Sunday March 10, 2024 - Palace Theater Poli Club


Jazz Brunch with The Jay Leonhart Trio



Brunch Begins at 11:00 AM

Tickets available at
The Palace Theater Box Office
 ( 203 ) 346-2000  
-or-
 
www.PalaceTheaterCT.org


Jazz Brunch returns to the Poli Club on Sunday March 10 with the Jay Leonhart Trio. Often referred to as the Fred Astaire of bass, Jay Leonhart has been recognized as a very accomplished bass player for a long time now. He has been named the Outstanding Bassist in the Recording Industry three times. Jay has been privileged to play with the likes of Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Marian McPartland, Kenny Barron, Sting, James Taylor, Papa Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Jim Hall, Louie Bellson, Dick Hyman, Luciano Pavoratti, and many more. Over the years, Jay Leonhart has been writing and singing his own very individualistic songs about his life as a bass player. He now performs his music worldwide to reasonably receptive audiences. This third Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Poli Club is presented by New England Arts & Entertainment and Litchfield JazzFest Presents and will feature an assortment of breakfast favorites along with fruit and pastries. The Brunch runs from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Tickets are $69. Advance purchase is highly recommended as the previous two brunch events have sold out in advance.

www.JayLeonhart.com

 

 

 


Friday March 22, 2024 - Palace Theater Poli Club


Chris Coogan Quintet



Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Tickets available at
The Palace Theater Box Office
 ( 203 ) 346-2000  
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A Weston, Connecticut native, Chris leads the Chris Coogan Quintet, a jazz ensemble whose repertoire includes straight-ahead jazz, fusion jazz and boogie-woogie. He is also director of the Good News Gospel Choir. During his career, Chris has appeared with such eminent musicians as Stevie Van Zandt, Sal Salvador, Ronnie Spector, Harold Danko, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Phoebe Snow, and Ben E. King, among others, as well as arranging for Teo Maceo, producer for the late Miles Davis. His gospel credentials include performances with Take 6, Maya Angelou and Richard Smallwood. Chris has appeared on television's Celebrity Jeopardy and the Arsenio Hall Show and has performed at Manhattan's Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. He has written and performed original gospel music for a PBS documentary about evangelist Amy Semple McPherson, and worked with Emmy-award winning composer Brian Keane, who featured Chris on piano in the BBC show Copper.

www.CooganMusic.com

 

 

 


Friday April12, 2024 - Palace Theater Poli Club


Vanessa Racci Quartet



Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Tickets available at
The Palace Theater Box Office
 ( 203 ) 346-2000  
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Vanessa Racci is a jazz and cabaret singer of Italian American descent with a passion for retro jazz and music made famous by italian Americans. She has produced an album and currently performs several shows that celebrate American jazz composers, Italian American music and their contributions to jazz and pop in the US. Growing up with her Southern Italian grandfather in New York, Vanessa learned Italian American classics and jazz at an early age, hearing Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra and the like played throughout the house. She developed as a singer in musical theater (starring in professional theater at age 12), discovered her love for jazz in her 20’s and started touring with a trio. Vanessa recently released her second album, Jazzy Italian, on Zoho Jazz Label, devoted to celebrating Italian American jazz composers, which reached #8 on the RMR jazz chart and has been programmed on Siriusly Sinatra. She also launched several shows with tributes to Connie Francis, Bobby Darin and George Gershwin. Notable appearances include Birdland, Jazz Forum, Metropolitan Room, The Feast of San Gennaro NYC, Don’t Tell Mama, the NIAF Gala in Washington D.C., and a residency at Swing 46 NYC.

www.VanessaRacci.com

 

 

 


Friday May 10, 2024 - Palace Theater Poli Club


Sam Martinelli Brazillian Songbook



Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Tickets available at
The Palace Theater Box Office
 ( 203 ) 346-2000  
-or-
 
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Brazilian drummer Sam Martinelli, presents a Brazilian Jazz concert featuring guest Ken Peplowski, “... arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist.” BBC Ken has worked with names like Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Woody Allen, Cedar Walton, and many others. Brazilian music and Jazz have a long history of music integration, especially after the Bossa Nova movement that took place in Rio in the late 50s and spread throughout the world after the Carnegie Hall concert in 1962, where Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and many others were presented to the world. Jazz and Brazilian musicians always had respect and appreciation for one another, and this performance is part of a series of interviews and concerts that Mr. Martinelli is developing with the goal of keeping this beautiful cultural exchange between these two music cultures – Jazz, a truly American art, and Samba, a truly Brazilian art.

www.SamuelMartinelli.com

 

 

 


Friday May 24, 2024 - Palace Theater Poli Club


Fred Lipsius Quartet



Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Tickets available at
The Palace Theater Box Office
 ( 203 ) 346-2000  
-or-
 
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Fred Lipsius was the original saxophonist, arranger and conductor with the groundbreaking jazz/rock group “Blood, Sweat & Tears” (1967 to 1971). He also doubled on keyboards. While in the band, he won nine Gold Records, a Grammy Award for arranging the hit song “Spinning Wheel”, plus a Grammy for ‘Best Album of the Year”. He also arranged and co-arranged, respectively, the hit singles “Hi-De-Ho” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”. Fred brought the “jazz” element to the public with his sax and piano solos and arrangements. In both the Downbeat and Playboy jazz polls he placed in the top ten of the alto sax category. Rock and Roll history books credit him as the first saxophonist to mix jazz and rock styles in his solos. Fred has composed, arranged and produced radio and TV commercials, including 2 CBS TV logos - themes introducing the season‘s upcoming shows. In the spring of 1982, he toured in Japan and Europe with Simon and Garfunkel and was a featured soloist. He has performed with jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, George Mraz, Rodney Jones, Randy Brecker and many others and has written music for, and performed on, over 30 CDs as both a leader and sideman.

www.FredLipsius.com