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21
Jul

Alex Snydman Trio

Drummer and composer, Alex Snydman, launched himself onto the modern jazz landscape with his 2013 debut album entitled Fortunate Action. Down Beat Magazine states “Snydman’s debut recalls the heartland approach of Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band” while All About Jazz declares “Fortunate Action deserves serious attention from critics and fans alike.” This sentiment is echoed by EJAZZ NEWS saying “Alex Snydman has offered the listening public a new level of sound, with accolade-blanketed reactions” and Brent Black of Critical Jazz declaring the album as “One of the best for 2013…4.5 Stars…on point in every possible fashion.”

Alex has performed at major jazz clubs and festivals on the East and West Coasts as a leader and sideman, sharing the stage with artists such as Grammy winner Charles Neville, Larry Koonse, Grace Kelly, Avery Sharpe, Joe Sanders, Felipe Salles, Miro Sprague, Tatum Greenblatt, Chris Pattishall, Josh Johnson, Danny Janklow and many more.

Snydman’s new Trio features the talents of emerging pianist, Keelan Dimick, whom took 1st place at the International Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the age of 14. Since then, Keelan pursued an undergraduate degree from The Manhattan School of Music as well as a Full Ride for his Masters at The University of Miami. Dimick has recorded with critically acclaimed artists Kobie Watkins, Amanda Brecker, Walter Smith, and many others.

“Keelan Dimick has all the elements I hope to encounter in a jazz pianist: that ‘bounce’ in his playing that makes the music come alive, solos that are commanding and full of direction, and a supportive and inspiring accompanist. —Bob Reynolds (John Mayor, Snarky Puppy)

The trio is rounded out by Down Beat and ASCAP award winning bassist and composer Ben Tiberio. Ben has earned himself a place in NYC as one of the leading voices of the bass in his generation, playing with talents like Joel Ross, Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Herlin Riley, Terell Stafford, Kenny Barron, Danilo Perez, Ben Wendel, Aaron Goldberg, and many more.

22
Jul

Joanna Wallfisch

Joanna Wallfisch — voice, ukulele, loop effects
Marta Sanchez — piano

Hailed by pianist Fred Hersch as “a real discovery — a first rate musician in every way”, London born, LA / NYC based vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Joanna Wallfisch has emerged as a unique voice in the singer-songwriter world. With a classical and jazz background her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as “sensitive and deep”. She is a master in the art of live vocal looping and creates beguiling vocal soundscapes to accompany her songs. The Telegraph called her virtuosic performance as “sublime and unique”.

Since 2011 Joanna has released three critically acclaimed albums, her fourth, “Blood and Bone” to be released later in 2017. “Gardens In My Mind”, (Sunnyside, 2016), features pianist Dan Tepfer and the award-winning Sacconi Quartet, showcasing Joanna’s “crystalline delivery” (Downbeat) and lush string quartet writing. In a four star review Downbeat compared her to Joni Mitchell, and called the record “an exquisite singer-songwriter album”, while PopMatters called it “a truly beautiful listen from start to finish”.

28
Jul

Craig Hartley

An accomplished producer, composer, arranger, and performer, Craig Hartley has an impressively eclectic music background. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Craig has studied under jazz legends such as Jackie McLean and has performed with greats such as Eddie Henderson and Anthony Braxton. His expertise has been sought by numerous organizations and institutions for master classes and performances, including Yale University, Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), University of Naples Federico II (Naples, Italy), the Hartt School, and Berklee College of Music.

Hartley signed with Skidoo Records to release Books On Tape Vol. 1, his debut jazz recording as a leader. Midwest Record has praised it as “one of the great debuts of all time”. Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange proclaims that Hartley “will have Jarrett and Corea stepping back, uttering a daunted ‘whoa!’… If they haven’t already”. JazzTimes says that Hartley’s “debut CD was well worth the wait…”. Craig released his second full-length album, Books On Tape Vol. 2 – Standard Edition, in the fall of 2016. It received critical acclaim, was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and was listed on numerous top 10 albums of the year lists and New York Observer’s “20 Best Jazz Albums of 2016”.

Craig also works as music producer for live events, films, and art exhibitions. He is the recurring music producer for high art/fashion media company Visionaire. Recent clients include COACH, Stella Artois, Harry Winston, and NARS. One recent project had Craig producing and composing music for a VR film featuring the legendary artist KAWS in celebration of M&M’s 75th anniversary. It premiered at the New York Public Library in 2017 and was nominated for a Webby. In addition, Craig’s music has been featured in art exhibitions in New York, Moscow, and Beijing. Craig regularly tours internationally and has performed at events such as Art Basel in Miami, the Veneto Jazz Festival in Italy, and the Numazu Festival for International Design in Japan.

29
Jul

Manuel Valera Trio

Born and raised in Havana, Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera since arriving in NYC has become well known in the modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez and classical violinist and composer Joshua Bell among many others.

This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded 12 cds as a bandleader with touring projects ranging from his Grammy nominated group New Cuban Express to his modern contemporary trio to solo piano. His latest trio recording The Seasons will be released on MAVO Records spring 2017.

Valera is the recipient of many composition grants — most notably Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. He has travelled the world performing in more than 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals in the world.

10
Aug

Freddy Cole (thursday)

“Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing… he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” – The New York Times

“Gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads.” – People Magazine

Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians. Though Freddy Cole was born in Chicago, he is a 35-year native son and international celebrity of Atlanta.

“I started playing piano at five or six,” Freddy remembers. “Music was all around me.” In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. ” He was a fantastic entertainer,” Freddy recalls. ” I learned so much from just watching and being around him.” After a possible career with the NFL was shelved due to a hand injury, he began playing and singing in Chicago clubs as a teenager. Although he was ready to hit the road at 18, his mother intervened and he continued his musical education at the Roosevelt Institute in Chicago.

Freddy moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson. He got a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music and then spent several months on the road as a member of an Earl Bostic band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson.

It was back in New York that Freddy successfully laid the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish to this day. He developed a vast repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and concurrently began to supplement his live performances with television and radio commercial jingle work.

A resident of Atlanta since 1972, he currently leads a trio made up of himself, guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist Elias Bailey that regularly tours the US, Europe, the Far East and South America. Freddy has been a recording artist since 1952, when his first single, “The Joke’s on Me”, was released on an obscure Chicago-based label.

Freddy recorded several albums for European and English companies during the 1970s that helped him develop a loyal overseas following. Cole believes that becoming an international favorite made him “widen my scope a little bit.” He developed a stand-up act, a better rapport with audiences, and learned to sing in other languages. “It made me much more of a performer.”

Cole doesn’t apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat “King” Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. His vocals – suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate – are among the most respected in jazz. Cole’s career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own.

11
Aug

Freddy Cole (friday)

“Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing… he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” – The New York Times

“Gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads.” – People Magazine

Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians. Though Freddy Cole was born in Chicago, he is a 35-year native son and international celebrity of Atlanta.

“I started playing piano at five or six,” Freddy remembers. “Music was all around me.” In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. ” He was a fantastic entertainer,” Freddy recalls. ” I learned so much from just watching and being around him.” After a possible career with the NFL was shelved due to a hand injury, he began playing and singing in Chicago clubs as a teenager. Although he was ready to hit the road at 18, his mother intervened and he continued his musical education at the Roosevelt Institute in Chicago.

Freddy moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson. He got a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music and then spent several months on the road as a member of an Earl Bostic band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson.

It was back in New York that Freddy successfully laid the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish to this day. He developed a vast repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and concurrently began to supplement his live performances with television and radio commercial jingle work.

A resident of Atlanta since 1972, he currently leads a trio made up of himself, guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist Elias Bailey that regularly tours the US, Europe, the Far East and South America. Freddy has been a recording artist since 1952, when his first single, “The Joke’s on Me”, was released on an obscure Chicago-based label.

Freddy recorded several albums for European and English companies during the 1970s that helped him develop a loyal overseas following. Cole believes that becoming an international favorite made him “widen my scope a little bit.” He developed a stand-up act, a better rapport with audiences, and learned to sing in other languages. “It made me much more of a performer.”

Cole doesn’t apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat “King” Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. His vocals – suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate – are among the most respected in jazz. Cole’s career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own.

12
Aug

Catherine Russell

With her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great African American songbook. Swinging forth with soulful interpretations, Russell taps the golden age of Harlem, as befits this vibrant daughter of jazz. Vocalists Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Dinah Washington provide inspiration where tunesmiths like Benny Carter, Irving Berlin, Andy Razaf and Fats Waller once ruled the roost of a renaissance which continues to reverberate. Of the title track, Russell says, “It’s about not forgetting your roots,” which also serves as her modus operandi for the entire collection. “The album is comprised of songs from artists who played at The Apollo in Harlem, where all African American artists of note appeared.”

Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Sy Oliver. Russell notes, “My mother was born and raised in Harlem and my father led one of the leading orchestras in Harlem, which was part of the inspiration for this album.”

Harlem On My Mind showcases Russell’s honey rich voice in a variety of settings. “I love working with saxophonist/arranger Andy Farber,” says Russell, and here Farber contributes five arrangements for tentet, featuring six horns. Her smaller groups swing equally hard, sometimes with fewer horns and sometimes stripped down to her road tested rhythm section, including musical director/guitarist/banjoist Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen, and drummer Mark McLean. Don’t Take Your Love From Me features a special guest appearance by tenor saxophonist Fred Staton, of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, who was 100-years-old at the time of the recording session, playing beautifully. Throughout, Russell and her band shine, whether serving up dollops of aural comfort food, or go for the rafters explosion of fun.

Russell’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, and Rosanne Cash, among others. Her 2006 debut album Cat (World Village/Harmonia Mundi), garnered rave reviews, paving the way for her 2008 sophomore release, Sentimental Streak. She was a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, PBS-TV’s Tavis Smiley Show, and NPR’s “Fresh Air”, “Piano Jazz”, “Mountain Stage”, “World Cafe”, and “JazzSet”. Russell’s third album, Inside This Heart of Mine, reached #1 on JazzWeek and Roots Music Report’s radio charts, while also charting on Billboard and reaching #1 on iTunes jazz charts. A fourth album, Strictly Romancin’, was awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal (Vocal Album of the Year) by the French Jazz Academy, Grand Prix du Hot Club de France, and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording. That same year Russell won a Grammy Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the HBO-TV series, Boardwalk Empire. Her fifth solo album, Bring It Back (Jazz Village) received a five-star review in DownBeat.

2016 has been an eventful year for Catherine Russell. In January, Russell was featured in an hour-long concert performance on Public Television’s American Songbook as part of the NJPAC series. In February, Russell joined the fellow members of David Bowie’s last touring band, as well as pop-singer Lorde, for a moving Tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Brit Awards. In April, Russell appeared at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to sing the grand finale at the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony, and then traveled to Los Angeles for a live taping of Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli. Her concerts, “Catherine Russell: Sunny Side of The Street”, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room in April, which saluted her personal connection to Sy Oliver, were featured on NPR’s “Jazz Night In America.” To support the new album, extensive worldwide touring is slated for the 2016-17 season, including a tour in December 2016 as guest vocalist with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on their annual Big Band Holidays tour.

18
Aug

Emmet Cohen & Jimmy Cobb

After receiving wide acclaim for his inaugural album In the Element (2011), recorded at the age of twenty one, and an equally successful follow up collaboration with trumpeter Brian Lynch, entitled Questioned Answer (2013), Emmet Cohen has embarked on an important new mission: to celebrate the last remaining legendary jazz artists from an era long gone, by documenting, featuring, and preserving their artistry and excellence in the later stages of their careers.

Cohen, who separate from leading the Emmet Cohen Trio, conceived of The Masters Legacy Series, intended to be a multi-album project, the first of which is dedicated to drummer, Jimmy Cobb. Cobb’s most famous work on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (1959), bears no introduction. Fast forward almost 60 years and Cobb is the last surviving member of Davis’ band, residing in Harlem. Cohen, a fellow Harlemite, considers himself fortunate for having met Cobb in a private session while Cobb was teaching at the New School.

“By playing with Mr. Cobb on a regular basis, I absorb something that can’t be gained from practicing my craft, listening to any recording on repeat, or reading any book or historical document. Mr. Cobb deserves to be honored for his excellence and humanity he manifests today, not just for his work from fifty and sixty years ago. He is a living legend of the jazz world and a historical treasure.” — Emmet Cohen

To celebrate Cobb’s ripened mastery of the drums, Cohen carefully curated selections for the album that would feature Cobb’s indomitable swing groove. “When I Fall in Love,” “If This Isn’t Love,” and “Hard Times” are all tunes Cobb played throughout the decades with the likes of Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Wynton Kelly. Cohen’s own compositions, “Folk Song,” “Mr. Robinson,” written in tribute to Jackie Robinson, and “Concerto for Cobb” expressing genuine affection and respect for Jimmy himself, all display a dynamic sense of exuberance and optimism from deep within.

“What sets Emmet Cohen apart is that he plays with maturity beyond his years, demonstrating technical expertise and sophistication in musical choices. In this recording, Emmet’s own compositions and chosen repertoire display a nuanced appreciation for who Jimmy Cobb is as a drummer and a man.” — Christian McBride

Cohen’s revelation, having pursued a formal music education at both Miami University’s prestigious Frost School and the elite Manhattan School of Music, is that the majority of his fellow young jazz musicians these days are largely concerned with their own technical “chops” or with creating new esoteric or contrived themes for the idiom of jazz. Cohen rebukes these notions and has chosen to focus his current musicianship on harnessing the intergenerational transfer of knowledge between living jazz masters and emerging jazz artists to preserve America’s jazz lineage, historical context, and spirit.

“Miles told him to “play soft and make it feel like it’s floating”. Mr. Cobb uplifts any band he’s playing with by creating a feeling of floating and soaring. He breathes life and motion into every beat with his distinctive swing feel. He brings to life his predecessors- everyone from Baby Dodds to Papa Jo Jones to Philly Joe Jones, and plays with the nuance and intrepidity that influenced those who came after him like Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette. — Emmet Cohen

Emmet Cohen’s Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 featuring Jimmy Cobb was recorded in front of a live studio audience on March 16, 2016 at The DiMenna Center in New York City.

19
Aug

B.J. Jansen Common Ground

B.J. Jansen – Baritone Sax/Leader
Duane Eubanks – Trumpet
Delfeayo Marsalis – Trombone
Zaccai Curtis – Piano
Eric Wheeler – Bass
Vincent Ector – Drums

Respected baritone saxophonist, composer and bandleader B.J. Jansen is back with “Common Ground”, his tenth project as a leader. Over the course of a dozen carefully chosen selections,the appropriately titled “Common Ground” aims to explore the musical commonalities among six musical titans who each bring with them their diverse backgrounds and distinctive musical legacies. “We had a common interest in keeping with the tradition while still pushing the boundaries,” says Jansen. On “Common Ground”, this musical melting pot gives way to an eclectic program that offers a little something for everybody. “When I wrote the music, I made sure there was something for each musician to latch on to,” says Jansen. For the album’s two-day recording session last summer, Jansen’s approach was decidedly “hands off” as he allowed each musician to find their own groove.With “Common Ground” clocking in as project number 10 for the 36 year old, it can surely be considered something of a milestone- one that is commemorated with an all-star band. In addition,“Common Ground” also speaks to Jansen’s tenacity to keep making music even when the current climate doesn’t make it so easy to do so. Ralph Peterson recalls: “The first thing I noticed about B.J. was his hustle game. He’s quite the hustler and I respect that.”With the superb “Common Ground”, it seems that Jansen’s relentless hustle might just be paying off.

“Bari sax player B.J. Jansen leads an impressive hard bop group featuring Delfeayo Marsalis (trombone), Duane Eubanks (trumpet), Ralph Peterson Jr (drums), Dezron L Douglas (bass) and Zaccai Curtis (piano) through six of his compositions and three other tunes. It seems that the group gets deeper in the groove as they move from one song to the next and the groove is their most effective quality. The ensemble work is very tight.” – WTJU Radio

25
Aug

Davina and the Vagabonds

DAVINA SOWERS AND THE VAGABONDS have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to landing a performance on the hit BBC2 show, Later with Jools Holland.

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, the band brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sighisoara, Romania; Sierre, Switzerland; Kemi, Finland; the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival ( in 2014 was asked back to play their main stage in 2014, Vache de Blues in France, and North Sea Jazz Festival. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

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OLD LYME INN
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Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371

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Vadim Neselovskyi — piano, voice, melodica, compositions Ronen Itzik — drums, percussion Dan Loomis — bass "I don’t think I have ever met an improviser who has more surprises in store…a true Genius." Gary Burton "I truly believe that he is one of the greatest pianist/composers out there right now.” Fred Hersch “We all look forward to hearing much more from him, as he ventures further down the singular road he has found.” Steve Swallow Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian pianist and composer based in New York City. He joined 6-Time Grammy-Winner Gary Burton’s Generations Quintet of future all-stars including Julian Lage, Luques Curtis and James Williams in 2004 and has been working as Gary Burton’s pianist and arranger for more than a decade, touring US, Europe and Japan. Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student (fifteen years old) to be accepted into Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving in Germany, Neselovskyi 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 asked to play and compose for a Berklee’s promotional recording produced by Pat Metheny, which also featured Esperanza Spalding and Christian Scott. Next education stage took place at the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was awarded a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. During this time, he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Terri Lyne Carrington and shared the stage with artists such as John Scofield, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton and Steve Coleman. His solo piano CD Music for September (Sunnyside Records, 2013) was produced by Fred Hersch and received 4-star review in Downbeat. In 2010 German Neue Musik Zeitung (NMZ) included him into “Best Musicians of 2010” list. His compositions have been covered by jazz stars such as Randy Brecker,[19] Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Julian Lage,[ Gary Burton and also by Symphony Orchestras in the US (Spokane Symphony[ and Lancaster Symphony, and Europe (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and INSO Lviv Sympony[).

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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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  • “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”

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  • “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!”

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  • 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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