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02
Sep

MICHAEL OLATUJA and LAGOS PEPPER SOUP!

MICHAEL OLATUJA & LAGOS PEPPER SOUP! – Saturday Sept 2 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Joined by Manuel Valera – Piano/Keyboards, Samir Zarif – Saxophone, Camille Thurman  – Voice and EJ Strickland – Drums….  British/Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja has worked with artists like Spike Lee, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, Lisa Stansfield, Terence Blanchard,  Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, Lionel Loueke, Jools Holland, Gretchen Parlato among amny many others.

Olatuja, 28, began crafting the music that would become ‘Speak’ as long ago as 2003. From there, the music took shape organically as the pieces fell into place, Olatuja calling upon a large cast of musicians to assist him in realizing the self-produced project, including several singers who alternate on lead vocals: Eska Mtungwazi, Andrew Roachford, Terri Walker, Onaje Jefferson and the late neo-soul artist Lynden David Hall.

On Speak, Olatuja finds commonalities among the various genres that have shaped his artistry, beginning with the indigenous, traditional sounds that formed his roots during his youth in Nigeria. “I grew up in a church that sang Yoruba Christian songs and played Yoruba style music,” he recalls. “I honed my skills playing in many Yoruba music bands. So when it came to songwriting this influence came out naturally.”

At age 11, Olatuja picked up a bass guitar for the first time, and within five years, he was playing professionally, absorbing everything he heard along the way, including soul, jazz, R&B, gospel and more.

Influences such as guitarist George Benson and jazz bassists John Patitucci and Richard Bona, who Olatuja calls his “teacher and mentor,” helped shape his musical world. Additional schooling in both the U.K. at Middlesex University and in the U.S. at Manhattan School of Music sharpened Olatuja’s chops and allowed him to mix it up with world-class artists who quickly came to appreciate his gifts. His 2004 move to New York gave him the impetus he needed to put it all together.

Some great videos:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh8SuLPF3v0#t=119

Live at Blue Note – Lagos pepper soup: https://youtu.be/Xi0xX6xS0O0

Live at Blue Note – Home True:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6aNZX4g-GDk

See his website for more info: http://www.michaelolatujamusic.com/

“A singular voice that taps all the cultures from which it is born.”– BBC

“Bassist Michael Olatuja simply delivered a well-honed message; its project was a perpetual thing, a way of being” – New York Times

MICHAEL OLATUJA & LAGOS PEPPER SOUP! – Saturday Sept 2 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

03
Sep

STEVE KROON SEXTET

STEVE KROON – Sat Sept 3 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Steve Kroon on Congas and Purcussion is joined by Igor Atalita – Keyboard, Waldo Chavez – Bass, Bryan Carrott – Vibraphone, Craig Rivers – Sax & Flute, Diego Lopez – Drums!

Steve Kroon was born in Spanish Harlem to parents who had moved to New York City from their native Puerto Rico. His surname comes from his grandfather, who immigrated to La Isla Encantada from the Dutch-speaking Caribbean island of Curaçao. At the age of nine, the family moved to Queens, where the youngster’s interest in music was further sparked by the presence of many noted jazz and R&B musicians. “In my neighborhood,” he recalls today, “I had Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis as a neighbor, and Lester Young was four blocks away. James Brown also lived in the area. But I came with all of my Latin roots, thanks to my father. I was fortunate in being able to hear the whole spectrum of music.”

He studied Afro-Cuban percussion with Tommy López, Sr. and later Brazilian rhythms with Dom Um Romão. With such a wealth of knowledge under his belt, it’s not surprising that Kroon quickly became a first-call percussionist for recording sessions that required a wide range of talents. Over the years, such diverse artists as Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Bill Cosby, Kenny G, Ron Carter, Spyro Gyra, Bette Midler, Gary Bartz and Paul Butterfield have tapped Kroon’s seemingly endless array of skills for their projects. His two decade-long professional association with R&B crooner Luther Vandross, as well as Renowned legendary Bassist Ron Carter, underscores Kroon’s reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and respected percussionist.

“Steven Kroon has 5 CDs to his credit, his latest “On The One,” has received much critically acclaimed reviews, and is now #10 on the Jazz Weekly charts. Come and check out this all-star live band, which consists of Steve on congas and percusson,  Igor Atalita – Keyboard, Waldo Chavez – Bass, Bryan Carrott – Vibraphone, Craig Rivers – Sax & Flute, Diego Lopez – Drums.

STEVE KROON – Saturday Sept 3 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

09
Sep

YOSVANY TERRY QUARTET!

YOSVANY TERRY QUARTET – Friday Sept 9 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled welcome Yosvany back with his quartet.

Since his arrival in New York in 1999, Cuban saxophonist/percussionist/composer Yosvany Terry’s has been making a difference in contemporary music. His innovative work, a unique confluence of Cuban roots music and jazz, “has helped redefine Latin jazz” New York Times.

Born into a musical family in Camaguey, Cuba. Yosvany went on to classical music training in Havana at the prestigious National School of Arts (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. After graduating, Yosvany worked with major figures in every realm of Cuban music including pianists Chucho Valdes, and Frank Emilio and the celebrated nueva trova singer/guitarist Silvio Rodriguez. From his earliest days in New York, Yosvany has been welcomed by the jazz and contemporary music community; playing with Branford Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Yosvany has continued his music education in New York, he studied composition, orchestration and counterpoint with Leo Edward, Rudolph Palmer. Among the recent commissions he has received as a composer are the Yerba Buena Garden Festival commission for the suite “Noches de Parranda” for 12 piece ensemble with the support of Map Fund, the Harlem Stage commission to write the music for the Opera Makandal which will be presented in 2014. Yosvany received the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors/New York State Music Fund’s grant for Yedégbé, a suite of Arará music, his new CD “New Throned King” was released on June 10th in 2014. Yosvany was named a Cintas Fellow for 2013.

YOSVANY TERRY QUARTET – Friday Sept 9 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

10
Sep

WALLACE RONEY QUINTET!

WALLACE RONEY QUINTET – Saturday Sept 10 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Wallace back to The Side Door once again!

A man who needs very little introduction, his work and artistry speaks volumes! Wallace Roney earned the respect of his peers and elders since the tender age of 16. He was one of the few musicians of his generation to who learned and perfected his craft directly from his alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with the great Miles Davis.

Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance at Carnegie Hall. Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance at Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Wallace toured the world in tribute along with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Ron Carter.

“My goal is to make the best music I can. I enjoy, listen to and can play all tyrpes of music – I filter my expression through the jazz experience”. www.wallaceroney.com

WALLACE RONEY QUINTET – Saturday Sept 10 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

16
Sep

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA “BIRD CALLS”

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA “BIRD CALLS” – Friday Sept 16 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone and composer, is joined by Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Matt Mitchell on piano, Francois Moutin, bass and Dan Weiss on drums.

Few musicians share the ability of Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. The saxophonist/composer hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form reflecting his own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. Just as his personal experience is never wholly lived on one side of the hyphenate or the other, his music speaks in a voice dedicated to forging a new path forward.

The current manifestations of that trajectory include his latest project Bird Calls (2015), which was named #1 album of the year by both Downbeat and NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll. This 21st Century tribute to Charlie Parker, which Downbeat Magazine recently named Best Album of 2015, includes a stellar band of pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist François Moutin, drummer Rudy Royston, and 20-year old trumpet prodigy Adam O’Farrill.

Other recent projects run the gamut from the cross-generational alto summit Apex featuring Bunky Green; trios MSG and Mauger; the quintet Dual Identity co-led with fellow altoist Steve Lehman; and Raw Materials, his long-running duo project with pianist Vijay Iyer. Mahanthappa also continues to partner with Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi and innovative percussionist Dan Weiss in the Indo-Pak Coalition, while giants in both jazz and South Indian music have recognized his success: he was enlisted by Jack DeJohnette for the legendary drummer’s new working group, while a collaboration with the renowned Carnatic saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath resulted in Mahanthappa’s critically- acclaimed 2008 CD Kinsmen (Pi).

Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation,” Mahanthappa has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and numerous commissions. He has been named alto saxophonist of the year four of the past five years in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Polls and for five years running by the Jazz Journalists’ Association. In April 2013, he received a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, one of the most prominent arts awards in the world. In 2015, he was named a United States Artists Fellow.

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA “BIRD CALLS” – Friday Sept 16 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

17
Sep

CLIFTON ANDERSON QUARTET!

CLIFTON ANDERSON Quartet – Saturday Sept 17th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Welcoming Clifton back to The Side Door is a treat for us all! This time he brings the singular talents of Victor Gould on piano, Paul Beaudry on bass and David Gibson on drums! (Special guests possibly tba – fingers crossed!)

Born in Harlem on October 5,1957 Clifton showed an affinity for music at an early age. At 7 years old he received his first trombone from his uncle, Sonny Rollins. Clifton went on to attend the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music. Clifton joined Sonny’s group in 1983 and is well known for his association with the legendary saxophonist.

He has appeared on ten of Sonny’s recordings and produced 3 CD’s and 1 DVD for Sonny’s Doxy label. In 2009 Clifton left Sonny Rollins group to establish himself as a leader. He had already recorded his first CD as a leader for the Milestone label in 2007 entitled “Landmarks”, but in 2009 the release of “Decade” for the Doxy/Universal label garnered critical acclaim and a nomination for “Trombonist Of The Year” from The American Jazz Journalists Association. Clifton’s most recent release “And So We Carry On” was voted “One of The Top CD Releases of 2012” by Jazz Inside Magazine and reached #4 on nationwide Jazz radio.

In addition to his association with Rollins, Clifton has worked with an “A list” of various musical luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Keith Richards and Slide Hampton among others. Clifton’s performances showcase his stellar group interpreting a variety of swinging originals; high energy straight-ahead, calypsos, funk and American standards. In recent performances Clifton has included some of the strong new material he plans to record by the end of the year. Check out his latest CD, “And So We Carry On” and be uplifted.

“He has crafted his sound into one which both his peers and audience appreciate” – Jazz Improv Magazine

“Easily among the top mainstream trombonists in Jazz today” – Joel Roberts – New York City Jazz Record

CLIFTON ANDERSON Quartet – Saturday Sept 17th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

23
Sep

THE BRUBECK BROTHERS!

THE BRUBECK BROTHERS Quartet – Friday Sept 23rd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A special Wednesday night show – The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families – Daniel Brubeck (drums), and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone.) Guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet.

They have performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane & Monterey Jazz Festivals. Their Koch release, Classified, has already earned this rave review from All About Jazz: “Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There’s really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.”

These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras, and in 2006 ignited the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival by playing with the Utah Symphony conducted by Keith Lockhart. With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s debut Koch recording, Intuition, impressed the national jazz media and spent several weeks in the top ten radio charts while earning enthusiastic reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, Boston Globe and many other respected publications. “Intuition was measure for measure one of the hardest swinging sets of the year.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz

THE BRUBECK BROTHERS Quartet – Friday Sept 23rd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

24
Sep

FREDDIE HENDRIX QUARTET!

FREDDIE HENDRIX Quartet – Sat Sept 24th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome back the outstanding trumpet player, Freddie Hendrix and his quartet to The Side Door!

Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpeters in Jazz, and beyond. Also an accomplished composer, arranger and educator, the Teaneck, New Jersey native’s skill and versatility has resulted in him working with a wide array of performers that range from the Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.

With the release of his first recording as a leader, JERSEY CAT, Freddie is serving notice that now is his time. One of the music’s most exciting players, Hendrix has forged his own sure footed, full toned sound, out of the tradition of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan, and Clifford Brown. A powerful septet recording, JERSEY CAT, a scintillating septet debut, impresses from the opening bars of the powerful first track, “St. Peter’s Walk”. At home on fiery, uptempo tracks, or on ballads like “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, Hendrix shows that he can handle any tempo and interpret any song with ease, and when called for, nuance. And on originals like “On The Rise” (one of his first compositions), “Madeira Nights”, (inspired by his first trip to Europe), and “Whims Of A Waltz”, Freddie’s aforementioned composing and arranging talents are on full display. Among the other selections on this well rounded project is a wonderful performance of the Horace Silver classic “Peace”, and a swinging rendition of Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones”.

A product of the esteemed Jazz program at William Paterson University, with a Masters in Jazz Studies and Performance from New Jersey City University, Hendrix also shares his knowledge and passion for the music by serving as a faculty member at the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford (Ct.), The New School in New York, and Jazz House Kids, in Montclair, New Jersey.

He has performed and/or recorded with such notable artists and ensembles as Aretha Franklin, Kathy Sledge, Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoin Center Orchestra, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Christian McBride Big Band, Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Big Band, Vanguard Orchestra, Rufus Reid Quintet, T.S. Monk Sextet, Cecil Brooks III CB3 band, and the David Krakauer/Fred Wesley group Abraham Inc. Check out www.freddiehendrix.com and then come see the magic LIVE!

FREDDIE HENDRIX Quartet – Sat Sept 24thDoors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

30
Sep

HECTOR MARTIGNON – FOREIGN AFFAIR!

HECTOR MARTIGNON’s Foreign Affair! – Fri Sept 30th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome back our friend and consummate pianist and artist, Hector Martignon!

Hector Martignon’s multi-Grammy nominated music spans continents and genres, honed by his multicultural, multilingual background; a sound intent on removing walls and borders of every kind!

An accomplished pianist, composer, conductor and acclaimed educator, Hector brings his singular talent, intelligent humor and musical generosity to this colorful and very continental musical vista.

The brilliant band of artists he has assembled in FOREIGN AFFAIR truly represent a global view and approach to pianist Hector’s compositions – with MINO CINELU and SAMUEL TORRES on percussion, CHRISTOS RAFALIDES on vibes, RUDYCK VIDAL on bass – it’s mission is to inspire joy and adventure in the music – inviting everyone to discover their own ‘affair’ with Foreign Affair!

See you Sept 30th to share the magical live performance!

Visit https://www.facebook.com/Hector-Martignon-1777916889098043/ for current info and details!

HECTOR MARTIGNON Foreign Affair! – Fri Sept 30thDoors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

01
Oct

THE NEW JEREMY PELT QUINTET

THE NEW JEREMY PELT QUINTET – Sat Oct 1st – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Jeremy brings theses incredible players with him on Saturday night… Vicente Archer on bass, Victor Gould on piano, Jacqueline Acevedo on percussion and Jonathan Barber on drums!

Jeremy Pelt has brought several of his incredible ensembles to The Side Door and they always deliver an A-game performance! He has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters.

These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson and The Skatalites, to name a few.

Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.

Pelt’s recordings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in Downbeat Magazine and the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Check out more at www.jeremypelt.net and come see this new line up LIVE!!!

THE NEW JEREMY PELT QUINTET – Sat Oct 1stDoors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

07
Oct

Tom Tallitsch Quartet

TOM TALLITSCH QUARTET – Fri Oct 7th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Thrilled to welcome back Posi-Tone recording artist Tom Tallitsch to The Side Door!

​Tom Tallitsch, ​Tenor Saxophonist, Composer, and Posi-Tone Records artist​,​​ ​will be featuring music off of his ​critically acclaimed ​seventh album ‘Gratitude’.  He will be joined by ​an all-star lineup of Posi-Tone Artists, ​pianist Jon Davis (Jaco Pastorius band), Bassist Peter Brendler​ (John Abercrombie)​, and drummer ​Vinnie Sperrazza. ‘Gratitude’ hit #24 on ​t​he Jazzweek radio charts and continues to be played on radio stations across the U.S.​ ​

“Tallitsch plays straight ahead post-bop, but​ does not only rely upon the Great American Songbook to keep things interesting. Gratitude displays a rare and very engaging balance of ferver and restraint, expressive ace musicianship and terseness.​”​ – NYC Jazz Record

“Anything in Tallitsch’s hands seems to turn into post-bop gold. …He always writes and arranges with finesse, enlists a top drawer backing band and owns a vintage tenor sax sound and phraseology. With these ingredients all present in Gratitude, it’s just hard to go wrong with this record”.  – Something Else Reviews

​”​​Tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch is one of the most interesting artists on the Posi-Tone label. He’s made three albums for them to date, and while his music is hard bop at its core, he’s always got a few genuine surprises up his sleeve.​”  – Burning Ambulance  More information can be found at: www.tomtallitsch.com

TOM TALLITSCH QUARTET – Fri Oct 7th Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

08
Oct

WILLIE JONES III – OUR MAN HIGGINS GROUP

WILLLIE JONES III “Our Man Higgins” GROUP – Sat Oct 8th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Joined by Josh Evans-trumpet, Stacy Dillard-tenor sax, Gerald Cannon- bass and Jeremy Manasia-piano – Willie Jones III leads Our Man Higgins, a unique modern jazz group dedicated to honoring the spirit and music of one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history, Billy Higgins. Throughout a storied career, Higgins performed, composed and recorded a significant repertoire of music with Ornette Coleman, Lee Morgan, Cedar Walton, and Roy Hargrove.

With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world’s leading jazz drummers. In addition to honoring his monumental influences; the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins Jones, Willie’s bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his lifelong musical experience.

Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove’s Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove’s CD releases on Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor’s Distractions. For more artist info visit www.williejones3.com

Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling’s GRAMMY® nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed’s Here (Max Jazz). Jones has worked with Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, the Dizzy Gillespie AllStar Big Band, Houston Person, Billy Childs, Eric Reed, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones. In 2000, Jones’ released his debut CD, Vol 1…Straight Swingin’ on his own label, WJ3 Records.

He continues to reveal his proficiency as a composer as well as a producer on Vol. II…Don’t Knock The Swing (2002); Volume III (2007); WE 2 (2008), a trombone and piano recording featuring Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed; and Jones’ latest release The Next Phase (2010). Visit www.williejones3.com for more artist info and music!

WILLIE JONES III “Our Man Higgins” GROUP – Sat Oct 8th Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

13
Oct

Harold Lopez Nussa Trio

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO – Thursday Oct 13th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We welcome Harold back to the Side Door for his third appearance! Harold Lopez-Nussa was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 13, 1983. At the age of eight he began piano studies at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory. In 1995, Harold went on to study at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory before graduating with a specialty in Classical Piano from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA).

As a young emerging artist, Harold has performed at Cuba’s most important theatres and also as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra. He has played with outstanding figures of Cuban traditional music and popular music, as well as known jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, David Sánchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Bobby Carcassés, Elmer Ferrer, and Alexander Brown. He toured internationally with Omara Portuondo during 2008-2011 and also as a member of Maraca & The Monterey Latin Jazz All-Stars.

Other major performances include appearances at international venues such as the Olympia Theater, the anthological New Moring in Paris, the Barbican Center in London, and the Satin Doll in Bordeux. Major festival appearances include the Wien Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Barcelona Jazz International Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Verona Jazz Festival, the 33rd Conference of International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE), Enghien Les Bains 1st Piano Festival, OLoron Jazz Festival, Jazz a Viennes, and the Puebla International Festival, among others.

He brings his incredible trio which includes his brother Ruy Adrian and Jorge Sawa Perez. For more details check http://www.haroldlopeznussa.com/en/index.php and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8T8LBFxcbA#t=14

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO – Thursday Oct 13th Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

14
Oct

MYRON WALDEN MOMENTUM QUINTET

MYRON WALDEN MOMENTUM QUINTET – Friday Oct 14th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Myron Walden “Momentum” includes these incredible players – Myron Walden – Tenor Saxophone, Philip Dizack – Trumpet, Eden Ladin – Piano, Yasushi Nakamura – Bass, Mark Whitfield Jr. – Drums

Myron Walden is a composer, arranger and performer of great charisma and achievement.  Walden has released a dozen albums and two singles including the multiple disc release, ‘Myron Walden Momentum Live: Our Sound’.  This outpouring of an exciting, expansive musical vision features three different projects, each with a distinctive voice; Myron Walden Momentum, Myron Walden In This World and Myron Walden Countryfied.  After delivering multiple stellar releases of his own Walden is now sought out by artist to have him produce their work. To that end, we now have the stellar debut release of Victor Gould to which Walden played tenor and soprano saxophones as well as provided his services as co-producer with Victor.  Walden is also well known for his work in Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band. In April 2014 the band released ‘Landmarks’ on Blue Note, which was up for a Grammy alongside the likes of Chick Corea.  The popularity of the band led to them being imortalized on the cover of Downbeat Magazine as well as having a multi page feature.  He was also fortunate enough to tour and record two CD’s with the late, great and iconic Freddie Hubbard.  Fortune continued to smile upon Walden allowing him the privilege to tour and record with the late, great Ray Barretto.  Walden appeared on the congueros’ Grammy nominated recording ‘Time Was – Time Is’ penning the title track as well as clave rooted ‘The View From Here’ and providing a stirring arrangement of ‘Motherless Child’.

MYRON WALDEN MOMENTUM is Walden’s foray into soulful hard-bop inspired by Miles Davis’ legendary mid-1960s quintet. This ensemble has had three releases: ‘Myron Walden Momentum’, ‘Myron Walden Momentum Live’ and ‘Myron Walden Momentum Live: Our Sound’. Representative of the critical acclaim for Momentum is the following from Jim Macnie, “For the last 10 years Walden’s brought a unique brand of ardor to the bandstand, at it’s become a signature…Momentum…is marked by sizzling sincerity—the kind of emotion that puts listeners on the edge of their seats.”

Philip Freeman of The New York City Jazz Record writes, “…tenor saxophonist Myron Walden contributes fleet, technically impressive and potent solos.”

Nat Hentoff, writing for the Wall Street Journal, said “Myron Walden…is simultaneously the most insistently personal and instantly accessible musician of his generation.”

Jazz Times spoke to Walden’s signature style, noting that Walden “plays with a Phoenix-like virtuosity and an attention to rhythmic detail rarely heard among saxophone players.”

MYRON WALDEN QUINTET – Friday Oct 14th Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

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LOUIS HAYES and THE CANNONBALL LEGACY BAND!

LOUIS HAYES AND THE CANNONBALL LEGACY BAND – Saturday Oct 15th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

This ensemble is dedicated to and emanates the Cannonball and Nat Adderley spirit of jazz. The leader of the group, Louis Hayes, an exceptionally gifted and inspirational old school, hard bop drummer was a member of Cannonball Adderley’s original Quintet.

He has surrounded himself with some of the most innovative exciting young jazzmen on the planet. Vincent Herring in the Cannonball seat, an ideal choice, Vincent who played with Nat Adderley for nine years blows a mature alto saxophone with a veteran tone. Jeremy Pelt, trmpt, with Dezron Douglas and pianist Rick Germanson.

At the request of Horace Silver, while still a teenager, Louis moved to New York, in 1956, to join the Horace Silver Quintet.  For the next two years when he wasn’t touring and recording with Horace, Louis recorded with John Coltrane and numerous other jazz greats. In 1959 Louis went on to join Cannonball Adderley’s quintet touring worldwide and recording with the group until 1965 when he joined the Oscar Peterson Trio with whom he toured and recorded for the next two years.

Louis is one of the most recorded drummers in the history of jazz, with hundreds of recordings to his credit. From the fifties to date Louis Hayes has recorded with, and played beside, a veritable list of who’s who in jazz, to name just a few, Horace Silver, Sony Rollins, Sam Jones, Percy Heath, Hank Mobley, Art Farmer, Tommy Flannagan, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown, Hank Mobely, Curtis Fuller, Idrees Sulieman, Cecil Taylor, Dexter Gordon, Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, to name a few!

LOUIS HAYES AND THE CANNONBALL LEGACY – Friday Oct 14th Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

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ADDRESS

85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Tickets

Buy Advance Tickets Here General Admission only. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8:30pm unless otherwise advertised. No standing room.

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Club Opens

7:30pm for cocktails and seating. Show 8:30pm unless otherwise advertised. General admission only.

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

(food is not served at the club. full bar service)

No unauthorized audio or video recording is permitted during performance. This includes cell phones.

Photos restricted to first set per artist request.

Enjoy overnight discount with your tickets at The Old Lyme Inn. #TasteStayGroove!

Featured Show

8:30pm to 11:00pm (approx. unless otherwise noted).

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn Spend the night! Ask about overnight discounts at The Old Lyme Inn with ticket purchase!


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PastEvents

Big Chief Donald Harrison!

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE TRIO 2-15 w/Ulysees Owens Jr, Christian Sands

E. J. Strickland!

BROTHERHOOD 6TET - Rodriguez, Strickland & Terry Brothers!

SOMI

BAJC Black Art Jazz Collective Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, Johnathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Vicente Archer, James Burton

FREDDIE HENDRIX 4TET!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO

AARON DIEHL TRIO

DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET

Bucky Pizarelli - Russell Malone - Ed Laub

STEVE WILSON-LEWIS NASH Duologue! w/Jackie McLean Ins. student fans!

CARL ALLEN 5TET The Art Of Elvin!

RENE McLEAN, Dolly McLean, Lesedi Ntsane, great night!

Cyrus Chestnut, Lummie Spann, Dezron Douglas, Victor Lewis, Steve Davis,

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 4tet w/Dave Kikoski, Luques Curtis, Jonathan Barber!

The CURTIS Brothers

THE COOKERS

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Kick off to U.S tour!

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE 5/14/14

ELDAR DJANGIROV Nov'13

KEVIN HAYS TRIO

WALLACE RONEY

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 3/1/14

GLEN ZALESKI TRIO

Mr. Nat Reeves Quartet (with #1 fan!)

Javon Jackson WE FOUR (Jimmy Cobb, George Cables, Nat Reeves)

Jimmy Greene Quartet 1/3/15

Hector Martignon (Foreign Affair 7/13 and Pau Brasil 10/13)

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Bruce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet

Samuel Torres Sextet - Premier of Forced Displacement 12/7/13

Donny McCaslin Trio

Orrin Evans Quartet

Chelsea Baratz (w/Orrin Evans Quartet Christmas Program!) 12/21/13

The tireless Christmas elves at the Side Door - Seasons Greetings from Ken and Jan

Happy Holidays from Ken and Jan!

Curtis Fuller (with Javon Jackson All Star Birthday Bash) 12/20/13

Curtis Fuller Birthday Celebration!

Rene McLean with Gary Bartz and Nat Reeves

Samuel Torres

Jani Siegel Trio 1/10/14

To name just a few.....

Welcomed in 2013 - the Reason We are Here!

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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Articles /THESIDEDOOR

"A Beacon of Live Music!..."
Feb 27, 2015 | see full article
NY Times - "Its the Perfect Room....."
Nov 16, 2014 | see full article
CT Magazine - The Side Door Thrives!
May 7, 2014 | see full article
The Day - "A Lovely Spot To Listen"
November 14, 2013 | see full article
The SideDoor Announces Its Fall Line Up!
September 26, 2013 | see full article
Wine, dine, spend the night, and all that jazz!
September 17, 2013 | see full article
Old Lyme Inn opens the SideDoor
MAY 9, 2013 | see full article
Old Lyme Inn jazzed about new venue
MAY 6, 2013 | see full article
All About Jazz - Old Lyme Inn Goes Live At The Side Door Jazz Club
June 21, 2013 | see full article
Wallace Roney, Two Explosive Nights At The Side Door Jazz Club
July 21, 2013 | see full article
The SideDoor Opens to a Standing Ovation in Old Lyme
May 13 2013 | see full article
"A Great Jazz Weekend In Old Lyme CT!"
Jan 30, 2016 | see full article
"A Great Weekend Of Jazz In Old Lyme CT!"
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OurStory

The SideDoor is quite literally a dream come true!

The Sidedoor jazz club is the realisation of a long cherished dream. Ken Kitchings has always been a true fan of jazz music and brought many great artists to The Garde Theatre in New London, CT during his time there.

In 2011 Ken and his wife Chris bought the beautiful, but sadly neglected, Old Lyme Inn and put their hearts and souls into bringing its former glory to life. Once the inn became an established part of the community, Ken set his sights on an unused “side door” space attached to the inn, visualizing the perfect jazz venue: Intimate, welcoming, elegant and a quality, great sounding room that the very best jazz artists would be happy to play in!

On May 10th, 2013 its door and stage was opened by none other than the venerable George Wein and his Newport All Star band, cutting the ribbon and giving his blessing to an awestruck Ken Kitchings! An incredible gala night opening to be remembered – setting the standard and placing The Sidedoor firmly on the jazz venue map!

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  • “Thank you for treating us so well. I’m happy that The Side Door brings quality, art and celebration to the community, thank you for inviting me to be a part of the magic! Sending love and wishing you health and joy, thank you. Benny”

    ~ Benny Green 4/18/14
  • “This is the real deal! You’re right in the cross hairs of the NY and Boston music scene… This is every bit as great as playing the Vanguard!”

    ~ Kenny Werner
  • This is the best thing to happen to the Connecticut shoreline since the Baldwin Bridge!

    ~ Robin Whitney, Side Door VIP
  • Intimate room, good bar service and superb jazz band! A great place to go after dinner on the weekend in Old Lyme or Essex near the CT shore.

    ~ TripAdvisor User: Glenn C
  • very excited to see this has opened – just what we need in this area!!

    ~ Facebook User: Carrie Leber
  • As shepherded by Ken Kitchings – who owns the Old Lyme Inn with his wife, Christine, and is a booking force at the Garde Arts Center – the SideDoor will be an intimate venue dedicated to showcasing the finest touring jazz musicians as they negotiate the I-95 corridor.

    ~ RICK KOSTER, The Day

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