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02
Mar

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

Grammy® nominated artist, Alfredo Rodríguez reflects the talents of legendary jazz pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and Art Tatum. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots. Discovered at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival by Quincy Jones, Cuban-born Alfredo Rodríguez has distinguished himself as the definition of jazz and improvisation without boundaries. He is the man behind the piano with fingers that seem to travel from one end of the world to the other, just within the span of the keys; his mastery of the art has earned him frequent appearances on prestigious stages around the world such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Umbria Jazz and Jazz A Vienne. Additionally, Rodríguez was nominated for a 2015 Grammy® in the category of “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella,” for the track “Guantanamera,” from his 2014 release, The Invasion Parade.

During his first tour in China, Rodríguez was asked to work with Tan Dun, Siedah Garrett and Quincy Jones to compose the English-version of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo theme song, granting him to become the first non-Chinese artist to be bestowed this honor. Though impressive, his accomplishments are not the only defining factors of his standout success; his ability to express himself culturally by “playing stories” on the keys places him in a unique position to connect with his listeners on a more relatable and personal level. As demonstrated by the Invasion Parade, the follow-up album to his stunning debut on Mack Avenue, Sounds of Space, Rodríguez explores his memories of Cuba, the people and culture he left behind and finds his new place. Co-Produced by Quincy Jones and featuring a superb ensemble that includes bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martínez, the record is comprised of nine tracks including originals by Rodríguez as well as evergreens such as “Guantanamera,” Maria Teresa Vera’s “Veinte Años,” and “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás.”

Quincy Jones expresses, “Alfredo is very special and I do not say that easily because I have been surrounded by the best musicians in the world my entire life. He is without doubt one of the best young pianists I’ve ever seen and with the enormous skills that he already possesses, his potential is limitless.” Alfredo is currently working on a new album influenced by world music, which will be released in the near future.

03
Mar

Christos Rafalides Trio

Christos Rafalides – vibraphone
Yunior Terry – bass
Mauricio Zottarelli – drums

“We are presenting music from our latest CD ‘Near & Dear’ which is representing our induction to the world of American music, the world of jazz. The vibraphone trio has a unique sound, not as widely heard as piano or guitar trios. We are performing arrangements of some classic compositions from the Great American Songbook along with original tunes. The process of doing so has been challenging, yet very rewarding and this is the result of a harmonious partnership with two exceptional musicians: Yunior Terry (Cuba) on bass and Mauricio Zottarelli (Brazil) on drums. Our artistic paths crossed in New York, the jazz capital, and it was here that we got our sound together.” – Christos Rafalides

Christos was born and raised in Greece, where he completed his studies in classical percussion. After receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, he moved to Boston, attaining a BA in Jazz Vibraphone Performance and later moved to New York, where he graduated from Manhattan School of Music earning his MA in Jazz Vibraphone Performance.

Christos found his personal voice when he established ‘Manhattan Vibes’, a band that has appeared at numerous New York’s cutting edge venues including the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Highlights of his career include performances with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, a US tour with the Charles Mingus ‘Epitaph’ Band featuring bassist Christian McBride and conductor Gunther Schuller, a recording with the Harmony Ensemble of NY of Henry Mancini’s ‘Peter Gunn’ featuring Lew Soloff, Ronnie Cuber and Victor Lewis, recordings with vocalist Chaka Khan and a duo performance at Carnegie Hall with pianist Sergio Salvatore.

For several years Christos has been a guest faculty member at the ‘Zeltsman Marimba Festival’ which takes place every summer in different parts of the world. He also has an Artist Residency at the ‘Music Village’ in Greece. His original works for mallets are published from MRL MUSIC and are being played in concerts around the world.
Currently he is promoting his latest trio recording, ‘Near & Dear’ featuring Mike Pope on bass and Maurizio Zottarelli on drums.

Christos is endorsed by Musser Vibraphones and Mike Balter mallets and makes his home in New York City.

09
Mar

Ralph Peterson Quintet (friday)

Ralph Peterson | drums
Gary Thomas | sax
Mark Whitfield | guitar
Davis Whitfield | paino
Kenny Davis | bass

While Peterson was still a young student, Art Blakey asked him play in his two-percussionist band at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. Peterson continued his association with Blakey’s storied Jazz Messengers till Blakey’s death in 1990. He proudly carries the Messenger spirit with him in his present calling as a faculty member at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where one of his ensemble classes is entirely devoted to the Jazz Messenger repertoire.

Peterson’s prolific recording career began in 1985 with the fabled Blue Note label, with whose house band, OTB (Out of the Blue) he performed as a drummer. He released six Blue Note albums as a leader of different combos, including the “Fo’tet,” a quartet whose members have at various times included clarinetist Don Byron, saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Belden Bullock and vibraphonist Bryan Carrott. (The latest edition of the Fo’Tet includes three of his former Berklee students.) He has also released albums under the Evidence and Criss Cross labels and began releasing recordings under his own label, Onyx, in 2010, with Outer Reaches. (“I started the label,” he says, “because I wanted to do my trumpet album.”)

His glittering curriculum vitae includes such names as pianists Walter Davis Jr., Geri Allen and Stanley Cowell; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, Jon Faddis and Roy Hargrove; saxophonists Michael Brecker, David Murray, Branford Marsalis and Charles Lloyd and vocalist Betty Carter.

10
Mar

Ralph Peterson Quintet (saturday)

Ralph Peterson | drums
Gary Thomas | sax
Mark Whitfield | guitar
Davis Whitfield | paino
Kenny Davis | bass

While Peterson was still a young student, Art Blakey asked him play in his two-percussionist band at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. Peterson continued his association with Blakey’s storied Jazz Messengers till Blakey’s death in 1990. He proudly carries the Messenger spirit with him in his present calling as a faculty member at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where one of his ensemble classes is entirely devoted to the Jazz Messenger repertoire.

Peterson’s prolific recording career began in 1985 with the fabled Blue Note label, with whose house band, OTB (Out of the Blue) he performed as a drummer. He released six Blue Note albums as a leader of different combos, including the “Fo’tet,” a quartet whose members have at various times included clarinetist Don Byron, saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Belden Bullock and vibraphonist Bryan Carrott. (The latest edition of the Fo’Tet includes three of his former Berklee students.) He has also released albums under the Evidence and Criss Cross labels and began releasing recordings under his own label, Onyx, in 2010, with Outer Reaches. (“I started the label,” he says, “because I wanted to do my trumpet album.”)

His glittering curriculum vitae includes such names as pianists Walter Davis Jr., Geri Allen and Stanley Cowell; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, Jon Faddis and Roy Hargrove; saxophonists Michael Brecker, David Murray, Branford Marsalis and Charles Lloyd and vocalist Betty Carter.

15
Mar

The Bad Plus

Reid Anderson | bass
Orrin Evans | piano
Dave King | drums

Never Stop II is the 13th studio recording from The Bad Plus, and the first featuring pianist Orrin Evans alongside founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums). It is a rebirth and also an affirmation between three musicians, enriching the trajectory of this 18-year-old band and its longstanding commitment to creative group improvised music.

Upon the departure of original pianist Ethan Iverson, Anderson and King asked longtime friend Orrin Evans to join the band. Says Evans, “This band feels like family to me. The music has a lived-in quality because of the deep relationships between the band members, and I feel really comfortable within this democratic construct.” Evans has been a vital contributor to the modern jazz landscape for more than 20 years with his solo projects and other groups.

Never Stop II features four original compositions by Anderson, two by Evans, and two by King. Two additional bonus tracks written by Anderson are included on the digital download and CD editions of the album.

Never Stop II was tracked live in the studio with no overdubs, guided by longtime engineer Pete Rende in September 2017 in New York City. The new lineup rehearsed over several months to prepare the new material and get a feel for improvising together. The resulting record confirms the original band members’ idea that The Bad Plus could have a new life while retaining its democratic, leaderless group aesthetic — three composers, three identities, coming together under the umbrella of a band to create one unified sound.

“That, in essence, is the nature of The Bad Plus,” says King. “When there is no leader and everyone has a personal responsibility to bring their full selves to the table, no matter what the material, the resulting sound of commitment and open-hearted connection is realized. We have the chance now with Orrin to restate our message: there is no leader, there is only the music.”

Anderson’s “Hurricane Birds,” the album’s opener, employs rhythms and tonality that echo his love of electronic music and minimalism — a familiar musical thread that continues with revitalized energy. It features a solo by Evans that immediately frames the band in a powerful rhythmic sphere of unity.

Evans’ composition “Boffadem” features the pianist playing both a Steinway and a toy piano in unison, bringing an element of whimsy to the record. With a swirling polyrhythmic swing feel, the tune extends the band’s tradition of fearless genre-blending.

Fans of the band will recognize King’s “1983 Regional All-Star” as the fourth installment in the drummer/composer’s triumphant athletic song series. This new addition finds Evans thriving in thorny territory — think “Wide World of Sports” meets avant-garde sax hero Albert Ayler — with as much deadpan cheekiness as earnest celebration. With a deep rhythmic pocket reminiscent of D’Angelo’s album Voodoo, the song reinforces a unified sense of beat placement that is a huge part of The Bad Plus’s revitalized sound.

“It’s an exhilarating document,” says The New York Times.

The band has plans to tour as relentlessly as it always has in 2018–19 in support of the new record and the new lineup. Says Anderson, “We feel that Orrin is the perfect component to continue our solidarity and honor what the fans of this band have come to expect: a unique template for improvised music using acoustic instruments and equal voices.”

16
Mar

Rick Germanson Trio

Rick Germanson – piano
Gerald Cannon – bass
Willie Jones III – drums

Jazz Pianist RICK GERMANSON has been highly in-demand on the New York City jazz scene for nearly two decades. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rick relocated to New York after winning the GRAND PRIZE at The American Pianists’ Association Jazz Piano Competition in 1996. Since then, Rick has released four recordings as a leader and is documented on over fifty recordings as a sideman. In 2004, Rick was named “Best of New Talent” by the monthly publication All About Jazz.

Rick has toured around the world appearing at many of the top concert halls, festivals and clubs. His talents have been summoned by many top jazz musicians: Elvin Jones, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Chambers, Grady Tate, Bobby Durham, Ray Appleton, T.S. Monk, Pat Martino, Russell Malone, Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Papo Vazquez, Steve Turre, Delfayo Marsalis, Steve Davis, Frank Morgan, Gary Bartz, Charles McPherson, James Spaulding, Donald Harrison, Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, George Coleman, Eric Alexander, Javon Jackson, Eddie Henderson, Tom Harrell, Brian Lynch, Jim Rotondi, Regina Carter, Marlena Shaw, Ray Mantilla, Cecil Payne, Charles Davis and Steve Nelson among many others.

17
Mar

Billy Childs Quartet

Jazz pianist/composer Billy Childs remains one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. Childs’ canon of original compositions and arrangements has garnered him the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), fourteen Grammy nominations, and four Grammy awards, most recently for Best Arrangement, Instrumental & Vocal (featuring Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma) in 2015 for ‘New York Tendaberry’, from his highly successful release Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. Previously he won Best Instrumental Composition for ‘The Path Among the Trees’ (2011) and ‘Into The Light’ (2005), from his much-heralded jazz/chamber releases, Autumn: In Moving Pictures and Lyric. Downbeat magazine states, “…Childs’ jazz/chamber group has taken the jazz-meets classical format to a new summit.”

Born in Los Angeles in 1957, Childs was already proficient at the piano by age 6; he was accepted in USC’s Community School For The Performing Arts at age 16, studying music theory and piano with some of the world’s most renowned musical scholars. He graduated from USC in 1979 with a degree in composition. Among Childs’ early influences: Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, Chick Corea and others. He credits classical composers such as Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky for also influencing his love of composition. Child’s performing career was also enriched with early-career apprenticeships with legendary jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson, and trumpet great Freddie Hubbard, in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

Childs released his first solo album, Take For Example, This… in 1988, on Windham Hill Jazz Records. It was the first of four raved-about albums on the imprint, culminating with the acclaimed Portrait Of A Player, in 1993. In 1995 Childs’ released I’ve Known Rivers on Stretch/GRP Records. In 1996 he released The Child Within on Shanachie Records. Songs from both recordings garnered his first Grammy nominations.

Childs’ multiple musical interests also include collaborations, arrangements, and productions for other acclaimed artists, including Yo Yo Ma, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Chris Botti, and Leonard Slatkin, among others. He has received orchestral commissions from The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra. In 2013 he premiered “Enlightened Souls” a commission from Duke University featuring Dianne Reeves and the Ying Quartet, to commemorate fifty years of African-American students attending the school. In 2016, he premiered the piano quintet, “The Bird, The River, The Storm”, also with the Ying Quartet (a piece they commissioned).

In 2014 Childs released Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Masterworks), which was produced by Larry Klein and features Reneé Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Rickie Lee Jones, Becca Stevens, Ledisi, Chris Botti, Yo-Yo Ma and Susan Tedeschi. In Spring 2017 he reached back to his jazz roots with Rebirth, a quartet album and his debut on the Mack Avenue label. The album just won the 2018 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

23
Mar

Pat Bianchi Trio

Pat Bianchi – Organ
Paul Bollenback – Guitar
Sanah Kadoura – Drums

Grammy nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the premier jazz organists on the international scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few. The dynamic organist who has collaborated with many legendary musicians including: Pat Martino, Lou Donaldson, Chuck Loeb, Joey DeFrancesco and Joe Locke among many others, has been described by many of his peers as virtuosic.

Bianchi’s trio featuring renowned guitarist Paul Bollenback and rising star Sanah Kadoura on drums draws from each members extensive musical background. A collaborative musical experience between three like minded musicians, who consistently explore and embrace a sense of risk on the bandstand.

24
Mar

Joe Saylor & Friends

Joe Saylor – drums
Bruce Harris – trumpet
Patrick Bartley – saxophone
Corey Wilcox – trombone
Emmet Cohen – piano

Born and raised in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Joe Saylor is one the most dynamic and exciting percussionists around today. Playing music since the age or 3, Joe has had an extremely distinguished career in which he has traveled all over the world sharing the love of God through music. Joe is an alumnus of both Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Willie Nelson, Mark O’Connor, and many others. He can be seen weeknights on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert performing with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

30
Mar

Latin Jazz Rhythm All-Stars

Elio Villafranca – piano
Chembo Corniel – congas
Ruben Rodriguez – bass
Diego Lopez – drums

M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz Rhythm is a phenomenal ensemble that features the current masters of Afro Cuban, Salsa, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz. Chembo Corniel, Elio Villa Franca, Ruben Rodriguez & Diego Lopez take the stage as one unit to render an evening of brilliant music! The ensemble has performed to sold out crowds and packed houses all over the country. This “super band” features no leader; the participants share the spotlight and showcase each other!

Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and band leaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, for his performance, composition and co-production of Chembo Corniel’s album, “Things I Wanted To Do”. Elio is now an official Steinway Artist.

Conga-player, Chembo Corniel divides his performance time between his two musical loves: Latin jazz and “old-fashioned salsa that swings.” He made waves this year garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, for “Things I Wanted To Do”.

Ruben Rodriguez is a bassist’s bassist! He resides in New York City where he has become one of the premier bassist for Latin, Afro Cuban & World music. He has worked with the legendary Candido, Chubby Checker, Wanda Sykes, Multi Emmy Award Winning Disney Music Producer Martin Erskine and Primo Casper Gomez of Sootyz Groove among many others.

Diego Lopez began playing drums at age 11. By age 15, he was working professionally. In 2000, he established himself on New York’s music scene. He has worked and toured with many artists including Hilton Ruiz, Paquito D’ Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo and Gato Barbieri.

Combined these talented musicians have played with an enormous range of greats including Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Candido, Grover Washington, Max Roach, Paquito D’Rivera, Paul Simon and Dionne Warwick just to name a few. M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz Rhythm is a musical extravaganza that is sure to bring any audience to their feet!

31
Mar

George Colligan Trio

George Colligan – piano
Buster Williams – bass
Lenny White – drums

George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist,drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called”The Endless Mysteries” and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. Colligan’s musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet.Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion(melodica). He also started a popular blog called jazztruth(jazztruth.blogspot.com).

“Colligan is an equally deserving torch-carrier of the piano trio tradition….” John Kelman , All About Jazz

“One of the best kept secrets in jazz….” Chris Hoven, All About Jazz

“As a creative artist, he’s really up there…. In terms of technique, knowledge of music and improvisational creativity, there aren’t a whole lot of cats from his generation that are any better than him. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of any.”– Don Braden in a blindfold test for Jazz Times

“Pianist George Colligan stole the set with a display of technique that inspired a standing ovation.”-Harvey Siders, Jazz Times, in a review of a Ravi Coltrane concert.

George Colligan has toured, recorded ,and/or performed as a sideman with Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Miguel Zenon, Tom Harrell, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson,Dave Weckl, Richard Bona, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, AL Foster, Mark Turner, Don Braden, Lew Soloff, Gunther Schuller, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Michal Urbaniak, Ron McClure,DJ Logic, Randy Brecker and Stefon Harris, among others.

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OLD LYME INN
85 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371

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

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The SideDoor is quite literally a dream come true!

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

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

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

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

    ~ Benny Green 4/18/14
  • “This is the real deal! You’re right in the cross hairs of the NY and Boston music scene… This is every bit as great as playing the Vanguard!”

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

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

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

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