. The Afro-Semitic Experience is:
Will Bartlett: tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Warren Byrd: piano and vocals; Alvin Carter, Sr.: percussion; Alvin Carter, Jr.: drum set; David Chevan: bass; Saskia Laroo: trumpet, electronics; Stacy Phillips: dobro, lap-steel guitar, violin.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 8pm - $10 / $5 students
MARK DRESSER
Bezanson Recital Hall –University of Massachusetts - 151 Presidents Drive – Amherst, MA
"Mark Dresser is an inventor,” says Harvey Pekar. “He also may be the most important bassist to emerge since 1980 in jazz or classical music." Called “one of the few virtuosos of so-called avant-garde jazz,” by the Village Voice, Mark Dresser has been composing and performing solo contrabass and ensemble music professionally since 1972 throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Emerging from the L.A. "free" jazz scene of the early 70's, Dresser performed with the "Black Music Infinity", led by Stanley Crouch, and included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray and James Newton. Concurrently he was performing with the San Diego Symphony. After completing B.A. and M.A. degrees at UC, San Diego where he studied with contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky and a Fulbright Fellowship in Italy with maestro Franco Petracchi, Dresser relocated to New York in 1986 after being invited to join the quartet of saxophonist, Anthony Braxton. Dresser played with Braxton for nine years. Once in New York, Dresser also began working with a wide variety of musicians including Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Davis, Fred Frith, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, and others. A former professor at Hampshire College, Dresser is currently a professor at UCSD. A founding member of the Arcado String Trio, Dresser has written and performed original music for the stage (the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Henry VI), and silent films (“Un Chien Andalou” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”). “You’re got to pity Dresser’s poor bass,” wrote The New Yorker, “you wouldn’t treat a dog the way he manhandles his instrument. But the gnarled tones and vicious swing he tortures out of it are worth the abuse.” At the core of his solo music is a commitment to expanding the sonic and musical possibilities of the double bass through the use of unconventional amplification and extended techniques. His solo works include the DVD/CD/art booklet, Guts: Bass Explorations, Investigations, and Explanations (2010) and CDs Unveil (2006) and Invocation (1994). A chapter on his extended techniques, “A Personal Pedogogy,” appears in the book, ARCANA (Granary Press). Dresser has written two articles on extended techniques for The Strad magazine: “Double Bass Harmonics” (October 2008) and an “Introduction to Multiphonics” (October 2009). “Mark Dresser has created a fantastic language for the double bass,” writes Bill Shoemaker, “one that rivals any created with machines in its ability to fascinate. Dresser uses his language to pull the listener into, for the lack of a mushless term, another world.” 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, September 19, 2014 – 7pm & 9pm - $42
JOHN PIZZARELLI with JESSICA MOLASKEY
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
EVAN PARKER | JOE MORRIS | NATE WOOLEY
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, September 20, 2014 - 7pm
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: EVAN PARKER, saxophones
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
“Evan Parker, the British jazz saxophone revolutionary who transformed the language and techniques of the instrument in the late 1960s and has since become one of the most admired and influential saxophone improvisers on the planet. Parker has been rewriting the book on the sounds that can be made with a saxophone for almost half a century, developing a remarkable post-Coltrane technique that has allowed him to play counterpoint on what was designed as a single-line instrument, generate electronics-like textures acoustically, and build a personal soundscape that avoids conventional tunes but has its own arresting lyricism. Parker has worked with comparable revolutionaries like John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, and played in experimental electro-acoustic groups and contemporary-classical ensembles - but he has also brought a sharp edge to more orthodox jazz lineups led by Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler and by the Rolling Stones Charlie Watts, and the celebrated South African orchestra Brotherhood of Breath. “ -Parliamentary Jazz Awards, 2013
“Though he has worked extensively in both large and small ensembles, Parker is perhaps best known for his solo soprano saxophone music, a singular body of work that in recent years has centred around his continuing exploration of techniques such as circular breathing, split tonguing, overblowing, multiphonics and cross-pattern fingering. These are technical devices, yet Parker's use of them is, he says, less analytical than intuitive; he has likened performing his solo work to entering a kind of trance-state. The resulting music is certainly hypnotic, an uninterrupted flow of snaky, densely-textured sound that Parker has described as "the illusion of polyphony". Many listeners have indeed found it hard to credit that one man can create such intricate, complex music in real time. Parker's first solo recordings, made in 1974, were reissued on the Saxophone Solos CD in 1995; more recent examples are Conic Sections and Process and Reality, on the latter of which he does, for the first time, experiment with multi-tracking. Heard alone on stage, few would disagree with writer Steve Lake that "There is, still, nothing else in music - jazz or otherwise - that remotely resembles an Evan Parker solo concert." Such intensity of purpose has guided Parker's own work for over 30 years. lt is the main reason he is now widely acknowledged as "one of the music's greatest living instrumentalists" (The Times), "one of the world's finest ensemble improvisers" (Chicago Reader) and "one of the modern era's most original voices" (The Wire). Evan Parker appears on more than 200 recordings on labels including ECM, FMP, Emanem, Incus, Ogun, Po Torch, Okka, Island, CBS, RCA etc. In 2001, he founded his own label, Psi. Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7pm - $15
GEORGE LESIW QUARTET - George Lesiw-Guitar; George Mastrogiannis-Drums; Preston Murphy-Bass; Jack Riotte-Tenor Sax
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3183 or 226jazz@gmail.com
When reflecting upon Miles Davis' original thoughts surrounding fusion jazz, I have to say that George Lesiw has done a masterful job of interpreting those ideas." -Sheldon T. Nunn
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 8pm - $35 balcony / $25 orchestra
EDMAR CASTANEDA TRIO
Sprague Hall – Yale University – 470 College Street - New Haven
Edmar was born in 1978, in the city of Bogota, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has quite literally taken New York and the world by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp. He has developed his own style – incredibly playing melody and bass simultaneously. Edmar comments about his playing by saying, “With my left hand, I play the bass and the groove, and with my right hand I play the melody and harmony. If you close your eyes you can hear two or three instruments playing at the same time.” A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Edmar has been characterized as “almost a world unto himself.” (The New York Times). This is particularly evident on his NPR Tiny Desk Concert which can be viewed on the internet. In addition to his acclaimed performing career, he has also performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Chico O’Farrill and John Petitucci as well as gaining recognition as a composer. Yale Concert Bands is producing the concert in conjunction with Creative Concerts, Inc. Creative Concerts has a long history of bringing the best jazz musicians to the New Haven area – in the past, they have produced concerts featuring McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins and Dave Holland. Edmar will be performing solo and with his trio which features Edmar on harp, Marshall Gilkes on trombone, and Dave Silliman on drums and percussion. Special guest will be Andrea Tierra on vocals. Reserved tickets will go on sale on Thursday, August 28 at 10:00 am. Tickets can be obtained online at music-tickets.yale.edu or by phone at 203-432-4158…or in person at the box office on 470 College St, New Haven.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 8pm – FREE - Seating is on a first come, first serve basis; there is no reserved seating.
THE SWEET SUE SPECIAL BAND – “Sweet” Sue Terry, saxophone, clarinet; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Steve Johns; drums, and Vic Juris, guitar
The Artists Collective - 1200 Albany Avenue (corner of Woodland Street) – Hartford 860-527-3205
Saxophonist, clarinetist, “Sweet” Sue Terry began her professional music career at the age of sixteen, playing for church performances and musical theater. She began playing Jazz gigs in Hartford while attending the Hartt School, which at that time was a traditional music conservatory. Though she was enrolled as a Classical clarinetist, her secret agenda was to study with the late Jazz legend, Jackie McLean, which she did for five years. The Hartt School elected her Alumna of the Year in 2001. Sue Terry has played and recorded with a variety of notable Jazz artists, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Charlie Persip, Peggy Stern, Clifford Jordan, Melba Liston, Hilton Ruiz, Howard Johnson, Tim Price, Walter Bishop, Jr., and Jaki Byard. She has also performed with Jazz VIP’s such as Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, Jon Faddis, Lew Tabackin, Wynton Marsalis, Lew Soloff and Ray Barretto. She’s been a Jazz soloist with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York Pops, and has performed worldwide at venues such as The Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, Quasimodo in Berlin, Germany, Marian's Jazz club in Bern, Switzerland, and Spice of Life in London, UK. In the States she has been a frequent performer at venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.Sue Terry travels frequently to South America, where she is Artist-in-Residence at the Jazz Society of Ecuador. In 2014, she collaborated with American film director, Ashley Rogers and Venezuelan cinematographer, Hernán Salcedo, to create a 9-minute documentary short, The Source. The film features her advice to artists of all stripes, and includes stunning shots of Ecuador, as well as live music scenes with some of the country's up and coming musicians. Free passes for The Sweet Sue Special Band are available in advance at the Artists Collective and will also be available at the door. Call (860) 527-3205 for more information. The Artists Collective Free Community Concert featuring The Sweet Sue Special Band is made possible with support from: Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America Trustee, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE
BASSIST NAT REEVES’ ALL STAR ENSEMBLE
ED FAST & CONGA BOP

Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 7:30pm - $69 - $89
CHICK COREA & THE VIGIL
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
Chick Corea reinvents himself — again. With all-new music and fresh arrangements of Corea Classics and a new band. From sublime acoustic to scintillating electric. The Vigil Features the modern-day monster of bass, Hadrien Feraud. Creative force Marcus Gilmore on drums (carrying on the lineage of jazz from his grandfather, Roy Haynes). Saxes, flute, bass clarinet and innovation from Tim Garland. And a rising-sun (although from the west coast), guitarist Charles Altura. A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process as evidenced in 2013’s release of The Vigil. Stay vigilant. “Gale force intensity… thrilling results.” - Jazzwise Magazine
Monday, September 22, 2014 – 7 pm – FREE
SIMPLY SWING
The Calendar House - Southington
The 2014 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing concludes with an indoor performance at The Calendar House in Southington. Under the musical direction of composer/drummer Joe LaRosa, this amazing 10-piece swing orchestra will perform favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well selections from the group’s “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released last year. New England’s busiest Big Band style group features six horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa. There’s plenty of room for dancers at this series finale. For more information see www.simplyswingmusic.com
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON
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).
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
JAZZ MONDAYS - presented by Charter Oak Cultural Center
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.
October, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 8pm - $30-$45
KURT ELLING
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + KRIS DAVIS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12, 2014 - $225 for Saturday and Sunday / $80 per single session including meals / $30 for the Friday Night Special --- no meals
JEFF AND JOEL'S JAZZ HOUSE PARTY
VFW Hall - 104 Mill Road – Guilford
After four spectacular events, "Jeff and Joel's (Jazz) House Party " advances to its fifth edition, Oct. 10-12 in Guilford, CT. The party is a direct copy of the house parties of the1920's and 30's jazz age when 10-15 musicians came together for a weekend house party. There was good food, lots of hydration, and hot jazz music in a small intimate setting. It was time for a revival so Jeff Barnhart and Joel Schiavone decided to collaborate on the first Jeff and Joel's House Party. The Schiavone's hosted the initial party in February 2012 in their 1804 farmhouse where it was held the last 4 times. However, the party outgrew the house and has moved just down the street to the new pondside venue, which though small and charming offers more room for dancing, seating, parking, eating at tables or al fresco dining outside the hall or by the pond. The intimate setting remains the same --- limited to 80 seats. Jeff Barnhart directs 14 top traditional jazz musicians, mixing and matching their talents. The music ranges from early 1900s to the hot jazz and swing of the 20s and 30s — and you’ll never know what you’ll hear, depending on the mood of the musicians. The food is fantastic and plentiful served buffet style. There is plenty of soda, water, juice and ice provided complimentary, while beer, wine and mixed drinks are available for sale. In the spirit of Keeping American’s original Traditional Jazz Alive jazz fans loved the idea and have enthusiastically supported it. Besides the 3 sessions on Saturday and Sunday including meals, there is a Friday Night Special which does not include any food. Soda, water juice and ice will be available for free and there will be a bar where mixed drinks, wine and beer can be purchased. We're looking forward to another fun-filled gathering at Jeff and Joel's House Party with the variety of music, fantastic food and the camaraderie between the musicians and jazz fans. Here’s what’s happening this year ! 3 Sessions of music for Saturday and Sunday of the weekend. Saturday 11am to 4pm; and 5pm to 10pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm with 15 musicians mixing and matching their musical talents. Lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. An addition to the weekend is a Friday Night Soiree 7 - 9 pm featuring Molly Ryan and Dan Levinson backed by Jeff Barnhart, Vince Giordano, and Bill Reynolds. No food will be served but drinks will be available for sale. The musicians for Saturday and Sunday include: Trumpet: Bob Ferguson and Fred Vigorito (playing Sat. afternoon and Sun. afternoon only) and Lew Green (playing Sat. evening only); Reeds: Peter Anderson and Will Anderson with Noel Kaletsky (playing Sun. only in a Triple Reed Special); Trombone: Herb Roselle and Herb Gardner; Piano: Jeff Barnhart and Herb Gardner; Banjo: Joel Schiavone; Bass: Vince Giordano and Genevieve Rose; Drums: Tom Palinko and Bill Reynolds. The lineup of talent this year along with the new venue will make this an unforgettable October, 2014 Jeff and Joel's House Party. For reservations leave a message at 203-208-1481. (Seats are limited to 80 per session). Prices: $225 for Saturday and Sunday, $80 per single session including meals and $30 for the Friday Night Special --- no meals. For additional information see the website at www.jeffandjoelshouseparty.com
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:30pm - $38
THE CAB CALLOWAY ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY C. CALLOWAY BROOKS
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Smooth shiny instruments all in a row, red-hot lyrics, silky smooth ensemble work, spicy brass harmonies, a joyful audience bouncing and swaying to irresistible rhythms, and the sound of “Hi De Ho!” filling theaters on cue. These have been the classic trademarks of concerts by The Cab Calloway Orchestra ever since the 1920s. They are the ingredients that made the orchestra a hit when it played the Palais Royale in downtown South Bend in 1939, and it’s the same mix that gives the group its energy and popularity today. These days, under the baton of Cab’s grandson, Calloway Brooks, the Orchestra delivers the same sizzling jazz sound and snazzy stage style, producing the jump, blues, and boogie sounds of “swing that is king and jive that’s alive.” The band, some of whose amazing musicians have played with the group for decades, uses original vintage orchestrations as a point of departure, creating an authentic brand of hot Cotton Club-style music and hijinks!
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MANUEL VALERA TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Thursday, October 11, 2014, 7pm - $15
NICKI MATHIS, AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Jazz standards, blues, Latin jazz, Brazilian spirituals, show tunes, popular and Reggae repertoires.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 8pm - $25 general public / $22 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
VIJAY IYER TRIO
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Crowell Concert Hall – 283 Washington Terrace - Wesleyan University – Middletown
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today." Recent honors include a 2013 MacArthur fellowship, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, an unprecedented “quintuple crown” in the 2012 DownBeat International Critics Poll (winning Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories). At Wesleyan, Mr. Iyer will perform with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey MA '11. JazzTimes described a recent performance by Mr. Iyer's trio as “intensely improvisational” in which “rhythm was paramount,” and the group’s “precision made possible by their decade of playing together. . . . The fun was in witnessing the group’s distinctive redefinition of the jazz piano trio.” A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Mr. Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. Named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India in 2011, earlier this year Mr. Iyer began a permanent appointment at Harvard University’s Department of Music as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts. Mr. Iyer’s many collaborators include musicians Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Suphala, DJ Spooky, and John Zorn; Wesleyan alumni Steve Lehman '00 and Himanshu Suri '07; choreographer Karole Armitage; filmmaker Bill Morrison; and poets Amiri Baraka, Charles Simic, and Robert Pinsky. Mr Iyer’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Silk Road Ensemble, and Imani Winds, among others. “Secret Keeper” is Mr. Crump’s duo collaboration with guitarist Mary Halvorson '02. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MIKE PRIDE'S FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, October 19, 2014 -7pm - $32 / $42 Members / $52 / $82 Preferred Seating
DIANNE REEVES
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center - 14 Castle Street - Great Barrington, MA 413-528-0100
No singer knows her way around a jazz tune like Dianne Reeves. Renowned for her virtuosity, this four-time Grammy winner is one of music’s most gifted vocalists and will be joined by four exceptional musicians: Gerald Clayton, Romero Lubambo, James Genus, and Terreon Gully for a truly memorable night.
Friday, October 24, 2014
JD ALLEN
Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
Polish National Home – 60 Charter Oak Avenue - Hartford
Friday, October 24, 2014 -7:30pm
RON CARTER TRIO
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE WEE TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3pm
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: BRYAN CARROT
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOE MCPHEE | DANIEL LEVIN | CHRIS CORSANO
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).
November, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014 – 7pm & 9pm - $22
NICOLE ZURAITIS GROUP
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
THE NELS CLINE SINGERS
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 8, 2014 7pm - $20
NICK DIMARIA QUARTET
226Jazz – 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860-508-3186 or 226jazz@gmail.com
Nick Di Maria is a New Haven-based jazz trumpeter. Since 2006, Nick has been performing with his quartet all over New England and New York City. Heavily influenced by Miles Davis and Eddie Henderson, Nick's music extends the capabilities of post bop, electronic and experimental music.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7pm
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: JOE MORRIS’ MESS HALL with Joe Morris, Jerome Deupree, Steve Lantner, Stephen Haynes
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
MYRA MELFORD AND BEN GOLDBERG 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 15, 2014 – 8pm - $54-$74
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 20 Greenwoods Rd. W - Rt. 44. - Norfolk 866-666-6306
Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 7-30pm
SPYRO GYRA
Infinity Hall - 32 Front St. – Hartford 866-666-6306
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7pm & 9pm - $21
ALI RYERSON
Part of the NEAE Autumn Jazz Series at the Poli Club
Poli Club - Palace Theater - 100 East Main St. – Waterbury 203 346-2000
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).
December, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
MINGUS BIG BAND
Morse Recital Hall – Sprague Hall – Yale University 470 College Street - New Haven 203 432-4158
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 3pm
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: CHAD TAYLOR
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Improvisations is a monthly, artist-curated series of performances centering on freely improvised music. Featured musicians are placed in combinations ranging from duo to quartet and, often, have never worked together as an ensemble prior to the performance. There is no rehearsal. The music is created in the moment, held by the listener. The aim is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. “You know you’re doing something right when the musicians come out to hear you.” – Stephen Haynes
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).
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).
January, 2015
February, 2015
March, 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bloomfield Village Pizza (34 Tunxis Avenue – Bloomfield) - Cliff Davis Presents: Early Jazz every Monday evening 6pm – 9pm with some of the finest jazz artists in Connecticut. Students and professionals are welcome to perform. Come early and Leave early, and remember all of this is keeping jazz alive!!
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • Laetus Restaurant & Lounge (253 Asylum St. - Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends every Wednesday at 7-10pm
  • 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) - Steve Davis Quartet featuring Linda Ransom every Sunday 6-9pm
  • 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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