UpcomingEvents

04
Jun

Steve Davis Quintet Tribute to J.J. Johnson Say When CD release! With ERIC ALEXANDER, HAROLD MEBERN, NAT REEVES and JOE FARNSWORTH

Steve Davis Quintet – Tribute to J.J. Johnson ‘Say When’ CD release – Thursday June 4 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

A rare Thursday performance with an all-star ensemble, we welcome back these huge talents and familiar faces to the Side Door – STEVE DAVIS brings ERIC ALEXANDER, HAROLD MEBERN, NAT REEVES and JOE FARNSWORTH to celebrate the release of “Say When” Smoke sessions released this week!

One of the most meaningful moments in the remarkable trombonist Steve Davis’ life occurred when he first met his idol, J.J. Johnson. It was the morning after the immortal trombonist heard Davis play for the first time. “I walked in the theater and I heard this tremendous, warm sound and clean, clear articulation and sophisticated harmonic ideas. Yeah, Stevie, you’re right on track, baby. Keep it up. You sound beautiful, baby.” In recalling it, Davis says, “It was like getting my passport stamped. It’s just meant the world to me.”

Davis, now beloved and highly influential in his own right, has always viewed J.J. not just as the inspiration for every modern jazz trombonist, but as the model upon which his personal artistic aspirations are built.

“J.J. Johnson is the Charlie Parker of the trombone,” says Davis. “He’s our Bird. He changed the game for the instrument. He’s been a colossal influence on my playing, on my writing, and on my overall approach to the music.” Now, Davis is ready to offer a compelling tribute to the NEA Jazz Master with his new release on Smoke Sessions Records, Say When.

To pay proper tribute to a legend, an artist – even one as extraordinary as Davis – must do more than pay homage, but must extend that storied legacy, demonstrating its timelessness by offering a musical vision that is immediate and of the present. Davis and his brilliant team of collaborators–trumpeter Eddie Henderson, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and the sterling rhythm section of Harold Mabern, Nat Reeves and Joe Farnsworth–deliver that substance powerfully and with clear affinity and devotion. With many years of performing together in various contexts and combinations, these six outstanding musicians possess a synergy that is further unified by the radiant spirit of J.J. reflected in the repertoire, all of which is associated with J.J.’s legacy.

Testimonials to Steve’s luminous talent are filled with superlatives from virtually everyone with whom he’s played. Freddie Hubbard (“one of the greatest trombone players in the world”), James Moody (“his solos never cease to amaze me’) and Chick Corea (“some of the melodic improvisations ever heard in jazz”), are just three of a veritable who’s who of jazz giants – Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, Hank Jones and so many others – who shared those opinions. With well over a dozen albums under his own leadership, Davis’ first album for Smoke Sessions Records fulfills a long time dream and is another giant step forward for this exceptional artist.

“I’ve wanted to do this tribute to J.J. Johnson for 20 years but I never felt quite ready,” explains Davis. “Something kept telling me, ‘Just wait. Just wait.’ Then, a year and a half ago, we did the J.J. weekend at Smoke with this sextet and I finally realized it was time. J.J.’s music needs to be played. People need to hear this music. It’s just that good.”   The great man would be proud.

Stream tracks from “Say When” here: https://soundcloud.com/dlmedia/sets/steve-davis-say-when/s-j6rhw

Steve Davis Quintet TRIBUTE to J.J. Johnson ‘Say When’ CD release – Thursday June 4th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

05
Jun

VADIM NESELOVSKYI TRIO

VADIM NESELOVSKYI TRIO – Fri June 5 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Critics have praised NY-based pianist/composer Vadim Neselovskyi for “extraordinary playing” (Los Angeles Times), “exceptional composition skills” (musicweb-international.com) and “feathery touch” (New York Times). While mostly known as one of the key members of multiple GRAMMY® winner Gary Burton’s Quintet, and as a featured pianist and composer on Burton’s Concord Records release “Next Generation,” Vadim is rapidly gaining reputation as a band leader, creating a “thrilling blend of classical and jazz” (jazzreview.com)

Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student to be accepted into the famous Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving in Germany, he established himself on the local jazz scene, taking part in the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and Leipzig Jazz Days. After a few years he moved to the USA to further his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he was discovered by Gary Burton.

Before graduating from Berklee Vadim was asked to play and compose for a Berklee’s promotional recording produced by Pat Metheny. Four weeks after graduation he was playing with Gary Burton at the Blue Note in New York. Since June 2004 Vadim has been consistently touring the US, Europe and Japan in Gary Burton’s quintet.

“Vadim…sounds the most promising of the young improvisers.” The Guardian

“More than just a strong pianist, he’s a composer who blends form and freedom in new ways.” John Kellman, All About Jazz

“…extraordinary playing…” Los Angeles Times

“I don’t think I have ever met an improviser who has more surprises in store…a true Genius.” Gary Burton

Visit artist site for all the details: www.vadimneselovskyi.com and come see hime live at….

VADIM NESELOVSKYI TRIO  Fri June 5 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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

06
Jun

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET – Sat June 6 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Joined by Steve Nelson, vibes, Todd Coolman, bass and Lewis Nash on drums!

Canadian born, Renee Rosnes is one of the premier pianists and composers of her generation. Shortly after relocating from Vancouver to New York in 1986, Rosnes quickly established a reputation as a major talent. She has recorded and toured with a veritable “who’s who” of jazz, being the pianist of choice for such legendary musicians as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson. In 1989, James Moody hired Renee for his quartet, and she remained a member of his band until his passing in 2010.

Rosnes has released a series of twelve albums, four of which have garnered Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. Her recordings reveal her to be both a powerful and sensitive musician with a huge range. She has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from established masters such as Jack DeJohnette and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, to younger giants such as Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton and Steve Nelson. She is a formidable composer and in 2003 was named SOCAN’s Composer of the Year. Her works have been performed and recorded by Phil Woods, JJ Johnson, Lewis Nash, Joe Locke, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and recently by up-and-coming trombone star Michael Dease.

Aside from leading her own bands, Rosnes is currently a member of bassist Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet. Rosnes also frequently performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap, and the couple released their first duo recording in 2010, Double Portrait (Blue Note). Downbeat wrote: “The counterpoint and compatibilities are so perfectly balanced, the selections and arrangements so handsome, that ‘Double Portrait’ is a prize.”

RENEE ROSNES QUARTET – Sat June 6 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

12
Jun

LESLIE PINTCHIK TRIO w/Scott Hardy & Michael Sarin

LESLIE PINTCHIK TRIO – Fri June 12 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Leslie Pintchik Trio will include Leslie on piano, Scott Hardy on bass and Michael Sarin on drums!

Before embarking on her musical career, NYC based jazz pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik taught English literature (as a teaching assistant) at Columbia University, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree in English literature. Leslie first surfaced on the Manhattan jazz scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley’s. Red chose Leslie (along with guitarist Scott Hardy) for the warmth and powerful interplay he heard in their music. Red Mitchell wrote “Leslie Pintchik and Scott Hardy play miraculous music – in tune in all ways. And you can quote me on that.”

In the ensuing years, Pintchik formed her own trio with her musical partner Scott Hardy and a series of drummers, including her current band-mates Michael Sarin and Satoshi Takeishi. Her trio performs regularly at New York City jazz venues such as the Kitano, Smalls Jazz Club, Bar Next Door, the Blue Note, Knickerbocker, and 55 Bar. Her trio was one of four finalists in the Cognac Hennessy Jazz Search; more recently, they performed as part of the JVC Jazz Festival at the Kitano Hotel in Manhattan, and at Scullers, Boston’s premiere jazz club.

Leslie released her latest CD In The Nature Of Things in March 2014. It features a stellar band: saxophonist Steve Wilson, trumpeter Ron Horton, bassist Scott Hardy, drummer Michael Sarin and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. The New Yorker magazine called it “…one of the more captivating recordings to come out so far this year…”, and Gary Walker of WBGO jazz radio called it “…a gorgeous display of the trio.”

In addition to composing the music for her band, Leslie has also written the liner notes for some notable recent jazz CD’s, including Duologue by saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lewis Nash (on the MCG label), and Daybreak by pianist Bruce Barth (on the Savant label).

Sparkle: http://youtu.be/m5nZQrwoIlU – For All We Know: http://youtu.be/6G2QIkjq460 – Luscious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP_kq1wsju4

LESLIE PINTCHIK TRIO – Fri June 12 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

13
Jun

MIMI JONES Quartet

MIMI JONES Quartet – Sat June 13 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

If Mimi Jones’ sound could be summarized into a few words, it would best be described as, a delicate fusion of traditional & contemporary jazz, eclectic soul, funk, rock… textures and dynamics simple yet unpredictable progressions, supported over a heavy bounce no matter what the groove, always crowned with a memorable melody.

As a multi-talented bassist, vocalist, and composer, Mimi Jones has carved a name for herself in an array of genres that include Jazz, Folk, Rock, Afro Cuban, Neo Soul and Blues. She has studied with well esteemed artists such as Lisle Atkinson, Justin Diccioccio, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Latif, Max Roach, Linda McKnight, Maria Schneider and Guillermo Edgehill to name a few.

After earning her Bachelor’s of Music from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory, she has shared the stage with artists such as Lionel Hampton, Denis Charles, Kevin Mahogany, Ravi Coltrane, Rachel Z, the Tia Fuller Quartet, Sean Jones, Kenny Barron, Jesse Davis, Ingrid Jensen, Terri Lyne Carrington’s ‘Mosaic Project’, Diane Reeves, DD Bridgewater, Lizz Wright, Roy Hargrove, Tamar-Kali, Rudy Royston’s 303, Luis Perdomo’s ‘Controlling Ear Unit’, Camille A. Brown dance company, Marc Cary Trio, the Camille Thurman Quartet, and singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon to name a few.

Ms. Jones is also a U.S. Jazz ambassador who has been commissioned four times by the US State Department to perform in the following countries: Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Barbados, Jamaica, Nevis Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria.

Mimi made her debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the “NY Women’s Ensemble Orchestra” directed by Virginia Luque, and was featured with the amazing talents of soprano Ana Maria Martinez and pianist Sonia Rubinsky.

Her quartet will include Miki Hayama on piano, Jonathan Barber on Drums and Mark Shim on Soprano Sax and Wind Controller.

MIMI JONES Quartet – Sat June 13 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

19
Jun

BENNY GREEN TRIO with David Wong & Rodney Green

BENNY GREEN TRIO – Fri June 19 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

For this historic Sunnyside release, Magic Beans, Green crafted ten new pieces performed by his working trio. Remarkably, this release marks Benny’s first self-produced trio recording of all original compositions in a career that spans decades: notably as a star sideman with Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown and culminating in over 20 years as a leader himself.

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I’d been hearing from my father’s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself”.

In 2000, his debut recording on Telarc Jazz entitled Naturally was released, which featured bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone. In 2001, Green’s Blues, a solo piano date and in 2003 Jazz at the Bistro (Telarc), a duo recording Malone, followed by Bluebird (2004) again pairing Green with Malone. A hiatus from recording produced Benny’s 2011 trio date, Source (JLP).

BENNY GREEN TRIO – Fri June 19 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

20
Jun

LUIS PERDOMO Controlling Ear Unit with Rudy Royston and Mimi Jones!

LUIS PERDOMO and “Controlling Ear Unit”  – Sat June 20 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

This special trio brings some incredible talents together – Luis Perdomo on piano, Mimi Jones on bass and Rudy Royston on drums! The new CD “Twenty-Two” will be released May 2015. This performance is not to be missed!

Luis Perdomo grew up in a home filled with music. Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1971, Luis was exposed to just about every style of music by his father, an avid music fan and collector. Alongside salsa, Latin, R & B, and classical, the young Perdomo heard jazz greats like Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, two of his earliest and most important musical influences. Drawn to jazz and to the piano at an early age, Luis was making regular professional appearances on Venezuelan TV and radio by the time he was twelve. All his favorite artists lived and/or recorded in New York City. Thus, it was only a matter of time before he too would make that move.

A full scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music was the catalyst. After receiving his BA in Jazz Performance in 1997, Luis pursued his Masters at Queens College with the legendary Sir Roland Hanna. This was perhaps one of the most pivotal moments in his development as an artist. “While studying with Sir Roland Hanna I came to realize just how little I knew about both the piano and the music. He forced me to start with a clean slate and to re-evaluate my musical perceptions. I began to look at jazz and classical music in a new and more in-depth way and my playing evolved accordingly.”

Luis’ music “education,” was not limited to the classroom. Soon after moving to New York, he quickly established himself as an in-demand pianist. Some of the artists Luis has recorded and/or performed with include Ravi Coltrane, John Patitucci, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, Miguel Zenon, Dave Douglas, Ben Wolfe, David Gilmore, Fort Apache Band, David Sanchez, Johnathan Blake. As a longstanding member of groups led by Miguel Zenón and Ravi Coltrane, Luis has made his mark as a performer, a composer and arranger. He can be heard most recently on both Grammy nominated Ravi Coltrane’s “Blending Times” and Miguel Zenón’s “Alma Adentro: The PuertoRican Songbook”.

Enjoy this short clip about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1WsL3XlmWg

LUIS PERDOMO and “Controlling Ear Unit” Trio – Sat June 20 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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

26
Jun

JD ALLEN TRIO featuring Rudy Royston and Gregg August

JD ALLEN TRIO featuring Rudy Royston and Gregg August– Friday June 26th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We are thrilled to have JD back to The Side Door, joined by the incredible talents of Rudy Royston on drums and Gregg August on bass! 

Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is a bright rising light on today’s international jazz scene. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument – the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art – has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world.

Originally from Detroit, Allen’s apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York, where he worked with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney. He added his voice to that of his contemporaries as well; Cindy Blackman, Eric Revis, Orrin Evans, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dave Douglas, Jeremy Pelt, Gerald Cleaver and Nigel Kennedy continue to call upon him to augment their musical visions.

JD ALLEN TRIO featuring Rudy Royston and Gregg August – Friday June 26th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

27
Jun

JEREMY PELT QUARTET!

JEREMY PELT QUARTET – Saturday June 27th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters.

These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson and The Skatalites, to name a few.

Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.

Pelt’s recordings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Check out all the detals at the artist’s site: www.jeremypelt.net

JEREMY PELT QUARTET – Saturday June 27th – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

03
Jul

JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO!

JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO– Friday July 3 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

FROM NEW YORK, THE LEGENDARY JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO Featuring LUKE SELLICK bass, CHARLES GOOLD drums, JOHNNY O’NEAL voice/piano

Johnny O’Neal is one of jazz music’s legendary figures because of his profound musicality and engaging persona. The Detroit-born pianist and vocalist was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, worked with Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Pass during a regular gig at New York’s Blue Note jazz club in the eighties.

O’Neal’s appearance in the 2004 film “Ray” soared his career to new levels. In the film, Ray Charles played by Jamie Foxx, goes to a nightclub to hear the brilliant pianist Art Tatum played by O’Neal. O’Neal’s stirring rendition of “Yesterdays” was included in the movie.

Over the past few years O’Neal has maintained regular engagements at three of NYC’s best jazz clubs: Smoke, Smalls and Mezzrow. O’Neal’s latest album, Live at Smalls, shows why he’s so respected by his peers and jazz fans. On the album’s mix of standards and unexpected gems, while his playing evokes primary influences like Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Bud Powell, he reshapes these influences into his own very swinging and melodic approach. As for his singing style, which has been compared to Joe Williams, O’Neal vocalizes with a soulful authenticity that gives meaning to the lyrics.

Read the recent New York Times feature on O’Neal, in which piano master Barry Harris said: “If ever somebody sounded like Art Tatum, it’s him. He’s got it all.” In the same article, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel said: “My jaw dropped when I heard him play piano — and then my heart dropped when I heard him sing.”

JOHNNY O’NEAL TRIO– Friday July 3 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

04
Jul

AARON GOLDBERG TRIO

AARON GOLDBERG TRIO – Saturday July 4 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Aaron’s trio includes Matt Penman (bass) and Mark Whitfield, Jr. (drums). Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his new release The Now, Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way back to his 1998 debut Turning Point. On their fifth outing together, the trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg’s words, “in the dynamic plane of the present.”

Goldberg became a jazz devotee in Boston during high school. After spending a year in New York City at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he enrolled at Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a concentration in Mind, Brain and Behavior. A founding member of Betty Carter’s famed and indispensable Jazz Ahead program, he continued his ascent performing in bands led by Al Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Nicholas Payton, Stefon Harris and Mark Turner among others.

Jazz has a way of summoning a spirit from musicians, and Goldberg knows exactly how to capture it, surrounding himself with kindred spirits in pursuit of the highest expression. He and the trio embody the best of what jazz can be today: the ability to speak from deep within the tradition while putting their own collaborative imprint upon it.

AARON GOLDBERG TRIO – Saturday July 4 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

10
Jul

JOYCE DiCAMILLO!

JOYCE DiCAMILLO – Friday July 10 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

We are thrilled to welcome Joyce back to The Side Door once again. Joyce DiCamillo, pianist, has led her own jazz trio for over thirty years. As a pianist, Joyce has performed with such jazz greats as James Moody, Phil Woods, Houston Person, Nick Brignola, Marvin Stamm, Urbie Green, Arnie Lawrence, Steve Marcus, Gerry Neiwood, Bob Mintzer, Butch Miles, Andy Fusco, Martin Drew, and Marlene verPlanck. Her trio has released five trio CDs receiving national airplay, A Touch of Jazz, Freelancin’ (featuring tenor saxophonist Houston Person), Moment to Moment, Love Letters, and Sunrise Lady.

A graduate of Syracuse University School of Music, Joyce holds a degree in Music Theory/Composition with Honors in Piano; she studied with concert pianist Frederick Marvin, a disciple of Claudio Arrau. Joyce is listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and Outstanding Young Women of America. She has given lecture/demonstrations on jazz for such groups as American Association of University Women and American Pen Women. She was subsequently selected for membership in the American Pen Women, a professional organization for women writers, artists and composers. For artist details see www.joycedicamillo.com

JOYCE DiCAMILLO – Friday July 10 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

11
Jul

NIR FELDER QUARTET!

NIR FELDER QUARTET– Saturday July 11 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, hailed by the New York Times as a “whiz kid”, and dubbed “incredible” by the Montreal Gazette, Nir Felder is a new voice in jazz guitar.

Growing up in the New York City suburbs, Felder spent his youth playing in rock bands while learning about jazz at the local record store, inspired by icons from John Coltrane to voodoo chile Jimi Hendrix. After attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, Felder moved to New York City in 2006 and quickly became one of the city’s most highly sought after sideman, notching credits in bands led by Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington (whose recent release featuring Felder on guitar won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album), Jack DeJohnette, Greg Osby, Joey DeFrancesco, Eric Harland and Cindy Blackman; performing with the New York City Opera, Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Stanley Clarke, Lizz Wright, Matisyahu, Black Sheep and others at venues including Radio City Music Hall and the Village Vanguard and national television stations NBC and Fox.

Encouraged by praise for his unique sound and style and seeking a more personal creative outlet, Felder formed his own group in 2010, performing sold-out shows in New York City and around Europe. A year long biweekly residency at New York’s 55 Bar followed, where Felder was joined by much of the city’s greatest talent. Says Felder, “I felt like when we played, no matter who was in the band, the audience reacted in a way that let us know that what we were doing was something they felt was missing in their musical experience, something they thought was special. Whether they were commenting on the Fender Stratocaster I played or the compositions or the improvisation, the response was always that this was something new and exciting for them, something they felt strongly about.”

Deciding to end the residency to focus on recording the music that had been developed, Nir brought Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Nate Smith into Sear Sound in September of 2011. The new release, “Golden Age” (Sony/OKeh), deals with the themes of political, cultural and technological upheaval, with ennui and redemption, with paradise lost and then regained, blurring the lines between jazz and the rock, hip-hop, and pop music Felder grew up listening to.

Check out www.nirfelder.com for music and extended bio info…… see you at the show!

NIR FELDER QUARTET– Saturday July 11 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

17
Jul

ETIENNE CHARLES SEXTET!

ETIENNE CHARLES – Friday July 17 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

One of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory is trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles, still in his 20s, has already recorded three impressive and well-received albums for his own Culture Shock Music imprint. His new album, Creole Soul, is a captivating journey of new jazz expression. It buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles rooted in his Afro-Caribbean background and plumbs the musical depths of the islands, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music. Also in the jazz amalgam mix are rock steady, reggae, belair, kongo and rock as well as the influence of Motown and R&B music Charles listened to on his parents’ record player when he was growing up.

“Jazz is Creole music,” says Charles who was born in Trinidad, relocated first to Florida and then New York to further his jazz studies (graduating, respectively, from Florida State’s and Juilliard’s jazz programs) and today teaches jazz trumpet at Michigan State University. “As a person in the new world, I’ve been influenced by so much music. And my family has a mixed background, with French Caribbean, Spanish and African roots as well as Venezuelan influences. I come from a fusion of rhythms, a fusion of cultures. That’s what this album is all about: focusing on soul music that is Creole at heart.”

As befitting an artist who excels with such a diversity of musical styles, Charles has performed with a range of musicians, from Roberta Flack, Rene Marie and David Rudder to Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, the Count Basie Orchestra and Maria Schneider. He also worked with jazz masters Frank Foster and Benny Golson.

The New York Times calls Charles an auteur who is “one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers,” JazzTimes applauds him as a “daring improviser” and DownBeat celebrates his tone as “melodically captivating” and “rhythmically agile” that makes his music “immediately pleasing.” Visit: www.etiennecharles.com for more details.

ETIENNE CHARLES – Friday July 17 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

18
Jul

AMINA FIGAROVA SEXTET!

AMINA FIGARVA SEXTET– Saturday July 18 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Composer and pianist Amina Figarova’s 12th album, titled ‘Twelve’ – her debut release on the renowned independent German label, In + Out – celebrates jazz as an international music and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. ‘Twelve’ is suffused with heightened expectations, sense of adventure and fresh perceptions, as well as the confidence, creative energies and nuanced fulfillment that artists gain from being in the right place at the right time.

She has toured extensively, developing a tight-knit ensemble that, despite inevitable personnel changes, has attained a distinctive and inimitable voice by concentrating on all-original repertoire for almost 18 years. During that period, having collaborated with musicians residing in both the U.S. and Europe and having built up a circuit of welcoming venues, the Amina Figarova Sextet has triumphed at the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, been invited repeatedly to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won critical and audience acclaim in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam — and of course New York.

Amina’s pieces strike a perfect tone, employing genuinely beautiful harmonization, to capture fleeting thoughts that accompany those precious moments when the puzzling jostle of daily existence comes into unexpected but deeply satisfying sync. For more artist details: www.aminafigarova.com

AMINA FIGAROVA SEXTET– Saturday July 18 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886* www.thesidedoorjazz.com

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

24
Jul

ALAN JAY PALMER

ALAN JAY PALMERFriday July 24 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

Composer, Keyboardist and Educator Alan Jay Palmer studied with Jackie McLean, Jaki Byard, John Malachi, Walter Davis Jr. and Hotep Galeta. Upon graduating from the Hartt School of Music, he joined Jackie McLean’s band in the ’90s, recording on his albums Rhythm of the Earth and Fire & Love.

Alan became Jackie McLean’s principal pianist and assistant professor of music and history at the University of Hartford as well as The Artists Collective for well over a decade. He went on to join Roy Hargrove’s Quintet, was music director for Common, and has performed with some of the greatest artists of our time including Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Bartz, Billy Higgins, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton, Reggie Workman, Amiri Baraka, Frank Morgan, Rene McLean, Grachan Moncur and Charles Tolliver to name only a few.

Alan is currently based in NYC where he composes and performs his original music in a Trio setting and with the Nu Soil Ship Orchestra which he founded. A dedicated Jazz educator with an extensive knowledge of American and World music history, Palmer has years of diverse teaching experience creating and developing music programs and curriculum worldwide.

ALAN JAY PALMER – Friday July 24 – Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm – 860-434-0886*

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

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Club Opens

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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.

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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

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"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
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The SideDoor Opens to a Standing Ovation in Old Lyme
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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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