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22
Sep

Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderly

Julian “Cannonball” Adderley is considered to be one of the all-time greatest jazz musicians. From Kind of Blue to Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Cannonball’s playing projected depth and command. But he also possessed the rare ability to connect and uplift the listener, shouting out “Joy” in every phrase.

In honor of Cannonball’s 90th, Jim Snidero and Jeremy Pelt have released a new co-lead a recording entitled Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Savant).

Joining them at the Side Door will be Peter Zak (P), Nat Reeves (B) and Joe Farnsworth (D). It’s an all-star lineup celebrating a true jazz giant.

28
Sep

Theo Croker Quintet

“He has the tools, the intelligence, the ability and the talents. The future looks bright for Croker.” — Wynton Marsalis

Theo Croker’s 2016 release Escape Velocity is ranked the #1 Jazz Album in the UK by Echoes Magazine. The accolades continue worldwide with iTunes (Global), The Observer (US) and others naming the album as one of the Top Jazz albums of 2016. With a global spotlight release on iTunes and Amazon, now over 1.5 million cumulative streams on Spotify, and nearly 1 million streams for the track “No Escape from Bliss” it is clear that listeners agree.

Upon the album’s release, The Wall Street Journal heralded the album as “ timeless and of-the-moment”. His live performances, the Huffington Post lauded Croker’s band DVRKFUNK, saying they were “a tight front line that weave in serpentine precision and are backed by a powerful rhythm section that pushes the groove.” Croker recently lent his inimitable talents as composer, arranger and musician to J. Cole’s latest release on title track “4 Your Eyez Only”, as well as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Ville Mentality”. He is also featured on Common’s newest album, “Black America Again.”

As the grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter Theo Croker is an artist steeped in jazz tradition. Well-versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker’s own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and gooey, groove-oriented hip-hop. It’s a vital amalgam that would have pleased the forward-thinking Byrd, whose own ’70s funk-jazz albums are an obvious touchstone for Croker on his hypnotically enlightened 2016 effort Escape Velocity.

He championed this sound on his 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater collaboration, Afro Physicist, and he pushes it to the limits on this follow-up. Taking the production reins from Bridgewater, who also appears here on the euphoric “Love from the Sun,” Croker has crafted a set of deeply spiritual, densely layered, yet beautifully uncluttered compositions that find him bringing his funky worldview into sharply illuminated focus. Croker details his point of view on the spacy opener “Raise Your Vibrations,” in which he delivers a spoken word poem saying, “Our divine earthly purpose is our own to fulfill.”

Helping to raise Croker’s musical vibrations is his ensemble, a group he’s played with for several years, featuring saxophonist Anthony Ware, keyboardist Michael King, guitarist Ben Eunson, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Kassa Overall. Also adding color to the proceedings are guitarist Femi Temowo and saxophonist Irwin Hall. While Croker certainly divines inspiration from Byrd’s ’70s albums, there’s nothing retro about his own bass-and-drum-heavy sound. Cuts like the swirling “In Orbit” and the head-bobbing “This Could Be (For the Traveling Soul),” find Croker weaving in elements of shimmering electronica and subtle world music textures that feel more contemporary than old-school.

Other tracks, like the soaring “Transcend” and the organ-driven “Changes,” bring to mind no less than a feverish combination of the dramatically soulful ’70s work of saxophonist Gato Barbieri and the brightly hued ’90s acid-jazz of the Brand New Heavies. While Croker’s creative vision is a hybridized, cross-pollinated take on jazz, he remains at his core an exploratory improvisationalist. Cuts like the propulsive “Meditations” and the socially minded, Latin-tinged groover “We Can’t Breathe” (inspired by the 2014 choking death of Eric Garner), are long enough to allow for some edge-pushing solos from Croker and his band.

Ultimately, with Escape Velocity, Croker proves he’s got deep ideas about life, spirituality, and how music connects us all. It’s an ebullient, groove-conscious message perhaps best expressed on the bass-heavy “It’s Gonna Be Alright.” Trading the song’s title phrase back and forth like old friends high-fiving on the street, you can hear Croker and his band smiling.”

29
Sep

Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band

Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, ‘My technique, Al Cohn’s ideas, and Zoot’s time.’ The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen.”

Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. Three of Harry’s CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan’s Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll and Jazz Journal International’s critic’s poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won’t Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll. The Harry Allen – Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance of 2006 and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the Jazz Journalists Association for the same year.

Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.

Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli’s recordings including the soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.

Harry was born in Washington D.C. in 1966, and was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City.

05
Oct

Mark Zaleski Band

Mark Zaleski – alto/soprano saxophones
Jon Bean – tenor saxophone
Glenn Zaleski – piano
Caio Afiune – guitar
Danny Weller – bass
Oscar Suchanek – drums

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, Rakalam Bob Moses, the Either/Orchestra, Tiger Okoshi, Jason Palmer, and Matt Savage. At the young age of 33, he has established faculty positions at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music at Bard College.

Mark’s high-energy jazz show (fronted by two fiery saxophones) brings forth the highest quality in jazz virtuosity, but brings a tinge of modern rock in his compositions resulting in an electrifying and engaging live show. Every audience member comments on how much fun the band is to watch perform!

In 2017, Zaleski released his second record, “Days, Months, Years”, a record where Zaleski performs on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and double bass; one of the first of its kind in the jazz genre.

Additionally, Zaleski is active in many musical projects including the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, The Brighton Beat, the Either/Orchestra, Nyota Road, a duo project with Glenn Zaleski, Chris Hersch and the Moonraiders, The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Mehmet Sanlikol and WhatsNext, and plays bass in a popular Boston-area soul band he founded called Planet Radio.

You can learn more about Zaleski and hear his music at his website, www.markzaleskimusic.com
“a roving pioneer of the alto saxophone” – Boston Concert Reviews

Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2017 – Something else reviews (alongside Vijay Iyer, Chris Potter, Linda Oh, Roxy Coss, Avishai Cohen, and Dave Douglas)

“…an exhilarating, fresh and dynamics-happy listening experience” – The Day. New London, CT.

“11 years seems ages for a band to work together, but the days, months and years have borne beautiful fruit in this new recording by the inventively evolved bassist (and saxophonist)) Mark Zaleski.” – New York City Jazz Record

“Mark Zaleski has created a body of work where we can now hear his evolution as a composer. ‘Days, Months, Years’ is aptly titled, for it describes a vast and textured musical landscape of what seems like a musical journey over a period of time. Within his compositions are linear explorations that bring us on a pathway of varied musical surfaces that keep us absorbed throughout the project.” – WICN Radio, Worcester, MA.

06
Oct

Craig Hartley Trio

Craig Hartley – piano
Giuseppe Venezia – bassist
Elio Coppola – drummer

An accomplished producer, composer, arranger, and performer, Craig Hartley has an impressively eclectic music background. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Craig has studied under jazz legends such as Jackie McLean and has performed with greats such as Eddie Henderson and Anthony Braxton. His expertise has been sought by numerous organizations and institutions for master classes and performances, including Yale University, Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), University of Naples Federico II (Naples, Italy), the Hartt School, and Berklee College of Music. Hartley signed with Skidoo Records to release Books On Tape Vol. 1, his debut jazz recording as a leader. Midwest Record has praised it as “one of the great debuts of all time”. Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange proclaims that Hartley “will have Jarrett and Corea stepping back, uttering a daunted ‘whoa!’… If they haven’t already”. JazzTimes says that Hartley’s “debut CD was well worth the wait…”. Craig released his second full length album, Books On Tape Vol. 2 – Standard Edition, in the fall of 2016. It received critical acclaim, was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and was listed on numerous top 10 albums of the year lists and New York Observer’s “20 Best Jazz Albums of 2016”.

Craig also works as music producer for live events, films, and art exhibitions. He is the recurring music producer for high art/fashion media company Visionaire. Recent clients include COACH, Stella Artois, Harry Winston, and COMME des GARÇONS . One recent project had Craig producing and composing music for a VR film featuring the legendary artist KAWS in celebration of M&M’s 75th anniversary. It premiered at the New York Public Library in 2017 and was nominated for a Webby. In addition, Craig’s music has been featured in art exhibitions in New York, Moscow, and Beijing. Craig regularly tours internationally and has performed at events such as Art Basel in Miami, the Veneto Jazz Festival in Italy, and the Numazu Festival for International Design in Japan.

Craig’s “Italian Trio”, made up of Italian musicians Giuseppe Venezia and Elio Coppola, has been touring internationally for five years, performing and holding masterclasses throughout Italy as well as the United States. Drummer Elio Coppola is the music director for “Jazz Inn Capri” and bassist Giuseppe Venezia is the music director for Basilijazz. These events are two of the foremost jazz festivals in Italy. Elio and Giuseppe are two of Italy’s best jazz musicians and have played with legends including Benny Golson, Joey De Francesco, and Peter Bernstein. The trio is releasing their debut recording this year, a collection of Craig’s arrangements of classic Neapolitan folk songs, works by contemporary Italian composers, and original compositions. This recording was inspired by Craig’s times in Italy, where you can hear the sounds and culture from the streets of Naples to the Italian coast and countryside.

12
Oct

Messenger Legacy (friday)

Ralph Peterson – drums
Bobby Watson – saxophone
Essiet Essiet – bass
Brian Lynch – trumpet
Bill Pierce – saxophone
Geoffrey Keezer – piano

The Messenger Legacy is an elite line-up of alumni members of one of Jazz’ most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

The current configuration is Bobby Watson, Essiet Essiet, Geoff Keezer, Brian Lynch, Bill Pierce and at the drums, the last drummer chosen by Art Blakey to play at his side in the Jazz Messenger 2 Drummer Big Band Ralph Peterson. Bobby Watson and Bill Pierce were present the night Peterson first sat in with the band at Mikell’s and was a mainstay from the late 70’s through the early mid 80’s. Essiet Essiet was brought to Art Blakey by recommendations of Ralph Peterson and Bobby Watrson. Geoff Keezer and Brian Lynch joined what turned out to be the last edition of The Messengers before Art Blakey’s passing.

Arguably, no other drummer is more qualified than Peterson to lead a band with such depth. Thirty years ago, Peterson, then a fresh-faced 21 year-old chosen to play by Blakey as a Messenger in the 1983 version of The Jazz Messenger two drummer Big Band and learned first hand from Buhaina himself. Peterson remained the 2nd drummer in the Big Band until Blakey’s passing. Depending on availability other Jazz Messenger who have done and would be available would include Donald Harrison, Craig Handy, Robin Eubanks, Kuumba Frank Lacy, Phillip Harper, Johnny O’neal, Donald Brown and sometimes even Reggie Workman who joined Art in 1962 the year Peterson was born. Mr Workman also played in the inagural Messenger Legacy concert.

This group of musicians wishes to preserve, protect and honor the legacy of a man who was much more then a bandleader to all of them. This group has the potential of launching renewed appreciation for one of the most important institutions of apprenticeship in American music history. Said Peterson about forming the group, “Every time I play the drums it is in tribute to Art, but I wanted to do something that goes beyond me, beyond any individual. I wanted to pay tribute in a way that was authentic, genuine, and meaningful not just to a few, but to every person he touched through his music.” In an age when cover bands and tribute acts are commonplace and contrived, this proves to be the exception. “Having multiple generations of Messengers represented in this band, this is the closest you can get to the source,” said Peterson through his raspy chuckle, “This is the real deal.”

13
Oct

Messenger Legacy (saturday)

Ralph Peterson – drums
Bobby Watson – saxophone
Essiet Essiet – bass
Brian Lynch – trumpet
Bill Pierce – saxophone
Geoffrey Keezer – piano

The Messenger Legacy is an elite line-up of alumni members of one of Jazz’ most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

The current configuration is Bobby Watson, Essiet Essiet, Geoff Keezer, Brian Lynch, Bill Pierce and at the drums, the last drummer chosen by Art Blakey to play at his side in the Jazz Messenger 2 Drummer Big Band Ralph Peterson. Bobby Watson and Bill Pierce were present the night Peterson first sat in with the band at Mikell’s and was a mainstay from the late 70’s through the early mid 80’s. Essiet Essiet was brought to Art Blakey by recommendations of Ralph Peterson and Bobby Watrson. Geoff Keezer and Brian Lynch joined what turned out to be the last edition of The Messengers before Art Blakey’s passing.

Arguably, no other drummer is more qualified than Peterson to lead a band with such depth. Thirty years ago, Peterson, then a fresh-faced 21 year-old chosen to play by Blakey as a Messenger in the 1983 version of The Jazz Messenger two drummer Big Band and learned first hand from Buhaina himself. Peterson remained the 2nd drummer in the Big Band until Blakey’s passing. Depending on availability other Jazz Messenger who have done and would be available would include Donald Harrison, Craig Handy, Robin Eubanks, Kuumba Frank Lacy, Phillip Harper, Johnny O’neal, Donald Brown and sometimes even Reggie Workman who joined Art in 1962 the year Peterson was born. Mr Workman also played in the inagural Messenger Legacy concert.

This group of musicians wishes to preserve, protect and honor the legacy of a man who was much more then a bandleader to all of them. This group has the potential of launching renewed appreciation for one of the most important institutions of apprenticeship in American music history. Said Peterson about forming the group, “Every time I play the drums it is in tribute to Art, but I wanted to do something that goes beyond me, beyond any individual. I wanted to pay tribute in a way that was authentic, genuine, and meaningful not just to a few, but to every person he touched through his music.” In an age when cover bands and tribute acts are commonplace and contrived, this proves to be the exception. “Having multiple generations of Messengers represented in this band, this is the closest you can get to the source,” said Peterson through his raspy chuckle, “This is the real deal.”

19
Oct

Lee Konitz Quartet (friday)

Lee Konitz, alto sax
Frank Kimbrough, piano
Jeremy Stratton, bass
George Schuller, drums

Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz has enjoyed one of the most creative and prolific careers in modern jazz. Spending much of his early career with the orchestras of Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton, the innovative small groups of pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Nonet (“Birth of the Cool”), Konitz became the consummate freelancer and has remained on the cutting edge of post-bop improvisation ever since.

While occasionally leading a nonet along with various quartets and trios over the past 60+ years, his exceptionally vast and varied discography also includes an early unaccompanied saxophone solo album, several innovative albums of duets that span several jazz styles, and other collaborations which reads like a “who’s who” of the Jazz world. Lee Konitz is the only still active musician to have played all three past and present Birdland clubs in New York City.

Like Gil Evans or Coleman Hawkins, Lee has always been open to playing with younger musicians and participating in exciting new musical projects (such as the Lee Konitz “New” Nonet or the Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor String Project). A recent book about Lee Konitz (by Andy Hamilton) was published in 2007, and he also received the coveted NEA Jazz Masters Award back in 2009. Lee was voted “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in 2010 and numerous times before that. In July 2013, he was awarded the “German Jazz Prize” for his life in music.

To this day, Konitz and his side mates continue to explore the old standards of his day, often heightened by his own unique melodic sense of line and structure. Whether performing in a duo setting with pianists Dan Tepfer or Florian Weber or fronting his long-standing quartet (with bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller added), Konitz is always keeping one foot in the tradition while the other leans heavily towards the vast unknown.

20
Oct

Lee Konitz Quartet (saturday)

Lee Konitz, alto sax
Frank Kimbrough, piano
Jeremy Stratton, bass
George Schuller, drums

Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz has enjoyed one of the most creative and prolific careers in modern jazz. Spending much of his early career with the orchestras of Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton, the innovative small groups of pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Nonet (“Birth of the Cool”), Konitz became the consummate freelancer and has remained on the cutting edge of post-bop improvisation ever since.

While occasionally leading a nonet along with various quartets and trios over the past 60+ years, his exceptionally vast and varied discography also includes an early unaccompanied saxophone solo album, several innovative albums of duets that span several jazz styles, and other collaborations which reads like a “who’s who” of the Jazz world. Lee Konitz is the only still active musician to have played all three past and present Birdland clubs in New York City.

Like Gil Evans or Coleman Hawkins, Lee has always been open to playing with younger musicians and participating in exciting new musical projects (such as the Lee Konitz “New” Nonet or the Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor String Project). A recent book about Lee Konitz (by Andy Hamilton) was published in 2007, and he also received the coveted NEA Jazz Masters Award back in 2009. Lee was voted “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in 2010 and numerous times before that. In July 2013, he was awarded the “German Jazz Prize” for his life in music.

To this day, Konitz and his side mates continue to explore the old standards of his day, often heightened by his own unique melodic sense of line and structure. Whether performing in a duo setting with pianists Dan Tepfer or Florian Weber or fronting his long-standing quartet (with bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller added), Konitz is always keeping one foot in the tradition while the other leans heavily towards the vast unknown.

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Vadim Neselovskyi — piano, voice, melodica, compositions Ronen Itzik — drums, percussion Dan Loomis — bass "I don’t think I have ever met an improviser who has more surprises in store…a true Genius." Gary Burton "I truly believe that he is one of the greatest pianist/composers out there right now.” Fred Hersch “We all look forward to hearing much more from him, as he ventures further down the singular road he has found.” Steve Swallow Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian pianist and composer based in New York City. He joined 6-Time Grammy-Winner Gary Burton’s Generations Quintet of future all-stars including Julian Lage, Luques Curtis and James Williams in 2004 and has been working as Gary Burton’s pianist and arranger for more than a decade, touring US, Europe and Japan. Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student (fifteen years old) to be accepted into Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving in Germany, Neselovskyi established himself on the local jazz scene, taking part in the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and Leipzig Jazz Days. After a few years he moved to the USA to further his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he was asked to play and compose for a Berklee’s promotional recording produced by Pat Metheny, which also featured Esperanza Spalding and Christian Scott. Next education stage took place at the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was awarded a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. During this time, he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Terri Lyne Carrington and shared the stage with artists such as John Scofield, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton and Steve Coleman. His solo piano CD Music for September (Sunnyside Records, 2013) was produced by Fred Hersch and received 4-star review in Downbeat. In 2010 German Neue Musik Zeitung (NMZ) included him into “Best Musicians of 2010” list. His compositions have been covered by jazz stars such as Randy Brecker,[19] Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Julian Lage,[ Gary Burton and also by Symphony Orchestras in the US (Spokane Symphony[ and Lancaster Symphony, and Europe (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and INSO Lviv Sympony[).

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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!

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  • “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
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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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