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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.

May, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016 – 7pm - $15 in advance / $20 at the door / $10 seniors / $5 students | Hartford Jazz Society members: $10 in advance / $15 at the door
GARY BARTZ QUARTET
Opening group: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I

A free Student Jazz Workshop will be held at the venue from 4:30pm-6pm
Polish National Home - 60 Charter Oak Avenue – Hartford
The Hartford Jazz Society is proud to present the legendary saxophonist Gary Bartz as the headliner of the Spring Concert of its Concert and Workshop series. The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I will open the show. The concert starts at 7pm and a free Student Jazz Workshop will be held at the venue from 4:30-6pm. Gary Bartz first came to New York In 1958 to attend the Julliard Conservatory of Music. Just 17 years old, Gary couldn't wait to come to the city to play and learn. "It was a very good time for the music in New York, at the end of what had been the be-bop era," says Bartz. "Charlie Parker had passed away three years previously but Miles' group was in its heyday, Monk was down at the Five Spot, and Ornette Coleman was just coming to town. Things were fresh." Back then, Gary could regularly be found drinking Cokes in the all ages "peanut gallery" of Birdland, enjoying a marathon bill of performers. "If I didn't have money to get in. I'd help somebody carry a drum and sneak in," laughs Bartz. "I learned that early on." Bartz has played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and Jackie McLean. His group, the Ntu Troop, combined soul, funk, African music, hard bop, and avant-garde jazz. In liner notes to his album released in 1995, The Red and Orange Poems, Bartz was described by jazz critic Stanley Crouch as "one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument". He has recorded more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. He won a Grammy Award in 2005 for his playing on McCoy Tyner's album Illuminations. Bartz was awarded the BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy Award, presented at a special ceremony at The Kennedy Center. He currently teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, when not touring.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 8pm - FREE
TONEBURST ELECTROEXTRAVAGANZA

World Music Hall – Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works for live-electronics under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, and premieres works written by ensemble members.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
ALLISON MILLER BOOM TIC BOOM
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 2:00 pm - FREE
TRIBUTE TO PAUL BROWN – James Daggs-bass, Norman Gage-baritone sax, Kenny Reed-trumpet, Norman Johnson-guitar, Alex Nakhimovsky-piano, Michael Scott-drums

Avon Public Library - 281 Country Club Road - Avon 860 673 9712
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:30pm - $15 adults / $13 Seniors, Children
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FEATURING THE BIG BAND SOUNDS OF TUXEDO JUNCTION
Branford High School - 185 Main Street - Branford
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 8pm - $40 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)
EVENING WITH BONEY JAMES
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven (203) 392-6154
Music critics consider him one of the most influential jazz artists of his generation which explains why his latest CD “Futuresoul” jumped right to the top of the contemporary album chart. You can enjoy this #1 jazz artist live in an appearance at Lyman center that is guaranteed to be a night filled with fantastic music. Join in the fun with this fan favorite!
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 7:30pm - $15
ALLISON MILLER’S BOOM TIC BOOM - Jenny Scheinman-violin, Kirk Knuffke-cornet, Ben Goldberg-clarinet, Myra Melford-piano, Todd Sickafoose-bass
Institute for the Musical Arts - 165 Cape St. (Rt. 112) - Goshen, MA
The most poignant music is often inspired by watershed events in an artist’s life, and few occasions are more transformative than the arrival of one’s first child. For Allison Miller, the extraordinary drummer, composer and leader of her band Boom Tic Boom, that life-affirming experience provided the seed that led to the creation of her new full-length studio album, Otis Was a Polar Bear (The Royal Potato Family: April 8, 2016). The album is Miller’s latest collection of 10 original compositions following her 2013 critically acclaimed No Morphine, No Lilies, which Downbeat Magazine said “reveals her exemplary chops and stylistic breadth.” The birth of Miller’s (and partner Rachel’s) daughter Josie found the NYC-based drummer reordering her priorities and the very way in which she approached her art. Miller, praised by the All Music Guide as “one of the finest drummers on the scene, but also one of the most innovative compositional voices,” began writing Otis Was a Polar Bear during the summer of 2014 while touring with lauded singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant. Over the past few years, she has also been involved with Toshi Reagon and Dorrance Dance’s “The Blues Project,” which features many of the world’s finest tap dancers. “The Blues Project” reinvigorated her approach to the drum kit to be more akin with the movements of a dancer and renewed her connection to danceable grooves. Following the recording sessions for Otis Was A Polar Bear at Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, California) with producer Hans Wendl (Tin Hat Trio), she returned to New York City to work as the drummer for the national TV program, The Meredith Vieira Show. Winning a 2014 “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant” from Chamber Music America enabled her to fully realize her latest works through repeated performances and workshops prior to the recording sessions. Once in the studio, with guidance from producer Hans Wendl, Miller allowed the compositions to come alive with each musician’s intuitive feel and improvisational mastery at the forefront. “Each member of Boom Tic Boom is an incredible bandleader in their own right. They’ve all influenced me tremendously. While recording, I began asking myself what special qualities do they bring? Why am I so drawn to them? I really wanted the band to come away from the recording and say, ‘Wow! We really just made something special.’ I wanted them to feel like each of their unique styles were fully represented.” Miller breaks it down, “Boom Tic Boom is really a group of friends and we’ve been playing as a band for eight years.” She continues, “We love each other, trust each other and are true collaborators. It’s been such a time of crazy change and deeply letting go, so I intentionally decided to have that approach in the studio too. I wanted it to be playful, with lots of experimentation, and to approach it with a beginner’s mind.” Every track on Otis Was a Polar Bear tells a compelling story. The opener “Fuster” was written for Miller’s daughter, Josie, and influenced by the Cuban artist José Fuster. It started as a silly made-up melody sung to Josie in the first weeks of her life, but coalesced into a full-fledged piece after a few months of not being able to shake it from the drummer’s head. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, “Staten Island” was inspired by the senseless and tragic killing of Eric Garner by the hands of the Staten Island police. “I sat down at the piano feeling hopeless and filled with rage. This is what came out,” Miller says. 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. Single tickets available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Check our website for updates on related public events: www.jazzshares.org
Monday, May 9, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, May 12 - 6:30-8 pm - FREE
SIMPLY SWING – featuring Vivian LaRosa

Enes Community Center - 150 Nevers Road - South Windsor
The 2016 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues indoors with a return performance in South Windsor. The third of 20 concerts throughout greater Hartford and Western Massachusetts the performance is free and open to the public with room for swing and ballroom dancers. Under the musical direction of drummer/composer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and wonderful vocals by Vivian LaRosa. Simply Swing will perform favorites from Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released in 2013. Full series info: http://www.simplyswingmusic.com
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
BEN ALLISON
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 2 pm - FREE
THE PAINTERS JAZZ TRIO - Dan O’Brian-Horns, Silvain Castellano-Bass, George Mastrogiannis-Drums

Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 8pm - $45 in advance / $55 at door (21 and over only)
AN INTIMATE NIGHT OF JAZZ WITH SAXMAN ELAN TROTMAN
Home Restaurant - 1114 Main St. – Branford
Saxman Elan Trotman is one of the HOT new breed of saxophonists that is pushing the envelope of smooth jazz. Born in Barbados and graduated from Berklee School of Music, Trotman brings a world of influences from his island nation to the uirban life in Boston. Elan Trotman is in constant demand not just for his own music but in supporting roles for the likes of Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Brian Simpson, Keiko Matsui, and more. Pick up most any jazz CD today and you're bound to see Elan's name associated with one or more tracks. Elan Trotman joins us direct from Boston for this rare and intimate performance with his band and we're thrilled - and Elan is thrilled - to come to Branford and play in this very special show!
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
ADAM MATLOCK (solo) | ANNE RHODES / CHRIS CRETELLA DUO
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 8pm - $68 / $75 Day of show price $75 /$82 - for tickets call 413-593-5222 or on-line www.hukelau.com
WILL DOWNING
The Hu Ke lau Dinner Theater - 705 Memorial Drive - Chicopee , MA
Come experience one of the most stellar voices of our time. Will Downing, Grammy nominated, singer song writer, musician will light up the Hu Ke Lau stage. With a career that spans over 27 years and 18 albums, Will Downing is one of the most versatile and loved voices of our time. This show promises to be a night of singing in its purest form. The Prince of Sophisticated Soul will perform all of his hits such as: “For You, “Love Me Back,” “Wishing On A Star,” and “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This. For questions about this ad call Walter at 413-949-0683 or email gatorjazz@gmail.com .
Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 3pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS/ARCADE - WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES – cornet
SPECTACLE III - with KAORU WATANABE-flutes, ANDRIA NICODEMOU-vibraphone, ANDREW DRURY-drums and percussion, MAT MANERI-viola, KYOKO KITAMURA-voice, CARL TESTA-bass, BEN STAPP-tuba, BEN HALL-tympani, drums and percussion

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations/Arcade series is built upon an authentic and deep collaboration between local artists - Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes - and a vital contemporary arts organization with deep roots in the region - Real Art Ways. This relationship is a singular one, reflective of the unique and powerful work that is shared with listeners every season through the concert experience. Performances take place in a chamber music setting. Seating is often three quarter round and the music is primarily acoustic. Every event provides for informal conversations about the music and methodology between guest artists and the audience. The Improvisations concert series consistently gathers, combines and shares a dynamic cross-section of essential improvising artists. We are also committed to identifying and presenting young/emerging artists and providing an all-too-rare platform for the development and sharing of their work. Since 2011, thirty-four artists have visited Real Art Ways to perform and connect with local and regional audiences. This complement of artists is diverse by any measurement and includes visiting international artists who often make their only Connecticut performance here at Real Art Ways. Many of our guest artists visit Hartford for the first time through the Improvisations series.
Monday, May 16, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:30pm - $25
HSO JAZZ AND STRINGS PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO SARAH VAUGHAN, FEATURING ROSENA HILL-JACKSON
Asylum Hill Congregational Church – 814 Asylum Avenue – Hartford 860-278-0785
Tickets can be purchased in advance and will also be available at the door.
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 7:30pm - $20 in advance / $25 at the door (includes a free dance lesson)
AL FENTON BIG BAND – a fundraiser to benefit the Universalist Church in West Hartford
Universalist Church - 433 Fern Street - West Hartford
There will be live music and dancing.
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 7:30pm - $25
SELECTIONS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FEATURING THE BIG BAND SOUNDS OF TUXEDO JUNCTION
Bill Millers Castle - 834 East Main St - Branford
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
KATIE BULL GROUP
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 21 2016 – 8pm - $10 per person in advance / $15 single, $25 couple at the door
A JAZZY TIME AT J'S CRAB SHACK
A fundraiser presented by the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in partnership with J's Crab Shack
Event to be held at J's Crab Shack - 2074 Park St. - Hartford - 860-231-9545
Music, featuring: Dan Fine and Friends featuring Bill Stillinger (bass), Subby Giacco (sax), Billy Arnold (drums) and Dan Fine (keyboard). Sit ins welcome! Advance tickets can be purchased at www.hartfordjazz.org Happy Hour prices available!
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 8pm - $20 in advance / $25 at the door
LARRY WILLIS QUINTET – Larry Willis-piano, Gary Bartz-alto saxophone, Steve Davis-trombone, Billy Williams-drums, Blake Meister-bass
The Artists Collective – 1200 Albany Avenue – Hartford 860-527-3205
Larry Willis was born in Harlem, New York. As a jazz pianist and composer, he has performed in a wide range of styles. Surprisingly, he entered music not as a pianist but as a voice major, first at New York’s High School of Music and Art for gifted students, then at the Manhattan School of Music. During his senior year in high school, at 17, he had his first recording date, a classical gig with the Music and Arts Choral Ensemble, singing at Copland Opera, conducted by no less then Leonard Bernstein. But something even more important than that happened to Larry Willis at the beginning of that senior year. He started playing the piano-no lessons, no teacher, just figuring it out by himself. By the end of the winter, he was playing his first professional gigs in a jazz trio with two of his classmates, Al Foster on drums and Eddie Gomez on bass. Larry switched from voice to music theory after entering Manhattan School of Music, where he began running head-on into the all too evident barriers facing black musicians in the classical world. A positive result was Larry’s interest in jazz was turning into a passion. Fellow student, Hugh Masekela, introduced Larry to John Mehegan, the legendary New York jazz piano teacher, for what would be his first lessons ever. By the end of that year, at age 19, Larry was playing regularly with Jackie McLean, the great alto saxophone innovator, who would eventually give him his first recording date-Right Now, on Blue Note. The album featured two compositions that would become a continuing stream of Larry Willis compositions. Since then, Larry Willis has played on more than 300 records. He’s played with almost every stellar jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Hugh Masekela, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, and Shirley Horn. Recognized by his peers as an extraordinary, versatile pianist, his repertoire also includes rock and pop, having spent 7 years with Blood, Sweat and Tears, and having performed with many African, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban groups. This concert will be a homecoming for not only Larry Willis but also members of this special quintet, including Gary Bartz, alto saxophone, Steve Davis, trombone, with Billy Williams, drums, and Blake Meister on bass. Tickets available at the Artists Collective (860) 527-3205 and at Integrity-n-Music, 506 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT. Advance ticket prices are honored until 2pm, Saturday, May 21.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 8 pm - $15
THE FRENCH-AMERICAN CONNECTION: CHRISTOPHE ROCHER, JOE FONDA & HARVEY SORGEN
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, May 23, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
Tuesday, May 24, 7-8:30 pm - FREE
SIMPLY SWING – featuring Vivian LaRosa

Senior Center - 240 Stafford Avenue - Bristol
The 2016 Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring Simply Swing continues indoors in Bristol. The fourth of 20 concerts throughout the greater Hartford and Western Massachusetts the performance is free and open to the public. Under the musical direction of drummer/composer Joe LaRosa, Simply Swing includes six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and wonderful vocals by Vivian LaRosa. Simply Swing will perform favorites from Big Band and Swing Dance eras as well as selections from its “Dancing to Simply Swing” CD released in 2013. Full series info: http://www.simplyswingmusic.com
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 8pm - $10
URI SHAHAM & MARK KAPLAN QUARTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Uri Shaham – Mark Kaplan Quartet is a premier jazz ensemble that interprets The Great American Songbook and jazz classics in a uniquely expansive way. Fronted by stellar jazzmen Uri Shaham on piano, and Mark Kaplan on tenor saxophone, the rhythm section is rounded out by all stars David Stoltz on bass, and Ralph Rosen on drums. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
TRUMPETER SUSANA SANTOS SILVA PLUS GUESTS
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 8 pm - $10
URI SHAHAM & MARK KAPLAN QUARTET
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
The Uri Shaham – Mark Kaplan Quartet is a premier jazz ensemble that interprets The Great American Songbook and jazz classics in a uniquely expansive way. Fronted by stellar jazzmen Uri Shaham on piano, and Mark Kaplan on tenor saxophone, the rhythm section is rounded out by all stars David Stoltz on bass, and Ralph Rosen on drums. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Monday, May 30, 2016 – 7pm – 10pm - FREE
JAM SESSION hosted by DON DEPALMA-piano with MORRIS TRENT-bass and ALVIN CARTER, JR.-drums

Hot Tomato’s (on the patio) - 1 Union Place – Hartford 860-249-5100
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM

Presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Neefjazz Entertainment
Black-eyed Sally's - 350 Asylum Street - Downtown Hartford
Located in downtown Hartford, for the aficionado, musician, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Set in the southern juke joint atmosphere of Black-eyed Sally’s, Jazz Mondays will strike a chord as you hear what our local talent has to offer, with regular special appearances by big city jazz names. Experience the cool original music of the jam session while you enjoy the hot fierce cookin’ of Hartford’s favorite BBQ joint. Jam session begins after 1st set. $5 cover once a month, under 21s welcome.
June, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7pm & 9pm - $23
ALI RYERSON
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org
With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Born in 1952 in New York City, Ali grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, was a renowned jazz guitarist who got his start with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and later became one of the first-call studio players in NYC for five decades, recording with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Elvis Presley. Ali has carried on the family tradition, becoming an international touring/recording artist, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note to festival appearances worldwide. Ryerson has released nearly two-dozen albums as leader or co-leader on major jazz labels such as Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Red Baron. She has recorded and performed with jazz greats such as Stephane Grappelli, Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Hubert Laws, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, and Joe Beck. Full Series Info : www.neaae.com

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7:30pm - $15
MICHAEL DESSEN TRIO - Michael Dessen-trombone, live electronics, compositions; Chris Tordini-bass; Dan Weiss-drums
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. – Holyoke, MA.
This concert will feature Dessen’s newest composition for the trio, Somewhere In The Upstream, and is dedicated to Pioneer Valley icon, Yusef Lateef (1920-2013). It’s a concert-length “scorestream” work, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation, that premiered in two concerts in California in 2014. Dessen has worked in this electro-acoustic trio format since 2003 to create music that combines intricately composed materials with highly open improvisation. The music covers a wide range of feels, from polyrhythmic grooves to spacious textures, from crashing densities to delicate threads. The compositions determine specific shapes and flows, but the music sounds very different in each performance because of the emphasis on collective improvisation. Dessen has released three well received releases on Clean Feed Records. His latest, Reasonating Abstractions (2014), is inspired by seven contemporary abstract painters and was commissioned through Chamber Music America’s “New Jazz Works”. Dessen’s composing includes networked “scorestreams” that are displayed dynamically on screens for performers to interpret. As an improviser, he collaborates with diverse bands in addition to performing solo on digibone, an animistic world of slide trombone and live electronics. Since 2007, Dessen has also been involved in numerous telematic concerts that link performers in distant locations via high-definition networking technologies. He has composed new works specifically for the telematic stage, and has co-directed large-scale telematic projects featuring renowned composer-improvisers performing together across continents. He has published writings on music, focusing especially on the role of African American traditions within late-twentieth century experimental music worlds, and he is on the Music faculty at the University of California, Irvine, where he co-founded a new PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT). Dessen’s teachers include Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis, and he is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MM), and the University of California, San Diego (PhD). 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. Single tickets available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door. Check our website for updates on related public events: www.jazzshares.org
Friday, June, 3 2016 – 8pm – $35 / $30 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)
BOB BALDWIN AND WALTER BEASLEY
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven (203) 392-6154
This dynamic DOULE BILL begins with Bob Baldwin composer, jazz keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author. He and his band will raise the roof as they perform from this hot urban jazz keyboardists extensive catalog of more than 20 records! Then get prepared for a lesson in jazz from saxophonist, Walter Beasley, who has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “Musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade and the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history! Get ready for some fun because school’s out for the summer!
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
MARIO PAVONE
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 5pm - $10 cover charge goes to GHFJ and this summer's 25th anniversary festival
A TASTE OF LATIN JAZZ
A fundraiser presented by the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in partnership with The Russell
The Russell - 103 Pratt St. - Hartford - 860-727-4014
Music, featuring: Espada Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.hartfordjazz.com or at the door. Wine tasting with recommended appetizer pairings. Drink and appetizer specials!
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 8:30pm ($20) and 10pm ($15)
JAY ROSEN - RDM TRIO
Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven
This event takes place in the unusually intimate setting of the venue's acoustically engineered recording studio, which the New York Times' Nate Chinen has called "the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://firehouse12.com or by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7 pm. the night of the show (subject to availability).
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
BRANDON LOPEZ SOLO PLUS 1 GROUP TBA
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
BRANDON LOPEZ SOLO PLUS 1 GROUP TBA
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
The Uncertainty Music Series is a New Haven-based creative music series curated by composer Carl Testa that has been presenting concert events since September 2007. The series focuses on original music generally of the improvised, electronic, or experimental varieties. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists that may not have the opportunity to present their work elsewhere. The inspiration for the series comes from artist-run organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago/New York and the CT-based Creative Musicians' Improvisers Forum (CMIF). The series presents concerts on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Never Ending Books.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 8pm – $45 Regular, $65 Premium in advance / $50 Regular, $70 Premium at the door
MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA
Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall - Yale University - 470 College Street - New Haven
Winner of multiple GRAMMY Awards including 2016 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for the latest album, “The Thompson Fields” and Best Arrangement for “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” recorded with David Bowie, Maria Schneider and her orchestra will perform her new work co-commissioned by the Festival. Her music blurs the lines between big-band jazz, poetry, and chamber music, and her band is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians today.
riday, June 24, 2016 – 8pm - $27
RACHEL Z DUO
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org
Over the latter half of the '90s, pianist/keyboardist Rachel Z blossomed into one of the top female performers in contemporary mainstream jazz. Because of her work in fusion and jazz-pop, she hasn't always enjoyed universally high critical regard, but it's clear that commercial accessibility doesn't constitute the full breadth of her ambition. Plus, the more she came into her own as a solo artist, the more committed she became to spotlighting and collaborating with other female jazz players. In 1994, she began collaborating heavily with saxophone legend Wayne Shorter on his Verve debut and comeback effort, High Life, orchestrating his compositions (mostly on synth) and adding her own synthesizer and piano work. Released in 1995, the results were a commercial and (for the most part) critical success, winning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. After serving as musical director on the supporting tour, Z officially left Steps Ahead and signed with Mainieri's NYC label as a solo artist. Her label debut, A Room of One's Own, was a series of compositions dedicated to the female artists (in all fields) who'd inspired her. Appropriately, her backing group -- which featured, among others, her regular trio of the time in bassist Tracy Wormworth and drummer Cindy Blackman -- was heavily weighted toward female musicians. Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 8pm - $55
LIZZ WRIGHT
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
For tickets, call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
MONTREAL JAZZ WEEKEND PACKAGE
Package Includes:
  • Round Trip First Class Motorcoach Transportation
  • 3 Nights Quality Accommodations at the Newly Renovated Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville - www.yul-downtown.hiselect.com
  • 235 rooms
  • Health & Fitness Center
  • Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool
  • Spa Facilities
  • Full Buffet Breakfast each morning
Transportation to the Casino de Montreal - Friday evening
Hotel taxes and Gratuities

DISCOUNT PRICE PER PERSON
$750 per person based on 1 per room
$480 per person based on 2 per room
$395 per person based on 3 per room
$360 per person based on 4 per room

Passports are needed

Bus Departs: 8:00AM
From: Windsor Commuter Lot, Windsor Ct (Rte 218) Next to Mt. St. Benedict’s Cemetery
Make checks or money orders payable to: Tonya Knight
Mail payments to: Tonya Knight, P.O. Box 232011, Hartford, CT 06123
Payment schedule per person: March 1st100.00; April 1st $100.00; May 1 $100.00; June 1st balance in full
Deposits are non-refundable unless trip is cancelled
July, 2016
August, 2016
September, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:30am – 7pm
HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY ANNUAL JAZZ CRUISE
Connecticut State Pier - 152-198 Little Meadow Road - Haddam
October, 2016
November, 2016
December, 2016
Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
  • Latin Jazz Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
    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
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Cabaret (32 Hancock St – Springfield, MA - 413-734-3000 after 5 pm) - The Scott Sasanecki Quartet performs every third Sunday of the month 5-8pm, starting Sept. 20. There will be a small cover and we suggest you arrive early! Featured in this ensemble will be Hartford-based musicians pianist Damian Curtis, bassist Paul Fuller, New Haven-based drummer Jay Williams and longtime Western MA native, guitarist Scott Sasanecki. Hard-bop and bebop standards, blues, and sambas.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • Kelly's Gastropub (196 Crown Street, corner of Temple & Crown, New Haven) - "Dr. G's Jazz Brunch" every Sunday from noon to 3pm. We feature a different local jazz hero or two weekly, usually it's a quartet.
  • La Luna Ristorante (169 North Main St - Branford 203-483-9995) - Friday & Saturday from 6-9 pm singer & pianist Leo Boogie performs torch songs & romantic jazz ballads, also Spanish language love songs in the dining room.
  • Marco Polo Restaurant (1250 Burnside Ave, East Hartford) - Al Fenton Big Band performs the first Thursday of every month at 7:30-9:30. This is an 18-piece band led by Kathy J. Neri. We perform jazz, swing and blues in the Big Band Style. No cover charge.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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