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UpcomingEvents

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! Special Thursday Show!

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!

15
Oct

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!

21
Oct

OSCAR PENAS TRIO!

OSCAR PENAS TRIO – Friday Oct 21st – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Oscar Peñas is back to the Side Door for his second appearance!

Oscar Peñas was born in Barcelona, Spain. At the age of eight he began classical guitar studies privately. In 1989, Oscar went on to study at the Taller de Músics were later on Peñas become one of its guitar faculty and after graduating cum lade from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music. He left his professor post to return to Boston. In 2007 he gained his degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory and moved to New York.

As a young emerging artist, Peñas has performed at Spain’s most important festivals. Since he moved to New York he has played his original composition along with outstanding jazz figures, as well as known jazz musicians such as Paquito D’ Rivera, Gil Golstein, Esperanza Spalding, Gregoire Maret, Ralph Alessi, and Jason Palmer. He has toured internationally as a leader with his own projects.

Other major performances include appearances at international venues such as the Jazz Plaza in Habana, Cuba, and Duc des Lombard, Paris. In the USA at Kennedy Center, Strathmore Performance Arts Center, Barge Music, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Discover Jazz Festival, Old Town School of Folk Music, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Blue Note, 55 Bar, among others.

His new forthcoming project is bringing him back to Cuba to perform and live record his new work Almadraba, inspired by the eponymous fishing tradition from Andalucía. It will be played in La Habana with Solistas de la Habana, a chamber string orchestra, in November 13.

This time Peñas is bringing his trio back to the Side Door including Moto Fukushima and Alex Kautz. For more details check www.oscarpenas.com

OSCAR PENAS TRIO – Friday Oct 21st 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

22
Oct

SAMUEL TORRES SEPTET

SAMUEL TORRES SEPTET! – Saturday Oct 22 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Thrilled to welcome back our friend Samuel to The Side Door! Colombian percussionist and composer Samuel Torres, called “at once intelligent, sophisticated, and explosive” by Jazz Times, was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Samuel graduated in Music Composition from Universidad Javeriana. He started playing at age twelve and recalls learning a great deal from in-home jam sessions with friends of his musically inclined grand parents.

Although a classically trained percussionist, Samuel was drawn by the sound and rhythms of different styles, especially Latinamerican and jazz. In 1998 he traveled to the United States, where he was contracted with Grammy Award Winner Arturo Sandoval with whom he toured throughout the world for four years.

Upon his arrival to the US Samuel has played with renowned jazz artists such as the late Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, Dave Valentin, Michael Brecker, Don Byron and Claudio Roditi amongst other.

He creates beautiful music designed to appeal to the discriminating listener. With artfully, dynamic and relaxed chops that match speed with precision, the Boston Globe describes his playing: “a ferocious conga solo by Samuel Torres that seemed not humanly possible”.

He is joined by the talents of Alex Norris: Trumpet, Tom Guarna on iano, Ricky Rodriguez on bass, Pablo Bencid on drums and vocals from Maria Raquel!

SAMUEL TORRES SEPTET! – Saturday Oct 22 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!

28
Oct

JAVON JACKSON AND SPECIAL GUESTS! (Fri)

JAVON JACKSON AND SPECIAL GUESTS! – Friday and Saturday Oct 28 & 29 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Joined for this special weekend by Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen – Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 14 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.

In 1992 Jackson made his recording debut with Me and Mr. Jones, featuring James Williams, Christian McBride and master drummer and NEA Jazz Master Elvin Jones. Jackson also recorded six projects for Blue Note Records featuring collaborations with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrason, John Medeski and Vernon Reid. Among his later recordings for Palmetto Records, Javon explored funk based jazz, incorporating the sounds of Fred Wesley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lenny White, Mark Whitfield and others.

In addition to his performance schedule, Javon Jackson is a highly sought after jazz educator, conducting clinics and lectures at universities throughout the United States and abroad. He served as Assistant Professor of Jazz at Long Island University (NY)1996-1998, and in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (NY) 1999-2007. In 2012, Javon was the recipient of the prestigious Benny Golson Award from Howard University in Washington, DC, for recognition of legendary excellence in jazz.

And most currently, The Hartt School is pleased to welcome this acclaimed tenor saxophonist as Associate Professor of Jazz and Chair of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.

We are honoured to welcome Javon and the stellar quartet he has assembled to The Side Door, which includes the venerable Jimmy Cobb on drums, George Cables on piano, and watch this spcae for who will jin them on bass!

JAVON JACKSON AND SPECIAL GUESTS! – Friday and Saturday Oct 28 & 29 22 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!

29
Oct

JAVON JACKSON AND SPECIAL GUESTS! (Sat)

JAVON JACKSON AND SPECIAL GUESTS! – Friday and Saturday Oct 28 & 29 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Joined for this special weekend by Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen – Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 14 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.

In 1992 Jackson made his recording debut with Me and Mr. Jones, featuring James Williams, Christian McBride and master drummer and NEA Jazz Master Elvin Jones. Jackson also recorded six projects for Blue Note Records featuring collaborations with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrason, John Medeski and Vernon Reid. Among his later recordings for Palmetto Records, Javon explored funk based jazz, incorporating the sounds of Fred Wesley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lenny White, Mark Whitfield and others.

In addition to his performance schedule, Javon Jackson is a highly sought after jazz educator, conducting clinics and lectures at universities throughout the United States and abroad. He served as Assistant Professor of Jazz at Long Island University (NY)1996-1998, and in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (NY) 1999-2007. In 2012, Javon was the recipient of the prestigious Benny Golson Award from Howard University in Washington, DC, for recognition of legendary excellence in jazz.

And most currently, The Hartt School is pleased to welcome this acclaimed tenor saxophonist as Associate Professor of Jazz and Chair of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.

We are honoured to welcome Javon and the stellar quartet he has assembled to The Side Door, which includes the venerable Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen

JAVON JACKSON AND SPECIAL GUESTS! – Friday and Saturday Oct 28 & 29 22 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!

04
Nov

JACKIE TERRASSON!

JACKIE TERRASSON – Fri Nov 4 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Jacky Terrasson is an internationally renowned Franco-American pianist, composer and bandleader, who recorded his debut as a leader in 1992. The following year, he won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition then toured with the legendary Betty Carter, both of which propelled him to superstardom. In addition to releases memorable discs (12 albums) on Blue Note Records throughout the mid-’90s and early-2000, he’s recorded for Concord Records and Universal. During his distinguished career, Terrasson has also worked with notable jazz artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Stefon Harris, Cindy Blackman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott and Dianne Reeves.

The genesis of the duet partnership of pianist Jacky Terrasson and trumpeter/flugelhornist Stephane Belmondo stretches back 30 years. Close friends from their days living and playing in Paris and then while band mates in vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater’s groups in the mid-‘90s, the pair enjoyed a simpatico musical relationship. But they lost contact over the years until six years ago when they reconnected and played a duo show in the south of France. That proved to be the seed of their sublime duo album on Impulse, Mother, that was recorded last fall and in April of this year at Recall Studios in the southern France village of Pompignan.

Unlike Terrasson’s last recording, 2015’s Take This on Impulse!, which was fueled by loops, Afro beats, wah-wah Fender Rhodes voicing’s, hip-hop flavors and smart pop, Mother is largely a quiet, reflective and even mournful collection of 14 songs. The set list includes originals, American standards by Charlie Haden and Dave Brubeck, French standards (including the love song “La Chanson d’Hélène” from French cinema), the cover of a hit song by Stevie Wonder, and several short interludes scattered about the album (including the 40-second whimsical “Pic Saint-Loup,” which is the name of the region’s local wine, and the pounce and thunder 54-second tribute to the town).

JACKIE TERRASSON – Fri Nov 14 – Doors 7:30pm, 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

05
Nov

THE BRIDGE TRIO w/Joe Dyson, Max Moran & Conun Pappas!

THE BRIDGE TRIO – Sat Nov 5 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

The Bridge Trio has its roots deeply entrenched in the New Orleans Jazz tradition. Drummer Joe Dyson, pianist Conun Pappas, and bassist Max Moran came together as a group at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) under the direction of their mentor and former teacher, the legendary clarinetist and jazz educator Alvin Batiste. These young musicians performed with Batiste as the Jazztronauts while still in high school and played with him on his last gig. Their stirring musical tribute of his music at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2007, on the day of his passing, is regarded by many as one of the most moving performances in the festivals’ history.

The trio today enjoys increasing professional recognition and success in the jazz world as members of saxophone master Donald Harrison’s band. All three are composers of innovative, original compositions in the “Nouveau Swing” style, a style of jazz created by Donald Harrison that merges modern dance music like r&b, hip-hop, soul, rock, and jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music.

BRIDGE TRIO IS Joe Dyson on drums, Max Moran on bass and Conun Pappas on piano and keyboard. Come check the live magic!

THE BRIDGE TRIO – Sat Nov 5 – Doors 7:30pm, 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

11
Nov

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA!

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA® – Fri Nov 11 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA® has toured, performed and recorded together for several years, and each member is a band leader in their own right, with quite a discography as well. Joined by Abraham Burton, James King, Allyn Johnson and Josh Evans.

Nasar Abadey (Drummer) is the founder, leader and driving force of his band SUPERNOVA®. Though a bandleader for many years he has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups from his home base in Washington, DC; and he has performed and/or recorded with many artists throughout his career. Inspired by Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and his cousin Frankie Dunlop, he creates jazz music steeped in hard bop, modal, fusion, and avant-garde styles.

Most recently SUPERNOVA® was selected by the US State Department and the Lincoln Center as Ambassadors to tour with the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road. This one month tour took them to five (5) countries in East Africa; Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique. Nasar is Professor of Jazz Percussion at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Abadey has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Gary Bartz, Andrew White, Sonny Fortune, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra, and many other jazz greats. He has also appeared in various festivals in the USA and abroad. Please visit www.nasarabadey.com for more details…..

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA® – Fri Nov 11 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

12
Nov

BENITO GONZALEZ TRIO w/Francesco Mela and Santi Debriano!

BENITO GONZALEZ TRIO – Sat Nov 12 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

Joined by the incredible talents of Francesco Mela and Santi Debriano!

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.

Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser. Recently, Benito received more critical attention for his work on Garrett’s Grammy-Nominated album ‘Seeds from the Underground’.

After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence, and Jackie McLean.

BENITO GONZALEZ TRIO – Sat Nov 12 – Doors 7:30pm, 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

18
Nov

CLAFFY!

CLAFFY – Friday Nov 18 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

CLAFFY is – Alexander Claffy on bass, Alita Moses vocals, Ben Eunson guitar, Adam Arruda drums, Takeshi Ohbayashi piano.

23 year old Alexander Claffy was raised in a musical household (his father is a pianist, his mother, a vocalist), and had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Claffy was fortunate enough to find a mentor in many Philly natives, and has continued his study of the double bass with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno and Orin O’Brien.

Since moving to New York City in 2011, he has had the honor of working with many of his living heroes, including Johnny O’Neal, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Sean Jones, Russell Malone, Christian Scott, Wallace Roney and many more.  In the past 3 years he has appeared on records with Victor Lewis, Orrin Evans, JD Allen and more. Alexander currently resides in Harlem.

He just relelased his debut concept album: CLAFFY. With the help of engineer/ producer Michael Perez-Cisneros (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Esperanza Spalding and many others), he has documented his own true story of love, heartbreak, and the eternal question: were we meant to be? Just shy of 40 minutes, this groundbreaking LP introduces many of New York’s unheard young talent – including vocal powerhouse Michael Stephenson.

CLAFFY – Friday Nov 18 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

19
Nov

CARL ALLEN QUARTET!

CARL ALLEN QUARTET – Fri Nov 19 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.

Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by the legendary saxophonist Benny Carter. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody.

Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and recorded several recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett to name just few of the many!

Carl Allen’s multifaceted career provides the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring and teaching. He remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. As a leader he most recently leads The Carl Allen Quartet as well as The Art of Elvin, a tribute band dedicated to his two drum influences, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones was started after the passing of Elvin Jones in 2004.

CARL ALLEN QUARTET – Fri Nov 19 – Doors 7:30pm, 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

25
Nov

MATT SAVAGE TRIO

MATT SAVAGE TRIO – Fri Nov 25 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Matt Savage, age 24, has had a fifteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi and Donny McCaslin among others. Along the way, he’s recorded twelve albums as leader and one as collaborator. He is a Bösendorfer piano artist.

As a composer, Matt has garnered respect. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. The movie, which premiered in 2014, chronicles the life of jazz alto saxophonist Frank Morgan. Additionally, Savage wrote almost all the songs on his twelve albums, several of which have been used in short documentaries, on web sites, in school music curricula and in government educational materials. Savage has toured worldwide and had many national media appearances including performances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, Bohemian Caverns, Town Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Scullers, the Jazz Standard, the Pantages Theatre, the Iridium, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazzaldia (Spain), the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival, the International VSA Arts Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Japan, Curacao, Aruba and for the president of Singapore.

In April 2015, Matt opened for Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Shawn Colvin and others at Autism Speaks’ “Light Up the Blues” concert event in Hollywood… and in December 2015, he performed with Steve Earle and Jackson Browne at Town Hall in New York City. Matt’s latest project is a solo piano album, Matt Savage: Piano Voyages, which will be released on October 14, 2016.

Media appearances have included Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the “Today” Show, ABC’s “20/20,” the Discovery Channel, BBC, Telemundo TV, and news shows and documentaries worldwide (including the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and the U.K.) The Wall Street Journal, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, TIME, WIRED, Der Spiegel, The Jerusalem Report, People Magazine, TIME for Kids, American Way, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, and others have featured Matt in print.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, Matt balances his professional music career with teaching. He teaches at Applied Behavioral Learning Services, a school near Boston for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Matt gives masterclasses and workshops domestically and internationally (in English and Spanish) as well as private piano lessons.

MATT SAVAGE TRIO – Fri Nov 25 – Doors 7:30pm, 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

26
Nov

ERIC ALEXANDER QUARTET!

ERIC ALEXANDER – Saturday Nov 26th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We welcome Eric to The Side Door for his first appearance. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats who are influencing me today,” Eric says. “The legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel—that’s the bread and butter of everything I do.” George Coleman is a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach. And I’m still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that—even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-60s solos—I can find these little kernels of melodic information and employ them in my own playing.”

In 1991 Eric competed against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Placing second, this launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on Chicago’s South Side, made his recording debut with Charles Earland (Muse Records, 1991), and cut his first album as a leader, “Straight Up” (Delmark, 1991). More recordings followed for numerous labels, including Milestone. In 1997 he put out “Man with a Horn.” The following year saw the release of “Solid!”—a collaborative quartet session with George Mraz, John Hicks, and Idris Muhammad—as well as the first recording by his sextet One for All.

Eric has appeared on record as a leader, sideman, producer, and composer. By now, he has lost count of how many albums feature his playing; he guesses 60 or 70. He has earned praise from critics and, even more important, established his own voice within the bebop tradition.

In 2004, Eric signed an exclusive contract with HighNote Records, an independent jazz label based in New York City. There he has amassed a considerable discography of critically acclaimed recordings. Most recent among them is “Don’t Follow the Crowd,” and “Friendly Fire” with Vincent Herring.

Eric continues to tour the world and play to capacity audiences. Making his home in New York City, he performs regularly in clubs around the city and appears frequently at Smoke on the Upper West Side.

ERIC ALEXANDER – Saturday Nov 26th – 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

02
Dec

BRIAN CHARETTE TRIO

BRIAN CHARETTE TRIO – Friday Dec 3rd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Brian Charette has become a fixture on the New York Jazz scene. Charette has been nominated for a Grammy Award, is currently #4 on the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, and has had four albums in the Jazzweek top 20 in the last two years. He is also a prolific writer, regularly penning articles for Keyboard Magazine, Downbeat, and the NYC Jazz Record. Charette will perform an evening of intimate original piano trio music with Matt Pavolka on bass and Mark Ferber on drums! http://www.briancharette.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv2yz7yBBks

BRIAN CHARETTE TRIO – Friday Dec 3rd – 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

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Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

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

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Photos restricted to first set per artist request.

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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

Ken at Anniversary!

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE

ELDAR DJANGIROV

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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"A Beacon of Live Music!..."
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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
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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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