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06
Feb

THE WHITFIELD FAMILY BAND!

THE WHITFIELD FAMILY BAND – Sat Feb 6 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A very special night of incredible jazz talent – all in one family!! Mark Whitfield Sr. on guitar, Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums, Davis Whitfield on piano and Yasushi Nakamura on bass!

Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, the world’s foremost institute for the study of Jazz and modern American music, in the Spring of 1987 having studied composition and arranging as well as all styles of guitar performance. Upon graduation, he returned to his native New York to embark on a career as a jazz guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with many legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith, Carmen McCrae, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Jack McDuff, Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Joe Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor, George Benson.

Along the way, the New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business” and in September of 1990 Warner Bros. released his solo debut, “The Marksman”. The success of this release has led to a recording career that has produced 14 solo projects to date and a myriad of collaborative efforts with the some of the most important artists in recent years; Sting, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Lauryn Hill, Sy Smith and Chris Botti.

Aside from working as one of the most in demand guitarists in jazz, Mark is currently focusing on “The Whitfield Family Band”. This exciting group features Mark Whitfield Jr on drums and Davis Whitfield on piano. Aside from playing with “Dad”, Mark Jr has been touring extensively with Kenny Garrett and many of his young contemporaries and is widely recognized as one of the important new voices on his instrument in jazz. Davis, while still attending Berklee, has been performing regularly with Jimmy Cobb, Ralph Peterson and Neal Smith and adds a very distinct voice to this exciting new group.

For Mark Whitfield’s extensive Discography: http://www.markwhitfield.com/bio.html

THE WHITFIELD FAMILY BAND – Sat Feb 6 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

12
Feb

NIR FELDER TRIO!

NIR FELDER TRIO – Fri Feb 12 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, hailed by the New York Times as a “whiz kid”, and dubbed “incredible” by the Montreal Gazette, Nir Felder is a new voice in jazz guitar. Growing up in the New York City suburbs, Felder spent his youth playing in rock bands while learning about jazz at the local record store, inspired by icons from John Coltrane to voodoo chile Jimi Hendrix.

After attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, Felder moved to New York City in 2006 and quickly became one of the city’s most highly sought after sideman, notching credits in bands led by Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington (whose recent release featuring Felder on guitar won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album), Jack DeJohnette, Greg Osby, Joey DeFrancesco, Eric Harland and performing with the New York City Opera, Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Stanley Clarke, Lizz Wright and others at venues including Radio City Music Hall and the Village Vanguard.

Encouraged by praise for his unique sound and style and seeking a more personal creative outlet, Felder formed his own group in 2010, performing sold-out shows in New York City and around Europe. Felder has played with much of the city’s greatest talent, including Kevin Hays, Aaron Parks, Aaron Goldberg, Uri Caine, John Patitucci, Anton Fig, Snarky Puppy and among many others.

Nir brought Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Nate Smith into Sear Sound in September of 2011. The group had a strong chemistry and sound that was beautifully captured in two days of recording by engineer Chris Allen. Next, Felder tapped legendary engineer and producer Bob Power (The Roots, Erkyah Badu, D’Angelo, Tribe Called Quest, Meshell Ndegecello) to mix and master the new album. The new release, “Golden Age” (Sony/OKeh), deals with the themes of political, cultural and technological upheaval, with ennui and redemption, with paradise lost and then regained, blurring the lines between jazz and the rock, hip-hop, and pop music Felder grew up listening to. Check out www.nirfelder.com for more details and come see him LIVE!!

NIR FELDER TRIO – Fri Feb 12 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

13
Feb

JOHNNY ONEAL TRIO! Celebrate Valentines weekend here!

JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO – Saturday Feb 13 Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

FROM NEW YORK, THE LEGENDARY JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO Featuring LUKE SELLICK bass, CHARLES GOOLD drums, JOHNNY O’NEAL voice/piano. Come and celebrate an early Valentines with this incredible entertainer!

Johnny O’Neal is one of jazz music’s legendary figures because of his profound musicality and engaging persona. The Detroit-born pianist and vocalist was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, worked with Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Pass during a regular gig at New York’s Blue Note jazz club in the eighties.

O’Neal’s appearance in the 2004 film “Ray” soared his career to new levels. In the film, Ray Charles played by Jamie Foxx, goes to a nightclub to hear the brilliant pianist Art Tatum played by O’Neal. O’Neal’s stirring rendition of “Yesterdays” was included in the movie.

Over the past few years O’Neal has maintained regular engagements at three of NYC’s best jazz clubs: Smoke, Smalls and Mezzrow. O’Neal’s latest album, Live at Smalls, shows why he’s so respected by his peers and jazz fans. On the album’s mix of standards and unexpected gems, while his playing evokes primary influences like Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Bud Powell, he reshapes these influences into his own very swinging and melodic approach. As for his singing style, which has been compared to Joe Williams, O’Neal vocalizes with a soulful authenticity that gives meaning to the lyrics.

Read the recent New York Times feature on O’Neal, in which piano master Barry Harris said: “If ever somebody sounded like Art Tatum, it’s him. He’s got it all.” In the same article, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel said: “My jaw dropped when I heard him play piano — and then my heart dropped when I heard him sing.”

JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO – Saturday Feb 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
Feb

GARY SMULYAN TRIO!

GARY SMULYAN TRIO – Fri Feb 19 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Gary brings Ray Drummond on bass and Billy Drummond on drums to complete this incredible trio.

BARITONE SAXOPHONIST GARY Smulyan was born in Bethpage, New York. The gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long Island. Today he is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as a major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach and perhaps most importantly -a strong and incisive wit.

He attended SUNY-Postsdam and Hofstra University before he joined Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd in 1978. It was a remarkable collection of young musicians who ultimately would find themselves in the forefront of present-day jazz. Joining Smulyan in the band were saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer John Riley, who would eventually become a fixture in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Gradually establishing himself, the talented Smulyan was asked to share the stage and the recording studio with a stunning potpourri of luminaries including: trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Chick Corea, timbales king Tito Puente, and R&B/Blues and soul icons Ray Charles, B.B. King and Diana Ross.

Smulyan has at least 10 recordings out under his own name. Meanwhile he continues to play with wide variety of artists -each presenting him with an opportunity to fully express himself. No matter who he is performing with -or whether he is leading his own band at the time -Smulyan brings to the stage the spirit, style and savvy of a deep toned master of bebop. “Gary Smulyan’s lineage comes more from musicians like Cecil Payne, Leo Parker, Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff and Nick Brignola -the few baritonists that dared to master the tricky, chromatic music known as bebop,” wrote All About Jazz’s Francis Lo Kee in a review. “Smulyan’s tone seems to get bigger and his ideas more expansive from album to album,” wrote long-time critic Doug Ramsey in Jazz Times magazine. Check out www.garysmulyan.com for more details, video and music….

GARY SMULYAN TRIO – Fri Feb 19 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

20
Feb

BEN WOLFE TRIO featuring Donald Edwards and Orrin Evans!

BEN WOLFE TRIO – Saturday February 20 – Doors 7:30 – Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Check this incredible line up of Jazz talent!…. Ben Wolfe – bass, Donald Edwards – drums, Orrin Evans – piano

As Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.” Ben Wolfe has released seven CDs comprised solely of his original music. Of the music on his MAXJAZZ debut “No Strangers Here” The New York Times says, “In this music Mingus and Miles Davis meet Bartok and Bernard Herrmann”. Chamber Music America awarded him the 2004 New Works: Creation and Presentation Program Grant, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. As a result of this award, Wolfe was able to compose his extended composition Contradiction: Music for Sextet. Wolfe also made his mark as a film composer, working with Matthew Modine on the film short, I Think I Thought. At the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, The New York Sun reviewed his work on this film as, “a standout music score.”

Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Portland, Oregon, Wolfe has gained a large following from his performances with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall. Early on in his career, he formed a Duo with Harry Connick Jr. and went on to record over a dozen albums and soundtracks. During his years with Connick, he performed on numerous world tours as musical director. He then joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and remained until it disbanded. Wolfe also became an integral part of Diana Krall’s touring band and played on many of her recordings, including the Grammy Award winning CD, “When I Look In Your Eyes.”

When a member of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), Wolfe performed with Joe Henderson, Doc Cheatham, Jon Hendricks, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Billy Higgins, among others.   Other artists he has also recorded with include Branford Marsalis, Orrin Evans, James Moody, Eric Reed, and Benny Green. In addition to the CDs mentioned, Ben’s other recordings as a leader include “13 Sketches” (1996) and “Bagdad Theater” (1997), both released on Mons Records; the critically acclaimed “Murray’s Cadillac” (2000) on Amosaya Music; “My Kinda Beautiful” (2004) on Planet Arts Records; and “Ben Wolfe Quintet: Live at Smalls” (2011).

Ben is currently on the teaching faculty at The Julliard School: Jazz Division. Check out his website for more details at: www.benwolfe.com

BEN WOLFE TRIO – Saturday February 20 – Doors 7:30 – Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

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

26
Feb

MIKE CASEY TRIO

MIKE CASEY TRIO – Friday Feb 26 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A lifetime passion for the saxophone began when Mike took to the saxophone in the 5th grade. Eager to expand his musical horizons, he attended the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts in high school, where he studied in the jazz program. He is a graduate of the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford’s Hartt School, CT). While at Hartt he was fortunate to study with renowned jazz artists such as saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, & Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves.

Nominated for “Best Jazz” in the CT Music Awards, Mike has performed and delighted a wide range of audiences throughout the Northeast. He has shared the stage with notable jazz artists such as Marc Cary, JD Allen, Duane Eubanks, Rashaan Carter, Ugonna Okegwo, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, Brandee Younger & Dezron Douglas, many of which he sat in with here at The Side Door!

In early 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz musicians/composers worldwide selected to participate in the prestigious 2 week “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he was fortunate to learn from celebrated jazz artists Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Eric Revis, J.D. Allen, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, and Cyrus Chestnut. Mike has performed at well-respected venues such as The Kennedy Center (DC), Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC), Minton’s & Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), and the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), as well as many venues across CT. He is also a teaching artist with 4 years of experience teaching the saxophone to all ages.

The Mike Casey Trio is a unique jazz group in their musical approach, style and instrumentation. The band features Mike on saxophone, Matt Dwonszyk on acoustic bass, and Corey Garcia on drums. The absence of guitar or piano, which is typically found in a jazz group, gives the band a very distinctive sound. We look forward to a night featuring the trio’s original compositions along with arrangements of jazz classics/standards thrown into the very talented mix!

We welcome Mike back to the Side Door as a headliner having had the pleasure of seeing this growing talent develop over the past few years!

MIKE CASEY TRIO – Friday Feb 26 – 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.

27
Feb

RENE MARIE!

RENE MARIE – Saturday Feb 27th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

René Marie – singer, actress, writer.  Eartha Kitt – singer, actress, writer.  Never before has there been a vocal recording tipping the hat to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, her powerful emotional resonance and strong independent streak, René is the right artist to conceive of this historic project, out November 12 on the adventurous, multi-Grammy®-nominated label Motéma Music. “I Wanna Be Evil” (With Love to Eartha Kitt) is René’s third recording for the label and her 10th career album.

Eartha Kitt’s daughter Kitt Shapiro, who maintains her mother’s legacy via EarthaKitt.com and the company Simply Eartha, expressed her appreciation. “It’s wonderful that such a talented artist like René Marie has recorded the first tribute album to my mother, helping to keep her memory and spirit alive. These classic songs deserve to be heard and loved by all generations”.

This brilliantly entertaining album burnishes René’s reputation as the most provocative risk-taker among today’s jazz divas. Featuring star turns by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Etienne Charles and Australia’s Adrian Cunningham on saxophone, clarinet and flute, I Wanna Be Evil opens with a cackle of mischief.

See – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmWLqhyBs_E&feature=c4-overview&list=UUlVg8KcNtBPKZ-8EaWM9s6A

or read: Downbeat Review: http://renemarie.com/presskit/DownBeat_Jan_2014.pdf

RENE MARIE – Saturday Feb 27 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjaz.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.

04
Mar

SIMONA PREMAZZI OUTSPOKEN

SIMONA PREMAZZI “OUTSPOKEN” – Fri March 4th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

New York based pianist Simona Premazzi has developed an impressive body of work as a composer and bandleader. Originally from Italy, Premazzi hails from a small town in the outskirts of Milano, where she began playing piano at age 9.

A gifted musician, Simona is a graduate of the conservatory of music in Udine and studied under the incomparable supervision of two of Italy’s formidable jazz masters, Massimo Colombo and Franco D’Andrea.

Since moving to New York in 2004, she has earned recognition for her improvisational work and skillful approach as a composer, with an unmistakable style and depth that comes across in every one of her compositions. She has shown herself to be an accomplished bandleader and much sought after collaborative partner on other artists’ musical projects.

“Premazzi, a wickedly clever soloist with a very original viewpoint”. Frank Alkier – Downbeat Mag.

She has performed, collaborated and/or recorded with, among many others: Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Dayna Stephens, Seamus Blake, Wayne Escoffery, J.D.Allen, Logan Richardson, Billy Drummond, Victor Lewis, Ben Allison, Ari Hoenig, Jason Brown, Marco Panascia, E.J. Strickland, Rudy Royston, Johnathan Blake.

Simona recently released her 3rd CD, “The Lucid Dreamer”, on the Inner Circle Music Label, featuring tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Ameen Saleem, drummer Jochen Rueckert and special guest, Greg Osby on alto and soprano Saxophones.

“Simona Premazzi is one of the more exciting and poignant pianists on the current NewYork scene” Gary Heimbauer – Jazz Inside magazine

Visit her website for more details, music and information at www.simonapremazzi.com  – but come see the real magic LIVE!

SIMONA PREMAZZI “OUTSPOKEN” – Fri March 4th – 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
Mar

JACQUES LASURE QUINTET!

JACQUES LASURE – Saturday March 5th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Jacques is joined by the stellar Jazz talents of Nat Reeves, Victor Gould, Monte Croft, and Kyle Poole!

Seasoned guitarist Jacques Lesure plays, teaches, and presents all over the United States and abroad. Recently, he has played to capacity crowds at some of the finest Jazz clubs in the country, such as Yoshi’s Oakland, New York City’s Smoke, and The Velvet Note in Atlanta .

He strives to create and nurture a love and appreciation for the tradition of Jazz music, as an original, American art form, birthed in the African-American culture, emphasizing how the sound is the root and foundation of music today.

Currently a resident of Los Angeles, California Jacques Lesure is originally from Detroit, Michigan. Jacques is a WJ3 Records artist. This label is owned by prominent drummer, Willie Jones III. He is label mates with artists like Eric Reed and Warren Wolf. Jacques has performed with many great artists in music: Kenny Burrell, Oscar Brown Jr., Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Freddy Cole, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Jack McDuff, Les McCann, Carmen Lundy ,Oliver Lake, Paula West and many others. He has collaborated in the creation of and performed in a variety of stage plays, movie scores and special projects made for television. His career spans over 30 years.

Jacques is also very active in the community and mentors many today’s up and coming musicians in the greater Los Angeles area. He is the Musical Director for the Living Legends Foundation and president of the African-American Jazz Caucus.

Jacques is a national adjudicator, judging student competitions across the nation and he is an Artist Teacher for the Thelonious Monk Institute, Music LA, and The Dolo Coker Jazz Foundation. Check out more details at artisit website: www.jacqueslesure.com

JACQUES LASURE – Saturday March 5th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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

10
Mar

FRED HERSCH TRIO!

FRED HERSCH TRIO – THURSDAY March 10th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists.

He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard – for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations. His newest trio album is a 2-CD set Alive at the Vanguard and it has been garnering wide critical acclaim as one of his best releases in his many-year recording career. It has been awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and has made the Best Jazz CDs of 2012 list in Slate and Downbeat.

We are happy to welcome our friend, and extended Side Door family member, Fred Hersch to The Side Door stage once again for this special Thursday night performance accompanied by his trio! For more details please visit: www.fredhersch.com

FRED HERSCH TRIO – Thurs March 10th – 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
Mar

MARK ZALESKI BAND!

MARK ZALESKI BAND – Fri March 11th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886**

Internationally touring musician, Mark Zaleski, has distinguished himself as a uniquely dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader. He has performed with a diverse group of notable artists including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ian Anderson, Connie Francis, Mahmoud Ahmed, Jason Palmer, and Matt Savage. The Mark Zaleski Band performs a one of a kind jazz/rock blend influences ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Jimi Hendrix, with a fiery front line of two strong saxophonists.

His unique approach to jazz led him to be the first alto saxophonist to be selected to prestigious Dave Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program in Stockton, CA in 2003. After spending two years there learning from and performing with his virtuosic peers and established pros like Bobby Watson, Rufus Reid, Robin Eubanks, he moved on to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. .

Zaleski is also active in many other musical projects including the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, Brighton Beat, Planet Radio and the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra. Before he turned 30 years old, he earned faculty positions at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music at Bard College (where he is the big band director). MZB is what Mark describes as his “passion project”. It is an ever evolving musical concept and continues to explore the various creative gifts of it’s ensemble.

MARK ZALESKI BAND – Fri March 11th – 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.

12
Mar

ORRIN EVANS TRIO

ORRIN EVANS TRIO – Saturday March 12th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Celebrating the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed and top-charting CD “Evolution of Oneself”, pianist Orrin Evans brings Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums and Vicente Archer on bass to complete his trio.

Orrin takes stock of the pivotal moments that shape the trajectory of a life on ‘The Evolution of Oneself’, his scintillating new release on Smoke Sessions Records. The album is itself a landmark in Evans’ musical evolution, introducing a remarkable new piano trio with two longtime associates but first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. The result is a raw and thrilling excursion incorporating a startlingly wide range of influences, from jazz and neo-soul to country and hip-hop.

As suggested by the title, The Evolution of Oneself explores deeply personal terrain, with Evans reflecting on the road he’s traveled to become the man and musician he is today. Check more details at www.orrinevansmusic.com and don’t miss the real magic live on March 12th!

ORRIN EVANS – Saturday March 12th – 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
Mar

MIKE MORENO QUARTET

MIKE MORENO QUARTET – Friday March 18th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Guitarist Mike Moreno is recognized as one of the leading voices in the new generation of the Jazz guitarists today. Mike has toured extensively and recorded his original music to high critical acclaim. As Nate Chinen describes in his 2007 “The Gig” article in JazzTimes, “There are many other guitarists out there pushing towards a modern ideal, but none with the precise coordinates that Mike Moreno has charted.”

Outside of touring with his own band, Moreno has been called to perform with some of the most iconic names in jazz today, such as Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Stefon Harris Sextet, Nicholas Payton Quartet, Meshell N’Degeocello, Lizz Wright, Jason Moran, Q-Tip, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato, Aaron Parks, Jon Cowherd, Claudia Acuna, Greg Osby, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts and many others.

Moreno’s leader recordings include Between The Lines, which was chosen by Nate Chinen in the New York Times as one of Top 10 of 2007. Third Wish (2008) and First in Mind (2011) were recorded for the Dutch label Criss Cross Records. His most recent release Another Way on the World Culture Music label was chosen by itunes as one of their 25 “Best Of 2012” along side several Grammy winning recordings for that year. His most recent album LOTUS has just been released. Enjoy a LOTUS sampler here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNqYRe1uxig

As a sideman Mike has recorded on over 40 albums, 3 of which were Grammy Nominated : Eldar – Re-Imagination, Q-Tip – The Renaissance, and Geoffrey Keezer – Aurea. Other discography highlights include : Aaron Park’s Invisible Cinema – Blue Note Records, Robert Glasper- Mood, Myron Walden-To Feel, and Kendrick Scott – Conviction. Check Mike’s website for all the details: www.mikemoreno.com and

MIKE MORENO QUARTET – Friday March 18th – 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
Mar

JEB PATTON TRIO

JEB PATTON TRIO – Saturday March 19th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886*

Joined by David Wong on bass and Pete Van Nostrand on drums! Jeb Patton has toured throughout the United States and abroad as the pianist with the Heath Brothers, Jimmy Heath’s Generations Quintet, the Charles McPherson Quartet, the Sachal Vasandani Quartet, the Dmitry Baevsky Quartet, the Winard Harper Sextet, as well as with his own trio.

Jeb has also performed and/or recorded with a variety of luminaries and top ensembles including Percy Heath, Tootie Heath, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Etta Jones, Jessye Norman, Barbara Cook, James Moody, Maurice Peress, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, the Broadway musical, “After Midnight,” and the New York Philomusica to name a few. His arrangements have been performed by the Heath Brothers, Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Sachal Vasandani, The Duke University Big Band, and the UNC Chapel Hill Big Band.

Jeb Patton’s brand new CD, ”Shades and Tones”, was released this spring on the Cellar Live label. Jeb recorded New Strides in 2009 on the MAXJAZZ label. In 2013, Sher Music published the first volume of Jeb’s new book, An Approach to Comping: the Essentials. Volume two of the series, An Approach to Comping: Advanced Concepts and Techniques is due to be released at the beginning of 2016.

Jeb also teaches piano, ear training, transcription, jazz piano for non-pianists, arranging, and improvisation at Queens College and Five Town College.  Check out Videos at: https://youtu.be/dwAtBDWBVUs and his site for more details at www.jebpatton.com – but come see him live on the 19th for the real deal!

JEB PATTON TRIO – Sat March 19th – 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
Mar

RAVI COLTRANE two nights (FRI)

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.

Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Spirit Fiction’, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others.

Ravi lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island www.thecoltranehome.org and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – 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.

26
Mar

RAVI COLTRANE TWO NIGHTS (Sat)

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.

Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Spirit Fiction’, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others.

Ravi lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island www.thecoltranehome.org and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – 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.

01
Apr

BOBBY BROOM TRIO!

BOBBY BROOM TRIO – Friday April 1 Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Bobby Broom is a three-decade “overnight success” story. The DownBeat Critics poll hails Bobby Broom as one of the world’s top jazz guitarists year after year. Opening for Steely Dan across North America last summer with his organ trio, The Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, Broom brought the sweet, chill groove of his soaring guitar, and a taste of Jazz, to hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and Canada.

The Bobby Broom Trio’s 2014 album, “My Shining Hour,” (#38 Album in North America, JazzWeek) was an improvisational journey that transformed some of the most well-tree Great American Songbook into marvelous flights of jazz guitar mastery that critics liken to the work of Wes Montgomery and George Benson.

The Bobby Broom Trio appearing at the Side Door is Broom, long-time bassist Dennis Carroll, and the great Greg Artry on drums. Check out “My Shining Hour” (Origin) and “Upper Westside Story” (Origin) and grab your ticket to see one of the most amazing Jazz guitarists of our time.

“Throughout ‘My Shining Hour’, writes of IDigJazzBlogspot.com, “Broom strums so sweetly it would make the devil stop sinning.”

DownBeat’s John Corbett said: “Broom is the full monty: Ultra-refined timing and tone, continuous flow of ideas, a touch of grease, a treat for the connoisseur.”

He has been one of the most sought-after guitarists of his generation. The great Art Blakey wanted him as his first and only guitarist for the famed “Jazz Messengers.”   He became a mainstay of Sonny Rollins’ groups, and has played with Stanley Turrentine, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, and many many others.

Check out “My Shining Hour” (Origin) and “Upper Westside Story” (Origin) and grab your ticket to see one of the most amazing Jazz guitarists of our time. For more artist details visit http://bobbybroom.com/biography/

BOBBY BROOM TRIO – Friday April 1 Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

02
Apr

ALLAN HARRIS!

ALLAN HARRIS – Sat, April 2 – doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm   860-434-0886 *

A great stroke of luck created an open date that has allowed us to reschedule Allan’s show that was cancelled due to the snow storm in January!

Ever since he burst on the jazz scene in the latter part of the twentieth century, The Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris has reigned supreme as one of the most accomplished and exceptional singers of his generation. Aptly described by the Miami Herald as an artist blessed with, “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole,” the ample and aural evidence of Harris’ multifaceted talent can be heard on his ten recordings as a leader.

He has performed critically-acclaimed concerts around the world, from Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, to the 2012 London Olympics, and a number of prestigious bookings in Europe, The Middle East and Asia. His numerous awards include the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” – which he won three times – the Backstage Bistro Award for “Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” and the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award.”

Harris’ new album, Black Bar Jukebox, produced by Grammy® Award-winning producer Brian Bacchus (Norah Jones, Gregory Porter), is his most compelling and comprehensive recording to date. Check out more info at www.allanharris.com and come to witness the real deal, LIVE!

CNN’s Showbiz Tonight “one of the three best male jazz vocalists in the country.”​​​

Washington Post “Harris and Cole naturally share the same vocal wave-length.” ​

NY Times “A protean talent”

ALLAN HARRIS – Sat, April 2 – 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!

07
Apr

Dr. LONNIE SMITH! Special Thursday Show just added!

DR LONNIE SMITH – Thursday April 7th Door 7:00 Show 8:00pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. With a career spanning over five decades, Smith stands as the preeminent Hammond B-3 organist in jazz today. He has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. At the age of 73, he’s still progressing as an artist, as witnessed by his remarkable new Blue Note album, appropriately titled Evolution. The New York Times recently wrote that Smith “really seems to be up to something bigger than music, and older, and deeper.”

The Doctor, in talking about his unique organ style, says, “It’s an extension of my being. It’s a part of my lens. It breathes for me; it speaks for me. I feel every bit of the organ. It’s like electricity – a fire that goes through my body. You can feel it vibrate. There’s nothing like it. It lifts me up, it crawls through the pores of the room.”

For more details go to www.drlonniesmith.com and loo

DR LONNIE SMITH – Thursday April 7th Door 7:00 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.

08
Apr

MATT BAKER TRIO!

MATT BAKER TRIO – Friday April 8th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Australian Jazz Pianist Matt Baker has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific. As of 2010, he is now proud to call New York City his home. He is joined at The Side Door by Jim Cammack on bass and Darrian Douglas on drums.

In July 2015, Baker recorded his 5th album (currently untitled), with producer Matt Pierson, due for release early 2016. The album features tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, along with Luques Curtis on bass, Obed Calvaire on drums and guitarist Lage Lund. Matt’s previous album ‘Underground’ featuring Gregory Hutchinson, Dayna Stephens and Jeremy Pelt received rave reviews in Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazz Wise UK, and reached #26 on the US JazzWeek charts.

Matt regularly plays all over New York, and with some of New York’s top musicians. He once, memorably, performed an impromptu duo set with trumpet legend Roy Hargrove at Smalls Jazz Club. Matt has also toured as Pianist and Musical Director for multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne, and Grammy award winning singer Judy Collins.

Matt Baker tied fifth place in the 2003 Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition and was a semi-finalist in 2004 and 2005. The Montreux Jazz Festival also engaged The Matt Baker Trio as their exclusive in-house band 2 years straight, where they performed 17 nights in the Montreux Festival Jazz Club, accompanying and supporting many of the festivals headlining artists.

A student of Taylor Eigsti’s since moving to New York, Matt has also spent time watching piano legend Oscar Peterson perform, as well as studying with Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Aaron Goldberg, Jacky Terrasson, James Williams and Ella Fitzgerald’s life-long accompanist Paul Smith. Visit his site for music and more details: www.mattbaker.com.au

“The Australian piano whiz..” Stephen Holden, The New York Times, Oct 2014

“Baker has a playful approach to melody, particularly on the standards that he interprets with Joe Sanders and Gregory Hutchinson.” Shaun Brady, DOWNBEAT Magazine, March 2012

“Swings confidently … full of clever reharmonizations and hip syncopation. The threesome demonstrates seamless group chemistry.” Bill Milkowski, JAZZ TIMES, April 2012

MATT BAKER TRIO – Friday April 8 – 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.

09
Apr

EDDIE ALLEN QUINTET!

EDDIE ALLEN QUINTET – Saturday April 9th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author.… Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. He brings a serious quintet of players with him for his return dates at The Side Door! Check www.eddieallen.net for all the artists info…. and come see him live for the real deal!

He studied music, theory and arranging at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay before moving to the east coast, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.

Since his arrival on the New York scene he’s worked with such jazz greats as; Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre.

He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for: Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person. He’s performed in the orchestras of such Broadway hits as: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly’s Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo’ and Rollin’ On the T.O.B.A.

He’s currently leading a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project and a large ensemble which brings together acoustic and electric/electronic instruments. He also leads a big band which not only plays his compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band.

EDDIE ALLEN QUINTET – Saturday April 9th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

15
Apr

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET – Friday April 15 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Joined by Steve Nelson, vibes, Lewis Nash on drums, (bass tba), 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 – Friday April 15 – 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
Apr

MANUEL VALERA TRIO!

MANUEL VALERA TRIO – Saturday April 16th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Manuel returns to The Side Door with his trio, Ben Street and E.J Strickland.

Based in New York City, 2013 Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff “Tain” Watts, , John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others. His 6th record as a leader New Cuban Express was released in June/2012 and is nominated for the 2013 Grammys in the Best Latin Jazz Album category

In addition, he has been awarded several grants for composition most notably Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works in 2006 and 2013, Dranoff 2 Piano Barcardi Choice commission 2015 and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has travelled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals.

“He leaves no doubt that he is destined to play a role in the future of jazz.” —Philip Van Vleck, Billboard

“New Cuban Express is one of the best new Latin Jazz releases we’ve heard this year (or in a while, frankly), and sets a bar that will be hard for others to jump over”. –Bill Tilford, Timba.com, June 2012

MANUEL VALERA TRIO – Saturday April 16th – 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.

22
Apr

TRANSIENT BEINGS!

TRANSIENT BEINGS – Friday April 22th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Founded in the spirit of the present moment, EJ Strickland’s electrifying new project, Transient Beings, is a sonic exploration into the one trait that unites us all: impermanence. With its distinct instrumentation—Rashaan Carter on bass, guitarists Nir Felder and Tom Guarna, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles on vocals and effects—Strickland lays the foundation for openness, insight, and harmony-through-dissonance, core tenets of the group’s message.

Strickland’s approach to uniting listeners is by offering something for everybody, with songs written in a range of musical styles. Naturally, the influence of jazz pulses throughout, in winding, intricate solos, uncommon time signatures, and textured rhythms. But there’s more than jazz percolating beneath the surface: Afrobeat, funk, rock—the kinds of sounds that naturally emanate from a group with two adept guitarists, Carter on electric bass, Strickland’s genre-crossing musical taste and experience, and Charles on vocals, singing lyrics that get right to the heart of it: “The truth is the way to find yourself…the truth is the only way to get to you.” (“Testimony”)

Music has the power to uplift and transform. Armed with this knowledge, and a desire to share it, Transient Beings reminds us to cherish our time on Earth—guaranteed not to last, but worthy of being lived, here and now.

TRANSIENT BEINGS – Friday April 22th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

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

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Photos restricted to first set per artist request.

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PastEvents

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

E. J. Strickland!

BROTHERHOOD 6TET - Rodriguez, Strickland & Terry Brothers!

SOMI

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

FREDDIE HENDRIX 4TET!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO

AARON DIEHL TRIO

DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET

Bucky Pizarelli - Russell Malone - Ed Laub

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

CARL ALLEN 5TET The Art Of Elvin!

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

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

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

The CURTIS Brothers

THE COOKERS

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Kick off to U.S tour!

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE 5/14/14

ELDAR DJANGIROV Nov'13

KEVIN HAYS TRIO

WALLACE RONEY

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 3/1/14

GLEN ZALESKI TRIO

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

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 1/3/15

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

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Bruce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet

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

Donny McCaslin Trio

Orrin Evans Quartet

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

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

Happy Holidays from Ken and Jan!

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

Curtis Fuller Birthday Celebration!

Rene McLean with Gary Bartz and Nat Reeves

Samuel Torres

Jani Siegel Trio 1/10/14

To name just a few.....

Welcomed in 2013 - the Reason We are Here!

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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OurStory

The SideDoor is quite literally a dream come true!

The Sidedoor jazz club is the realisation of a long cherished dream. Ken Kitchings has always been a true fan of jazz music and brought many great artists to The Garde Theatre in New London, CT during his time there.

In 2011 Ken and his wife Chris bought the beautiful, but sadly neglected, Old Lyme Inn and put their hearts and souls into bringing its former glory to life. Once the inn became an established part of the community, Ken set his sights on an unused “side door” space attached to the inn, visualizing the perfect jazz venue: Intimate, welcoming, elegant and a quality, great sounding room that the very best jazz artists would be happy to play in!

On May 10th, 2013 its door and stage was opened by none other than the venerable George Wein and his Newport All Star band, cutting the ribbon and giving his blessing to an awestruck Ken Kitchings! An incredible gala night opening to be remembered – setting the standard and placing The Sidedoor firmly on the jazz venue map!

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  • “Thank you for treating us so well. I’m happy that The Side Door brings quality, art and celebration to the community, thank you for inviting me to be a part of the magic! Sending love and wishing you health and joy, thank you. Benny”

    ~ Benny Green 4/18/14
  • “This is the real deal! You’re right in the cross hairs of the NY and Boston music scene… This is every bit as great as playing the Vanguard!”

    ~ Kenny Werner
  • This is the best thing to happen to the Connecticut shoreline since the Baldwin Bridge!

    ~ Robin Whitney, Side Door VIP
  • Intimate room, good bar service and superb jazz band! A great place to go after dinner on the weekend in Old Lyme or Essex near the CT shore.

    ~ TripAdvisor User: Glenn C
  • very excited to see this has opened – just what we need in this area!!

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  • 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.

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