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27
May

STEVE DAVIS QUINTET featuring NAT REEVES and TONY DAVIS

STEVE DAVIS QUINTET featuring Nat Reeves with Tony Davis – Friday May 27th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm *860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisers on the trombone.  His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990’s while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s Origin and the cooperative sextet, One For All. Steve has appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s and Critic’s Polls numerous times, winning the TDWR (Risng Star) Trombone Category in 1998.  Steve was also recently nominated by The JJA as 2010 Trombonist of the Year.

Born in Worcester, MA Steve was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute (University of Hartford, CT).  It was Mc Lean’s guidance and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major gig with Art Blakey in NYC in Dec 1989.  Returning to Hartford in 1992, Davis joined Mc Lean’s sextet and begin teaching alongside his mentor at both the Hartt School and Artist’s Collective. Steve has resided in Hartford ever since.  http://www.stevedavis.info/  Steve’s son, guitarist Tony Davis will be joining the quintet!

Since our humble beginnings, Nat Reeves has become a friend and supporter and we are always thrilled to have him play…..and especially that we get to celebrate his birthday with him!! In 1982 Nat moved to Hartford, Connecticut and started working with Jackie McLean, to this day the most important musical influence in his life. Nat found a calling in teaching and developed musical skills while traveling throughout the world performing and recording with Jackie and other living jazz legends, too many to list here!!

STEVE DAVIS QUINTET featuring Nat Reeves with Tony Davis – Friday May 27th Door 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.

28
May

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS Quartet – Fri May 28 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

“Paulette McWilliams is a great jazz singer – better yet, a great singer.” – Chaka Khan

We are thrilled to welcome Paulette back to The Side Door! She brings the talented quartet of players: Nat Adderley Jr. (Musical Director band leader, piano), Don Braden on Saxophone, Kenny Davis on Bass, Vince Ector, drums.

Chicago has always produced great musical talent. Paulette McWilliams is no exception to that rule. She started singing before she could talk and even as a child, Paulette amazed her listeners with her rich, low, deep, sultry, velvety tones and an incredibly wide range.

Today, after 40 years of recording and touring, Paulette has hit her stride with Telling Stories saying, “I was destined to sing jazz but it took me a long time to realize it. I’ve performed at jazz festivals in Japan, clubs in London, or The Blue Note in Tokyo and other festivals like, Monterey, Trinidad, Milan, Moscow and Bern, Switzerland.” These shows were topped recently when she performed at the International Jazz Festival in The Netherlands in May and this June, the 16th annual Jazz Journalists Association Awards in New York City. More bio and artist details at www.paulettemcwilliams.com

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS Quartet – Fri May 28 – Door 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!

03
Jun

Greg Abate + Richie Cole Celebrating Phil Woods

Greg Abate + Richie Cole Celebrating Phil Woods – Fri June 3 Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm* 860-434 0886

Greg and Richie are joined by the Tim Ray Trio – Tim on piano, John Lockwood on bass and Mark Walker on drums.

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.

In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87. Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.

Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad. For more artist details visit: www.gregabate.com

What some say about Greg Abate: Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune.

Greg Abate + Richie Cole Celebrating Phil Woods – Fri June 3 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

04
Jun

MIKE LEDONNE’S GROOVER TRIO!

MIKE LEDONNE’S GROOVER TRIO – Sat June 4 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Thrilled to welcome back Mike LeDonne with his Groover Trio – with Mike on a Hammond B3, McClenty Hunter on drums and Mark Whitfield on guitar!

Mike LeDonne is a world renowned jazz pianist and Hammond organist. Oscar Peterson named him as one of his favorite pianists of this era. Since moving to New York City in 1978 he has worked with a wide spectrum of Jazz greats from Benny Goodman to Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson and many others. He spent 11 years as pianist and musical director for vibes legend Milt Jackson, and has been working with Benny Golson since 1997.

He was nominated for “Best Keyboards” 2012 by the Jazz Journalists Association and won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll as “Rising Star” on organ that same year. Mike’s on over 100 recordings and has 17 out under his own name. He co-authored a piano comping book as part of Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception series on Advance Music and spent 4 years on the faculty at Juilliard.

MIKE LEDONNE’S GROOVER TRIO – Sat June 4 – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

10
Jun

DUANE EUBANKS QUARTET!

DUANE EUBANKS Quintet – Fri June 10 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Trumpeter Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland, the Kennedy Center to Europe and Japan. We are thrilled to welcome him back to The Side Door again this summer! He will be joined by Abraham Burton – tenor saxophone, Allyn Johnson – piano, Dezron Douglas – bass.

His highly successful musical family: his mother is pianist Vera Eubanks, Kenny Barron’s first piano teacher and a professional church pianist; and his brothers – renowned trombonist Robin Eubanks and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, former bandleader of the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”; as well as his uncle, legendary pianist Ray Bryant saw his potential at a young age and persuaded him to pursue music.

He has worked with a long list of major jazz artists including notably Elvin Jones, Mulgrew Miller, Dave Holland and with popular artists such as The Temptations, Alicia Keys, and Mos Def. Duane is currently on faculty at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Brooklyn Music School. Please visit his site for more details and do come and see him live this June! www.duaneeubanks.com

DUANE EUBANKS Quintet – Fri June 10 – 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.

11
Jun

ERIC WYATT QUARTET!

ERIC WYATT Quartet – Saturday June 11 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Eric Wyatt – joined by Benito Gonzalez on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass, Chris Beck on drums – is a saxophonist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He was introduced to the sax by his father Charles Wyatt, who played tenor and hung out with many of the great jazz icons: Charlie Parker, Gary Bartz, George Braith, Wilber Ware, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and more.

Eric had the privilege of meeting two great jazz masters, both of whom changed his life: Miles Davis and his godfather, Sonny Rollins. Eric recalls, “When I met Miles I was 10 years old and was playing trumpet at the time. He was playing at the Bottom Line, a club in New York, and I never forgot all the energy and joy that this man brought to the audience. Sonny was a friend to the family and stayed connected to us after my father passed.”

Sonny Rollins also helped Eric record his first CD for King Records (Japan) titled “God Son”, with the great Al Foster on drums, Rufus Reid on bass and pianist Mark Soskin from Sonny’s band.

Eric has been recording and traveling the world as both leader and sideman and continues to build an impressive, solid resume. He has played with and recorded on records with Jeff Tain Watts, Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Donald Vega, Branford Marsalis, Bob Cranshaw, Rodney Kendrick James Spaulding, Keyon Harrold, E. J. Strickland, Jeremy Pelt, Willie Jones III, Clifton Anderson, Warren Wolf, Monty Alexander, Benito Gonzalez, Larry Willis, Stephen Scott, Justin Robinson and many others. www.ericwyatt-music.com

Eric is joined by Benito Gonzalez on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass, Chris Beck on drums.

ERIC WYATT Quartet – Saturday June 11 – 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.

17
Jun

GILLIAN MARGOT Black Butterfly Project

Gillian Margot’s Black Butterfly Project – Friday June 17 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Gillian Margot’s Black Butterfly Project features Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Richie Goods (bass), Billy Kilson (drums)

Having an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, Gillian Margot possesses a gift of storytelling and stunning lyrical delivery.

A native of Toronto (Canada), Margot started in jazz the hard-working, old-fashioned way. Performing several sets a night and leading a wide variety of ensembles, she also studied under jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Freddy Cole, and Norman Simmons, and has performed with artists worldwide, including famed soprano Kathleen Battle, jazz voice Kevin Mahogany, New York trumpet star Jeremy Pelt, the Strickland Brothers, and now multiple award-winning pianist, Geoffrey Keezer.

Her critically acclaimed CD, Black Butterfly (2015, Hipnotic Records) is “an impressive album which has her honey-toned voice deliver hints of a young Aretha Franklin… This lady needs to be heard” (L.A. Weekly). Equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop, Black Butterfly speaks to the singer’s passion for diversity and is an artfully crafted set that showcases her multifaceted musicality.

Gillian Margot is a stylist who eschew jazz clichés in favor of an original, interpretive delivery; “soulful and robust – a voice you might say was built like a brick house – but also sensuous …poised and playful.” (Michael J. West, Music Journalist)

Gillian Margot’s Black Butterfly Project – Friday June 17 – 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.

18
Jun

CHRISTOS RAFALIDES – MANHATTAN VIBES!

CHRISTOS RAFALIDES – MANHATTAN VIBES! Sat June 18  – Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm* 860-434 0886 

Thrilled to welcome back our friend Christos for another amazing show at The Side Door!

Christos Rafalides on vibraphone is joined by Thana Alexa – vocals, Sergio Salvatore – piano, Petros Klampanis – bass, Mauricio Zottarelli – drums!

“One thing is certain:  Manhattan Vibes is a supremely cool percussion-oriented band that appears to both young and mature audiences.  They are performing a style of music that is very contemporary with international influences that blend together without ever losing the element of dance and groove.” – Village Voice

Upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Christos moved to Boston where he completed his B.A. studying with Ed Saindon. He moved to Manhattan to finish his M.A. at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with acclaimed jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke.

Recent highlights include performances with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, a US tour with the Charles Mingus ‘Epitaph’ Band featuring bassist Christian McBride and conductor Gunther Schuller, a recording with the Harmony Ensemble of NY of Henry Mancini’s ‘Peter Gunn’, recordings with vocalists Chaka Khan and a duo performance at Carnegie Hall with pianist Sergio Salvatore.

Christos found his personal voice when he established ‘Manhattan Vibes’, a band that  ‘The Village Voice’ has called “supremely cool”, describing their sound as “very contemporary, with international influences that blend together without ever losing the element of dance and groove.”

CHRISTOS RAFALIDES MANHATTAN VIBES!  Sat June 18 – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

24
Jun

TESSA SOUTER!

TESSA SOUTER – Fri June 24 Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm* 860-434 0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

“An astute and expressive singer” Nate Chinen, New York Times

The New York-based singer has headlined at most of the New York jazz clubs, ​selling out concerts at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Blue Note, and Joe’s Pub, and has performed all over the world, including four sold out tours of the philharmonic halls of Russia, and concerts in Italy and the UK. She​ has appeared five times at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, where her 2015 show at Kilbourn Hall was one of only three concerts to be filmed by PBS Television​.

Souter, who cites Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Sandy Denny, Leon Thomas, Jon Lucien, Andy Bey, Milton Nascimento, and mentors Mansur Scott, Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan as influences, imbues a mix of jazz and stunning originals with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music.

Souter has recorded and performed with many of the jazz world’s elite, including Steve Kuhn, Kenny Werner, Joel Frahm, Joe Locke, Billy Drummond, Lew Soloff, Romero Lubambo, Charnett Moffett and Howard Johnson, who says of her, “Her brilliant songs and lyrics make her stand out from the pack so very much, not to mention how well she handles other people’s material.”  Whether performing at the Philharmonic halls of Russia or in the intimacy of a New York jazz club, “Souter is a beguiling artist who infuses everything she interprets with voluptuous intelligence and keen emotional insight.” (Andrew Gilbert, KQED Arts)

TESSA SOUTER – Fri June 24 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

25
Jun

VINCENT HERRING QUARTET with Carl Allen, Dave Williams and Mike LeDonne!

VINCENT HERRING QUARTET – Sat June 25 – Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm* 860-434 0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Joined by Mike LeDonne, David Williams and Carl Allen, this will be an amazing evening!

Vincent is a saxophone virtuoso with a uniquely intense and vigorous musical voice. He is considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation.

Vincent first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band in the early 1980’s. As he developed his musicianship working with Nat Adderley, a partnership blossomed that continued for nine years. Along the way he worked and/or recorded with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and John Hicks.

Vincent has appeared as guest soloist with many artists and ensembles including Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and John Faddis with the Carnegie Hall Big Band. While amassing these impressive credentials, Vincent continued to develop his own voice and style. Inspired by a collage of diverse musical influences, Vincent is also involved in Jazz education and is currently on the faculty of William Patterson University. He conducts master classes and jazz workshops at conservatories and universities around the world. Please visit his web site www.vincentherring.com for more details, but do NOT miss the live magic at this show!!

VINCENT HERRING QUARTET – Sat June 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

01
Jul

DAN PRATT QUARTET!

DAN PRATT QUARTET! Fri July 1 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Saxophonist and composer Dan Pratt has been favored as “a powerful player” by Jazz Times, with the Birmingham Times elaborating that, “his style puts him above the rest, as he has a driving force that is unrivaled.” The PA Daily News added, “Pratt is an impressive tenor sax man. Seriously, Pratt’s got energy to blow buildings down with his horn and a style that’s so elastic he can wrap it all back up together again when he’s done.” As a composer, Dan has been called “gifted,” whose compositions have been cited as being “mind blowing” (Birmingham Times), and “a true home run power hitter” (All Music Guide) whose “writing for a band is its principal asset.” (Master of a Small House)

Following two critically-acclaimed organ group outings, Dan heads in a new direction on Hymn for the Happy Man, his fourth recording overall and debut for his own Same Island Music imprint. The California native and longtime Brooklyn resident had never recorded a piano/bass/drums quartet record before, and to go in the direction he wanted to go, he felt a need to explore an instrumentation that is such an essential strand to jazz’s DNA. On Hymn for the Happy Man, Dan is backed by the all-star rhythm section of Christian McBride on bass, Greg Hutchinson on drums, and Mike Eckroth on piano. Together, they realize seven well-crafted originals and breathe new life into one well-chosen standard. Look for its release on June 3rd .

In his professional tenure, Dan has been at home as a soloist and section member in some of the finest ensembles on the scene, having performed and recorded with such artists as Christian McBride, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Fantasia, and Usher, in venues from the House of Blues to the White House. He is a founding member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground collective, and is a regular member of the Christian McBride Big Band, the David Smith Quintet, and the Tammy Scheffer Sextet.

Dan is excited to bring his music to The Side Door, and will be joined by Mike Eckroth on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass, and Allan Mednard on drums. Please visit www.danpratt.com for more information and music.

DAN PRATT QUARTET! Fri July 1 – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

02
Jul

JON REGEN QUARTET!

JON REGEN QUARTET! Sat July 2 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Jon back to The Side Door! Remarkable. Infectious. Soulful. Just some of the words critics have used to describe “Stop Time”, the new album by singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen.

Produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney), and featuring Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s band the Imposters, “Stop Time” finds Regen at the peak of his songwriting and pianistic powers. The album’s ten original tunes prove Regen a master of the sticky lyric and the penetrating piano hook, recalling the work of forbears like Billy Joel and Randy Newman while simultaneously showcasing Regen’s singular take on modern love.

“A joy to listen to over and over, ‘Stop Time’ never stops pleasing the ears.” Chuck Leavell, THE ROLLING STONE

“As potent as anything crafted by Sting.” JAZZTIMES

Visit www.jonregen.com for more, but don’t miss him live July 2nd!

JON REGEN QUARTET! Sat July 2 – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

08
Jul

ALDEN HELLMUTH QUINTET

ALDEN HELLMUTH QUINTET – Fri July 8 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to continue our support of the Jackie McLean Institute alumni and the great work and talent that the Hartt School in Hartford CT produces!

A recent JMI graduate and Hartford CT native, Alden Hellmuth is a bright young saxophonist and composer. After attending The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for high school, she went on to study at the prestigious Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford with a full tuition scholarship. There she studied with renowned jazz artists including Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Abraham Burton, Javon Jackson, Rene McLean, and Chris Casey.

Selected as one of Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz Series “Rising Stars,” she has performed at a variety of venues throughout New England and New York, and has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of notable musicians including Jimmy Heath, Charles Tolliver, Donald Harrison, Steve Davis, and Nat Reeves. In 2015 Alden was selected as a Dorothy Goodwin Scholarship recipient for her creative performance and compositional work honoring women in jazz.

After graduating in May of 2016, Alden continues to perform regularly with various ensembles, including her own, throughout the region.

The Alden Hellmuth Quintet is new a project that brings together a collection of incredible young musicians to perform an array of fresh and exciting music. The quintet will feature Alden Hellmuth on alto saxophone, Matt Knogel on tenor saxophone, Charlie Savage on piano, Josh Uguccioni on bass, and Corey Garcia on drums!

ALDEN HELLMUTH QUINTET – Fri July 8 – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

09
Jul

Tadataka Unno Trio

TADATAKA UNNO TRIO – Sat July 9 – Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm* 860-434 0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Joined by Essiete Okon Essiete on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums!, this will be an amazing evening! Born August 15, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan to parents who are music fans, Tadataka Unno grew up listening to many kinds of music. He began playing the piano at age 4. At age 9 he started to play jazz. He attended Tokyo University for Music and Fine Art where he studied music composition. Upon graduation, Unno joined one of Japan’s leading bassist Yoshio Suzuki’s trio. He moved to the U.S in 2008 and was selected to attend Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2010 at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Upon recommendation by Nathan Davis and Curtis Fuller, he attended the Jazz Rising Stars Program of Ravinia Festival in Chicago in the same year. In 2013 he performed for a week at the Village Vanguard as a member of Jimmy Cobb Trio.

Since his arrival to the United States, Unno has performed at the finsest jazz clubs – Village Vanguard, Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club, Blue Note, Blues Alley, Smalls, Mezzrow, The Cell, Minton’s, Jazz Standard, The Side Door, Scullers. He has performed / recorded / toured with some of the masters in Jazz: Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Heath, Al Foster, Eddie Henderson, Wallace Roney, Jackie Williams, Steve Nelson, Clifton Anderson, Essiet Essiet, Steve Williams, Eddie Allen, Javon Jackson, Nasar Abadey, Kenny Washington and many more. The stimulating environment of New York is improving his already refined musicality.

He is considered among the best of the up and coming generation of jazz musicians and his technique, creativity, balanced sense and beautiful tone continue to mesmerize audiences. Towards the end of their lives, both the legendary Hank Jones and Japanese jazz pianist Yuzuru Sera mentored Unno, having the highest trust in his talents. Unno looked up to them not just as mentors in music, but as mentors of life. When Hank Jones, at the age of 91, passed away in May of 2010 to the sadness of countless friends and fans, Unno was at his deathbed. Though a great sadness, Unno now holds the inspired baton of jazz piano left by Jones. Visit www.tadatakaunno.com for more info but do not miss the magic LIVE at The Side Door July 9th!

TADATAKA UNNO – Sat July 9 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

15
Jul

REQUINTE TRIO! w/Janis Siegel, John DiMaritno, Nanny Assis

REQUINTE TRIO! Fri July 15 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

“A pianist from Philadelphia, a singer from Brooklyn and a percussionist/singer from Bahia walk into a bar…” Fingers, voices and rhythm.

Pianist/composer /arranger John di Martino hails from the City Of Brotherly Love, had learned his licks with the great Lennie Tristano and is one of the most in-demand accompanists for singers. Man, he’s got some soul!  I’m from the Holy City of Brooklyn and grew up with New York City as my backdrop, singing folk, pop, country and original music till The Manhattan Transfer hurled me head-first into the rich worlds of vocalese, swing music, harmony singing and doo-wop. Nanny Assis, an outstanding singer/percussionist, and a talented songwriter, has touched hearts and souls through musical expressions that go beyond comprehension.

What to name a diverse trio of musicians creating jazz /soul/pop/folk/global/playful expressions? It was not quite a caipiranha, but not fully a Manhattan either . A little bit of a martini with a back of malt liquor perhaps?

Nanny, our man from Bahia, was the one to whom we looked to come up with a perfect word to express this new musical cocktail. Without missing a beat, he looked at us and said “Requinte . ”(HAY- KEEN- CHEE ) It’s a word that means “elegant” in Portuguese. We strive for that elevated feeling in our joyous mixture of influences and our coming together of cultures. These songs are the embodiment of our collaboration and now we can share this musical embrace with all of you, our friends and fans.

Enjoy (and dance to) this musical beginning. All of you are truly responsible for this labor of love. Held close, like honey. Free, like the air.” Janis Siegel & Gary Armstrong – N.Y.C. July 2015

REQUINTE TRIO! Fri July 15 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.

*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
Jul

YVONNICK PRENE 4TET w/Peter Bernstein, Jared Gold, Allan Mednard

YVONNICK PRENE QUARTET Present new CD ‘BREATHE’ Sat July 16 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

French jazz harmonica player and composer Yvonnick Prene presents his new album BREATHE with seasoned bandmates, performing Prene originals and jazz standards. His bandmates includes Peter Bernstein (g), Jared Gold (organ), Allan Mednard (d).

Composer and educator Yvonnick Prene has become one of the rising stars in the harmonica world and an in-demand sideman. He has recorded four albums as a leader and collaborated with jazz artists, Kevin Hays, Pedrito Martinez, Mike Moreno, Peter Bernstein, Jon Cowherd and Steve Cardenas, among others.

Educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, with a Masters degree in Music, he was awarded scholarships to Columbia University and The New School where he studied with Reggie Workman, Lee Konitz and John Patitucci. Prene began his professional jazz career, signing with the Danish label SteepleChase Records and recorded “Jour de Fete” his debut album. His last CD entitled Breathe has received high praised from the press and is available on iTunes and Amazon –  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/breathe/id1090243529

“A rising Star” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz  – “The most beautiful music I have ever heard on harmonica.” Lee Konitz  –  “Yvonnick Prene has proven his growing experience in leadership, writing and performing. He is the harmonica of the present and future” JazzTimes

Visit yvonnickprene.com for more info, or view this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbxIlOnQ5bY but don’t miss him LIVE Friday night!

YVONNICK PRENE QUARTET Present BREATHE! Sat July 16 – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

22
Jul

Jovan Alexandre – Collective Consciousness

JOVAN ALEXANDER – COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS – Fri July 22 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone, and for the elegant, spiritual bearing of his compositions.

He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of a hard-bop style made popular by the iconic alto saxophonist Jackie McLean [1931-2006] in his later years, when McLean had moved from New York City to Hartford, Connecticut, a transition that both cemented McLean’s place in the pantheon of modern jazz giants and revolutionized the teaching of the music to new generations of players such as Alexandre.

He has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches [2010]) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess [2012]),Kahlil Kwame Bell (Flight [2013]), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz [2013]). His first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, was released worldwide on February 24, 2015 [on Xippi Phonorecords].

Alexandre’s talented bandmates – guitarist Andrew Renfroe, pianist Taber Gable, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and drummer Jonathan Barber – are similarly attuned to the aesthetic of controlled passion that Alexandre has inherited from McLean, so there is a certain hard-bop (and modernist) classicism at work in Collective Consciousness. Alexandre’s uniqueness, though, says one of Alexandre’s mentors, fellow tenor saxophonist René McLean, “lies in his personal sound. He plays free of bombast, full of texture. His sound can variously seem molten and sharp-cornered within the same tune, sometimes within the same phrase. The melody lines are stately, whatever their tempo. Yet an understated, almost implied, restlessness inheres in nearly all his solos on Collective Consciousness.”

JOVAN ALEXANDER – COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS – Fri July 22 – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

23
Jul

FREDDY COLE QUARTET!

FREDDY COLE QUARTET – Sat July 23 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Those of you fortunate enough to have got tickets for Mr. Cole’s last appearance at The Side Door will remember what a magical evening it was! Please get your tickets early for his second visit to the club!!

Freddy Cole, the legacy of his brother Nat “King” Cole, will stir up memories that will never be forgotten.  Now in his 40th year of performing, this great singer and pianist has developed a huge following of his own.  The instantly recognizable Cole voice and a veteran quartet, play the classics as well as new compositions and interpretations from a huge repertoire.

Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians. “I started playing piano at five or six,” Freddy remembers.  “Music was all around me.” In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton.

Cole moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juillard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson.  He received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. For more details please visit: www.freddycole.com

Freddy Cole brings a quartet of incredible musicians with him. We are so fortunate to welcome him back to The Side Door Jazz Club once again!

FREDDY COLE QUARTET – Sat July 23 – 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 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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Enjoy a discounted stay at the Inn with purchase of jazz tickets!

#TasteStayGroove! We invite you to stay the night, or the weekend, here!

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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!

PHOTO: DOLORES MAURISU, KEN KITCHINGS

KindWords

  • “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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