Jazz Corridor http://wnpr.org en “The Segovia of Jazz” Spices Up Musical Fare at Bethel Restaurant http://wnpr.org/post/segovia-jazz-spices-musical-fare-bethel-restaurant <p>Even though the guitar had been at the heart and soul of his existence since age seven, the future great jazz guitarist <a href="http://www.genebertoncini.com/" target="_blank">Gene Bertoncini</a> went to the prestigious University of Notre Dame in the mid-1950s to study architecture.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:56:01 +0000 Owen McNally 25634 at http://wnpr.org “The Segovia of Jazz” Spices Up Musical Fare at Bethel Restaurant Celebrated Saxophonist Javon Jackson Jams at Hartford's Free, Alfresco Jazz Fest http://wnpr.org/post/celebrated-saxophonist-javon-jackson-jams-hartfords-free-alfresco-jazz-fest <p><a href="http://www.javonjackson.com/" target="_blank">Javon Jackson</a>, a top-seeded modern jazz tenor saxophonist, has plenty to celebrate this weekend as he brings his A-game to <a href="http://www.hartfordjazz.com/" target="_blank">The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz</a>, a free, outdoor bash that’s expected to draw more than 50,000 fans to Bushnell Park on its 23rd annual run from Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:50:26 +0000 Owen McNally 25273 at http://wnpr.org Celebrated Saxophonist Javon Jackson Jams at Hartford's Free, Alfresco Jazz Fest How Litchfield Jazz Festival's Vita West Muir Transformed a Dream Into a Crown Jewel http://wnpr.org/post/how-litchfield-jazz-festivals-vita-west-muir-transformed-dream-crown-jewel <p>Maybe what accounts for <a href="http://litchfieldjazzfest.com/lpa/history/message/" target="_blank">Vita West Muir</a>’s stunning success with founding and leading the celebrated Litchfield Jazz Festival since 1996 is the way she was taught by her Jesuit professors to think in a clear, cool, logical manner while she was majoring in biology and philosophy at Fordham University.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:57:44 +0000 Owen McNally 24936 at http://wnpr.org How Litchfield Jazz Festival's Vita West Muir Transformed a Dream Into a Crown Jewel Hartford’s Bushnell Park Alive with the Sound of Jazz http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-s-bushnell-park-alive-sound-jazz <p>Hartford assumes its traditional summer role as the Connecticut state capital of free, high quality, mega-outdoor jazz festivals this month as&nbsp;<a href="http://hartfordmondaynightjazz.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Monday Night Jazz&nbsp;</a>in Bushnell Park and The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz camp down once again on their scenic stomping grounds on the city’s historic Bushnell Park.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:42:17 +0000 Owen McNally 24392 at http://wnpr.org Hartford’s Bushnell Park Alive with the Sound of Jazz Celebrated Hartford Cabaret Series Closes After Triumphant Five-Year Run http://wnpr.org/post/celebrated-hartford-cabaret-series-closes-after-triumphant-five-year-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a triumphant five-year run that offered a sparkling array of top live cabaret entertainment in Hartford, the flamboyant, innovative impresario/fashion-designer Dan Blow wraps up his popular </span>Music@Japanalia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Series at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 28, with a grand finale performance by the noted, Hartford-based diva Dianne Mower.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:23:00 +0000 Owen McNally 24125 at http://wnpr.org Celebrated Hartford Cabaret Series Closes After Triumphant Five-Year Run Icelandic and Israeli Notes Resound at Shoreline Jazz Club in Old Lyme http://wnpr.org/post/icelandic-and-israeli-notes-resound-shoreline-jazz-club-old-lyme <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an international cultural <em>coup </em></span><em>d’etat</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this weekend, highly-skilled jazz performers from Iceland and Israel roll into Old Lyme to&nbsp;seize absolute emotional and </span>aesthetic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> control over at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://thesidedoorjazz.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">The Side Door Jazz Club</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Connecticut shoreline’s key strategic jazz center.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:01:18 +0000 Owen McNally 23834 at http://wnpr.org Icelandic and Israeli Notes Resound at Shoreline Jazz Club in Old Lyme Innovative Cellist/Composer Erik Friedlander Presents Bold, Fresh Sounds in New Haven http://wnpr.org/post/innovative-cellistcomposer-erik-friedlander-presents-bold-fresh-sounds-new-haven <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With his ability to pluck and bow powerful portraits of emotions ranging from the foot-stomping, rustic joy of a barn-packed hoedown (think of robust Regionalist murals by Thomas Hart Benton) to the contemporary solitude and loneliness of an urban dark night of the soul in New York City (think of Edward Hopper’s loners), <a href="http://www.erikfriedlander.com/" target="_blank">Erik </a></span><a href="http://www.erikfriedlander.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Friedlander</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.erikfriedlander.com/" target="_blank"> is a one-of-a-kind cellist/composer</a>.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:05:20 +0000 Owen McNally 23435 at http://wnpr.org Innovative Cellist/Composer Erik Friedlander Presents Bold, Fresh Sounds in New Haven Linda Oh Brings Sun Pictures to New Haven http://wnpr.org/post/linda-oh-brings-sun-pictures-new-haven <p><a href="http://lindaohmusic.com/" target="_blank">Linda Oh, the phenomenal young bassist</a> who was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, and raised in Western Australia, performs music from her acclaimed, atmospheric and aptly-named CD, <em>Sun Pictures</em>, as she leads her quartet at 8:30 and 10:00 pm on Friday, June 6, at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street in New Haven.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:11:03 +0000 Owen McNally 23038 at http://wnpr.org Linda Oh Brings Sun Pictures to New Haven Nicki Parrott, Peerless Aussie Double Bassist and Vocalist, Leads Trio In Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/nicki-parrott-peerless-aussie-double-bassist-and-vocalist-leads-trio-hartford <p>As part of his musical legacy, the late Les Paul, the legendary guitarist, electronic wizard and iconic guitar designer, played a key role in encouraging <a href="http://nickiparrott.com" target="_blank">Nicki Parrott, the gifted Australian-born double bassist</a>, to spread her wings a bit and also become a first-rate, expressive jazz singer.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:37:51 +0000 Owen McNally 22590 at http://wnpr.org Nicki Parrott, Peerless Aussie Double Bassist and Vocalist, Leads Trio In Hartford Israeli Trio Fuses Modern Jazz With Middle Eastern Sounds In Connecticut Debut http://wnpr.org/post/israeli-trio-fuses-modern-jazz-middle-eastern-sounds-connecticut-debut <p>While playing his weekly gig at Manhattan’s Caffe Vivaldi some four years ago, pianist <a href="http://www.assafgleizner.com/" target="_blank">Assaf Gleizner</a>, a Tel Aviv native, decided to please his parents by mixing traditional Israeli folk music with the modern jazz fare that he and his fellow Israeli sidemen, <a href="http://www.kobyhayon.com/ka/" target="_blank">Koby Hayon</a> and <a href="http://originarts.com/oa2/artists/artist.php?Artist_ID=86" target="_blank">Nadav Snir-Zelniker</a>, were to serve that night at the popular West Village restaurant and live music hot spot.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:04:33 +0000 Owen McNally 22235 at http://wnpr.org Israeli Trio Fuses Modern Jazz With Middle Eastern Sounds In Connecticut Debut Jazz Goes to Church In Its Sunday Best http://wnpr.org/post/jazz-goes-church-its-sunday-best <p>Long a welcoming haven for jazz, <a href="http://www.ahcc.org/" target="_blank">Asylum Hill Congregational Church</a> embraces Duke Ellington’s sacred music Sunday, May 18, at 4:00 pm as it presents "The Best of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts" with full-scale, soulful re-creations blessed with four mighty choirs singing, a powerhouse jazz band swinging, and a tap dancer tapping in the historic Hartford church’s majestic sanctuary.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:48:06 +0000 Owen McNally 21755 at http://wnpr.org Jazz Goes to Church In Its Sunday Best Sicilian Singer/Songwriter Sissy Castrogiovanni Sizzles at Middletown’s Buttonwood Tree http://wnpr.org/post/sicilian-singersongwriter-sissy-castrogiovanni-sizzles-middletown-s-buttonwood-tree <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the exciting, event-packed upcoming days, jazz gets happily hitched to lyrics sung enticingly and beautifully in Sicilian dialect by the <a href="http://www.sissycastrogiovanni.com/" target="_blank">young, sensational, Sicilian-born Sissy </a></span><a href="http://www.sissycastrogiovanni.com/" target="_blank">Castrogiovanni</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Saturday, May 10, at 8:00 pm at Middletown’s Buttonwood Tree.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 19:37:08 +0000 Owen McNally 21321 at http://wnpr.org Sicilian Singer/Songwriter Sissy Castrogiovanni Sizzles at Middletown’s Buttonwood Tree Two Modern Jazz Powerhouses Generate Merry May Mayhem http://wnpr.org/post/two-modern-jazz-powerhouses-generate-merry-may-mayhem <p>Thanks to The Side Door Jazz Club, one of Connecticut’s newest and hottest venues, and the Hartford Jazz Society, the nation’s oldest jazz society in continuous operation, May gets off to an explosive start with performances by two powerhouse modern mainstream ensembles that believe in the aesthetic primacy of unabashedly hard-swinging jazz crackling with unashamedly soulful feeling.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:02:30 +0000 Owen McNally 20934 at http://wnpr.org Two Modern Jazz Powerhouses Generate Merry May Mayhem Ali Ryerson’s Luminous Flute Illuminates Her Musical "Dark Side" http://wnpr.org/post/ali-ryerson-s-luminous-flute-illuminates-her-musical-dark-side <p>“We’ve switched over to the dark side for real now.”&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">No, that’s not an ominous utterance from Dick Cheney.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the celebrated flutist Ali Ryerson joking on the phone when discussing her touring quintet’s contemporary, plugged-in sound that marks a giant switch for her from the modern mainstream palette that has long been a hallmark of her acclaimed artistry.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:51:49 +0000 Owen McNally 20566 at http://wnpr.org Ali Ryerson’s Luminous Flute Illuminates Her Musical "Dark Side" Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/singer-marianne-solivan-brings-subtle-soulful-style-hartford <p>Besides possessing a lovely instrument of a voice graced with rich, sensuous timbres, <a href="http://www.mariannesolivanjazz.com/" target="_blank">Marianne Solivan is a gifted, wise singer</a> who never feels compelled to use her ample skills to push the envelope so hard that she murders the enclosed message in the song.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:21:33 +0000 Owen McNally 20173 at http://wnpr.org Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford Cabaret Star Brings New, Searing Show to Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/cabaret-star-brings-new-searing-show-hartford <p><a href="http://babyjanedexter.com/" target="_blank">Baby Jane Dexter, a consummate and passionate cabaret performer who can wring every torrid ounce of emotion</a> out of classic romantic ballads or edgy original songs with searing social messages, returns for another one of her perpetually power-packed performances at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 12, at the Music@Japanalia series at Japanalia Eiko, 11 Whitney Street in Hartford.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:31:26 +0000 Owen McNally 19766 at http://wnpr.org Cabaret Star Brings New, Searing Show to Hartford Yale Photo Show Offers Intimate Insights Into the Jazz World http://wnpr.org/post/yale-photo-show-offers-intimate-insights-jazz-world <p>More eloquently than the written word—including even the prose of the great Ralph Ellison or the poetry of the legendary Langston Hughes—poetically expressive black-and-white photographs taken by gifted jazz photographers can capture the elusive but soulful essence of the music and its cradle-to-the-grave love affair with life.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:50:58 +0000 Owen McNally 19382 at http://wnpr.org Yale Photo Show Offers Intimate Insights Into the Jazz World Future Jazz Superstar Gives the Past a Present Voice http://wnpr.org/post/future-jazz-superstar-gives-past-present-voice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Exuding sophistication, swing, and hip maturity far beyond her mere 24 years, </span><a href="http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/" target="_blank">Cecile<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McLorin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Salvant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/" target="_blank">, a vocalist</a> with pitch-perfect intonation, unerring enunciation, and a rainbow array of rich timbres, is dazzling the jazz world and beyond with her Grammy-nominated, widely and wildly acclaimed American debut album,&nbsp;</span><em>WomanChild</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:33:21 +0000 Owen McNally 19193 at http://wnpr.org Future Jazz Superstar Gives the Past a Present Voice Maestros Metheny and Charlap Return for Encore Performances http://wnpr.org/post/maestros-metheny-and-charlap-return-encore-performances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pianist Bill </span>Charlap<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and guitarist Pat </span>Metheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, two consummate artists who can never wear out the welcome mat with their relatively frequent and invariably fine visits to the area, return once again to present their unique styles with their signature groups.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:27:34 +0000 Owen McNally 18690 at http://wnpr.org Maestros Metheny and Charlap Return for Encore Performances Pianist Noah Baerman’s Art and Activism Overcome Adversity http://wnpr.org/post/pianist-noah-baerman-s-art-and-activism-overcome-adversity <p>With its heady mix of transcendence, activism, deep lyrical expression and soulful sense of swing, <a href="http://www.noahjazz.com/" target="_blank">pianist/composer Noah Baerman’s</a> triumphant new CD, <em>Ripples</em>, is one of the best and the brightest releases to grace our region in quite some time. It’s a bold, imaginative, inventive work that will, if there is any justice in the jazz world, have infinitely more than a rippling effect far beyond our borders along the Connecticut River.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:39:11 +0000 Owen McNally 18364 at http://wnpr.org Pianist Noah Baerman’s Art and Activism Overcome Adversity Bass Wizard Makes Side Door Swing Open http://wnpr.org/post/bass-wizard-makes-side-door-swing-open <p>A master of time, tone and fluent invention, <a href="http://dezrondouglas.com/" target="_blank">bassist Dezron Douglas</a>, one of Hartford’s great gifts to the jazz world, leads his quartet on consecutive nights on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme.</p><p>His primetime quartet features the premier <a href="http://www.cyruschestnut.net/" target="_blank">pianist Cyrus Chestnut</a>—Douglas’s longtime boss—the <a href="https://myspace.com/victorlewisdrums" target="_blank">drummer Victor Lewis</a>, a consummate synthesizer of subtlety and swing; and the smart <a href="https://myspace.com/lummiespann" target="_blank">saxophonist Lummie Spann</a>, another one of Hartford’s Young Lions making a name for himself both on and beyond the New York jazz scene.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:00:09 +0000 Owen McNally 17877 at http://wnpr.org Bass Wizard Makes Side Door Swing Open Fats Waller Tribute Comes to Deep River http://wnpr.org/post/fats-waller-tribute-comes-deep-river <p>Countless musicians and band leaders over the decades have saluted Fats Waller, the legendary jazz pianist/composer/singer and comic showman whose exuberantly high-living lifestyle and robust artistry were cut short when he died from pneumonia at only 39 in 1943.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:16:31 +0000 Owen McNally 17534 at http://wnpr.org Fats Waller Tribute Comes to Deep River Myths and Music Resonate at UMass Magic Triangle Series http://wnpr.org/post/myths-and-music-resonate-umass-magic-triangle-series <p>Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Magic Triangle Jazz Series at the University of Massachusetts resonates with myth, magic and improvisational prestidigitation at 8:30 pm on Thursday, February 20, as the acclaimed saxophonist/composer/scholar <a href="http://www.jasonrobinson.com/" target="_blank">Jason Robinson and his Janus Ensemble</a> explore three of his new works and adventurous pieces from his latest, celebrated recording<em>, Tiresian Symmetry.</em> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:15:35 +0000 Owen McNally 17151 at http://wnpr.org Myths and Music Resonate at UMass Magic Triangle Series Crooner Wade Visits Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/crooner-wade-visits-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Besides being the first African-American to host a network TV game show, the </span><a href="http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/adam-wade-41" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">versatile<strong> </strong>crooner/actor Adam Wade</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has enjoyed a more than half-century career crowned by countless appearances on stage, screen, and television, and a glorious, too brief flurry of chart-busting recordings in the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Among his hit singles was his tuneful </span>trifecta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of romantic ballads in 1961, "Take Good Care of Her," "As If I Didn’t Know," and "The Writing on the Wall."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Owen McNally 16763 at http://wnpr.org Crooner Wade Visits Hartford Vocalist Gazarek Blends Candor and Genuine Feeling in Her Performance http://wnpr.org/post/vocalist-gazarek-blends-candor-and-genuine-feeling-her-performance <p>At a time when many aspiring, young vocalists mistake blaring volume and grating gymnastics as the height of heartfelt artistic expression, <a href="http://saragazarek.com/" target="_blank">Sara&nbsp;Gazarek, a savvy, swinging singer</a> of exquisite taste, bright wit and creative vitality, is a welcome breath of fresh air. She’s a voice of reason amid the sound and the fury signifying not much of anything.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:55:18 +0000 Owen McNally 16498 at http://wnpr.org Vocalist Gazarek Blends Candor and Genuine Feeling in Her Performance International Jazz Treats Around the State This Weekend http://wnpr.org/post/international-jazz-treats-around-state-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While jazz is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">the</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> great American art form, it has long been graced by the welcome presence of many gifted practitioners from around the world, a sign of its universal appeal and global evolution into the hippest kind of Esperanto: a universal musical language understood by all.</span></p><p>Pleasant reminders of the music’s international scope pop up this weekend as three eminent émigré artists, drummer <a href="http://www.5passion.com/ignacio/" target="_blank">Ignacio Berroa</a>, and pianists <a href="http://www.lgjazz.com/" target="_blank">Laszlo Gardony</a> and <a href="http://www.aminafigarova.com/" target="_blank">Amina Figarova</a>&nbsp;-- who, respectively, are originally from Cuba, Hungary and Azerbaijan -- perform individually in Connecticut venues from Old Lyme to Middletown.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Owen McNally 16025 at http://wnpr.org International Jazz Treats Around the State This Weekend Matt Wilson Quartet to Deliver a Gathering Call With Pianist John Medeski http://wnpr.org/post/matt-wilson-quartet-deliver-gathering-call-pianist-john-medeski <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.mattwilsonjazz.com/" target="_blank">Drummer/composer&nbsp;Matt Wilson</a>, a great wit, percussive prestidigitator and populist swinger in all known jazz genres, celebrates his new, diverse and delightful album, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Gathering Call,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on Tuesday, January 28. Wilson performs with his tightly-knit quartet and <a href="http://www.johnmedeski.com/" target="_blank">special guest, pianist&nbsp;John </a></span><a href="http://www.johnmedeski.com/" target="_blank">Medeski</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, at 8:00 pm at The Side Door jazz club in Old Lyme.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Owen McNally 15750 at http://wnpr.org Matt Wilson Quartet to Deliver a Gathering Call With Pianist John Medeski Soul-Soaked Brass Maestro Graces Side Door Jazz This Weekend http://wnpr.org/post/soul-soaked-brass-maestro-graces-side-door-jazz-weekend <p>A super talent like<a href="http://www.nicholaspayton.com/" target="_blank"> trumpeter<strong> </strong>Nicholas Payton</a> could have easily coasted through a long, successful career by safely resting on his impressive laurels and never once rocking the boat musically or socially, thus remaining securely assured of achieving a prominent niche for himself.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Owen McNally 15432 at http://wnpr.org Soul-Soaked Brass Maestro Graces Side Door Jazz This Weekend At the Right Time and Place: Keyboardist Knoblock Bends Listeners' Imaginations http://wnpr.org/post/right-time-and-place-keyboardist-knoblock-bends-listeners-imaginations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a picturesque downtown shop called <a href="http://www.neverendingbooks.net" target="_blank">Never Ending Books</a>, New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series presents a bold musical explorer on Saturday night. <a href="http://www.landonknoblock.com/" target="_blank">Landon </a></span><a href="http://www.landonknoblock.com/" target="_blank">Knoblock<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a 31-year-old composer and&nbsp;</span>keyboardist</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> whose soaring synthesizer solos create </span>soundscapes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of cosmic scope, reverberating&nbsp;&nbsp;with imaginative </span>sci-fi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> storylines.</span></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Owen McNally 15089 at http://wnpr.org At the Right Time and Place: Keyboardist Knoblock Bends Listeners' Imaginations Jazz Digs Hartford Library’s Smart, Contemporary Downtown Setting http://wnpr.org/post/jazz-digs-hartford-library-s-smart-contemporary-downtown-setting <p>A public library is probably not the first location that leaps to mind when you think about an ideal venue for jazz. What you want is a&nbsp; cozy, intimate refuge where you can hear every note played; aren’t seated a dehumanizing, football field length away from far distant performers; and are surrounded by a genuinely attentive, appreciative audience of kindred souls who are at least as much into the music as you are.</p><p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Owen McNally 14721 at http://wnpr.org Jazz Digs Hartford Library’s Smart, Contemporary Downtown Setting