UpcomingEvents

20
Jan

ORAN ETKIN – What’s New? Reimagining Benny Goodman

ORAN ETKIN – Friday, January 22 | doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm | 860-434-2600

Last year we had to postpone Oran’s appearance due to a blizzard! We are thrilled his busy schedule has allowed this make-up date to work out!

Oran Etkin has been described as a “great clarinet player” and “an excellent improviser” by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and a “composer of eminent individuality” by his mentor and teacher, the legendary Yusef Lateef. Steve Nelson,

Etkin’s new album on Motema Music (Sept 25 2015 release) is “What’s New? Reimagining Benny Goodman” – a distinctively modern homage to the legendary “king of swing” and his 1930s quartet with Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson. The recording features Etkin’s working band with Steve Nelson, Matt Wilson and Sullivan Fortner plus guest vocalist Charenee Wade. This past year Etkin has been touring his ‘Gathering Light’ project at venues including Montreal Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Fest, Paris Jazz Fest, London Jazz Fest and New York’s Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Etkin’s unique sound on the sax, clarinet and bass-clarinet emanates from an openness to discovery in the world, in himself and within his music. Oran began piano at the age of 5, violin at 8, saxophone at 9 and clarinet at 13. He began studying with renowned saxophonist George Garzone at age 14 and later with Yusef Lateef. He studied classical clarinet and composition as an undergraduate and received a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dave Liebman and Dave Krakauer among others.

Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner Keitel, who enrolled their son in Etkin’s Timbalooloo Music Classes for three years, remarked that Etkin “makes music from all over the world accessible and fun for children to listen to and learn about. From the age of two, our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba, and African music – and he knew the difference.”

Through years of experience in a myriad of musical cultures, Etkin has developed a unique sound on the clarinet, bass-clarinet and saxophone that draws on ancient traditions from Africa, Israel, New Orleans and beyond, yet resonates with the driving energy of the current New York jazz scene. Check out this great video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTt8UkZrhnA and visit the artist website at www.oranetkin.com

ORAN ETKIN – Friday, January 22 | doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm | 860-434-2600

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

21
Jan

LEE KONITZ QUARTET

LEE KONITZ QUARTET – Saturday, January 21 | doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm | 860-434-2600

Lee Konitz – alto sax
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Jeremy Stratton – bass
George Schuller – drums

Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz has enjoyed one of the most creative and prolific careers in modern jazz. After an early experience with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra and Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, the innovative small groups of pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Capitol Orchestra (“Birth of the Cool”), Konitz turned freelance and has remained on the cutting edge of post-bop improvisation ever since.  For his first ever visit to The Side Door he brings Florian Weber – piano, Jeremy Stratton – bass and George Schuller – drums!

He has occasionally led a nonet (now resurrected!) and various quartets, but his exceptionally large and varied discography also includes an early unaccompanied saxophone solo album, several innovative albums of duets that spanned jazz styles, and collaborations which reads like the “who’s who” of the Jazz world. Lee Konitz is the only still active musician to have played all three ever existing Birdland clubs in New York City.

Like Gil Evans or Coleman Hawkins Lee has always been open and interested to play with younger musicians and to participate in exciting new musical projects co-lead by them (like the Lee Konitz New Nonet or the Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor String Project). A new book about Lee Konitz (by Andy Hamilton) was published in 2007. He has received the NEA Jazz Masters Award in 2009.

Recently Lee Konitz has performed in a duo setting with pianist Dan Tepfer and his New Quartet, followed by a CD released with Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden and the late Paul Motian. In 2012 another quartet constellation featuring Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock and Joey Baron has emerged.

Lee was voted “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in 2010 and numerous times before that. In July 2013 he was awarded the “German Jazz Prize” for his life in music.

LEE KONITZ QUARTET – Saturday, January 21 | doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm | 860-434-2600

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

25
Jan

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Wed & Thurs January 25th & 26th | Door 7:30 Show 8:30 | 860-434-2600

Kyle is joined by Andrew McCormack, Jason Rigby, Alex Norris and Joe Strasser.

As someone who has had a myriad of opportunities to shine, Kyle Eastwood has truly carved his own path as a musician and his bass playing and composing talents reflect the richness and diversity of his experience.

No stranger to jazz music, at a young age his father, film actor/director Clint Eastwood introduced Kyle’s ears to jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis.

Kyle began playing electric bass in high school, learning R&B, Motown, and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he engrossed himself in the New York and Los Angeles area jazz scene, and signed with Sony in 1998 where he released his debut recording From Here to There.

After relocating to Europe, Kyle signed with Candid Records and released Paris Blue in 2004. This recording climbed to number 1 on the French Jazz Charts. This was followed up by Now (Candid) in 2006. In 2009, he released the highly successful Metropolitain (Mack Avenue)

His live performances have been met with sold out venues and critical acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America. Kyle has composed and/or arranged seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus.

What the critics are saying:

“If his music has one unifying tag, it is atmosphere.” –The Seattle Times

“Very sharp work. There’s no denying Kyle has imagination and skill.”- The Observer

“Eastwood’s composing sits squarely in the realm of contemporary/pop jazz, with the sophistication of veteran bands of the genre such as the Yellowjackets and The Crusaders. There’s an alluring simplicity to the disc in terms of melodic themes and grooves, however, the musicality and tightness of the band…propels the music to higher ground.” –The Jazz Word

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Wed & Thurs January 25th & 26th | Door 7:30 Show 8:30 | 860-434-2600

*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
Jan

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Wed & Thurs January 25th & 26th | Door 7:30, Show 8:30 | 860-434-2600*

Kyle is joined by Andrew McCormack, Jason Rigby, Alex Norris and Joe Strasser!

As someone who has had a myriad of opportunities to shine, Kyle Eastwood has truly carved his own path as a musician and his bass playing and composing talents reflect the richness and diversity of his experience.

No stranger to jazz music, at a young age his father, film actor/director Clint Eastwood introduced Kyle’s ears to jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis.

Kyle began playing electric bass in high school, learning R&B, Motown, and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he engrossed himself in the New York and Los Angeles area jazz scene, and signed with Sony in 1998 where he released his debut recording From Here to There.

After relocating to Europe, Kyle signed with Candid Records and released Paris Blue in 2004. This recording climbed to number 1 on the French Jazz Charts. This was followed up by Now (Candid) in 2006. In 2009, he released the highly successful Metropolitain (Mack Avenue)

His live performances have been met with sold out venues and critical acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America. Kyle has composed and/or arranged seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus.

What the critics are saying:

“If his music has one unifying tag, it is atmosphere.” –The Seattle Times

“Very sharp work. There’s no denying Kyle has imagination and skill.”- The Observer

“Eastwood’s composing sits squarely in the realm of contemporary/pop jazz, with the sophistication of veteran bands of the genre such as the Yellowjackets and The Crusaders. There’s an alluring simplicity to the disc in terms of melodic themes and grooves, however, the musicality and tightness of the band…propels the music to higher ground.” –The Jazz Word

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Wed & Thurs January 25th & 26th | Door 7:30, Show 8:30 | 860-434-2600*

*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!

27
Jan

PAPO VAZQUEZ BAND

PAPO VAZQUEZ BAND  – Friday, January 27 | Door 7:30, Show 8:30 | 860-434-2600*

Papo Vazquez brings an incredible band with him, with Rick Germanson on Piano, Dezron Douglas on Bass and Jerome Jennings on drums!

Trombonist, composer and arranger Papo Vázquez has a 40 year career spanning jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and classical music and recordings.

Vázquez was born in 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After spending his early years in Puerto Rico, he grew up in the heart of North Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community. He bought his first trombone from a friend for $5 and joined the elementary school band.

At the age of 14, an uncle recommended him to a local salsa band, where he met trumpet player Jimmy Purvis. Purvis inspired Papo’s lifelong passion for jazz by giving him two records: J.J. Johnson’s Blue Trombone and John Coltrane Live at the Village Vanguard. By 15, Vázquez was performing with local Latin bands in Philadelphia and accompanying visiting artists such as Eddie Palmieri.

At only 17, he moved to New York and was hired to play for trumpet player Chocolate Armentero’s.  Soon after began playing and recording with top artists in the salsa scene like The Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Grupo Folklorico Nuyorquino, Eddie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, and Hector La Voe. Vázquez also became a key player in New York’s burgeoning Latin jazz scene of the late 1970’s, performing with Jerry Gonzalez, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Milton Cardona and more. He began studying with Slide Hampton, eventually recording and performing for Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones.

Vázquez went on to perform with jazz luminaries Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, Hilton Ruiz and tour Europe with the Ray Charles Orchestra. By the age of 22, Vázquez had traveled the globe.

Upon his return to New York, he joined Tito Puente’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, traveling with them as principal trombonist, and toured Europe with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra.

PAPO VAZQUEZ BAND  – Friday, January 27 | Door 7:30, Show 8:30 | 860-434-2600*

*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!

28
Jan

ED CHERRY TRIO

ED CHERRY TRIO – Saturday, January 28th | doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm | 860-434-0886 *

Welcome back to New Haven, Connecticut native and master guitarist Ed Cherry! Joined by Sanah Kadoura on drums and Kyle Kholer on organ – it will be an incredible night of music!!

After moving to New York from CT in 78′, Ed Cherry played guitar with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992, performing in Gillespie’s quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra, which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Gillespie died in 1993, and Cherry released his first recording as a leader, ‘First Take’ (Groovin’ High) that same year as well as performing w/Paquito D’Riveras’ small group and recording “Havana Cafe”(Chesky Records). Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years, recorded 3 cd’s w/Henry’s ‘Very Very Circus’ group. Ed’s most current recording “It’s All Good” is available through www.posi-tone.com

For artist details please visit: www.edcherrymusic.com or enjoy this link: http://www.jazzguitarlife.com/ed-cherry-interview-with-jazz-guitar-life/

“Ed is a great, soulful, swinging underrated player deserving of wider recognition.” – Bill Milkowski 1/13/11″

“An expressive instrumentalist, Cherry has a hip, melodic approach that is a refreshing contrast to guitarists who frequently resort to playing ‘finger music’, the execution of rapid streams of notes that serve no musical purpose other than to fill space”- Jim Ferguson: Jazztimes

We are delighted to welcome back Ed Cherry and his trio to The Side Door for his third appearance!

ED CHERRY TRIO – Saturday, January 28th | 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!

03
Feb

MIKE CASEY TRIO

MIKE CASEY TRIO
Friday, February 3 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

A lifetime passion for the saxophone began when Mike took to the saxophone like a fish to water in the 5th grade. Eager to expand his musical horizons, he attended the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts in high school, where he studied in the jazz program. He is a graduate of the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford’s Hartt School, CT). While at Hartt he was fortunate to study with renowned jazz artists such as saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, & Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves.

Nominated for “Best Jazz” in the CT Music Awards, Mike has performed and delighted a wide range of audiences throughout the Northeast. He has shared the stage with some of the finest jazz artists in the world such as: Marc Cary, Charles Tolliver, Duane Eubanks, Rashaan Carter, Benito Gonzalez, Tarus Mateen, Zaccai Curtis, Ugonna Okegwo, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Terreon Gully, Igmar Thomas, Rene McLean, Justin Kauflin, JD Allen, Craig Harris, Brandee Younger, & Dezron Douglas.

In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz musicians/composers worldwide selected to participate in the prestigious 2 week “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he was fortunate to learn from celebrated jazz artists Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Eric Revis, J.D. Allen, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, and Cyrus Chestnut. Mike has performed at well-respected venues & festivals such as Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC), The Kennedy Center (DC), , Minton’s, Ginny’s Supper Club (NYC), Exit Zero Jazz Festival (NJ), & NYC Winter Jazz Fest, in addition to consistently performing in the top jazz venues Connecticut has to offer. He is also a teaching artist with 4 years of experience teaching saxophone (and jazz) to all ages.

Mike has enchanted audiences young & old alike, performing a unique blend of upbeat, accessible, original music and exciting arrangements of jazz standards with a mature lyricism and a sound that commands the attention of the audience.

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash.

Enjoy a pre-show dinner or discounted overnight stay with tickets at The Old Lyme Inn!

10
Feb

ADAM MILNE – DAPP THEORY

ANDY MILNE – DAPP THEORY
Friday, February 10 :: doors at 7:30, show begins 8:30
For tickets, or reservations for dinner or an overnight stay, please call 860-434-2600

Dapp Theory is a quintet that intersects the cross roads between lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. Leader, pianist/composer Andy Milne has been a dynamic voice on the New York scene, leading diverse projects for more than 20 years. He formed the band in 1998 as a vehicle to “tell passionate stories, promote peace and inspire collective responsibility towards uplifting the human spiritual condition.” Dapp Theory seamlessly navigates the lines between jazz, heavy metal, hip-hop, Appalachian folk and classical music. They have built a loyal following, performing concerts, clubs and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Argentina, including appearances at The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Jazz Festival and The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. With Dapp Theory, Milne combines the talents of percussive poet John Moon, saxophonist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz.

Milne’s latest project The Seasons of Being, a 10-piece ensemble featuring Dapp Theory and five distinguished guest improvisers, premiered in 2015 at Millersville University and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Commissioned by Chamber Music America, the music explores the body, spirit and mind on music, channeling the diagnostic principles of homeopathic healing to captivate the emotional characterization of each improvising musician. The recording of this special project will be released on Sunnyside Records in 2017. It follows the dynamic 2014 release Forward in all Directions, produced by multi-Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip. Jazziz Magazine describes it as “an album that brims with both emphatic and implied elements. Forward, yes, but never simply forward in a neat, linear fashion.” The band’s discography also includes the 2008 release, Layers of Chance and the critically acclaimed 2003 Concord Records release, Y’all Just Don’t Know, which included an ambitious collaboration with folk-rock icon Bruce Cockburn.

Enjoy a pre-show dinner or discounted overnight stay at the historic Old Lyme Inn with your tickets!

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash.

11
Feb

Eric Mintell Quartet

ERIC MINTEL QUARTET
Saturday, February 11 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm  

For tickets, reservations for pre-show dinner or an overnight stay, 
please call 860-434-2600

Eric Mintel piano, Nelson Hill sax and flute, Dave Mohn drums and Jack Hegyi bass

On this tour the Eric Mintel Quartet will be performing a tribute to Dave Brubeck featuring Brubeck hits like Blue Rondo a la Turk, Three to Get Ready, Koto Song and many more as well as their own version of the legendary Paul Desmond classic Take Five!

the Eric Mintel Quartet have been thrilling audiences of all ages with their electrifying jazz for over 25 years including two performances at the White House by invitation of Presidents Clinton (1998) and Obama (2011), several concerts at the Kennedy Center, a special performance at the United Nations and countless accolades through the years. Featuring pianist and composer Eric Mintel, Nelson Hill sax/flute, Jack Hegyi bass and Dave Mohn drums. The EMQ is best known for their tribute to Dave Brubeck and performance of many Eric Mintel originals. The EMQ also has become a staple of the holidays with their highly successful “Charlie Brown Jazz” concerts delighting families across the country.

Eric was a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR, The Eric Mintel Quartet has opened for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, appeared on the QVC television network and has been featured in many jazz and newspaper publications including Down Beat, Jazz Times, Hot House Jazz and Jazziz Magazines as well as New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Savannah Times, Baltimore Sun and others.

*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
Feb

Benny Green Trio

BENNY GREEN TRIO

Thursday, February 16 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

For tickets, reservations for pre-show dinner or an overnight stay,please call 860-434-2600

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Benny Green, unconditionally, is the bearer of the torch and guardian of a legacy handed down to him, personally, by his musical mentors. His most recent recordings, Live in Santa Cruz (2015) and Magic Beans (2012) (Sunnyside) are shining examples of his brilliance. Since emerging under the tutelage of Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown in the early 1980s, Benny Green has become a highly regarded pianist and bandleader. His efforts to expand upon the language of the classical jazz canon have placed him not only among the best interpreters but also among the vanguard of musicians keeping jazz’s evolution going.

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I’d been hearing from my father’s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself”. Benny never looked back and never stopped learning as his blossoming talents, supported by mentors such as Walter Bishop, Jr. and others, plus his love for the music propelled him to the upper strata of jazz luminaries.

Benny’s list of credits, accomplishments, and accolades could literally fill a book. His recordings with the masters form a foundation of jazz education. Some notable highlights include: Beginning his touring life with Betty Carter for four years and realizing a life long dream of becoming a Jazz Messenger; In 1993 Oscar Peterson chose Benny as the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music culminating in Oscar & Benny (1998) recorded for Telarc. Appearing on well over one hundred recordings, with legacy artists such as: Betty Carter (including Grammy award winner Look What I Got), Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Watson, Milt Jackson, Diana Krall, and he is particularly featured in Ray Brown’s trio series of CD’s for Telarc: Bass Face (1993), Don’t get Sassy (1994), Some of my best friends … (1994), Seven Steps to Heaven (1995), Super Bass (1996) and Live at Sculler’s (1996), to fresh faces like Japan’s young drum virtuouso, Tiger Onitsuka.

As the leader of his own groups, Benny’s recording career began with two albums for the Dutch label Criss Cross: Prelude (1988) and In This Direction (1989). In 1990 Green started recording for Blue Note: Lineage (1990), Greens (1991), Testifiyin’ (1992), That’s Right! (1993), The Place To Be (1994), Kaleidoscope (1997) and These Are Soulful Days (1999). In 2000, his debut recording on Telarc Jazz entitled Naturally was released, which featured bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone. In 2001, Green’s Blues, a solo piano date and in 2003 Jazz at the Bistro (Telarc), a duo recording Malone, followed by Bluebird (2004) again pairing Green with Malone. A hiatus from recording produced Benny’s 2011 trio date, Source (JLP).

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set – no flash.

Enjoy a pre-show dinner or discounted overnight stay with tickets at The Old Lyme Inn!

17
Feb

Nicholas Payton Quartet (Friday Night)

For tickets, reservations for pre-show dinner or an overnight stay,please call 860-434-2600

Payton’s clarion trumpet, as well as his genre-defying solos, stood at the center of the music making… Payton bent notes beyond recognition… No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing. – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, 12/1/12

Multi-instrumentalist and Trumpet Master, Nicholas Payton, is one of the greatest artists of our time. Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his talent and skill has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history.

When he was barely in his 20s, Nicholas made his major-label recording debut as a leader with From This Moment (Verve). Since then, Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice.

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

A list of his earlier classic recordings include: From This Moment (1994, Verve); Gumbo Nouveau (1995, Verve); Payton’s Place (1998, Verve); Nick@Night (1999, Verve); Dear Louis (2001, Verve); Sonic Trance (2003, Warner Bros.); Into The Blue (2008, Nonesuch); Bitches (2011, In+Out Records); and GRAMMY® award-winning collaboration with Doc Cheatham, the legendary trumpeter, entitled Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton (1997, Verve).

Nicholas now records for his own imprint, Paytone Records™.

On July 27, 2015, Nicholas released his latest offering, Letters featuring 26 brand new tracks spanning the entire alphabet from A to Z. Letters is double cd which showcases Nicholas’ trio with Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart. His 2014 offering is entitled Numbers and finds Nicholas working with a group of young artists from Richmond, VA known as Butcher Brown.

The iconic Sketches of Spain was the second album for his own imprint. Released on September 24th, 2013, for his 40th birthday week, Nicholas Payton offered the world a present worthy of his immense skills: a live concert performance of the iconic Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaboration. Framing Payton’s virtuosic playing is a 19-piece ensemble comprised of 15 brass and woodwinds and a harpist drawn from the Sinfonieorchester Basel and Vicente Archer, Marcus Gilmore and Daniel Sadownick, The

LA Times says Payton and band ‘shine a new light’ on Miles Davis’ ‘knotty brilliance’, and the Chicago Tribune selected Sketches of Spain as one of the best recordings of 2013.

Earlier that same year, Payton released #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns, his first recording for his then newly formed label, BMF Records™. Recorded at the historic Washington, D.C. club, Bohemian Caverns, on November 3, 2012, the album features a blistering set that captures Payton’s now renowned prowess on the trumpet – while simultaneously playing the Fender Rhodes piano. His genius and unmistakable originality is on wide display for this recording.

As is evident, Nicholas spans a multitude of musical genres having composed and arranged, performed and recorded with his own groups in many settings, including solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, 21-piece big band, as well as his 2012 full orchestral work, The Black American Symphony.

*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
Feb

Nicholas Payton Quartet (Saturday Night)

Saturday, February 18 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

For tickets, reservations for pre-show dinner or an overnight stay,please call 860-434-2600

Payton’s clarion trumpet, as well as his genre-defying solos, stood at the center of the music making… Payton bent notes beyond recognition… No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing. – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, 12/1/12

Multi-instrumentalist and Trumpet Master, Nicholas Payton, is one of the greatest artists of our time. Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his talent and skill has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history.

When he was barely in his 20s, Nicholas made his major-label recording debut as a leader with From This Moment (Verve). Since then, Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice.

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

A list of his earlier classic recordings include: From This Moment (1994, Verve); Gumbo Nouveau (1995, Verve); Payton’s Place (1998, Verve); Nick@Night (1999, Verve); Dear Louis (2001, Verve); Sonic Trance (2003, Warner Bros.); Into The Blue (2008, Nonesuch); Bitches (2011, In+Out Records); and GRAMMY® award-winning collaboration with Doc Cheatham, the legendary trumpeter, entitled Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton (1997, Verve).

Nicholas now records for his own imprint, Paytone Records™.

On July 27, 2015, Nicholas released his latest offering, Letters featuring 26 brand new tracks spanning the entire alphabet from A to Z. Letters is double cd which showcases Nicholas’ trio with Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart. His 2014 offering is entitled Numbers and finds Nicholas working with a group of young artists from Richmond, VA known as Butcher Brown.

The iconic Sketches of Spain was the second album for his own imprint. Released on September 24th, 2013, for his 40th birthday week, Nicholas Payton offered the world a present worthy of his immense skills: a live concert performance of the iconic Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaboration. Framing Payton’s virtuosic playing is a 19-piece ensemble comprised of 15 brass and woodwinds and a harpist drawn from the Sinfonieorchester Basel and Vicente Archer, Marcus Gilmore and Daniel Sadownick, The

LA Times says Payton and band ‘shine a new light’ on Miles Davis’ ‘knotty brilliance’, and the Chicago Tribune selected Sketches of Spain as one of the best recordings of 2013.

Earlier that same year, Payton released #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns, his first recording for his then newly formed label, BMF Records™. Recorded at the historic Washington, D.C. club, Bohemian Caverns, on November 3, 2012, the album features a blistering set that captures Payton’s now renowned prowess on the trumpet – while simultaneously playing the Fender Rhodes piano. His genius and unmistakable originality is on wide display for this recording.

As is evident, Nicholas spans a multitude of musical genres having composed and arranged, performed and recorded with his own groups in many settings, including solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, 21-piece big band, as well as his 2012 full orchestral work, The Black American Symphony.

*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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LOCATED AT

OLD LYME INN
85 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371

Tickets

advance tickets
available online
or by calling
(860) 434-2600
general admission only,
no standing room

At The Show

Doors at 7:30pm for cocktails and seating
Shows begin at 8:30pm
unless otherwise advertised

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Pre-show dinner reservations available at
The Old Lyme Inn
(food is not served at the club, full bar service available)

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No unauthorized audio or video recording is permitted during performance. This includes cell phones. Photos restricted to first set per artist request.

Enjoy overnight discounts with your tickets


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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!

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

FREDDIE HENDRIX 4TET!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA 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 COOKERS

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Kick off to U.S tour!

Ken at Anniversary!

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"A Beacon of Live Music!..."
Feb 27, 2015 | see full article
NY Times - "Its the Perfect Room....."
Nov 16, 2014 | see full article
CT Magazine - The Side Door Thrives!
May 7, 2014 | see full article
The Day - "A Lovely Spot To Listen"
November 14, 2013 | see full article
The SideDoor Announces Its Fall Line Up!
September 26, 2013 | see full article
Wine, dine, spend the night, and all that jazz!
September 17, 2013 | see full article
Old Lyme Inn opens the SideDoor
MAY 9, 2013 | see full article
Old Lyme Inn jazzed about new venue
MAY 6, 2013 | see full article
All About Jazz - Old Lyme Inn Goes Live At The Side Door Jazz Club
June 21, 2013 | see full article
Wallace Roney, Two Explosive Nights At The Side Door Jazz Club
July 21, 2013 | see full article
The SideDoor Opens to a Standing Ovation in Old Lyme
May 13 2013 | see full article
"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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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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