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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 vocalist Joanna Pascale back to The Side Door to celebrate the 2015 release of her third CD, “Wildflower”! Bringing an incredible quartet of talent – Anthony Wonsey-piano, Vicente Archer-bass and Willie Jones lll- drums!

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.

05
Jun

VADIM NESELOVSKYI TRIO

VADIM NESELOVSKYI TRIO – Fri June 5 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Critics have praised NY-based pianist/composer Vadim Neselovskyi for “extraordinary playing” (Los Angeles Times), “exceptional composition skills” (musicweb-international.com) and “feathery touch” (New York Times). While mostly known as one of the key members of multiple GRAMMY® winner Gary Burton’s Quintet, and as a featured pianist and composer on Burton’s Concord Records release “Next Generation,” Vadim is rapidly gaining reputation as a band leader, creating a “thrilling blend of classical and jazz” (jazzreview.com)

Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student to be accepted into the famous Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving in Germany, he established himself on the local jazz scene, taking part in the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and Leipzig Jazz Days. After a few years he moved to the USA to further his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he was discovered by Gary Burton.

Before graduating from Berklee Vadim was asked to play and compose for a Berklee’s promotional recording produced by Pat Metheny. Four weeks after graduation he was playing with Gary Burton at the Blue Note in New York. Since June 2004 Vadim has been consistently touring the US, Europe and Japan in Gary Burton’s quintet.

“Vadim…sounds the most promising of the young improvisers.” The Guardian

“More than just a strong pianist, he’s a composer who blends form and freedom in new ways.” John Kellman, All About Jazz

“…extraordinary playing…” Los Angeles Times

“I don’t think I have ever met an improviser who has more surprises in store…a true Genius.” Gary Burton

Visit artist site for all the details: www.vadimneselovskyi.com and come see hime live at….

VADIM NESELOVSKYI TRIO  Fri June 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
Jun

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET – Sat June 6 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Canadian born, Renee Rosnes is one of the premier pianists and composers of her generation. Shortly after relocating from Vancouver to New York in 1986, Rosnes quickly established a reputation as a major talent. She has recorded and toured with a veritable “who’s who” of jazz, being the pianist of choice for such legendary musicians as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson. In 1989, James Moody hired Renee for his quartet, and she remained a member of his band until his passing in 2010.

Rosnes has released a series of twelve albums, four of which have garnered Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. Her recordings reveal her to be both a powerful and sensitive musician with a huge range. She has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from established masters such as Jack DeJohnette and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, to younger giants such as Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton and Steve Nelson. She is a formidable composer and in 2003 was named SOCAN’s Composer of the Year. Her works have been performed and recorded by Phil Woods, JJ Johnson, Lewis Nash, Joe Locke, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and recently by up-and-coming trombone star Michael Dease.

Aside from leading her own bands, Rosnes is currently a member of bassist Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet. Rosnes also frequently performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap, and the couple released their first duo recording in 2010, Double Portrait (Blue Note). Downbeat wrote: “The counterpoint and compatibilities are so perfectly balanced, the selections and arrangements so handsome, that ‘Double Portrait’ is a prize.”

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET – Sat June 6 – 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.

12
Jun

LESLIE PINTCHIK TRIO w/Scott Hardy & Michael Sarin

LESLIE PINTCHIK TRIO – Fri June 12 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Leslie Pintchik Trio will include Leslie on piano, Scott Hardy on bass and Michael Sarin on drums!

Before embarking on her musical career, NYC based jazz pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik taught English literature (as a teaching assistant) at Columbia University, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree in English literature. Leslie first surfaced on the Manhattan jazz scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley’s. Red chose Leslie (along with guitarist Scott Hardy) for the warmth and powerful interplay he heard in their music. Red Mitchell wrote “Leslie Pintchik and Scott Hardy play miraculous music – in tune in all ways. And you can quote me on that.”

In the ensuing years, Pintchik formed her own trio with her musical partner Scott Hardy and a series of drummers, including her current band-mates Michael Sarin and Satoshi Takeishi. Her trio performs regularly at New York City jazz venues such as the Kitano, Smalls Jazz Club, Bar Next Door, the Blue Note, Knickerbocker, and 55 Bar. Her trio was one of four finalists in the Cognac Hennessy Jazz Search; more recently, they performed as part of the JVC Jazz Festival at the Kitano Hotel in Manhattan, and at Scullers, Boston’s premiere jazz club.

Leslie released her latest CD In The Nature Of Things in March 2014. It features a stellar band: saxophonist Steve Wilson, trumpeter Ron Horton, bassist Scott Hardy, drummer Michael Sarin and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. The New Yorker magazine called it “…one of the more captivating recordings to come out so far this year…”, and Gary Walker of WBGO jazz radio called it “…a gorgeous display of the trio.”

In addition to composing the music for her band, Leslie has also written the liner notes for some notable recent jazz CD’s, including Duologue by saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lewis Nash (on the MCG label), and Daybreak by pianist Bruce Barth (on the Savant label).

Sparkle: http://youtu.be/m5nZQrwoIlU – For All We Know: http://youtu.be/6G2QIkjq460 – Luscious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP_kq1wsju4

LESLIE PINTCHIK TRIO – Fri June 12 – 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.

13
Jun

MIMI JONES Quartet

MIMI JONES Quartet – Sat June 13 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

If Mimi Jones’ sound could be summarized into a few words, it would best be described as, a delicate fusion of traditional & contemporary jazz, eclectic soul, funk, rock… textures and dynamics simple yet unpredictable progressions, supported over a heavy bounce no matter what the groove, always crowned with a memorable melody.

As a multi-talented bassist, vocalist, and composer, Mimi Jones has carved a name for herself in an array of genres that include Jazz, Folk, Rock, Afro Cuban, Neo Soul and Blues. She has studied with well esteemed artists such as Lisle Atkinson, Justin Diccioccio, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Latif, Max Roach, Linda McKnight, Maria Schneider and Guillermo Edgehill to name a few.

After earning her Bachelor’s of Music from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory, she has shared the stage with artists such as Lionel Hampton, Denis Charles, Kevin Mahogany, Ravi Coltrane, Rachel Z, the Tia Fuller Quartet, Sean Jones, Kenny Barron, Jesse Davis, Ingrid Jensen, Terri Lyne Carrington’s ‘Mosaic Project’, Diane Reeves, DD Bridgewater, Lizz Wright, Roy Hargrove, Tamar-Kali, Rudy Royston’s 303, Luis Perdomo’s ‘Controlling Ear Unit’, Camille A. Brown dance company, Marc Cary Trio, the Camille Thurman Quartet, and singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon to name a few.

Ms. Jones is also a U.S. Jazz ambassador who has been commissioned four times by the US State Department to perform in the following countries: Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Barbados, Jamaica, Nevis Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria.

Mimi made her debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the “NY Women’s Ensemble Orchestra” directed by Virginia Luque, and was featured with the amazing talents of soprano Ana Maria Martinez and pianist Sonia Rubinsky.

Her quartet will include Miki Hayama on piano, Jonathan Barber on Drums and Mark Shim on Soprano Sax and Wind Controller.

MIMI JONES Quartet – Sat June 13 – 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.

19
Jun

BENNY GREEN TRIO with David Wong & Rodney Green

BENNY GREEN TRIO – Fri June 19 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

For this historic Sunnyside release, Magic Beans, Green crafted ten new pieces performed by his working trio. Remarkably, this release marks Benny’s first self-produced trio recording of all original compositions in a career that spans decades: notably as a star sideman with Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown and culminating in over 20 years as a leader himself.

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I’d been hearing from my father’s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself”.

In 2000, his debut recording on Telarc Jazz entitled Naturally was released, which featured bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone. In 2001, Green’s Blues, a solo piano date and in 2003 Jazz at the Bistro (Telarc), a duo recording Malone, followed by Bluebird (2004) again pairing Green with Malone. A hiatus from recording produced Benny’s 2011 trio date, Source (JLP).

BENNY GREEN TRIO – Fri June 19 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

20
Jun

LUIS PERDOMO Controlling Ear Unit with Rudy Royston and Mimi Jones!

LUIS PERDOMO and “Controlling Ear Unit”  – Sat June 20 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

This special trio brings some incredible talents together – Luis Perdomo on piano, Mimi Jones on bass and Rudy Royston on drums! The new CD “Twenty-Two” will be released May 2015. This performance is not to be missed!

Luis Perdomo grew up in a home filled with music. Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1971, Luis was exposed to just about every style of music by his father, an avid music fan and collector. Alongside salsa, Latin, R & B, and classical, the young Perdomo heard jazz greats like Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, two of his earliest and most important musical influences. Drawn to jazz and to the piano at an early age, Luis was making regular professional appearances on Venezuelan TV and radio by the time he was twelve. All his favorite artists lived and/or recorded in New York City. Thus, it was only a matter of time before he too would make that move.

A full scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music was the catalyst. After receiving his BA in Jazz Performance in 1997, Luis pursued his Masters at Queens College with the legendary Sir Roland Hanna. This was perhaps one of the most pivotal moments in his development as an artist. “While studying with Sir Roland Hanna I came to realize just how little I knew about both the piano and the music. He forced me to start with a clean slate and to re-evaluate my musical perceptions. I began to look at jazz and classical music in a new and more in-depth way and my playing evolved accordingly.”

Luis’ music “education,” was not limited to the classroom. Soon after moving to New York, he quickly established himself as an in-demand pianist. Some of the artists Luis has recorded and/or performed with include Ravi Coltrane, John Patitucci, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, Miguel Zenon, Dave Douglas, Ben Wolfe, David Gilmore, Fort Apache Band, David Sanchez, Johnathan Blake. As a longstanding member of groups led by Miguel Zenón and Ravi Coltrane, Luis has made his mark as a performer, a composer and arranger. He can be heard most recently on both Grammy nominated Ravi Coltrane’s “Blending Times” and Miguel Zenón’s “Alma Adentro: The PuertoRican Songbook”.

Enjoy this short clip about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1WsL3XlmWg

LUIS PERDOMO and “Controlling Ear Unit” Trio – Sat June 20 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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

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Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

(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!

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Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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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
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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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