The Steve Turre Quartet

Friday, February 24 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm
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please call 860-434-2600One of the world’s preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre, has consistently won both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues and jazz. While attending Sacramento State University, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre.

In 1972 Steve Turre’s career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre’s mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The latter introduced hum to the seashell as an instrument. Soon after that, while touring in Mexico City with Woody Shaw, Turre’s relatives informed him that his ancestors similarly played the shells. Since then, Turre has incorporated seashells into his diverse musical style.

In addition to performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, Turre leads several different ensembles. Sanctified Shells utilizes the seashell in a larger context, transforming his horn section into a “shell choir”. Turre’s Spring 1999 Verve release, Lotus Flower, showcases his Sextet With Strings. The recording explores many great standards and original compositions arranged by Turre for a unique instrumentation of trombone and shells, violin, cello, piano, bass and drums. Turre’s quartet and quintet provide a setting based in tradition and stretching the limits conceptually and stylistically. In the Summer of 2000, Telarc released In The Spur of the Moment. This recording features Steve with three different quartets, each with a different and distinct master pianist: Ray Charles, Chucho Valdes, and Stephen Scott.

Turre’s self-titled Verve release pioneers a unique artistic vision, drawing upon jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian sources. This innovative recording also features Cassandra Wilson, Randy Brecker, Graciela, Mongo Santamaria and J.J. Johnson. Previously Turre recorded Right There and Rhythm Within, featuring Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Pharoah Sanders, and Sanctified Shells, on Verve’s subsidiary label, Antilles.

Steve Turre continually evolves as a musician and arranger. He has a strong command of all musical genres and when it comes to his distinct brand of jazz, he always keeps one foot in the past and one in the future.

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

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Robert Rodriguez Melodies and Fantasies Trio

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Melodies and Fantasies Trio
Saturday, February 25 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm
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Grammy Nominated Pianist/Composer, Robert Rodriguez was born on January 11, 1978 in New York City. Inspired by his father who is a drummer, Robert began to pursue music from a very early age. In 1987, his family moved to Miami where he found private instruction in piano. By age 12, he was performing classical piano recitals at the Miami Dade community college. His early interest in classical music and jazz was then nurtured and encouraged at the New World High School of The Arts in Miami. In his senior year of high school, Robert was selected as the pianist for the National High school Grammy Combo. Robert studied piano and classical percussion at the New World School of The Arts and proceeded with a full scholarship to achieve his bachelor’s of studio music and jazz from the University of Miami.

Living in Miami and attending the UM, he began working with Ira Sullivan and during the senior year college he began to tour worldwide with the Arturo Sandoval band. His work with Sandoval included performances on CBS “Breakfast with the Arts, The Craig Kilburn Late Show and with many notable orchestras such as the Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. At age 22, Robert moved back to his birthplace of New York City and has since worked professionally with Ray Barretto, Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden, David Sanchez, Richard Bona, Dave Samuels, Joe Locke, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Weckl, Sean Jones among many other notable musicians.

Robert has recorded on “Jam Miami” alongside Chick Corea on Rhodes, Arturo Sandoval’s “Trumpet Evolution” which was produced by Quincy Jones, Ray Barretto’s 2005 Grammy nominated recording “Time is Time was” which featured Robert’s composition “one for Ray”, Where-As with legendary drummer Roy Haynes, ‘Cultural Survivor” with David Sanchez and many other recording with independent jazz artists. In, April of 2006 Rob was featured with the late Ray Barretto in a video recorded special broadcast on PBS titled “Legends of Jazz”.

Robert has composed music for the The Rodriguez Brothers. The Rodriguez Bros. alongside brother trumpeter Michael Rodriguez , has recorded four albums. Fusing elements of Cuban and Latin American music with jazz Robert’s work with The Rodriguez Brothers band has led to world wide tours and performances at major jazz festivals including; Newport Jazz Festival, Monterrey Jazz Festival, Jazz Baltica, Rochester Jazz Festival, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival among many others. Robert has received a commission from the Chamber music of America and an ASCAP composer’s award, NYFA award and a Grammy Nomination for The Rodriguez Brothers recording impromptu. His most recent recording is a trio album titled Melodies and Fantasies which features all original compositions.

*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!


Davis Whitfield’s Maniacs of the Fourth Dimension

Maniacs of the Fourth Dimension
Friday, March 3 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm
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Davis Alexander Whitfield – piano
Ben Solomon – tenor saxophone
Dean Torrey – bass
Josh Evans – trumpet
Mark Whitfield II – drums

The Maniacs Of The Fourth Dimension – an art collective created and led by Davis Alexander Whitfield – was formed in the summer of 2014 and has been constantly evolving ever since. The inspiration for the name and concept of this group stems from a fictional novel that exists in Kurt Vonnegut’s vast universe of literary works, most notably mentioned in his famous novel Slaughterhouse Five. Like the wondrous yet seemingly inconsistent narratives of Vonnegut, the members of this art collective are numerous but they are not all recurring members at every performance.

The Maniacs Of The Fourth Dimension consists of musicians, vocalists, poets, writers, dancers and fine artists – all who have made inimitable contributions to the group as a whole. As the leader of this group, Whitfield strives to blend American jazz tradition, contemporary art/music and a limitless imagination together to create something fourth dimensional. It is very much his own vision aided and influenced by the outstanding contributions of his fellow artists. At any of this collectives performances the audience and performers alike will – however willingly – be traveling to the fourth dimension with maniacal Whitfield piloting the ship. This particular arrangement of The Maniacs Of The Fourth Dimension will consist of five pieces:

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

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Charnett Moffett

Saturday, March 4 :: doors at 7:30, show begins 8:30
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Whether as the leader or in a supportive role, Charnett Moffett’s intense and energetic solos inspire audience ovations around the world. Now touring with his acclaimed NeTTWork Trio, and also with his show stopping solo bass project, Solo Bass Works, Charnett’s astounding virtuosity and heartfelt approach to performing have made him a favorite at jazz festivals world wide.

Appearing on over 200 recordings, Charnett Moffett is a veritable bass legend and has one of the most distinguished careers in jazz. His father, Charles was the drummer for the late great Ornette Coleman, which led to Charnett being raised among jazz royalty and being exposed to adventurous musical sounds even from the womb which may explain his intense and relentless creativity.

Charnett, who was named after his father Charles and mentor to be, Ornett, later in life became a first call bassist for his legendary namesake, and remains today as one of the leading practitioners of Coleman’s famed Harmelodic philosophy of music making. Charnett brings Ornett’s philosophies to new generations by bringing a free jazz spirit to his own inventive (yet structured) music which includes elements of classic jazz, free jazz, bop, classical, world, rock, pop, trance and various indiginous sounds from around the globe. These many influences are reflected both in his group projects, and in his truly unique solo show “Solo Bass Works” in which he somehow manages to evoke all of these influences in a most musical manner from his solo bass in ways that mesmerizes audiences and defies expectations of what a bassist might achieve. His relentless quest for expanding the limits of the bass have led and Jazziz Magazine to comment that he has ‘jaw dropping virtuosity”, and AllMusic.com to call him “one of the greatest bassists of the early 21st century.”

Charnett first appeared on a recording at age seven with the Moffett Family Band. At age 16 he attended Juilliard briefly and then left to join the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, kicking off a non-stop career working with innumerable icons of music including Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Arturo Sandoval, Anita Baker, Stanley Jordan, Harry Connick Jr., David Sanborn, Branford Marsalis, Bette Midler, Melody Gardot and so many more.

Charnett is on the Award-winning Motéma Music label where he has recored four albums since 2010, he also has recorded three albums for Blue Note, and six other albums under a variety of imprints. He is available to teach workshops and to perform live.

Enjoy a pre-show dinner or discounted overnight stay at the historic Old Lyme Inn with your tickets!

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


Eric Mintel Quartet

Friday, March 10 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

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please call 860-434-2600

Eric Mintel piano, Nelson Hill sax and flute, Dave Mohn drums and Jack Hegyi bass

On this tour the Eric Mintel Quartet will be performing a tribute to Dave Brubeck featuring Brubeck hits like Blue Rondo a la Turk, Three to Get Ready, Koto Song and many more as well as their own version of the legendary Paul Desmond classic Take Five!

the Eric Mintel Quartet have been thrilling audiences of all ages with their electrifying jazz for over 25 years including two performances at the White House by invitation of Presidents Clinton (1998) and Obama (2011), several concerts at the Kennedy Center, a special performance at the United Nations and countless accolades through the years. Featuring pianist and composer Eric Mintel, Nelson Hill sax/flute, Jack Hegyi bass and Dave Mohn drums. The EMQ is best known for their tribute to Dave Brubeck and performance of many Eric Mintel originals. The EMQ also has become a staple of the holidays with their highly successful “Charlie Brown Jazz” concerts delighting families across the country.

Eric was a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR, The Eric Mintel Quartet has opened for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, appeared on the QVC television network and has been featured in many jazz and newspaper publications including Down Beat, Jazz Times, Hot House Jazz and Jazziz Magazines as well as New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Savannah Times, Baltimore Sun and others.

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

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Hector Martignon – Foreign Affair

Saturday, February 11 :: doors at 7:30, show begins 8:30
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New York based, Colombian born Hector Martignon has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres, from Classical and Crossover, to Jazz and World Music, to Rock and Pop. His five albums as a leader, two as co-leader (MOZART’s BLUE FANTASIES and BACH’s SECRET FILES) as well as his work on over a hundred albums, scores for five feature films, three Broadway Musicals and multiple other projects, showcase his wide-ranging area of expertise.

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

His first professional recording was at age 18 (Mikis Theodorakis’s “Canto General”) while one of the most recent was on legendary rock band CHICAGO’s latest production, the Latin-tinged “EXITOS”.

He has written symphonic orchestrations, performed and recorded by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and compositions like ABRE LOS OJOS, CIERRA LOS OJOS, commissioned and premiered by the MUSICA DE CAMARA STRING ORCHESTRA at St Patrick’s Cathedral in April 2011. Hector is currently working on a first CD with his BANDAGRANDE Big Band + String Quartet as well as an album with selections out of a series of 7 solo piano recitals at the Ludwigsburg University of Education (Germany), where he conducts a “compact seminar” on Classic Music-based improvisation every November.

As a requested sideman he has toured the world with such greats as Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Barretto, Gato Barbieri, Steve Turre, Don Byron, Tito Puente and was featured pianist with Max Roach’s PROJECT AMERICA at the 92 St Y.

His joy of teaching has made him a requested guest-lecturer and performance teacher in music faculties and academies in several countries of Europe, Japan, North- and South America. Hector wrote an instructional book on Latin piano commissioned and published by Hal Leonard, the SALSA PIANO BOOK.


Fred Hersch Trio


Friday, March 24 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

For tickets, reservations for pre-show dinner or an overnight stay,please call 860-434-2600

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. A ten-time Grammy Award nominee, he continues to earn jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. Proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, Hersch has long defined jazz’s creative edge in a wide variety of settings, from his breathtaking solo recitals and exploratory duos to his extraordinary trios and innovative chamber settings. With some three dozen albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch consistently wins an international array of awards and lavish critical praise for his albums.

His latest release, Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto), is a definitive statement by his long-running trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. This CD was nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Solo. The trio’s previous release Floating (Palmetto), described as “an extravagantly beautiful new album” by Nate Chinen of The New York Times, also earned 2014 Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Solo. And the trio’s two-CD Palmetto set Alive at the Vanguard was awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque in France and named one of the year’s best CDs by Downbeat.

An artist of unbounded imagination and ambition, Hersch has gained great acclaim for his solo work, a track record that prompted All About Jazz to observe that “when it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else.” His 2015 Palmetto release Fred Hersch SOLO won a Coup de Coeur from L’Academie Charles Cros – his third such award – as well as the French Grand Prix de L’Académie de Jazz. In 2006 Hersch became the first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play a weeklong engagement as a solo pianist. Palmetto documented his second solo Vanguard run on Alone at the Vanguard, which received two Grammy nominations and the coveted Coup de Coeur de l’Académie Charles Cros (capping 2011,when the Jazz Journalists Association named Hersch its Jazz Pianist of the Year).

He’s earned similar distinction with his writing, garnering a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition. The same year he created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry for two voices (Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry) and an instrumental octet. Hersch’s 2010 theatrical project, My Coma Dreams, prompted the New York Times Sunday Magazine to describe Hersch as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz—a jazz for the 21st century.” Based on visions Hersch experienced during a two-month coma in 2008, the evening-length multimedia collaboration with writer/director Herschel Garfein for 11 instrumentalists and an actor/singer was captured on video at Columbia University and released by Palmetto on a 2014 DVD (available on Amazon).

Hersch and numerous other artists have recorded more than 90 of his jazz compositions. Naxos Records released a disc of his through-composed works, Fred Hersch: Concert Music 2001-2006, and the prestigious firm Edition Peters publishes these compositions.

In 2014, Hersch garnered his sixth Grammy nomination for his solo on “Duet” from Free Flying, a duo album with guitarist Julian Lage that received a rare 5-Star rating from Downbeat. Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of artists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald). Long admired for his sympathetic work with singers, Hersch has joined with such notable jazz vocalists as Nancy King, Janis Siegel, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Norma Winstone and Kurt Elling.

For two decades Hersch has been a passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies. He has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and in numerous concerts for charities including Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To day, his efforts have raised more than $300,000. He has also been a keynote speaker and performer at international medical conferences in the U.S. and Europe.

The feature documentary The Ballad of Fred Hersch premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Film Festival in March 2016 to a sold-out house and rave reviews. His memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, will be published in 2017 by Crown Books/Random House.

A committed educator, Hersch has taught at New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, The New School and The Manhattan School of Music, and conducted a Professional Training Workshop for Young Musicians at The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall in 2008. He is currently a member of the Jazz Studies faculty of Rutgers University. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Grinnell College and Northern Kentucky University. Hersch’s influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson to his colleague Jason Moran, who has said, “Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.”

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

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Expansions: Dave Liebman Group

Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group :: Saturday, March 25
Doors at 7:30, Show 8:30pm Call 860-434-2600 for reservations

Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group will feature for all their performances in 2017, music written and played by John Coltrane celebrating the 90th year of his birth and 50th since his passing. The material will cover the three periods of his extraordinary and short career (twelve years) beginning with his tenure as a sideman in the Miles Davis Group; through the repertoire of the Classic Quartet (Tyner, Jones and Garrison); concluding with pieces from  the late “free” jazz period. Coltrane’s body of work represents a pinnacle of achievement in the 20th century exerting an influence that goes beyond jazz both spiritually and musically. Specifically for Liebman, it was seeing Coltrane live on many occasions in New York City that inspired him to pursue this music.


Donald Vega Trio


Friday, March 31 :: doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

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Donald Vega’s style and virtuosity on piano, along with his composing and arranging, mark this young artist as a unique and exciting presence in the world of jazz. His sound has been said to resonate with a touch of Oscar Peterson’s versatility and Bill Evans’ elegant lyricism.

Donald was born into a musical family and began playing the piano by ear at the young age of three. His formal training began at six years old, taught by his grandfather and uncle, both noted musicians in Nicaragua. Due to the ongoing civil war, Vega immigrated to the United States at the age of fourteen without speaking a word of English. While in the U.S. he continued to suffer health problems from a congenital defect that threatened both his hearing and musical future. Poverty-stricken, but still driven by his love for music, Vega practiced on a makeshift cardboard piano and within a year of coming to the United States he won the prestigious Los Angeles Spotlight Awards competition. With this competition, he captured the attention of Henry Mancini and the renowned jazz critic, Leonard Feather; befriended a benefactor who paid for his surgeries to correct his health and hearing; and David Abel of Fine Pianos, at the request of Walter Grumman and Barbara Haig, donated a piano to replace the now legendary piece of cardboard.

Mastering English as quickly as the keyboard, Vega began studying at The Colburn School of Performing Arts, (where he also taught), and went on to earn a B.A. degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from Juilliard. Along the way, he won the LA Jazz Society’s New Talent Award, The Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2010, and Downbeat’s Student Music Award for 2007 best Jazz Soloist and has had his compositions highlighted in JAZZIZ. Donald recently judged his first national jazz piano competition, Kathleen T. and Phillip B. Phillips Jazz Piano Competition, at the Pensacola Jazz Festival in April 2010 after winning the same competition the year before.

Vega’s first album as a leader, Tomorrows, was released July 2008 with rave reviews, featuring Lewis Nash on drums and David J. Grossman on bass. Tomorrows includes six original tunes, showing us that Vega has evolved into both a creative composer and arranger. Tomorrows adds to a growing discography with Vega’s piano playing including Anthony Wilson’s The Power of Nine, Bennie Wallace’s Disorder at the Border, Jazz on the Latin Side’s The Last Bull Fighter, and Al McKibbon’s Black Orchid, to name just a few.

Donald currently resides in New York where he recently completed his studies at the Juilliard School with piano great, Kenny Barron. He frequently performs at nightclubs in New York City as well as throughout Europe and Latin America. Vega is currently working on the release of his second album.

*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!



85 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371


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The SideDoor is quite literally a dream come true!

The Sidedoor jazz club is the realisation of a long cherished dream. Ken Kitchings has always been a true fan of jazz music and brought many great artists to The Garde Theatre in New London, CT during his time there.

In 2011 Ken and his wife Chris bought the beautiful, but sadly neglected, Old Lyme Inn and put their hearts and souls into bringing its former glory to life. Once the inn became an established part of the community, Ken set his sights on an unused “side door” space attached to the inn, visualizing the perfect jazz venue: Intimate, welcoming, elegant and a quality, great sounding room that the very best jazz artists would be happy to play in!

On May 10th, 2013 its door and stage was opened by none other than the venerable George Wein and his Newport All Star band, cutting the ribbon and giving his blessing to an awestruck Ken Kitchings! An incredible gala night opening to be remembered – setting the standard and placing The Sidedoor firmly on the jazz venue map!



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  • 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.

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