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UpcomingEvents

06
Mar

TRIBUTE A Ronnie Burrage Project with Jim Beard, Gerald Veasley, Antoine Roney

‘TRIBUTE’ – A Ronnie Burrage Project – Friday Mar 6 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

A special evening of music – a tribute to the music of Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Joe Zawinul, George Duke as well as originals as influenced by their work from the tributes.

Ronnie Burrage leads at the drums with Jim Beard piano and keys,  Gerald Veasley on bass,  Antoine Roney soprano and tenor sax, with Ronnie, in addition to drums, on percussion and voice. We are thrilled to have Ronnie back at The Side Door once again with this great ensemble! More details to follow – also visit www.ronnieburrage.biz

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

07
Mar

Gary Bartz Quartet

GARY BARTZ Quartet – Saturday March 7 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Gary back to The Side Door as a leader of this great quartet!

Gary Bartz has been known to many as a trail blazer in the music business from the moment he started playing with Art Blakey at his father’s jazz club in his hometown of Baltimore, MD to his own music throughout the 57 years as a professional musician. As if his Grammy Award© with McCoy Tyner in 2005 (‘Illuminations’) wasn’t enough to carve out a place for Bartz in the jazz genre, he has broken the mold with more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist.

Gary Bartz first came to New York In 1958, just 17 years old to attend the Julliard Conservatory of Music. Circa mid­’60s, the alto saxophonist, still in his early 20s,­ began performing throughout the city with the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group and quickly established himself as the most promising alto voice since Cannonball Adderley.

With the splash of his New York debut solidly behind him, Bartz soon joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. According to the story, Gary’s parents owned a club in Baltimore, the North End Lounge. When his father hired Blakey for a gig, Gary grabbed the opportunity to fill a sax player vacancy in the band. After his performance that night, the young Bartz was officially hired to join the Jazz Messengers; in 1965, he would make his recording debut on Blakey’s ‘Soulfinger’ album.

During his first two years with Tyner, Gary was also touring with Max Roach and taking some time out to record on Max’s Atlantic Records release, ‘Mermbers Don’t Get Weary’. “With Max, there was that bond with Charlie Parker,” declares Bartz. “Charlie Parker is why I play the alto saxophone.”

Bartz received a call from Miles Davis in 1970; work with the legendary horn player (including playing the historic Isle of Wight Festival in August, 1970), marked Gary’s first experience playing electric music. It also reaffirmed his yen for an even stronger connection to Coltrane.

In 1995 Bartz released his debut Atlantic album ‘The Red and Orange Poems’ a self­described musical mystery novel and just one of Gary’s brilliantly conceived concept albums. Back when Bartz masterminded the much­touted ‘I’ve Known Rivers’ album, based on the poetry of Langston Hughes, his concepts would be twenty years ahead of those held by some of today’s jazz/hip hop and acid jazz combos.

Gary’s release ‘Live at the Jazz Standard Volume 1 – Soulstice’ is the first of a series of recordings documenting his legendary, non­stop style, live performances. His follow up album to the highly acclaimed Volume I of the Coltrane Files, Toa Of A Music Warrior, will be released in early 2015 along with his album honoring Woody Shaw entitled ‘Two MF’s’. Gary Bartz continues taken his rightful place in the pantheon of jazz greats and has his sight is set on releasing more music on his label OYO Records. More artist details at www.garybartz.com

GARY BARTZ Quartet – Sat Mar 7 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

13
Mar

BILL CHARLAP Trio

BILL CHARLAP Trio – Friday March 13 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

In 1997, Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap has recorded seven albums for Blue Note Records and received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and most recently The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y. He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin’s music at the Hollywood Bowl.

Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book.” In 2005, Charlap and Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note).

Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait, on the Blue Note label. Visit www.billcharlap.com for more artist details.

BILL CHARLAP Trio – Friday March 13 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

14
Mar

Bobby Broom Quartet

BOBBY BROOM Quartet – Saturday March 14 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

In a career spanning three decades, preeminent guitarist Bobby Broom has embodied the truism that it’s the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz.

After years as an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John, Broom reintroduced himself to the jazz world with Stand! (2001), a brilliant foray into the pop music he grew up hearing in the 1960s and ’70s. In his subsequent releases he’s demonstrated a keen ear for rarely played material, a gift for composing evocative tunes, and impressive facility with the knotty rhythmic puzzles of Thelonious Monk, which is what makes his new album My Shining Hour such an unexpected revelation. The luxuriantly melodic session features Broom’s working trio focusing on beloved American Songbook standards. Which he had the honor of opening up and performing for Steely Dan’s 2014 Summer Tour.

A dedicated educator, Broom earned a B.A. in music from Columbia College and an M.A. in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University. He has taught at the University of Hartford, the American Conservatory of Music, Roosevelt University, and DePaul University. In recent years he’s worked with a jazz mentoring program sponsored by the Ravinia Festival Organization, teaching music students in public high schools throughout Chicago. Check out www.bobbybroom.com for more artist details!

BOBBY BROOM Quartet – Sat Mar 14 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

20
Mar

THANA ALEXA Quintet Ode To Heroes CD Release Celebration

THANA ALEXA Quintet – Friday March 20th – Doors 7:30, show 8:30 860-434-0886 ** www.thsidedoorjazz.com

We are thrilled to welcome Thana to The Side Door for her debut performance here, and to celebrate the March 2015 release of her first solo album, “Ode To Heroes” !

Thana Alexa Project with special guest Antonio Sanchez – with Ben Flocks- sax, Sergio Salvatore- piano and Jorge Roeder- bass.

Thana Alexa is undoubtedly a rising star. Her high level of musicianship, beautiful voice and powerful stage presence are quickly earning her a reputation in New York City as an extremely competent, creative and reliable addition to any band. Her unique compositions and arrangements, in which she regularly uses the voice as an instrument.

Her first solo album “Ode to Heroes” on Harmonia Mundi – Jazz Village includes original compositions and arrangements marking a huge step in her career as a bandleader. The album features an incredible band of musicians including: Antonio Sanchez, Jorge Roeder, Sergio Salvatore, and Lenart Krecic. Special guests on the album also include Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley and Christos Rafalides.

Thana has performed with renowned musicians such as Antonio Sanchez (performances have included the Montreal Jazz Festival and Red Sea Jazz Festival), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Lenny White, Buster Williams, Junior Mance, Donny McCaslin, Matt Brewer, George Colligan, Julian Lage, Boris Kozlov, Ari Hoenig, and Gene Jackson, among others.

Some of Thana’s latest collaborations have been: singing on Antonio Sanchez’s latest album “New Life”, composing for and recording on guitarist Gene Ess’s last album, “Fractal Attraction”. In 2011 “Siena”, Thana’s original composition recorded on “Friends” was nominated by the Croatian Music Academy, PORIN, for Best Jazz Composition, and the album was nominated for Best Jazz Album. This nomination was an enormous honor given that these awards are considered the country’s equivalent of the GRAMMYs.

Thana won the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition for Composers for her composition, “Ode to Heroes”, which is the title track of her upcoming album.

Thana is a graduate of the New School University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Although born in New York City, Thana grew up in Croatia – her family’s country of origin. For more details visit her website at www.thanaalexa.com

THANA ALEXA Quintet – Friday March 20th – Doors 7:30, show 8:30 860-434-0886 ** www.thsidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner, or overnight stay!, at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

21
Mar

DEZRON DOUGLAS Quartet w/David Bryant, Lummie Spann and Jeremy “Bean” Clemons!

Dezron Douglas Quartet w/David Bryant, Lummie Spann and Jeremy “Bean” Clemons – Sat March 21 Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm* 860-434-0886

Known for his musical versatility, bassist Dezron Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, educator and bandleader, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music.

Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Dezron grew up surrounded by music. His first musical influences weren’t actually jazz, even though he was the nephew of the legendary drummer and composer, Walter Bolden. The sounds that filled his home were of Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Minne Ripperton, Diana Ross, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, The Clark Sisters, Mahalia Jackson, and Commissioned, just to name a few. As he explains, “Jazz was always around, but not at my House”. He was influenced by the music, moved by the way sound expressed emotion. At the age of 12, he was determined to harness that ability.

Dezron is a long-standing member of the Cyrus Chestnut trio and Papo Vazquez and the Mighty Pirates. He has recorded four albums as a leader: “Walkin’My Baby Back Home” and “Ganbare Nippon” on Venus Records (Japan); “Underground” by the New Jazz Workshop and most recently, “Dezron Douglas, Live at Smalls” on the Smalls Live label. See www.dezrondouglas.com for more artist details.

Dezron Douglas Quartet  w/Billy Drummond, David Bryant and Lummie Spann – Saturday night March 21 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner, or overnight stay!, at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

27
Mar

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Friday 3/27

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

As someone who has had a myriad of opportunities to shine, Kyle Eastwood has truly carved his own path as a musician and his bass playing and composing talents reflect the richness and diversity of his experience.

No stranger to jazz music, at a young age his father, film actor/director Clint Eastwood introduced Kyle’s ears to jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis.

Kyle began playing electric bass in high school, learning R&B, Motown, and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he engrossed himself in the New York and Los Angeles area jazz scene, and signed with Sony in 1998 where he released his debut recording From Here to There.

After relocating to Europe, Kyle signed with Candid Records and released Paris Blue in 2004. This recording climbed to number 1 on the French Jazz Charts. This was followed up by Now (Candid) in 2006. In 2009, he released the highly successful Metropolitain (Mack Avenue)

His live performances have been met with sold out venues and critical acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Kyle has composed and/or arranged seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus.

What the critics are saying:

“If his music has one unifying tag, it is atmosphere.” –The Seattle Times

“Very sharp work. There’s no denying Kyle has imagination and skill.”- The Observer

“Eastwood’s composing sits squarely in the realm of contemporary/pop jazz, with the sophistication of veteran bands of the genre such as the Yellowjackets and The Crusaders. There’s an alluring simplicity to the disc in terms of melodic themes and grooves, however, the musicality and tightness of the band…propels the music to higher ground.” –The Jazz Word

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner, or overnight stay!, at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

28
Mar

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Sat 3/28

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

As someone who has had a myriad of opportunities to shine, Kyle Eastwood has truly carved his own path as a musician and his bass playing and composing talents reflect the richness and diversity of his experience.

No stranger to jazz music, at a young age his father, film actor/director Clint Eastwood introduced Kyle’s ears to jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis.

Kyle began playing electric bass in high school, learning R&B, Motown, and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he engrossed himself in the New York and Los Angeles area jazz scene, and signed with Sony in 1998 where he released his debut recording From Here to There.

After relocating to Europe, Kyle signed with Candid Records and released Paris Blue in 2004. This recording climbed to number 1 on the French Jazz Charts. This was followed up by Now (Candid) in 2006. In 2009, he released the highly successful Metropolitain (Mack Avenue)

His live performances have been met with sold out venues and critical acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Kyle has composed and/or arranged seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus.

What the critics are saying:

“If his music has one unifying tag, it is atmosphere.” –The Seattle Times

“Very sharp work. There’s no denying Kyle has imagination and skill.”- The Observer

“Eastwood’s composing sits squarely in the realm of contemporary/pop jazz, with the sophistication of veteran bands of the genre such as the Yellowjackets and The Crusaders. There’s an alluring simplicity to the disc in terms of melodic themes and grooves, however, the musicality and tightness of the band…propels the music to higher ground.” –The Jazz Word

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner, or overnight stay!, at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

03
Apr

RALPH PETERSON Sextet w/Sean Jones, Marcus Strickland, Luques and Zaccai Curtis, Hailey Niswanger!

RALPH PETERSON SEXTET - Friday April 3rd - Door 7:30 Show 8:30**    860-434-0886

We are thrilled to welcome Ralph back to the Side Door with this incredible sextet of some of the best jazz artists around today! Sean Jones-Trumpet, Marcus Strickland-Tenor & Soprano, Hailey Niswanger- Alto & Soprano, Luques Curtis- Bass, Zaccai Curtis- Piano – and of course yours truly, Mr. Peterson on drums! WOW

For 30 years, Ralph Peterson has been one of the distinctive and recognizable drummers in jazz. Peterson met Grand Master drummer Art Blakey in 1983. A few months after sitting in, Blakey called Peterson (then a college junior) to play along side him in his two-drummer big band. Peterson takes seriously the honor and responsibility of being the “Last Messenger Drummer” and later paid homage to Blakey on his 1992 recording “Art.” His recording and touring resume includes jazz greats like Terrence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine, David Murray, Dizzy Gillespie, The Count Basie Orchestra, Betty Carter, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron and many more of the greatest names in jazz.

Now considered by many to be a Master drummer himself, Peterson’s latest recording, and 18th as a leader, and fourth on his own Onyx Productions Music Label, entitled ALIVE at Firehouse 12 Vol2: Fo’ n Mo’, firmly establishes him as a Master Bandleader and Educator.

With ALIVE at Firehouse 12; Volume 2, Peterson continues to illustrate his mastery with a new edition of Fo’tet players (and some very special guests, hence the Fo’ n Mo’ subtitle) who simply burn from note one. Combined with last two projects, The Duality Perspective and ALIVE Vol1 with Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Luques Curtis and Jake Sherman as former students, Peterson is clearly one of the most influential musicians of his generation. EJ Strickland, Ari Honig, Justin Faulkner, Rodney Green, Johnathan Blake, Vince Ector, Mark Whitfield Jr., Lyndon Rochelle, Jerome Jennings and too many more to name.

He is full professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. Ralph is also highly sought after as a clinician and endorser for Mapex Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, as well as Meinl Cymbals, where he designed one of their newest cymbal line released January of this year. See www.ralphpetersonmusic.com for more details on this incredible artist.

RALPH PETERSON SEXTET- Friday April 3rd - Door 7:30 Show 8:30*   860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

04
Apr

DONALD HARRISON Quintet!

DONALD HARRISON Quintet – Saturday April 4th– doors 7:30pm show 8:30pm 860-434-0886**

Saxophonist Donald Harrison is joined by Joe Dyson on drums, Max Moran on bass, Zaccai Curtis on piano and Detroit Brooks on guitar!

New Orleans-born traditionalist, modern jazz trendsetter, former Jazz Messenger, nurturer of young talent, composer, bandleader and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison ’81 is a complete musician and entertainer. A kind of Crescent City renaissance man, Harrison has made sounds as diverse as Nouveau Swing, traditional jazz, hip-hop, Mardi Gras, and even classical music, his very own.

He has composed a film score for Jonathan Demme (Rachel’s Getting Married), appeared in and consulted on HBO’s Tremé, co-led a group with Terence Blanchard, and performed with a musical who’s who that includes Art Blakey, Dr. John, Digable Planets, Roy Haynes, Lena Horne, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Miles Davis, and Spike Lee, to name just a few. Harrison is the director of The Tipitina’s Intern Program and an artist in residence at Tulane University. His most recent recordings are This Is Jazz: Live at the Blue Note, with Billy Cobham and Ron Carter, and New Orleans Gumbo, with Dr. John.

DONALD HARRISON Quintet – Saturday April 4th – doors 7:30pm show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable and non transferable – no audio or video recording is permitted during the performance. Full bar – no dinner served – pre show dinner reservations are highly recommended at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – www.oldlymeinn.com

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

10
Apr

BUCKY PIZZARELLI and ED LAUB DUO!

BUCKY PIZZARELLI & ED LAUB DUO - Friday April 10 - Door 7:30 Show 8:30**    860-434-0886

We are thrilled to welcome Bucky back to the Side Door along with long time band mate Ed Laub.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucky_Pizzarelli or http://www.edlaub.com/ for more artist details. Tickets for the real thing right here!

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

11
Apr

KEVIN HAYS TRIO!

KEVIN HAYS TRIO –Saturday April 11th  – doors open 7:30pm - showtime 8:30pm* 860-434-0886

We are thirilled to welcome Kevin back to the club this spring. Long considered to be among the finest of his generation, Jazz Pianist and Composer Kevin Hays has recorded over a dozen CD’s as a leader and has been featured on many recordings as a sideman. His recordings have been praised by  The New York Times and listed among the “Best of the Year” by Musician Magazine and The New Yorker Magazine.

In addition to touring extensively with his own trio and other special projects, he has worked with with many legendary jazz artists including Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Chris Potter, Al Foster, Joe Henderson and Joshua Redman.

For this wonderful return performance Kevin is joined by Rob Jost on bass & Greg Joseph on drums. For more artist info visit: http://www.kevinhays.com/

KEVIN HAYS TRIO –Saturday April 11th – doors open 7:30pm. Showtime 8:30pm*

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted (incl. cell phones). Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

17
Apr

Josh Johnson HOLOPHONOR

Josh Johnson and HOLOPHONOR - Friday April 17th - Door 7:30 Show 8:3opm   860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

HOLOPHONOR is a fearless collaboration of seven of today’s most dynamic young jazz musicians from all over the U.S. and South America. Josh Johnson on Alto Saxophone, Mike Cottone on Trumpet, Eric Miller on Trombone, Diego Urbano on Vibraphone, Miro Sprague on Piano, Dave Robaire on Bass and Jonathan Pinson on Drums.

Their performances feature original music from each member of the group as well as works written collectively. The group manages to combine imaginative compositions with improvisational freedom while still staying accessible to the listener. The members of Holophonor met in 2012 after being selected to attend the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where they studied under the guidance of jazz legends including Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. As members of the Monk Institute, the group has performed in Israel, Japan, Sweden and Turkey in addition to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Check out this great link for video and ios etc.. http://www.holophonormusic.com/

HOLOPHONOR- Friday April 11th - Door 7:30 Show 8:30*   860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

18
Apr

STEVE CARRINGTON Quartet w/Curtis Lundy, Anthony Wonsey and Winard Harper

STEVE CARRINGTON Quartet – Sat April 18th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886*

w/Curtis Lundy, Anthony Wonsey and Winard Harper

Born in East Baltimore, Maryland, Steve grew up cultivating a deep love and respect for jazz music, picking up the sax at age seven. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, then went on to graduate from Frederick Douglass High. His early influences were John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr., Hank Mobley, and Freddie Hubbard.

Following graduation in 1986, Steve was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with saxophonist Bill Pierce, formerly of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. After Berklee, Steve moved to New York, where he played with the Charles Mingus Epitaph, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Milt Hinton, Pharaoh Sanders, plus Frank Wess and Jimmy Heath (at the same time!), among many others.

In the mid-1990s, Steve joined the faculty of the Jazz Mentoring Program at the Eubie Blake Center for Cultural Arts. Continuing his musical pursuits in the Baltimore/Washington area, Steve performed with Ruby Glover, Phillip Harper, Theodros Avery, Grady Tate, and Cyrus Chestnut, who featured Steve on his third album, “Earth Stories.”

Returning to New York, Steve sat in with the likes of the late Elvin Jones, Joey DeFrancesco, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wynton Marsalis, Wessel “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Eric Lewis (ELew) and Chick Corea. He is close friends with his mentor Kenny Garrett. In a symbolic passing of the torch, Kenny gifted Steve with a saxophone in 2012.

As leader of his own quartet, Steve has opened for jazz giants Abbey Lincoln, Lionel Hampton, and Stanley Turrentine. Currently, Steve is a part of the legendary drummer Greg Bandy’s band: Greg has played for many years with Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Turrentine and Yusef Lateef. Steve is proud to have released his debut album ‘A Caring Tone’ on Samech records, which is available on ITunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Check out www.stevecarrington.com for more artist details

STEVE CARRINGTON Quartet – Sat April 18th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm    860-434-0886**

**tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at the club. Enjoy a pre-show dinner (or overnight stay!) at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant – recommended!

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24
Apr

Tom Tallitsch Sextet

TOM TALLITSCH Sextet – Fri April 24 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

Tom is joined by Mike DiRubbo on alto, David Gibson on trombone, Jon Davis on piano (former member of Jaco Pastorius Band), Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums.

Tom Tallitsch is a tenor saxophonist, composer, recording artist, and radio show host. His 6th album as a leader ‘All Together Now’ (3/31/15 Posi-Tone Records) features an all star sextet with: Mike Dirubbo (Alto), Tom Tallitsch (Tenor), Michael Dease (Trombone), Brian Charette (Piano), Peter Brendler (Bass), Mark Ferber (Drums). His albums have received critical acclaim in Downbeat Magazine and JazzTimes Magazine and are on radio playlists throughout the world. In addition to tours throughout the U.S and abroad, he regularly performs at NYC Jazz venues including, Smalls, 55 Bar, Blue Note, WhyNot Jazz Room, Showman’s, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Garage, Bar Next Door, and more. More information can be found at: www.tomtallitsch.com

TOM TALLITSCH Sextet – Fri April 24 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

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

25
Apr

MARC CARY Rhodes Ahead Vol.2 CD Release

Marc Cary – Sat April 25 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

“There isn’t much in the modern-jazz-musician tool kit that Marc Cary hasn’t mastered…. Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 [is] a more self-assured trek to the heart of jazz-funk futurism, and a likely breakthrough for his public profile.” —Nate Chinen, New York Times

“[Cary] creates a massive, resonant sound from the keys, unleashing complex, grooving explorations that spiral further upward with each successive phrase.” —Jeff Potter, DownBeat Magazine

Marc Cary was born in New York City in 1967, but moved to D.C. as a young child. Growing up in a neglected city during the 1970s and ’80s, it was easy to run into trouble – but music remained a steadying force. At 14 he joined the High Integrity Band, a group that practiced the native D.C. art form of go-go, a dance music blending funk, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean drumming and traditional call-and-response elements.

For high school Cary attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and played in the Dizzy Gillespie Youth Orchestra, based at the storied D.C. jazz club Blues Alley. When Cary took a standout solo during a performance of “A Night in Tunisia,” it caught the ear of Gillespie himself, and from then on the trumpet legend let Cary sit in whenever his band came through D.C.

A fledgling Cary was soon playing in bands led by Arthur Taylor, Mickey Bass and Betty Carter, all major figures from jazz’s mid-century heyday.

At the same time, he quickly befriended and started working with Q-Tip, the famed emcee from A Tribe Called Quest; members of the Wu Tang Clan; and other prominent hip-hop musicians. (Cary produced and played keyboards on much of The Renaissance, Q-Tip’s Grammy-nominated solo album.)

In the 1980s and early ’90s, Cary stayed on the road with Carter for two and a half years, becoming one of the vocalist’s longest-serving pianists. In 1991, he left to join trumpet phenom Roy Hargrove’s band. Read the full bio and all artist details at: http://www.marccary.com/

Check out the new CD, ‘Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2’ at: http://caryout.bandcamp.com/

Marc Cary – Sat April 25 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

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

01
May

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS Quartet!

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS Quartet – Fri May 1st – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

“Paulette McWilliams is a great jazz singer – better yet, a great singer.” – Chaka Khan

We are thrilled to welcome Paulette back to The Side Door! She brings the talented quartet of players: Nat Adderley Jr. (Musical Director band leader, piano), Don Braden on Saxophone, Kenny Davis on Bass, Vince Ector, drums.

Chicago has always produced great musical talent. Paulette McWilliams is no exception to that rule. She started singing before she could talk and even as a child, Paulette amazed her listeners with her rich, low, deep, sultry, velvety tones and an incredibly wide range.

Today, after 40 years of recording and touring, Paulette has hit her stride with Telling Stories saying, “I was destined to sing jazz but it took me a long time to realize it. I’ve performed at jazz festivals in Japan, clubs in London, or The Blue Note in Tokyo and other festivals like, Monterey, Trinidad, Milan, Moscow and Bern, Switzerland.” These shows were topped recently when she performed at the International Jazz Festival in The Netherlands in May and this June, the 16th annual Jazz Journalists Association Awards in New York City. More bio and artist details at www.paulettemcwilliams.com

PAULETTE McWILLIAMS Quartet – Fri May 1st – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

08
May

JON REGEN

JON REGEN At The Side Door! Fri May 8th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Remarkable. Infectious. Soulful. Just some of the words critics have used to describe “Stop Time”, the new album by singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen.

Produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney), and featuring Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s band the Imposters, “Stop Time” finds Regen at the peak of his songwriting and pianistic powers. The album’s ten original tunes prove Regen a master of the sticky lyric and the penetrating piano hook, recalling the work of forbears like Billy Joel and Randy Newman while simultaneously showcasing Regen’s singular take on modern love. Visit Jon’s website for more details at www.jonregen.com

“A joy to listen to over and over, ‘Stop Time’ never stops pleasing the ears.” Chuck Leavell, THE ROLLING STONE

“As potent as anything crafted by Sting.” JAZZTIMES

JON REGEN At The Side Door! Fri May 8th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

09
May

OUR SECOND YEAR ANNIVERSARY. COME CELEBRATE OUR TERRIBLE TWOS!

Second Year Anniversary Celebration! Saturday May 9th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Come and help us celebrate our Terrible Two’s!!

A Super Group of talented friends will be bringing you an evening of jazz music not to be missed – line up to be announced very soon! A Champaign toast and cup cake for all!

 Second Year Anniversary Celebration! Saturday May 9th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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

15
May

Dianne Schuur!

DIANE SCHUUR At The Side Door! Fri May 15th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1953, Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. She later received formal piano training at The Washington State School for the Blind, which she attended until she was 11 years of age.

Nicknamed “Deedles” as a child, she grew up surrounded by the world of Jazz embraced by both of her parents: Her father was an amateur pianist, and her mother kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in her home. Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur’s major vocal influence, and she learned the iconic singer’s “What a Difference a Day Makes” while she was still a toddler. She also developed her own rich, resonant vocal style at a very young age.

With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional Grammy nominations, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape. Her musical collaborations include the aforementioned Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others. These collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard Chart recordings, including Pure Schuur and Heart to Heart with B.B. King; Ms. Schuur has appeared on PBS and many other television specials…as well as a very special visit to the beloved TV show, Sesame Street. Diane has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions, and was one of the select musical guests invited to perform for Stevie Wonder at the Kennedy Center Honors when he received his prestigious award. She continues to tour and perform extensively at major concert halls and venues around the world.

Ms. Schuur has recently recorded an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. The CD will be released on June 10, 2104, and will also commemorate her “official” discovery 35 years ago by Stan Getz at The 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival. The recording features all new arrangements by Alan Broadbent, and in addition to Mr. Broadbent on piano, it includes an All-Star Band of Ben Wolfe, Ulysses Owens Jr., Romero Lubambo, Roni Ben Hur, and Joel Frahm.

DIANE SCHUUR At The Side Door! Fri May 15th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

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ADDRESS

85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Tickets

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

(860) 434-0886 | Email

Club Opens

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

(dessert selections available in the club, no dinner)

No unauthorized audio or video recording is permitted during performance. This includes cell phones.

Photos restricted to first set, or per artist request.

Enjoy overnight discount with your tickets at The Old Lyme Inn. #TasteStayGroove!

Featured Show

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

(dessert selection available in club, no dinner)


VOTED BEST LIVE JAZZ BY CT MAGAZINE 2014! Come check out why.....


Enjoy a discounted stay at the Inn with purchase of jazz tickets!

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

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PastEvents

The CURTIS Brothers 4/26/14

THE COOKERS 5/2/14

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch

RENE MARIE 5/14/14

ELDAR DJANGIROV Nov'13

KEVIN HAYS TRIO

WALLACE RONEY

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 3/1/14

GLEN ZALESKI TRIO

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

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 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.....

Welcomed in 2013 - the Reason We are Here!

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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InTheNews

Articles /THESIDEDOOR

"A Beacon of Live Music!..."
Feb 27, 2015 | see full article
NY Times - "Its the Perfect Room....."
Nov 16, 2014 | see full article
CT Magazine - The Side Door Thrives!
May 7, 2014 | see full article
The Day - "A Lovely Spot To Listen"
November 14, 2013 | see full article
The SideDoor Announces Its Fall Line Up!
September 26, 2013 | see full article
Wine, dine, spend the night, and all that jazz!
September 17, 2013 | see full article
Old Lyme Inn opens the SideDoor
MAY 9, 2013 | see full article
Old Lyme Inn jazzed about new venue
MAY 6, 2013 | see full article
All About Jazz - Old Lyme Inn Goes Live At The Side Door Jazz Club
June 21, 2013 | see full article
Wallace Roney, Two Explosive Nights At The Side Door Jazz Club
July 21, 2013 | see full article
The SideDoor Opens to a Standing Ovation in Old Lyme
May 13 2013 | see full article

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OurStory

The SideDoor is quite literally a dream come true!

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

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

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

PHOTO: DOLORES MAURISU, KEN KITCHINGS

KindWords

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

    ~ Benny Green 4/18/14
  • “…First of all congratulations on a wonderful jazz joint – the SideDoor has all the Vibe a real top jazzclub should have and can easily be looked upon with both envy and fascination by other clubs around the world; because the SideDoor is based upon one man’s sheer and honest passion for a certain kind of music that thrives best when surrounded by loving and open-minded enthusiasts – and Ken’s passion for jazz nurtures exactly that exquisite atmosphere in which both musicians and audience will get the finest and rarest music experiences…”

    ~ Benjamin Koppel, renowned Saxaphonist
  • Hi Ken and Jan; I just wanted to thank you both again for a fantastic weekend. You have created a special environment (with both the inn and the club) where both Christos and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you also for being so kind to my family – they really loved it! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

    ~ Sergio Salvatore
  • “It was a pleasure to experience The Old Lyme Inn and The SideDoor jazz club, and to witness again first hand your passion for and support of great music. We’ll be back!”

    ~ Luciano Salvatore
  • “This is the real deal! You’re right in the cross hairs of the NY and Boston music scene… This is every bit as great as playing the Vanguard!”

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

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

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

    ~ Facebook User: Carrie Leber
  • As shepherded by Ken Kitchings – who owns the Old Lyme Inn with his wife, Christine, and is a booking force at the Garde Arts Center – the SideDoor will be an intimate venue dedicated to showcasing the finest touring jazz musicians as they negotiate the I-95 corridor.

    ~ RICK KOSTER, The Day

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