UpcomingEvents

09
Dec

JOHN ABERCROMBIE-ROB SCHEPS QUARTET!

JOHN ABERCROMBIE-ROB SCHEPS QUARET – Fri Dec 9 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

The John Abercrombie/Rob Scheps Quartet is a collaborative band – four of NY/ NJ area’s finest jazz musicians and good friends.

Abercrombie is a legend of jazz guitar- 45 years of recordings for the ECM label, he has worked with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette’s Directions, Lester Bowie, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Richie Beirach, etc. He is a living icon .

Tenor/ soprano saxophonist Rob Scheps has performed / recorded with Gil Evans Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, George Russell, Bob Moses, Terumasa Hino, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Duffy Jackson, Cecil Taylor, Joey Calderazzo Quartet. He leads his own bands, Magnets! with Kim Clarke; The Rob Scheps Big Band in Portland, Oregon; and the Rob Scheps Core-tet in NYC, which has a new cd, Live At Smalls on the way.

Eliot Zigmund is world famous as the drummer in the Bill Evans Trio for 4 years. Other credits: Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz and many tours of Japan & Europe.

Bassist David Kingsnorth is a new voice on the scene. A strong, versatile player, he is busy in NY & NJ freelancing. He has performed with Joshua Breakstone, Richard Wyands, New Jersey Ballet, and  Oscar Brown, Jr.

JOHN ABERCROMBIE-ROB SCHEPS QUARTET – 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

10
Dec

NICK FINZER SEXTET

NICK FINZER SEXTET – Sat Dec 10 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Nick Finzer is one of the most dynamic musicians of the millennial generation.  An award-winning composer, arranger, and trombonist, Finzer is bringing the joy and power of Jazz to both traditional fans and the most modern 21st century audiences. He’s on a mission to be a passionate voice defining the sound of Jazz in this age while also bringing street cred to the trombone with a bold, tight sound. Joined by Lucas Pino – Tenor Saxophone/Bass Clarinet, Alex Wintz – Guitar, Glenn Zaleski – Piano, Dave Baron – Bass, Allan Mednard – Drums…. Nick Finzer – Trombone/Compositions.

Born into the musical world (Mom Sherry Finzer is an international flutist), Finzer developed a fascination for the music of Duke Ellington and found himself, in high school, performing at the annual Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was then that he decided to pursue a life in music himself. His budding talent was recognized by Wycliffe Gordon who began a life-long mentorship by writing four pieces for the young Finzer while he attended the Eastman School of Music. Nick went on to get his masters at Juilliard’s prestigious Jazz program where he was mentored by the trombone legend Steve Turre.

In 2011 Nick was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.

In January of 2013 Nick released his recording debut as a bandleader and composer with “Exposition” (Outside In Music). Two tracks appearing on the album garnered Finzer a pair of accolades: The prestigious American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP)’s Herb Alpert Award for young composers (2013 & 2015) Nick’s sophomore album debuted in July of 2015 on Origin Records to rave reviews, a feature article in Downbeat Magazine, and peaked at #6 on the JazzWeek Charts.

Famed trombonist and mentor Wycliffe Gordon called Finzer “a new voice [in] the pantheon of upcoming trombone greats in the making” and added “Nick’s CD is a glowing example of things to come.”

When away from NYC, Finzer can be found touring the globe not only with his own projects, but as part of YouTube sensation, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Finzer has joined the group on television, in viral videos with millions of views, and on tours across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Finzer has performed at top Jazz clubs and concert halls with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet, Frank Wess, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, Slide Hampton, Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Steve Turre and many more.

NICK FINZER SEXTET – Sat Dec 10 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

16
Dec

RUDY ROYSTON ORION TRIO!

RUDY ROYSTON ORION TRIO – Friday Dec 16 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

Rudy Royston, John Irabagon and Yasushi Nakamura have been playing together in various iterations for nine years. But, it was apparent on their first gig together in a small New York City Jazz club that their passions and musical sentiments were a match: eclectic, adventurous, emotional, groove-worthy, questing. For this performance the trio will bring Thomson Kneeland on bass (Kenny Werner, Rudresh, Billy Drummond), offering a robust, organic, pure music experience. Indiscriminate to genre and improvisational venture, the Rudy Royston Orion Trio embodies Jazz with elements of every genre including Rock, Classical, R&B, Drum and Bass, World …to name a few.

From many years of playing together the trio has progressed into an intuitive element always striving to further the essence of music. They deliver a unique and captivating musical experience. Though mostly performing music composed by Royston, the members are all accomplished band leaders and composers themselves, bringing to the music their individual, distinctive voices. The Rudy Royston Orion Trio is rooted in searching, swinging, soul, motley music…fierce, never lacking drive, energy, ambition and purpose.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Royston has been a professional teacher, drummer and percussionist for almost twenty years.  He studied classical percussion at University of Denver where he earned undergraduate degrees in Music and English, and accomplished teacher certification credentials from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  Rudy grew up playing drums in church, and found his voice under the auspices of Colorado’s celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles, whom Royston deems his greatest influence, and with whom Rudy has played since1991.

Since moving to Piscataway, New Jersey in 2006, Royston has completed a Masters in Music degree from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and performed with many of today’s finest Jazz musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Tom Harrell, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Javon Jackson, Ravi Coltrane, Les McCann, JD Allen, Sean Jones, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jennifer Holiday, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, Jason Moran, Jenny Scheinman, and Ben Allison.  A lover of all genres of music, Rudy continues to expand his horizons as he gains increasing recognition in the world of Jazz.   www.rudyroyston.com.

RUDY ROYSTON ORION TRIO– Friday Dec 16 – Door 7:30 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

17
Dec

MARQUIS HILL QUARTET!

MARQUIS HILL QUARTET – Saturday Dec 17th – doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm   860-434-0886 * www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Marquis Hill | Trumpet – Braxton Cook | Alto Saxophone – Joel Ross | Piano – Chris Smith | Bass – Jonathan Pinson | Drums

Trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices on the instrument of his generation. Raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, his introduction to music was made by taking up the drum kit in the fourth grade. However, after being inspired by a cousin his focus soon shifted to what was to become his primary instrument, the trumpet.

At 12 years of age, Mr. Hill became a member of the South Shore Youth Jazz Ensemble under the direction of saxophonist and educator Ronald Carter. He has been an active participant in the programs offered at Ravinia including the Ravinia Jazz Scholars and the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the former of which brought him into contact with mentors Bobby Broom, Tito Carillo, and Willie Pickens. Mr. Hill’s musical education further expanded by attending Northern Illinois University, from which he graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. While still an undergraduate, Mr. Hill began to be regarded as one of the most in demand trumpeters in Chicago.

Upon finalizing his formal education with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University, Marquis Hill began working more frequently both as a sideman and a leader of his own ensemble, the Blacktet, throughout the region; appearing at festivals, clubs, and theaters with increasing frequency. His musical prowess began to garner more recognition after winning such competitions as the International Trumpet Guild jazz competition (2012) and most recently the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition (2014), widely regarded as the most prestigious in its field.

In addition to performance, Mr. Hill has been an active educator. He has held teaching positions at numerous institutions including the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; The NIU Summer Jazz Camp; The University of Illinois at Chicago where he was a faculty member for two years. He currently resides in New York City and has four albums to his credit: New Gospe (Skiptone 2011), Sounds of the City (Skiptone 2012), The Poet (Skiptone 2013), and Modern Flows vol. 1 (Skiptone 2014).

MARQUIS HILL QUARTET – Saturday Dec 17th – 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!

23
Dec

CURTIS LUNDY QUARTET Featuring Bobby Watson

CURTIS LUNDY QUARTET – Friday Dec 23 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Curtis Lundy quartet featuring Bobby Watson with Victor Lewis on drums and Dave Bryant on piano!

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CURTIS LUNDY QUARTET – Friday Dec 23 – Door 7:30 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

30
Dec

JOHNNY ONEAL TRIO!

JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO – Friday Dec 30 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

FROM NEW YORK, THE LEGENDARY JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO Featuring BEN RUBENS on bass, CHARLES GOOLD on drums, JOHNNY O’NEAL voice/piano.

Johnny O’Neal is one of jazz music’s legendary figures because of his profound musicality and engaging persona. The Detroit-born pianist and vocalist was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, worked with Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Pass during a regular gig at New York’s Blue Note jazz club in the eighties.

O’Neal’s appearance in the 2004 film “Ray” soared his career to new levels. In the film, Ray Charles played by Jamie Foxx, goes to a nightclub to hear the brilliant pianist Art Tatum played by O’Neal. O’Neal’s stirring rendition of “Yesterdays” was included in the movie.

Over the past few years O’Neal has maintained regular engagements at three of NYC’s best jazz clubs: Smoke, Smalls and Mezzrow. O’Neal’s latest album, Live at Smalls, shows why he’s so respected by his peers and jazz fans. On the album’s mix of standards and unexpected gems, while his playing evokes primary influences like Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Bud Powell, he reshapes these influences into his own very swinging and melodic approach. As for his singing style, which has been compared to Joe Williams, O’Neal vocalizes with a soulful authenticity that gives meaning to the lyrics.

Read the recent New York Times feature on O’Neal, in which piano master Barry Harris said: “If ever somebody sounded like Art Tatum, it’s him. He’s got it all.” In the same article, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel said: “My jaw dropped when I heard him play piano — and then my heart dropped when I heard him sing.”

JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO – Friday Dec 30 – 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 discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

06
Jan

JIMMY GREENE QUARTET!

JIMMY GREENE QUARTET – Fri & Sat January 6 & 7 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

We are so thrilled to welcome back our friend and neighbor, Jimmy Greene, to The Side Door once again! For those of you who didn’t manage to get a ticket for his last sold out shows, we recommend getting them as soon as you can to avoid disappointment!

Jimmy Greene’s latest release, Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records, is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken, along with 19 other children and 6 educators, on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I want the music to reflect the way that Ana lived,” Greene says. He fulfills that mandate with an intense, cohesive, genre-spanning program—juxtaposing the hardcore instrumental jazz for which he is best known with traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads and three original songs framing his own lyrics. Animating the repertoire is a gold-standard rhythm section (Renee Rosnes, piano; Christian McBride, bass; Lewis Nash, drums), augmented at various points by guitarists Pat Metheny and Jonathan DuBose, Jr.; pianists Kenny Barron and Cyrus Chestnut; vocalists Kurt Elling, Javier Colon and Latanya Farrell; spoken word from Tony Award®-winning actress Anika Noni Rose; a 13-piece string ensemble from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; as well as an accomplished children’s choir.

Greene himself is one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since graduating from Hartt School of Music in 1997. He composed or arranged every selection and plays tenor and soprano saxophones as well as flute with customary authority, melodic focus and abiding soulfulness. See his website for more details at www.jimmygreene.com

“Music has a unique way of communicating and healing. I’m so thankful that music is my profession – that I am able to write and arrange to create settings that convey the emotions I experience, not the least of which is the pain that my family and I have endured at a time when words fail.” – Jimmy Greene

Please visit www.jimmygreene.com for more details….. see you Saturday July 25th. Just one night so be sure to get your tickets as soon as you can!

JIMMY GREENE QUARTET – Fri & Sat January 6 & 7 -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

07
Jan

JIMMY GREEN QUARTET (Sat)

JIMMY GREENE QUARTET – Fri & Sat January 6 & 7 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We are so thrilled to welcome back our friend and neighbor, Jimmy Greene, to The Side Door once again! For those of you who didn’t manage to get a ticket for his last sold out shows, we recommend getting them as soon as you can to avoid disappointment!

Jimmy Greene’s latest release, Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records, is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken, along with 19 other children and 6 educators, on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I want the music to reflect the way that Ana lived,” Greene says. He fulfills that mandate with an intense, cohesive, genre-spanning program—juxtaposing the hardcore instrumental jazz for which he is best known with traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads and three original songs framing his own lyrics. Animating the repertoire is a gold-standard rhythm section (Renee Rosnes, piano; Christian McBride, bass; Lewis Nash, drums), augmented at various points by guitarists Pat Metheny and Jonathan DuBose, Jr.; pianists Kenny Barron and Cyrus Chestnut; vocalists Kurt Elling, Javier Colon and Latanya Farrell; spoken word from Tony Award®-winning actress Anika Noni Rose; a 13-piece string ensemble from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; as well as an accomplished children’s choir.

Greene himself is one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since graduating from Hartt School of Music in 1997. He composed or arranged every selection and plays tenor and soprano saxophones as well as flute with customary authority, melodic focus and abiding soulfulness. See his website for more details at www.jimmygreene.com

“Music has a unique way of communicating and healing. I’m so thankful that music is my profession – that I am able to write and arrange to create settings that convey the emotions I experience, not the least of which is the pain that my family and I have endured at a time when words fail.” – Jimmy Greene

Please visit www.jimmygreene.com for more details….. see you Saturday July 25th. Just one night so be sure to get your tickets as soon as you can!

JIMMY GREENE QUARTET – Fri & Sat January 6 & 7 -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

14
Jan

OPUS 5! Donald Edwards, Boris Koslov, Seamus Blake, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin!

OPUS 5 – Sat Jan 14 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30  – 860-434-0886*

With Donald Edwards on drums, Seamus Blake on Sax, Alex Sipiagin onTrumpet, David Kikoski onPiano and Boris Koslov-Bass!

An empathetic power of five is at work in the collaborative project known as Opus 5, working in the long shadow of the great vintage quintets, ala Blakey and pre-electric Miles Davis.

On the front line, tenor saxist Seamus Blake and rising star trumpeter Alex Sipiagin – a Russian in NYC – are bolstered by pianist David Kikoski, drummer Donald Edwards and another bold Russian émigré, bassist Boris Kozlov.

In the song set are compositions by bandmembers, George Cables’ “Think of Me”, Braziliana by Toninho Horta, and the reborn Russian folk tune “Sokol”. Honoring the Russian roots within the band.

OPUS 5 – Sat Jan 14 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30   –  860-434-0886*

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

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ADDRESS

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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.

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

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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

Ken at Anniversary!

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE

ELDAR DJANGIROV

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
The SideDoor Opens to a Standing Ovation in Old Lyme
May 13 2013 | see full article
"A Great Jazz Weekend In Old Lyme CT!"
Jan 30, 2016 | see full article
"A Great Weekend Of Jazz In Old Lyme CT!"
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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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  • “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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