ON LONG ISLAND:
Bring your instruments and join jazz LEGENDS Billy Johnson and Teddy Charles for a CHANCE TO hone your TEQUNIQUE AND JAM WITH THEM, LIVING-ROOM STYLE, or just enjoy the music, on THE THIRD thursday OF EACH MONTH – May 20 and June 17 at seven pm at the East End arts council 133 East Main Street IN RIVERHEAD.
Billy Johnson studied with Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, and Rufus Reid. He toured with Abbey Lincoln and Lionel Hampton. Teddy charles is one of the PREMIER jazz vibraphonists of all time, playing with legends such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. A DONATION OF just $10 AT DOOR benefitS the east end arts council. free for arts council students and members. Please call (631) 727-0900 or visit www-dot-eastendarts-dot-org for RESERVATIONS. THIS PROGRAM IS GENEROUSLY Sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of America IN COOPERATION WITH THE EAST END ARTS COUNCIL.
East End Arts Council, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization
Starting us off this week is Jay Rowe’s 8th Annual Smooth Jazz For Scholars Concert, which will be held on Saturday night, May 2nd, at 8. The address is The Parsons Complex, 70 West River Street in MILFORD. Featured artists performing at this event are: Chieli Minuci; Mindi Abair; Nick Colionne, Ken Navarro and the band – Best Kept Secret with: Rohn Lawrence, Dave Lavolsi, Trever Summerville, Shilts, Larrane Andrews; led by Jay Rowe. For further information go to: http://www.jayrowemusic.com or call: (203) 874 – 4150.
Next, is the musical offering at Pizzeria Lauretano, – 291 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel. On Sunday, from 6 – 8 PM, you’ll hear the sounds of The Jazz Quintet. Roger Post will lead some of Fairfield County’s best jazz musicians. The telephone number here for the details is: (203) 792 – 1500. Or visit them online at: http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/pizzerialauretano
And, on Saturday The Fairwest Swing Project will conduct its Swing 100, a 4 hour class in the fundamentals of Swing Dance. The time is from 1:15 with breaks, to 6:15 PM. Bring snacks and drink. The address is: The Norfield Grange Hall at 12 Good Hill Rd. in WESTON. Later, starting at 7, an introductory Swing Fundamentals Lesson with Bill “Stretch” Gore will begin, followed by a dance from 9 – 12 midnight. For further information call: (203) 522 – 5341, or go online at: http://www.fairwestswing.com/
Meanwhile down in STAMFORD, vocalist Richard “Cookie” Thomas and Co. will perform at the South End Branch of the Ferguson Library at 34 Woodland Ave. on Wednesday evening from 6 – 9. For the details go to http://www.fergusonlibrary.org/south, or call: (203) 351 – 8280.
On Friday, he’ll be at Medonia’s, 1297 Long Ridge Rd. from 7 – 9:30 PM. For the details here, go to http://www.madoniarestaurant.com/ or call: (203) 322 – 8870.
At Polpo – 554 Old Post Rd. No 3 in GREENWICH, this Saturday night from 7:30 – 12 Midnight, you can hear the sounds of the Blues by Gail Storm. Call them for further information and reservations at: (203) 629 – 1999, or visit them online at: http://www.polporestaurant.com
IN NEW HAVEN:
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, will be in at Firehouse 12 – 45 Crown Street this Friday night April 30th at 8:30 & 10. For more information and for reservations phone: (203) 785 – 0468. You can also visit them online at: http://www.firehouse12.com.
Starting on Thursday night at 8, and continuing for the following three nights, a series of concerts to be held in Wesleyan University’s Crowell Concert Hall, will take place. Professor Anthony Braxton and the Large Ensemble will start off this performance series. Then, on the following night, also at 8, Adjunct Associate Professor Jay Hoggard will perform with The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble. This concert is FREE. Last, on Saturday night at 8, The Bennie Maupin Trio with special guests: bassist – Buster Williams, and drummer Billy Hart will head-line. The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra will open this show. For more information call Wesleyan University at: (860) 685 – 3355.
IN HARTFORD COUNTY:
Vocalist Dana Lauren will perform at Black-eyed Sally’s – 350 Asylum Street Friday night at 8. Call (860) 278 – 7427 for info.
In NEW LONDON COUNTY:
On both Friday & Saturday nights, the Jazz Underground – 33 Golden Street, presents Alto saxophonist Greg Abate and his quartet at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7 both nights. Call: (860) 447-1125 for reservations and more information, or go online at: http://www.jazzundergroundcafe.com/
IN WESTCHESTER, NY:
Percussionist and Vocalist, Mayra Casales will perform at Reality Bites Café – 100 Main Street in NYACK on Friday night between 8:30 – 11:30. Joining her will be Pianist, Nicki Denner. Phone: (845) 358 – 8800 for more information.
The Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th Street (between Lexington and Park), presents the Paquito DiRivera Sextet Saturday and Sunday nights for 3 sets on Saturday night at 7:30; 9:30; & 11:30, and two sets on Sunday night at 7:30 & 9:30. For reservations and all information call: (212) 576 – 2232.
If you have any Jazz or Blues events taking place that you’d like to have included in our weekly calendar, you can either address them to us at: THE WPKN/WPKM Jazz & Bluesline – 244 University Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604 or e-mail your listings to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all listings two weeks in advance of your event.
The Jazz and Blues Line is compiled by Phil Bowler who thanks you for your continued support of live Jazz and Blues.