UpcomingEvents

01
Jul

DAN PRATT QUARTET!

DAN PRATT QUARTET! Fri July 1 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Saxophonist and composer Dan Pratt has been favored as “a powerful player” by Jazz Times, with the Birmingham Times elaborating that, “his style puts him above the rest, as he has a driving force that is unrivaled.” The PA Daily News added, “Pratt is an impressive tenor sax man. Seriously, Pratt’s got energy to blow buildings down with his horn and a style that’s so elastic he can wrap it all back up together again when he’s done.” As a composer, Dan has been called “gifted,” whose compositions have been cited as being “mind blowing” (Birmingham Times), and “a true home run power hitter” (All Music Guide) whose “writing for a band is its principal asset.” (Master of a Small House)

Following two critically-acclaimed organ group outings, Dan heads in a new direction on Hymn for the Happy Man, his fourth recording overall and debut for his own Same Island Music imprint. The California native and longtime Brooklyn resident had never recorded a piano/bass/drums quartet record before, and to go in the direction he wanted to go, he felt a need to explore an instrumentation that is such an essential strand to jazz’s DNA. On Hymn for the Happy Man, Dan is backed by the all-star rhythm section of Christian McBride on bass, Greg Hutchinson on drums, and Mike Eckroth on piano. Together, they realize seven well-crafted originals and breathe new life into one well-chosen standard. Look for its release on June 3rd .

In his professional tenure, Dan has been at home as a soloist and section member in some of the finest ensembles on the scene, having performed and recorded with such artists as Christian McBride, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Fantasia, and Usher, in venues from the House of Blues to the White House. He is a founding member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground collective, and is a regular member of the Christian McBride Big Band, the David Smith Quintet, and the Tammy Scheffer Sextet.

Dan is excited to bring his music to The Side Door, and will be joined by Mike Eckroth on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass, and Allan Mednard on drums. Please visit www.danpratt.com for more information and music.

DAN PRATT QUARTET! Fri July 1 – 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!

02
Jul

JON REGEN!

JON REGEN – Sat July 2 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

JON REGEN with a quartet featuring Gregoire Maret (harmonica), Malcolm Gold (bass ) and Abe Fogle (drums)

We are thrilled to welcome Jon back to The Side Door! Remarkable. Infectious. Soulful. Just some of the words critics have used to describe Stop Time, the new album by singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen.

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

Watch the Album Trailer – https://youtu.be/IgDJU0K7shg

PRAISE FOR JON REGEN’S STOP TIME :

“★★★★. A pianist who started out in jazz, Jon Regen has gone on to establish himself as a master of smart, sturdily melodic pop with some rootsy shades – a cross between, say, Billy Joel and Randy Newman.” – THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

“These songs are made for the repeat button.”- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Regen’s music shoots from – and directly into – the heart.” – DOWNBEAT

“Great playing and vocals, infectious soulful grooves… Stop Time never stops pleasing the ears.” – Chuck Leavell, THE ROLLING STONES

JON REGEN! Sat July 2 – 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!

08
Jul

ALDEN HELLMUTH QUARTET featuring Josh Evans!

ALDEN HELLMUTH QUINTET – Fri July 8 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to continue our support of the Jackie McLean Institute alumni and the great work and talent that the Hartt School in Hartford CT produces!

A recent JMI graduate and Hartford CT native, Alden Hellmuth is a bright young saxophonist and composer. After attending The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for high school, she went on to study at the prestigious Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford with a full tuition scholarship. There she studied with renowned jazz artists including Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Abraham Burton, Javon Jackson, Rene McLean, and Chris Casey.

Selected as one of Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz Series “Rising Stars,” she has performed at a variety of venues throughout New England and New York, and has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of notable musicians including Jimmy Heath, Charles Tolliver, Donald Harrison, Steve Davis, and Nat Reeves. In 2015 Alden was selected as a Dorothy Goodwin Scholarship recipient for her creative performance and compositional work honoring women in jazz.

After graduating in May of 2016, Alden continues to perform regularly with various ensembles, including her own, throughout the region.

The Alden Hellmuth Quintet is new a project that brings together a collection of incredible young musicians to perform an array of fresh and exciting music. The quintet will feature Alden Hellmuth on alto saxophone, Josh Evans on trumpet, Charlie Savage on piano, Josh Uguccioni on bass, and Corey Garcia on drums!

ALDEN HELLMUTH QUINTET – Fri July 8 – 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!

09
Jul

Tadataka Unno Trio

TADATAKA UNNO TRIO – Sat July 9 – Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm* 860-434 0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Joined by Essiete Okon Essiete on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums!, this will be an amazing evening! Born August 15, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan to parents who are music fans, Tadataka Unno grew up listening to many kinds of music. He began playing the piano at age 4. At age 9 he started to play jazz. He attended Tokyo University for Music and Fine Art where he studied music composition. Upon graduation, Unno joined one of Japan’s leading bassist Yoshio Suzuki’s trio. He moved to the U.S in 2008 and was selected to attend Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2010 at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Upon recommendation by Nathan Davis and Curtis Fuller, he attended the Jazz Rising Stars Program of Ravinia Festival in Chicago in the same year. In 2013 he performed for a week at the Village Vanguard as a member of Jimmy Cobb Trio.

Since his arrival to the United States, Unno has performed at the finsest jazz clubs – Village Vanguard, Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club, Blue Note, Blues Alley, Smalls, Mezzrow, The Cell, Minton’s, Jazz Standard, The Side Door, Scullers. He has performed / recorded / toured with some of the masters in Jazz: Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Heath, Al Foster, Eddie Henderson, Wallace Roney, Jackie Williams, Steve Nelson, Clifton Anderson, Essiet Essiet, Steve Williams, Eddie Allen, Javon Jackson, Nasar Abadey, Kenny Washington and many more. The stimulating environment of New York is improving his already refined musicality.

He is considered among the best of the up and coming generation of jazz musicians and his technique, creativity, balanced sense and beautiful tone continue to mesmerize audiences. Towards the end of their lives, both the legendary Hank Jones and Japanese jazz pianist Yuzuru Sera mentored Unno, having the highest trust in his talents. Unno looked up to them not just as mentors in music, but as mentors of life. When Hank Jones, at the age of 91, passed away in May of 2010 to the sadness of countless friends and fans, Unno was at his deathbed. Though a great sadness, Unno now holds the inspired baton of jazz piano left by Jones. Visit www.tadatakaunno.com for more info but do not miss the magic LIVE at The Side Door July 9th!

TADATAKA UNNO – Sat July 9 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!

15
Jul

REQUINTE TRIO! w/Janis Siegel, John DiMaritno, Nanny Assis

REQUINTE TRIO! Fri July 15 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

“A pianist from Philadelphia, a singer from Brooklyn and a percussionist/singer from Bahia walk into a bar…” Fingers, voices and rhythm.

Pianist/composer /arranger John di Martino hails from the City Of Brotherly Love, had learned his licks with the great Lennie Tristano and is one of the most in-demand accompanists for singers. Man, he’s got some soul!  I’m from the Holy City of Brooklyn and grew up with New York City as my backdrop, singing folk, pop, country and original music till The Manhattan Transfer hurled me head-first into the rich worlds of vocalese, swing music, harmony singing and doo-wop. Nanny Assis, an outstanding singer/percussionist, and a talented songwriter, has touched hearts and souls through musical expressions that go beyond comprehension.

What to name a diverse trio of musicians creating jazz /soul/pop/folk/global/playful expressions? It was not quite a caipiranha, but not fully a Manhattan either . A little bit of a martini with a back of malt liquor perhaps?

Nanny, our man from Bahia, was the one to whom we looked to come up with a perfect word to express this new musical cocktail. Without missing a beat, he looked at us and said “Requinte . ”(HAY- KEEN- CHEE ) It’s a word that means “elegant” in Portuguese. We strive for that elevated feeling in our joyous mixture of influences and our coming together of cultures. These songs are the embodiment of our collaboration and now we can share this musical embrace with all of you, our friends and fans.

Enjoy (and dance to) this musical beginning. All of you are truly responsible for this labor of love. Held close, like honey. Free, like the air.” Janis Siegel & Gary Armstrong – N.Y.C. July 2015

REQUINTE TRIO! Fri July 15 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.

*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
Jul

YVONNICK PRENE 4TET w/Jared Gold, Allan Mednard, Avi Rothbard

YVONNICK PRENE QUARTET Present new CD ‘BREATHE’ Sat July 16 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

French jazz harmonica player and composer Yvonnick Prene presents his new album BREATHE with seasoned bandmates, performing Prene originals and jazz standards. His bandmates includes Peter Bernstein (g), Jared Gold (organ), Allan Mednard (d).

Composer and educator Yvonnick Prene has become one of the rising stars in the harmonica world and an in-demand sideman. He has recorded four albums as a leader and collaborated with jazz artists, Kevin Hays, Pedrito Martinez, Mike Moreno, Peter Bernstein, Jon Cowherd and Steve Cardenas, among others.

Educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, with a Masters degree in Music, he was awarded scholarships to Columbia University and The New School where he studied with Reggie Workman, Lee Konitz and John Patitucci. Prene began his professional jazz career, signing with the Danish label SteepleChase Records and recorded “Jour de Fete” his debut album. His last CD entitled Breathe has received high praised from the press and is available on iTunes and Amazon –  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/breathe/id1090243529

“A rising Star” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz  – “The most beautiful music I have ever heard on harmonica.” Lee Konitz  –  “Yvonnick Prene has proven his growing experience in leadership, writing and performing. He is the harmonica of the present and future” JazzTimes

Visit yvonnickprene.com for more info, or view this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbxIlOnQ5bY but don’t miss him LIVE Friday night!

YVONNICK PRENE QUARTET Present BREATHE! Sat July 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!

22
Jul

Jovan Alexandre – Collective Consciousness

JOVAN ALEXANDER – COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS – Fri July 22 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone, and for the elegant, spiritual bearing of his compositions.

He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of a hard-bop style made popular by the iconic alto saxophonist Jackie McLean [1931-2006] in his later years, when McLean had moved from New York City to Hartford, Connecticut, a transition that both cemented McLean’s place in the pantheon of modern jazz giants and revolutionized the teaching of the music to new generations of players such as Alexandre.

He has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches [2010]) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess [2012]),Kahlil Kwame Bell (Flight [2013]), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz [2013]). His first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, was released worldwide on February 24, 2015 [on Xippi Phonorecords].

Alexandre’s talented bandmates – guitarist Andrew Renfroe, pianist Taber Gable, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and drummer Jonathan Barber – are similarly attuned to the aesthetic of controlled passion that Alexandre has inherited from McLean, so there is a certain hard-bop (and modernist) classicism at work in Collective Consciousness. Alexandre’s uniqueness, though, says one of Alexandre’s mentors, fellow tenor saxophonist René McLean, “lies in his personal sound. He plays free of bombast, full of texture. His sound can variously seem molten and sharp-cornered within the same tune, sometimes within the same phrase. The melody lines are stately, whatever their tempo. Yet an understated, almost implied, restlessness inheres in nearly all his solos on Collective Consciousness.”

JOVAN ALEXANDER – COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS – Fri July 22 – 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!

23
Jul

FREDDY COLE QUARTET!

FREDDY COLE QUARTET – Sat July 23 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Those of you fortunate enough to have got tickets for Mr. Cole’s last appearance at The Side Door will remember what a magical evening it was! Please get your tickets early for his second visit to the club!!

Freddy Cole, the legacy of his brother Nat “King” Cole, will stir up memories that will never be forgotten.  Now in his 40th year of performing, this great singer and pianist has developed a huge following of his own.  The instantly recognizable Cole voice and a veteran quartet, play the classics as well as new compositions and interpretations from a huge repertoire.

Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians. “I started playing piano at five or six,” Freddy remembers.  “Music was all around me.” In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton.

Cole moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juillard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson.  He received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. For more details please visit: www.freddycole.com

Freddy Cole brings a quartet of incredible musicians with him. We are so fortunate to welcome him back to The Side Door Jazz Club once again!

FREDDY COLE QUARTET – Sat July 23 – 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!

29
Jul

Closed for R&D at The Newport Jazz Festival this weekend!

The Side Door will be closed this weekend as all hands are heading to the Newport Jazz Festival to celebrate Mr. George Wien’s 62nd festival! After all, he was here for our ‘birthday’, opening the club for us on May 10th 2103 with the Newport All Star Band!!

We will be representing and checking out the amazing jazz talent gathered there this year. Go to http://newportjazzfest.org for all the details!

See you next weekend Aug 5 and 6. We will be back, inspired and ready to bring you ever more brilliant jazz artists! Check in to our Facebook page and Instagram for on-the-spot happenings during Newport!! www.facebook.com/thesidedoorjazzclub  and #thesidedoorjazzclub

05
Aug

THANA ALEXA PROJECT!

THANA ALEXA PROJECT – Friday August 5 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Thana back to The Side Door with the Thana Alexa Project – with Ben Flocks- Eden Ladin – Noam Wiesenberg – Peter Kronrief

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

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

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

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

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

THANA ALEXA PROJECT – Friday August 5 – 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!

06
Aug

DOMINICK FARINACCI QUARTET

DOMINICK FARINACCI QUARTET – Saturday August 6 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Dominick Farinacci, trumpet – joined by Adam Birnbaum, piano, Jonathan Michel, bass Quincy Phillips on drums.

Recently featured in Vanity Fair, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci was named the very first Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further build audiences for jazz around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005, launched his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, and later released two more globally. He was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education, community building, “This kid is 360 degrees!” Most recently he performed with the Mack Avenue SuperBand led by Christian McBride, along with Gary Burton, Carl Allen.

Dominick has just signed with Mack Avenue Records, and his debut recording for Mack Avenue is “Short Stories,” produced by four-time Grammy winning legend Tommy LiPuma. “Short Stories” is Dominick &  Tommy’s first collaboration and is a collection of songs and stories in various genres and generations, all brought together through jazz. It was released June 10th, 2016 on Mack Avenue Records.

In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, is a featured performer for the Cleveland Clinic in both Ohio and Abu Dhabi, and organized the very first jazz performance for patients in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. For Dominick, music and health go hand in hand, most recently organizing panel discussions exploring the synergy between patient-doctor communication & artist communication on the bandstand with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Dominick has been a leading advocate in music education development. He has been featured at the Community College Association of America in D.C., served as Music Consultant to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and initially launched a music education program at the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Check out http://www.dominickfarinacci.com for more details and definitely come see him play LIVE!

DOMINICK FARINACCI QUARTET – Saturday August 6– 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!

12
Aug

BEN BENACK QUARTET!

BEN BENACK Quartet – Fri Aug 12 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Ben is joined by the brilliant talents of Emmet Cohen on piano, Alex Claffy on bass and Charles Goold – drums!

At the age of 25, Pittsburgh-born musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer”. As a dual-threat, he’s quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation.

Delivering on the promise of his early career, he has since recorded albums as a sideman for musicians such as Ulysses Owens Jr., Michael Dease, and Chihiro Yamanaka, the latter on the iconic Blue Note Records label. Sought after as a trumpet soloist, he’s played in nearly every major big band, including the Christian McBride Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Jimmy Heath Big Band, and Bobby Sanabria’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. An international touring schedule includes frequent engagements in Japan, Mexico, Russia, and most recently, Italy.

In the past year, he has toured alongside Josh Groban as his trumpet soloist, and was special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra for a Tribute to Sinatra. When not on the road, he calls NYC home, and remains in-demand at the finest jazz venues in town, leading engagements at Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola”, The Blue Note, Birdland, SMOKE, Small’s, Fat Cat & the Iridium to name a few. He was recently featured as a vocalist during Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s 2016 Concert Series in the Appel Room, as a part of “Crooners” celebrating Bing Crosby, Mel Torme & Nat King Cole. He also just made his television debut, featured live on-air in the House Band for NBC’s new variety/comedy show “Maya & Marty in Manhattan”, airing every Tuesday night.

As an educator he leads The Benny Benack Band on behalf of Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “Jazz For Young People” outreach program, as well as programs at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and is currently a Teaching Artist for the NY Pops Education Outreach Program.

He is a two-time graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, obtaining his Master of Music degree in (2015). He is endorsed by Torpedo Bag cases, and Carol Brass flugelhorns.

Here’s a cool clip of Ben singing  https://youtu.be/gUKiTqXOkwY  and you can check his website at www.bennybenackjazz.com But make sure to see him LIVE!

BEN BENACK QUARTET – Fri Aug 12 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

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

13
Aug

TIA FULLER!

TIA FULLER – Saturday August 13 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

As an accomplished educator, performer and Mack Avenue Recording artist, saxophonist Fuller has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Music from University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude). Fuller has been the featured saxophonist with pop diva Beyonce, being featured on the “I Am..Sasha Fierce,” “Beyonce Experience,” and “Live at the Wynn Theatre” world-wide tours (2006-2010). She also toured with Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Radio Music Society’ tour.

Fuller has received numerous accolades as a bandleader, her band has toured Panama, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria, Angola, South Africa, just to name few. She has recorded four albums, three which are on the Mack Avenue Record label, (Healing Space, Decisive Steps, Angelic Warrior, and self-produced-Pillar of Strength). Most recently, she has also recorded on Grammy winning Terri Lyne Carrington’s “Money Project,” and recorded and touring with Dianne Reeves “A Beautiful Life” tour. Furthermore, her quartet has been featured in Croatia, ‘Joy of Jazz’ in Johannesburg. Fuller will be embarking on her new album on Mack Avenue records in the beginning of 2016.

And as a devoted educator, she is holds a full-professorship teaching at the Berklee School of Music, while continuing to perform as a side woman with the following: Dianne Reeves, Rufus Reid, Geri Allen, Ralph Peterson and others. Earlier this year she toured with the Mack Avenue All-Stars: w/ Christian McBride, Gary Burton and Sean Jones. While continuing to balance both worlds of education and performance she is also instrumental in facilitating masterclasses, clinics and lectures world-wide.

TIA FULLER – Saturday August 13 – 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!

19
Aug

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE (Fri) – A special weekend to celebrate The Side Door’s debut recording project!

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

A very special weekend to celebrate the release of The Side Door’s debut recording project! The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club will be performed for two nights. The new release on Sunny Side Records will be available to buy, and signed by the artists!

Black Art Jazz Collective brings together an accomplished ensemble of young African American musicians who felt that it was necessary to celebrate Black culture in a positive way. The focus on camaraderie between members who grew up playing music together comes through in their music.

The Collective was co-founded by drummer Johnathan Blake, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.  All graduating from esteemed music programs in the Northeast at the same time, the three quickly became ingrained in the New York jazz scene as leaders and invaluable members of ensembles led by legends like Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter.

The first addition the trio made was the great bassist Dwayne Burno, an individual who really espoused professionalism and dedication to his friends. Being older than the others, Burno’s influence and attention made an impact on all of them. The ensemble also featured trombonist James Burton III (an adherent of the school of Curtis Fuller and J.J. Johnson and another Jackie McLean alum) and the great pianist/composer Xavier Davis.

The Black Art Jazz Collective’s first performance was at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in April 2013 with Burno. His passing in the following December was a shock and upset the jazz world, not to mention the Collective. It would prove to be a challenge to find a replacement for Burno. It wasn’t until Pelt recommended Vincente Archer that the group found a perfect replacement, one who had connections to all the members and who was influenced by Burno.

A great opportunity came by way of Ken Kitchings and Jan Mullen of The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut, namely a two-night gig and an opportunity to record with the venue’s new recording equipment. Kitchings and Mullen had expressed their love of the group and felt that it would be a perfect fit for their debut recording project. The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club is a tremendous example of the ensemble’s incredible drive, swagger and cohesiveness.

Black Art Jazz Collective came together during an interesting time, one of finding new strength and identity within America’s true art form, an African American art form, jazz. This allstar ensemble was able to come together as peers and brothers and, with the help of the wonderful leadership of The Side Door, was able to create a fantastic document of authentic and expertly wrought music on Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club.

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! 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.

20
Aug

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE (Sat) – A special weekend to celebrate The Side Door’s debut recording project!

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

A very special weekend to celebrate the release of The Side Door’s debut recording project! The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club will be performed for two nights. The new release on Sunny Side Records will be available to buy, and signed by the artists!

Black Art Jazz Collective brings together an accomplished ensemble of young African American musicians who felt that it was necessary to celebrate Black culture in a positive way. The focus on camaraderie between members who grew up playing music together comes through in their music.

The Collective was co-founded by drummer Johnathan Blake, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.  All graduating from esteemed music programs in the Northeast at the same time, the three quickly became ingrained in the New York jazz scene as leaders and invaluable members of ensembles led by legends like Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter.

The first addition the trio made was the great bassist Dwayne Burno, an individual who really espoused professionalism and dedication to his friends. Being older than the others, Burno’s influence and attention made an impact on all of them. The ensemble also featured trombonist James Burton III (an adherent of the school of Curtis Fuller and J.J. Johnson and another Jackie McLean alum) and the great pianist/composer Xavier Davis.

The Black Art Jazz Collective’s first performance was at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in April 2013 with Burno. His passing in the following December was a shock and upset the jazz world, not to mention the Collective. It would prove to be a challenge to find a replacement for Burno. It wasn’t until Pelt recommended Vincente Archer that the group found a perfect replacement, one who had connections to all the members and who was influenced by Burno.

A great opportunity came by way of Ken Kitchings and Jan Mullen of The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut, namely a two-night gig and an opportunity to record with the venue’s new recording equipment. Kitchings and Mullen had expressed their love of the group and felt that it would be a perfect fit for their debut recording project. The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club is a tremendous example of the ensemble’s incredible drive, swagger and cohesiveness.

Black Art Jazz Collective came together during an interesting time, one of finding new strength and identity within America’s true art form, an African American art form, jazz. This allstar ensemble was able to come together as peers and brothers and, with the help of the wonderful leadership of The Side Door, was able to create a fantastic document of authentic and expertly wrought music on Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club.

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Fri & Sat Aug 19 & 20! 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.

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ADDRESS

85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Tickets

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

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Club Opens

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

(food is not served at the club. full bar service)

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

Photos restricted to first set per artist request.

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

Featured Show

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn Spend the night! Ask about overnight discounts at The Old Lyme Inn with ticket purchase!


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

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

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PastEvents

Big Chief Donald Harrison!

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

E. J. Strickland!

BROTHERHOOD 6TET - Rodriguez, Strickland & Terry Brothers!

SOMI

BAJC Black Art Jazz Collective Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, Johnathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Vicente Archer, James Burton

FREDDIE HENDRIX 4TET!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO

AARON DIEHL TRIO

DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET

Bucky Pizarelli - Russell Malone - Ed Laub

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

CARL ALLEN 5TET The Art Of Elvin!

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

THE COOKERS

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 (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

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

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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Articles /THESIDEDOOR

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

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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
  • “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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