The Side Door Jazz Club Old Lyme, CT Located in the historic Old Lyme Inn (midway between Boston and New York), this club was opened in 2013 by jazz impresario George Wein and his Newport All-Star band, ensuring its future for years to come. Operated by jazz-loving couple Ken and Chris Kitchings, the venue will present the Tamir Hendelman Trio in January.
DECEMBER 30, 2019 Clare Byrne, CT Examiner
Johnny O’Neal — finishing off a busy year of touring with his last gig of the decade at the Side Door in Old Lyme — presided at the piano with grace, ease, and rippling arpeggios. Like a ringmaster in a silver sparkling suit, he led Mark Lewandowski on upright bass and Itay Morchi on drums through dynamically arranged songs, sometimes at scorching paces.
JANUARY 13, 2020
BY CLARE BYRNE
Delfeayo Marsalis and his New Orleans-based Uptown Jazz Orchestra tore into the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme on Thursday January. The ten-man band wouldn’t wait even for Side Door owner Ken Kitchings to finish his introductions. The procession started in the hall, wove through the sold-out room and up onto the stage.