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29
Jul

Closed for R&D at The Newport Jazz Festival this weekend!

The Side Door will be closed this weekend as all hands are heading to the Newport Jazz Festival to celebrate Mr. George Wien’s 62nd festival! After all, he was here for our ‘birthday’, opening the club for us on May 10th 2103 with the Newport All Star Band!!

We will be representing and checking out the amazing jazz talent gathered there this year. Go to http://newportjazzfest.org for all the details!

See you next weekend Aug 5 and 6. We will be back, inspired and ready to bring you ever more brilliant jazz artists! Check in to our Facebook page and Instagram for on-the-spot happenings during Newport!! www.facebook.com/thesidedoorjazzclub  and #thesidedoorjazzclub

05
Aug

THANA ALEXA PROJECT!

THANA ALEXA PROJECT – Friday August 5 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Thana back to The Side Door with the Thana Alexa Project – with Ben Flocks – Eden Ladin – Noam Wiesenberg – Peter Kronrief

Thana Alexa is undoubtedly a rising star. Her high level of musicianship, beautiful voice and powerful stage presence are quickly earning her a reputation in New York City as an extremely competent, creative and reliable addition to any band. Her unique compositions and arrangements, in which she regularly uses the voice as an instrument.

Her first solo album “Ode to Heroes” on Harmonia Mundi – Jazz Village includes original compositions and arrangements marking a huge step in her career as a bandleader. The album features an incredible band of musicians including: Antonio Sanchez, Jorge Roeder, Sergio Salvatore, and Lenart Krecic. Special guests on the album also include Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley and Christos Rafalides.

Thana has performed with renowned musicians such as Antonio Sanchez (performances have included the Montreal Jazz Festival and Red Sea Jazz Festival), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Lenny White, Buster Williams, Junior Mance, Donny McCaslin, Matt Brewer, George Colligan, Julian Lage, Boris Kozlov, Ari Hoenig, and Gene Jackson, among others.

Thana won the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition for Composers for her composition, “Ode to Heroes”, which is the title track of her last album.

Thana is a graduate of the New School University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Although born in New York City, Thana grew up in Croatia – her family’s country of origin. For more details visit her website at www.thanaalexa.com

THANA ALEXA PROJECT – Friday August 5 – 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!

06
Aug

DOMINICK FARINACCI QUARTET

DOMINICK FARINACCI QUARTET – Saturday August 6 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Dominick Farinacci, trumpet – joined by Adam Birnbaum, piano – Josh Hari, bass – Quincy Phillips, drums – Keita Ogawa, percussion!

Recently featured in Vanity Fair, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci was named the very first Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further build audiences for jazz around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005, launched his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, and later released two more globally. He was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education, community building, “This kid is 360 degrees!” Most recently he performed with the Mack Avenue SuperBand led by Christian McBride, along with Gary Burton, Carl Allen.

Dominick has just signed with Mack Avenue Records, and his debut recording for Mack Avenue is “Short Stories,” produced by four-time Grammy winning legend Tommy LiPuma. “Short Stories” is Dominick &  Tommy’s first collaboration and is a collection of songs and stories in various genres and generations, all brought together through jazz. It was released June 10th, 2016 on Mack Avenue Records.

In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, is a featured performer for the Cleveland Clinic in both Ohio and Abu Dhabi, and organized the very first jazz performance for patients in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. For Dominick, music and health go hand in hand, most recently organizing panel discussions exploring the synergy between patient-doctor communication & artist communication on the bandstand with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Dominick has been a leading advocate in music education development. He has been featured at the Community College Association of America in D.C., served as Music Consultant to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and initially launched a music education program at the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Check out http://www.dominickfarinacci.com for more details and definitely come see him play LIVE!

DOMINICK FARINACCI QUARTET – Saturday August 6– 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!

11
Aug

GREG PICCOLO QUARTET

GREG PICCOLO Quartet – Thurs Aug 11 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Greg is excited to return to the Sidedoor again to showcase the jazzier side of Heavy Juice! He recently returned from Barcelona, Spain where he performed with the 13 piece Barcelona Big Blues Band.

Greg Piccolo-tenor sax, guitar & vocals – Shinichi Otsu-keyboards & vocals, – Bob Ruggiero -special guest drummer from Las Vegas (Sam Butera, Van Morrison.)

GREG PICCOLO Quartet – Thurs Aug 11 – 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.

12
Aug

BEN BENACK QUARTET!

BEN BENACK Quartet – Fri Aug 12 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Ben is joined by the brilliant talents of Emmet Cohen on piano, Alex Claffy on bass and Charles Goold – drums!

At the age of 25, Pittsburgh-born musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer”. As a dual-threat, he’s quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation.

Delivering on the promise of his early career, he has since recorded albums as a sideman for musicians such as Ulysses Owens Jr., Michael Dease, and Chihiro Yamanaka, the latter on the iconic Blue Note Records label. Sought after as a trumpet soloist, he’s played in nearly every major big band, including the Christian McBride Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Jimmy Heath Big Band, and Bobby Sanabria’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. An international touring schedule includes frequent engagements in Japan, Mexico, Russia, and most recently, Italy.

In the past year, he has toured alongside Josh Groban as his trumpet soloist, and was special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra for a Tribute to Sinatra. When not on the road, he calls NYC home, and remains in-demand at the finest jazz venues in town, leading engagements at Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola”, The Blue Note, Birdland, SMOKE, Small’s, Fat Cat & the Iridium to name a few. He was recently featured as a vocalist during Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s 2016 Concert Series in the Appel Room, as a part of “Crooners” celebrating Bing Crosby, Mel Torme & Nat King Cole. He also just made his television debut, featured live on-air in the House Band for NBC’s new variety/comedy show “Maya & Marty in Manhattan”, airing every Tuesday night.

As an educator he leads The Benny Benack Band on behalf of Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “Jazz For Young People” outreach program, as well as programs at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and is currently a Teaching Artist for the NY Pops Education Outreach Program.

He is a two-time graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, obtaining his Master of Music degree in (2015). He is endorsed by Torpedo Bag cases, and Carol Brass flugelhorns.

Here’s a cool clip of Ben singing  https://youtu.be/gUKiTqXOkwY  and you can check his website at www.bennybenackjazz.com But make sure to see him LIVE!

BEN BENACK QUARTET – Fri Aug 12 – 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.

13
Aug

TIA FULLER!

TIA FULLER – Saturday August 13 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Saxophonist TIA FULLER is joined by a wonderful group of artists –  Shamie Royston – piano, Mimi Jones – bass, Rudy Royston – drums!

As an accomplished educator, performer and Mack Avenue Recording artist, saxophonist Fuller has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Music from University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude). Fuller has been the featured saxophonist with pop diva Beyonce, being featured on the “I Am..Sasha Fierce,” “Beyonce Experience,” and “Live at the Wynn Theatre” world-wide tours (2006-2010). She also toured with Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Radio Music Society’ tour.

Fuller has received numerous accolades as a bandleader, her band has toured Panama, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria, Angola, South Africa, just to name few. She has recorded four albums, three which are on the Mack Avenue Record label, (Healing Space, Decisive Steps, Angelic Warrior, and self-produced-Pillar of Strength). Most recently, she has also recorded on Grammy winning Terri Lyne Carrington’s “Money Project,” and recorded and touring with Dianne Reeves “A Beautiful Life” tour. Furthermore, her quartet has been featured in Croatia, ‘Joy of Jazz’ in Johannesburg. Fuller will be embarking on her new album on Mack Avenue records in the beginning of 2016.

And as a devoted educator, she is holds a full-professorship teaching at the Berklee School of Music, while continuing to perform as a side woman with the following: Dianne Reeves, Rufus Reid, Geri Allen, Ralph Peterson and others. Earlier this year she toured with the Mack Avenue All-Stars: w/ Christian McBride, Gary Burton and Sean Jones. While continuing to balance both worlds of education and performance she is also instrumental in facilitating masterclasses, clinics and lectures world-wide.

TIA FULLER – Saturday August 13 – 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!

19
Aug

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE (Fri) – Debut CD Release Party!

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

A very special weekend to celebrate the release of The Side Door’s debut recording project! The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club will be performed for two nights. The new release on Sunny Side Records will be available to buy, and signed by the artists!

Black Art Jazz Collective brings together an accomplished ensemble of young African American musicians who felt that it was necessary to celebrate Black culture in a positive way. The focus on camaraderie between members who grew up playing music together comes through in their music.

The Collective was co-founded by drummer Johnathan Blake, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.  All graduating from esteemed music programs in the Northeast at the same time, the three quickly became ingrained in the New York jazz scene as leaders and invaluable members of ensembles led by legends like Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter.

The first addition the trio made was the great bassist Dwayne Burno, an individual who really espoused professionalism and dedication to his friends. Being older than the others, Burno’s influence and attention made an impact on all of them. The ensemble also featured trombonist James Burton III (an adherent of the school of Curtis Fuller and J.J. Johnson and another Jackie McLean alum) and the great pianist/composer Xavier Davis.

The Black Art Jazz Collective’s first performance was at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in April 2013 with Burno. His passing in the following December was a shock and upset the jazz world, not to mention the Collective. It would prove to be a challenge to find a replacement for Burno. It wasn’t until Pelt recommended Vincente Archer that the group found a perfect replacement, one who had connections to all the members and who was influenced by Burno.

A great opportunity came by way of Ken Kitchings and Jan Mullen of The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut, namely a two-night gig and an opportunity to record with the venue’s new recording equipment. Kitchings and Mullen had expressed their love of the group and felt that it would be a perfect fit for their debut recording project. The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club is a tremendous example of the ensemble’s incredible drive, swagger and cohesiveness.

Black Art Jazz Collective came together during an interesting time, one of finding new strength and identity within America’s true art form, an African American art form, jazz. This allstar ensemble was able to come together as peers and brothers and, with the help of the wonderful leadership of The Side Door, was able to create a fantastic document of authentic and expertly wrought music on Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club.

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! 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.

20
Aug

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE (Sat) – Debut CD Release Party!

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! Doors 7:30 – Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

A very special weekend to celebrate the release of The Side Door’s debut recording project! The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club will be performed for two nights. The new release on Sunny Side Records will be available to buy, and signed by the artists!

Black Art Jazz Collective brings together an accomplished ensemble of young African American musicians who felt that it was necessary to celebrate Black culture in a positive way. The focus on camaraderie between members who grew up playing music together comes through in their music.

The Collective was co-founded by drummer Johnathan Blake, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.  All graduating from esteemed music programs in the Northeast at the same time, the three quickly became ingrained in the New York jazz scene as leaders and invaluable members of ensembles led by legends like Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter.

The first addition the trio made was the great bassist Dwayne Burno, an individual who really espoused professionalism and dedication to his friends. Being older than the others, Burno’s influence and attention made an impact on all of them. The ensemble also featured trombonist James Burton III (an adherent of the school of Curtis Fuller and J.J. Johnson and another Jackie McLean alum) and the great pianist/composer Xavier Davis.

The Black Art Jazz Collective’s first performance was at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in April 2013 with Burno. His passing in the following December was a shock and upset the jazz world, not to mention the Collective. It would prove to be a challenge to find a replacement for Burno. It wasn’t until Pelt recommended Vincente Archer that the group found a perfect replacement, one who had connections to all the members and who was influenced by Burno.

A great opportunity came by way of Ken Kitchings and Jan Mullen of The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut, namely a two-night gig and an opportunity to record with the venue’s new recording equipment. Kitchings and Mullen had expressed their love of the group and felt that it would be a perfect fit for their debut recording project. The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club is a tremendous example of the ensemble’s incredible drive, swagger and cohesiveness.

Black Art Jazz Collective came together during an interesting time, one of finding new strength and identity within America’s true art form, an African American art form, jazz. This allstar ensemble was able to come together as peers and brothers and, with the help of the wonderful leadership of The Side Door, was able to create a fantastic document of authentic and expertly wrought music on Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club.

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! 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.

26
Aug

CHAMPIAN FULTON

CHAMPIAN FULTON – Friday Aug 26 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Born in Oklahoma, Champian Fulton has become a world class Jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. The presence of her father’s musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, inspired her focus on Jazz. Her first paid musical engagement was with her own band at Clark Terry’s 75th Birthday Party; she was 10 years old. Since then, her piano and voice skills have been recognized by peers and critics as distinctive and sophisticated. This young woman from Oklahoma captivates audiences in New York’s finest Jazz rooms and in concert halls around the world.

A mainstay on the vibrant New York Jazz scene, she has performed with musical royalty such as Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes. From New York to Barcelona, Champian’s swinging style and charismatic performances have made her a guardian of the legacy of Jazz. Champian’s heroes include Bud Powell, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington.

Champian is ambitious about recording her music. As a leader she has six recordings to her credit while still in her twenties. Her debut album, Champian with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing (2007 Such Sweet Thunder Records) was recorded following a two‐year residency at the famed New York Jazz Club Birdland. Her releases Sometimes I’m Happy (2008 Venus Records) and the breeze and I (2010 Gut String Records) featured her working trio. Champian’s following two releases, Champian Sings and Swings (2013 Sharp Nine) and Change Partners (2014 Cellar Live) were both recognized as being “in the top 10 releases of the year” for their respective years (NY Observer). Champian’s new album, “After Dark” with Jazz luminaries David Williams on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, and Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn, features the music of Dinah Washington (Release Date February 9, 2016).

Recognized as a Rising Jazz Star by the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, Champian’s “galvanizing presence” (the New Yorker) and her alluring musical presentation have made her “a charming young steward of the mainstream Jazz tradition.” (The New York Times)

CHAMPIAN FULTON – Friday Aug 26 – 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.

27
Aug

JEREMY BAUM ORGAN TRIO!

JEREMY BAUM TRIO – Saturday Aug 27 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

It’s been too long since Jeremy graced our stage back in 2014…. Jeremy returns to The Side Door, bringing back his incredible funky jazz on the Hammond organ!

“Both traditional and trailblazing…Highly recommended.” – Blues Review Magazine

Jeremy’s trio is rooted in the blues and funky soul-jazz sounds of the late 1960s (Booker T. and the MG’s, The Meters, Jimmy Smith) and is informed by the current masters of the groove from the jam-band scene (John Medeski, Marco Benevento, Oz Noy.)

With his second album, The Eel, full of funky new compositions as well as original arrangements of songs by Beck, Prince, James Brown and more! Producer, Dave Gross says that “Jeremy Baum knocks it out of the park with 10 Hammond organ and piano driven arrangements.” – Dave Gross

Steven Alper calls his playing “Brilliant…subtle… effervescent”. “This guy knows the Hammond from the inside out, digging out the sounds of the physical tone wheels from the new electronic box.” – Steven M. Alper

Jeremy Baum was born in Woodstock, NY and began studying piano at age five. He studied jazz at the State University of NY at New Paltz and earned his Masters degree in fine arts.  Jeremy plays the Hammond Organ and leads his own trio, which is rooted in the blues and funky soul-jazz sounds of the late 60s.  Jeremy’s debut Lost River Jams is available on Flying Yak Records. JB’s band was also featured on Boogaloo to McDuff, a tribute to Jack McDuff – available on Scufflin’ Records. His second full length album The Eel will be available in the Fall of 2013 on Flying Yak Records. – See more at: www.jeremybaum.com

Jeremy Baum Trio –  Saturday Aug 27 – 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.

02
Sep

MICHAEL OLATUJA and LAGOS PEPPER SOUP!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03
Sep

STEVE KROON QUINTET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09
Sep

YOSVANY TERRY QUARTET!

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

We are thrilled welcome Yosvany back with his quartet.

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

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

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

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

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

10
Sep

WALLACE RONEY QUINTET!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA “BIRD CALLS”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDRESS

85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Tickets

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

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Club Opens

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

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

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

Photos restricted to first set per artist request.

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

Featured Show

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

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


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PastEvents

Big Chief Donald Harrison!

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

E. J. Strickland!

BROTHERHOOD 6TET - Rodriguez, Strickland & Terry Brothers!

SOMI

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

FREDDIE HENDRIX 4TET!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO

AARON DIEHL TRIO

DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET

Bucky Pizarelli - Russell Malone - Ed Laub

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

CARL ALLEN 5TET The Art Of Elvin!

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

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

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

The CURTIS Brothers

THE COOKERS

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Kick off to U.S tour!

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE 5/14/14

ELDAR DJANGIROV Nov'13

KEVIN HAYS TRIO

WALLACE RONEY

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 3/1/14

GLEN ZALESKI TRIO

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

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 1/3/15

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

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Bruce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet

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

Donny McCaslin Trio

Orrin Evans Quartet

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

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

Happy Holidays from Ken and Jan!

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

Curtis Fuller Birthday Celebration!

Rene McLean with Gary Bartz and Nat Reeves

Samuel Torres

Jani Siegel Trio 1/10/14

To name just a few.....

Welcomed in 2013 - the Reason We are Here!

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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Articles /THESIDEDOOR

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