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10
Jul

JOYCE DiCAMILLO TRIO!

JOYCE DiCAMILLO TRIO – Friday July 10 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We are thrilled to welcome Joyce back to The Side Door once again with her trio Todd Strait on drums and Yoshi Waki on bass.

Pianist Joyce DiCamillo has led her own jazz trio for over thirty years. Joyce has performed with such jazz greats as James Moody, Phil Woods, Houston Person, Nick Brignola, Marvin Stamm, Steve Marcus and countless others.

She has released five trio CDs, A Touch of Jazz, Freelancin’, featuring Houston Person, Moment to Moment, Love Letters, and Sunrise Lady. Joyce is included on the prestigious International Roster of Steinway Artists. She has performed several times at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as featured at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.

Her trio has headlined at such venues as Southport (UK) Jazz Festival, Guinness Jazz Festival (Cork, Ireland), Andria (Italy) Jazz Festival, Syracuse Jazzfest, The Jazz Cruise, Litchfield Jazz Festival, and many more. She was featured on NPR’s Piano Jazz hosted by Marian McPartland and toured as pianist for internationally known pop vocalist Donna Summer, appearing with her in Mexico, Chile and throughout the United States.

A graduate of Syracuse University School of Music, she is a consultant in music education, having appeared as a clinician or artist-in-residence at over 100 high schools and colleges around the country and is co-founder (with John Mastroianni) of Summer Jazz Workshop, entering its 23rd season; she teaches classical piano and coaches jazz pianists. In her volunteer life, Joyce recently launched PROJECT MUSIC, an exciting El-Sistema-inspired program supported by the City of Stamford, corporate, foundation, and private donors, offering free music lessons to inner city students in Stamford, CT, serving as President of the Board of Directors – www.projectmusic,org.  For more artist details see www.joycedicamillo.com

JOYCE DiCAMILLO TRIO – Friday July 10 – 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.

11
Jul

CEDRIC MAYFIELD 4tet LISTEN LOCAL!

CEDRIC MAYFIELD – Sat July 11 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

Welcome back to Epitome, lead by New London, CT clarinet and sax player Cedric Mayfield, is a newly formed ensemble, comprised of some of Connecticut’s newly transplanted musicians, having come from all over the country. Their motto: “We LOVE to PLAY”! They reach into a wide circumference of directions and genres, as they perform jazz from a variety of styles, playing standards, arrangements of tunes ranging from traditional jazz to originally composed music, all with their own unique Jazz twist.

Cedric started out on piano at the age of 4. Like many musicians, his first exposure to live music began at Church. He was enthusiastically drawn to it, and began playing the drums. His love for the clarinet was instant, and he has been chasing it ever since. He wound up pursuing classical studies at SMU in Dallas, where he was introduced to jazz on a real level. He immediately checked out an alto sax, and has been pursuing jazz along with classical ever since.

Cedric has performed extensively in a variety of musical settings. He came to the U.S. Coast Guard Band in 2010 by way of the U.S. Air Force Band in Europe, where he toured extensively throughout Europe as a band member, leader, and soloist.

He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Kirk Whalum, Bill Mays, Marvin Stamm, Shelly Carol, B.B. King, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others.

CEDRIC MAYFIELD – Sat July 11th – 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!

17
Jul

ETIENNE CHARLES SEXTET!

ETIENNE CHARLES – Friday July 17 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

One of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory is trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles, still in his 20s, has already recorded three impressive and well-received albums for his own Culture Shock Music imprint. His new album, Creole Soul, is a captivating journey of new jazz expression. It buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles rooted in his Afro-Caribbean background and plumbs the musical depths of the islands, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music. Also in the jazz amalgam mix are rock steady, reggae, belair, kongo and rock as well as the influence of Motown and R&B music Charles listened to on his parents’ record player when he was growing up.

“Jazz is Creole music,” says Charles who was born in Trinidad, relocated first to Florida and then New York to further his jazz studies (graduating, respectively, from Florida State’s and Juilliard’s jazz programs) and today teaches jazz trumpet at Michigan State University. “As a person in the new world, I’ve been influenced by so much music. And my family has a mixed background, with French Caribbean, Spanish and African roots as well as Venezuelan influences. I come from a fusion of rhythms, a fusion of cultures. That’s what this album is all about: focusing on soul music that is Creole at heart.”

As befitting an artist who excels with such a diversity of musical styles, Charles has performed with a range of musicians, from Roberta Flack, Rene Marie and David Rudder to Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, the Count Basie Orchestra and Maria Schneider. He also worked with jazz masters Frank Foster and Benny Golson.

The New York Times calls Charles an auteur who is “one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers,” JazzTimes applauds him as a “daring improviser” and DownBeat celebrates his tone as “melodically captivating” and “rhythmically agile” that makes his music “immediately pleasing.” Visit: www.etiennecharles.com for more details.

ETIENNE CHARLES – Friday July 17 – 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.

18
Jul

AMINA FIGAROVA SEXTET!

AMINA FIGARVA SEXTET– Saturday July 18 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Composer and pianist Amina Figarova’s 12th album, titled ‘Twelve’ – her debut release on the renowned independent German label, In + Out – celebrates jazz as an international music and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. ‘Twelve’ is suffused with heightened expectations, sense of adventure and fresh perceptions, as well as the confidence, creative energies and nuanced fulfillment that artists gain from being in the right place at the right time.

She has toured extensively, developing a tight-knit ensemble that, despite inevitable personnel changes, has attained a distinctive and inimitable voice by concentrating on all-original repertoire for almost 18 years. During that period, having collaborated with musicians residing in both the U.S. and Europe and having built up a circuit of welcoming venues, the Amina Figarova Sextet has triumphed at the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, been invited repeatedly to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won critical and audience acclaim in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam — and of course New York.

Amina’s pieces strike a perfect tone, employing genuinely beautiful harmonization, to capture fleeting thoughts that accompany those precious moments when the puzzling jostle of daily existence comes into unexpected but deeply satisfying sync. For more artist details: www.aminafigarova.com

AMINA FIGAROVA SEXTET– Saturday July 18 – 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.

24
Jul

ALAN JAY PALMER

ALAN JAY PALMERFriday July 24 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Composer, Keyboardist and Educator Alan Jay Palmer studied with Jackie McLean, Jaki Byard, John Malachi, Walter Davis Jr. and Hotep Galeta. Upon graduating from the Hartt School of Music, he joined Jackie McLean’s band in the ’90s, recording on his albums Rhythm of the Earth and Fire & Love.

Alan became Jackie McLean’s principal pianist and assistant professor of music and history at the University of Hartford as well as The Artists Collective for well over a decade. He went on to join Roy Hargrove’s Quintet, was music director for Common, and has performed with some of the greatest artists of our time including Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Bartz, Billy Higgins, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton, Reggie Workman, Amiri Baraka, Frank Morgan, Rene McLean, Grachan Moncur and Charles Tolliver to name only a few.

Alan is currently based in NYC where he composes and performs his original music in a Trio setting and with the Nu Soil Ship Orchestra which he founded. A dedicated Jazz educator with an extensive knowledge of American and World music history, Palmer has years of diverse teaching experience creating and developing music programs and curriculum worldwide.

ALAN JAY PALMER – Friday July 24 – 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.

25
Jul

JIMMY GREENE QUARTET!

JIMMY GREENE Quartet – Sat, July 25 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

We are so thrilled to welcome back our friend and neighbor, Jimmy Greene, to The Side Door once again! For those of you who didn’t manage to get a ticket for his last sold out shows, we recommend getting them as soon as you can to avoid disappointment!

Jimmy Greene’s latest release, Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records, is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken, along with 19 other children and 6 educators, on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I want the music to reflect the way that Ana lived,” Greene says. He fulfills that mandate with an intense, cohesive, genre-spanning program—juxtaposing the hardcore instrumental jazz for which he is best known with traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads and three original songs framing his own lyrics. Animating the repertoire is a gold-standard rhythm section (Renee Rosnes, piano; Christian McBride, bass; Lewis Nash, drums), augmented at various points by guitarists Pat Metheny and Jonathan DuBose, Jr.; pianists Kenny Barron and Cyrus Chestnut; vocalists Kurt Elling, Javier Colon and Latanya Farrell; spoken word from Tony Award®-winning actress Anika Noni Rose; a 13-piece string ensemble from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; as well as an accomplished children’s choir.

Greene himself is one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since graduating from Hartt School of Music in 1997. He composed or arranged every selection and plays tenor and soprano saxophones as well as flute with customary authority, melodic focus and abiding soulfulness. See his website for more details at www.jimmygreene.com

“Music has a unique way of communicating and healing. I’m so thankful that music is my profession – that I am able to write and arrange to create settings that convey the emotions I experience, not the least of which is the pain that my family and I have endured at a time when words fail.” – Jimmy Greene

Please visit www.jimmygreene.com for more details….. see you Saturday

JIMMY GREENE Quartet – Sat July 25 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!

01
Aug

Get a ride from The Side Door to Newport Jazz Festival with WBGO! Saturday and Sunday!

Get your ride to Newport Jazz Festival right from The Side Door, courtesy of WBGO! No traffic or parking hassles at all!

WBGO.org/newportbus

ALTHOUGH NO MUSIC AT THE CLUB THIS WEEKEND (we will be at the festival too!), WE’VE GOT AN EXCITING UPDATE ABOUT WBGO’S TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOW CONNECTICUT FANS CAN HOP ON A WBGO BUS IN OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT, AT THE SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB!

GETTING TO THE BIGGEST JAZZ FESTIVAL OF THE SUMMER HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER, BECAUSE WBGO TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE FESTIVAL GATE. GO TO WBGO LINK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL!

• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at The Side Door Jazz Club located at 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

WBGO.org/newportbus

See you next week for Laurin Talese on Fri 8/7 and Dave Liebman 8/8!!!

02
Aug

Get a ride from The Side Door to Newport Jazz Festival with WBGO on Saturday or Sunday!

Get your ride to Newport Jazz Festival right from The Side Door, courtesy of WBGO! No traffic or parking hassles at all!

WBGO.org/newportbus

ALTHOUGH NO MUSIC AT THE CLUB THIS WEEKEND (we will be at the festival too!), WE’VE GOT AN EXCITING UPDATE ABOUT WBGO’S TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOW CONNECTICUT FANS CAN HOP ON A WBGO BUS IN OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT, AT THE SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB!

GETTING TO THE BIGGEST JAZZ FESTIVAL OF THE SUMMER HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER, BECAUSE WBGO TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE FESTIVAL GATE. GO TO WBGO LINK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL!

• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at The Side Door Jazz Club located at 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

WBGO.org/newportbus

See you next week for Laurin Talese on Fri 8/7 and Dave Liebman 8/8!!!

07
Aug

LAURIN TALESE

LAURIN TALESE – Fri Aug 7th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

Naturally gifted yet exceptionally well-trained, Laurin Talese has been amazing audiences with her stunning voice since the age of 10. As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Talese attended the Cleveland School of the Arts where she began to receive wide spread notoriety as a promising young vocalist. After completing high school, Laurin relocated to Philadelphia where she attended the University of the Arts and subsequently received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Voice.

Although Laurin’s greatest affinity is jazz, she is quite an accomplished vocalist in many musical genres. She has worked with numerous American national recording artists such as Jaguar Wright, Bilal, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green and international German superstar Joy Denelane. In addition to these great musicians, Laurin has shared the stage with great classical and jazz ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, The Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. Laurin’s enchanting talent has afforded her the opportunity to perform throughout Europe including the UK, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria as well as Asia, Brazil, and 30 of the states that comprise the continental United States.

In perfect complement to her effortless vocal abilities, Laurin is also an eminently gifted and very passionate songwriter. It is the union of her pure tone and poignant lyrics that enchant so many who desire to hear her sing. As she aspires to maintain musical excellence, Laurin Talese continues to dazzle spectators with her impeccable skills and elegant, intimate performances.

Laurin can be seen performing in Philadelphia and the Tri-State area where patrons enjoy the alluring songstress as she seamlessly blends standard jazz ballads, classical art songs, and original tunes for an unforgettable performance experience that is beyond category. Recently, Laurin Talese partnered with Grammy award winning drummer and producer Ulysses Owens Jr. and internationally acclaimed music director/producer Adam Blackstone (BASSic Black Entertainment) to create her highly anticipated debut album.

LAURIN TALESE – Fri Aug 7th – 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!

08
Aug

Dave Liebman Quartet

DAVE LIEBMAN Quartet – Sat Aug 8th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Dave Liebman Quartet plays Trane and Miles – Joined by Billy Test, piano – Willy Rodriguez, drums – Evan Gregor, bass

DAVE LIEBMAN (soprano saxophone, wooden flute) – David Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a leader since. He has played on nearly three hundred recordings with over one hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books.

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and has consistently placed in the top three places for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic’s Poll in both 2011 and 2012.

We are thrilled to have Dave back to The Side Door! Be sure and pick up tickets today. For more artist details please visit www.davidliebman.com

DAVE LIEBMAN Quartet – Sat Aug 8th – 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!

14
Aug

ELLIS MARSALIS!

ELLIS MARSALIS – Fri Aug 14th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

ELLIS MARSALIS is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. Born on November 14, 1934, he began formal music studies at the Xavier University junior school of music at age eleven. After completing a stint in the Marine Corps Marsalis returned to New Orleans and married Dolores Ferdinand, a New Orleanian, who bore him six sons; Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Miboya and Jason.

In 1986 Marsalis accepted the position of Commonwealth Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He would spend two of the three years as coordinator of Jazz Studies before returning to New Orleans and the University of New Orleans to become the first occupant of the CocaCola endowed chair of Jazz Studies as the director.

Marsalis has been a guest on several network television shows. He has appeared on NBC’s “TODAY” with host Bryant Gumbel; the “TONITE” show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno as hosts; the “Arsenio Hall show” with pianist Marcus Roberts; “The Charlie Rose show;” “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood; “ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Spencer Christian and several local and regional television shows.

For so many more details and information please visit www.ellismarsalis.com

ELLIS MARSALIS – Fri Aug 14th – 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!

15
Aug

MICHELLE WALKER QUARTET

MICHELLE WALKER Quartet – Sat Aug 15th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

Armed with a provocative, whiskey-soaked tone, jazz vocalist Michelle Walker is a charismatic singer that uses an artful blend of blues, bebop, swing and soul with playful rhythmic expressiveness. She brings an all-star line up of players with her: Toru Dodo – Piano, Michael O’Brien – Bass, Willard Dyson – Drums, Ron Affif – Guitar

Based in New York City, she bends the lines and pushes the boundaries of jazz vocal art. With rich colors and adventurous flexibility, she moves easily from a dark, deep tone to a mid-range, swinging lilt. Michelle is very versatile and blessed with a beautifully distinctive voice. She has a refreshing approach to arranging and interpreting often easily recognizable contemporary songs. In her upcoming release, Love Misery, Michelle brings together a collection of jazz standards, original songs and her arrangements of pop tunes that thematically chronicles a love affair.

This latest recording project features Joel Frahm on sax, Ron Affif on guitar, Toru Dodo on piano, Michael O’Brien on bass and Willard Dyson on drums. Additional highlights of her career include multiple tours in Europe, performing in the Lincoln Center Women in Jazz Festival, touring with jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy and performing at the White House for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

Dave Nathan at AllAboutJazz.com says, “Walker demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality…” Michelle is often compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Betty Carter in style and tone but has develop her own unique sound and singular voice.

MICHELLE WALKER Quartet  Sat Aug 15th – 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!

21
Aug

MARIANNE SOLIVAN QUARTET!

MARIANNE SOLIVAN Quartet – Fri Aug 21th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard swinging, passionate, vocalist who has a commanding stage presence and is able to captivate audiences with her joyous exuberance and whit. Having performed and recorded with the likes of Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Michael Kanan, Steve Wilson, Gene Bertoncini and Lewis Nash, Solivan has been consistently raising the bar for singers of her generation.

With years of steady gigging (5 or 6 days a week) in Boston during her school days at Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory, Solivan has had a unique opportunity to learn on the bandstand. Solivan’s singing is a mixture of honest storytelling with a modern sense of self and determination.

In 2007 Solivan made the move to New York and began to sit in at many of the jam sessions the city has to offer. Smoke Supper Club was her first consistent “hang” and a venue that led to many of her later musical collaborations with Jeremy Pelt, Ugonna Okegwo, and others.

In 2012 Solivan brought together her years of experience and musical collaborations to the studio and recorded a series of duos, trios, and quartet pieces that became her first CD, Prisoner of Love, on HiPNOTIC Records.

Currently on tour celebrating the release of her 2nd CD, Spark, which features pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Matthew Parrish and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, Solivan is sure to bring her energized swing and honest straight forward storytelling to a wider jazz audience. There is a bright and long future for this one of a kind vocalist so make sure to see her soon!

MARIANNE SOLIVAN Quartet – Fri Aug 21th – 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!

22
Aug

STEVE KROON SEXTET!

STEVE KROON Sextet – Sat Aug 22th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

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. This is also credited to his all-star live band, which consists of Igor Atalita, piano, Waldo Chavez on bass, Bryan Carrott on Vibraphone, Craig Rivers on Sax and Flute, and Diego Lopez on drums. Enjoy this taste of what Steve brings to the stage! https://youtu.be/ErRA57V_zyY?list=PL_ZettA2T3CVQilixtlmmCvjia4IBvpcq

STEVE KROON Sextet – Sat Aug 22th – 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!

28
Aug

LINDA OH QUARTET!

LINDA OH QUARTET Fri Aug 28 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to have Linda back to The Side Door once again, this time as a leader of her own quartet! Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, Linda started classical piano at age four and took up clarinet at eleven and bassoon at thirteen. At fifteen, Linda dabbled on electric bass playing jazz in the high-school and community big-bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In 2002 she was accepted into the W.A Academy of Performing Arts and started taking lessons on double-bass. She finished at W.A.A.P.A, receiving first-class honours and In 2005 she received the Bob Wyllie Scholarship awarded to the best graduation recitalist and the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) Scholarship.

She was also a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award 2008, and composes for film – participating int he BMI 2010 Film Composing Workshop.

Linda now lives in New-York City after completing her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music (now teaching bass in the precollege division).

She has performed with the likes of Steve Wilson, Kenny Barron, Dave Douglas, Kevin Hayes and Cyrus Chestnut.

Her self-released debut album Entry featuring Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums had a good reception. Her second album Initial Here released May 22nd, 2012 on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music label featuring Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), Fabian Almazan (piano), Rudy Royston (drums) and guest Jen Shyu (vocals).

Visit www.lindaohmusic.com for many more artist details! Come see her live on Aug 28!

LINDA OH QUARTET Fri Aug 28 – 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!

29
Aug

VICTOR GOULD

VICTOR GOULD TRIO – Sat Aug 29 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We first met Victor when he played at The Side Door with both Wallace Roney and it was clear he stood apart. Great to have Victor back as a headliner – his trio will include Erik Wheeler and Rodney Green, and rumored special guests to make an appearance!

Victor Gould, a pianist from Los Angeles, began playing piano at the young age of four. He was fortunate to grow up in a household where his parents supported him wholeheartedly. His undergraduate degree was completed at Berklee College of Music where he was a recipient of the Herbie Hancock Presidential Scholarship.

Immediately after he graduated from Berklee, Victor attended the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and received his Masters Degree. Gould’s honors include the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, and in 2006 He was a semifinalist in The Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition.

As a member of the Donald Harrison Quartet, Gould recorded three CD’s and a DVD, and toured the United States and Europe. He has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, Wallace Roney and many others. Victor is currently residing in New York and has been a member of the Wallace Roney Quintet for over a year. In that time he has recorded 2 albums with him. Victor will began recording his debut album in March 2014.

VICTOR GOULD TRIO – Sat Aug 29 – 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!

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ADDRESS

85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

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PastEvents

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

E. J. Strickland!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO 10-14

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

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 4/26/14

THE COOKERS 5/2/14

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 (pictured 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 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

NEWS&MEDIA

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InTheNews

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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