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31
Jan

MICHAEL WEISS QUARTET

MICHAEL WEISS QUARTET – Sat Jan 31st 2015 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Michael Weiss – piano, Walt Weiskopf – tenor saxophone, David Wong – bass, Jason Brown – drums.

Weiss first gained international exposure with the release of his debut recording, Presenting Michael Weiss (Criss Cross). It was awarded Stereo Review’s “Best Recording of the Month” and was “Jazz Pick of the Year” on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. In 1987 Weiss began touring the USA regularly as a member of Johnny Griffin’s quartet. Weiss’ fifteen year association with the “little giant,” which includes four recordings, has earned the pianist widespread critical recognition as a soloist, accompanist and arranger. In the Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich wrote that “whether playing ferociously fast right-hand lines or two-fisted blues chords, Weiss matched the tenor and tone of Griffin’s work.”

In addition to his work with Griffin, Weiss has served as accompanist to several jazz legends such as Art Farmer, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, Frank Wess, Gary Bartz, the Jazztet, Jackie Paris, Tom Harrell and Al Foster. He also has extensive big band experience, performing with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks, Mingus Epitaph, and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras. Jazz at Lincoln Center has employed Weiss several times: as featured soloist in the PBS broadcast, Live From Lincoln Center: The City of Jazz, as commentator in Wynton Marsalis’ NPR series, Making the Music, and as educator, conducting master classes for high schools competing in the annual Duke Ellington competition.

Weiss’ four recordings have received unanimous critical acclaim. Stereo Review devoted a feature review to his debut album, Presenting Michael Weiss (Criss Cross). Power Station (DIW) was selected as one of the top five releases of 1997 by JazzTimes, in which Sid Gribetz said, “Weiss’ originals sound as if they were standards of the genre.” In Fanfare, Royal S. Brown wrote, “Weiss’ consummate command of the piano shows throughout the album.” According to the British magazine Jazz Journal, Milestones (SteepleChase) contains “splendid music on every track…piano playing of the highest order.” His 2003 release, “Soul Journey” (Sintra) features a collection of all original compositions for septet including the award winning, “El Camino.” As Terry Lawson of the Detroit Free Press writes, “the songs simply smoke.” more info: http://www.michaelweiss.info/biography.htm

MICHAEL WEISS QUARTET – Sat Jan 31 Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 * www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*Tickets are non refundable and non transferable. *No unauthorized video footage is allowed during performances (this includes cell phones)

06
Feb

Katie Thiroux Quartet

KATIE THIROUX QUARTET – Friday Feb 6th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886**

Katie’s lineup is a quartet of bass/voice, guitar, tenor saxophone and drums. Graham Dechter on guitar, who just played the club with Bucky Pizarelli, Roger Neumann is on tenor saxophone who has played and writen for big bands like Woody Herman and Ray Charles and Matt Witek on drums who has been on the road with John Pizzarelli and Larry Fuller.

Katie Thiroux is a bassist and vocalist of outstanding talent and determination. In her final year of high school in 2006, Katie was awarded the Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. In her last semester of college she received an invitation to join the faculty at one of Berklee’s International Schools, Universidad de San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador. She accepted the opportunity and in 2009 she became a professor of music at USFQ in Ecuador. At the conclusion of her stint in Ecuador, Katie returned to Southern California to pursue a Master’s Degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach on a full tuition scholarship.

In 2013, Katie formed The Katie Thiroux Quartet with guitarist Graham Dechter (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Michael Buble), saxophonist Roger Neumann (Anita O’Day, Woody Herman) and drummer Matt Witek (Larry Fuller, John Pizzarelli Quartet). Working together as often as their schedules allow, her group’s most recent effort is an album to be released in February 2015. The recording was produced by Grammy award winning drummer Jeff Hamilton, engineered by Grammy Award winner Steve Genewick and mastered at Capitol Records by Grammy Award winner Ron McMaster. Jeff Hamilton remarks, “There’s no room for weaklings in this business and Katie’s determination is something that I admire. She’s doing everything she needs to do.”

In addition to work with her quartet Katie has been heard with pianists Larry Fuller, Bill Cunliffe, Geri Allen, Helen Sung, Tamir Hendelman and Eric Reed, trumpeters Brian Lynch and Terrell Stafford, saxophonists Jeff Clayton, Charles McPhearson and Ken Peplowski, guitarists Mundell Lowe and Larry Koonse, drummers Lewis Nash and Jeff Hamilton. Katie Thiroux’s knowledge, perseverance and fervor for the music make her a rising force in today’s scene. For more details visit: http://www.katiethiroux.com/about.html

KATIE THIROUX QUARTET – Friday Feb 6th Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 *

*Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. *No unauthorized video footage is allowed during performances (this includes cell phones)

07
Feb

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE TRIO SOLD OUT SHOW

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE Trio – Saturday Feb 7th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886**

Since 2000, McBride has blazed a trail as a bandleader with the Christian McBride Band. McBride’s fellow bandmates – saxophonist Ron Blake, keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer and drummer Terreon Gully – have sympathetically shared McBride’s all-inclusive, forward-thinking outlook on music. Releasing two CD’s – 2002′s “Vertical Vision”, and 2006′s “Live at Tonic”, writer Alan Leeds called McBride’s band (affectionately known as the “CMB”) “one of the most intoxicating, least predictable bands on the scene today.” It is a group that has mesmerizingly walked an electro-acoustic fault line with amazing results.

In 2009, Christian released his quintet CD “Christian McBride & Inside Straight” on the Detroit-based Mack Avenue Records. The CD was a return to his undiluted “straight-ahead” roots featuring alto/soprano saxophonist, Steve Wilson; vibraphonist, Warren Wolf; pianist, Eric Reed and drummer, Carl Allen.

His second release on the label was “Conversations with Christian” a recording of duets with McBride and some of his best friends and mentors – George Duke, Angelique Kidjo, Dr. Billy Taylor, Hank Jones, Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri, Regina Carter, Ron Blake, Roy Hargrove and Russell Malone among many others.

In a stellar career that continues to showcase his remarkable talents as a consummate musician, bassist Christian reaches another milestone with the 2011 release of The Good Feeling, his first big band recording as a leader and newest release for Mack Avenue Records.

For over 20 years, McBride has appeared in numerous musical settings with just about any musician imaginable in the jazz as well as R&B and pop worlds. From playing with the likes of Milt Jackson, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny; to playing with and/or arranging for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Sting and the legendary James Brown—what has always been unique about McBride is his versatility. http://www.christianmcbride.com/bio.html

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE Trio – Saturday Feb 7th Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 *

*Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. *No unauthorized video footage is allowed during performances (this includes cell phones). Photos restricted per artist request.

08
Feb

Christian McBride Trio Sunday Show added due to popular demand!

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE Trio – Sunday Feb 8th – Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm 860-434-0886**

Due to the amazing demand, and to prevent an unhappy Jazz fans, Christian has agreed to stay and do a second show on Sunday Feb 8th!!! We are so thrilled to be able to make sure all our fans get to see this incredible artist up close and in such an itimate, beautifully sounding room! (please note the slightly earlier start time).

Since 2000, McBride has blazed a trail as a bandleader with the Christian McBride Band. McBride’s fellow bandmates – saxophonist Ron Blake, keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer and drummer Terreon Gully – have sympathetically shared McBride’s all-inclusive, forward-thinking outlook on music. Releasing two CD’s – 2002′s “Vertical Vision”, and 2006′s “Live at Tonic”, writer Alan Leeds called McBride’s band (affectionately known as the “CMB”) “one of the most intoxicating, least predictable bands on the scene today.” It is a group that has mesmerizingly walked an electro-acoustic fault line with amazing results.

In 2009, Christian released his quintet CD “Christian McBride & Inside Straight” on the Detroit-based Mack Avenue Records. The CD was a return to his undiluted “straight-ahead” roots featuring alto/soprano saxophonist, Steve Wilson; vibraphonist, Warren Wolf; pianist, Eric Reed and drummer, Carl Allen.

His second release on the label was “Conversations with Christian” a recording of duets with McBride and some of his best friends and mentors – George Duke, Angelique Kidjo, Dr. Billy Taylor, Hank Jones, Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri, Regina Carter, Ron Blake, Roy Hargrove and Russell Malone among many others.

In a stellar career that continues to showcase his remarkable talents as a consummate musician, bassist Christian reaches another milestone with the 2011 release of The Good Feeling, his first big band recording as a leader and newest release for Mack Avenue Records.

For over 20 years, McBride has appeared in numerous musical settings with just about any musician imaginable in the jazz as well as R&B and pop worlds. From playing with the likes of Milt Jackson, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny; to playing with and/or arranging for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Sting and the legendary James Brown—what has always been unique about McBride is his versatility. http://www.christianmcbride.com/bio.html

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE Trio – Sunday Feb 8th Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm 860-434-0886 *

*Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. *No unauthorized video footage is allowed during performances (this includes cell phones). Photos restricted per artist request.

13
Feb

JULIAN LAGE TRIO!

JULIAN LAGE Trio – Friday Feb 13th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886**

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer & arranger living in NYC. Often categorized as a jazz musician, his music is rooted in both traditional & acoustic forms. He was the subject of an Academy Award nominated documentary “Jules at Eight”. Among others Julian has collaborated with Jim Hall, Mark O’Connor, Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge, Scott Colley & Antonio Sanchez.

In addition to his own quintet he has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor, Joshua Bell & Yoko Ono. Julian’s album “Sounding Point” was nominated for a Best Contemporary Jazz album Grammy in 2010. His most recent duo album “Free Flying” with Fred Hersch received a coveted 5 star review in Down Beat magazine. Visit www.julianlage.com for details.

JULIAN LAGE Trio – Friday Feb 13th Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886 *

*Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. *No unauthorized video footage is allowed during performances (this includes cell phones). Photos restricted per artist request.

14
Feb

Valentines With SALLY NIGHT Super Quartet!

SALLY NIGHT ‘Super’ Quartet! – Valentine’s Day Jazz Event! Saturday Feb 14th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

British Jazz Vocalist Sally Night ensembles an incredible line up for Valentine’s night. Joined by our good friends Cyrus Chestnut on piano and Buster Williams on bass and Steve Williams on drums! this will be a super night of songs. Even if you’re flying solo this Valentine’s be sure to come through! It’s going to be a great night of music! Be sure to get your tickets in advance!

For more details visit www.sallynight.com

SALLY NIGHT ‘Super’ Quartet! – Valentine’s Day Jazz Event! Saturday Feb 14th – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

*Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. *No unauthorized video footage is allowed during performances (this includes cell phones). Photos restricted per artist request.

20
Feb

FRED HERSCH TRIO Friday

FRED HERSCH TRIO, Fri & Sat, Feb 21 & 22, 2015 - Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886

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 Fred to The Side Door stage once again – this time accompanied by his trio! For more details please visit: www.fredhersch.com

FRED HERSCH TRIO, Fri & Sat, Feb 21 & 22 2015 - Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – No unauthorized video is allowed (incl. cell phones) and photos permitted only during the first set.

21
Feb

FRED HERSCH TRIO Saturday

FRED HERSCH TRIO, Fri & Sat, Feb 21 & 22, 2015 - Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886

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 Fred to The SideDoor stage once again – this time accompanied by his trio! For more details please visit: www.fredhersch.com.com

FRED HERSCH TRIO, Fri & Sat, Feb 21 & 22 2015 - Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm. 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – No unauthorized video is allowed (incl. cell phones) and photos permitted only during the first set.

27
Feb

THE E.J. STRICKLAND QUINTET

The E.J. Strickland Quintet – Friday February 27 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886** www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Join us to welcome E.J. back to The Side Door and to celebrate the CD Release event of his new project “The Undying Spirit”. The incredible band featured on this CD is: E.J. Strickland – drums/compositions, Jaleel Shaw – alto sax, Marcus Strickland – tenor & soprano saxes, Luis Perdomo – piano, Linda Oh – bass

His playing has been described as emitting “fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm” (Thomas Conrad, Downbeat Magazine).

Drummer, composer, and bandleader E.J. Strickland is most noted for his work with The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, The Marcus Strickland Quartet & Trio, & The Russell Malone Quartet. He currently leads his own bands The E.J. Strickland Quintet & The E.J. Strickland Project.

He attended high school at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and then The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music for his college years. His style is one of versatility, drawing from many different genres: Jazz, World Music, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban Music, etc..

His discography includes over 30 albums with various recording artists, as well as his long-anticipated debut album In This Day (Strick Muzik), released in 2009: “Far from a simple collection of tracks, In This Day is a unified and thoughtful work, the songs’ elegant trajectory creating a logical thematic progression. Not purely a straight ahead drummer, Strickland distills a variety of styles to propel equally diverse compositional influences” (Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine). For more artist details visit: www.ejstrickland.com

The E.J. Strickland Quintet – Friday February 27 – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886**

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – No unauthorized video is allowed (incl. cell phones) and photos permitted only during the first set.

28
Feb

BEN WOLFE Quartet w/Orrin Evans, Donald Edwards, Stacy Dillard!

BEN WOLFE Quartet – Saturday February 28 – Doors 7:30 – Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Check this incredible line up of Jazz talent!…. Ben Wolfe – bass, Donald Edwards – drums, Stacy Dillard – saxophone, Orrin Evans – piano

As Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.” Including his recent MAXJAZZ release “From Here I See, Bassist-composer Ben Wolfe has released seven CDs comprised solely of his original music. Of the music on his MAXJAZZ debut “No Strangers Here” The New York Times says, “In this music Mingus and Miles Davis meet Bartok and Bernard Herrmann”. Chamber Music America awarded him the 2004 New Works: Creation and Presentation Program Grant, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. As a result of this award, Wolfe was able to compose his extended composition Contradiction: Music for Sextet. Wolfe also recently made his mark as a film composer, working with Matthew Modine on the film short, I Think I Thought. At the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, The New York Sun reviewed his work on this film as, “a standout music score.”

Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Portland, Oregon, Wolfe has gained a large following from his performances with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall. Early on in his career, he formed a Duo with Harry Connick Jr. and went on to record over a dozen albums and soundtracks. During his years with Connick, he performed on numerous world tours as musical director. He then joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and remained until it disbanded. Wolfe also became an integral part of Diana Krall’s touring band and played on many of her recordings, including the Grammy Award winning CD, “When I Look In Your Eyes.”

When a member of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), Wolfe performed with Joe Henderson, Doc Cheatham, Jon Hendricks, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Billy Higgins, among others.   Other artists he has also recorded with include Branford Marsalis, Orrin Evans, James Moody, Eric Reed, and Benny Green. In addition to the CDs mentioned, Ben’s other recordings as a leader include “13 Sketches” (1996) and “Bagdad Theater” (1997), both released on Mons Records; the critically acclaimed “Murray’s Cadillac” (2000) on Amosaya Music; “My Kinda Beautiful” (2004) on Planet Arts Records; and “Ben Wolfe Quintet: Live at Smalls” (2011).

Ben is currently on the teaching faculty at The Julliard School: Jazz Division. See: www.benwolfe.com

BEN WOLFE Quartet – Saturday Feb 28 – 860-434-0886

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – No unauthorized video is allowed (incl. cell phones) and photos permitted only during the first set.

06
Mar

TRIBUTE A Ronnie Burrage Project

‘TRIBUTE’ – A Ronnie Burrage Project – Friday Mar 6 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A special evening of music – a tribute to the music of Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Joe Zawinul, George Duke as well as originals as influenced by their work from the tributes.

Ronnie Burrage leads at the drums with Jim Beard on piano, Manolo Badrena on percussion and Gerald Veasley on bass. More details to follow – also visit www.ronnieburrage.biz

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

07
Mar

Gary Bartz Quartet

GARY BARTZ Quartet – Saturday March 7 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to welcome Gary back to The Side Door as a leader of this great quartet!

Gary Bartz has been known to many as a trail blazer in the music business from the moment he started playing with Art Blakey at his father’s jazz club in his hometown of Baltimore, MD to his own music throughout the 57 years as a professional musician. As if his Grammy Award© with McCoy Tyner in 2005 (‘Illuminations’) wasn’t enough to carve out a place for Bartz in the jazz genre, he has broken the mold with more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist.

Gary Bartz first came to New York In 1958, just 17 years old to attend the Julliard Conservatory of Music. Circa mid­’60s, the alto saxophonist, still in his early 20s,­ began performing throughout the city with the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group and quickly established himself as the most promising alto voice since Cannonball Adderley.

With the splash of his New York debut solidly behind him, Bartz soon joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. According to the story, Gary’s parents owned a club in Baltimore, the North End Lounge. When his father hired Blakey for a gig, Gary grabbed the opportunity to fill a sax player vacancy in the band. After his performance that night, the young Bartz was officially hired to join the Jazz Messengers; in 1965, he would make his recording debut on Blakey’s ‘Soulfinger’ album.

During his first two years with Tyner, Gary was also touring with Max Roach and taking some time out to record on Max’s Atlantic Records release, ‘Mermbers Don’t Get Weary’. “With Max, there was that bond with Charlie Parker,” declares Bartz. “Charlie Parker is why I play the alto saxophone.”

Bartz received a call from Miles Davis in 1970; work with the legendary horn player (including playing the historic Isle of Wight Festival in August, 1970), marked Gary’s first experience playing electric music. It also reaffirmed his yen for an even stronger connection to Coltrane.

In 1995 Bartz released his debut Atlantic album ‘The Red and Orange Poems’ a self­described musical mystery novel and just one of Gary’s brilliantly conceived concept albums. Back when Bartz masterminded the much­touted ‘I’ve Known Rivers’ album, based on the poetry of Langston Hughes, his concepts would be twenty years ahead of those held by some of today’s jazz/hip hop and acid jazz combos.

Gary’s release ‘Live at the Jazz Standard Volume 1 – Soulstice’ is the first of a series of recordings documenting his legendary, non­stop style, live performances. His follow up album to the highly acclaimed Volume I of the Coltrane Files, Toa Of A Music Warrior, will be released in early 2015 along with his album honoring Woody Shaw entitled ‘Two MF’s’. Gary Bartz continues taken his rightful place in the pantheon of jazz greats and has his sight is set on releasing more music on his label OYO Records. More artist details at www.garybartz.com

GARY BARTZ Quartet – Sat Mar 7 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

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

13
Mar

BILL CHARLAP Trio

BILL CHARLAP Trio – Friday March 13 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

In 1997, Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap has recorded seven albums for Blue Note Records and received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and most recently The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y. He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin’s music at the Hollywood Bowl.

Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book.” In 2005, Charlap and Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note).

Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait, on the Blue Note label. Visit www.billcharlap.com for more artist details.

BILL CHARLAP Trio – Friday March 13 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

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

14
Mar

Bobby Broom Quartet

BOBBY BROOM Quartet – Saturday March 14 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

In a career spanning three decades, preeminent guitarist Bobby Broom has embodied the truism that it’s the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz.

After years as an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John, Broom reintroduced himself to the jazz world with Stand! (2001), a brilliant foray into the pop music he grew up hearing in the 1960s and ’70s. In his subsequent releases he’s demonstrated a keen ear for rarely played material, a gift for composing evocative tunes, and impressive facility with the knotty rhythmic puzzles of Thelonious Monk, which is what makes his new album My Shining Hour such an unexpected revelation. The luxuriantly melodic session features Broom’s working trio focusing on beloved American Songbook standards. Which he had the honor of opening up and performing for Steely Dan’s 2014 Summer Tour.

A dedicated educator, Broom earned a B.A. in music from Columbia College and an M.A. in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University. He has taught at the University of Hartford, the American Conservatory of Music, Roosevelt University, and DePaul University. In recent years he’s worked with a jazz mentoring program sponsored by the Ravinia Festival Organization, teaching music students in public high schools throughout Chicago.

BOBBY BROOM Quartet – Sat Mar 14 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

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

20
Mar

THANA ALEXA Quintet Ode To Heroes CD Release Celebration

THANA ALEXA Quintet – Friday March 20th – Doors 7:30, show 8:30 860-434-0886 ** www.thsidedoorjazz.com

We are thrilled to welcome Thana to The Side Door for her debut performance here, and to celebrate the March 2015 release of her first solo album, “Ode To Heroes” !

Thana Alexa Project with special guest Antonio Sanchez – with Ben Flocks- sax, Sergio Salvatore- piano and Jorge Roeder- bass.

Thana Alexa is undoubtedly a rising star. Her high level of musicianship, beautiful voice and powerful stage presence are quickly earning her a reputation in New York City as an extremely competent, creative and reliable addition to any band. Her unique compositions and arrangements, in which she regularly uses the voice as an instrument.

Her first solo album “Ode to Heroes” on Harmonia Mundi – Jazz Village includes original compositions and arrangements marking a huge step in her career as a bandleader. The album features an incredible band of musicians including: Antonio Sanchez, Jorge Roeder, Sergio Salvatore, and Lenart Krecic. Special guests on the album also include Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley and Christos Rafalides.

Thana has performed with renowned musicians such as Antonio Sanchez (performances have included the Montreal Jazz Festival and Red Sea Jazz Festival), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Lenny White, Buster Williams, Junior Mance, Donny McCaslin, Matt Brewer, George Colligan, Julian Lage, Boris Kozlov, Ari Hoenig, and Gene Jackson, among others.

Some of Thana’s latest collaborations have been: singing on Antonio Sanchez’s latest album “New Life”, composing for and recording on guitarist Gene Ess’s last album, “Fractal Attraction”. In 2011 “Siena”, Thana’s original composition recorded on “Friends” was nominated by the Croatian Music Academy, PORIN, for Best Jazz Composition, and the album was nominated for Best Jazz Album. This nomination was an enormous honor given that these awards are considered the country’s equivalent of the GRAMMYs.

Thana won the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition for Composers for her composition, “Ode to Heroes”, which is the title track of her upcoming album.

Thana is a graduate of the New School University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Although born in New York City, Thana grew up in Croatia – her family’s country of origin. For more details visit her website at www.thanaalexa.com

THANA ALEXA Quintet – Friday March 20th – Doors 7:30, show 8:30 860-434-0886 ** www.thsidedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

21
Mar

DEZRON DOUGLAS Quartet w/Billy Drummond, David Bryant and Lummie Spann!

Dezron Douglas Quartet w/Billy Drummond, David Bryant and Lummie Spann – Sat March 21 Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm* 860-434-0886

Known for his musical versatility, bassist Dezron Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, educator and bandleader, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music.

Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Dezron grew up surrounded by music. His first musical influences weren’t actually jazz, even though he was the nephew of the legendary drummer and composer, Walter Bolden. The sounds that filled his home were of Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Minne Ripperton, Diana Ross, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, The Clark Sisters, Mahalia Jackson, and Commissioned, just to name a few. As he explains, “Jazz was always around, but not at my House”. He was influenced by the music, moved by the way sound expressed emotion. At the age of 12, he was determined to harness that ability.

Dezron is a long-standing member of the Cyrus Chestnut trio and Papo Vazquez and the Mighty Pirates. He has recorded four albums as a leader: “Walkin’My Baby Back Home” and “Ganbare Nippon” on Venus Records (Japan); “Underground” by the New Jazz Workshop and most recently, “Dezron Douglas, Live at Smalls” on the Smalls Live label. See www.dezrondouglas.com for more artist details.

Dezron Douglas Quartet  w/Billy Drummond, David Bryant and Lummie Spann – Saturday night March 21 – Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm 860-434-0886

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

27
Mar

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Friday 3/27

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

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

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

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

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

His live performances have been met with sold out venues and critical acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Kyle has composed and/or arranged seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus.

What the critics are saying:

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

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

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

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

28
Mar

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Sat 3/28

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

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

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

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

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

His live performances have been met with sold out venues and critical acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Kyle has composed and/or arranged seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus.

What the critics are saying:

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

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

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

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND – Fri & Sat March 27th & 28th – Door 7:30 Show 8:30    860-434-0886**

*tickets are non refundable, non transferable – no audio or video recording permitted. Photos only during first set. Full bar at club – pre-show dinner at The Old Lyme Inn restaurant is recommended!

VisitingTheSideDoor

ADDRESS

85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Tickets

Buy Advance Tickets Here General Admission only. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8:30pm unless otherwise advertised. No standing room.

(860) 434-0886 | Email

Club Opens

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

Pre-show dinner reservations available at The Old Lyme Inn

No unauthorized video footage permitted during performance. This includes cell phones.

Photos restricted per artist request.

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

Featured Show

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

Pre-show 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!

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PastEvents

The CURTIS Brothers 4/26/14

THE COOKERS 5/2/14

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch

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 (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.....

Welcomed in 2013 - the Reason We are Here!

Grace Kelly

Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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J.M.I Quintet. .. Fueling up for the hit.... 8.30. Don't miss it....

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Want to come and see the future tonight...? J.M.I Quintet - Hartt/Jackie McLean Inst Student Ensemble tonight! You can say you saw them when..... The student quintet consists of juniors: Nathan Davis (Trombone),...

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InTheNews

Articles /THESIDEDOOR

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

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NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL

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Garde Arts Center

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JAZZREACH

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
  • “…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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