David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other GRAMMY nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance. His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.
With special guest: Jane Monheit has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins. She says that the distinctive, continually surprising sound of The Heart Of The Matter is the result of an especially satisfying collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Gil Goldstein, who has previously worked with such giants as Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, and Pat Metheny. The pair first joined forces for part of Monheit’s 2009 album The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me.
Vincent Ingala featuring Gregg Karukas and Steve Oliver
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.
Hot new saxophonist Vincent Ingalais joined by some very special friends when he bring his smooth jazz style to Lyman, with a dusting of holiday classics sprinkled in for good measure. The perfect recipe for warm holiday treat together with friends to get you ready for the season at this jazz supershow!
Tickets: $32 General Public $25 Series, $25 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2) $20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1) Seating: Reserved
TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 - 8pm
JJ Sansaverino has not only made a name for himself as the lead guitarist for the reggae band Maxi Priest but he's also made a name for himself as a solo artist. His most recent appearances at the Hartford Jazz Festival, the Branford Jazz Series, and the Rehobeth Jazz Festival have solidified this dynamic guitarist's reputation as an outstanding writer, performer, and band leader. JJ Sansaverino returns to HOME Restaurant on Friday, December 11 for his annual holiday tour that seeks to collect food and donations for our local food bank. Returning with JJ are his bandmates Etienne Lytle on keys and world renowned saxman Ze Luis Oliveira. Joining JJ for their first trip to Branford are singer Vince Robinson who has performed with Stephanie Mills, bassist Roberto Vally who tours regularly with singer Bobby Caldwell and wrote the hit "Lip Service" for Richard Elliot, and drummer Camille Gainer-Jones, one of NYC's finest drummers.
Doors open at 7pm and show begins at 8 for JJ Sansaverino and his band
Tickets for this show are $40 in advance and everyone is asked to bring a bag of non-perishable food items for our annual food drive
SEATING IS LIMITED AND THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT SO BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY!
Please note that all shows at HOME Restaurant are General Admission. Some seats may have limited visibility and you may be asked to share a table with others. Don't worry! You'll have fun meeting new people!
PLEASE CHECK YOUR TICKETS FOR THE SPECIFIC DOORS-OPEN AND SHOW TIMES
Jazz Christmas Celebration!! Kirk says, “Nothing could be more wonderful for me than spending time during the holiday season with you and some of my favorite musical friends. This year’s tour will feature the “So Amazing” Gerald Albright, Grammy Award-winner Norman Brown and female vocal phenom, Sheléa. My awesome band is here again, along with my special guests Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart. There’s no joy like that of sharing the Greatest Love of All through the greatest music of all… Jazz!”
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum continues his annual “A Gospel According To Jazz Chistmas” tour bringing excellent holiday entertainment to all. This year’s tour will feature Gerald Albright, Norman Brown and female vocalist Sheléa.