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24
Aug

Nat Reeves Blue Ridge Quintet – Release Celebration!

Nat Reeves – bass
Josh Bruneau – trumpet
Steve Davis – trombone
Rick Germanson – paino
Jason Brown – drums

We are proud to announce the release of Nat Reeves’ Blue Ridge. Recorded over two days here at the SideDoor this past January, the record features Rick Germanson, Steve Davis, Josh Bruneau, and Eric McPherson and marks the first issue of our new label.

Here are Nat’s notes about the release:

“Blue Ridge, the title song of this recording, is a composition that I had in mind for many years. It is inspired by my love for the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. My grandfather, Russell Jackson, introduced me to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a long, slow, and beautiful drive, famous for long-range vistas and close-up views of the mountains and landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Larry Scott, a good friend and accomplished percussionist, and I spent most of our younger years in the mountains usually fishing and enjoying the Parkway. It’s a very special place that became a second home when we were growing up. My mother Annie and I would spend the later years of her life following the Parkway through the mountains whenever I visited.

The song, Thank you Jackie, was inspired by Jackie McLean and spontaneously evolved in the studio. Eric and I traveled the world with Jackie. He was our mentor and teacher and significantly influences our lives today. Performing and traveling with Jackie was a powerful apprenticeship that elevated our musicianship and taught us to listen and learn from the masters.

The Big Room started as I was tuning my bass. Rick Germanson added the piano and Eric joined in as we entered “The Big Room.” Jackie taught us about this space in a musical performance that has no ceiling where the musicians freely move together unprompted through a melody and chord changes. We were recording and in the playback we liked what we heard. Honest collaboration.

I was fortunate to be able to assemble a fine group of musicians for this recording. The chemistry of this ensemble goes beyond great musicianship. Trombonist Steve Davis and drummer Eric McPherson were my students at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. I’ve known Rick Germanson for about 20 years. Rick is now teaching at Hartt with me, Steve and Eric. They are important people in my life and accomplished musicians.

Thank you first and foremost to my wife, Cathy, for her continuing support of my artistry. Cathy has inspired me for over 30 years.

Thank you to Ken Kitchings for giving me the opportunity to record at The Side Door. Ken has become a good friend and he’s a great listener. Ken’s involvement in the selection of songs and mastering of this recording was invaluable.

Thank you to Nick Sexton, the sound engineer at The Side Door and founder of Circular Sound, for capturing my sound and sensitivity. Thank you to Rich Martin for skillfully handling everything involved in the production of the recording.

Thank you to my friends, Chip Berry and Ed Jamerson, for their continuing encouragement.”

25
Aug

3hree for Louis: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Eddie Allen, Cecil Bridgewater & Duane Eubanks – trumpets
James Weidman – piano
Belden Bullock – acoustic bass
E.J. Strickland – drums

One of New York City’s most versatile musician, Eddie Allen brings THREE trumpeters and an all-star ensemble to pay tribute to the legacy and music of jazz great and American icon, “Satchmo.” Featuring iconic hits, such as, Struttin’ With Some Bar-B-Cue, Rockin’ Chair, Mack The Knife, Hello Dolly, Do You Know What It Means, To Miss New Orleans and many more!

Louis Daniel ”Satchmo” Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), is one of America’s first superstars. He was a musician, singer, composer, songwriter, entertainer, performer, Broadway & TV actor, movie star, celebrity, writer, club owner, ambassador of goodwill and civil rights activist. He topped the music charts in every decade from the 1920s until the 1960s. He was one of the first Blacks to integrate his band. He was the first Black to receive equal billing to White movie stars in Hollywood films. He was the first Black to host a nationally syndicated radio show. His influence as a singer was felt by such singers as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Nat “King” Cole, to name a few. His influence as a trumpeter is still felt today.

Next to Marilyn Monroe, he’s considered to be one of the most photographed persons of the 20th century.

Louis said scat singing was something they use to do in the quartets in New Orleans. “Heebie Jeebies” is the 1st recording with scat singing on it (done by Louis). Louis did it because he dropped the music during the recording and didn’t want to stop and ruin it. This was something new to everybody outside of New Orleans.

Some of Louis’ greatest trumpet recordings were done with his Hot 5 & Hot 7 groups from 1925-27. These groups made 65 records in those 3 years. Surprisingly, these groups were assembled for the sole purpose of recording. They never toured or performed live. These are recordings of Louis in his prime.

In 1936, he became the 1st African American jazz musician to write an autobiography, “Swing That Music.” That same year he became the 1st African American to get featured billing in a major Hollywood movie, “Pennies From Heaven”. In 1937, he became the 1st African American entertainer to host a nationally sponsored radio show when he took over Rudy Vallee’s show for 12 weeks.

31
Aug

Harold Mabern Trio (friday)

Harold Mabern (born March 20, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist.

Mabern was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee – a city that’s a capital of 20th century American music. Like fellow Memphis jazz artists George Coleman, Booker Little, and Frank Strozier, Mabern attended Manassas High School, and after an early attempt at playing the drums, he taught himself piano and fell under the spell of pianist Phineas Newborn Jr., an influence that would shape and linger with Mabern for the rest of his life.

Along with some other Memphis musicians, Mabern moved to Chicago in in 1954 where he soon found work backing up tenor sax players Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons and Clifford Jordon. He also gained further influence from studying with pianist Ahmad Jamal and played in the hardbop group MJT + 3, before going on to New York City in 1959. “Chicago gave me the stuff I needed—and the confidence,” he recalled in 1987. “New York refined my stuff and it’s still doing it.”

One of his earliest significant gigs was an 18-month stay with Art Farmer and Benny Golson’s Jazztet. After the Jazztet disbanded, Mabern worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd and did a brief stint with Miles Davis in 1963.  He worked with J.J. Johnson (1963-65), Lee Morgan (1965) and Hank Mobley- recording the album, Dippin’. Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams (1966-67) Mabern also played in a quartet with guitarist Wes Montgomery. Decades later Mabern praised the joyous quality of Montgomery’s playing and personality and told an interviewer:

The music was challenging. He’d just start playing. He’d say “Mabern, play this with me.” Now, if he had a specific thing he wanted me to play, like say maybe he wanted me to play a figure with him in unison, ok, and I’d pick it right up because of the fact that I’m self-taught, always had to use my ears anyway… Then there’d be times when he’d say, “Mabern, you play this with me,” and it might be the harmony part to what he’s playing…whatever way, it was always a challenge. He always said, “Mabern, you’re a bad cat.” And I’d say, “Oh, I’m just trying to keep up with you.”

Between 1968-70, Mabern led four albums for Prestige, the first being A Few Miles from Memphis with a lineup that featured two saxophonists, one of them fellow Memphis native George Coleman. As the 1970s began, Harold Mabern became a key member of Lee Morgan’s working group and appeared on several live and studio recordings made by the trumpeter before his death in 1972.

In 1971, he played on Stanley Turrentine’s The Sugar Man and Don’t Mess with Mr. T. album in 1973. In 1972 he recorded with Stanley Cowell’s Piano Choir.

In more recent years, he has toured and recorded extensively with his former William Paterson University student, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. To date, Mabern and Alexander have appeared on over twenty CDs together. A longtime faculty member at William Paterson University since 1981, Mabern is also a frequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Harold Mabern has recorded as a leader for DIW/Columbia and Sackville and toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble (1993-1995).

01
Sep

Harold Mabern Trio (saturday)

Harold Mabern (born March 20, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist.

Mabern was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee – a city that’s a capital of 20th century American music. Like fellow Memphis jazz artists George Coleman, Booker Little, and Frank Strozier, Mabern attended Manassas High School, and after an early attempt at playing the drums, he taught himself piano and fell under the spell of pianist Phineas Newborn Jr., an influence that would shape and linger with Mabern for the rest of his life.

Along with some other Memphis musicians, Mabern moved to Chicago in in 1954 where he soon found work backing up tenor sax players Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons and Clifford Jordon. He also gained further influence from studying with pianist Ahmad Jamal and played in the hardbop group MJT + 3, before going on to New York City in 1959. “Chicago gave me the stuff I needed—and the confidence,” he recalled in 1987. “New York refined my stuff and it’s still doing it.”

One of his earliest significant gigs was an 18-month stay with Art Farmer and Benny Golson’s Jazztet. After the Jazztet disbanded, Mabern worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd and did a brief stint with Miles Davis in 1963.  He worked with J.J. Johnson (1963-65), Lee Morgan (1965) and Hank Mobley- recording the album, Dippin’. Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams (1966-67) Mabern also played in a quartet with guitarist Wes Montgomery. Decades later Mabern praised the joyous quality of Montgomery’s playing and personality and told an interviewer:

The music was challenging. He’d just start playing. He’d say “Mabern, play this with me.” Now, if he had a specific thing he wanted me to play, like say maybe he wanted me to play a figure with him in unison, ok, and I’d pick it right up because of the fact that I’m self-taught, always had to use my ears anyway… Then there’d be times when he’d say, “Mabern, you play this with me,” and it might be the harmony part to what he’s playing…whatever way, it was always a challenge. He always said, “Mabern, you’re a bad cat.” And I’d say, “Oh, I’m just trying to keep up with you.”

Between 1968-70, Mabern led four albums for Prestige, the first being A Few Miles from Memphis with a lineup that featured two saxophonists, one of them fellow Memphis native George Coleman. As the 1970s began, Harold Mabern became a key member of Lee Morgan’s working group and appeared on several live and studio recordings made by the trumpeter before his death in 1972.

In 1971, he played on Stanley Turrentine’s The Sugar Man and Don’t Mess with Mr. T. album in 1973. In 1972 he recorded with Stanley Cowell’s Piano Choir.

In more recent years, he has toured and recorded extensively with his former William Paterson University student, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. To date, Mabern and Alexander have appeared on over twenty CDs together. A longtime faculty member at William Paterson University since 1981, Mabern is also a frequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Harold Mabern has recorded as a leader for DIW/Columbia and Sackville and toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble (1993-1995).

07
Sep

An Evening with Fred Hersch (friday)

Fred Hersch – piano

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee, he continues to earn jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist from the Jazz Journalists Association and the 2017 Prix Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros for the totality of his career.

Proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker, Hersch has long defined jazz’s creative edge in a wide variety of settings, from his breathtaking solo recitals and exploratory duos to his extraordinary trios and innovative chamber settings. With more than three dozen albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch consistently wins an international array of awards and lavish critical praise for his albums. His latest trio album with his long-standing trio, 2018’s Live In Europe (Palmetto), recorded in Brussels’ legendary Flagey Studio 4, is a definitive statement by the band and has been rapurturously reviewed internationally. The trio’ previous release, Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto), was nominated for two 2016 Grammy Awards, for Best Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Album. It placed #2 in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll as Best Jazz Small Group.

The trio’s previous release Floating (Palmetto), described as “an extravagantly beautiful new album” by Nate Chinen of The New York Times, earned 2014 Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Solo. And the trio’s two-CD Palmetto set Alive at the Vanguard was awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque in France and named one of the year’s best CDs by DownBeat.

An artist of unbounded imagination and ambition, Hersch has gained great acclaim for his solo work, a track record that prompted All About Jazz to observe that “when it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else.” His 2015 Palmetto release Fred Hersch SOLO won a Coup de Coeur from L’Academie Charles Cros – his third such award – as well as the French Grand Prix de L’Académie de Jazz.

His memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, was published in September 2017 by Crown Archetype Books/Random House. It was featured in the Sunday New York Times and on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and was named one of 2017’s Five Best Memoirs by the Washington Post and The New York Times. It was named 2018 Book on Jazz of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association.

In 2006 Hersch became the first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play a weeklong engagement as a solo pianist. Palmetto documented his second solo Vanguard run on Alone at the Vanguard, which received two Grammy nominations and the coveted Coup de Coeur de l’Académie Charles Cros (capping 2011, when the Jazz Journalists Association named Hersch its Jazz Pianist of the Year). His newest solo album, Open Book, was nominated for two 2018 Grammy Awards and has received numerous 5-star ratings and rapturous reviews.

He’s earned similar distinction with his writing, garnering a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition. The same year he created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry for two voices (Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry) and an instrumental octet. Leaves of Grass was selected to open the 2017 Jazz at Lincoln Center season at the Appel Room.

Hersch’s 2010 theatrical project, My Coma Dreams, prompted the New York Times Sunday Magazine to describe Hersch as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz—a jazz for the 21st century.” Based on visions Hersch experienced during a two-month coma in 2008, the evening-length multimedia collaboration with writer/director Herschel Garfein for 11 instrumentalists and an actor/singer was captured on video at Columbia University and released by Palmetto on a 2014 DVD (available on Amazon).

Hersch and numerous other artists have recorded more than 90 of his jazz compositions. Naxos Records released a disc of his through-composed works, Fred Hersch: Concert Music 2001-2006, and the prestigious firm Edition Peters publishes these compositions.

In 2014, Hersch garnered his sixth Grammy nomination for his solo on “Duet” from Free Flying, a duo album with guitarist Julian Lage that received a rare 5-star rating from DownBeat. Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of artists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald). Long admired for his sympathetic work with singers, Hersch has joined with such notable jazz vocalists as Nancy King, Janis Siegel, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Norma Winstone and Kurt Elling.

For two decades Hersch has been a passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies. He has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and in numerous concerts for charities including Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To date, his efforts have raised more than $300,000. He has also been a keynote speaker and performer at international medical conferences in the U.S. and Europe.

The feature documentary The Ballad of Fred Hersch premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Film Festival in March 2016 to a sold-out house and is now streaming on Vimeo.

A committed educator, Hersch has taught at New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, The New School and The Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a Visiting Artist at Rutgers University. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Grinnell College and Northern Kentucky University. Hersch’s influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson to his colleague Jason Moran, who has said, “Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.”

08
Sep

Fred Hersch Trio (saturday)

Fred Hersch – piano
John Hébert – bass
Eric McPherson – drums

Through more than 30 years and five incarnations, the Fred Hersch Trio has remained at the pinnacle of modern jazz, venerated as the epitome of thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity. The Wall Street Journal calls the trio “one of the major ensembles of our time,” while The New Yorker has applauded it for playing with “high lyricism and high danger.”

The current trio, in which renowned pianist Fred Hersch is joined by bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson, kicked off its tenth year together in the summer of 2018. In less than a decade, the three have released six acclaimed albums, garnering two Grammy nominations and countless accolades. The trio was voted the #2 Jazz Group in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll, recognizing its unique ability to traverse a wide range of styles and approaches while maintaining profound depths of emotion and the exhilarating spark of invention.

The trio’s latest release, Live in Europe (Palmetto), has been hailed as its best to date, considerable praise for an ensemble that consistently plays at such a staggeringly high level. The album, essentially, is lightning in a bottle; it documents one remarkable evening that just happened to be captured. Collecting six Hersch originals and two stellar compositions apiece from jazz giants Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, Live in Europe was recorded at Flagey Studio 4 in Brussels’ former National Institute for Radio Broadcasting on the penultimate night of the trio’s three-week European tour in November 2017. All About Jazz awarded the album 5 stars, while DownBeat’s 4 star review lauded, “Improvisation doesn’t engage the listener any more playfully than this.”

Hersch, Hébert and McPherson came together in 2009, shortly after the pianist’s recovery from a medically-induced coma. The trio’s debut release, Whirl (2010), met with wide acclaim, reestablishing Hersch as one of the music’s premier artists following his life-threatening illness. The trio’s follow-up, Alive at the Vanguard(2012), received a 4 ½ star review in DownBeat, and 2014’s studio recording Floating was nominated for two 2104 Grammy Awards – for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Solo. A return to the Village Vanguard for 2016’s Sunday Night at the Vanguard netted another pair of Grammy nominations, again for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Solo.

Prior to working with Hersch, Hébert and McPherson had served as legendary pianist Andrew Hill’s final rhythm section. The near-telepathic communion formed during that experience has enhanced their work with the very different Hersch, whose restlessly eclectic tastes often lead the trio from tightly-constructed compositions to freewheeling improvisatory ventures, hushed balladry to lively playfulness, boisterous swing to crystalline angularity. They’ve honed their magical chemistry on stages around the world, from New York’s iconic Village Vanguard to major venues and elite festivals in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee, he has earned an impressive number of the music world’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and the 2017 Prix in Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros for the totality of his career.

Hersch’s memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, was published in September 2017 by Crown Archetype Books/Random House. It was featured in the Sunday New York Timesand on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” was named one of 2017’s Five Best Memoirs by the Washington Post and The New York Times, and was named 2018 Book on Jazz of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. The feature documentary The Ballad of Fred Hersch premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Film Festival in March 2016 to a sold-out house and is now streaming on Vimeo.

A native of New Orleans, John Hébert attended Loyola University before moving to the New York area in 1993, where he quickly established himself as a highly sought after bassist. He has worked alongside such renowned artists as Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Joe Maneri, Mary Halvorson, Tomasz Stanko, David Liebman, Uri Caine, Greg Osby, Bill Stewart, Marc Copland, Toots Thielemans, Maria Schneider, and many others.

In recent years, Hébert has taken on the role of bandleader of various projects. His group Byzantine Monkey received a 4 star review from DownBeat for its 2009 debut, and the John Hébert Trio (with French pianist Benoit Delbecq and drummer Gerald Cleaver) has released two well-received albums on Clean Feed Records. Hébert’s latest release, Rambling Confessions (Sunnyside) features vocalist Jen Shyu, pianist Andy Milne and drummer Billy Drummond and was awarded 4.5 stars by DownBeat.

A native of New York City, Eric McPherson began studying with master drummer Michael Carvin at the age of 12. He would go on to study with alto legend Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. While still a student, McPherson came to international prominence playing professionally and recording with this extraordinary saxophonist and educator. He would later go on to work and record with the innovative pianist and composer Andrew Hill. Learning from these seminal figures, he has developed a highly personal and creative approach to music.

Over the last 25 years, McPherson has produced, recorded, engineered and toured worldwide with his own projects and collaborations and has worked with a wide array of today’s leading contemporary creative musicians. An educator himself, McPherson continues the legacy left to him whether teaching private students or conducting master classes and workshops. He is also on the Jazz Studies Faculty at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School / Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division and at The New School in NYC.

14
Sep

Todd Marcus Quintet

Todd Marcus – bass clarinet
Paul Bollenback – guitar
Bruce Barth – piano
Ameen Saleem – bass
Eric Kennedy – drums

Though use of bass clarinet in jazz typically leans heavily towards avant-garde and free-jazz styles, Marcus’ straight-ahead playing has carved out a unique voice for the instrument in modern jazz. His music swings hard with both a fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility.

Marcus has annually been voted a Rising Star in Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll since 2013 on “clarinet” and “miscellaneous instrument” categories and the Washington Post writes, “Listeners won’t have any trouble recognizing Marcus’s compelling gifts for composing and arranging.” JazzTimes magazine adds, “In Marcus’ hands, the bass clarinet is no longer a specialty instrument. Its unique timbral richness becomes incisive, fully capable of forceful expression.”

Based in Baltimore, MD, Marcus actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quintet, Quartet, Trio, and Duo as well as his nine piece band The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra on original compositions and jazz standards.

Self taught in jazz theory and composition, Marcus’ compositions draw largely on straight-ahead jazz and classical influences but over recent years have also increasingly explored the Middle-Eastern sounds from his Egyptian-American heritage. He has worked with other jazz artists such as Gary Bartz, Bennie Maupin, Don Byron, Larry Willis, Odean Pope, Gary Thomas, Joel Frahm, Tim Warfield, Ralph Peterson, Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, Xavier Davis, George Colligan, and Orrin Evans.

Marcus’ performances include national and international touring. He was a featured artist in 2017 Jazz Tales Festival in Egypt, 2015 Cairo Jazz Festival in Egypt, and in 2005 at the 1st World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland.

Marcus balances his music career by running Intersection of Change, a nonprofit addressing poverty related issues in his Baltimore neighborhood. The organization runs a community arts program for children & adults, a recovery program for women overcoming drug addiction, an urban farm, and has achieved significant community revitalization by renovating abandoned building and vacant lots.

15
Sep

Ulysses Owens Jr THREE

Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums
Rueben Rogers – bass
Jalen Baker – vibes

Heralded as a “ legitimate jazz triple threat” (Critical Jazz) who “take[s] a back seat to no one” (The New York Times.)

Owens has been named a Rising Star by DownBeat’s Critics Poll for five years straight. He is a recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Plus Award, and the 2015 Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing! Award. Owens is a gifted bandleader, claiming three successful albums of his own (It’s Time for U, Unanimous, and Onward and Upward). Owens was part of the GRAMMY award-winning albums Dedicated to You (Kurt Elling) and The Good Feeling (Christian McBride Big Band.)

Owens is a faculty member of the Jazz Studies Program at the Juilliard School, and also the Artistic Director for Don’t Miss a Beat, Inc., a non-profit founded by his family in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

His most recent album, Falling Forward, features his group ,“THREE” with bassist Reuben Rogers and vibraphonist Joel Ross. Owens is consistently in demand for new projects, and remains one of the most sought-after drummers of his generation.

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The Artists Collective

The Artists Collective is a cultural institution serving the Greater Hartford region, providing year-round professional training in dance, music, drama, visual and martial arts emphasizing the arts and culture of the African Diaspora.

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The Hartt School of Music

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford. Hartt offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre.

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Newport Festivals Foundation

To continue the Newport Jazz Festival® as it has been since 1954 in the presentation of the greatest jazz performers who follow the traditions of New Orleans, swing, bebop and modal as the core and heart of jazz music.

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Innovators of the finest musical instrument and mic stands for 35 years, The Music People! Inc. has been one of the nation’s leading suppliers of microphones and pro audio equipment.

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
  • “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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