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        Friday February 8, 2019 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             The OZ Experience

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Pianist Rachel Z and drummer Omar Hakim bring their considerable skills and a combined wealth of musical experiences to bear on their collaborative project, The Trio of Oz. Blending a deftly swinging jazz sensibility with their genuine love of alternative rock, the two kindred spirits put a new spin on edgy anthems like “Angry Chair” by Alice in Chains, “Sour Girl” by Stone Temple Pilots, “Lost” by Coldplay and “I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie, among others. And while some jazz-oriented interpreters of pop music often make the mistake of ‘playing at’ the music, O and Z interpret these tunes from the inside out, capturing their essence before applying creative reharmonizations, rhythmic twists and stirring improvisations. Perhaps it comes across so organically because both Rachel and Omar are uncommonly open-minded artists, equally conversant in jazz and rock – Rachel having apprenticed with Wayne Shorter and Peter Gabriel, Hakim having played with Weather Report and Miles Davis as well as Sting, Madonna and David Bowie. Or maybe their near-telepathic connection comes from the fact that they are husband and wife. Whatever the reason, the tremendously talented couple has found a perfect musical match in The Trio of Oz.

                

  www.TheTrioOfOZ.com

 

 

 

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        Friday February 22, 2019 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Philippe Lemm Trio

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

New York based drummer Philippe Lemm was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he started his musical journey at the age of 16. At the age of 19 he was admitted at The Amsterdam Conservatory. In his second year at the conservatory Philippe started touring internationally with jazz trumpeter Saskia Laroo as well as leading his own group Wazabe. At the end of his studies in Amsterdam Philippe was extensively playing with renown Dutch jazz musicians like; Karel Boehlee (Toots Thielemans), Jorg Kaaij (Jazz Orchestra of the Concert Gebouw) and Peter Tiehuis (Metropole Orchestra). In 2011 he was a recipient of one of the most prestigious scholarships in The Netherlands; Huygens Scholarship, which allowed him to continue his studies at Manhattan School of Music with John Riley. Philippe graduated in 2013 and receives his Masters Degree from this prestigious institute and becomes the first Dutch drummer that earns his Masters Degree for Jazz Drums from the Manhattan School of Music. Philippe Lemm performs on drum set and percussion alike, covering a broad range of styles reflecting his wide interest in everything music and his natural feel for groove and texture regardless of genre.

                

  www.PhilippeLemm.com

 

 

 

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        Friday March 15, 2019 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Jim Clark Quartet

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Jim Clark is a world-class saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. He leads his own groups, playing tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, and performs and records in a wide variety of musical settings and styles. Whether he is in the recording studio, performing in a small local venue or on stage at Carnegie Hall, his goal is the same – play from the heart with the highest level of musical excellence. The Jim Clark Quartet features saxophones, piano, upright bass and drums. In addition to jazz favorites and American standards, expect a few original compositions modeled in the style of the Great American Songbook.

                

  www.JimClarkJazz.com

 

 

 

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        Friday March 29, 2019 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

      Steve Blum & The Molecular Organ Trio

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Guitarist, Acoustic and Electric Master guitarist Stephen Blum’s career has taken him around the world with some of the biggest names in Jazz, Brazilian, American Blues and Popular music. He has appeared at many top music venues and festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Maine Festival of the Arts, The Great American Music Hall, Yoshi’s Jazz Club (SF), Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The French Quarter Festival (New Orleans), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Wall Street Jazz Festival, SESC Concerts Sao Paulo, Brazil, Snug Harbor, New Orleans and the Portland Performing Arts Center, Portland, Maine. Mr. Blum was honored by the San Francisco Bay Jazz Society by a unanimous vote, to perform with his own group at the Milestones Jazz Club, one of the city’s top performance venues. Steve was born in New York City and began playing professionally at age fifteen. His musical life shows a wealth of “real life” experience as he developed as an artist. Stephen Blum and The Molecular Organ Trio consists of drummer Vince Ector, Jazz keyboard and Hammond organist, Jared Gold. They are exceptionally gifted musicians in their own right, but the energy and depth of the music they play surely culminates when they get on stage with Steve Blum. The material the group performs is first arranged by Blum to speak to the young and old alike. As Steve noted “ I ‘d rather get people up and dancing, then have them just be a sedentary audience…although I love it when they listen, I also want to excite and bring energy to a performance.”

                

  http://www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com/profile/steveblum

 

 

 

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        Friday April 19, 2019 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Albert Rivera & The Curtis Brothers

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Contemporary, smooth, and eclectic – three words that just begin to describe Albert Rivera, “a modern Jazz Messenger” with one of the most exciting and sought-after saxophone sounds in today’s jazz scene. His albums, Re-Introduction, Inner Peace (Turnaround Records) and his latest Back At It (Truth Revolution Records) have been warmly embraced by critics, who call Albert and his two bandmates, Luques and Zaccai Curtis, “three young artists who are part of the next wave in this jazz ritual.” His new album, Live At The Litchfield Jazz Festival, is due out in the summer of 2018 on Truth Revolution Records. Brothers Luques (bass) and Zaccai (piano) Curtis follow in the rich family tradition of jazz. The music has often been the beneficiary of sibling bonds. Look no further than the Adderley brothers (Cannonball & Nat), the Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy, and Albert (Tootie), the Brecker Brothers, or more recently the Roney brothers (Wallace & Antoine), the Parrott sisters (Nicki and Lisa), and the Jensen sisters (Christine & Ingrid). Jazz music has frequently been the family tie that binds. And as with the Curtis Brothers those are also siblings that recorded and performed together. Based on the brilliance of Completion of Proof, clearly Luques and Zaccai Curtis have joined that auspicious tradition.

                

  www.AlbertRiveraJazz.com