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31
Oct

Yosvany Terry Quartet, Fri, An Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz TREAT!

Yosvany Terry Quartet – Fri Oct 31 – doors 7:30 show 8:30 –  860-434-0886*

We are thrilled welcome Yosvany back with his quartet; Luis Perdomo on piano, Hans Glawisching on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.

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 as a complex new idiom” The 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 just named a Cintas Fellow for 2013. Visit www.yosvanyterry.com for more details!

*tickets are non refundable – non transferable

01
Nov

NOAH PREMINGER QUARTET

Noah Preminger Quartet – Sat Nov 1st – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm  860-434-0886 *

A Connecticut son, Noah brings Frank Kimbrough on piano, Ed Howard on bass and Billy Drummond on drums to round out the quartet!

“Playing with the grace and expressiveness of a jazz veteran, the young man with a horn mixes cool restraint with emotional depth and old-fashioned poetry with contemporary bite.” Hartford Courant

Noah Preminger, just 26, has recorded his third album and second for Palmetto Records, Haymaker, for release in spring 2013. Featuring a kindred-spirit band of top-flight players – guitarist Ben Monder, double-bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Colin Stranahan – the album showcases a brace of fresh Preminger compositions, along with a cover of jam-band rocker Dave Matthews’ “Don’t Drink the Water.” Blending atmosphere and melody, free-floating sax lines and hovering guitar, the Noah Preminger Group plays modern jazz that balances musical integrity with sensual allure.

Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. While still in high school, he studied with saxophone luminary Dave Liebman. Preminger released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. Jazz Review said: “Preminger seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed, with incisive musical instincts, a distinctive personal sound and an ability to write great tunes.” Dry Bridge Road was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll.

Preminger’s second album as a leader, Before the Rain, came in 2011 from Palmetto. Featuring a quartet with Kimbrough, Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson, the album includes Preminger originals alongside pieces by Kimbrough and Ornette Coleman, plus the standards “Where or When” and “Until the Real Thing Comes Along.” The New York Times concluded: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.”

The Brooklyn based saxophonist has performed on key stages from Boston and New York to Europe and Australia, and he has played with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, Dr. Eddie Henderson and Dave Liebman. For more artist details, please visit www.noahpreminger.com

Noah Preminger Quintet – Saturday Nov 1st Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm  860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable/Non transferable

04
Nov

BUSTER WILLIAMS SOMETHING MORE Quartet

The Buster Williams Quartet “Something More” – Special Tuesday night performance! NOV 4th – door 7pm – show 8pm 860-434-0886

Buster Williams, bass; Bruce Williams, saxophones; Patrice Rushen, piano; and Lenny White, drums.

Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Nancy Wilson, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, the Jazz Crusaders, Ron Garter, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Golson, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Rowles, Hampton Hawes, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Errol Garner, Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse, Dakota Staton, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, etc. to name a few!

We were honoured to have Mr. Williams come and perform for our 1st Year Anniversary show with Javon Jackson, and made sure to invite him back with this incredible quartet!

The Buster Williams Quartet “Something More” – Special Tuesday night performance! NOV 4th – door 7pm – show 8pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferable

07
Nov

Kenny Werner Trio!

The Kenny Werner Trio – Friday Nov 7th Door 7:30pm show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

With Kenny Werner, piano; Ari Hoenig, drums; and Johannes Weidenmueller, bass

Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 19, 1951 and then growing up in Oceanside, Long Island, Kenny began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. Although he studied classical piano as a child, he enjoyed playing anything he heard on the radio. In high school and his first years of college he attended the Manhattan School of Music as a classical piano major.

His natural instinct for improvisation led Kenny to the Berklee School of Music in 1970. There he sought tutelage of the renowned piano teacher Madame Chaloff.

From Boston, Kenny traveled to Brazil with the saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil. There he met Victor’s twin brother, Brazilian pianist Joao Assis Brasil. He studied with Joao, who provided another piece of the puzzle for Kenny’s conception that would lead to Effortless Mastery, his landmark opus on how to allow the master musician from within to manifest.

Kenny had written many original compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, but in the mid 1980s, he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra). He also has had a nearly forty-year friendship and musical collaboration with Joe Lovano. They have recorded on a number of each other’s projects.

Kenny was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End. No Beginning No End is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, Kenny’s third album for Half Note Records is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, Wind Ensemble, Choir and String Quartet.

In 2000, Kenny formed a new trio with Ari Hoenig on drums and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass. They played nearly a decade together and released three albums, with Kenny acting as composer, arranger, and pianist.

Kenny Werner’s influence is unsurpassed. He has impacted an entire generation of musicians and artists. Despite his creative output, Kenny is still focused on the music. “I am still more and more aware of the true purpose of the music and the people who play it: to heal and unite the planet.”  www.kennywerner.com

We are thrilled to welcome Kenny back to The Side Door! Fri Nov 7th 860-434-0886

*tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferable

08
Nov

HELEN SUNG QUARTET

HELEN SUNG Quartet – Saturday Nov 8th – doors 7:30 show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

An award-winning classical pianist before jazz intervened “in the form of a Tommy Flanagan solo,” Houston, TX, native Helen Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.

Joined by Kris Allen, alto/sop sax, Alex Norris, trumpet, Matt Brewer, bass, Joe Dyson Jr., drums.

Since establishing herself in New York City, she has worked with such luminaries as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, the legendary Wayne Shorter, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter; and, in addition to her own band, can currently be seen with fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band & Dynasty Band, the T.S.Monk Group, and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project.

With five first-rate albums to her credit, Sung’s next recording, Anthem For A New Day, is her debut on Concord Records. An exciting step forward in Sung’s evolution, Anthem displays a modern artistry and music that swings with a funky intellect while seamlessly integrating her jazz & classical worlds. A bright future is certainly in store for this exciting artist whom Wynton Marsalis named as one of his ‘Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch!’

HELEN SUNG Quartet – Saturday Nov 8th – doors 7:30 show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886

*ticket are nonrefundable and non-transferable

14
Nov

Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Jason Anik

Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Jason Anik – Fri Nov 14 door 7:30 show 8:30pm  860-434-0886*

Thrilled to welcome Jason back to The Side Door with his Rhythm Future Quartet! When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.

The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside notable musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group.

Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The prestigious Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Jason Anick, who is also an award winning composer, received critical praise from the world-renowned Boston Globe which stated, “Jason’s compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing.”

Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Jason Anik– Fri Nov 14 – door 7:30 show 8:30pm    860-434-0886*

15
Nov

RENE McCLEAN Quintet with GARY BARTZ

Rene McLean Quintet with special guest Gary Bartz. Nov 15th Door 7:30pm Show 8:30pm* 860-434-0886

We are thrilled to welcome Rene back to The Side Door once again! He brings once ore an incredible line up of jazz masters – Rene McLean; saxophones /Flutes. With special quest: Gary Bartz: saxophones, Alan J. Palmer: piano, Nat Reeves: bass, Ronnie Burrage: Drums, Neil Clarke: african percussion and Abdoulaye Diabate on vocals and guitar!

Rene McLean, world renowned Multi-reed Instrumentalist (Alto, Tenor, Soprano, Flute,Ney,Shakuhachi), Composer, Band Leader, Educator, Producer. Son/Protégé of the late legendary alto saxophonist/educator Jackie Mclean. McLean maintains an active international performance, recording and teaching career. At present he is Professor of African American Music at the Jackie McLean Institute University of Hartford and Master Artist In-Residents at the Artists Collective .

He has performed recorded and collaborated with numerous luminaries such as:Jackie McLean, Lionel Hampton, Woody Shaw, Hugh Masekela, Tito Puente; Amiri Baraka; Dr. Yusef Lateef, Miriam Makeba; Curtis Fuller, Dr. Billy Taylor; Baba Olatunji among many others. He has been recipient of several National Endowment for the Arts grants / fellowship awards. In 1986-87 McLean was awarded the prestigious Creative Arts Fellowship by the Japan-US Friendship Commission / the National Endowment for the Arts to reside in Japan to conduct research, teach and perform. He has also spent time researching musical traditions and performing in Indonesia, Middle-East ; Southern Africa where he lived for 20yrs. In addition he has acted, performed & composed for several theatrical rivals such Ntosake Shange’s “ For Colored Girls” directed by George Faison; “ Oedipus” directed by Jonathan Wilson and most recently the 2008 50th anniversary production of the Living Theatre production of “ The Connection” directed by founder Judith Madina. Please see website at www.renemclean.net complete biography and discography.

See more show details at www.thesidedoorjazz.com

(*all tickets are non refundable)

21
Nov

NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO FRI 11/21

NICHOLAS PAYTON Fri and Sat – Nov 21 and 22 Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm * 860-434-0886

Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. We are honored to welcome him back to The Side Door once again! He will be joined by Vincente Archer on bass and Joe Dyson on drums.

Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his maturation and talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history. When he was barely in his 20s, Nicholas Payton made his major-label recording debut as a leader with From This Moment (Verve). Since then, Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice.

He says: “As a musician, as an artist, you’re always trying to zero in on the bull’s eye as a means of becoming a better version of yourself. I’ve been able to find the kind of music that’s more inclusive of all of my life. The approach and the ideas of my music have become more singular, more cohesive. I have no agenda in terms of a specific genre or style, only to be true to who I am.”

Nicholas Payton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a musical family. Encouraged by his mother, a pianist and vocalist, and his father the legendary bassist, composer and educator Walter Payton, Nicholas showed talent for music at a very early age. He received his first trumpet at age four and by age nine was sitting-in with local bands including the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. By the age of 12, he was a member of the All Star Brass Band that performed and toured extensively. As he grew up and studied, Nicholas successfully learned how to play several instruments. In addition to being an accomplished trumpeter, Nicholas plays piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone, et al. During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. and after graduation attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis.

Significant collaborations include: Trey Anastasio, Ray Brown, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois, Dr. John, Stanley Jordan, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Zigaboo Modeliste, Marcus Roberts, Jill Scott, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Allen Toussaint, Chucho Valdes, Dr. Michael White, Nancy Wilson, and many others. He is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman. For more details see: www.nicholaspayton.com

NICHOLAS PAYTON trio – Fri and Sat – Nov 21 and 22  Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm* 860-434-0886 

*tickets are non refundable and non transferable

22
Nov

NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO Sat 11/22

NICHOLAS PAYTON Fri and Sat – Nov 21st and 22nd Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm * 860-434-0886

Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. We are honored to welcome him back to The Side Door once again! He will be joined by Vincente Archer on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.

Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his maturation and talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history. When he was barely in his 20s, Nicholas Payton made his major-label recording debut as a leader with From This Moment (Verve). Since then, Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice.

He says: “As a musician, as an artist, you’re always trying to zero in on the bull’s eye as a means of becoming a better version of yourself. I’ve been able to find the kind of music that’s more inclusive of all of my life. The approach and the ideas of my music have become more singular, more cohesive. I have no agenda in terms of a specific genre or style, only to be true to who I am.”

Nicholas Payton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a musical family. Encouraged by his mother, a pianist and vocalist, and his father the legendary bassist, composer and educator Walter Payton, Nicholas showed talent for music at a very early age. He received his first trumpet at age four and by age nine was sitting-in with local bands including the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. By the age of 12, he was a member of the All Star Brass Band that performed and toured extensively. As he grew up and studied, Nicholas successfully learned how to play several instruments. In addition to being an accomplished trumpeter, Nicholas plays piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone, et al. During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. and after graduation attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis.

Significant collaborations include: Trey Anastasio, Ray Brown, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois, Dr. John, Stanley Jordan, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Zigaboo Modeliste, Marcus Roberts, Jill Scott, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Allen Toussaint, Chucho Valdes, Dr. Michael White, Nancy Wilson, and many others. He is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman. For more details see: www.nicholaspayton.com

NICHOLAS PAYTON Fri and Sat – Nov 21 and 22 Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 

*tickets are non refundable and non transferable

28
Nov

Black Art Jazz Collective w/Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt, Jonathan Blake, James Burton, Xavier Davis

Black Art Jazz Collective BAJC w/Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt, Jonathan Blake, James Burton, Xavier Davis! Fri & Sat Nov 28 & 29th Door 7:30 – Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Black Art Jazz Collective is a collaborative ensemble comprised of Jazz’s finest rising stars. Black Art Jazz Collective; Jeremy Pelt – Trumpet, Wayne Escoffery – Tenor Saxophone, James Burton – Trombone, Xavier Davis – Piano, Gerald Cannon – Bass, Johnathan Blake – Drums

Each member is a leader in his own right and has also been an integral part of groups led by pioneers of the music including Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, Freddie Hubbard and many, many others.

The founding members of the group are Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt and Johnathan Blake. In the summer of 2012 Escoffery reached out to his long time friends and musical partners Jeremy and Johnathan and expressed his desire to form a collective of likeminded musicians from the same generation dedicated to celebrating African American cultural and political icons, as well as preserving the historical significance of African Americans in Jazz.

In April of 2013 the band made its debut with a three night engagement at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. This Side Door appearance will be the group’s premiere performance in Connecticut and the program will consist of all original music primarily inspired by African American Icons. Some of the compositions will include Double Consciousness by Wayne Escoffery (inspired by W.E.B. Dubois), No Small Change by Xavier Davis (inspired by Barack Obama) and The Essence of Beauty by Jeremy Pelt.

Incredible weekend!  BAJC – Fri & Sat Nov 28 & 29th – Door 7:30 – Show 8:30        860-434-0886 *tickets are non-refundable, nontransferable.

29
Nov

Black Art Jazz Collective, Sat.

Black Art Jazz Collective w/Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt, Jonathan Blake. BAJC – Fri & Sat Nov 28 & 29th Door 7:30 – Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Black Art Jazz Collective is a collaborative ensemble comprised of Jazz’s finest rising stars. Black Art Jazz Collective; Jeremy Pelt – Trumpet, Wayne Escoffery – Tenor Saxophone, James Burton – Trombone, Xavier Davis – Piano, Gerald Cannon – Bass, Johnathan Blake – Drums

Each member is a leader in his own right and has also been an integral part of groups led by pioneers of the music including Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, Freddie Hubbard and many, many others.

The founding members of the group are Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt and Johnathan Blake. In the summer of 2012 Escoffery reached out to his long time friends and musical partners Jeremy and Johnathan and expressed his desire to form a collective of likeminded musicians from the same generation dedicated to celebrating African American cultural and political icons, as well as preserving the historical significance of African Americans in Jazz.

In April of 2013 the band made its debut with a three night engagement at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. This Side Door appearance will be the group’s premiere performance in Connecticut and the program will consist of all original music primarily inspired by African American Icons. Some of the compositions will include Double Consciousness by Wayne Escoffery (inspired by W.E.B. Dubois), No Small Change by Xavier Davis (inspired by Barack Obama) and The Essence of Beauty by Jeremy Pelt.

Incredible weekend!  BAJC – Fri & Sat Nov 28 & 29th – Door 7:30 – Show 8:30        860-434-0886 *tickets are non-refundable, nontransferable.

 

05
Dec

MINO CENILU WORLD JAZZ ENSEMBLE! Joy to the world this holiday season!

Mino Cinelu World Jazz Ensemble – Fri Dec 5th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Joy to the world this holiday season! Come celebrate the global talent that is Mino Cenilu and his World Jazz Ensemble. A very special evening and event.

World-renowned musician, Mino Cinelu has assembled a new quartet – the exciting World Jazz Ensemble, which enhances Cinelu’s virtuosic percussion with a synthesis of bass and tuba.

The quartet comprising Mino Cinelu, keyboardist Jamshied Sharifi, bassist Mamadou Ba, and Ben Stapp on tuba, offers a unique repertoire of instrumental, percussion and vocal works, a mélange that bridges World and Jazz orchestrations.

Mino Cinelu: As a teenager, Cinelu toured and recorded with musical giants Miles Davis, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, to just name a few. Cinelu’s multi-instrument collaborations and facility with wide range of styles established him as a formidable talent. Today he is a renowned composer, The World Jazz Ensemble showcases his maturity as a musician and his boundless passion for new sounds. Please visit his website for so many more incredible accolades and accomplishments! www.minocinelu.com

Jamshied Sharifi has recorded numerous solo and collaborative albums. He is also a well acclaimed composer for many Hollywood film soundtracks. Trained as a classical pianist, Sharifi was tapped to lead the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. Sharifi plays keyboards, Accordion, percussion and sings for the Jazz World Ensemble.

Mamadou Ba Is one of the busiest bassist Has a unique style appreciated by many: in my genres of music: KJ Denhart, Harry Belafonte, Regina Carter.

Jose Davila, Tuba, Sousaphone, Trombone, Drums, Percussion. Ray Charles, Tito Puente, Eddie, Palmer, Marc Anthony, Henry Threadgill,

Some excerpts from Blue Note performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6CKLkyVBhg

Mino Cinelu World Jazz Ensemble – Fri Dec 5th – doors 7:30pm show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

06
Dec

Ulysses Owens Jr. and His Quintet

ULYSSES OWENS Jr. and His Quintet – Saturday Dec 6th  Doors 7:30 Show 8:30* 860-434-0886

Ulysses Owens Jr. Drums/Leader is joined by Benny Bennack trumpet, Braxton Cook saxophone, Christian Sands piano, Corcoran Holt bass, and a Special Guest vocalist tba.!

Ulysses Owens Jr. is steadily establishing himself as a leader in his generation of jazz artists, admired for his sensitive, fiery, and complex playing, vivid display of textural nuance, and gift for propelling a band with charisma and integrity. Both humble in person and imposing behind a kit, Owens is a two-time Grammy® Award winner who has earned his stripes as a member of bassist Christian McBride’s acclaimed trio and the driving force of McBride’s famed big band. His 2009 debut recording “It’s Time For U” featured several original compositions and arrangements. In 2012, he released a second album, “Unanimous” (Criss Cross Jazz), featuring Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Dease, and Christian Sands.

In 2010, Ulysses received his first Grammy® for his performance on Kurt Elling’s “Dedicated To You,” and his second Grammy® for the Christian McBride Big Band album, “The Good Feeling.” This year, he garnered a third nomination for Christian McBride’s Trio album, “Out Here.” Owens flexes his versatility across projects, having toured and recorded with artists including McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Diane Schuur, Renee Fleming, Monty Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Russell Malone, and Mulgrew Miller. This year marks the release of two new albums as a leader: his third album, “Onward and Upward;” and “Time is Now,” the debut album of New Century Jazz Quintet, co-led with Takeshi Obayashi for the Japanese label, Spice Of Life.

A native of Jacksonville, FL, Owens credits his earliest mentors with instilling in him a devotion to personal growth at every phase of his career. At 14, Owens was accepted to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a classical percussionist, and in his freshman year, surpassed all expectation by winning a seat in the school’s top-tier jazz band. “That first opportunity led me directly to jazz,” he recalls. Wynton Marsalis played Jacksonville that same year, and their meeting became further assurance for Owens that his dreams were attainable.

Ulysses Owens Jr. is an artist “who takes a backseat to no one” (The New York Times), a label that seemingly describes his remarkable ascent as one of today’s premier drummers, or perhaps, his evolution as a producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur.

Ulysses Owens Jr. Drums/Leader is joined by Benny Bennack trumpet, Braxton Cook saxophone, Christian Sands piano, Corcoran Holt bass, and a Special Guest vocalist tba.! For more artist details please visit: http://www.ulyssesowensjr.com/

ULYSSES OWENS Jr. and His Quintet – Saturday Dec 6th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30* 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable

12
Dec

Andy Sherwoods Jazz Quartet

Andy Sherwood’s Jazz Quartet - Friday Dec 12 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to have Andy and Co. back to The Side Door to celebrate the holiday season!

Andy Sherwood’s Jazz Quartet performs a wide range of music from Dixieland and Swing, to jazz standards, and has performed for 28 years in many venues throughout Connecticut and New England. Clarinetist and Saxophonist Andy Sherwood performed as a jazz and classical musician with the United States Coast Guard Band for 24 years. As a Dixieland Clarinetist he has performed at Preservation Hall, with the Dukes of Dixieland, and with clarinetist Pete Fountain.

Andy’s quartet also includes Ian Frenkel on piano, Bryan Rizzuto on bass, and Tom Briggs on drums. for mor info: www.andysherwoodclarinet.com

860-434-0886 – like us at: www.facebook.com/thesidedoorjazzclub

*tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable.

13
Dec

Manuel Valera Trio!

Manuel Valera Trio – Saturday Dec 13 Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Manuel back to The Side Door once again, this time with his trio which is comprised of three prominent, like-minded New York jazz artists: Pianist Manuel Valera, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer EJ Strickland.

This project is a refreshing take on the trio format. The music performed by the trio is deeply informed by trios of the past with a forward thinking view on where the trio setting is going. The repertoire of the trio is composed and arranged by Valera and the music is a mixture of straight ahead jazz with a hint of Cuban music, as well as occasional interpretations of jazz standards.

Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff “Tain” Watts, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others.

For more artist details please visit http://www.manuelvalera.com/

Manuel Valera Trio – Saturday Dec 13 Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

19
Dec

NAT REEVES Quartet featuring Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth

NAT REEVES Quartet featuring Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth  - Fri Dec 19th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

We are so excited to have our friend and long-time supporter Nat Reeves return to The Side Door to help us all celebrate the holidays this year! His quartet features Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander and Joe Farnsworth!

Nat Reeves was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. His early years can be characterized as ordinary for a young boy complete with a supportive family, football and fishing. This normal life took a dramatic turn at 16 years, when he was introduced to the electric bass by his grandfather, Russell Jackson. When the self-taught musician teamed with other Virginia artists, the journey began. By 1979, he was in New York City, performing in small jazz clubs and at jam sessions.

In 1982 Nat traveled for the first time out of the US to Japan with Sonny Stitt. It was Sonny’s last tour and an experience Nat will never forget. At the same time, 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!

Today, Nat is committed to perpetuating Jackie McLean’s legacy at The Hartt School, as well as continuing his career performing. Influenced most by bassists Sam Jones, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, Nat is a gifted musician, who can be seen performing in every major jazz venue in the world. For more srtist details please visit: www.natreeves.net

We are extremely honoured to have him play at The SideDoor once again.

20
Dec

JAMES WEIDMAN Aperturistic Trio

JAMES WEIDMAN Aperturistic Trio – Saturday Dec 20 Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886

James’ trio includes Harvie S on bass and Steve Willimas on drums. Pianist James Weidman is an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Gloria Lynne, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson. That list includes several NEA Jazz Masters, musical trailblazers, and great singers; relationships requiring both the skilled touch of an adept soloist as well as superior accompaniment expertise. The gifted Mr. Weidman has it all.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Weidman was born into a musical family, learning jazz from his saxophonist-bandleading father at age seven. Throughout his years at Youngstown State University (graduating cum laude with a degree in classical piano & music education), Weidman divided his time between studies and performance, becoming a first call player.

Weidman’s move from Ohio to the jazz cauldron of New York was inevitable. Not long after relocating he found himself on the bandstand with jazz greats Cecil Payne, Harold Ousley, Bobby Watson, and Pepper Adams, before aligning himself with conceptualist Steve Coleman and the MBase Collective. “Steve’s compositions force you to think differently; playing his very demanding rhythms and harmonies is really challenging. It gave me a freer outlook on music.” Challenging himself musically continues to be of paramount importance to Weidman.

James Weidman has been a welcomed presence on myriad bandstands, including the world’s major venues and festivals; just a partial listing includes the Montreux, Monterey, Newport, North Sea and JVC Jazz Festivals, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Village Vanguard, Iridium and Jazz Standard.

JAMES WEIDMAN Aperturistic Trio – Saturday Dec 20 Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

27
Dec

THE INCREDIBLE CATHERINE RUSSELL!

Catherine Russell – Saturday Dec 27 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

What a great holiday gift!! Vocalist Catherine Russell will bring her amazing talents to The SideDoor this holiday season and we couldn’t be more honored!

Catherine is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Ruth Brown. Catherine’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, and Rosanne Cash, among others.

Her 2006 debut album Cat, (World Village/Harmonia Mundi), garnered rave reviews, paving the way for her 2008 sophomore release, Sentimental Streak. Catherine was a guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, PBS-TV’s “Tavis Smiley Show”, and NPR’s “Fresh Air”, “Piano Jazz”, “Mountain Stage”, “World Café”, and “JazzSet”. She has won a prestigious German Record Critics’ Award and a Living Blues magazine’s critics’ poll. Catherine Russell’s third album, Inside This Heart of Mine, reached #1 on JazzWeek and Roots Music Report’s radio charts, while also charting on Billboard and reaching #1 on I-Tunes jazz charts. A fourth album, Strictly Romancin’ was released in February 2012, and was awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal (Vocal Album of The Year) by the French Jazz Academy, Grand Prix du Hot Club de France, and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording. Also in 2012, Catherine Russell won a Grammy Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the HBO-TV series, Boardwalk Empire.

In 2013 her 5th solo album, Bring It Back, was released worldwide in February of 2014 on the Jazz Village label, receiving a *****5 Star Review in Downbeat Magazine.

With universal acclaim, Catherine Russell has performed on three continents. She’s been a hit at major Jazz Festivals including Monterey, Newport, North Sea, JazzAscona, Montreal, Bern, Rochester International, Tanglewood, and at sold out venues like The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Scullers in Boston, The Dakota in Minneapolis, Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, and Pasadena Pops in Los Angeles. All Music Guide says, “Russell emerged as a retro old school vocalist for the ages.”

Her repertoire features a selection of gems from the 1920s through the Present; vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor. With an off-the-beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. For more artist details visit: www.catherinerussell.net

Catherine Russell – Saturday Dec 27 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable.

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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.

Small bar/dessert menu available.

Dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

Enjoy our "All That Jazz" package at The Old Lyme Inn. #TasteStayGroove!

Featured Show

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

Small bar/dessert menu available. Dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn


VOTED BEST LIVE JAZZ BY CT MAGAZINE 2014! Come check out why.....


Enjoy our "All That Jazz" Package

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

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PastEvents

The CURTIS Brothers 4/26/14

THE COOKERS 5/2/14

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch

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 (pictured with #1 fan!)

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 10/19/13

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

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Buce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet 11/15/13

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 Octet. Forced Displacement CT Debut 12/6

Jani Siegel Trio 1/10/14

To name just a few.....

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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Tomorrow Night! Fri 10/31. Incredible Latin jazz! YOSVANY TERRY QUARTET. Bring kids and costumes if you have to, but don't miss this! ;-) We are thrilled to welcome Yosvany back with his...

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Thanks Ken - Looking forward to Saturday... (and the Cuban jazz of YOSVANY TERRY this Fri if you can make it!).

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oh, and did we mention......a very special show.....! The amazing BUSTER WILLIAMS is coming through next TUES... Tues Nov 4th, 'elect' to enjoy some awesome jazz from this master's quartet, 'Something More'...

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This week, after trick and treating Friday, come by for a major TREAT! Friday - YOSVANY TERRY Quartet! Always amazing Cuban jazz! Saturday - NOAH PREMINGER Quartet - CT son returns.... See you...

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Articles /THESIDEDOOR

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

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JAZZREACH

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The Artists Collective

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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
  • “…First of all congratulations on a wonderful jazz joint – the SideDoor has all the Vibe a real top jazzclub should have and can easily be looked upon with both envy and fascination by other clubs around the world; because the SideDoor is based upon one man’s sheer and honest passion for a certain kind of music that thrives best when surrounded by loving and open-minded enthusiasts – and Ken’s passion for jazz nurtures exactly that exquisite atmosphere in which both musicians and audience will get the finest and rarest music experiences…”

    ~ Benjamin Koppel, renowned Saxaphonist
  • Hi Ken and Jan; I just wanted to thank you both again for a fantastic weekend. You have created a special environment (with both the inn and the club) where both Christos and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you also for being so kind to my family – they really loved it! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

    ~ Sergio Salvatore
  • “It was a pleasure to experience The Old Lyme Inn and The SideDoor jazz club, and to witness again first hand your passion for and support of great music. We’ll be back!”

    ~ Luciano Salvatore
  • “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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