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04
Sep

NOAH PREMINGER QUARTET!

Noah Preminger Quartet! – Friday Sept 4 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886 *

A Connecticut son, saxophonist Noah Preminger brings Jason Palmer, Sean Conly and Matt Wilson on drums to round out this brilliant quartet!

“Playing with the grace and expressiveness of a jazz veteran, the young man with a horn mixes cool restraint with emotional depth and old-fashioned poetry with contemporary bite.” Hartford Courant

Noah Preminger, just 26, has recorded his third album and second for Palmetto Records, Haymaker, for release in spring 2013. Featuring a kindred-spirit band of top-flight players – guitarist Ben Monder, double-bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Colin Stranahan – the album showcases a brace of fresh Preminger compositions, along with a cover of jam-band rocker Dave Matthews’ “Don’t Drink the Water.” Blending atmosphere and melody, free-floating sax lines and hovering guitar, the Noah Preminger Group plays modern jazz that balances musical integrity with sensual allure.

Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. While still in high school, he studied with saxophone luminary Dave Liebman. Preminger released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. Jazz Review said: “Preminger seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed, with incisive musical instincts, a distinctive personal sound and an ability to write great tunes.” Dry Bridge Road was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll.

Preminger’s second album as a leader, Before the Rain, came in 2011 from Palmetto. Featuring a quartet with Kimbrough, Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson, the album includes Preminger originals alongside pieces by Kimbrough and Ornette Coleman, plus the standards “Where or When” and “Until the Real Thing Comes Along.” The New York Times concluded: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.”

The Brooklyn based saxophonist has performed on key stages from Boston and New York to Europe and Australia, and he has played with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, Dr. Eddie Henderson and Dave Liebman. For more artist details, please visit www.noahpreminger.com

Noah Preminger Quartet! – Saturday Nov 1st Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 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!

05
Sep

SOMI

SOMI – Saturday Sept 5 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886 *

In late 2011, acclaimed East African vocalist & songwriter Somi decided to move from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria for 18 months in search of new inspiration. The result: a new album she calls The Lagos Music Salon released in August 2014 as her major label debut on Sony Music/Okeh – landing at #1 on US Jazz charts. The album, which features special guests Angelique Kidjo, Common and Ambrose Akinmusire, draws it material from the tropical city’s boastful cosmopolitanism, urgent inspiration, and giant spirit – straddling the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls “Superb!”

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to her sound. Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard exclaims that she’s “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”

As her career has taken off, Somi’s talents have been called upon for collaborations and live performances alongside a diverse cast of artists including John Legend, Billy Childs, Paul Simon, Danilo Perez, Idan Raichel, Jennifer Hudson and many more. In 2011, Somi released her first live album of performances at the venerable Jazz Standard in New York City. The result of which JazzTimes hailed as “stunning…natural fervor and naked magnificence.”

A two-time recipient of The Doris Duke Foundation’s French-American Jazz Exchange Composers’ Grant, Somi began an exploration of African & Arab jazz traditions alongside acclaimed French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf.

Widely acknowledged as both artist and scholar, Somi is a TED Senior Fellow, an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellow, a 2013 Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence, and the founder of New Africa Live, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the very best of contemporary African artists working in the performance, visual, and literary arts. In her heart of hearts, she is an East African girl who loves family, poetry, and freedom. More details at www.somimusic.com  SOMI will be joined by Ben Williams (bass), Toru Dodo (piano), Liberty Ellman (guitar) and Otis Brown III on drums.

SOMI – Saturday Sept 5 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886

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

09
Sep

JANE BUNNET & MAQUEQUE Female Cuban Sextet!

JANE BUNNETT & MAQUEQUE – Wed Sept 9th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A special Wednesday night performance – returning for a second visit! 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. Check out this video…

JANE BUNNETT & MAQUEQUE – Wed Sept 9th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A special Wednesday night performance – returning for a second visit! 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. Check out this video.. http://jazzglobalmedia.com/maqueque/ but make sure to come see them LIVE!!!

JANE BUNNETT & MAQUEQUE – Wed Sept 9th – 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!

 but come see them LIVE!!!

JANE BUNNETT & MAQUEQUE – Wed Sept 9th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

11
Sep

Glenn Zaleski Trio My Ideal CD Release Event

GLENN ZALESKI TRIO – “My Ideal” CD RELEASE EVENT – Friday Sept 11 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886 *

We are thrilled to welcome back the very talented Glenn Zaleski Trio! With Craig Weinrib on drums and Dezron Douglas on bass! Celebrating the release of his brand new CD. Come hear it performed LIVE!

Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Boylston, MA, Glenn has made a name for himself playing with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig.

His debut album, “My Ideal”, was released in March of 2015 on Sunnyside, and has been receiving critical acclaim: Downbeat Magazine named it “sublime”, Jazz Times called it, “an engaging set by a talent worth watching,” and the New York Times named the record a “strong statement,” praising its “fluent but unhurried sense of phrase”. “…insightful young pianist…” – NY Times “A perfect balance of excitement and coherence…” – Jazz Times

In 2011, Glenn was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, as well as a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. He attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program in Stockton, CA and finished his undergraduate studies at The New School in 2009. From 2009-2011, while working towards his graduate degree at NYU, Glenn was also on NYU faculty, teaching a variety of classes and private students.

GLENN ZALESKI TRIO – “My Ideal” CD RELEASE EVENT – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886

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

12
Sep

JUSTIN KAUFLIN TRIO!

JUSTIN KAUFLIN TRIO – Saturday Sept 12 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886 *

Joined by Billy Williams on drums and Christopher Smith on bass, award-winning jazz pianist, Justin Kauflin began his musical journey at age 4 with Suzuki violin (Suzanne Schreck), adding piano a few years later with Virginia Koun. By age 6, he was performing in concerts, nursing homes and weddings, eventually becoming concertmaster for several orchestras. However, it was during this time that he also endured numerous trials, particularly losing total vision by exudative retinopathy at age 11.

After a decade of classical violin and piano, switched to jazz piano at the Governor’s School for Performing Arts. He attended the Vail Jazz Workshop, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency, and received top honors in jazz festivals across the U.S. He began performing jazz professionally at age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio.

In 2004, Justin graduated in the top 1% of Salem High School alongside his sighted peers, and valedictorian at the Governor’s School, receiving a Presidential scholarship to attend William Paterson University in New Jersey. At WPU, he was taken under the wings of legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry and performed in the Clark Terry Ensemble. He also had the tremendous privilege of learning from his hero, the late Mulgrew Miller, as well as Harold Mabern and the late James Williams. While attending William Paterson, he accepted any opportunity to sit in, and/or perform with his trio, in New York City.

In 2008, Justin graduated summa cum laude with an Honor’s degree in Music, moved to NYC and, at age 23 produced, led, composed and performed on his first CD Introducing Justin Kauflin.

He was voted “Jazz Artist of the Year” in VEER Magazine, and selected as semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition where it was noted: “Among the few exceptions was Justin Kauflin… whose soloing had more shape, heft and narrative rigor than most of his peers.” -Gene Seymour, Eye on the Arts, NY

Simultaneously during this time, Justin’s relationship with mentor Clark Terry was chronicled by Absolute Clay Productions’ Al Hicks and Adam Hart. Five years in the making, the resultant documentary, Keep On Keepin’ On, won both Heineken Audience and Best New Director Awards at Tribeca Film Festival and released in theaters through RADIUS-TWC. Justin and Dave Grusin are credited for its filmscore. Keep On Keepin’ On was Oscar Shortlisted for best documentary (2015 Academy Awards).

Justin was subsequently signed by legendary producer and music icon, Quincy Jones for management, and in 2013 and 2014, was part of Quincy Jones’ World Tours which traveled to Montreux, Switzerland; Vienne, France; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan. Throughout 2014, in addition to Keep On Keepin’ On screening performances throughout the USA, Justin worked with Quincy Jones on his second full-length CD and debut album for Jazz Village, DEDICATION.

JUSTIN KAUFLIN TRIO – Sat Sept 12 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 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!

18
Sep

STEVE WILSONs WILSONIANS GRAIN

STEVE WILSON’S WILSONIAN’S GRAIN – Friday Sept 18 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886 *

Here are Steve’s thoughts on Wilsonian’s Grain: Old Socks with New Shoes… “I’ve had a vast amount of playing experiences over the past ten years, with some of my jazz heroes, and with many, many friends. These last ten years have been fruitful and so rewarding, and had a profound influence on me. Now, I’m really interested in re-examining some of my earlier compositions that had not yet been fully explored on the bandstand, with this new band of old friends. It’s like putting on old socks with new shoes.” Steve has assembled a quartet of long-time friends who bring their own experiences, and are always at their creative best! Hear Wilsonian’s Grain Live at the Village Vanguard (March 24, 2010) http://www.npr.org/event/music/125076907/steve-wilson-live-at-the-village-vanguard

Highly regarded as a musician’s musician, Steve Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings and ensembles led by such celebrated artists as Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Karrin Allyson, and Don Byron among many others.

An in-demand and passionate educator, Wilson is an Associate Professor of Music at City College of New York, and on faculty at the Juilliard School. Please visit for more artist details: www.stevewilsonmusic.com

STEVE WILSON’S WILSONIAN’S GRAIN – Friday Sept 18 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm   www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 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!

19
Sep

Duane Eubanks Quintet!

DUANE EUBANKS Quintet – Sat Sept 19th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Trumpeter Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland, the Kennedy Center to Europe and Japan. We are thrilled to welcome him to The Side Door this fall! He will be joined by Abraham Burton – tenor sax, David Bryant – piano, Dezron Douglas – bass and Eric McPherson- drums.

His highly successful musical family: his mother is pianist Vera Eubanks, Kenny Barron’s first piano teacher and a professional church pianist; and his brothers – renowned trombonist Robin Eubanks and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, former bandleader of the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”; as well as his uncle, legendary pianist Ray Bryant saw his potential at a young age and persuaded him to pursue music.

He has worked with a long list of major jazz artists including notably Elvin Jones, Mulgrew Miller, Dave Holland and with popular artists such as The Temptations, Alicia Keys, and Mos Def. Duane is currently on faculty at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Brooklyn Music School.

DUANE EUBANKS Quintet – Sat Sept 19th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 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!

24
Sep

NAT REEVES TRIO Featuring David Hazeltine and Joe Farnsworth! Special Thurs show!

NAT REEVES TRIO Featuring David Hazeltine and Joe Farnsworth! – Thurs Sept 24th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A special Thursday night performance! The Nat Reeves Trio – Featuring David Hazeltine and Joe Farnsworth

Nat Reeves has built a successful career touring the world with some of the most important figures in jazz in the last half-century.

His work as a prominent educator at The Hartt School, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz has spanned over 30 years. As a bassist, he is regarded as a precise accompanist, known for his impeccable time, deep tones and great earthy, organic sound. As an educator, Nat mentors some of the future greats of jazz.

Today, Nat is committed to 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 continues to learn from his colleagues and Nat will be performing with two of the finest musicians of our time – David Hazeltine on piano and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Through this collaboration, he has created the perfect classic

NAT REEVES TRIO Featuring David Hazeltine and Joe Farnsworth! – Thurs Sept 24th – 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!

25
Sep

CLIFTON ANDERSON QUARTET!

CLIFTON ANDERSON Quartet – Friday Sept 25th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Born in Harlem on October 5,1957 Clifton showed an affinity for music at an early age. At 7 years old he received his first trombone from his uncle, Sonny Rollins. Clifton went on to attend the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music. Clifton joined Sonny’s group in 1983 and is well known for his association with the legendary saxophonist.

He has appeared on ten of Sonny’s recordings and produced 3 CD’s and 1 DVD for Sonny’s Doxy label. In 2009 Clifton left Sonny Rollins group to establish himself as a leader. He had already recorded his first CD as a leader for the Milestone label in 2007 entitled “Landmarks”, but in 2009 the release of “Decade” for the Doxy/Universal label garnered critical acclaim and a nomination for “Trombonist Of The Year” from The American Jazz Journalists Association. Clifton’s most recent release “And So We Carry On” was voted “One of The Top CD Releases of 2012” by Jazz Inside Magazine and reached #4 on nationwide Jazz radio.

In addition to his association with Rollins, Clifton has worked with an “A list” of various musical luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Keith Richards and Slide Hampton among others. Clifton’s performances showcase his stellar group interpreting a variety of swinging originals; high energy straight-ahead, calypsos, funk and American standards. In recent performances Clifton has included some of the strong new material he plans to record by the end of the year. Check out his latest CD, “And So We Carry On” and be uplifted.

“He has crafted his sound into one which both his peers and audience appreciate” – Jazz Improv Magazine

“Easily among the top mainstream trombonists in Jazz today” – Joel Roberts – New York City Jazz Record

CLIFTON ANDERSON Quartet – Friday Sept 25th – Doors 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!

26
Sep

Freddy Hendrix Quartet

FREDDY HENDRIX Quartet – Sat Sept 26th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome outstanding trumpet player, Freddy Hendrix and his quartet to The Side Door this September! He is joined by Brandon McCune on piano, Chris Beck on drums and Chris Berger on bass!

He has performed and/or recorded with such notable artists and ensembles as Aretha Franklin, Kathy Sledge, Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoin Center Orchestra, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Christian McBride Big Band, Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Big Band, Vanguard Orchestra, Rufus Reid Quintet, T.S. Monk Sextet, Cecil Brooks III CB3 band, and the David Krakauer/Fred Wesley group Abraham Inc.

Born on July 29,1976 in Teaneck, New Jersey, trumpeter and flugelhornist Freddie Hendrix is a member of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra of 2010. In 2008 he joined the pop star/actress Alicia Keys and her “As I Am” world tour where they performed 100+ arena, festival, and theater shows in 30 countries. He also appeared live on PBS with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra among many other notable network appearances including BET awards etc…. Freddie Hendrix holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music performance.

Whether its straight-ahead jazz, backing up R&B and Pop artists, or performing in church, Freddie Hendrix is as talented and distinguished as they come. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch him live!

FREDDY HENDRIX Quartet – Sat Sept 26th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 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!

02
Oct

JAVON JACKSON Stellar 4tet Two Nights! Showcasing living legend Louis Hayes, George Cables and Santi DeBriano!

JAVON JACKSON 4tet Featuring Louis Hayes, George Cables and Santi DeBriano! – Fri Oct 2 and Sat Oct 3 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Tenor saxophonist extraordinaire, Javon Jackson brings us a weekend of music showcasing the living legend Louis Hayes, the stellar George Cables and world class bassist Santi DeBriano.

The weekend consists of original material and selection of standards, along with new original material created for this engagement!

JAVON JACKSON: Our friend and neighbor (Division Director, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz – Hartt School, Hartford), has gathered yet another extraordinary ensemble together for us! As a member of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Javon toured and made many recordings with the legendary drummer. In addition to Blakey, Jackson has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller and Stanley Turrentine. www.javonjackson.com

LOUIS HAYES: At the tender age of 18 in New York Louis become a member of the great Horace Silver Quintet from 1956 until 1959, when he joined Cannonball Adderley propelling the quintet to joyous musical heights and recordings through 1965. He joined piano master Oscar Peterson from 1965-67. Louis would rejoin Oscar in 1971 for a year. For the next decade or more he became leader or co-leader of a series of electrifying groups including musicians Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw and Dexter Gordon. Louis also spent several years touring with McCoy Tyner. The Louis Hayes Group with Herald Mabern and Frank Strozier culminated four years of artistry with album “Variety Is The Spice” www.louishayes.net

GEORGE CABLES: We are honoured to call stellar pianist George Cables a friend, and have had the pleasure of his extraordinary talent at The Side Door on several memorable occasions! This will certainly be one of them! He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time, including: Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson and Dizzy Gillespie. www.georgecables.com

SANTI DIBRIANO: Santi is a prolific composer and has played with greats of jazz like Hank Jones, Larry Coryell, Randy Weston, Freddie Hubbard and Cecil Taylor. Since his first record date in 1987, Santi has appeared on over 100 recordings, including eight as leader. We are really looking forward to welcoming him to The Side Door!

JAVON JACKSON 4tet Featuring Louis Hayes, George Cables and Santi DeBriano! – Fri Oct 2 and Sat Oct 3 – 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!

03
Oct

JAVON JACKSON Stellar 4tet Two Nights! Showcasing living legend Louis Hayes, George Cables and Santi DeBriano!

JAVON JACKSON 4tet Featuring Louis Hayes, George Cables and Santi DeBriano! – Fri Oct 2 and Sat Oct 3 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Tenor saxophonist extraordinaire, Javon Jackson brings us a weekend of music showcasing the living legend Louis Hayes, the stellar George Cables and world class bassist Santi DeBriano.

The weekend consists of original material and selection of standards, along with new original material created for this engagement!

JAVON JACKSON: Our friend and neighbor (Division Director, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz – Hartt School, Hartford), has gathered yet another extraordinary ensemble together for us! As a member of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Javon toured and made many recordings with the legendary drummer. In addition to Blakey, Jackson has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller and Stanley Turrentine. www.javonjackson.com

LOUIS HAYES: At the tender age of 18 in New York Louis become a member of the great Horace Silver Quintet from 1956 until 1959, when he joined Cannonball Adderley propelling the quintet to joyous musical heights and recordings through 1965. He joined piano master Oscar Peterson from 1965-67. Louis would rejoin Oscar in 1971 for a year. For the next decade or more he became leader or co-leader of a series of electrifying groups including musicians Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw and Dexter Gordon. Louis also spent several years touring with McCoy Tyner. The Louis Hayes Group with Herald Mabern and Frank Strozier culminated four years of artistry with album “Variety Is The Spice” www.louishayes.net

GEORGE CABLES: We are honoured to call stellar pianist George Cables a friend, and have had the pleasure of his extraordinary talent at The Side Door on several memorable occasions! This will certainly be one of them! He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time, including: Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson and Dizzy Gillespie. www.georgecables.com

SANTI DIBRIANO: Santi is a prolific composer and has played with greats of jazz like Hank Jones, Larry Coryell, Randy Weston, Freddie Hubbard and Cecil Taylor. Since his first record date in 1987, Santi has appeared on over 100 recordings, including eight as leader. We are really looking forward to welcoming him to The Side Door!

JAVON JACKSON 4tet Featuring Louis Hayes, George Cables and Santi DeBriano! – Fri Oct 2 and Sat Oct 3 – 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
Oct

ALICIA OLATUJA!

ALICIA OLATUJA – Fri Oct 9 and Sat Oct 3 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Alicia will be joined by the talents of Michael Olatuja on bass, Ulysses Owens Jr., drums and Jon Cowherd, piano!

St. Louis native Alicia Olatuja burst onto the national scene with her performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, but she has been honing her craft for many years, playing alongside giants like Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, and BeBe Winans. Blending elements of classical, jazz, gospel and pop, Alicia’s unique and soulful musical style is refined and captivating.
“Olatuja posses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail.” -Downbeat
“[a] singer with a strong, lustrous tone and an amiably regal presence onstage.”
-The New York Times

Alicia has sung with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007, often performs as a soloist with the Juilliard Jazz ensemble, and has sung with various recording artists such as Christian McBride, Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans. She has recently released her solo debut album, titled Timeless, on which she is joined by such acclaimed jazz artists as 3-time Grammy©-Award winner McBride and husband Michael Olatuja (both on bass), Jon Cowherd and two-time Grammy ©-nominee Christian Sands (both on piano), Grégoire Maret on harmonica, Ulysses Owens, Jr., on drums and David Rosenthal on guitar.

For a tiny sample of her talent, view this, then come see her LIVE at The Side Door! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9TS7QpwVZ8

ALICIA OLATUJA – Fri Oct 9 and Sat Oct 3 – 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!

10
Oct

RUSSELL MALONE QUARTET w/Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III and Rick Germanson!

RUSSELL MALONE QUARTET – Saturday Oct 10 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We are thrilled to welcome Russell to The Side Door, his quartet made up of the incredible talents of Gerald Cannon on bass, Willie Jones III on drums and Rick Germanson on piano!

Russell Malone is one of the signature guitar players of his generation. The leader of ten albums since 1992, Malone is well known on the international circuit for helming a world class quartet and trio as he is for his long standing participation in Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio and his recent consequential contribution to the musical production of the likes of Sonny Rollins and Diane Reeves, who recruited Malone for his singular tone, refined listening skills, limitless chops, and efflorescent imagination.

In all these circumstances, Malone addresses the tradition on his own terms, refracting the vocabularies and syntax of such heroes as Charlie Christian, Chet Atkins, George Van Eps, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino and George Benson into an argot entirely his own. A master of all tempos, a relentless swinger he spins his stories – in idioms ranging from the urban and down home blues, country, gospel and various corners of the American Songbook, and hardcore jazz – with a soulful, instantly recognizable instrumental voice and seasons them with sophisticated harmonies that are never “too hip for the room.”

“I take pride on being open enough to play with anybody,” says Malone, citing encounters with such diverse artists as B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Andy Williams, James “Blood” Ulmer and Ornette Coleman. “I love to swing, but I don’t look down my nose at other styles of music, or other musicians. I’ll play with anybody if the music is good.”

RUSSELL MALONE QUARTET – Saturday Oct 10 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

16
Oct

CARL ALLEN AND THE ART OF ELVIN!

CARL ALLEN AND THE ART OF ELVIN – Friday Oct 16 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Carl Allen and The Art of Elvin. A tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones – with Tivon Pennicott – Tenor & soprano saxophone, Freddie Hendrix – Trumpet, Xavier Davis – Piano, Dezron Douglas – Bass, Carl Allen – Drums

The group is a tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones and features music by both Art Blakey and Elvin Jones in addition to some original music. In the tradition of both Art and Elvin the music is hard bop, gospel infused, hard swinging music that is designed to make one feel good!

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.

Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by the legendary saxophonist Benny Carter. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody.

Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and recorded several recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett to name just few of the many!

Carl Allen’s multifaceted career provides the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring and teaching. He remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. As a leader he most recently leads The Carl Allen Quartet as well as The Art of Elvin, a tribute band dedicated to his two drum influences, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones was started after the passing of Elvin Jones in 2004.

In ‘Art Of Elvin’, Carl has assembled a group of the finest jazz artist of today – with Tivon Pennicott – Tenor & soprano saxophone, Freddie Hendrix – Trumpet, Xavier Davis – Piano, Dezron Douglas – Bass, Carl Allen – Drums! Do not miss this special evening!

CARL ALLEN THE ART OF ELVIN – Friday Oct 16 – 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!

17
Oct

Tammy McCann Quartet

TAMMY McCANN Quartet – Saturday Oct 17th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Joined by Jon Weber (piano), Steve Williams (drums), Kenny Davis (bass) – Singer Tammy McCann stands poised on the precipice of a brand new musical adventure and solo career teaming up with Grammy award winning arranger Laurence Hobgood on a new cd project ” Love Stories…”. The two have wowed audiences and critics alike with their chemistry and electric performances and Howard Reich says of the pair “The very thought of a singer of McCann’s vocal prowess sharing a stage with a pianist as sensitive and technically accomplished as Hobgood is enough to quicken the pulse of just about any jazz listener.” McCann says ” I just threw a penny in a wishing well and I believe the universe was planning something before I knew it”.   And now so many who love and admire superb jazz vocalists will be the beneficiaries of her commitment to song. Stay tuned!

For more artist details please visit her website here: www.tammymccann.com

TAMMY McCANN Quartet – Saturday Oct 17th – Doors 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!

21
Oct

The Brubeck Brothers! Special Wed Show!

THE BRUBECK BROTHERS Quartet – Wednesday Oct 21th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A special Wednesday night show – The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families – Daniel Brubeck (drums), and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone.) Guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet.

They have performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane & Monterey Jazz Festivals. Their Koch release, Classified, has already earned this rave review from All About Jazz: “Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There’s really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.”

These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras, and in 2006 ignited the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival by playing with the Utah Symphony conducted by Keith Lockhart. With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s debut Koch recording, Intuition, impressed the national jazz media and spent several weeks in the top ten radio charts while earning enthusiastic reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, Boston Globe and many other respected publications. “Intuition was measure for measure one of the hardest swinging sets of the year.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz

BRUBECK BROTHERS Quartet – Wednesday Oct 21th – Doors 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!

23
Oct

THE BROTHERHOOD SEXTET! w/Yosvany and Yunior Terry, Marcus and E.J Strickland, Michael and Robert Rodriquez!

THE BROTHERHOOD SEXTET – Friday & Saturday Oct 23rd & 24th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We are so thrilled to have this incredible group of consummate jazz talent playing two nights at The Side Door on this Fall weekend. Each have performed at the club as headliners in their own accomplished bands, but this unique ensemble of three pairs of brothers should not be missed!

Driven to pursue music, three sets of brothers moved to New York City and crossed paths while doing so: The Rodriguez Brothers (Robert & Michael Rodriguez), The Strickland Brothers (E.J. & Marcus Strickland), & The Terry Brothers (Yosvany & Yunior Terry). Throughout the years they all enjoyed working with each other in various situations with other artists. Eventually they recognized the special bond between them and decided to form a group.

With that vision of contributing each of their own artistry to create a collective sound, The Brotherhood Sextet was formed around 2006. It is always a very rare & special occasion when they all can come together due to their high demand as both leaders & sidemen.

Michael Rodriguez – trumpet, Robert Rodriguez – piano, Yosvany Terry – alto sax, Yunior Terry – bass, Marcus Strickland – tenor & soprano saxes, E.J. Strickland – drums

Visit www.brotherhood-music.com  Please don’t delay getting your tickets ahead for this as it is going to be a memorable weekend!! See you there!

THE BROTHERHOOD SEXTET – Friday & Saturday Oct 23rd & 24th – Doors 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!

24
Oct

THE BROTHERHOOD SEXTET! w/Yosvany and Yunior Terry, Marcus and E.J Strickland, Michael and Robert Rodriquez!

THE BROTHERHOOD SEXTET – Friday & Saturday Oct 23rd & 24th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We are so thrilled to have this incredible group of consummate jazz talent playing two nights at The Side Door on this Fall weekend. Each have performed at the club as headliners in their own accomplished bands, but this unique ensemble of three pairs of brothers should not be missed!

Driven to pursue music, three sets of brothers moved to New York City and crossed paths while doing so: The Rodriguez Brothers (Robert & Michael Rodriguez), The Strickland Brothers (E.J. & Marcus Strickland), & The Terry Brothers (Yosvany & Yunior Terry). Throughout the years they all enjoyed working with each other in various situations with other artists. Eventually they recognized the special bond between them and decided to form a group.

With that vision of contributing each of their own artistry to create a collective sound, The Brotherhood Sextet was formed around 2006. It is always a very rare & special occasion when they all can come together due to their high demand as both leaders & sidemen.

Michael Rodriguez – trumpet, Robert Rodriguez – piano, Yosvany Terry – alto sax, Yunior Terry – bass, Marcus Strickland – tenor & soprano saxes, E.J. Strickland – drums

Visit www.brotherhood-music.com  Please don’t delay getting your tickets ahead for this as it is going to be a memorable weekend!! See you there!

THE BROTHERHOOD SEXTET – Friday & Saturday Oct 23rd & 24th – Doors 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!

29
Oct

AARON DIEHL TRIO! Special Thursday Night Show

AARON DIEHL Trio – Thursday Oct 29th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

“Not yet 30, Diehl is already a virtuoso upon whom no major style of jazz is lost… there are no boundary lines to this young man’s potential.”         – New York Daily News

In an era revolving around celebrity hype and mediocre entertainment, Columbus, Ohio native Aaron Diehl seeks to stand out as an artist in his generation to exemplify excellence, sophistication, and a fluency in the American musical vernacular. The 2011 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Diehl has been hailed by the New York Times as “a smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of Jazz traditions.” He is committed to unearthing the treasures of a musical aesthetic through collaborative efforts with musicians across generations.

Born in 1985, Aaron began studying classically at age 7, and discovered his passion for jazz music when attending Interlochen Summer Camp. There he met piano prodigy Eldar Djangirov, who made a lasting impression on Diehl through his enthusiasm for Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.

In 2002, Diehl was a finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition, where he was awarded “Outstanding Soloist.” The following year, he was invited to tour with the Wynton Marsalis Septet on their European tour. Immediately following, he attended the Juilliard School where he studied with Kenny Barron, Oxana Yablonskaya and Eric Reed. He was awarded the Martin E. Sehgal Award in 2004.

Diehl released his first live album in 2008, a solo concert recorded at the Caramoor Festival. In 2010, “Live at the Players” featured two of his trios, featuring David Wong, Paul Sikivie (bass), Quincy Davis, and Lawrence Leathers (drums), with whom he has been working since 2005 and 2009 respectively. His latest release, “The Bespoke Man’s Narrative,” (Mack Avenue) is the current product of Diehl’s ensemble cultivation, influenced partly by John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Visit www.aarondiehl.com for more details.

We hope you can join us in welcoming Aaron for his first appearance at The Side Door.

AARON DIEHL Trio – Thursday Oct 29th – Doors 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!

30
Oct

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA Trio – Friday Oct 30th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We welcome Harold back to the Side Door for his second appearance! Harold Lopez-Nussa was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 13, 1983. At the age of eight he began piano studies at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory. In 1995, Harold went on to study at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory before graduating with a specialty in Classical Piano from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA).

As a young emerging artist, Harold has performed at Cuba’s most important theatres and also as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra. He has played with outstanding figures of Cuban traditional music and popular music, as well as known jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, David Sánchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Bobby Carcassés, Elmer Ferrer, and Alexander Brown. He toured internationally with Omara Portuondo during 2008-2011 and also as a member of Maraca & The Monterey Latin Jazz All-Stars.

Other major performances include appearances at international venues such as the Olympia Theater, the anthological New Moring in Paris, the Barbican Center in London, and the Satin Doll in Bordeux. Major festival appearances include the Wien Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Barcelona Jazz International Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Verona Jazz Festival, the 33rd Conference of International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE), Enghien Les Bains 1st Piano Festival, OLoron Jazz Festival, Jazz a Viennes, and the Puebla International Festival, among others.

He brings his incredible trio which includes his brother Ruy Adrian and Jorge Sawa Perez. For more details check http://www.haroldlopeznussa.com/en/index.php and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8T8LBFxcbA#t=14

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA Trio – Friday Oct 30th – Doors 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!

06
Nov

NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO (Fri)

NICHOLAS PAYTON Trio – Friday Nov 6th and Sat Nov 7th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. He will be joined by none other than Carl Allen on drums and Vincente Archer on bass. We welcome him back for his now much anticipated annual appearance at The Side Door!

Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his maturation and talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history. When he was barely in his 20s, Nicholas Payton made his major-label recording debut as a leader with From This Moment (Verve). Since then, Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice.

He says: “As a musician, as an artist, you’re always trying to zero in on the bull’s eye as a means of becoming a better version of yourself. I’ve been able to find the kind of music that’s more inclusive of all of my life. The approach and the ideas of my music have become more singular, more cohesive. I have no agenda in terms of a specific genre or style, only to be true to who I am.”

Nicholas Payton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a musical family. Encouraged by his mother, a pianist and vocalist, and his father the legendary bassist, composer and educator Walter Payton, Nicholas showed talent for music at a very early age. He received his first trumpet at age four and by age nine was sitting-in with local bands including the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. By the age of 12, he was a member of the All Star Brass Band that performed and toured extensively. As he grew up and studied, Nicholas successfully learned how to play several instruments. In addition to being an accomplished trumpeter, Nicholas plays piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone, et al. During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. and after graduation attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis.

Significant collaborations include: Trey Anastasio, Ray Brown, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois, Dr. John, Stanley Jordan, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Zigaboo Modeliste, Marcus Roberts, Jill Scott, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Allen Toussaint, Chucho Valdes, Dr. Michael White, Nancy Wilson, and many others. He is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman. For more details see: www.nicholaspayton.com

NICHOLAS PAYTON Trio – Friday Nov 6th and Sat Nov 7th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 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!

07
Nov

NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO (Sat)

NICHOLAS PAYTON Trio – Friday Nov 6th and Sat Nov 7th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. He will be joined by none other than Carl Allen on drums and Vincente Archer on bass. We welcome him back for his now much anticipated annual appearance at The Side Door!

Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his maturation and talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history. When he was barely in his 20s, Nicholas Payton made his major-label recording debut as a leader with From This Moment (Verve). Since then, Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice.

He says: “As a musician, as an artist, you’re always trying to zero in on the bull’s eye as a means of becoming a better version of yourself. I’ve been able to find the kind of music that’s more inclusive of all of my life. The approach and the ideas of my music have become more singular, more cohesive. I have no agenda in terms of a specific genre or style, only to be true to who I am.”

Nicholas Payton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a musical family. Encouraged by his mother, a pianist and vocalist, and his father the legendary bassist, composer and educator Walter Payton, Nicholas showed talent for music at a very early age. He received his first trumpet at age four and by age nine was sitting-in with local bands including the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. By the age of 12, he was a member of the All Star Brass Band that performed and toured extensively. As he grew up and studied, Nicholas successfully learned how to play several instruments. In addition to being an accomplished trumpeter, Nicholas plays piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone, et al. During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. and after graduation attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis.

Significant collaborations include: Trey Anastasio, Ray Brown, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois, Dr. John, Stanley Jordan, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Zigaboo Modeliste, Marcus Roberts, Jill Scott, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Allen Toussaint, Chucho Valdes, Dr. Michael White, Nancy Wilson, and many others. He is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman. For more details see: www.nicholaspayton.com

NICHOLAS PAYTON Trio – Friday Nov 6th and Sat Nov 7th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 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!

13
Nov

Dave Douglas Quintet

DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET – Friday Nov 13th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer and educator from New York City. His quintet includes none other than Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass, Rudy Royston on drums and John Irabagon on saxophone!

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award and two Grammy nominations. Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active, including his new quintet, an electric sextet (Keystone), duo with Uri Caine, Brass Ecstasy, Riverside, and Soundprints Quintet, co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano. His new quintet released its debut recording, Be Still, in September 2012 with singer Aoife O’Donovan, the first time Douglas has featured a vocalist on a recording. The follow-up to that critically-acclaimed recording, Time Travel, released April 2013.

Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom. Douglas has produced over 50 records, including all titles at Greenleaf. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer in new music marketing and delivery methods for the jazz world and among artist-run labels.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and impresario. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012. In 2013, he begins his second year as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launches his own Jazz Workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players. Visit www.davedouglas.com for more artist details and music.

DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET – Friday Nov 13th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 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!

14
Nov

Willie Jones III

WILLIE JONES III Quartet – Saturday Nov 14th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world’s leading jazz drummers. In addition to honoring his monumental influences; the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins Jones, Willie’s bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his lifelong musical experience.

Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove’s Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove’s CD releases on Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor’s Distractions. For more artist info visit www.williejones3.com

Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling’s GRAMMY® nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed’s Here (Max Jazz). Jones has worked with Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, the Dizzy Gillespie AllStar Big Band, Houston Person, Billy Childs, Eric Reed, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones. In 2000, Jones’ released his debut CD, Vol 1…Straight Swingin’ on his own label, WJ3 Records. He continues to reveal his proficiency as a composer as well as a producer on Vol. II…Don’t Knock The Swing (2002); Volume III (2007); WE 2 (2008), a trombone and piano recording featuring Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed; and Jones’ latest release The Next Phase (2010). Visit www.williejones3.com for more artist info and music!

WILLIE JONES III Quartet – Saturday 14th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 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!

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PastEvents

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

E. J. Strickland!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO 10-14

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

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

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

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

The CURTIS Brothers 4/26/14

THE COOKERS 5/2/14

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Kick off to U.S tour!

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE 5/14/14

ELDAR DJANGIROV Nov'13

KEVIN HAYS TRIO

WALLACE RONEY

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 3/1/14

GLEN ZALESKI TRIO

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

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 1/3/15

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

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Bruce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet 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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Fri 8/28 - LINDA OH 4tet 'Sun Pictures' CD Release!
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"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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