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03
Apr

RALPH PETERSON Sextet w/Sean Jones, Marcus Strickland, Luques and Zaccai Curtis, Hailey Niswanger!

RALPH PETERSON SEXTET - Friday April 3rd - Door 7:30 Show 8:30**    860-434-0886

We are thrilled to welcome Ralph back to the Side Door with this incredible sextet of some of the best jazz artists around today! Sean Jones-Trumpet, Marcus Strickland-Tenor & Soprano, Hailey Niswanger- Alto & Soprano, Luques Curtis- Bass, Zaccai Curtis- Piano – and of course yours truly, Mr. Peterson on drums! WOW

For 30 years, Ralph Peterson has been one of the distinctive and recognizable drummers in jazz. Peterson met Grand Master drummer Art Blakey in 1983. A few months after sitting in, Blakey called Peterson (then a college junior) to play along side him in his two-drummer big band. Peterson takes seriously the honor and responsibility of being the “Last Messenger Drummer” and later paid homage to Blakey on his 1992 recording “Art.” His recording and touring resume includes jazz greats like Terrence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine, David Murray, Dizzy Gillespie, The Count Basie Orchestra, Betty Carter, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron and many more of the greatest names in jazz.

Now considered by many to be a Master drummer himself, Peterson’s latest recording, and 18th as a leader, and fourth on his own Onyx Productions Music Label, entitled ALIVE at Firehouse 12 Vol2: Fo’ n Mo’, firmly establishes him as a Master Bandleader and Educator.

With ALIVE at Firehouse 12; Volume 2, Peterson continues to illustrate his mastery with a new edition of Fo’tet players (and some very special guests, hence the Fo’ n Mo’ subtitle) who simply burn from note one. Combined with last two projects, The Duality Perspective and ALIVE Vol1 with Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Luques Curtis and Jake Sherman as former students, Peterson is clearly one of the most influential musicians of his generation. EJ Strickland, Ari Honig, Justin Faulkner, Rodney Green, Johnathan Blake, Vince Ector, Mark Whitfield Jr., Lyndon Rochelle, Jerome Jennings and too many more to name.

He is full professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. Ralph is also highly sought after as a clinician and endorser for Mapex Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, as well as Meinl Cymbals, where he designed one of their newest cymbal line released January of this year. See www.ralphpetersonmusic.com for more details on this incredible artist.

RALPH PETERSON SEXTET- Friday April 3rd - Door 7:30 Show 8:30*   860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

04
Apr

DONALD HARRISON Quintet!

DONALD HARRISON Quintet – Saturday April 4th– doors 7:30pm show 8:30pm 860-434-0886**

Saxophonist Donald Harrison is joined by Joe Dyson on drums, Max Moran on bass, Zaccai Curtis on piano and Detroit Brooks on guitar!

New Orleans-born traditionalist, modern jazz trendsetter, former Jazz Messenger, nurturer of young talent, composer, bandleader and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison ’81 is a complete musician and entertainer. A kind of Crescent City renaissance man, Harrison has made sounds as diverse as Nouveau Swing, traditional jazz, hip-hop, Mardi Gras, and even classical music, his very own.

He has composed a film score for Jonathan Demme (Rachel’s Getting Married), appeared in and consulted on HBO’s Tremé, co-led a group with Terence Blanchard, and performed with a musical who’s who that includes Art Blakey, Dr. John, Digable Planets, Roy Haynes, Lena Horne, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Miles Davis, and Spike Lee, to name just a few. Harrison is the director of The Tipitina’s Intern Program and an artist in residence at Tulane University. His most recent recordings are This Is Jazz: Live at the Blue Note, with Billy Cobham and Ron Carter, and New Orleans Gumbo, with Dr. John.

DONALD HARRISON Quintet – Saturday April 4th – doors 7:30pm show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable and non transferable – no audio or video recording is permitted during the performance. Full bar – no dinner served – pre show dinner reservations are highly recommended at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – www.oldlymeinn.com

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

10
Apr

BUCKY PIZZARELLI and ED LAUB DUO!

BUCKY PIZZARELLI & ED LAUB DUO - Friday April 10 - Door 7:30 Show 8:30**    860-434-0886

We are thrilled to welcome Bucky back to the Side Door along with long time band mate Ed Laub.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucky_Pizzarelli or http://www.edlaub.com/ for more artist details. Tickets for the real thing right here!

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

11
Apr

KEVIN HAYS TRIO!

KEVIN HAYS TRIO –Saturday April 11th  – doors open 7:30pm - showtime 8:30pm* 860-434-0886

We are thirilled to welcome Kevin back to the club this spring. Long considered to be among the finest of his generation, Jazz Pianist and Composer Kevin Hays has recorded over a dozen CD’s as a leader and has been featured on many recordings as a sideman. His recordings have been praised by  The New York Times and listed among the “Best of the Year” by Musician Magazine and The New Yorker Magazine.

In addition to touring extensively with his own trio and other special projects, he has worked with with many legendary jazz artists including Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Chris Potter, Al Foster, Joe Henderson and Joshua Redman.

For this wonderful return performance Kevin is joined by Rob Jost on bass & Greg Joseph on drums. For more artist info visit: http://www.kevinhays.com/

KEVIN HAYS TRIO –Saturday April 11th – doors open 7:30pm. Showtime 8:30pm*

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

17
Apr

HOLOPHONOR

HOLOPHONOR - Friday April 17th - Door 7:30 Show 8:3opm   860-434-0886**

HOLOPHONOR is a fearless collaboration of seven of today’s most dynamic young jazz musicians from all over the U.S. and South America. Josh Johnson on Alto Saxophone, Mike Cottone on Trumpet, Eric Miller on Trombone, Diego Urbano on Vibraphone, Miro Sprague on Piano, Dave Robaire on Bass and Jonathan Pinson on Drums.

Their performances feature original music from each member of the group as well as works written collectively. The group manages to combine imaginative compositions with improvisational freedom while still staying accessible to the listener. The members of Holophonor met in 2012 after being selected to attend the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where they studied under the guidance of jazz legends including Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. As members of the Monk Institute, the group has performed in Israel, Japan, Sweden and Turkey in addition to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Check out this EPK for interviews https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#sent/14c2dbaf1cb60191?projector=1 or visit artist website at  http://www.holophonormusic.com/

HOLOPHONOR- Friday April 11th - Door 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.

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

18
Apr

STEVE CARRINGTON Quartet w/Curtis Lundy, Anthony Wonsey and Winard Harper

STEVE CARRINGTON Quartet – Sat April 18th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886*

w/Curtis Lundy, Anthony Wonsey and Winard Harper

Born in East Baltimore, Maryland, Steve grew up cultivating a deep love and respect for jazz music, picking up the sax at age seven. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, then went on to graduate from Frederick Douglass High. His early influences were John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr., Hank Mobley, and Freddie Hubbard.

Following graduation in 1986, Steve was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with saxophonist Bill Pierce, formerly of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. After Berklee, Steve moved to New York, where he played with the Charles Mingus Epitaph, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Milt Hinton, Pharaoh Sanders, plus Frank Wess and Jimmy Heath (at the same time!), among many others.

In the mid-1990s, Steve joined the faculty of the Jazz Mentoring Program at the Eubie Blake Center for Cultural Arts. Continuing his musical pursuits in the Baltimore/Washington area, Steve performed with Ruby Glover, Phillip Harper, Theodros Avery, Grady Tate, and Cyrus Chestnut, who featured Steve on his third album, “Earth Stories.”

Returning to New York, Steve sat in with the likes of the late Elvin Jones, Joey DeFrancesco, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wynton Marsalis, Wessel “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Eric Lewis (ELew) and Chick Corea. He is close friends with his mentor Kenny Garrett. In a symbolic passing of the torch, Kenny gifted Steve with a saxophone in 2012.

As leader of his own quartet, Steve has opened for jazz giants Abbey Lincoln, Lionel Hampton, and Stanley Turrentine. Currently, Steve is a part of the legendary drummer Greg Bandy’s band: Greg has played for many years with Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Turrentine and Yusef Lateef. Steve is proud to have released his debut album ‘A Caring Tone’ on Samech records, which is available on ITunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Check out www.stevecarrington.com for more artist details

STEVE CARRINGTON Quartet – Sat April 18th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm    860-434-0886**

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

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24
Apr

Tom Tallitsch Sextet

TOM TALLITSCH Sextet – Fri April 24 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

Tom is joined by Mike DiRubbo on alto, David Gibson on trombone, Jon Davis on piano (former member of Jaco Pastorius Band), Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums.

Tom Tallitsch is a tenor saxophonist, composer, recording artist, and radio show host. His 6th album as a leader ‘All Together Now’ (3/31/15 Posi-Tone Records) features an all star sextet with: Mike Dirubbo (Alto), Tom Tallitsch (Tenor), Michael Dease (Trombone), Brian Charette (Piano), Peter Brendler (Bass), Mark Ferber (Drums). His albums have received critical acclaim in Downbeat Magazine and JazzTimes Magazine and are on radio playlists throughout the world. In addition to tours throughout the U.S and abroad, he regularly performs at NYC Jazz venues including, Smalls, 55 Bar, Blue Note, WhyNot Jazz Room, Showman’s, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Garage, Bar Next Door, and more. More information can be found at: www.tomtallitsch.com

TOM TALLITSCH Sextet – Fri April 24 – Door 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!

25
Apr

ADAM BIRNBAUM TRIO Featuring Al Foster and Doug Weiss

ADAM BIRNBAUM TRIO Featuring Al Foster and Doug Weiss Sat April 25th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Adam Birnbaum is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. Since arriving on the New York scene in 2003, he has become increasingly prominent performing in clubs and festivals around the world, working with artists as diverse as Greg Osby, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Wynton Marsalis, and Al Foster. Adam’s early education took place in Boston. In 2001 Adam became a member of the inaugural class of Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School. After graduating in 2003, Adam won the American Jazz Piano Competition in May 2004 to become the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter fellow in Jazz. Since then Adam has established a busy performing career as a sideman and as a leader.

For the last six years Adam has toured internationally with the Al Foster Quartet, during which time he formed a strong musical bond with bassist Doug Weiss and legendary drummer Al Foster. “Three Of A Mind,” Adam’s latest trio release featuring this group has been making big waves since its release in February 2015. The New York Times calls it “an eloquent dispatch from the heart of the contemporary piano trio tradition.” Downbeat Magazine gave it a 4 star review and named it an Editor’s pick in its March issue, calling it a “superb trio album which accomplishes the difficult task of sounding diverse yet cohesive.”

Check these amazing reviews: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/arts/music/review-estelle-adam-birnbaum-and-sonny-and-the-sunsets-release-new-albums.html?_r=0 http://www.downbeat.com/defaultl.asp?sect=reviews To hear – visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adambirnbaum1

ADAM BIRNBAUM TRI Featuring Al Foster and Doug Weiss At The Side Door! Sat April 25th – 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!

01
May

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS Quartet!

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS Quartet – Fri May 1st – 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 1st – 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!

02
May

TIVON PENNICOTT QUARTET!

TIVON PENNICOTT At The Side Door! Sat May 2nd – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Tivon moved to New York in 2009 and has since established himself as a talented young leader. He is a 2-time Grammy winner as well as a 2nd place winner in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition. He enjoys collaborating with a variety of bandleaders in their own tours as well as their recording projects- from Grammy winner Gregory Porter, appearing on his albums “Be Good” and “Liquid Spirit”, to 2-time Grammy Award Winner, Esperanza Spalding, appearing on her crossover success, “Radio Music Society.” He tours with the masterful drummer Al Foster, Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Roy Hargrove Big Band, jazz songstress Nellie Mckay, R&B crooner Joe Thomas and central figures in the contemporary jazz scene, like Ari Hoenig, E.J. Strickland, Marko Djordevic, as well as many more Check more artist details at. www.tivonpennicott.com

Sound Quartet: Mike Battaglia (piano), Spencer Murphy (bass), Kenneth Salters (drums), Tivon Pennicott (saxophone)

Tivon’s own endeavors as a leader showcase his tenacity as a player, while also providing a forum for his audacious compositions. His unique style incorporates his masterful attention to rhythm, tasteful melodic lines, and his deep understanding of the importance of the groove. His maturity as a player extends far beyond his years, facilitating music that is refreshing, insightful, and deliciously exciting. Pick up his debut album “Lover of Nature” feat. Sound Quartet. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tivonpennicottandsoundqu

TIVON PENNICOTT At The Side Door! Sat May 2nd – 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!

08
May

JON REGEN

JON REGEN At The Side Door! Fri May 8th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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. Visit Jon’s website for more details at www.jonregen.com

“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

JON REGEN At The Side Door! Fri May 8th – 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!

09
May

MANHATTAN VIBES Celebrate Our 2nd Year Anniversary Bash!

Our Second Year Anniversary Celebration! Saturday May 9th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Come and help us celebrate our Terrible Two’s!!

A super ensemble of ultra-talented friends will be bringing you an evening of Jazz music not to be missed – Our good friend Christos Rafalides of MAHATTAN VIBES has assembled a wonderful line up for a great celebration with friends! With the amazing Thana Alexa on vocals, Sergio Salvatore on piano, Petros Klampanis on bass and Eric Doob on drums!

And if that were not enough – A champaign toast and cup cakes for all!

Christos Rafalides & Manhattan Vibes – “One thing is certain:  Manhattan Vibes is a supremely cool percussion-oriented band that appeals 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

Second Year Anniversay Celebration! Saturday May 9th – 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!

15
May

Dianne Schuur!

DIANE SCHUUR At The Side Door! Fri May 15th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1953, Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. She later received formal piano training at The Washington State School for the Blind, which she attended until she was 11 years of age.

Nicknamed “Deedles” as a child, she grew up surrounded by the world of Jazz embraced by both of her parents: Her father was an amateur pianist, and her mother kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in her home. Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur’s major vocal influence, and she learned the iconic singer’s “What a Difference a Day Makes” while she was still a toddler. She also developed her own rich, resonant vocal style at a very young age.

With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional Grammy nominations, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape. Her musical collaborations include the aforementioned Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others. These collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard Chart recordings, including Pure Schuur and Heart to Heart with B.B. King; Ms. Schuur has appeared on PBS and many other television specials…as well as a very special visit to the beloved TV show, Sesame Street. Diane has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions, and was one of the select musical guests invited to perform for Stevie Wonder at the Kennedy Center Honors when he received his prestigious award. She continues to tour and perform extensively at major concert halls and venues around the world.

Ms. Schuur has recently recorded an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. The CD will be released on June 10, 2104, and will also commemorate her “official” discovery 35 years ago by Stan Getz at The 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival. The recording features all new arrangements by Alan Broadbent, and in addition to Mr. Broadbent on piano, it includes an All-Star Band of Ben Wolfe, Ulysses Owens Jr., Romero Lubambo, Roni Ben Hur, and Joel Frahm.

DIANE SCHUUR At The Side Door! Fri May 15th – 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!

16
May

SUPERNOVA w/Nasar Abadey, Joe Ford, James King, Allyn Johnson, Josh Evans!

SUPERNOVA – Sat May 16th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886**

SUPERNOVA has toured, performed and recorded together for several years, and each member is a band leader in their own right, with quite a discography as well.

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

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

Joe Ford (Saxophone) composer, and arranger, is a passionate saxophonist who began playing in 1958 while in elementary school in Buffalo, New York. Among the musicians he has worked with are Frank Foster, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Kirkland, and the Fort Apache Band. His original post bop tunes can be found on his album “Today’s Nights.”

James King (Bassist) and composer, was born in Houston, Texas. He is a well-known bassist in the mid-Atlantic region, and performs in concerts and festivals throughout the world. He has performed with Elvin Jones, Sonny Fortune, Stanley Turrentine, Gary Bartz, Marlena Shaw, Frank Morgan, Mulgrew Miller and Milt Jackson, just to name a few. His debut CD is entitled “Allen’s Odyssey” and was released in 2009.

Allyn Johnson (Pianist) composer, and arranger, born in Washington, D.C. and is currently the Director of the UDC Jazz Band, and a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked with Andrew White, Frank Morgan, Sonny Fortune, Stanley Turrentine, Benny Golson, and Ralph Peterson, among others. His debut recording “Premonition” with the trio Three for All”, is a perfect environment to showcase several of his compositions.

Josh Evans (Trumpeter) born and raised in Hartford, CT, was drawn to the trumpet after hearing a Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie recording at the age of 10. By the age of 14 Evans’ musical career began when he began studying with and be mentored by the celebrated alto saxophonist/composer Jackie McLean. Studying under McLean who shared the bandstand with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Art Blakey, would be pivotal in Josh’s career. Josh has worked and recorded with Jackie McLean, Benny Golson, Rashid Ali, Ralph Peterson, Winard Harper, and Frank Lacey, to name a few. He leads, composes, and arranges for his Josh Evans Sextet and Josh Evans Big Band.

SUPERNOVA Sat May 16th – 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.

17
May

INGRID JENSEN BERKELEY QUINTET Special Sunday night Performance!

INGRID JENSEN BERKELEY QUINTET – Special Sunday appearance! May 17th – Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We are thrilled to host this wonderful Quintet – Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Dan Ko, saxophones; Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, piano; Max Salinger-Ridley, bass; Peter Barnick, drums!

Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand players on the global jazz scene.

After a teaching stint in Europe in her early twenties – as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria – Ingrid settled in New York City in the mid-1990s where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue.

More recently, Ingrid has been performing with the Grammy-winning Teri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project, and is a featured soloist on Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s Juno-award-winning album, Treelines (2011), and its successor, Habitat (2013).

She has performed with a multi-generational cast of jazz legends ranging from Clark Terry to Esperanza Spalding; Ingrid has also performed alongside British R&B artist Corrine Bailey Rae on Saturday Night Live, and with Canadian pop icon Sarah McLachlan. In addition to her busy sideman and featured soloist schedule, Jensen leads her own quintet, quartet and organ trio. Her own bands have received glowing reviews and a loyal fan base in Australia, South Africa, almost every country in Europe, across Canada, the US, South America (including Brazil, Peru and Chile), Japan and Mexico.

Please come out on this special Sunday evening performance! For more information please visit www.ingridjensen.com.

INGRID JENSEN BERKELEY QUINTET – Special Sunday appearance! May 17th – Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm – 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.

22
May

JOANNA PASCALE WILDFLOWER CD RELEASE

JOANNA PASCALE – Fri May 22 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Joanna Pascale back to The Side Door to celebrate the 2015 release of her third CD, “Wildflower”!

Lyric is paramount for Philadelphia-based vocalist Joanna Pascale, who insists that she cannot perform a song unless she can connect personally with its lyrics. But once she’s found that connection, there’s no one who can better convey the emotion of those words more directly and intimately than Pascale. A singer of sophisticated taste, profound expressiveness, and raw emotion, Pascale is also a gifted educator who is a member of the vocal faculty at both Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

She’s been featured on recordings by Jeremy Pelt, Tim Warfield, Orrin Evans, Larry McKenna, the Temple University Jazz Band, and Garry Dial and Dick Oatts. Pascale made her recording debut with 2004’s When Lights Are Low, followed by the 2008 CD Through My Eyes and a 2010 duo recording with pianist Anthony Wonsey. With the 2015 release of Wildflower, she reveals her most personal and diverse collection to date. For more artist details visit: www.joannapascale.com

JOANNA PASCALE – Fri May 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
May

MIKE LEDONNE TRIO

MIKE LEDONNE TRIO – Sat May 23 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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 TRIO – Sat May 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 and/or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

29
May

BENNY SHARONI Slant Signature CD release

BENNY SHARONI Quartet – Fri May 29 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Benny returns to The Side Door to celebrate a new CD release -”Slant Signature”

Benny Sharoni is an Israeli-born tenor saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the U.S. and European jazz scenes. After emigrating from Israel to the U.S. to study at Berklee College of Music, Sharoni studied with jazz masters Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone before exploding onto the scene with his own unique brand of music.

Fusing together classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman, Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide. The repertoire includes unique arrangements of standards from the American Songbook, as well as original compositions.

Benny’s recent release “Eternal Elixir” has captured the hearts and ears of jazz listeners, reviewers and promoters, generating tremendous acclaim for this recording.

Here’s what the critics are saying: “…a vibrant hybrid of the hip and the holy” – Owen McNally, Hartford Courant……   “When Benny Sharoni plays, it’s a toast to life”- Bill Beuttler, Boston Globe…… “…a tenor saxophonist with a big tone and a hard-driving style” – Scott Yanow’s LA Jazz Scene…… “Sharoni is a precise and exciting player, an intoxicating cocktail of brains and brawn” – Jordan Richardson, All About Jazz

We are thrilled to have him return to The Side Door again for his newest CD “Slant Signature”. More artist details at: www.benysharoni.com and watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSB2R7FVdluWjoC_mWGOJJpiiZ7ISpr_V&feature=edit_okJO

BENNY SHARONI Quartet– Fri May 29 – 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.

30
May

CLARENCE PENN & Penn Station with Ben Wendell, Shai Maestro and Yasushi Nakamura

CLARENCE PENN & Penn Station with Ben Wendell, Shai Maestro and Yasushi Nakamura – Sat May 30 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

“Clarence is the kind of musician who leaves his judgments of music and musicians aside to provide the best support and complement. He really cares that everyone on stage sound as good as they can. That explains why the results are so great with the extraordinary musicians he brings into his projects. Fireworks!”—Dave Douglas

Clarence Penn is one of the busiest jazz drummers in the world, a leader of multiple bands, a composer, a prolific producer, and an educator.

Since 1991, when he arrived in New York City, Penn has placed his unique blend of mega-chops, keen intellect, and heady musicianship at the service of a staggering array of A-list artists—a chronological short-list includes Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steps Ahead, Makoto Ozone, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza, Richard Galliano, and Fourplay.

Penn’s impressive discography includes several hundred studio albums (including the Grammy-winning recordings 34th and Lex by Randy Brecker and Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue by Maria Schneider) representing a 360-spectrum of jazz expression, and he’s toured extensively throughout the United States, the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. He’s composed music for films and commercials, and produced tracks for numerous singers in the pop and alternative arenas. He earned a “Ten Best of 1997” accolade from the New York Times for his first leader recording, Penn’s Landing.

Penn currently leads several ensembles. His most recent “rhythmically intoxicating” recording is 2014’s “Monk The Lost Files”arrangements of the music of Thelonious Monk. Released on the Origin record lable, an amazing quartet comprising saxophonist Chad Leftkowitz-Brown, Pianist Gerald Clayton/Donald Vega, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura performing the music of Thelonius Monk with today’s modern jazz sensibility. Near completion is a “world music” studio project of songs and instrumentals that melds background voices—including his own—with a world class band.

Whether Penn is leading his own band or performing as a sideman, he brings to the table unfailing versatility and professionalism, an ability to find creative ways to interpret a global array of styles and idioms, and a stated intention “to play music that’s warm and organic for the people and for myself.”

His motto: “When people hear my name, I want them to think, ‘I don’t know what band he’s playing with tonight or what he’ll be doing, but it’s going to be good, it’s going to be musical.’” See you May 30th!! (For more artist details visit: http://clarencepenn.com/schedule/ ) and Link to the cd and free downloads. http://originarts.com/recordings/recording.php?TitleID=82674

CLARENCE PENN & Penn Station with Ben Wendell, Shai Maestro and Yasushi Nakamura Fri May 30 – 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.

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(dessert selections available in the club, no dinner)

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

Photos restricted to first set, or per artist request.

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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.....

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

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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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