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Off for major R&D at The Newport Jazz Fest 60th Anniversary!

The Side Door will be closed this weekend as all hands are heading to the Newport Jazz Festival to celebrate Mr. George Wien’s 60th festival anniversary!! After all, he was here for our ‘birthday’, opening the club for us on May 10th 2103 with the Newport All Star Band!!

We will be representing and checking out the amazing jazz talent gathered there. http://newportjazzfest.org/index.php?pID=19&DAY=2014-08-02

See you next weekend Aug 8 and 9. We will be back inspired and ready to bring you ever more brilliant jazz artists! Check in to our Facebook page and Instagram for on-the-spot happenings! www.facebook.com/thesidedoorjazzclub  and #thesidedoorjazzclub



MICHELE WALKER QUARTET – Friday Aug 8th – Doors 7:30, show 8:30pm 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, Matt Wilson – 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.

MICHELE WALKER QUARTET – Friday Aug 8th – Doors 7:30, show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable/transferable



EDDIE ALLEN Quartet – Saturday August 9 - Doors 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 quartet of players that includes Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax on drums, Greg Feingold on bass and James Weidman on piano…..

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 Quartet – Saturday August 9 – Doors 7:30  Show 8:30pm   860-434-0886

*tickets are nonrefundable/transferrable



THURSDAY August 14th at The Side Door Jazz Club – Doors 7:00pm – Show 8:00pm. 860-434-0886

Come and support your local musicians!!

Phred & Friends – James Hunter (bass), Rufus Davis (piano), and John Moore (drums).

Phred Mileski has been described as “one of New England’s finest song stylists.” Her astonishing vocal range and engaging stage presence have earned her critical acclaim and airplay in the U.S.    and across Europe. Her jazz quartet, Phred & Friends, includes three of the best musicians in the area. Keyboardist Rufus Davis studied at Wesleyan and is currently Music Director at St. John’s in Groton, CT.  James Hunter, bassist, performs with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and also leads his own jazz group.  John Moore is accomplished as both a jazz and rock drummer, and he has performed with many of the region’s finest musicians.

Doors 7:00pm – Show 8:00pm. Come and support your local musicians!!

*tickets are non-refundable/transferable – $10 food/bev min per person not incl. in cover



RODNEY GREEN QUARTET – Friday August 15 – doors 7:30, show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Brings Seamus Blake on saxophone, Luis Perdomo on piano  and David Wong on bass.

Percussionist Rodney Green has been a fixture on the jazz scene since he was 17.  Today he is a seasoned professional who has worked with the biggest names in jazz, including Charlie Haden, Ravi Coltrane, Lizz Wright, Eric Reed, Benny Green, Mulgrew Miller, Terell Stafford, Greg Osby, Christian McBride, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, Tom Harrell, Herbie Hancock, and Dianne Reeves.

RODNEY GREEN QUARTET – Friday August 15 – doors 7:30, show 8:30 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable



JUDY CARMICHAEL Trio – Saturday August 16 – door 7:30, show 8:30pm 860-91-6066* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Grammy nominated pianist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride”, acknowledging the command with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. Judy’s newly released CD “I Love Being Here With You” is her first all-vocal CD, exploring her love of witty lyrics, juicy ballads and Broadway Standards. Judy will be joined by Harry Allen and Chris Flory.

A native of California, Judy Carmichael moved to New York in the early 80’s and has maintained a busy concert schedule throughout the world ever since. She has toured for the U.S. State Department throughout India, Portugal, Brazil and Singapore. In 1992 Ms. Carmichael was the first jazz musician sponsored by the United States Government to tour China.

Judy Carmichael is one of a handful of musicians who approach jazz from a perspective of its entire history. Choosing to study jazz piano from its early roots on, she explores the music deeply, infusing it with a “fresh, dynamic interpretation of her own”(Washington Post). The National Endowment for the Arts rewarded Carmichael’s knowledge of jazz piano with a major grant to present early jazz greats on film and to discuss the history and development of jazz piano with college students across the country. Visit www.judycarmichael.com for more details.

JUDY CARMICHAEL Trio – Saturday August 16 – door 7:30, show 8:30pm 860-91-6066* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable



BEN WOLFE Quartet – Thurs August 21 – Doors 7:30 – Show 8:30pm  860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Ben Wolfe – bass, Donald Edwards – drums, Stacy Dillard – saxophone, Emmet Cohen – piano

As Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.”  Including his recent MAXJAZZ release “From Here I See, Bassist-composer 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 recently 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. See www.benwolfe.com

BEN WOLFE Quartet – Thurs Aug 21st – 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable/transferable



DARREN BARRETT dB Quintet – Fri Aug 22nd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

Darren Barrett – trumpet , Myron Walden – tenor and soprano saxophones, Takeshi Ohbayashi – piano, Alexander Toth – bass, Anthony Toth – drums

Canadian Grammy Award winning trumpet player Darren Barrett was born to Jamaican parents. Darren remembers that, “the first time I heard Miles Davis was on the record ‘Round About Midnight, and when I heard Miles’ sound and approach, I knew that the instrument I wanted to play was the trumpet.”

In 1986, Darren attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, receiving a BA in Professional Music in 1990. He went on to receive an MA in Jazz Performance in 1993, and an MS in Music Education from Queens College in 1995. His quest for a Doctorate degree was interrupted by a special program that was being developed, called the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, at the New England Conservatory of Music.” In 1997, Darren earned a Diploma in Jazz Performance from the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was a member of the inaugural class. In 1997, Darren entered and won 1st place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the biggest jazz competition in the world, which highlights a different instrument each year.

Darren went on to release his first album as a bandleader, First One Up in 1999, Deelings in 2001, Renaissance Volume 1 in 2004 and A Very Barrett Christmas in 2011. His upcoming release, Darren Barrett plays the music of the Bee Gees will be released in 2013. Darren has performed or recorded with Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Common, Esperanza Spaulding and Antonio Hart, among others.

Darren is currently an Associate Professor in the ensembles and brass department at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts. “I’m working on my craft, trying to be as professional and proficient as I can be. I’m just trying to reach people with my music, trying to concentrate on myself as a performer, bandleader and composer. I have many different bands but they all give me the musical platform to pursue anything possible. I want to continue exploring music and the trumpet by being open to the gamut of creativity, incorporating electronics into live shows, and realizing that one must have a great product and a great live show. These are my key principles”.

Darren Barrett – trumpet , Myron Walden – tenor and soprano saxophones, Takeshi Ohbayashi – piano, Alexander Toth – bass, Anthony Toth – drums! See www. http://www.darrenbarrett.com

Some reviews: http://revive-music.com/2014/06/24/exclusive-interview-darren-barretts-live-direct-music-bee-gees-part-ii/

DARREN BARRET dB Quintet – Fri Aug 22nd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886



KAVITA SHAH – Sat August 23rd – doors 7:30, show 8:30 – 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Hailed by Downbeat Magazine as the “Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist” (2012) and winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2013), Kavita Shah is gaining a reputation as a visionary young singer, composer, and arranger.

Her ensemble includes Leo Genovese on piano, BamBam Rodriguez on bass, Clarence Penn on drums and Stepen Cellucci on tabla.

A native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, Ms. Shah incorporates elements of Indian, Brazilian, and Malian music into her jazz-based repertoire. Her debut CD VISIONS–produced by Benin-born jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke –combines the sounds of the traditional Indian tablas and West African kora with those of a jazz quintet.

Shah majored in Latin American Studies at Harvard, living abroad in Peru and then Brazil, where she conducted research on Afro-Brazilian music in a Bahian favela. That period is reflected in her rhythmically intoxicating duo with Lionel Loueke on Edil Pacheco/P. C. Pinheiro’s “Oju Oba” as well as in her own composition “Moray” (winner of ASCAP’s Young Jazz Composers Award).

After college, Shah found herself working day jobs at nonprofits like Human Rights Watch until she received advice from an unexpected, brassy guardian angel: legendary vocalist Sheila Jordan. “I was on my way to work when the subway doors opened,” Shah recalls, “and there was Sheila Jordan in front of me. At that time, I didn’t have a mentor in jazz and I was a little lost. In 15 minutes on the train, Sheila basically gave me all of her mantras for life – she took me in and really encouraged me.”

With Jordan’s support, Shah went on to receive her Masters in Jazz Voice from Manhattan School of Music while studying privately with Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, Steve Wilson, and Jim McNeely. For more artist details and music, visit www.kavitashahmusic.com or watch on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n1xcGLXvzI

KAVITA SHAH – Sat August 23rd – doors 7:30, show 8:30 – 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are nonrefundable/transferrable



ED CHERRY Quartet - Friday August 229- doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm   860-434-0886 *

Born in New Haven, Conn. After moving to New York in 78′, Ed Cherry played guitar with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992, performing in Gillespie’s quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra, which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Gillespie died in 1993, and Cherry released his first recording as a leader, ‘First Take’ (Groovin’ High) that same year as well as performing w/Paquito D’Riveras’ small group and recording “Havana Cafe”(Chesky Records).Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years(recorded 3 cd’s w/ Henry’s ‘Very Very Circus’ group. For artist details please visit: www.edcherrymusic.com

“Ed is a great, soulful, swinging underrated player deserving of wider recognition.” – Bill Milkowski 1/13/11″

“An expressive instrumentalist, Cherry has a hip, melodic approach that is a refreshing contrast to guitarists who frequently resort to playing ‘finger music’, the execution of rapid streams of notes that serve no musical purpose other than to fill space”- Jim Ferguson: Jazztimes – 06/02

“But this album’s ace in the hole is guitarist Ed Cherry. “Blues drenched” is not a cliché when applied to Cherry. Every time he solos, a rapt calm descends and a timeless story begins, familiar yet still a revelation when told with blues truth.” – from 10/9/12 JazzTimes review of virginia mayhew recording: “mary lou williams-the next 100years”

We are delight to welcome back Ed Cherry and his quartet to The Side Door on Friday August 29th - Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

*tickets are nonrefundable



ZACH BROCK Quartet – Saturday Aug 30 Doors 7:30 – show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Zach is joined by Mike Moreno on guitar, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

One of the most virtuosic and emotive voices of contemporary jazz violin, Zach Brock has followed a path which embraces not only jazz, but also classical, world, and popular music. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to collaborations with Stanley Clarke, Snarky Puppy, and Phil Markowitz, Zach has been heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation.” The Chicago Tribune recognized Zach’s recording Almost Never Was as one of the top ten jazz recordings of 2012 and Downbeat Magazine’s 61st Annual Critics Poll named Zach it’s “Rising Star” Violinist of 2013. See you there!
Check into – http://youtu.be/zkuenKVUTKy or http://youtu.be/xyGVtCthtZw - www.zachbrock.com

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable



NICKI PARROT Trio, feat. BUCKY PIZZARELLI – Friday Sept 5 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

We are thrilled to welcome Nicki back to The Side Door, and even more honoured that she will bring the Jazz guitar great BUCKY PIZZARELLI with her! A special apprearance not to be missed!

NICKI PARROT- “Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz.” Cabaret Scene 2013

“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.” Jazz Times 2012

“She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” Les Paul

“…a rarity, a first-class bassist who’s playing is as sublime as her vocals.” Limelight 2012

Nicki just released her first CD on her new label, Ooroo Records, Nicki Parrott: The Best of Venus Volume One. Also released this year is her 13th album for Venus Records, The Look of Love.

In 2012 Nicki released The Last Time I Saw Paris, Sakura, Sakura (Spring), Summertime, Autumn Leaves and Winter Wonderland. Nicki’s 2008 CD release (Venus Records), Fly Me To The Moon and 2007 CD release (Venus Records), Moon River were voted Swing Journal Magazine Critic’s Poll, “Best Jazz Vocal Album.“

Nicki performs regularly as part of the legendary Les Paul Trio and was Les Paul’s bassist and vocalist for over 10 years. In addition to performing at most of the world’s top jazz festivals, Nicki has performed with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Rebecca Paris, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Michel Legrand, Marlena Shaw, Mike Stern, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Scott Hamilton, Larry Carlton and Frank Vignola, to name a few. For more information on Nicki Parrott, please visit her website at www.nickiparrott.com

BUCKY PIZZARELL – John “Bucky” Pizzarelli is a world renowned jazz guitarist who was born in Paterson, NJ on January 9, 1926. His uncles Peter and Bobby Domenick, musicians who also hailed from New Jersey, taught Bucky the guitar.

His career spans over 60 years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Hundreds of jazz concerts worldwide, including White House performances with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams, with Presidents Reagan and Clinton add to the list.

His numerous worldwide tours also included performances with practically every jazz legend such as; Stephane Grapelli, Slam Stewart, Tal Farlow, Rosemary Clooney, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Michael Feinstein and Charlie Byrd to name a few.

Bucky has also been honored with many prestigious awards, which include the Jazz Wall of Fame by ASCAP in 2005, two honorary Doctors of Music degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and the University of Southern Illinois@ Edwardsville in 2003. In 2002 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. Most recently in June of 2011 Bucky was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Last year, Bucky became one of the very first musicians in New Jersey to have two of his guitars, along with a recorded history of his lifetime in music, inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.


Steve Davis Quintet feat. Larry Willis w/ Nat Reeves, Abraham Burton & Billy Williams

Steve Davis Quintet feat. Larry Willis w/ Nat Reeves, Abraham Burton & Billy Williams – Saturday Sept 6th – Doors 7:30pm – Show 8:30pm* 860-434-0886

Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisers on the trombone.  His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990′s while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s Origin and the cooperative sextet, One For All. Steve has appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s and Critic’s Polls numerous times, winning the TDWR (Rising Star) Trombone Category in 1998.  Steve was also recently nominated by The JJA as 2010 Trombonist of the Year.

Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Steve was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute (University of Hartford, CT).  It was Mc Lean’s guidance and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major gig with Art Blakey in NYC in Dec 1989.  Returning to Hartford in 1992, Davis joined McLean’s sextet and begin teaching alongside his mentor at both the Hartt School and Artist’s Collective. Steve has resided in Hartford ever since.  http://www.stevedavis.info/

Larry Willis – Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman with such jazz titans as Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Roy Hargrove and Woody Shaw. He has performed in a wide range of styles, including jazz fusion, Bebop and Avant-guard.

Since our humble beginnings, Nat Reeves has become a friend and supporter and we are always thrilled to have him play….. In 1982 Nat moved to Hartford, Connecticut and started working with Jackie McLean, to this day the most important musical influence in his life. Nat found a calling in teaching and developed musical skills while traveling throughout the world performing and recording with Jackie and other living jazz legends, too many to list here!

Today, Nat is committed to perpetuating Jackie McLean’s legacy at The Hartt School, as well as continuing his career performing. Influenced most by bassists Sam Jones, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, Nat is a gifted musician, who can be seen performing in every major jazz venue in the world. (www.natreeves.net)

Steve Davis Quintet feat. Larry Willis w/ Nat Reeves, Abraham Burton & Billy Williams. Saturday Sept 6th – Doors 7:30pm – Show 8:30pm www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable.


The Girls Are Back In Town! JANE BUNNETT & All Female Cuban Sextet MAQUEQUE

JANE BUNNET & MAQUEQUE – Fri Sept 12th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett once again brings the soul of Cuba to the hearts of Canadian music-lovers. Along with her new and exquisite all-female sextet, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, she will reveal the band’s fresh sound and unveil the new self-titled CD with summer festival stops in Winnipeg, Toronto, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Stratford and more!

A long-time jazz musician on the scene, Bunnett began digging deep into the music of Cuba during a trip there in 1982, and falling in love with its intricate folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, blending them with contemporary jazz sounds. Bunnett has been credited with introducing a lot of great Cuban musicians to North American audiences over the past couple of decades, including Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terry, Pedrito Martínez and David Virelles. Her latest project is an assembly of all-star Cuban musicians, a sextet which includes herself and five extraordinary young females.

Maqueque band members are Jane, on flute and soprano sax, virtuoso drummer Yissy García, dynamic percussionist Daymé Arceno, (who is also a powerhouse vocalist), Yusa on tres guitar and fretless bass, pianist Danae, and Magdelys on batás and congas.

JANE BUNNET & MAQUEQUE – Fri Sept 12th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886



BRUCE BARTH QUARTET – Saturday Sept 13th – Doors 7:30 – Show 8:30pm* 860-434-0886

Bruce will bring the incredible talents of Jerry Bergonzi on tenor saxophone, Vicente Archer on bass and Montez Coleman on drums!

Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than two decades. In addition to traveling widely performing his own music, he has also performed with revered jazz masters, as well as collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation. And in a recent review in the Newark Star-Ledger, Zan Stewart writes “No one sounds quite like Barth. His solos are characterized by robust swing, his ability to tell a story, and by his rich, beguiling sound.”

Originally from Pasadena, California, Bruce arrived on the New York jazz scene in 1988, and soon started working in the bands of Stanley Turrentine and Terence Blanchard. While in Terence’s band, Bruce recorded his first two CD’s as a leader, In Focus and Morning Call for the Enja label; both were chosen for the New York Times’ top ten lists.

Throughout his professional life, Bruce has had extended collaborations with Terell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Tony Bennett, Luciana Souza, Steve Nelson, and Karrin Allyson. And he has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Art Farmer, and the Mingus Big Band.

Finally, Bruce is a dedicated teacher, currently on the faculties of Temple University and Columbia University. He also teaches private students from around the globe. For more artist details please visit www.brucebarth.com

Recent Recordings: Three Things of Beauty, Savant, 2012 – Live at Smalls, Smalls Live, 2011

BRUCE BARTH QUARTET – Saturday Sept 13th – Doors 7:30pm for cocktails – Show 8:30pm

(*all tickets are non refundable)



GREG ABATE Quartet – Friday Sept 19th – Doors open at 7:30pm for cocktails, showtime 8:30pm* 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.

Greg is joined by the incomparable talents of Kent Hewitt on piano, Harvie S on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums!

In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87. Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.

Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad. For more artist details visit: www.gregabate.com

What some say about Greg Abate: Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune.

Friday Sept 19th – Doors open at 7:30pm for cocktails, showtime 8:30pm  860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable



THE WHITFIELD FAMILY BAND – Sat Sept 20 – 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.

In September of 2005, Mark Whitfield accepted the invitation to join the faculty at his alma mater, teaming up with Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson, Danilo Perez, and Terry Lynn Carrington as “Artists in Residence” at the Berklee College of Music. In 2009 Whitfield released “Songs of Wonder”, an imaginative and well received tribute to the great Stevie Wonder featuring Chris Botti, John Mayer and Sy Smith.

Aside from working as one of the most in demand guitarists in jazz, Mark is currently focusing on “The Whitfield Family Band”.

This exciting new group features the great James Genus on bass and 2 brand new members of the jazz community, 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

As A Leader: The Marksman… Warner Bros – Patrice… Warner Bros. Mark Whitfield… Warner Bros Blue and Sentimental… Forever Love… Verve – Fingerpainting… Verve – Raw… Transparent Records – Soul Conversation… Transparent Records – Trio Paradise… Vega Records – Groove Masters… Vega Records – Songs Of Wonder… Marksman Productions.

As A Sideman: Damn… Jimmy Smith, Angel Eyes… Jimmy Smith, 7th Ave Stroll, Blue and Sentimental… Cleo Laine, From This Moment… Nicholas Payton, Roots… Cedar Walton, Bringin’ It Home… Jack McDuff, The Long Road Home… Ernie Watts, Brown Sugar… D’Angelo, No More Drama…Mary J. Blige, Live in Boston… Chris Botti, Testimonial… Carl Allen.

THE WHITFIELD FAMILY BAND – Sat Sept 20 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable



RYAN KEBERLE & CATHARSIS – feat. CAMILA MEZA on voice – Fri Sept 26 Door 7:30 Show 8:30      860-434-0886*

Ryan Keberle – Trombone, Mike Rodriguez – Trumpet, Jorge Roeder – Bass, Eric Doob – Drums, Camila Meza – Voice, Special Guest

Few musicians have managed to navigate the richly varied avenues of New York City’s abundant music scene with the same passion and adaptability as trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle. Hailed by the New York Times as a “young trombonist of vision and composure”, Keberle’s diverse talents have earned him a place alongside a staggering array of legends, superstars, and up-and-coming innovators. That includes playing with jazz greats Maria Schneider, Rufus Reid and Wynton Marsalis; hip-hop and R&B superstars like Philip Phillips and Alicia Keys; Latin jazz leaders like Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins; indie rock ground-breakers such as Sufjan Stevens; or playing in the house band at Saturday Night Live, on the soundtrack of a Woody Allen film, or in the pit for a Tony-winning Broadway musical.

Early 2012 marked the debut of Keberle’s latest group, the pianoless quartet Catharsis, comprising some of the music’s most compelling young voices: Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Jorge Roeder (bass), and Eric Doob (drums). On Music is Emotion, their 2013 debut release, described as “a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies” by the Los Angeles Times, Keberle’s writing for the band reveals his more melodic and emotional side on pieces driven by groove, the blues, and Latin jazz, with which all four members have extensive experience. In September of 2014 Ryan Keberle & Catharsis will release their sophomore record, Into the Zone, on the critically acclaimed record label, Greenleaf Music. For this record, their most expressive and personal musical output to date, Keberle has added the wonderful Chilean vocalist, Camila Meza.

RYAN KEBERLE & CATHARSIS – feat. CAMILA MEZA on voice – Fri Sept 26 Door 7:30 Show 8:30      860-434-0886

(*all tickets are non refundable)


Brian McCarthy Quartet

Brian McCarthy QuartetSat Sept 27th. Doors 7:30 Show 8:30* 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

An intoxicating improviser, with a mature sound and adaptive skills make McCarthy a highly sought after musician and arranger. His sophomore album as a leader, “This Just In” (2013), has received widespread acclaim.   All About Jazz says “[McCarthy] touches those roads Joshua Redman travels on with a fresh footing. This band excels at building anticipation… exciting” and “[McCarthy’s] alto has plenty of fire without surrendering its lighter touch.” John Barron, of Jazz World Blog says “Saxophonist Brian McCarthy takes a progressive approach to straight-ahead jazz, demonstrating a strong command of the jazz saxophone lineage.” The album can be heard from coast to coast on radio stations and syndicated programming like Jazz After Hours with Jim Wilke.

When he is not headlining, you can find him rounding out the horn section with mogul jazz trumpeter Ray Vega and his Quintet. And those who frequent Burlington’s most popular night clubs can catch him with the area’s most popular funk establishment, The Grippo Funk Band. In 2010, bassist Mike Gordon, of the superstar jam band Phish, called upon McCarthy’s talents to arrange and play on his latest solo release “Moss.”

Already a respected professional and educator, McCarthy continues to expand his work as a leader, composer, first-call sideman, and sought after teacher. Certainly the future holds many remarkable developments from this up-and-coming artist.  See more artist details at www.brianmccarthyjazz.com

Sat Sept 27th.  Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886

(* Tickets are non refundable)



85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371


Buy Advance Tickets Here General Admission only. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8:30pm unless otherwise advertised. No standing room.

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Club Opens

7:30pm for cocktails and seating. Show 8:30pm unless otherwise advertised. General admission only.

Small bar/dessert menu available.

Dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

Enjoy our "All That Jazz" package at The Old Lyme Inn. #TasteStayGroove!

Featured Show

8:30pm to 11:00pm (approx. unless otherwise noted).

Small bar/dessert menu available. Dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

Gift Certificates Available

Enjoy our "All That Jazz" Package

#TasteStayGroove! We invite you to stay the night, or the weekend, here!



The CURTIS Brothers 4/26/14


Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14


Fred Hersch

RENE MARIE 5/14/14






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

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 10/19/13

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

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Buce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet 11/15/13

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

Donny McCaslin Trio

Orrin Evans Quartet

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

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

Happy Holidays from Ken and Jan!

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

Curtis Fuller Birthday Celebration!

Rene McLean with Gary Bartz and Nat Reeves

Samuel Torres Octet. Forced Displacement CT Debut 12/6

Jani Siegel Trio 1/10/14

To name just a few.....

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14



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We'll be there, representing! Worth celebrating - past, present and future! Mr. Wein came to our 'birthday' after all.... ;-) (see you all again next weekend - Aug 8th and 9th...

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Last weekend reflections (still looking for those Adam Kolker pix?)Having fun - thanks for coming everyone! See you all Aug 8th for Michele Walker and her amazing line up!

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Drum solo tsunami....

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Yeah... Eric Wyatt Quartet if you please.

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Sound is checked and ON!! Eric Wyatt, Essiet, Richard and Co sound awesome. .. come help us celebrate his new CD release tonight.... see you there ;-)

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CT Magazine - The Side Door Thrives!
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The Day - "A Lovely Spot To Listen"
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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!



  • “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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