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May 25, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Jimmy Greene Quartet at Scullers!

Scullers Presents The Jimmy Greene Quartet!

Hailed by Tony Hall of Jazzwise magazine (UK) as without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years, Jimmy Greene has released nearly a dozen albums as a leader, appearing with musicians the caliber of Pat Metheny and Robert Glasper, and appeared on some 75 other titles as a sideman. Among the jazz leaders with whom toured and/or recorded are Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, and Kenny Barron. "[Greene] is good for a couple of body chills every time you see him," wrote Jim Macnie in The Village Voice. "[He's] got a big barrelhouse sound, and a way of negotiating changes that make academic moves seem natural."

A native of Hartford, CT, Jimmy Greene has been considered one of the most respected musicians of his generation since his graduation from the Hartt School of Music in 1997; the saxophonist went on to garner awards from ASCAP/IAJE, Chamber Music America, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Greater Hartford Arts Council and was named one of DownBeat Magazine's 25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz in 1999. In 2014, Greene released Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records and received two GRAMMY® Award nominations in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for 'When I Come Home' which features Javier Colon

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May 26, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Nicholas Peyton at Scullers Jazz Club!

Scullers Jazz Club Presents Nicholas Peyton!

Like a master chef possessing a deft sense of proportion, taste and poetic flair, this forward-looking heir to the traditions of New Orleans blends an array of related musical food groups”Bebop, Swing, the Great American Songbook, New Orleans second-line, Mardi Gras Indian, Instrumental Soul, Rhythm-and-Blues, Urban, Hip-Hop, and various Afro-descended dialects of Central America and the Caribbean”into a focused sound that is entirely his own argot.

On Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, propelled by keyboardist Kevin Hays, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Joe Dyson, percussionist Daniel Sadownick, and turntablist DJ Lady Fingaz, Payton seamlessly coalesces his interests, drawing on a global array of beats, melodies and harmonic consciousness to serve his lifelong conviction that music is a process by which the practitioner uses notes and tones to map, identity and tell a story.

"Afro-Caribbean Mixtape is a work of great rigor and discipline, steeped in jazz tradition and yet utterly unbound." - Larry Blumenfeld-wallstreetjournalcom-Feb 2017

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May 27, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra at The Ridgefield!

Ridgefield Playhouse presents Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra!

Ottmar Liebert

Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for a wine tasting by Benziger Family Winery and an art exhibit by Erin Nazzaro!

Ottmar Liebert is one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world. The five-time Grammy nominee is best known for his engaging mix of subdued flamenco guitar with South American percussion, rock, jazz, and pop influences. His popular albums “Barcelona Nights,” “Nouveau Flamenco” and “Borrasca” have earned 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the United States and more internationally. A German-born guitarist, songwriter, and producer, he cites musical influences such as Carlos Santana, Miles Davis, Paco de Lucía, Robert Fripp, and Jeff Beck. Liebert has brought his Spanish-influenced easy listening music and flamenco to mainstream America with a certain level of class and accessibility.

Tickets: $45

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May 27, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Sean Jones Quintet at Scullers Jazz Club!

Scullers Jazz Club Presents The Sean Jones Quintet!

Leading a powerhouse quartet that can hit hard from the outset and never give up, Sean Jones possesses a formidable arsenal as a trumpeter, including his sleek phrasing, pinpoint tone, exclamatory high notes, fleet technique and freedom from predictable phraseology - Chicago Tribune. Sean Jones, the former lead trumpeter of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, never hides behind anything or anyone when he plays. His sound can be bright, buttery or bold at different times, or even all at once, and his gaze can move from steely to sweet in a heartbeat. He can marry beauty and pure power like few others (All About Jazz).

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May 31, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Pink Martini at Ridgefield Playhouse!

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents Pink Martini!


 

Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for an Italian wine tasting by Gallo Ristorante and an art exhibit!

With its genre-bending, multilingual glory, Pink Martini’s sounds are “rich, hugely approachable, cosmopolitan yet unpretentious” (Washington Post). Join these amazing talents for a musical travelogue from a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro to a quaint piazza in Naples, Italy. Hear songs from the band’s newly released album “Je dis oui” (release November 2016), as well as fan favorites such as “Je ne veux pas travailler”, “Amado mio” and of course “Brasil”!  So come join Pink Martini for a must-see musical jaunt around the world- and bring your dancing shoes!

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June 2, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Candy Dulfer & Grace Kelly at Lyman Center!

Candy Dulfer

Lyman Center Presents Candy Dulfer and grace Kelly!

Dutch saxophonist CANDY DULFER is known around the world for her powerful and high-energy concerts.  She’ll be bringing a super band and horn section that is going to bring the house down!  Opening for Candy’s performance is singer and saxophone player Grace Kelly, a 24-year-old winner of the 2016 Annual Downbeat Critics Poll (as a rising star in the alto sax category ) You get a chance to see why she was snagged a spot as a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band!

Tickets:
$35 General Public, $30
Series $30 SCSU Faculty/Staff, Active Alumni with valid ID (Limit 2)
$20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 2)
Seating: Reserved

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June 2, 2017    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Spyro Gyra at Scullers Jazz Club!

Scullers Jazz Club Presents Spyro Gyra, June 2 and 3, at 8 & 10 PM!

As Spyro Gyra looks forward to 2017 and beyond, they show no sign of slowing down. Over the last 40+ years, they have performed over five thousand shows, released thirty-one albums (not counting Best Of compilations) selling over ten million albums while also achieving one platinum and two gold albums. Although few acts have accomplished this type of record, they have done it by constantly challenging themselves as is evidenced by their last studio release The Rhinebeck Sessions which was written and recorded over three days in the studio.

"There is really no band out there that can produce a sense of pure joy as consistently and as often as Spyro Gyra and they have been doing it since their 1977 self-titled and self-produced first LP." - Travis Rogers/JazzTimes magazine.

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June 3, 2017    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Spyro Gyra at Scullers Jazz Club!

Scullers Jazz Club Presents Spyro Gyra, June 2 and 3, at 8 & 10 PM!

As Spyro Gyra looks forward to 2017 and beyond, they show no sign of slowing down. Over the last 40+ years, they have performed over five thousand shows, released thirty-one albums (not counting Best Of compilations) selling over ten million albums while also achieving one platinum and two gold albums. Although few acts have accomplished this type of record, they have done it by constantly challenging themselves as is evidenced by their last studio release The Rhinebeck Sessions which was written and recorded over three days in the studio.

"There is really no band out there that can produce a sense of pure joy as consistently and as often as Spyro Gyra and they have been doing it since their 1977 self-titled and self-produced first LP." - Travis Rogers/JazzTimes magazine.

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June 6, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ Ridgefield

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue!

Trombone Shorty

Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for an Italian wine tasting by Gallo Ristorante and an art exhibit by Andres Chaparro!

Trombone Shorty’s new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong. That bit of beautiful New Orleans soul—”Laveau Dirge No. 1,” named after one of the city’s most famous voodoo queens—shows off our host’s roots before Parking Lot Symphony branches out wildly, wonderfully, funkily across 12 diverse cuts. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound—from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger—and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, “Music brings unity.”

New Breed Brass Band, which is co-managed by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Anderews, lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. With a founding core of five New Orleans natives, New Breed Brass Band made its street debut as a nine-man unit in November 2013 at the Nine Times Second Line.  Since then, they have showcased their originality opening for such diverse bands as The Fray, Red Baraat, Dr. John, The Waterboys, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, as well as competing in the Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition in 2013.  Whether performing in their hometown or on the road, New Breed will forever bring the vibe of the New Orleans second-line with them.

Tickets: $85

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September 27, 2017    7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Spyro Gyra at Fairfield Theatre!

Fairfield Theatre Presents Spyro Gyra!

Improvisation, where music is concerned, is the act of composing or arranging without previous preparation. It is also a hallmark of traditional jazz and what Spyro Gyra lives and breathes.

Taking cues from Weather Report and Return to Forever, Spyro Gyra creates a cultivated brand of pop-fusion which dazzles music lovers across the world. They are an artful blend of R&B, pop, Caribbean, and jazz; with a style equally focused on technicality and dance-ability. It comes as no surprise that Spyro Gyra is one of the most enduring and popular acts in contemporary jazz.

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