JACKIE TERRASSON – Fri Nov 4 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Jacky Terrasson is an internationally renowned Franco-American pianist, composer and bandleader, who recorded his debut as a leader in 1992. The following year, he won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition then toured with the legendary Betty Carter, both of which propelled him to superstardom. In addition to releases memorable discs (12 albums) on Blue Note Records throughout the mid-’90s and early-2000, he’s recorded for Concord Records and Universal. During his distinguished career, Terrasson has also worked with notable jazz artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Stefon Harris, Cindy Blackman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott and Dianne Reeves.

The genesis of the duet partnership of pianist Jacky Terrasson and trumpeter/flugelhornist Stephane Belmondo stretches back 30 years. Close friends from their days living and playing in Paris and then while band mates in vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater’s groups in the mid-‘90s, the pair enjoyed a simpatico musical relationship. But they lost contact over the years until six years ago when they reconnected and played a duo show in the south of France. That proved to be the seed of their sublime duo album on Impulse, Mother, that was recorded last fall and in April of this year at Recall Studios in the southern France village of Pompignan.

Unlike Terrasson’s last recording, 2015’s Take This on Impulse!, which was fueled by loops, Afro beats, wah-wah Fender Rhodes voicing’s, hip-hop flavors and smart pop, Mother is largely a quiet, reflective and even mournful collection of 14 songs. The set list includes originals, American standards by Charlie Haden and Dave Brubeck, French standards (including the love song “La Chanson d’Hélène” from French cinema), the cover of a hit song by Stevie Wonder, and several short interludes scattered about the album (including the 40-second whimsical “Pic Saint-Loup,” which is the name of the region’s local wine, and the pounce and thunder 54-second tribute to the town).

JACKIE TERRASSON – Fri Nov 14 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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


THE BRIDGE TRIO w/Joe Dyson, Max Moran & Conun Pappas!

THE BRIDGE TRIO – Sat Nov 5 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

The Bridge Trio has its roots deeply entrenched in the New Orleans Jazz tradition. Drummer Joe Dyson, pianist Conun Pappas, and bassist Max Moran came together as a group at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) under the direction of their mentor and former teacher, the legendary clarinetist and jazz educator Alvin Batiste. These young musicians performed with Batiste as the Jazztronauts while still in high school and played with him on his last gig. Their stirring musical tribute of his music at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2007, on the day of his passing, is regarded by many as one of the most moving performances in the festivals’ history.

The trio today enjoys increasing professional recognition and success in the jazz world as members of saxophone master Donald Harrison’s band. All three are composers of innovative, original compositions in the “Nouveau Swing” style, a style of jazz created by Donald Harrison that merges modern dance music like r&b, hip-hop, soul, rock, and jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music.

BRIDGE TRIO IS Joe Dyson on drums, Max Moran on bass and Conun Pappas on piano and keyboard. Come check the live magic!

THE BRIDGE TRIO – Sat Nov 5 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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


Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA!

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA® – Fri Nov 11 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA® has toured, performed and recorded together for several years, and each member is a band leader in their own right, with quite a discography as well. Joined by Abraham Burton, James King, Allyn Johnson and Josh Evans.

Nasar Abadey (Drummer) is the founder, leader and driving force of his band SUPERNOVA®. Though a bandleader for many years he has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups from his home base in Washington, DC; and he has performed and/or recorded with many artists throughout his career. Inspired by Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and his cousin Frankie Dunlop, he creates jazz music steeped in hard bop, modal, fusion, and avant-garde styles.

Most recently SUPERNOVA® was selected by the US State Department and the Lincoln Center as Ambassadors to tour with the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road. This one month tour took them to five (5) countries in East Africa; Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique. Nasar is Professor of Jazz Percussion at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Abadey has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Gary Bartz, Andrew White, Sonny Fortune, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra, and many other jazz greats. He has also appeared in various festivals in the USA and abroad. Please visit www.nasarabadey.com for more details…..

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA® – Fri Nov 11 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com


BENITO GONZALEZ TRIO w/Santi Debriano, Jeremy Dutton!

BENITO GONZALEZ TRIO – Sat Nov 12 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

Joined by the incredible talents of Jeremy Dutton and Santi Debriano!

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.

Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser. Recently, Benito received more critical attention for his work on Garrett’s Grammy-Nominated album ‘Seeds from the Underground’.

After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence, and Jackie McLean.

BENITO GONZALEZ TRIO – Sat Nov 12 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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



CLAFFY – Friday Nov 18 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

CLAFFY is – Alexander Claffy on bass, Alita Moses vocals, Ben Eunson guitar, Adam Arruda drums, Takeshi Ohbayashi piano.

23 year old Alexander Claffy was raised in a musical household (his father is a pianist, his mother, a vocalist), and had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Claffy was fortunate enough to find a mentor in many Philly natives, and has continued his study of the double bass with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno and Orin O’Brien.

Since moving to New York City in 2011, he has had the honor of working with many of his living heroes, including Johnny O’Neal, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Sean Jones, Russell Malone, Christian Scott, Wallace Roney and many more.  In the past 3 years he has appeared on records with Victor Lewis, Orrin Evans, JD Allen and more. Alexander currently resides in Harlem.

He just relelased his debut concept album: CLAFFY. With the help of engineer/ producer Michael Perez-Cisneros (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Esperanza Spalding and many others), he has documented his own true story of love, heartbreak, and the eternal question: were we meant to be? Just shy of 40 minutes, this groundbreaking LP introduces many of New York’s unheard young talent – including vocal powerhouse Michael Stephenson.

CLAFFY – Friday Nov 18 Doors 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

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



CARL ALLEN QUARTET – Fri Nov 19 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.

Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by the legendary saxophonist Benny Carter. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody.

Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and recorded several recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett to name just few of the many!

Carl Allen’s multifaceted career provides the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring and teaching. He remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. As a leader he most recently leads The Carl Allen Quartet as well as The Art of Elvin, a tribute band dedicated to his two drum influences, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones was started after the passing of Elvin Jones in 2004.

CARL ALLEN QUARTET – Fri Nov 19 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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



MATT SAVAGE DUO – Fri Nov 25 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Matt is joined by Mark Zaleski, celebrating his new CD Matt Savage: Piano Voyages!

Matt Savage, age 24, has had a fifteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi and Donny McCaslin among others. Along the way, he’s recorded twelve albums as leader and one as collaborator. He is a Bösendorfer piano artist.

As a composer, Matt has garnered respect. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. The movie, which premiered in 2014, chronicles the life of jazz alto saxophonist Frank Morgan. Additionally, Savage wrote almost all the songs on his twelve albums, several of which have been used in short documentaries, on web sites, in school music curricula and in government educational materials. Savage has toured worldwide and had many national media appearances including performances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, Bohemian Caverns, Town Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Scullers, the Jazz Standard, the Pantages Theatre, the Iridium, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazzaldia (Spain), the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival, the International VSA Arts Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Japan, Curacao, Aruba and for the president of Singapore.

In April 2015, Matt opened for Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Shawn Colvin and others at Autism Speaks’ “Light Up the Blues” concert event in Hollywood… and in December 2015, he performed with Steve Earle and Jackson Browne at Town Hall in New York City. Matt’s latest project is a solo piano album, Matt Savage: Piano Voyages, which will be released on October 14, 2016.

Media appearances have included Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the “Today” Show, ABC’s “20/20,” the Discovery Channel, BBC, Telemundo TV, and news shows and documentaries worldwide (including the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and the U.K.) The Wall Street Journal, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, TIME, WIRED, Der Spiegel, The Jerusalem Report, People Magazine, TIME for Kids, American Way, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, and others have featured Matt in print.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, Matt balances his professional music career with teaching. He teaches at Applied Behavioral Learning Services, a school near Boston for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Matt gives masterclasses and workshops domestically and internationally (in English and Spanish) as well as private piano lessons.

MATT SAVAGE DUO – Fri Nov 25 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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



ERIC ALEXANDER – Saturday Nov 26th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

We welcome Eric to The Side Door for his first appearance. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats who are influencing me today,” Eric says. “The legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel—that’s the bread and butter of everything I do.” George Coleman is a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach. And I’m still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that—even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-60s solos—I can find these little kernels of melodic information and employ them in my own playing.”

In 1991 Eric competed against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Placing second, this launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on Chicago’s South Side, made his recording debut with Charles Earland (Muse Records, 1991), and cut his first album as a leader, “Straight Up” (Delmark, 1991). More recordings followed for numerous labels, including Milestone. In 1997 he put out “Man with a Horn.” The following year saw the release of “Solid!”—a collaborative quartet session with George Mraz, John Hicks, and Idris Muhammad—as well as the first recording by his sextet One for All.

Eric has appeared on record as a leader, sideman, producer, and composer. By now, he has lost count of how many albums feature his playing; he guesses 60 or 70. He has earned praise from critics and, even more important, established his own voice within the bebop tradition.

In 2004, Eric signed an exclusive contract with HighNote Records, an independent jazz label based in New York City. There he has amassed a considerable discography of critically acclaimed recordings. Most recent among them is “Don’t Follow the Crowd,” and “Friendly Fire” with Vincent Herring.

Eric continues to tour the world and play to capacity audiences. Making his home in New York City, he performs regularly in clubs around the city and appears frequently at Smoke on the Upper West Side.

ERIC ALEXANDER – Saturday Nov 26th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

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



BRIAN CHARETTE TRIO – Friday Dec 3rd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Brian Charette has become a fixture on the New York Jazz scene. Charette has been nominated for a Grammy Award, is currently #4 on the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, and has had four albums in the Jazzweek top 20 in the last two years. He is also a prolific writer, regularly penning articles for Keyboard Magazine, Downbeat, and the NYC Jazz Record. Charette will perform an evening of intimate original piano trio music with Matt Pavolka on bass and Mark Ferber on drums! http://www.briancharette.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv2yz7yBBks

BRIAN CHARETTE TRIO – Friday Dec 3rd – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

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



TED CHUBB BAND – Sat Dec 3 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

The Ted Chubb Band consists of the incredible talents of Ted, on trumpet, Bruce Williams – alto, Seth Johnson – guitar, Tom Dicarlo – bass, Oscar Perez – piano, Jason Tieman – drums!

Ted Chubb is an American trumpeter that delivers a fresh approach to modern jazz, drawing the listener in with striking originals and reimagined classics, while keeping the audience swinging and partying along.  Ted tells a musical story reminiscent of the sophistication of Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, and Ahmad Jamal, mixed with the funky swagger of Lee Morgan, interpreted through the lens of a new era, and a wide palate of diverse musical influences.

Ted Chubb began his career performing in his native Ohio with mid-west legends, B3 organist Bobby Floyd and saxophonist Gene Walker.  Ted received his MM from Rutgers University and studied with master trumpet teacher William “Prof.” Fielder.  From 2006-2011, he toured with the Tony award-winning show “Jersey Boys”. Ted co-led the critically acclaimed quartet “New Tricks” which released two recordings and toured extensively throughout the U.S.  Ted has performed with artists such as Wallace Roney, Christian McBride, Winard Harper, Don Braden, Melissa Walker, Bruce Williams, Billy Hart, Tia Fuller, Vincent Gardner, Dave Stryker, Josh Evans, Lenny White, Jerome Jennings, and Cecil Brooks III.  Ted has performed across the globe from NYC jazz clubs Smalls, Fat Cat, The Jazz Standard, Minton’s, and Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center, to Jazz Festivals across North America, South America, and Europe, and even  “The Tonight Show”.  Ted served as teaching artist and Jazz House Director of Music from 2012 -2015 for the nationally recognized music education program Jazz House Kids.  While at Jazz House Kids, Ted also organized and performed on two tours of Peru in partnership with the U.S. Embassy of Lima, bringing some of the nations top student musicians, faculty, and Jazz House Kids founder and vocalist Melissa Walker, to perform for school children and communities in need.  He currently resides in New York City and Luzern Switzerland, focusing on his own projects both internationally and in NYC.  In addition, Ted continues to be involved at Jazz House Kids as the Director of the Jazz House Summer Workshop and Special Programs.

TED CHUBB BAND – Sat Dec 3 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

JOHN ABERCROMBE-JOHN SCHEPS QUARETT – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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


CURTIS LUNDY QUARTET Featuring Bobby Watson

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

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


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

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



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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



Monday Schmonday! No Problem!
Another great weekend of music to look forward to....
Fri 8/28 - LINDA OH 4tet 'Sun Pictures' CD Release!
Sat 2/29 - VICTOR GOULD Trio Feat. Ben Williams and EJ Strickland!
Gather friends & get tickets NOW @ www.thesidedoorjazz.com
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From a HOT show last night with Steve Kroon Sextet!.... thank you gentleman for bringing some Latin magic! The Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet ... See MoreSee Less

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"A Beacon of Live Music!..."
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NY Times - "Its the Perfect Room....."
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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
"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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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
  • “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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