This last week of July is filled with music of all kinds and I’d be thrilled if you came out for one or more of these upcoming performances. I am basically having gigs with almost of all of my various projects and each one of them promises to be exciting.
This Friday, July 28, I am hoping for some good weather as I am playing outdoors at noon in Hartford at the Old State House Farmer’s Market with the Nu Haven Kapelye. That’s right Hartford friends. Now you can hear what kind of mishegas we’ve been up to in New Haven for the past twenty or so years. Klezmer and Yiddish swing come to Hartford and I hope you can join us. We’ll be playing music from What’s Nu, the CD we released earlier this past year as well as some new arrangements that I’ve put together for the group. Music begins at noon. The Old State House is located at 800 Main street in Hartford.
On Saturday, July 29, I’m back in New Haven for a duo gig with Jeff Fuller at Fornarelli’s, one of the last clubs in the New Haven area that still has a real piano and a regular jazz policy. I know you might think of Jeff as a bass player but his piano chops are off the chain. Last time we played at Fornarelli’s we had a blast. This time we’re inviting our students and friends to come and sit in with us. If you are a musician please bring your instrument and sit in with us! It’s going to be a blast. Music starts at 6:30 and who knows how late we’ll go. Fornarelli’s Ristorante is located at 99 Orange Street in downtown New Haven.
On Sunday, July 30, I am playing at the jazz brunch at Elm City Market with my swing and blues group, Bassology. For this performance, I’ll be joined by Will Bartlett on sax, Chris Casey on the keys, and Jocelyn Pleasant on drum set. Music begins at 10:30 and goes till 1:30. What a perfectly American experience, shop, eat brunch, and hear great jazz. Elm City Market is located at the corner of State and Chapel streets in downtown New Haven.
On Monday, July 31, at 7 pm the Afro-Semitic Experience is playing a concert at Tower One in New Haven. This concert is free and open to the public. The band is excited to get this chance to play together locally and we hope you’ll come out to hear us. Tower One is located at 18 Tower Lane in New Haven.
And then, on Thursday, August 3 I am playing, for the first time ever, in Stamford with a trio version of Bassology at Villa Italia. Joining me that evening will be my Afro-Semitic Experience bandmates, Warren Byrd and Saskia Laroo. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Villa Italia is located at 26 Mill River Street in Stamford.
A busy couple of weeks and I do hope that you will join me for some very musical moments.