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        Friday April 27, 2018 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Ali Ryerson Trio

Showtimes are at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

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


 

With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist, composer and author, Ali Ryerson consistently ranks high among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll and has been nominated as Jazz Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, having toured the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North Africa. Her concert performances range from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, London’s Ronnie Scott’s, to the Blue Note in New York and Japan. Festival appearances include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Miami Beach Jazz Festival, and Ireland’s Guinness Jazz Festival, to name but a few. Ryerson has released nearly two dozen albums. She has recorded and performed with jazz greats Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Joe Beck, Mike Mainieri, Roy Haynes, Danny Gottlieb, Red Rodney, Stephane Grappelli, and Art Farmer, as well as classical artists Julius Baker, Luciano Pavarotti (while principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra), and harpsichord master Anthony Newman. Musical director of the Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-’04), Jazz chair of the National Flute Association (2005-’10), Low Flutes Chair of NFA(current) and founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is the author of a highly acclaimed book, the Jazz Flute Practice Method, and has written numerous articles for The Flutist Quarterly, Downbeat, and Flute Talk, among others. Ms. Ryerson conducts master classes worldwide, including her week-long annual master class held at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in CA; has been on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, the IJAM JAZZ summer camp in Italy; and is a visiting faculty member at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, California. As Artist-in-Residence at universities around the US and abroad, Ali has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Ohio State University, NYU, Duquesne, and USC, among others. Ms. Ryerson studied flute with Harold Bennett (NY Metropolitan Orchestra) and John Wion (NYC Opera Orchestra) and is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music of theUniversity of Hartford. A Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes she helped design, Ali’s recent CD release, Game Changer – The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band (Capri Records), remained in the ‘TOP 10’ on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks.

                


  www.AliRyerson.com

 

 

 

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        Friday May 18, 2018 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Avery Sharpe Trio

Showtimes are at 7:00 PM
( and 9:00 PM - Subscribers Only )

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


 

Honesty. Clarity. Dignity. These are words that come to mind when you listen to the music of bassist-composer Avery Sharpe. In an age of ephemeral pop stars and flavor-of-the-month trends, Sharpe is a reminder of the lasting value of steadfast dedication and personal integrity. As the title of one of his tunes asserts, “Always Expect the Best of Yourself.” Sharpe was born in Valdosta, Georgia, and his first instrument was the piano. “I started playing when I was eight years old,” he recalls. “My mother was a piano player in the Church of God in Christ, and she gave lessons to everybody in the family—I’m the sixth of eight children—but it didn’t stick until it got to me.” He moved on to accordion and then switched to electric bass in high school. Sharpe’s credits also include sideman stints with many other jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie to Pat Metheny, as well as leading his own groups. His first recording as a leader was the 1988 album Unspoken Words on Sunnyside Records. In 1994 he started his own artist record label, JKNM Records. To date he has more than 11 titles as a leader for JKNM Records, his latest JKNM recording is “Sharpe Meets Tharpe” a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of “Rock and Roll”. The recording features Meli’sa Morgan, Charles Neville and the New England Gospel Choir.

                


  www.AverySharpe.com

 

 

 

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        Friday June 8, 2018 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Norman Johnson Quartet

Showtimes are at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

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


 

Guitarist and composer, Norman Johnson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and became interested in playing the guitar in his freshman year of high school after a friend let him borrow a recording of George Benson’s “The Other Side of Abby Road.” His other early influences were Wes Montgomery, Earl Klugh, and r&b groups Rufus (with Chaka Khan) and Earth, Wind and Fire. He studied at the Hartford Conservatory of Music with Bob Shaw for guitar and the Hartt School of Music taking classes with Jackie McLean and the award winning guitartist/composer Brian Keane. Johnson’s virtuosity on the guitar led him to listen to other styles of guitar, which gives him his unique sound. An east coast resident and always active in the music scene, the Norman Johnson Group won the Hartford Advocate “best jazz” in 2000 and in 1998 Norman won the Communicator Award for “Otis in China,” a composition he wrote for Otis Elevator. His debut solo release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, If Time Stood Still, is an exquisite expression of music that has been waiting to happen. With over twenty recordings as a sideman, playing with highly respected musicians (Dave Brubeck, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Mays, Harvie S., Phil Wilson and Steve Gadd) along with composing and recording music for corporate clients, this release puts Norman Johnson in the spotlight he truly deserves. If Time Stood Still is well worth the wait with original songs in the genres of contemporary jazz, smooth jazz and Latin grooves along with the Pat Metheny cover tune, “Always and Forever.” “It’s Time To Fly” from the CD reached #19 on the Groove Smooth Jazz National Charts and the CD ended the year 2010 at #35.

                

  www.NormanJohnsonGuitar.com

 

 

 

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        Friday June 29, 2018 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Jim Ridl Quartet

Showtimes are at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

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


 

Jim Ridl is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher residing in the New York City area. He performs internationally with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Ximo Tebar’s IVAM Jazz Ensemble of Spain, and the Tim Horner Quintet. Jim’s sixth CD, Jim Ridl’s Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams, features the outstanding soloists Terell Stafford, Donald Edwards, and John Benitez in an inspired quartet setting. Jim has 5 previously released recordings: Your Cheatin' Heart and Other Works on the Dreambox Media Label; Door In a Field (DBM); Jim Ridl Trio/Live (DBM); Blues Liberations - Solo Piano (DBM); and Five Minutes to Madness and Joy (Synergy Music). For the fall semester of 2012, Jim was as a Visiting Jazz Artist at Princeton University where he created an inspired and successful jazz performance program specifically for 14 auditioned students. Additionally, Jim has performed and/or recorded with Randy Brecker, Marc Johnson, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Ravi Coltrane, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Marko Marcinko, Donny McCaslin, Jean Michel Pilc, Dick and Ted Nash, Ari Hoenig, Jimmy Bruno, Tim Warfield, Terrell Stafford, Carla Cook, Matt Wilson.

                

  www.JimRidl.com