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September 16, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lizz Wright and Grace Kelley at The Ridgefield!

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents Lizz Wright and Grace Kelley!

Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright is a vocalist of uncommon talent and spirit. Sliding effortlessly between jazz, R&B, gospel, blues and folk, the Georgia-reared singer has built a career centered on her smoky, supple voice and an earthy/ethereal style.

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September 21, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
John Cleary at The Ridgefield!

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents John Cleary!

John Cleary

Special Guest: Jimmy Greene • New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary is a 2016 Grammy award-winner, as well as off Beat Magazine’s 2016 Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Boneyard”), and Best Piano/Keyboardist.

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September 23, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Elan Trotman and Jonathan Butler at Lyman!

Butler Trotman

Lyman Center Presents Elan Trotman and Jonathan Butler!

Enjoy an end of summer jazz concert that is infused with tropical and South African musical flavor with a special double bill featuring Elan Trotman opening for Jonathan Butler.  Jonathan has been using his gifts of song, composition and instrumentation to communicate the messages of his soul. Butler, an acclaimed guitarist and vocalist, has used music as a springboard from that boyhood in which he shared a three-bedroom shack with his parents, 12 siblings, and another 13 nieces and nephews while growing up in South Africa. He remains a captivating and powerful performer, pour- ing his heart into selections from his immense catalogue.  His soaring, gritty but beautiful voice transports listeners to deeper realms both emotionally and spiritually.

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

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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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October 21, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Boney James at Madison Theatre!

Madison Theatre Presents Boney James!

Boney James

4-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY nominated album The Beat.

His 15th CD, futuresoul contains 10 original songs produced and written or co-written by James. Released by Concord Records May 4, 2015, futuresoul features vocalist and Mint Condition frontman Stokley on “Either Way,” a collaboration enabled by Twitter. Says James, “Like my recent duet with Raheem DeVaughn, I was able to meet Stokley on Twitter and send him the music for this track. He wrote the brilliant lyric and sent me a finished vocal all via email!”

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October 28, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Maysa, Simpson, Colionne, and Sherrod at Lyman!

Maysa Simpson Colionne

Lyman Center Presents Maysa, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, and Art Sherrod Jr!

We have assembled a talent packed line up of artists for an exclusive Lyman Center performance. These jazz stars each with accomplished solo careers on guitar, vocals, keys, and sax bring some serious musical chops to create a special night of jazz just for you. So get ready to groove when this super group comes to town for a one of a kind jazz concert jam.

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

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November 18, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Albright, Bugnon and Antione at Lyman!

Lyman Center Presents Albright, Bugnon and Antione!

Bugnon Double Bill

Two concerts in one with this double bill of talented artists!   Gerald Albright is a skilled master musician and Grammy nominated saxophonist.  Alex Bugnon is an accompished keyboardist along with the guitar style of Marc Antoine.  Come and see these jazz stars in one entertaining night filled with great music!


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

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November 25, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Brown, Caldwell, and Meadows at Madison Theatre!

Madison Theatre Presents Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas!

Joyous Christmas

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown, for almost two decades, has been an engaging composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz. Joined by R&B and standards singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows, a staple of contemporary jazz.

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December 2, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Euge Groove, Matsui, Webster, Hawley at Lyman!

Lyman Center Presents Euge Groove, Keiko Matsui, Lindsey Webster, and Adam Hawley!

Tidings of Joy

The charismatic saxophonist Euge Groove and vibrant keyboardist Keiko Matsu are joined by the smooth guitarist Adam Hawley and silky vocalist Lindsey Webster to deliver an incredible evening of jazz with a dusting of holiday classics sprinkled in for good measure. This special cast of amazing performers has been combined in the perfect jazz recipe to create a warm holiday treat that is sure to get you ready for the season!

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

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February 17, 2018    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
John Pizzarelli at Madison Theatre NY!

Madison Theatre Presents John Pizzarelli! A portion of your ticket will be donated directly to raise funds for HELP Primary School – HELP Uganda.

Help Uganda

John Pizzarelli, is a world-renowned guitarist and singer, hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” And the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

The next step is introducing the solo work of Paul McCartney to his audience through his September 18, 2015 release on Concord Records, Midnight McCartney, and on stages around the world. The challenge, Pizzarelli says, is lining up the lesser-known McCartney songs alongside the works of Gershwin, Berlin and Rodgers.

“It’s not out of the realm to say, ‘Here are some excellent songs. What you just enjoyed and maybe thought was Johnny Mercer, is really Paul McCartney.’ I think they can all stand next to each other.”

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April 21, 2018    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Rick Braun and Richard Elliot at Madison Theatre

Madison Theatre Presents Rick Braun and Richard Elliot!

R and R

The gifted, but humble Jazz trumpet player, Rick Braun, is consistently on the top of the charts. With his collection of No. 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz charters and his radio hits during his solo career, it’s no wonder why. Combining forces with saxophonist Richard Elliot, they created a new record called RnR, which cleverly stands for R(est) (a)n(d) R(elaxation). Some of these songs include: “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Curve Ball,” “Sunday Night,” “Que Paso,” and “Da JR Funk.” Just like the album’s namesake, RnR is all about leisure.

With great performances emanating from both Braun and Elliot, RnR is exciting and lively, yet warm, sexy, and mellow. It is in this experimental way that you begin to grasp the depth of their combined signature sounds and the impact it will have on their devoted and new fans alike.

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