UpcomingEvents

01
Aug

Get a ride from The Side Door to Newport Jazz Festival with WBGO! Saturday and Sunday!

Get your ride to Newport Jazz Festival right from The Side Door, courtesy of WBGO! No traffic or parking hassles at all!

WBGO.org/newportbus

ALTHOUGH NO MUSIC AT THE CLUB THIS WEEKEND (we will be at the festival too!), WE’VE GOT AN EXCITING UPDATE ABOUT WBGO’S TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOW CONNECTICUT FANS CAN HOP ON A WBGO BUS IN OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT, AT THE SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB!

GETTING TO THE BIGGEST JAZZ FESTIVAL OF THE SUMMER HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER, BECAUSE WBGO TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE FESTIVAL GATE. GO TO WBGO LINK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL!

• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at The Side Door Jazz Club located at 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

WBGO.org/newportbus

See you next week for Laurin Talese on Fri 8/7 and Dave Liebman 8/8!!!

02
Aug

Get a ride from The Side Door to Newport Jazz Festival with WBGO on Saturday or Sunday!

Get your ride to Newport Jazz Festival right from The Side Door, courtesy of WBGO! No traffic or parking hassles at all!

WBGO.org/newportbus

ALTHOUGH NO MUSIC AT THE CLUB THIS WEEKEND (we will be at the festival too!), WE’VE GOT AN EXCITING UPDATE ABOUT WBGO’S TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOW CONNECTICUT FANS CAN HOP ON A WBGO BUS IN OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT, AT THE SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB!

GETTING TO THE BIGGEST JAZZ FESTIVAL OF THE SUMMER HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER, BECAUSE WBGO TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE FESTIVAL GATE. GO TO WBGO LINK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR TRIPS TO THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL!

• Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at The Side Door Jazz Club located at 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

WBGO.org/newportbus

See you next week for Laurin Talese on Fri 8/7 and Dave Liebman 8/8!!!

07
Aug

LAURIN TALESE

LAURIN TALESE – Fri Aug 7th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

Naturally gifted yet exceptionally well-trained, Laurin Talese has been amazing audiences with her stunning voice since the age of 10. As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Talese attended the Cleveland School of the Arts where she began to receive wide spread notoriety as a promising young vocalist. After completing high school, Laurin relocated to Philadelphia where she attended the University of the Arts and subsequently received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Voice.

Although Laurin’s greatest affinity is jazz, she is quite an accomplished vocalist in many musical genres. She has worked with numerous American national recording artists such as Jaguar Wright, Bilal, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green and international German superstar Joy Denelane. In addition to these great musicians, Laurin has shared the stage with great classical and jazz ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, The Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. Laurin’s enchanting talent has afforded her the opportunity to perform throughout Europe including the UK, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria as well as Asia, Brazil, and 30 of the states that comprise the continental United States.

In perfect complement to her effortless vocal abilities, Laurin is also an eminently gifted and very passionate songwriter. It is the union of her pure tone and poignant lyrics that enchant so many who desire to hear her sing. As she aspires to maintain musical excellence, Laurin Talese continues to dazzle spectators with her impeccable skills and elegant, intimate performances.

Laurin can be seen performing in Philadelphia and the Tri-State area where patrons enjoy the alluring songstress as she seamlessly blends standard jazz ballads, classical art songs, and original tunes for an unforgettable performance experience that is beyond category. Recently, Laurin Talese partnered with Grammy award winning drummer and producer Ulysses Owens Jr. and internationally acclaimed music director/producer Adam Blackstone (BASSic Black Entertainment) to create her highly anticipated debut album.

LAURIN TALESE – Fri Aug 7th – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

08
Aug

Dave Liebman Quartet

DAVE LIEBMAN Quartet – Sat Aug 8th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

Dave Liebman Quartet plays Trane and Miles – Joined by Billy Test, piano – Willy Rodriguez, drums – Evan Gregor, bass

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.

We are thrilled to have Dave back to The Side Door! Be sure and pick up tickets today. For more artist details please visit www.davidliebman.com

DAVE LIEBMAN Quartet – Sat Aug 8th – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

14
Aug

ELLIS MARSALIS!

ELLIS MARSALIS – Fri Aug 14th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

ELLIS MARSALIS is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. Born on November 14, 1934, he began formal music studies at the Xavier University junior school of music at age eleven. After completing a stint in the Marine Corps Marsalis returned to New Orleans and married Dolores Ferdinand, a New Orleanian, who bore him six sons; Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Miboya and Jason.

In 1986 Marsalis accepted the position of Commonwealth Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He would spend two of the three years as coordinator of Jazz Studies before returning to New Orleans and the University of New Orleans to become the first occupant of the CocaCola endowed chair of Jazz Studies as the director.

Marsalis has been a guest on several network television shows. He has appeared on NBC’s “TODAY” with host Bryant Gumbel; the “TONITE” show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno as hosts; the “Arsenio Hall show” with pianist Marcus Roberts; “The Charlie Rose show;” “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood; “ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Spencer Christian and several local and regional television shows.

For so many more details and information please visit www.ellismarsalis.com

ELLIS MARSALIS – Fri Aug 14th – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

15
Aug

MICHELLE WALKER QUARTET

MICHELLE WALKER Quartet – Sat Aug 15th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30  860-434-0886*

Armed with a provocative, whiskey-soaked tone, jazz vocalist Michelle Walker is a charismatic singer that uses an artful blend of blues, bebop, swing and soul with playful rhythmic expressiveness. She brings an all-star line up of players with her: Toru Dodo – Piano, Michael O’Brien – Bass, Willard Dyson – Drums, Ron Affif – Guitar

Based in New York City, she bends the lines and pushes the boundaries of jazz vocal art. With rich colors and adventurous flexibility, she moves easily from a dark, deep tone to a mid-range, swinging lilt. Michelle is very versatile and blessed with a beautifully distinctive voice. She has a refreshing approach to arranging and interpreting often easily recognizable contemporary songs. In her upcoming release, Love Misery, Michelle brings together a collection of jazz standards, original songs and her arrangements of pop tunes that thematically chronicles a love affair.

This latest recording project features Joel Frahm on sax, Ron Affif on guitar, Toru Dodo on piano, Michael O’Brien on bass and Willard Dyson on drums. Additional highlights of her career include multiple tours in Europe, performing in the Lincoln Center Women in Jazz Festival, touring with jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy and performing at the White House for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

Dave Nathan at AllAboutJazz.com says, “Walker demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality…” Michelle is often compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Betty Carter in style and tone but has develop her own unique sound and singular voice.

MICHELLE WALKER Quartet  Sat Aug 15th – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

21
Aug

MARIANNE SOLIVAN QUARTET!

MARIANNE SOLIVAN Quartet – Fri Aug 21th – 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.

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.

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!

MARIANNE SOLIVAN Quartet – Fri Aug 21th – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

22
Aug

STEVE KROON SEXTET!

STEVE KROON Sextet – Sat Aug 22th – Doors 7:30 Show 8:30 www.thesidedoorjazz.com 860-434-0886*

Steve Kroon was born in Spanish Harlem to parents who had moved to New York City from their native Puerto Rico. His surname comes from his grandfather, who immigrated to La Isla Encantada from the Dutch-speaking Caribbean island of Curaçao. At the age of nine, the family moved to Queens, where the youngster’s interest in music was further sparked by the presence of many noted jazz and R&B musicians. “In my neighborhood,” he recalls today, “I had Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis as a neighbor, and Lester Young was four blocks away. James Brown also lived in the area. But I came with all of my Latin roots, thanks to my father. I was fortunate in being able to hear the whole spectrum of music.”

He studied Afro-Cuban percussion with Tommy López, Sr. and later Brazilian rhythms with Dom Um Romão. With such a wealth of knowledge under his belt, it’s not surprising that Kroon quickly became a first-call percussionist for recording sessions that required a wide range of talents. Over the years, such diverse artists as Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Bill Cosby, Kenny G, Ron Carter, Spyro Gyra, Bette Midler, Gary Bartz and Paul Butterfield have tapped Kroon’s seemingly endless array of skills for their projects. His two decade-long professional association with R&B crooner Luther Vandross, as well as Renowned legendary Bassist Ron Carter, underscores Kroon’s reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and respected percussionist.

“Steven Kroon has 5 CDs to his credit, his latest “On The One,” has received much critically acclaimed reviews, and is now #10 on the Jazz Weekly charts. This is also credited to his all-star live band, which consists of Igor Atalita, piano, Waldo Chavez on bass, Bryan Carrott on Vibraphone, Craig Rivers on Sax and Flute, and Diego Lopez on drums. Enjoy this taste of what Steve brings to the stage! https://youtu.be/ErRA57V_zyY?list=PL_ZettA2T3CVQilixtlmmCvjia4IBvpcq

STEVE KROON Sextet – Sat Aug 22th – 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 pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

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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.

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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

(dessert selections available in the club, no dinner)

No unauthorized audio or video recording is permitted during performance. This includes cell phones.

Photos restricted to first set, or per artist request.

Enjoy overnight discount with your tickets 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

(dessert selection available in club, no dinner)


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


Enjoy a discounted stay at the Inn with purchase of jazz tickets!

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

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PastEvents

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE TRIO 2-15 w/Ulysees Owens Jr, Christian Sands

E. J. Strickland!

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO 10-14

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

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

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

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

The CURTIS Brothers 4/26/14

THE COOKERS 5/2/14

Bill Charlap

Etienne Charles Quartet 5/31/14

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Kick off to U.S tour!

Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo

PHAREZ WHITTED Quartet! 6/13/14

DOMINIQUE EADE QUARTET

Fred Hersch Trio

RENE MARIE 5/14/14

ELDAR DJANGIROV Nov'13

KEVIN HAYS TRIO

WALLACE RONEY

WAYNE ESCOFFERY 3/1/14

GLEN ZALESKI TRIO

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

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

Jimmy Greene Quartet 1/3/15

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

Jonathan Michel BAM Quartet (and Marcus Strickland)

Dario Boente 9/28/13

Bruce Barth Trio w/Steve Nelson on vibes

Freddy Cole Quartet 11/14/13

Manuel Valera Quintet 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

NEWS&MEDIA

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We're celebrating at The Side Door this weekend (and every weekend!)
Fri 7/3 - JOHNNY O'NEAL Trio Featuring LUKE SELLICK bass, CHARLES GOOLD drums, JOHNNY O’NEAL vocals/piano
Sat 7/4 - AARON GOLDBERG Trio - Not to be missed. 4th July treat!
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InTheNews

Articles /THESIDEDOOR

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

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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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