UpcomingEvents

04
Mar

SIMONA PREMAZZI OUTSPOKEN

SIMONA PREMAZZI “OUTSPOKEN” – Fri March 4th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

New York based pianist Simona Premazzi has developed an impressive body of work as a composer and bandleader. Originally from Italy, Premazzi hails from a small town in the outskirts of Milano, where she began playing piano at age 9.

A gifted musician, Simona is a graduate of the conservatory of music in Udine and studied under the incomparable supervision of two of Italy’s formidable jazz masters, Massimo Colombo and Franco D’Andrea.

Since moving to New York in 2004, she has earned recognition for her improvisational work and skillful approach as a composer, with an unmistakable style and depth that comes across in every one of her compositions. She has shown herself to be an accomplished bandleader and much sought after collaborative partner on other artists’ musical projects.

“Premazzi, a wickedly clever soloist with a very original viewpoint”. Frank Alkier – Downbeat Mag.

She has performed, collaborated and/or recorded with, among many others: Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Dayna Stephens, Seamus Blake, Wayne Escoffery, J.D.Allen, Logan Richardson, Billy Drummond, Victor Lewis, Ben Allison, Ari Hoenig, Jason Brown, Marco Panascia, E.J. Strickland, Rudy Royston, Johnathan Blake.

Simona recently released her 3rd CD, “The Lucid Dreamer”, on the Inner Circle Music Label, featuring tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Ameen Saleem, drummer Jochen Rueckert and special guest, Greg Osby on alto and soprano Saxophones.

“Simona Premazzi is one of the more exciting and poignant pianists on the current NewYork scene” Gary Heimbauer – Jazz Inside magazine

Visit her website for more details, music and information at www.simonapremazzi.com  – but come see the real magic LIVE!

SIMONA PREMAZZI “OUTSPOKEN” – Fri March 4th – 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.

05
Mar

JACQUES LASURE QUINTET!

JACQUES LASURE – Saturday March 5th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Jacques is joined by the stellar Jazz talents of Nat Reeves, Victor Gould, Monte Croft, and Kyle Poole!

Seasoned guitarist Jacques Lesure plays, teaches, and presents all over the United States and abroad. Recently, he has played to capacity crowds at some of the finest Jazz clubs in the country, such as Yoshi’s Oakland, New York City’s Smoke, and The Velvet Note in Atlanta .

He strives to create and nurture a love and appreciation for the tradition of Jazz music, as an original, American art form, birthed in the African-American culture, emphasizing how the sound is the root and foundation of music today.

Currently a resident of Los Angeles, California Jacques Lesure is originally from Detroit, Michigan. Jacques is a WJ3 Records artist. This label is owned by prominent drummer, Willie Jones III. He is label mates with artists like Eric Reed and Warren Wolf. Jacques has performed with many great artists in music: Kenny Burrell, Oscar Brown Jr., Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Freddy Cole, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Jack McDuff, Les McCann, Carmen Lundy ,Oliver Lake, Paula West and many others. He has collaborated in the creation of and performed in a variety of stage plays, movie scores and special projects made for television. His career spans over 30 years.

Jacques is also very active in the community and mentors many today’s up and coming musicians in the greater Los Angeles area. He is the Musical Director for the Living Legends Foundation and president of the African-American Jazz Caucus.

Jacques is a national adjudicator, judging student competitions across the nation and he is an Artist Teacher for the Thelonious Monk Institute, Music LA, and The Dolo Coker Jazz Foundation. Check out more details at artisit website: www.jacqueslesure.com

JACQUES LASURE – Saturday March 5th – 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 a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

10
Mar

FRED HERSCH TRIO!

FRED HERSCH TRIO – THURSDAY March 10th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists.

He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard – for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations. His newest trio album is a 2-CD set Alive at the Vanguard and it has been garnering wide critical acclaim as one of his best releases in his many-year recording career. It has been awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and has made the Best Jazz CDs of 2012 list in Slate and Downbeat.

We are happy to welcome our friend, and extended Side Door family member, Fred Hersch to The Side Door stage once again for this special Thursday night performance accompanied by his trio! For more details please visit: www.fredhersch.com

FRED HERSCH TRIO – Thurs March 10th – 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
Mar

MARK ZALESKI BAND!

MARK ZALESKI BAND – Fri March 11th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886**

Internationally touring musician, Mark Zaleski, has distinguished himself as a uniquely dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader. He has performed with a diverse group of notable artists including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ian Anderson, Connie Francis, Mahmoud Ahmed, Jason Palmer, and Matt Savage. The Mark Zaleski Band performs a one of a kind jazz/rock blend influences ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Jimi Hendrix, with a fiery front line of two strong saxophonists.

His unique approach to jazz led him to be the first alto saxophonist to be selected to prestigious Dave Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program in Stockton, CA in 2003. After spending two years there learning from and performing with his virtuosic peers and established pros like Bobby Watson, Rufus Reid, Robin Eubanks, he moved on to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. .

Zaleski is also active in many other musical projects including the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, Brighton Beat, Planet Radio and the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra. Before he turned 30 years old, he earned faculty positions at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music at Bard College (where he is the big band director). MZB is what Mark describes as his “passion project”. It is an ever evolving musical concept and continues to explore the various creative gifts of it’s ensemble. Mark Zaleski – alto/soprano saxophone, Jon Bean – tenor saxophone, Glenn Zaleski – piano, Mark Cocheo – guitar, Danny Weller – bass, Oscar Suchanek – drums. CHeck out some info at http://www.markzaleskimusic.com/

MARK ZALESKI BAND – Fri March 11th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886

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

12
Mar

ORRIN EVANS TRIO

ORRIN EVANS TRIO – Saturday March 12th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Celebrating the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed and top-charting CD “Evolution of Oneself”, pianist Orrin Evans brings Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums and Vicente Archer on bass to complete his trio.

Orrin takes stock of the pivotal moments that shape the trajectory of a life on ‘The Evolution of Oneself’, his scintillating new release on Smoke Sessions Records. The album is itself a landmark in Evans’ musical evolution, introducing a remarkable new piano trio with two longtime associates but first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. The result is a raw and thrilling excursion incorporating a startlingly wide range of influences, from jazz and neo-soul to country and hip-hop.

As suggested by the title, The Evolution of Oneself explores deeply personal terrain, with Evans reflecting on the road he’s traveled to become the man and musician he is today. Check more details at www.orrinevansmusic.com and don’t miss the real magic live on March 12th!

ORRIN EVANS – Saturday March 12th – 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.

18
Mar

MIKE MORENO QUARTET

MIKE MORENO QUARTET – Friday March 18th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Guitarist Mike Moreno is recognized as one of the leading voices in the new generation of the Jazz guitarists today. Mike has toured extensively and recorded his original music to high critical acclaim. As Nate Chinen describes in his 2007 “The Gig” article in JazzTimes, “There are many other guitarists out there pushing towards a modern ideal, but none with the precise coordinates that Mike Moreno has charted.”

Outside of touring with his own band, Moreno has been called to perform with some of the most iconic names in jazz today, such as Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Stefon Harris Sextet, Nicholas Payton Quartet, Meshell N’Degeocello, Lizz Wright, Jason Moran, Q-Tip, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato, Aaron Parks, Jon Cowherd, Claudia Acuna, Greg Osby, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts and many others.

Moreno’s leader recordings include Between The Lines, which was chosen by Nate Chinen in the New York Times as one of Top 10 of 2007. Third Wish (2008) and First in Mind (2011) were recorded for the Dutch label Criss Cross Records. His most recent release Another Way on the World Culture Music label was chosen by itunes as one of their 25 “Best Of 2012” along side several Grammy winning recordings for that year. His most recent album LOTUS has just been released. Enjoy a LOTUS sampler here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNqYRe1uxig

As a sideman Mike has recorded on over 40 albums, 3 of which were Grammy Nominated : Eldar – Re-Imagination, Q-Tip – The Renaissance, and Geoffrey Keezer – Aurea. Other discography highlights include : Aaron Park’s Invisible Cinema – Blue Note Records, Robert Glasper- Mood, Myron Walden-To Feel, and Kendrick Scott – Conviction. Check Mike’s website for all the details: www.mikemoreno.com and

MIKE MORENO QUARTET – Friday March 18th – 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.

19
Mar

JEB PATTON TRIO

JEB PATTON TRIO – Saturday March 19th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886*

Joined by David Wong on bass and Pete Van Nostrand on drums! Jeb Patton has toured throughout the United States and abroad as the pianist with the Heath Brothers, Jimmy Heath’s Generations Quintet, the Charles McPherson Quartet, the Sachal Vasandani Quartet, the Dmitry Baevsky Quartet, the Winard Harper Sextet, as well as with his own trio.

Jeb has also performed and/or recorded with a variety of luminaries and top ensembles including Percy Heath, Tootie Heath, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Etta Jones, Jessye Norman, Barbara Cook, James Moody, Maurice Peress, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, the Broadway musical, “After Midnight,” and the New York Philomusica to name a few. His arrangements have been performed by the Heath Brothers, Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Sachal Vasandani, The Duke University Big Band, and the UNC Chapel Hill Big Band.

Jeb Patton’s brand new CD, ”Shades and Tones”, was released this spring on the Cellar Live label. Jeb recorded New Strides in 2009 on the MAXJAZZ label. In 2013, Sher Music published the first volume of Jeb’s new book, An Approach to Comping: the Essentials. Volume two of the series, An Approach to Comping: Advanced Concepts and Techniques is due to be released at the beginning of 2016.

Jeb also teaches piano, ear training, transcription, jazz piano for non-pianists, arranging, and improvisation at Queens College and Five Town College.  Check out Videos at: https://youtu.be/dwAtBDWBVUs and his site for more details at www.jebpatton.com – but come see him live on the 19th for the real deal!

JEB PATTON TRIO – Sat March 19th – 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.

25
Mar

RAVI COLTRANE two nights (FRI)

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.

Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Spirit Fiction’, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others.

Ravi lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island www.thecoltranehome.org and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – 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
Mar

RAVI COLTRANE TWO NIGHTS (Sat)

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.

Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Spirit Fiction’, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others.

Ravi lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island www.thecoltranehome.org and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.

RAVI COLTRANE – Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26th – 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.

01
Apr

BOBBY BROOM TRIO!

BOBBY BROOM TRIO – Friday April 1 Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Bobby Broom is a three-decade “overnight success” story. The DownBeat Critics poll hails Bobby Broom as one of the world’s top jazz guitarists year after year. Opening for Steely Dan across North America last summer with his organ trio, The Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, Broom brought the sweet, chill groove of his soaring guitar, and a taste of Jazz, to hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and Canada.

The Bobby Broom Trio’s 2014 album, “My Shining Hour,” (#38 Album in North America, JazzWeek) was an improvisational journey that transformed some of the most well-tree Great American Songbook into marvelous flights of jazz guitar mastery that critics liken to the work of Wes Montgomery and George Benson.

The Bobby Broom Trio appearing at the Side Door is Broom, long-time bassist Dennis Carroll, and the great Greg Artry on drums. Check out “My Shining Hour” (Origin) and “Upper Westside Story” (Origin) and grab your ticket to see one of the most amazing Jazz guitarists of our time.

“Throughout ‘My Shining Hour’, writes of IDigJazzBlogspot.com, “Broom strums so sweetly it would make the devil stop sinning.”

DownBeat’s John Corbett said: “Broom is the full monty: Ultra-refined timing and tone, continuous flow of ideas, a touch of grease, a treat for the connoisseur.”

He has been one of the most sought-after guitarists of his generation. The great Art Blakey wanted him as his first and only guitarist for the famed “Jazz Messengers.”   He became a mainstay of Sonny Rollins’ groups, and has played with Stanley Turrentine, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, and many many others.

Check out “My Shining Hour” (Origin) and “Upper Westside Story” (Origin) and grab your ticket to see one of the most amazing Jazz guitarists of our time. For more artist details visit http://bobbybroom.com/biography/

BOBBY BROOM TRIO – Friday April 1 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 a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

02
Apr

ALLAN HARRIS!

ALLAN HARRIS – Sat, April 2 – doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm   860-434-0886 *

A great stroke of luck created an open date that has allowed us to reschedule Allan’s show that was cancelled due to the snow storm in January!

Ever since he burst on the jazz scene in the latter part of the twentieth century, The Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris has reigned supreme as one of the most accomplished and exceptional singers of his generation. Aptly described by the Miami Herald as an artist blessed with, “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole,” the ample and aural evidence of Harris’ multifaceted talent can be heard on his ten recordings as a leader.

He has performed critically-acclaimed concerts around the world, from Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, to the 2012 London Olympics, and a number of prestigious bookings in Europe, The Middle East and Asia. His numerous awards include the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” – which he won three times – the Backstage Bistro Award for “Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” and the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award.”

Harris’ new album, Black Bar Jukebox, produced by Grammy® Award-winning producer Brian Bacchus (Norah Jones, Gregory Porter), is his most compelling and comprehensive recording to date. Check out more info at www.allanharris.com and come to witness the real deal, LIVE!

CNN’s Showbiz Tonight “one of the three best male jazz vocalists in the country.”​​​

Washington Post “Harris and Cole naturally share the same vocal wave-length.” ​

NY Times “A protean talent”

ALLAN HARRIS – Sat, April 2 – 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!

07
Apr

Dr. LONNIE SMITH! Special Thursday Show just added!

DR LONNIE SMITH – Thursday April 7th Door 7:00 Show 8:00pm 860-434-0886 www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. With a career spanning over five decades, Smith stands as the preeminent Hammond B-3 organist in jazz today. He will be joined by Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Allison Miller onm drums!

He has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. At the age of 73, he’s still progressing as an artist, as witnessed by his remarkable new Blue Note album, appropriately titled Evolution. The New York Times recently wrote that Smith “really seems to be up to something bigger than music, and older, and deeper.”

The Doctor, in talking about his unique organ style, says, “It’s an extension of my being. It’s a part of my lens. It breathes for me; it speaks for me. I feel every bit of the organ. It’s like electricity – a fire that goes through my body. You can feel it vibrate. There’s nothing like it. It lifts me up, it crawls through the pores of the room.”

Here is a clip from the Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon w/Doc sitting in with the Roots.

For more details go to www.drlonniesmith.com and look at these great clips!

iTunes Album link:
 
Blue Note Press Release

DR LONNIE SMITH – Thursday April 7th Door 7:00 Show 8:00pm 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.

08
Apr

MATT BAKER TRIO!

MATT BAKER TRIO – Friday April 8th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Australian Jazz Pianist Matt Baker has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific. As of 2010, he is now proud to call New York City his home. He is joined at The Side Door by Jim Cammack on bass and Darrian Douglas on drums.

In July 2015, Baker recorded his 5th album (currently untitled), with producer Matt Pierson, due for release early 2016. The album features tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, along with Luques Curtis on bass, Obed Calvaire on drums and guitarist Lage Lund. Matt’s previous album ‘Underground’ featuring Gregory Hutchinson, Dayna Stephens and Jeremy Pelt received rave reviews in Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazz Wise UK, and reached #26 on the US JazzWeek charts.

Matt regularly plays all over New York, and with some of New York’s top musicians. He once, memorably, performed an impromptu duo set with trumpet legend Roy Hargrove at Smalls Jazz Club. Matt has also toured as Pianist and Musical Director for multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne, and Grammy award winning singer Judy Collins.

Matt Baker tied fifth place in the 2003 Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition and was a semi-finalist in 2004 and 2005. The Montreux Jazz Festival also engaged The Matt Baker Trio as their exclusive in-house band 2 years straight, where they performed 17 nights in the Montreux Festival Jazz Club, accompanying and supporting many of the festivals headlining artists.

A student of Taylor Eigsti’s since moving to New York, Matt has also spent time watching piano legend Oscar Peterson perform, as well as studying with Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Aaron Goldberg, Jacky Terrasson, James Williams and Ella Fitzgerald’s life-long accompanist Paul Smith. Visit his site for music and more details: www.mattbaker.com.au

“The Australian piano whiz..” Stephen Holden, The New York Times, Oct 2014

“Baker has a playful approach to melody, particularly on the standards that he interprets with Joe Sanders and Gregory Hutchinson.” Shaun Brady, DOWNBEAT Magazine, March 2012

“Swings confidently … full of clever reharmonizations and hip syncopation. The threesome demonstrates seamless group chemistry.” Bill Milkowski, JAZZ TIMES, April 2012

MATT BAKER TRIO – Friday April 8 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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

09
Apr

EDDIE ALLEN QUINTET!

EDDIE ALLEN QUINTET – Saturday April 9th Door 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author.… Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. He brings a serious quintet of players with him for his return dates at The Side Door! Check www.eddieallen.net for all the artists info…. and come see him live for the real deal!

He studied music, theory and arranging at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay before moving to the east coast, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.

Since his arrival on the New York scene he’s worked with such jazz greats as; Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre.

He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for: Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person. He’s performed in the orchestras of such Broadway hits as: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly’s Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo’ and Rollin’ On the T.O.B.A.

He’s currently leading a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project and a large ensemble which brings together acoustic and electric/electronic instruments. He also leads a big band which not only plays his compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band.

EDDIE ALLEN QUINTET – Saturday April 9th 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 a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

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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

AARON DIEHL TRIO

DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET

Bucky Pizarelli - Russell Malone - Ed Laub

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

CARL ALLEN 5TET The Art Of Elvin!

RENE McLEAN, Dolly McLean, Lesedi Ntsane, great night!

Cyrus Chestnut, Lummie Spann, Dezron Douglas, Victor Lewis, Steve Davis,

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 4tet w/Dave Kikoski, Luques Curtis, Jonathan Barber!

The CURTIS Brothers

THE COOKERS

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Kick off to U.S tour!

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE 5/14/14

ELDAR DJANGIROV Nov'13

KEVIN HAYS TRIO

WALLACE RONEY

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 3/1/14

GLEN ZALESKI TRIO

Mr. Nat Reeves Quartet (with #1 fan!)

Javon Jackson WE FOUR (Jimmy Cobb, George Cables, Nat Reeves)

Jimmy Greene Quartet 1/3/15

Hector Martignon (Foreign Affair 7/13 and Pau Brasil 10/13)

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Bruce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet

Samuel Torres Sextet - Premier of Forced Displacement 12/7/13

Donny McCaslin Trio

Orrin Evans Quartet

Chelsea Baratz (w/Orrin Evans Quartet Christmas Program!) 12/21/13

The tireless Christmas elves at the Side Door - Seasons Greetings from Ken and Jan

Happy Holidays from Ken and Jan!

Curtis Fuller (with Javon Jackson All Star Birthday Bash) 12/20/13

Curtis Fuller Birthday Celebration!

Rene McLean with Gary Bartz and Nat Reeves

Samuel Torres

Jani Siegel Trio 1/10/14

To name just a few.....

Welcomed in 2013 - the Reason We are Here!

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

NEWS&MEDIA

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Fri 8/28 - LINDA OH 4tet 'Sun Pictures' CD Release!
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InTheNews

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!"
Jan 31, 2016 | see full article

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OurStory

The SideDoor is quite literally a dream come true!

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

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

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

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
  • “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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