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02
Jan

JIMMY GREENE Special CD Release Celebration of “Beautiful Life” (Fri)

JIMMY GREENE Quartet A special CD Release Celebration for “Beautiful Life” Fri & Sat Jan 2&3  www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886*

A special two night celebration of this inspiring work and the beginning of an inspiring New Year! We are so excited to welcome Jimmy back to The Side Door and honored to have him perform this new work, while we all celebrate the New Year. Bright new beginnings for everyone!

Jimmy Greene’s new release, Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records, is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken, along with 19 other children and 6 educators, on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I want the music to reflect the way that Ana lived,” Greene says. He fulfills that mandate with an intense, cohesive, genre-spanning program—juxtaposing the hardcore instrumental jazz for which he is best known with traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads and three original songs framing his own lyrics. Animating the repertoire is a gold-standard rhythm section (Renee Rosnes, piano; Christian McBride, bass; Lewis Nash, drums), augmented at various points by guitarists Pat Metheny and Jonathan DuBose, Jr.; pianists Kenny Barron and Cyrus Chestnut; vocalists Kurt Elling, Javier Colon and Latanya Farrell; spoken word from Tony Award®-winning actress Anika Noni Rose; a 13-piece string ensemble from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; as well as an accomplished children’s choir.

Greene himself is one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since graduating from Hartt School of Music in 1997. He composed or arranged every selection and plays tenor and soprano saxophones as well as flute with customary authority, melodic focus and abiding soulfulness. See his website for more details at www.jimmygreene.com

“Music has a unique way of communicating and healing. I’m so thankful that music is my profession – that I am able to write and arrange to create settings that convey the emotions I experience, not the least of which is the pain that my family and I have endured at a time when words fail.” – Jimmy Greene

For pre-orders go to:  CD at Amazon http://amzn.to/1GqlCus   Digital at iTunes http://bit.ly/1x4BlN2

JIMMY GREENE Quartet – A special CD Release Celebration for “Beautiful Life” – Fri & Sat Jan 2 & 3 www.thesidedoorjazz.com – 860-434-0886*

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable

03
Jan

JIMMY GREENE Special CD Release Celebration of Beautiful Life (Sat)

JIMMY GREENE Quartet – A special CD Release Celebration for “Beautiful Life” – Fri & Sat Jan 2 & 3 860-434-0886*

A special two night celebration of this inspiring work and the beginning of an inspiring New Year! We are so excited to welcome Jimmy back to The Side Door and honored to have him perform this new work, while we all celebrate the New Year. Bright new beginnings for everyone! With Jimmy on saxophones, he will be joined by Donald Vega – piano, Luke Sellick – bass, Jimmy Macbride – drums.

Jimmy Greene’s new release, Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records, is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken, along with 19 other children and 6 educators, on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I want the music to reflect the way that Ana lived,” Greene says. He fulfills that mandate with an intense, cohesive, genre-spanning program—juxtaposing the hardcore instrumental jazz for which he is best known with traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads and three original songs framing his own lyrics. Animating the repertoire is a gold-standard rhythm section (Renee Rosnes, piano; Christian McBride, bass; Lewis Nash, drums), augmented at various points by guitarists Pat Metheny and Jonathan DuBose, Jr.; pianists Kenny Barron and Cyrus Chestnut; vocalists Kurt Elling, Javier Colon and Latanya Farrell; spoken word from Tony Award®-winning actress Anika Noni Rose; a 13-piece string ensemble from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; as well as an accomplished children’s choir.

Greene himself is one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since graduating from Hartt School of Music in 1997. He composed or arranged every selection and plays tenor and soprano saxophones as well as flute with customary authority, melodic focus and abiding soulfulness. See his website for more details at www.jimmygreene.com

“Music has a unique way of communicating and healing. I’m so thankful that music is my profession – that I am able to write and arrange to create settings that convey the emotions I experience, not the least of which is the pain that my family and I have endured at a time when words fail.” – Jimmy Greene

For pre-orders go to:  CD at Amazon http://amzn.to/1GqlCus   Digital at iTunes http://bit.ly/1x4BlN2

JIMMY GREENE Quartet – A special CD Release Celebration for “Beautiful Life” – Fri & Sat Jan 2 & 3 860-434-0886*

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

09
Jan

ROXY COSS QUINTET

ROXY COSS Quintet – Fri Jan 9 - Door 7:30 Show 8:30  -  860-434-0886*

Saxophonist Roxy Coss brings a multi-talented quintet to The Side Door: Rafal Sarnecki on guitar, Adam Birnbaum on piano, Dave Baron on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.

Saxophonist Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative voices of her generation. Most recently, Downbeat named her a “Rising Star” on Soprano Saxophone in the 2014 Critics Poll.

A native of Seattle, WA, Roxy began playing the saxophone at age 9. In 2008, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Paterson University in NJ with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies/Performance. Now based in New York City, Coss has traveled around the world to perform in countries including Spain, Denmark, Italy, Germany, France, Malta, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium; as well as throughout Canada and the United States.

As a leader, she fronts the Roxy Coss Quintet, which regularly performs in NYC venues such as Smalls and Smoke, where she held a weekly residency for the past few years. Roxy’s sophomore record is due out in 2015, which will feature Jeremy Pelt, Chris Pattishall, Alex Wintz, Dezron Douglas and Willie Jones III. Her debut record, Roxy Coss (2010), features all original compositions penned by Coss. She is also featured as a sideman on Jeremy Pelt’s last two records, Face Forward, Jeremy (2014) and Water and Earth (2013), both HighNote records. Roxy is a current member of the all female big band, DIVA. Coss has also performed with Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Claudio Roditi, Mike LeDonne, Gerald Cannon, and Willie Jones III, among others.

ROXY COSS Quintet – Fri Jan 9 Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

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

10
Jan

TOSH SHERIDAN TRIO EP Release Concert

TOSH SHERIDAN TRIO-EP Release Concert – Sat Jan 10 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

The Tosh Sheridan Trio is an instrumental jazz, funk, and blues band. The spirit of The Meters, Freddie King and John Scofield can all be heard in this debut EP which features six original compositions by Tosh Sheridan.

Tosh Sheridan (guitar) has performed and/or recorded with Gene Bertoncini, John Stowell and Norah Jones. Tosh is a guitarist and composer working and living in New York since 1998. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 1998. In 2004, he went on to earn his Masters in Jazz Performance from City College of New York. While at City College, Tosh studied with the world-renowned solo jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Tosh has been performing throughout the tri-state area since the age of 16 when he first started playing guitar. See more detailts at: www.toshsheridan.com

Dan Shuman (bass) has toured and recorded with artists as diverse as occult rockers Sabbath Assembly, songwriter Amy Miles, and pianist Charles Sibirsky.

Yuichi Hirakawa (drums) has performed with John Scofield, Ron Carter, John Abercrombie, Percy Heath, and Barry Harris.

TOSH SHERIDAN TRIO – Saturday Jan 10 – Door 7:30. Show 8:30 860-434-0886

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

16
Jan

THE NAT JANOFF GROUP

THE NAT JANOFF Group – Fri Jan 16 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

The Nat Janoff Group includes: Nat Janoff- Guitar, Teymur Phell- Bass and Chris Carroll- Drums

NAT JANOFF (Guitarist) has been working steadily in the NYC contemporary jazz scene for the past 18 years. The first marker on that path was Nat’s debut cd, “Looking Through” featuring the rhythm section of world renowned electric bassist, Matthew Garrison and drummer, Gene Lake. Two more albums soon followed, a Live acoustic recording with fellow William Paterson alumnus Jake Schwartz simply titled, Live, and a collaborative project with Rave Tesar ( of Annie Haslam’s Renaissance on keys and left-hand bass) and Ray LeVier entitled, Berkana .

Most recently, Janoff went into the studio to record his latest CD, Come Together Move Apart with the great talents of pianist John Escreet, bassist Francois Moutin and Chris Carroll. This album was released in 2010. The Nat Janoff Group regularly performs at the 55bar in NYC. For More info check out http://www.natjanoff.com

THE NAT JANOFF Group – Fri Jan 16 Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886* 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.

17
Jan

VICTOR GOULD TRIO!

VICTOR GOULD TRIO – Saturday January 17 – Door 7:30 Show – 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

We first met Victor when he played at The Side Door with both Wallace Roney and it was clear he stood apart. Great to have Victor back as a headliner – his trio will include Erik Wheeler and Rodney Green, and rumored special guests to make an appearance!

Victor Gould, a pianist from Los Angeles, began playing piano at the young age of four. He was fortunate to grow up in a household where his parents supported him wholeheartedly. His undergraduate degree was completed at Berklee College of Music where he was a recipient of the Herbie Hancock Presidential Scholarship.

Immediately after he graduated from Berklee, Victor attended the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and received his Masters Degree. Gould’s honors include the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, and in 2006 He was a semifinalist in The Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition.

As a member of the Donald Harrison Quartet, Gould recorded three CD’s and a DVD, and toured the United States and Europe. He has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, Wallace Roney and many others. Victor is currently residing in New York and has been a member of the Wallace Roney Quintet for over a year. In that time he has recorded 2 albums with him. Victor will began recording his debut album in March 2014. Here aer some more details: http://www.jazzspeaks.org/victor-gould-speaks/

VICTOR GOULD TRIO – Sat January 17 – Door 7:30 Show 8:30 860-434-0886

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

23
Jan

WILLIE JONES III Quartet

WILLIE JONES III Quartet – Fri January 23 – Door 7:30 Show – 8:30 860-434-0886*

Willie has assembled an incredible quartet – Stacy Dillard on tenor sax, Gerald Cannon on bass and Donald Vega on piano!   With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world’s leading jazz drummers. In addition to honoring his monumental influences; the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins Jones, Willie’s bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his lifelong musical experience.

Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove’s Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove’s CD releases on Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor’s Distractions.

Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling’s GRAMMY® nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed’s Here (Max Jazz). Jones has worked with Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, the Dizzy Gillespie AllStar Big Band, Houston Person, Billy Childs, Eric Reed, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones. In 2000, Jones’ released his debut CD, Vol 1…Straight Swingin’ on his own label, WJ3 Records. He continues to reveal his proficiency as a composer as well as a producer on Vol. II…Don’t Knock The Swing (2002); Volume III (2007); WE 2 (2008), a trombone and piano recording featuring Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed; and Jones’ latest release The Next Phase (2010).

For more artist details visit: www.williejones3.com

WILLIE JONES III Quartet – Fri January 23 – Door 7:30 Show – 8:30 860-434-0886*

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

24
Jan

MIKE MORENO QUARTET w/Kendrick Scott, Doug Weiss and Jon Cowherd

MIKE MORENO Quartet – Sat January 24 – Door 7:30 Show – 8:30 – 860-434-0886*

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

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

Moreno’s leader recordings include Between The Lines, which was chosen by Nate Chinen in the New York Times as one of Top 10 of 2007. Third Wish (2008) and First in Mind (2011) were recorded for the Dutch label Criss Cross Records. His most recent release Another Way on the World Culture Music label was chosen by itunes as one of their 25 “Best Of 2012″ along side several Grammy winning recordings for that year. As a sideman Mike has recorded on over 40 albums, 3 of which were Grammy Nominated : Eldar – Re-Imagination, Q-Tip – The Renaissance, and Geoffrey Keezer – Aurea. Other discography highlights include : Aaron Park’s Invisible Cinema – Blue Note Records, Robert Glasper- Mood, Myron Walden-To Feel, and Kendrick Scott – Conviction.

MIKE MORENO Quartet – Sat January 24 – Door 7:30 Show – 8:30 – 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.

30
Jan

J.M.I QUINTET!

J.M.I Quintet! – Friday January 30th – Door 7:30 – Show 8:30 860-434-0886*

We are thrilled to have a student ensemble of the renowned Jackie McLean Inst. of Jazz/Hartt School come and perform at The Side Door. We hope to make this a continuing series as it is our greatest wish to support and encourage the upcoming generation of jazz musicians! Come by and see for yourselves that the future of jazz is indeed bright!!

This from the student ensemble:   The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz/Hartt School of Music is very proud to present a student ensemble to perform at The Side Door Jazz Club. Many students at the JMI of Jazz have enjoyed frequently visiting the Side Door to watch some of their favorite musicians perform and are thankful to the owners of the Side Door for their generous student discounts and wonderful opportunities to listen and learn from some of the best musicians in jazz today.

The student quintet consists of juniors: Nathan Davis (Trombone), Josh Uguccioni (Bass) and sophomores: Tony Davis (Guitar), Jordan Young (Alto Saxophone), Corey Garcia (Drums).

This serious, young group of musicians are privileged to be studying under the tutelage of world renowned jazz musicians such as: Abraham Burton, Steve Davis, Javon Jackson, Nat Reeves, Rick Germanson, Rene McLean, Eric McPherson, Freddie Hendrix among many other remarkable musicians and teachers. The students at JMI are proud of the program that they are a part of and are working hard to continue the legacy of the great Jackie McLean along with all of the other great musicians who have been associated with the school.

The quintet is honored to be sharing the same stage that so many of their heroes and mentors in jazz have performed on at the Side Door and will be celebrating the music and legacy of John Coltrane to start off a hoped regular series of JMI student ensembles. The JMI student quintet is putting in lots of work and preparation for the opening night of student shows to ensure that it will certainly be an exciting night of music not to be missed.

J.M.I Quintet! – Friday January 30th – Door 7:30 – Show 8:30 860-434-0886

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

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

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.

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, 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.

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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!

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Benny Green Trio 4/18/14

Nicholas Payton Trio 1/17&18/14

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Sitting on the couch and trying to think of the perfect gift for the jazz lovers in your life? Get them some tickets to The Side Door Jazz Club! www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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OK folks, don't miss this Saturday's show....! James Weidman was here last Aug with Eddie Allen and wowed us! He's back with his own "Aperturistic Trio" which includes Harvie S on bass...

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OK folks, don't miss this Saturday's show....! James Weidman was here last Aug with Eddie Allen and wowed us! He's back with his own "Aperturistic Trio" which includes Harvie S on bass...

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We had the honor of hosting Curtis on his birthday last year!! Many Happy Returns Curtis from your friends at The Side Door Jazz Club!

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Monday Schmonday.... No problem! A great festive weekend to look forward to! Friday 12/19 - NAT REEVES Quartet w/Harold Maybern, Joe Farnsworth and Mike DiRubbo Saturday 12/20 - JAMES WEIDMAN 'Aperturistic'...

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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

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