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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.

February, 2015
Through April 26, 2015 - FREE
THE BEST OF BABY GRAND JAZZ: A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE!

Hartford Public Library - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Showcases the images of local artists specific to past performances from 2004 - 2014. Featured artists include Joseph Chandler, Byron Dean, Darryl Z. Oates, Maurice Robertson, Wanda Selden & Ray Shaw. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Library hours. Please visit hplct.org. or call (860) 695-6293.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 -, at 8pm - $12 general public / $7 students
FRED HERSCH TRIO – Fred Hersc h, piano; John Hébert, bass; Eric McPherson, drums
Bezanson Recital Hall - 151 Presidents Drive - Amherst, MA
The Trio has been called, “one of the major ensembles of our time", by Will Friedwald. Their 2012 release, Alive at the Village Vanguard, “is audacious and extravagant,” writes Tom Conrad in Jazz Times. “The music bristles with a spirit of invention,” writes Howard Reich, “its substantive harmonic content giving weight to the proceedings, while Hersch’s mercurial interactions with John Hébert and Eric McPherson keep listeners on edge.” Their most recent release, Floating, was released to critical acclaim last year. Hersch was the first and second artist in the 75-year history of the Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist, and is the creative force behind his ambitious 2011 autobiographical production, My Coma Dreams, (a full-evening work for 11 instrumentalists, actor/singer and multimedia). Hersch is “singular among the trailblazers of their art,” writes the New York Times, “a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” A passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies since 1993, Hersch has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and in numerous concerts for charities including Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS that have raised over $250,000 to date. He has also been the keynote speaker and performer at international medical conferences in the U.S. and Europe. The Magic Triangle Jazz Series continues April 2, with Ned Rothenberg "Inner Diaspora". Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 1-800-999-UMAS. www.fineartscenter.com/magictriangle. The Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series is produced by WMUA-FM and the Fine Arts Center, and funded by the UMass Arts Council. Additional support from Hotel UMass.
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 8:30pm - $38.50
E.J. STRICKLAND QUINTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme - 860-434-0886
Join us to welcome E.J. back to The Side Door and to celebrate the CD Release event of his new project “The Undying Spirit”. The incredible band featured on this CD is: E.J. Strickland - drums/compositions, Jaleel Shaw - alto sax, Marcus Strickland - tenor & soprano saxes, Luis Perdomo – piano, Linda Oh – bass.
www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 2 pm - FREE
JACK RILEY QUARTET - Jack Riley-vocals; Tim Lumnah-guitar; Aidan O’Connell-bass; Eric Hallenbeck-drums
Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 8 pm – 10pm - $10
DAN ARCAMONE JAZZ
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.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 8:30pm - $35
BEN WOLFE QUARTET
The Side Door Jazz Club - 85 Lyme St - Old Lyme - 860-434-0886
Check this line up of Jazz talent!.... Ben Wolfe - bass, Donald Edwards - drums, Stacy Dillard - saxophone, Orrin Evans – piano. As Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.” Including his recent MAXJAZZ release “From Here I See, Bassist-composer Ben Wolfe has released seven CDs comprised solely of his original music.
www.thesidedoorjazz.com
March, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
LASZLO GARDONY TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 3 pm - FREE
STANLEY MAXWELL - Andy Chatfield on drumset and percussion, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano and melodica

Wesleyan University's Russell House – 350 High Street - Middletown
The Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell plays original music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisation. The group has built a grassroots name for themselves at colleges and festivals throughout the northeast since 2001, combining the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction, which helped lead to their winning "Best Jazz Band" in the Hartford Advocate's Grand Band Slam Readers' Poll in 2007, 2009, and 2010. "Mousetrap" is an eleven-bar blues influenced by Thelonious Monk from their debut album "Don't Wake The Baby!" The band's recording of the composition by pianist Evan Green attracted international attention, including "Mousetrap" winning "Best Jazz Song" in the 7th annual Independent Music Awards in December 2007.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 7:30pm - $60- $80
PAUL WINTER
Infinity Hall Norfolk – 20 Greenwoods Rd - Norfolk – 866-866-6306
Paul Winter’s musical odyssey has long embraced the traditions of the world’s cultures, as well as the wildlife voices of what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.” From the early days of his college jazz sextet, which toured Latin America for the State Department and performed the first-ever jazz concert at the White House for the Kennedys in 1962, to his later ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, his concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents. He has recorded 45 albums, of which 7 have been honored with Grammy® Awards. Paul's program, "My Brazil," on Sunday March 1st, will embrace the gamut of his favorite Brazilian music, including the classic songs of Carlos Lyra and Antonio Carlos Jobim; Afro-Samba music of Bahia in Brazil's northeast; Carnival songs; and music of Brazil's great classical composer Villa-Lobos.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:30pm - $15
JAMES FALZONE’S RENGA ENSEMBLE - James Falzone, Ken Vandermark. Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Dave Rempis and Ned Rothenberg, clarinets and saxophones
Eastworks - 116 Pleasant St., West Entrance - Easthampton, MA
The Renga Ensemble was convened by clarinetist and composer James Falzone for a series of concerts and a recording in April, 2013 in Chicago. The ensemble, handpicked by Falzone, brings together some of the most diverse and adventurous clarinet and saxophone players working today. He wanted an answer to the question: how do diverse musical voices converge and find common ground, especially in a setting where composed and improvised elements coalesce. Falzone named the group after a centuries-old form of collaborative Japanese poetry, where two or three poets blend their words into a single meditative work. His compositions, written especially for this project, were conceived around a haiku by American poet Anita Virgil. The titles of the 5 main compositions make up her stunningly clear poem: Not Seeing / The Room Is White / Until That Red Apple. "The finest improvising clarinetist in Chicago, who is also one of the top genre-crossing reedmen in the country,” declares Neil Tesser about Falzone. “His expertise and curiosity allow him to stretch from traditional to modern in both classical music and jazz, with forays into folk and liturgical music, as well. Some artists like to blast through the walls that separate genres. Falzone turns them into putty and lets each side seep through to the other."
Multi-faceted clarinetist/composer James Falzone is an acclaimed member of Chicago's jazz and creative improvised music scene, a veteran contemporary music lecturer and clinician, the longtime Director of Music for Grace Chicago Church and an award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber ensembles, choirs and symphony orchestras around the globe. He leads his own ensembles KLANG and Allos Musica and has released nine highly regarded recordings on Allos Documents, a label he founded in 2000. The new Renga Ensemble disc, "The Room Is", has just been released. 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 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.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 6pm
WILLIAM HOOKER - LIVE MUSIC SILENT FILM - OSCAR MICHEAUX'S "BODY AND SOUL" 1917 - WITH THE DOUBLE QUINTET
Central Connecticut State University – Torp Theatre – Davidson Hall – 1615 Stanley Street – New Britain
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
Friday, March 6, 2015 – 8pm - $65 - $95
DIANA KRALL WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR
Toyota Oakdale Theatre - 95 South Turnpike Road – Wallingford 203-265-1501
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 8pm - $10
EHUD ETTUN TRIO
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown - 860-347-4957
Bassist Ehud Ettun has been “making a splash into the jazz and world music scene”(Boston Globe), he has collaborated with artists such as Danilo Perez, George Garzone, Anat Cohen and others. His new trio, together with pianist Daniel Schwarzwald and drummer Matan Asayag have recently released their album “Raw Gestures”, that was rated #1 on the Jazz category in the iTunes chart in Israel. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time. www.ehudettun.com
Saturday March 7, 2015 - 5:30pm - $20 Dinner and Concert
KELLY SHEPHERD & THE NOMAD STORIES EXPERIENCE
Sunday March 8, 2015 - 12pm- 2pm concert - $35 Dinner Concert & Workshop
WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS WITH THE NOMAD STORIES EXPERIENCE
Kelly's Music & More - 410 Great Rd Suite 341 - Littleton MA 978-973-8207
Musicians: Eric Kennedy: Drums and Percussion; Herman Burney: Upright Bass; Justin Taylor: Piano; Kelly Shepherd: Soprano, Alto Saxophones, Flute, & Percussion
Students and parents will be able to meet the musicians on Saturday and on Sunday those attending the workshop will be able to play with, receive helpful advice and play with these fantastic world class musicians! Please invite your friends and families and anyone else who loves music!
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7pm - $12
GEORGE LESIW TRIO - George Lesiw-guitar; George Mastrogiannis-drums; Preston Murphy-bass
226Jazz - 226 Broad Street – Windsor 860 219-1947
"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, March 7, 2015 - 8pm -$25
KAT EDMONSON with special guest, Milton
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Road - Ridgefield
Billie Holiday comparisons are coming thick and fast for retro-soul chanteuse Kat Edmonson. The Boston Globe called her 2012 album, Way Down Low, “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” Her 2014 follow-up, The Big Picture, confirms it was no fluke: she is one of today’s most exciting and original singers, a throwback who is completely of the moment, a dazzling talent with a voice that’s impossible to forget. To purchase tickets, click here or call box office at 203-438-5795
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
MATT DECHAMPLAIN
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Tuesday, March 13, 2015 – 9pm
STEVE DAVIS & CODE BLUE feat. KRIS JENSEN, TONY DAVIS, MATT DWONZSYK, JONATHAN BARBER
Sully’s Pub - Park St. off Prospect (near Lena's Pizza) - Hartford
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8 pm - $10 suggested donation
ISABELLE DUTHOIT (clarinet) and FRANZ HAUTZINGER (trumpet)
The Uncertainty Music Series
Never Ending Books - 810 State Street- New Haven
Please come out this Saturday and enjoy music in a casual atmosphere. Please bring friends, food, and drinks. 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.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 11am – 2pm - $35 / $25 members
JAZZ BRUNCH: GOZA LATIN JAZZ
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – 600 Main Street – Hartford 860-838-4100
Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch and complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JOSHUA BREAKSTONE
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Friday, March 20, 2015 – 8pm - $15 in advance / $20 at the door for non-members / $10 in advance for HJS members / $15 at the door for HJS members / $5 Students
ETHAN IVERSON / RON CARTER
Free Student Jazz Workshop, 4:30 - 6 pm
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Ensemble 3, 7 pm

Polish National Home – 60 Charter Oak Avenue - Hartford
Details and Tickets
Ethan Iverson has listened to Ron Carter as long as he’s been listening to jazz. He has written about Carter frequently on his well-respected jazz blog Do The Math and is quoted several times in Carter’s biography Finding the Right Notes. For this special duo project, Iverson has invited the legendary bassist to join him in a program of familiar standards, jazz classics, and Carter originals. Presented with financial support from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
JONNY KING TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 7pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: JOE MCPHEE – reeds
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations 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. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. Follow the 2014-15 season of Improvisations, browse the photo archives from past seasons and more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvisations/324014434279441
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8 pm - $76
CASSANDRA WILSON - A CELEBRATION OF BILLIE HOLIDAY
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
Cassandra Wilson, perhaps the greatest living jazz singer, comes to The Playhouse to offer a special tribute concert to Billie Holiday on the centennial of Lady Day’s birth. Wilson has the goods to honor Holiday: TIME magazine recognized her as “America’s best singer” and “the true heir of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.” The New York Times noted approvingly that Wilson possesses “a contralto as rich and as supple as vintage leather,” with a distinctive “earthy majesty.” The BBC went further in describing her spectacular voice: “husky yet smooth, like sand mixed with honey, it’s sophisticated, wise, and sexy all at the same time, and seems to plug right in to the history of black American music.” For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Friday, March 27th, 2015 - 8pm - $10
NOBUKI TAKAMEN QUARTET - Nobuki Takamen on guitar, Henry Lugo on bass, Dan O'Brian on tenor sax and George Mastrogiannis on drums
The 9th Note - 56 Orange Street - New Haven 203.691.9918
A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his gourp in the USA, Canada and Europe, performing at some of the best international jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club and Smalls Jazz Club. He has also toured annually throughout Japan since 2004. ''... a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skills...'' - Vintage Guitar Magazine
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 8pm - $35 / $30 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $30 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
INCOGNITO
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
ALVIN CARTER PROJECT: CONFLUENCE OF INFLUENCE
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
April, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8 pm - $50 / $45
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge - Ridgefield
The “quintessential New Orleans institution” (The New York Times) brings the sounds of the French Quarter to Ridgefield! The Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to present their unique New Orleans jazz sounds to the world. Having recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a recording and sold-out Carnegie Hall concert that included My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Mos Def and others — Preservation Hall is set to usher in the next decade of world class jazz. With many musicians related to the original players by blood — and all connected through the sheer power of tradition — their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $32 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
BRIAN CULBERTSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts- 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 8pm - $60- $80
BERNIE WILLIAMS QUARTET - RESCHEDULED DATE
Infinity Hall Hartford – 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 860-560-7757
The one and only Bernie Williams is making his Infinity Hall Hartford debut right after the New Year! This show is perfect for any Yankee fans you may know! Yes, Bernie Williams, one of the greatest Yankee center fielders of all time is also an amazing guitarist…..
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
CURTIS BROTHERS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 6PM - FREE
TONEBURST LAPTOP AND ELECTRONIC ARTS ENSEMBLE

CFA Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works by ensemble members, and old electronic works newly arranged for laptop ensemble, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 8pm - $45 - $65
JANE MONHEIT
Infinity Hall Norfolk – 20 Greenwoods Rd - Norfolk – 866-866-6306
Jane Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalist's Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing the work of Vince Mendoza on 2002's In The Sun and 2004's Taking A Chance On Love.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
BRIAN MARSELLA TRIO
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3pm - $15 / $12 members / $5 students
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview
FEATURING: BERN NIX – guitar
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
The Improvisations 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. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. Follow the 2014-15 season of Improvisations, browse the photo archives from past seasons and more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvisations/324014434279441
Friday, April 24, 2015 – 7pm - FREE
WESLEYAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, present an exciting evening of jazz repertoire by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and others.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:45pm - $38
STRINGS ATTACHED FEATURING LARRY CORYELL
StageOne – 70 Sanford Street – Fairfield 203-259-1036
Larry Coryell presents a roundtable of todays best jazz guitarists. Equally dexterous in the smoothest standards, and heaviest fusion and bop; Jimmy Bruno, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, and Joe Cohn span the scope of Jazz guitar. Each player has played a decisive role in modern jazz, a genre that has always appreciated a push of the envelope. Together these high flyers represent a veritable state of the instrument. At the helm of this crew is Larry Coryell, jazz-rock pioneer. One of the founding fathers of fusion, Coryell was instrumental in introducing a harder edge to jazz. His classic album, Spaces is a cornerstone in the birth of jazz fusion, and showcases Coryell leading one of the finest bands ever assembled: John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea, and Miroslav Vitous.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 8pm - $15 / Senior 60+ $12 / Wesleyan Faculty/Staff $12 / Non-WES Student, Child $12 / Wesleyan University Alumni $12 / Wesleyan Student $6
NOAH BAERMAN RESONANCE ENSEMBLE
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
A pianist, composer, educator, author, and Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, “Noah Baerman is no stranger to aiming high” (David Adler, Village Voice). Mr. Baerman’s group will present the world premiere of his extended work “The Rock and the Redemption.”
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3 pm - FREE
HEY RIM JEON & FRIENDS
Baby Grand Jazz 2015
Hartford Public Library (Atrium) - 500 Main Street – Hartford 860-695-6320
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm - FREE
JACKIE MCLEAN INSTITUTE OF JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Alfred C. Fuller Music Center F Millard Auditorium - University of Hartford - 200 Bloomfield Avenue - West Hartford 860.768.4454
May, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8 pm - FREE
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FOR VOCAL QUARTET

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University - Middletown
Four members of the New York Virtuoso Singers, under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, will present a concert of new and recent music for voice by Wesleyan graduate students and others.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8:30pm - $10
THE WARREN BYRD-SASKIA LAROO COLLECTIVE - Warren Byrd-piano, Saskia Laroo-trumpet, Henry Lugo-bass, Dan O'Brian-tenor sax and George Mastrogiannis-drums
The 9th Note - 56 Orange Street - New Haven 203.691.9918
"Warren Byrd, native of Hartford, Ct. and resident of Amsterdam, NL is a pianist/vocalist/composer whose music could be called indescribable, except for the fact that, 'He sounds like a lot of jazz pianists we've all dug'...Well, surely some cliches describe him well enough: 'Drawing on his roots to build new sounds', 'Original in ways that relate in ways to how everyone relates', 'Moving "outward" toward the "Core"', Blah, blah, etc. The truth of the matter is in the pudding: As an American with a heritage rooted in the fertile soil of Black creativity, he explores the universal ideals that connect us all seeking unity in music...he just so happens to really dig Jazz as his main musical springboard."--Warren Byrd
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8pm - $39 / $35 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $33 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
JEFREY OSBORNE, KIM WATERS, BRIAN SIMPSON
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts- 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8pm - $30 / $25 Faculty/Staff, SCSU student guests (limit 2), $25 series / $20 SCSU students with valid ID (limit 1)
DOWN TO THE BONE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JEFF BRADSHAW, JOEY SOMMERVILE AND ELAN TROTMAN
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts - 501 Crescent Street - New Haven 203-392-6154
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 7pm - $15 / $12 members
IMPROVISATIONS – CELEBRATING FREE MUSIC - Interview - article
SPECTACLE II - IMPROVISATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
WITH CURATORS: JOE MORRIS – guitar, bass ǀ STEPHEN HAYNES - cornet

Real Art Ways - 56 Arbor Street – Hartford
Spectacle gathers past performers and friends of Improvisations, the monthly series curated by Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, for a festival-style evening of "Free Music." Musicians will gather to play in a variety of small ensembles over the course of the event, culminating in a collective performance by the entire group. Guest musicians to be announced. The Improvisations 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. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists. Follow the 2014-15 season of Improvisations, browse the photo archives from past seasons and more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improvisations/324014434279441
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Other Regional Jazz Calendars
Connecticut
  • WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective
  • WWUH (University of Hartford) Jazzline, phone 860-768-5267 (updated every Friday afternoon)
  • Jazz Haven Calendar (New Haven and southern Connecticut)
  • WHUS Blues Bus Concert Calendar
    Massachusetts
  • WFCR Events Calendar (Northampton and western Massachusetts)
  • Worcester County Jazz Scene
  • WICN Event Calendar(central Massachusetts)
  • MassJazz
  • MyRootDown.com (Boston and surrounding area)
  • Boston Improv Calendar
  • New England Traditional Jazz Plus (originates in Massachusetts and covers New England)
    New York
  • Albany and Surrounding Environs
    Jazz Festivals in CT
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 17 – 19, 2009
  • Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Monday Night Jazz Series at Bushnell Park (Hartford)
  • New Haven Jazz Festival
    Jazz Festivals Beyond CT
  • Bang On A Can Marathon (New York City) - Marathon in June
  • Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston) - September
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - May 30 – June 8, 2008
  • Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) (New York City) - September
  • Freihofer's Jazz Festival (Saratoga, NY)
  • Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - October
  • International Jazz Festival of Montreal
  • International Society for Improvised Music
  • Jazz on the Vineyard (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Languages (New York City)
  • Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI) - August
  • NYC Winter JazzFest (New York City) - January
  • Pittsfield CityJazz Festival (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Victoriaville Jazz Festival
  • Vision Collaborations Festival (New York City) - March (4 days)
  • Vision Festival (New York City)

    Jazz Festivals Around the World - click HERE
    Ongoing Jazz Series in the Area - and check out WRTC's Jazz Weekly Concert Collective and Regulars Concert Collective for detailed listings in the Greater Hartford area.
  • 1249 Wine Bar (1249 West Main Street – Waterbury 203-754-5554) – Lori Fusco performs every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during Sunday Jazz Brunch and nearly every Friday from 7pm to 10pm
  • Arch Street Tavern (Hartford) - Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs every Monday evening at 8pm.
  • Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford) - Jazz Mondays (8 pm - 11 pm) is presented by the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra (an 18-piece big band) performs every Tuesday from 8pm – 10pm, often with the talented vocalist Jennifer Guidry.
  • Cafe Nine (New Haven) - jazz jams every Saturday afternoon from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (No Cover)
  • Casa Mia On the Green (600 Cold Spring Rd. - Rocky Hill 860-563-7000) - Jazz Nights every Thursday at 6pm.
  • Elks Club (171 Bellvue Street - Hartford - 860-247-1237) - Sam Kimble Jam Session every other Monday at 7 pm
  • Elmwood Kabob & Bar (1144 New Britain Ave. - West Hartford 860-232-1500) Live jazz every Wednesday from 8pm to midnight, presented by the Hartford Jazz Society
  • Firehouse 12 (New Haven) - Spring and Fall Jazz Series on Friday evenings featuring some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative improvised music today.
  • 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.
  • Max Downtown (185 Asylum St. – Hartford) - Steve Davis & Friends featuring Linda Ransom w/ Matt Deschamplain, Matt Dwonzsyk every Sunday 6pm – 9pm
  • Never Ending Books (810 State Street - New Haven) - New Haven Improvisers Collective conducts the Improvised Music Workshop on the last Monday of the month at 8 pm; Uncertainty Music Series presents a creative music performance on the second Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art (First Fridays) - various artists perform on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Outer Space (Treadwell Street - Hamden) – The jazz series happens every Sunday evening from 6-8pm. Free. The Outer Space is Located in a separate building 130 feet from “The Space” in the same parking lot. The Outer Space is a 21+, 79 capacity, café, listening room and lounge. Plenty of free, safe parking and not to mention we have the friendliest staff this side of the Mason Dixon.
  • Overshores Brewery (250 Bradley St, East Haven 203-909-6224) Pianist Leuven Liege plays jazz and blues instrumental and improvisation every Friday 6-8pm. No cover.
  • Pizzeria Lauretano (291 Greenwood Avenue – Bethel 203-792-1500) – live jazz Sunday evenings from 6pm – 8pm, reservations recommended
  • The Owl Shop (268 College Street - downtown New Haven - opposite the Shubert Theatre) - The Gil Hawkins Collective plays every Wednesday evening from 9 pm to midnight. Always a treat, the group leads the hottest jazz jam session in the area.
  • Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (139 Main Street Extension, Middletown 860 347-2289) – live jazz every Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm – 11:30pm, no cover
  • Smokin' with Chris (Southington) - check their calendar for jazz listings
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