HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO – Fri Oct 3 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

Harold Lopez-Nussa was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 13, 1983. At the age of eight he began piano studies at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory. In 1995, Harold went on to study at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory before graduating with a specialty in Classical Piano from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA).

As a young emerging artist, Harold has performed at Cuba’s most important theatres and also as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra. He has played with outstanding figures of Cuban traditional music and popular music, as well as known jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, David Sánchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Bobby Carcassés, Elmer Ferrer, and Alexander Brown. He toured internationally with Omara Portuondo during 2008-2011 and also as a member of Maraca & The Monterey Latin Jazz All-Stars.

Other major performances include appearances at international venues such as the Olympia Theater, the anthological New Moring in Paris, the Barbican Center in London, and the Satin Doll in Bordeux. Major festival appearances include the Wien Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Barcelona Jazz International Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Verona Jazz Festival, the 33rd Conference of International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE), Enghien Les Bains 1st Piano Festival, OLoron Jazz Festival, Jazz a Viennes, and the Puebla International Festival, among others.

He brings his incredible trio for this Side Door performance! For more details check

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HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA – Fri Oct 3 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable non transferable



We will be closed tonight for private event.

See you next Friday 10/10 for DAN TEPFER Quartet! And Saturday 10/11 for Hector Martingnon!



DAN TEPFER Trio – Fri Oct 10 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

Born in Paris to American parents, “tremendously gifted” (LA Times) pianist-composer Dan Tepfer has translated his bi-cultural identity into an exploration of music that ignores stylistic bounds. His 2011 Goldberg Variations / Variations, which pairs his performance of Bach’s work with improvised variations of his own, has received broad praise as a “riveting, inspired, fresh musical exploration” (New York Times).

He has worked with the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with saxophone luminary Lee Konitz, while releasing seven albums as a leader. As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall.

Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. His recent soundtrack for the independent feature Movement and Location was voted Best Original Score at the 2014 Brooklyn Film Festival. For more details, check

We are looking forward to welcoming Dan back to The Side Door along with Chris Tordini on bass and Eric Doob, drums. See you there…..!

DAN TEPFER Trio – Fri Oct 10 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

*tickets are nonrefundable/non transferable


Hector Martignon FOREIGN AFFAIR Quartet

HECTOR MARTIGNON FOREIGN AFFAIR QUARTET – Sat Oct 11 – door 7:30 Show 8:30       860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome back Hector Martignon who brings his amazing “Foreign Affair” Quartet to The Side Door - truly a cosmopolitan ensemble from all over the globe!! Samuel Torres on percussion, Christos Rafalides on vibes, Hector on Piano and John Benitez on bass.

New York based, Colombian born Hector Martignon has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres, from classical and crossover, to Jazz and World Music. His five albums as a leader, two as co-leader (MOZART’s BLUE FANTASIES and BACH’s SECRET FILES) as well as his work on over a hundred albums, scores for five feature films, three Broadway Musicals and multiple other projects, showcase his wide-ranging area of expertise.

After several nominations as a sideman, two of his five solo CDs were nominated for a GRAMMY Award (REFUGEE, 2008, and SECOND CHANCE, 2010) . He arranged and performed parts of the score of Ang Lee’s OSCAR-nominated movie EAT, DRINK, MAN, WOMAN.

The Hector Martignon sound is shaped by the virtuosity and individuality of the members of the band. Christos Rafalides is matchless at effortlessly bringing his expression of rhythmic complexity to any level of harmonic and melodic intimacy. John Benitez is probably the world’s best bass player when it comes to unify Latin-, Brazilian- and straight ahead Jazz, both on upright and electric. Samuel Torres on percussion guaranties subtlety, sensitivity as well as power, when needed, in a wide musical spectrum encompassing an eclectic range of musical idioms.

As a pianist/accordionist and composer coming from a background of both classical as well as Jazz musical development, underscored by his South American roots, Hector aims at bringing the best of what he calls New World  (North, Central and South American) music with musical forms and techniques of the classical tradition along with some little known African and European rhythms. We all look forward to seeing him perform at The Side Door!

HECTOR MARTIGNON FOREIGN AFFAIR QUARTET – Sat Oct 11 – door 7:30 Show 8:30       860-434-0886*

*tickets are non refundable, non transfrerable



EXPANSIONS:THE DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP – Sunday Oct 12 – Doors 7pm Show 8pm 860-434-0886

Dave Liebman’s new group, looks towards the present generation of jazz musicians who have been schooled in conservatory and university settings. Lieb is continuing the time tested tradition of master musician passing it on. “EXPANSIONS” features the up and coming pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, drummer Alex Ritz and a continuation of Lieb’s long relationship with bassist Tony Marino.

EXPANSIONS:THE DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP – Bringing in younger musicians, Dave is following in the footsteps of Miles Davis and Elvin Jones who mentored him in the early 1970s providing the kind of experience that can only happen on the bandstand. Reaching across generations to both teach and learn is a time worn process in the jazz legacy. In the case of two of the members, their relationship with Lieb is already a decade old as they have been students, accompanists and bandstand mates.

DAVE LIEBMAN (soprano saxophone, wooden flute) – David Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a leader since. He has played on nearly three hundred recordings with over one hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books.

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and has consistently placed in the top three places for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic’s Poll in both 2011 and 2012. (complete details at

BOBBY AVEY (PIANO) – Praised by the New Yorker magazine as a “ young pianist of invention and refinement,” Bobby Avey has established himself as an emerging star in the jazz community. In 2011, he won the esteemed Thelonious Monk Competition for composition. This award followed his 2010 debut record as a leader, A New Face, lauded by the NY Times as a “promising debut.” In 2011 Avey received the New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant from Chamber Music America. The grant enabled Avey to travel to Haiti to record a Vodou Ceremony in the small village of Soukri and then create an hour-long suite grounded in rhythms found in Haitian drumming. The suite entitled “Authority Melts From Me” pays homage to the Haitian Revolution and was premiered and recorded in 2012 featuring another rising voice on saxophone, Miguel Zenon along with guitarist Ben Monder. The New York Times wrote about Avey’s Symphony Space concert: ”Avey isn’t laying claim to an ancestral heritage, but rather digging into a tradition outside his experience, with scholarly enthusiasm.” Bobby graduated from the Purchase Conservatory of Music Summa Cum Laude in 2007.

MATT VASHLISHAN (REEDS) – Matt Vashlishan is currently located in the New York area where he is actively developing his reputation as a freelance musician and educator. He holds a DMA in Saxophone Performance from the University of Miami, a Masters degree in Performance from William Paterson University, and a Bachelor’s of Jazz Performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Matt has performed with numerous artists such as Phil Woods, Bruce Hornsby, Patty Austin, Nester Torres, and many others. His large ensemble credentials include the Phil Woods Big Band, Michael Feinstein Orchestra, the Charles Tolliver Big Band and Larry Rosen’s “Jazz Roots” including solo and ensemble work on “An Evening with Dave Grusin.” He has co-authored and collaborated with David Liebman on several publications available through Jamey Aebersold Jazz.

ALEX RITZ (DRUMS/PERCUSSION) – Alex started young, already sitting in and performing in the Hudson Valley area where he lived not far from New York City in the Hudson Valley already at age twelve. He went on to attend both the Oberlin Conservatory and College graduating with degrees in Music and Mathematics. While there he studied with jazz drum legend Billy Hart (the present drummer in Liebman’s “Sax Summit” and “Quest” groups) along with the renowned percussionist Jamey Haddad (also a member of the former Dave Liebman Group). After graduating Ritz spent two years living in Shanghai, China, performing in styles ranging from jazz to Afrobeat including collaborations with players of traditional Chinese instruments. During this time, he appeared at festivals and venues in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland.

Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Ritz has been playing with a wide array of artists and ensembles. He has been featured on several recordings, including Rafiq Bhatia’s Yes It Will, which was listed among the Best Jazz Albums of 2012 by critics from The New York Times, Village Voice and Jazz Times. Modern Drummer magazine observes that Ritz’s “pleasantly disorienting” playing “keeps the music aloft,” and the New York Times speaks of his “drum rhythms in broken-field runs with stuttering delays before downstrokes.”

TONY MARINO (BASS) – Tony is the rock of the new group with decades of experience in music ranging from folk, rock, country, bebop to free jazz. His playing credits range from Mose Allison to Phil Woods while his association with Dave Liebman extends well over twenty years and dozens of recordings and tours worldwide. As Lieb describes Tony: “I may have said three words to Tony about how or what to play in these years. He is the most instinctive musician I have known…something realized by all who hear him.”

EXPANSIONS:THE DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP – Sunday Oct 12 – Doors 7pm Show 8pm 860-434-0886

*tickets nonrefundable non transferrable



STEVE WILSON/LEWIS NASH DUO – Fri Oct 17 – doors 7:30 show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome our friends Steve and Lewis back to The Side Door with this very special performance in conjunction with the release of their new CD “Duologue” (see glowing review below!).

Wilson & Nash are two instrumentalists whose playing is richly steeped in the history of jazz. They are leaders of their generation concocting their own brand of elegant and intricate music. Together they click like two gears, reaching their audience in more than musical ways. Their performances are brimming with virtuosic command of rhythm, coloration, melodic flare, and their exquisite gifts for phrasing and lyricism. Two of the most sought after musicians on the jazz scene, they are improvisation and creativity at its very best!

“These … players really don’t need anyone else around them.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“They’re exceptional” – The Express Times

“Duologue” with Steve Wilson & Lewis Nash – A Duo of saxophone and drums – Released on MCG Jazz August 5, 2014.

Watch and Enjoy here:

STEVE WILSON/LEWIS NASH DUO – Fri Oct 17 – doors 7:30 show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable, non transferable


Closed-Private Event Tonight

Closed tonight – but hope to see you next week for saxophonist Chelsea Baratz on Friday night 10/24 with a killing ensemble, and amazing vocalist Marianne Solivan on Saturday!! The Girls rule next weekend!! See you there ;-)


Chelsea Baratz Quartet

Chelsea Baratz Quartet – Fri Oct 24 – door 7:30 show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

We were introduced to Chelsea through our friend Orrin Evans, who brought her to round out an awesome Christmas show at the club last year. We are thrilled to welcome her back as a leader…. Ms. Baratz on sax joined by Eric Wheeler on bass, Warren Fields on keys, Joe Blaxx on drums.

She’s a new voice on the saxophone, forged in the gritty steel town of Pittsburgh. Her name is Chelsea Baratz and at 27, her soulful sound is a fiery combination of be-bop swing and hip hop hooks. Her debut release “In Faith” illuminates the distinctive tenor of an emerging player and original composer.

She’s a band leader whose music follows in the footsteps of 1960’s soul jazz and the hard bop roots of her hometown. Innovative and ear-bending with a sizzling originality to her horn, Baratz’s music is heartfelt, simple in its power to bridge quiet moments with bursts of fiery improvisation. When she picks up her saxophone, the soul of her own life comes alive. It’s a reflection of the obstacles she’s overcome and provides a backbone to her music. On “In Faith”, it’s evident that she is no stranger to pain, struggle, love and loss. These experiences are gracefully embued in her music.

Her debut album, “In Faith”, produced by trumpeter Maurice Brown, brings this powerful message home. Baratz’s inventive sound and vibe carries forward the past echoes of Pittsburgh’s gospel, blues and soul heritage into the present day. On “In Faith”, she catches the ear of listeners with nine original compositions, ending with a Fela Kuti tribute. Nine songs with the weight of conscious, as well as a propulsive beat. Compositions that reveal the young artist’s strong roots in the jazz tradition while incorporating influences from R&B, hip-hop, gospel, contemporary jazz, and blues. Her first album as a band leader displays a confident artist who intuitively gathered the right musicians together in the studio to cultivate her distinctive sound, resulting in a “recommended pick” by & 2 “Artist 2 Watch” features with Skope Magazine.

In addition to working under her own name, Baratz maintains a busy schedule, performing and recording with artists including Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, Brandee Younger, Hector Martignon & Banda Grande and Orrin Evans.

Chelsea Baratz Quartet – Fri Oct 24 – door 7:30 show 8:30 860-434-0886      *tickets are non refundable and non transferable


Marianne Solivan Quartet Spark CD Release Party!

Marianne Solivan Quartet – Sat Oct 25 – doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard swinging, passionate, vocalist who has a commanding stage presence and is able to captivate audiences with her joyous exuberance and whit. Having performed and recorded with the likes of Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Michael Kanan, Steve Wilson, Gene Bertoncini and Lewis Nash, Solivan has been consistently raising the bar for singers of her generation.

Jordan Richardson at Blinded by Sound concludes “The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme. She is well beyond the go-through-the-motions singers of the genre by an enormous margin.”

With years of steady gigging (5 or 6 days a week) in Boston during her school days at Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory, Solivan has had a unique opportunity to learn on the bandstand. Solivan’s singing is a mixture of honest storytelling with a modern sense of self and determination.

In 2007 Solivan made the move to New York and began to sit in at many of the jam sessions the city has to offer. Smoke Supper Club was her first consistent “hang” and a venue that led to many of her later musical collaborations with Jeremy Pelt, Ugonna Okegwo, and others.

In 2012 Solivan brought together her years of experience and musical collaborations to the studio and recorded a series of duos, trios, and quartet pieces that became her first CD, Prisoner of Love, on HiPNOTIC Records.

The OTTOWA CITIZEN gets right to the heart of the beauty of the disc “On Prisoner of Love, vocalist Marianne Solivan surrounds herself with some A-list, hard-swinging company [and] sounds every bit in the same league as these seasoned accompanists. Solivan’s expression of classic jazz feeling and values is so room-filling and personal, you really can’t fault her disc one bit.”

Currently on tour celebrating the release of her 2nd CD, Spark, which features pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Matthew Parrish and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, Solivan is sure to bring her energized swing and honest straight forward storytelling to a wider jazz audience. There is a bright and long future for this one of a kind vocalist so make sure to see her soon! Visit here for all the details:

*tickets are no refundable/non transferable


Yosvany Terry Quartet

Yosvany Terry Quartet – Fri Oct 31 – doors 7:30 show 8:30 –  860-434-0886*

We are thrilled welcome Yosvany back with his quartet; Luis Perdomo on piano, Hans Glawisching on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.

Since his arrival in New York in 1999, Cuban saxophonist/percussionist/composer Yosvany Terry’s has been making a difference in contemporary music. His innovative work, a unique confluence of Cuban roots music and jazz, “has helped redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom” The New York Times.

Born into a musical family in Camaguey, Cuba. Yosvany went on to classical music training in Havana at the prestigious National School of Arts (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. After graduating, Yosvany worked with major figures in every realm of Cuban music including pianists Chucho Valdes, and Frank Emilio and the celebrated nueva trova singer/guitarist Silvio Rodriguez. From his earliest days in New York, Yosvany has been welcomed by the jazz and contemporary music community; playing with Branford Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Yosvany has continued his music education in New York, he studied composition, orchestration and counterpoint with Leo Edward, Rudolph Palmer. Among the recent commissions he has received as a composer are the Yerba Buena Garden Festival commission for the suite “Noches de Parranda” for 12 piece ensemble with the support of Map Fund, the Harlem Stage commission to write the music for the Opera Makandal which will be presented in 2014. Yosvany received the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors/New York State Music Fund’s grant for Yedégbé, a suite of Arará music, his new CD “New Throned King” was released on June 10th in 2014. Yosvany was just named a Cintas Fellow for 2013. Visit for more details!

*tickets are non refundable – non transferable



Noah Preminger Quartet – Sat Nov 1st – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm  860-434-0886 *

A Connecticut son, Noah brings Frank Kimbrough on piano, Ed Howard on bass and Billy Drummond on drums to round out the quartet!

“Playing with the grace and expressiveness of a jazz veteran, the young man with a horn mixes cool restraint with emotional depth and old-fashioned poetry with contemporary bite.” Hartford Courant

Noah Preminger, just 26, has recorded his third album and second for Palmetto Records, Haymaker, for release in spring 2013. Featuring a kindred-spirit band of top-flight players – guitarist Ben Monder, double-bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Colin Stranahan – the album showcases a brace of fresh Preminger compositions, along with a cover of jam-band rocker Dave Matthews’ “Don’t Drink the Water.” Blending atmosphere and melody, free-floating sax lines and hovering guitar, the Noah Preminger Group plays modern jazz that balances musical integrity with sensual allure.

Born in 1986, Preminger grew up in Canton, Connecticut. While still in high school, he studied with saxophone luminary Dave Liebman. Preminger released his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, just after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. Jazz Review said: “Preminger seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed, with incisive musical instincts, a distinctive personal sound and an ability to write great tunes.” Dry Bridge Road was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice Critics Poll.

Preminger’s second album as a leader, Before the Rain, came in 2011 from Palmetto. Featuring a quartet with Kimbrough, Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson, the album includes Preminger originals alongside pieces by Kimbrough and Ornette Coleman, plus the standards “Where or When” and “Until the Real Thing Comes Along.” The New York Times concluded: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.”

The Brooklyn based saxophonist has performed on key stages from Boston and New York to Europe and Australia, and he has played with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, Dr. Eddie Henderson and Dave Liebman. For more artist details, please visit

Noah Preminger Quintet – Saturday Nov 1st Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm  860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable/Non transferable



The Buster Williams Quartet “Something More” – Special Tuesday night performance! NOV 4th – door 7pm – show 8pm 860-434-0886

Buster Williams, bass; Bruce Williams, saxophones; Patrice Rushen, piano; and Lenny White, drums.

Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Nancy Wilson, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, the Jazz Crusaders, Ron Garter, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Golson, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Rowles, Hampton Hawes, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Errol Garner, Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse, Dakota Staton, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, etc. to name a few!

We were honoured to have Mr. Williams come and perform for our 1st Year Anniversary show with Javon Jackson, and made sure to invite him back with this incredible quartet!

The Buster Williams Quartet “Something More” – Special Tuesday night performance! NOV 4th – door 7pm – show 8pm 860-434-0886

*tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferable


Kenny Werner Trio!

The Kenny Werner Trio – Friday Nov 7th Door 7:30pm show 8:30pm 860-434-0886*

With Kenny Werner, piano; Ari Hoenig, drums; and Johannes Weidenmueller, bass

Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 19, 1951 and then growing up in Oceanside, Long Island, Kenny began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. Although he studied classical piano as a child, he enjoyed playing anything he heard on the radio. In high school and his first years of college he attended the Manhattan School of Music as a classical piano major.

His natural instinct for improvisation led Kenny to the Berklee School of Music in 1970. There he sought tutelage of the renowned piano teacher Madame Chaloff.

From Boston, Kenny traveled to Brazil with the saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil. There he met Victor’s twin brother, Brazilian pianist Joao Assis Brasil. He studied with Joao, who provided another piece of the puzzle for Kenny’s conception that would lead to Effortless Mastery, his landmark opus on how to allow the master musician from within to manifest.

Kenny had written many original compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, but in the mid 1980s, he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra). He also has had a nearly forty-year friendship and musical collaboration with Joe Lovano. They have recorded on a number of each other’s projects.

Kenny was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End. No Beginning No End is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, Kenny’s third album for Half Note Records is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, Wind Ensemble, Choir and String Quartet.

In 2000, Kenny formed a new trio with Ari Hoenig on drums and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass. They played nearly a decade together and released three albums, with Kenny acting as composer, arranger, and pianist.

Kenny Werner’s influence is unsurpassed. He has impacted an entire generation of musicians and artists. Despite his creative output, Kenny is still focused on the music. “I am still more and more aware of the true purpose of the music and the people who play it: to heal and unite the planet.”

We are thrilled to welcome Kenny back to The Side Door! Fri Nov 7th 860-434-0886

*tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferable



HELEN SUNG Quartet – Saturday Nov 8th – doors 7:30 show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

An award-winning classical pianist before jazz intervened “in the form of a Tommy Flanagan solo,” Houston, TX, native Helen Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.

Since establishing herself in New York City, she has worked with such luminaries as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, the legendary Wayne Shorter, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter; and, in addition to her own band, can currently be seen with fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band & Dynasty Band, the T.S.Monk Group, and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project.

With five first-rate albums to her credit, Sung’s next recording, Anthem For A New Day, is her debut on Concord Records. An exciting step forward in Sung’s evolution, Anthem displays a modern artistry and music that swings with a funky intellect while seamlessly integrating her jazz & classical worlds. A bright future is certainly in store for this exciting artist whom Wynton Marsalis named as one of his ‘Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch!’

HELEN SUNG Quartet – Saturday Nov 8th – doors 7:30 show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886

*ticket are nonrefundable and non-transferable


Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Jason Anik

Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Jason Anik – Fri Nov 14 door 7:30 show 8:30pm  860-434-0886*

Thrilled to welcome Jason back to The Side Door with his Rhythm Future Quartet! When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.

The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside notable musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group.

Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The prestigious Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Jason Anick, who is also an award winning composer, received critical praise from the world-renowned Boston Globe which stated, “Jason’s compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing.”

Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Jason Anik– Fri Nov 14 – door 7:30 show 8:30pm    860-434-0886*



85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371


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Club Opens

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

Small bar/dessert menu available.

Dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

Enjoy our "All That Jazz" package at The Old Lyme Inn. #TasteStayGroove!

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

Small bar/dessert menu available. Dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

VOTED BEST LIVE JAZZ BY CT MAGAZINE 2014! Come check out why.....

Enjoy our "All That Jazz" Package

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



The CURTIS Brothers 4/26/14


Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14


Fred Hersch

RENE MARIE 5/14/14






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

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 10/19/13

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

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Buce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet 11/15/13

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

Donny McCaslin Trio

Orrin Evans Quartet

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

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

Happy Holidays from Ken and Jan!

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

Curtis Fuller Birthday Celebration!

Rene McLean with Gary Bartz and Nat Reeves

Samuel Torres Octet. Forced Displacement CT Debut 12/6

Jani Siegel Trio 1/10/14

To name just a few.....

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14



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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



Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival® was the first annual jazz festival in America. It has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists.

Garde Arts Center

Performing arts theater presenting Broadway shows, opera, film and other events. New London, Connecticut.


Established in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized New York City-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music.


The Artists Collective

The Artists Collective is a cultural institution serving the Greater Hartford region, providing year-round professional training in dance, music, drama, visual and martial arts emphasizing the arts and culture of the African Diaspora.


The Hartt School of Music

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford. Hartt offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre.


Newport Festivals Foundation

To continue the Newport Jazz Festival® as it has been since 1954 in the presentation of the greatest jazz performers who follow the traditions of New Orleans, swing, bebop and modal as the core and heart of jazz music.




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!



  • “Thank you for treating us so well. I’m happy that The Side Door brings quality, art and celebration to the community, thank you for inviting me to be a part of the magic! Sending love and wishing you health and joy, thank you. Benny”

    ~ Benny Green 4/18/14
  • “…First of all congratulations on a wonderful jazz joint – the SideDoor has all the Vibe a real top jazzclub should have and can easily be looked upon with both envy and fascination by other clubs around the world; because the SideDoor is based upon one man’s sheer and honest passion for a certain kind of music that thrives best when surrounded by loving and open-minded enthusiasts – and Ken’s passion for jazz nurtures exactly that exquisite atmosphere in which both musicians and audience will get the finest and rarest music experiences…”

    ~ Benjamin Koppel, renowned Saxaphonist
  • Hi Ken and Jan; I just wanted to thank you both again for a fantastic weekend. You have created a special environment (with both the inn and the club) where both Christos and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you also for being so kind to my family – they really loved it! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

    ~ Sergio Salvatore
  • “It was a pleasure to experience The Old Lyme Inn and The SideDoor jazz club, and to witness again first hand your passion for and support of great music. We’ll be back!”

    ~ Luciano Salvatore
  • “This is the real deal! You’re right in the cross hairs of the NY and Boston music scene… This is every bit as great as playing the Vanguard!”

    ~ Kenny Werner
  • This is the best thing to happen to the Connecticut shoreline since the Baldwin Bridge!

    ~ Robin Whitney, Side Door VIP
  • Intimate room, good bar service and superb jazz band! A great place to go after dinner on the weekend in Old Lyme or Essex near the CT shore.

    ~ TripAdvisor User: Glenn C
  • very excited to see this has opened – just what we need in this area!!

    ~ Facebook User: Carrie Leber
  • As shepherded by Ken Kitchings – who owns the Old Lyme Inn with his wife, Christine, and is a booking force at the Garde Arts Center – the SideDoor will be an intimate venue dedicated to showcasing the finest touring jazz musicians as they negotiate the I-95 corridor.

    ~ RICK KOSTER, The Day


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