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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 22, 2017    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Frode Gjerstad Trio at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents Frode Gjerstad Trio with Steve Swell!

Gjertstad

September 22nd, 2017
8:30pm - $20, 10pm - $15

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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 26, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Louise Baranger at The Ridgefield!

The Ridgefield Presents Louise Baranger!

Baranger

Classic pop hits from the 60s and 70s with a dash of jazz.  Come dance, sing and groove with us! Ticket price includes champagne and snacks.  “Louise Baranger is an accomplished and experienced instrumentalist with fire, range, and sophistication-strong chops and ideas on trumpet, piccolo trumpet, and flugelhorn.” – JazzTimes Magazine

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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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September 29, 2017    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Peter Evans Septet at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 Presents the Peter Evans Septet!

Evans

September 29th, 2017
8:30pm - $20, 10pm - $15

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October 6, 2017    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Brian Charette Trio at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 Presents The Brian Charette Trio!

Charette

October 6th, 2017

Brian Charette: organ and electronics
Jordan Young: drums and electronics
Yotam Silberstein: guitar

8:30pm - $20, 10pm - $15

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October 13, 2017    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Myra Melford's Snowy Egret at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents Myra Melford's Snowy Egret!

Melford

October 13th, 2017
8:30pm - $20, 10pm - $15

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October 17, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Sergio Mendes at The Ridgefield!

The Ridgefield presents Sergio Mendes!

Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sérgio Mendes is one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. His hit single, “Mas Que Nada,” is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard’s U.S. Pop chart and Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova and samba and distinctive pop instrumentation have ultimately come to define Brazilian music. With a career spanning five decades, his enduring influence on the music industry continues to evolve. A three-time Grammy® Award winner, with three additional Grammy nominations, he has recorded more than 35 albums, with numerous gold and platinum albums among them. In 2012, following year, Mendes received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song for “Real in Rio” from the animated film Rio.

Tickets: $75

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October 19, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Boney James and PGS at The Ridgefield!

The Ridgefield Presents Boney James with Project Grand Slam!

Boney James

Four-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James needs no introduction to contemporary jazz fans.  The gifted saxophonist, veteran of four RIAA gold albums, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 #1 albums on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, has sold over 3 million records during his career. Four of them have received Grammy nominations, including 2013’s The Beat. His latest, futuresoul, released in 2015, topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for 11 weeks. Tracks such as “Drumline” and “Vinyl” show off Boney’s love of vintage soul as well as his mastery of modern digital production and signature laid back style.  This incredibly accomplished artist — who broke into music in the mid-80s touring with acts such as The Isley Brothers, Morris Day (The Time), Randy Crawford and Teena Marie, and emerged as a solo force in 1992 with his breakthrough debut, Trust — has long been influenced by contemporary R&B. Boney lays it all out there with his new CD “Honestly.” Ten songs (9 co-written by Boney) with hit-making special guests Avery*Sunshine and Eric Roberson on vocals.  “Honestly” is an affirmation of the power of Music.

Kicking off the night is Project Grand Slam!  The brainchild of acclaimed bassist and composer Robert Miller, Project Grand Slam is a Jazz Rock Fusion band with a twist of Classic Rock and Latin, which has earned over one million video views while defying genres, languages and geographic boundaries. PGS has had several top radio singles – “The Captain Of Her Heart” (ft. Judie Tzuke on vocals) from ‘Play’ (2008), “Catch You Later” and the title song from ‘Spring Dance’ (2012), “Fire” and “New York City Groove” among others.

Tickets: $60

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October 20, 2017    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Ancestral Memories at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 Presents Yosvany Terry and Baptiste Trotignon's "Ancestral Memories"

Memories

October 20th, 2017
8:30pm - $20, 10pm - $15

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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 27, 2017    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Levin/Malaby/Peterson at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 Presents Daniel Levin/Tony Malaby/Randy Peterson!

Levin

October 27th, 2017

Daniel Levin: cello
Tony Malaby: saxophone
Randy Peterson: drums

8:30pm - $20, 10pm - $15


 

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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October 28, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Christian McBride at The Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Presents Christian McBride and The Steve Clarke Trio!

Christian McBride, the recently named Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival, is a five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist-composer who, since the early ‘90s, has recorded over 300 dates as a sideman and released albums as a leader since ’95. The Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. Aside from various stints with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, John McLaughlin and George Duke, among others, McBride tours consistently with his trio and his quintet, Inside Straight. He also fronts the Christian McBride Big Band, whose album The Good Feeling won a 2012 Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Tickets:  $42.50

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November 2, 2017    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Kenny G Holiday Tour at The Ridgefield!

The Ridgfield Presents Kenny G: The Miracles of Holiday & Hits Tour 2017!

Kenny G

One of the world’s most revered saxophonists will be making Yuletide bright this holiday season! Multi-million selling instrumentalist Kenny G kicks off The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2017 at the Playhouse!  On this highly-anticipated holiday tour, Kenny G will perform some of his greatest hits, including songs from his 1994 smash album Miracles: The Holiday Album, which ranks as one of the most successful holiday albums ever – with over eight million copies sold.

It’s been 25 years since Kenny G, the most celebrated instrumental musician, debuted the Grammy Award winning album Breathless, selling over 12 million copies in the United States alone. The saxophonist is the biggest-selling musician of the modern Jazz era, with worldwide sales of more than seventy-five million records. Dating back to his self-titled debut album in 1982, he has released eighteen studio albums – the most recent being 2015’s Brazilian Nights, which topped the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. He has charted twenty-two albums (including Holiday albums and Greatest Hits collaborations) on the Billboard 200 – including seven in the Top 10!

Tickets: $110

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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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