UpcomingEvents

03
Sep

POWER QUINTET w/Steve Nelson, Jeremy Pelt, Danny Grissett, Peter Washington & Bill Stewart! Special Thursday Performance!

POWER QUINTET! – Thursday Sept 3rd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

A special Thursday night performance! THE POWER QUINTET is a new band composed of five of the brightest names in Jazz; the incredible Steve Nelson on vibraphone, trumpet firebrand Jeremy Pelt, brilliant young pianist, Danny Grissett, the always swinging Peter Washington on bass and the inventive Bill Stewart on drums.

Together this group plays a mixture of newly arranged standards and daring originals. The interplay within this group is simply amazing! Do not miss the opportunity to see this incredible ensemble live!

POWER QUINTET – Thursday Sept 3rd – 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!

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, Noah brings Jason Palmer, Joe Martin and Matt Wilson on drums to round out the 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 drums tba. 

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!

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!

VisitingTheSideDoor

ADDRESS

85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Tickets

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

(860) 434-0886 | Email

Club Opens

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

(dessert selections available in the club, no dinner)

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

Photos restricted to first set, or per artist request.

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

Featured Show

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

(dessert selection available in club, no dinner)


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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

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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"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
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All About Jazz - Old Lyme Inn Goes Live At The Side Door Jazz Club
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The SideDoor Opens to a Standing Ovation in Old Lyme
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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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