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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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The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. - Thich Nhat Hanh
I dwell in possibility. - Emily Dickinson
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. - Leonard Bernstein

December, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 3:15pm - FREE
JOHN CAGE’S MUSICIRCUS

Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 "Introduction to Experimental Music" class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in this rendition of John Cage's Musicircus. Everything at once and all together. The first of Mr. Cage's Musicircus "happenings" took place in 1967 at the University of Illinois.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 8pm - $15 / $7 students - available through the FAC box office, 413-545-2511 and on line at www.fineartscenter.com
MARC RIBOT
Bezanson Recital Hall - Fine Arts Center - University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA
Marc Ribot (pronounced REE-bow) was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954. As a teen, he played guitar in various garage bands while studying with his mentor, Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. After moving to New York City in 1978, Ribot was a member of the soul/punk Realtones, and from 1984 - 1989, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards. Between 1979 and 1985, Ribot also worked as a side musician with Brother Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry, and many others. Ribot has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 35-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler with his group Spiritual Unity (Pi Recordings), to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez with two critically acclaimed releases by Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos. His avant power trio/post-rock band, Ceramic Dog, continues the lineage of his earlier experimental no-wave/punk/noise groups Rootless Cosmopolitans (Island Antilles) and Shrek (Tzadik). His solo recordings include Marc Ribot Plays The Complete Works of Frantz Casseus (Les Disques Du Crepuscule), John Zorn’s The Book of Heads (Tzadik), Don't Blame Me (DIW), Saints (Atlantic), Exercises in Futility (Tzadik), and Silent Movies (Pi), described as a "down-in-mouth-near master piece" by the Village Voice. “He can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise,” writes PopMatters. In 2014 he released Marc Ribot Trio Live at the Village Vanguard (Pi), featuring Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor, documenting Ribot’s first headline appearance at the historic venue. It was included on many Best of 2014 lists including Downbeat Magazine and NPR’s 50 Favorites. Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's Rain Dogs, and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Elton John/Leon Russell’s The Union, Solomon Burke, Marianne Faithful, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, The Black Keys, and many others. Ribot works regularly with award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as "Walk The Line”, "The Kids Are All Right," and "The Departed."
Friday, December 9, 2016—7pm— FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI AND FRIENDS WITH LOU PROVENZANO AND DAVE DADDARIO

Pazzo Café—377 Cromwell Ave.—Rocky Hill 860-721-8888
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:30 pm ($20) and 10 pm ($15)
JOHN HÉBERT 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, December 10, 2016 - 6pm - $20 - Light Refreshments. BYOB.
MINTA WHITE & COMPANY
Passages Gallery – 509 Farmington Avenue – Hartford
Contact the Gallery at 860-523-3232 or passagesgallery@aol.com. Parking is available on site & at lot across from Gallery / next to Burger Kings.
Saturday, December 10, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860-563-3333
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8 pm - $50 - $75
JOHN PIZZARELLI
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:30pm and 10pm - $15
SCHRIFT + C-NHIC
Firehouse12 - 45 Crown St - New Haven (203) 785-0468
The New Haven Improvisers Collective presents Chris Cretella’s SCHRIFT + cNHIC at their annual performance at world-renowned performance space, recording studio, and New Haven treasure, Firehouse12. The New Haven Improvisers Collective is proud to present new music from Chris Cretella. Chris is a New Haven based composer and improviser who has made important contributions to New Haven’s music scene for many years now. He holds a BA in music from Southern Connecticut State University and an MM in Contemporary Improvisation from The New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. He plays locally (with Dr. Caterwauls, Black Fluff, and more) as well as in New York and Boston, and he has taken his music to Europe.

8:30pm - Schrift : Chris Cretella – Guitar, keys, electronics; Dave Parmelee – Drums; Zach Rowden – Bass

Schrift will play a new piece entitled Theater or Factory. This piece was written specifically for these players. It gives them material whose pitch and shape was somewhat tightly controlled yet provides them with the opportunity to utilize that material as best they see fit. It leaves open the possibility for the music to go where it needs to go within a set framework.

10pm - c-NHIC : Jefff Cedrone – Guitar, keys, electronics; Bob Gorry – Guitar; Paul McGuire - Saxophones; Peter Riccio – Drums; A core four of the New Haven Improvisers Collective.

c-NHIC will play a cycle of new pieces unflinchingly facing the brave new world unfolding in 2016. The New Haven Improvisers Collective is in its twelfth year and remains one of the focal points of a thriving improvised and experimental music scene here in New Haven, CT. The Collective now numbers more than 50 members and has been featured in the New York Times along with several local publications and radio outlets. NHIC members form the core of many of New Haven’s most adventurous groups including: Electronhic, Schrift, Fuchsprellen, Light Upon Blight, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, Emily B, OutFunked, Elm Fiction, Goodnight Blue Moon, Floating Lanterns, Afro-Semitic Experience, the Sawtelles, Zero Dollar Trio, Mayhem Circus Electric, Erasmus Quintet, and many more. NHIC continues to hold free monthly workshops, sponsors performances of various combinations of NHIC members and hosts visiting jazz and new music ensembles. Please see www.nhic-music.org for more information and checkout the ever growing members’ page to see all of the local, national and international musicians based in the New Haven area who count themselves as members.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2pm - FREE
JAZZ UP CLOSE WITH GODWIN LOUIS - Godwin Louis-alto sax, Noah Baerman-piano, Henry Lugo-bass, Allen Mednard-drums

Russell Library – Hubbard Room – 123 Broad Street – Middletown
Harlem-born Godwin Louis was raised in Bridgeport, CT and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, eventually graduating from Berklee College of Music and subsequently the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance. Coming to wider attention as a finalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Godwin has performed with a wide variety of artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson Jr., Cindy Blackman, Delfeayo Marsalis, Phillip Bailey, Gloria Estefan, and Billy Preston. Godwin has received the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and the Jazz Gallery's "New Works Commission" and has recently appeared on recordings by Dr. Michael White and Herlin Riley. As an educator, humanitarian and ambassador, Godwin has traveled from Ghana to China to help promote cross-cultural understanding and introduce thousands to America’s indigenous art form, through public concerts, master classes, and jam sessions.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 4:30pm and 7:30pm - $10 / $8 Friends of Cinestudio, senior citizens (62+), students with ID
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (film) – MUSIC BY MILES DAVIS
(France, 1958 ) Director: Louis Malle. Screenplay by Louis Malle, NoÎl Calef, and Roger Nimier. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. Music by Miles Davis.
Trinity College Cinestudio – 300 Summit Street - Hartford
It may not yet be time for our April in Paris film festival, but this awesome 4K ultra high definition restoration of the debut film of director Louis Malle (who made Lacombe, Lucien and Au revoir les enfants) promises to get you through the winter! Let’s just say that a movie that has what may be the best musical score ever (by Miles Davis), and the first star-making performance of the young and radiant Jeanne Moreau should not be missed! Moreau (Jules et Jim) plays the beautiful wife of a powerful gangster whom she plans to murder with the help of her young lover. But things go wrong when her lover gets trapped in an elevator, and Moreau is left to wander the city, searching for answers. 88 min. “The dazzlingly passionate close-ups of Moreau suggest the depths of her longing – made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.” David Denby, The New Yorker. Miles Davis - Louis Malle's Elevator To The Gallows Recording Session
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7pm - $15 / $10 students
NICKI PARROTT
Gaylord Memorial Library - 47 College Street - South Hadley, MA - 413-538-5047
The final Music Mondays Cafe performance of 2016 at the Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley features another evening of vocal jazz as singer and bassist Nicki Parrott headlines in December. Joining Parrott on piano will be New York based player Larry Ham. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the door (cash). Refreshments included. More information is available here on Facebook.
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:30pm - $10 / $8 Friends of Cinestudio, senior citizens (62+), students with ID
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (film) – MUSIC BY MILES DAVIS
(France, 1958 ) Director: Louis Malle. Screenplay by Louis Malle, NoÎl Calef, and Roger Nimier. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. Music by Miles Davis.
Trinity College Cinestudio – 300 Summit Street - Hartford
It may not yet be time for our April in Paris film festival, but this awesome 4K ultra high definition restoration of the debut film of director Louis Malle (who made Lacombe, Lucien and Au revoir les enfants) promises to get you through the winter! Let’s just say that a movie that has what may be the best musical score ever (by Miles Davis), and the first star-making performance of the young and radiant Jeanne Moreau should not be missed! Moreau (Jules et Jim) plays the beautiful wife of a powerful gangster whom she plans to murder with the help of her young lover. But things go wrong when her lover gets trapped in an elevator, and Moreau is left to wander the city, searching for answers. 88 min. “The dazzlingly passionate close-ups of Moreau suggest the depths of her longing – made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.” David Denby, The New Yorker. Miles Davis - Louis Malle's Elevator To The Gallows Recording Session
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:30pm - FREE
JEFF HOLMES BIG BAND - FEATURING DAWNING HOLMES

121 Club (at Eastworks) - 116 East Pleasant St - Easthampton, MA
Special Merry Holiday Edition! Jeff Holmes Big Band plays leaders holiday arrangements along with featured vocals by Dawning Holmes; Festive TV. Movie and Radio Hits: Jazz, Soul, Blues, Pop and more performed by great musicians/music educators from MA, CT and NYC.
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
COLLEGE SHOWCASE-THE JACKIE MCLEAN INSTITUTE OF JAZZ AND WESTCONN JAZZ ENSEMBLES
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, December 13, 2016 - 7:30pm - $10 / $8 Friends of Cinestudio, senior citizens (62+), students with ID
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (film) – MUSIC BY MILES DAVIS
(France, 1958 ) Director: Louis Malle. Screenplay by Louis Malle, NoÎl Calef, and Roger Nimier. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. Music by Miles Davis.
Trinity College Cinestudio – 300 Summit Street - Hartford
It may not yet be time for our April in Paris film festival, but this awesome 4K ultra high definition restoration of the debut film of director Louis Malle (who made Lacombe, Lucien and Au revoir les enfants) promises to get you through the winter! Let’s just say that a movie that has what may be the best musical score ever (by Miles Davis), and the first star-making performance of the young and radiant Jeanne Moreau should not be missed! Moreau (Jules et Jim) plays the beautiful wife of a powerful gangster whom she plans to murder with the help of her young lover. But things go wrong when her lover gets trapped in an elevator, and Moreau is left to wander the city, searching for answers. 88 min. “The dazzlingly passionate close-ups of Moreau suggest the depths of her longing – made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.” David Denby, The New Yorker. Miles Davis - Louis Malle's Elevator To The Gallows Recording Session
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 7:30pm - $10 / $8 Friends of Cinestudio, senior citizens (62+), students with ID
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (film) – MUSIC BY MILES DAVIS
(France, 1958 ) Director: Louis Malle. Screenplay by Louis Malle, NoÎl Calef, and Roger Nimier. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. Music by Miles Davis.
Trinity College Cinestudio – 300 Summit Street - Hartford
It may not yet be time for our April in Paris film festival, but this awesome 4K ultra high definition restoration of the debut film of director Louis Malle (who made Lacombe, Lucien and Au revoir les enfants) promises to get you through the winter! Let’s just say that a movie that has what may be the best musical score ever (by Miles Davis), and the first star-making performance of the young and radiant Jeanne Moreau should not be missed! Moreau (Jules et Jim) plays the beautiful wife of a powerful gangster whom she plans to murder with the help of her young lover. But things go wrong when her lover gets trapped in an elevator, and Moreau is left to wander the city, searching for answers. 88 min. “The dazzlingly passionate close-ups of Moreau suggest the depths of her longing – made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.” David Denby, The New Yorker. Miles Davis - Louis Malle's Elevator To The Gallows Recording Session
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 7:30pm - $10 / $8 Friends of Cinestudio, senior citizens (62+), students with ID
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (film) – MUSIC BY MILES DAVIS
(France, 1958 ) Director: Louis Malle. Screenplay by Louis Malle, NoÎl Calef, and Roger Nimier. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. Music by Miles Davis.
Trinity College Cinestudio – 300 Summit Street - Hartford
It may not yet be time for our April in Paris film festival, but this awesome 4K ultra high definition restoration of the debut film of director Louis Malle (who made Lacombe, Lucien and Au revoir les enfants) promises to get you through the winter! Let’s just say that a movie that has what may be the best musical score ever (by Miles Davis), and the first star-making performance of the young and radiant Jeanne Moreau should not be missed! Moreau (Jules et Jim) plays the beautiful wife of a powerful gangster whom she plans to murder with the help of her young lover. But things go wrong when her lover gets trapped in an elevator, and Moreau is left to wander the city, searching for answers. 88 min. “The dazzlingly passionate close-ups of Moreau suggest the depths of her longing – made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.” David Denby, The New Yorker. Miles Davis - Louis Malle's Elevator To The Gallows Recording Session
Friday, December 16, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860-563-3333
Saturday, December 16, 2016 – 7-10PM
ROB FLETCHER BOSSA NOVA TRIO WITH NANCY JANOSON AND JASON SHWARTZ
The Lounge - 4 High Street - Brattleboro, VT
The evening will feature bossa nova music from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil featuring Rob Fletcher, nylon string guitar and vocals; Nancy Janoson, flute and saxophone; and Jason Shwartz, upright bass. The group will focus on interpreting the songs of bossa nova’s greatest composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim and its greatest artist, singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto. They will also perform sambas, biaos from northern Brazil, choros and jazz sambas. Singer and guitarist Rob Fletcher sings many of the songs in the original Portuguese. Visit www.toasttown.com for more information on Rob Fletcher.
Friday December 16, 2016 - Two Shows – 7pm & 9pm - $28
DAN PUGACH NONET
Palace Theater Poli Club - 100 East Main St – Waterbury 203-346-2000 www.PalaceTheaterCT.org Full Series Info : www.neaae.com
Dan Pugach is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Originally from Israel, Dan served his mandatory three-year military duty as drummer for the Air-Force Orchestra. During that duty he studied Rimon School of Music and got his diploma in jazz performance. After the army Dan traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for three months to study percussion and drums with the world’s leading samba musicians. Shortly after, he moved to the United States to expand his musical career. He got his B.M from Berklee College of Music and his M.A from the City College of New York, both degrees specializing in jazz performance and composition. Since then, Dan has been working as a full-time drummer, composer, arranger and orchestrator in New York City. His involvement in projects that vary from modern jazz to pop and folk music got him a reputation of one of the most versatile and sought-after drummer in town. Pugach is also known for his Nonet (nine-piece ensemble) that has won him two ASCAP Jazz Composer Award and many arranging/composing commissions for medium-size ensembles to full big band.
Friday, December 16, 2016 – 8pm - $35 / $55 / 75
SOULFUL SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS featuring WILL DOWNING & NAJEE
Palace Theater Main Stage - 100 East Main Street - Waterbury
Usher in the spirit of the holiday season with Soulful Sounds Of Christmas featuring Will Downing & Najee. Tickets available at the box office at 203-346-2000 or online at http://www.palacetheaterct.org/shows/main-stage-presentations/soulful-sounds-christmas/ Following the concert, guests are invited to take to the dance floor in the orchestra lobby for an Old School Holiday Dance Party featuring everyone's favorite R&B, funk, house and holiday classics spun by the evening's host, Al "DJ ACT" Taylor from 94.3 FM WYBC. 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. His repertoire consists of signature interpretations of R&B classics like “I Go Crazy,” “Wishing On A Star” and “I Try,” with original hits “A Million Ways,” “Sorry I” and the show-stopping duet with Rachelle Ferrell, “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This.” His distinctive baritone voice has resonated in the hearts of women world-wide and carved a unique niche in the music marketplace. Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince and Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khanand Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 8pm – FREE
PIERCE CAMPBELL TRIO – “HAVE A JAZZY HOLIDAY”

Simsbury Public Library Friends Coffeehouse - 725 Hopmeadow St. – Simsbury
Nobody jazzes up the holidays like The Pierce Campbell Trio, appearing at the Simsbury Public Library Friends Coffeehouse. This trio features former CT State Troubadour, Pierce Campbell on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on acoustic bass and Loren Evarts on keyboards. They will be performing classic holiday songs for the Christmas season from artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Enjoy their excellent vocals, improvisation and a stellar song selection. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Reserve a seat now at 860-658-7663 or www.simsburylibrary.info. Please include an email address if you have one. Free and open to all.
Friday, December 16, 2016 – 8pm – $30 Non-Members / $5 Fairfield University Students / $20 QCA Members
NEW DUKE
Quick Center for the Arts - Wien Experimental Theatre - 1073 North Benson Road – Fairfield 203-254-4010
Jazz fans will enjoy a fresh take on the genius of composer, arranger, bandleader and pianist Duke Ellington when New Duke offers a new take on this influential figure’s brilliant musical works.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 2 pm - FREE
MATT DWONSZYK QUARTET - Frank Kozyra-Tenor Sax, Matt Dechamplain-Piano, Matt Dwonszyk-Bass, Curtis Torian-Drums

Integrity N Music - 506 Silas Deane Highway (Rear) – Wethersfield - 860-563-4005
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 6pm - $20 - Light Refreshments. BYOB.
KOSI
Passages Gallery – 509 Farmington Avenue – Hartford
Presenting Her “WHO I AM TOUR” To Introduce Her 4th Album “I KNOW WHO I AM”: http://www.kosi-sings.com. Contact the Gallery at 860-523-3232 or passagesgallery@aol.com. Parking is available on site & at lot across from Gallery / next to Burger Kings.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 7:30pm - $15
ADAM O’FARRILL’S STRANGER DAYS - Adam O’Farrill-trumpet, compositions, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown-tenor saxophone, Walter Stinson-bass, and Zack O'Farrill-drums
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. - Holyoke, MA
Adam O'Farrill was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 8th, 1994, surrounded by a deep musical legacy. His grandfather was Chico O'Farrill, the legendary Afro-Cuban composer and arranger. His father is jazz pianist and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill. His mother, Alison Deane, is a classical pianist and professor at CUNY City College. His brother, Zack O'Farrill, is a drummer and composer. Adam began studying piano at age 6, and trumpet at age 8 O’Farrill has garnered substantial praise for his debut recording, Stranger Days (Sunnyside, 2016), which features Lefkowitz-Brown, Stinson and brother Zack. “One striking thing about Stranger Days is how self-secure and disencumbered it sounds,” writes Nate Chinen in the New York Times. “Marshaling a sharp band of his peers, Mr. O’Farrill establishes both a firm identity and a willful urge to stretch and adapt. At times it can evoke the recent precedent of bands led by the trumpeters Dave Douglas or Ambrose Akinmusire, but in a way that feels natural and untroubled. (The recording) is a potent declaration of independence, as much as it is a glowing indication of promise.” Adam O’Farrill finished third at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. In March 2014, Adam was a member of MSM Jazz Arts Quintet, who won 1st place at the Keep an Eye Competition in Amsterdam, NL. O'Farrill also won the Best Soloist prize for his performance. He is also a recipient of the ASCAP Gerswhin Award and the ASCAP Student Jazz Composer Award. He has co-led Giant Peaches and Sensing Flight (Zoho) by the O’Farrill Brothers Band and is featured on one of the most acclaimed recordings of 2015: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s, Bird Calls (Act). Will Layman of PopMatters writes: “Adam O'Farrill, just a kid, feels like a headline flying off the front of the Times: sizzling and sharp, assured the way you dream of being, and unable to play an obvious line, a cliché, a standard phrase.” 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 are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 8pm - $25 or 2 for $45 / $15 students, seniors
THE ALCHEMISTS - RJ AVALLONE (trumpet) and TIMOTHY ALEXANDRE WALLACE (piano)
Studio 59 - 59 Barber Street - Torrington
On a quiet street in Torrington, Connecticut, is an historic church, just minutes from downtown. It is here that a bit of old Paris has been recreated as Studio 59, a performance gallery. Owner and founder Timothy Alexandre Wallace has transformed this quaint old church into a setting reminiscent of an Eighteenth Century European drawing room, complete with comfortable wing-back and parlor chairs. The centerpiece is a magnificent German Steinway concert grand piano with a breathtakingly rich and clear sound. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (860) 482-6801. Refreshments during intermission..

Saturday, December 17, 2016—8pm - $10
AN ALLEN FAMILY CHRISTMAS - JAZZ TRIO - Jen Allen-piano, Kris Allen-saxophones, and (honorary Allen) Matt Dwonszyk-bass
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center - 605 Main Street – Middletown 860-347-4957
This jazz trio will perform new re-arrangements of Christmas carols both ancient and modern, familiar and obscure. Check out their websites: www.krisallenjazz.com www.jenallenmusic.com “Allen and his quartet tied up Manhattan’s jazz past and its vibrant jazz present with contagious grooves and kinetic compositions. Pray this quartet hits your town soon.” – Ken Micallef, Downbeat Writing strong compositions for a simpatico quartet with its own sound and identity, Kris Allen goes from strength to strength. – New York City Jazz Record. Tickets for all shows available at the door. Door and Cafe/Bookstore open half hour before performance time.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 10:30am and 12:30pm - $35 / $25 Wadsworth Atheneum members
JAZZ BRUNCH – GWENATH DOUGLAS TRIO
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Aetna Theater – 600 Main Street – Hartford
Sunday, December 18, 2017 – 3pm - $50 - $60 / $5 Fairfield University Students
JOHN PIZZARELLI
Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts - 1073 N. Benson Road – Fairfield 203-254-4010
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
MATT KNOEGEL BIG RED TRIO - Matt Knoegel-saxophones; Steve Porter-bass; Curtis Torian-drums
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.
Friday, December 23, 2016—6:30pm—FREE
JOHN BRIGHENTI SOLO JAZZ PIANO

Vito’s Wethersfield—673 Silas Deane Hwy—Wethersfield 860-563-3333
Monday, December 26, 2016 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
TRIO 149 - Jen Allen-piano; Noah Baerman-synthesizers; Jimmy McBride-drums
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.
January, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017 - 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.
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
JACQUES LESURE TRIO - Jacques Lesure-guitar; Akiko Tsurga-organ; “Captain” Kirk Woodard-drums
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.
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 8 pm - $50 / $70 VIP
AN EVENING WITH PAT METHENY - with ANTONIO SANCHEZ, LINDA OH AND GWILYM SIMCOCK
Eastern Connecticut State University - Concert Hall, Fine Arts Instructional Center - 83 Windham Street – Willimantic
Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 2pm - $20 / $15 CGS members
FRANK VIRELLA
Windsor Arts Center - 40 Mechanic St – Windsor (860) 249-1132
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
MICHAEL FEINBERG TRIO - Michael Feinberg-bass; Noah Preminger-tenor sax; Ian Froman-drums
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, January 19, 2017 - 7:30pm - $30 Non-Members / $25 WAC Members / $10 Students
THE SAXTET UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DARREN LITZIE
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Pianist, composer and educator Darren Litzie will perform a tribute to Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8pm - $87.50
AN EVENING WITH PAT METHENY
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge – Ridgefield
Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition at one point winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. For tickets, please call the box office 203.438.5795 or log onto www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Sunday, January 22, 2017– 10:30am and 12:30pm - $35 / $25 Wadsworth Atheneum members
JAZZ BRUNCH – JONATHAN CHATFIELD TRIO
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Aetna Theater – 600 Main Street – Hartford
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
HANEEF N. NELSON BIRTHDAY BASH - Haneef N. Nelson-trumpet/flugelhorn; Frank Kozyra-tenor sax; Taber Gable-piano; Matt Dwonszyk-bass; Jonathan Barber-drums
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.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
NATHAN DAVIS’ YOUNG GODS MUSIC GROUP - Nathan Davis-trombone; Karim Rome-tenor sax; Lomar Brown-alto sax; Mike Carabello-keyboards; Matt Dwonszyk-bass; Joshua Colemon-percussion
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.
February, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 2pm - $20 / $15 CGS members
SINAN BAKIR
Windsor Arts Center - 40 Mechanic St – Windsor (860) 249-1132
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - $5
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
LAWRENCE CLARK TRIO - Lawrence Clark-tenor sax; Alex Tremblay-bass; drums-tba
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.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
PETER GREENFOGEL QUARTET - Peter Greenfogel-tenor sax; Chris Casey-piano; Steve Porter-bass; drums-tba
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, February 14, 2017 - 7:30 pm - $36 floor / $32 mezzanine / $15 Students & Youth Under 18 (2 per ID) / Seniors $2 off each ticket (1 per senior) / UConn Faculty/Staff $2 off each ticket (2 per ID)
KARRIN ALLYSON
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - University of Connecticut - 2132 Hillside Road - Storrs 860-486-4226
Known by the Los Angeles Times as "... one of the jazz world's finest," when one listens to Allyson's exquisitely distinctive voice, one hears heart, intelligence, and a deep musical sophistication. From heartfelt to sassy, her emotional range is beyond that of her musical peers. And there is a literate and engaging connection that honors the great tradition of blues, jazz and roots, expands to the Great American Songbook, and embraces French and Brazilian rhythms. Together with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi, they have developed an effortless style uniquely their own.
"The stuff that shivers are made of, both innocent, sexy and world weary." – The Washington Post
Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 2pm - $20 / $15 CGS members
JASON JENKINS
Windsor Arts Center - 40 Mechanic St – Windsor (860) 249-1132

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 7:30pm - $39 - $64
KEIKO MATSUI
Infinity Hall Hartford - 32 Front Street – Downtown Hartford 866-666-6306
Award-winning and world renowned pianist/composer Keiko Matsui has worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Stevie Wonder. With over 1.2 million albums sold in the U.S. alone and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, Matsui is one of the most admired jazz talents on the scene.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
ANDREW RENFROE QUARTET - Andrew Renfroe-guitar; Taber Gable-piano/keyboards; Alex Tremblay-bass; Jonathan Barber-drums
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.
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8 pm - General Public $28 / Senior Citizen (65+), Wesleyan Alumni, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, Non-Wesleyan Student, Child $26 / Wesleyan Student $6
MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS QUINTET - Muhal Richard Abrams-piano, Jonathan Finlayson-trumpet, Bryan Carrott-vibraphone, Reggie Nicholson-drums, John Hebert-bass
Crowell Concert Hall - Wesleyan University – Middletown 860-685-3355
"In Abrams' singular universe, elemental blues themes and warp speed post-bop structures with challenging intervals coexist comfortably." —All About Jazz
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3 pm - $20 Non-Members / $15 WAC Members / $10 Students
JAZZ JAM
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Free for musicians who come to play
Join our Artistic Director for Jazz, Brian Torff, for a free-wheeling jam session with some of our community's most active musicians. These sessions are intended to be a spontaneous exploration of Jazz, Blues, and other music styles. We encourage students and semi-professionals to drop in and jam for FREE!
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8 pm - 11 pm - FREE
HARTFORD JAZZ JAM
FRANK KOZYRA QUINTET “DEXTER GORDON BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE” - Frank Kozyra-tenor sax; Andrew Breskin-tenor sax; Matt DeChamplain-piano; Steve Porter-bass; Ben Bilello-drums
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.
March, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8pm – $28 general public / $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students / $6 Wesleyan students
URBAN BUSH WOMEN: WALKING WITH ’TRANE
CFA Theater - Wesleyan University – 275 Washington Terrace – Middletown
Urban Bush Women return to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of Walking with 'Trane (2015), an ethereal investigation conjuring the essence of John Coltrane, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of the famed jazz saxophonist.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 3pm - $30 Non-Members / $25 WAC Members / $10 Students
GREG WALL
Westport Arts Center - 51 Riverside Avenue – Westport 203-222-7070
Greg Wall has been the spiritual leader of Beit Chaverim Synagogue since August, 2013. Rabbi Wall (also known as "the Jazz Rabbi") is a celebrated musician and recording artist whose innovative downtown blend of jazz, world music and Jewish sounds has filled the halls of top venues from Carnegie Hall to stages throughout North America, Europe and Israel.
April, 2017
May, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 8 pm - $50 / $70 VIP
SPYRO GYRA
Eastern Connecticut State University - Concert Hall, Fine Arts Instructional Center - 83 Windham Street – Willimantic
June, 2017
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.
  • Brignole Vineyards (103 Hartford Ave - East Granby 860-653-9463) - Ed Fast and his Latin jzz Congabop Quartet hosts jazz every Thursday 5-8 pm starting Oct. 6. In addition, young jazz musicians from the area will be invited for featured numbers during the second set.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • WUJI (68 E Putnam Ave - Greenwich 844-WUJI-NOW) – Live jazz every Thursday at 8:30pm
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