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        Friday March 27, 2020 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

      Alexis Cole Duo -- POSTPONED

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance. A dozen albums into her critically acclaimed career, she may also be the best-kept secret in jazz, a status that’s certain to change as more people are discovering her for themselves. The year 2009 was a big one for Alexis: She released her first albums on both Motéma Music and Venus Records… and went to Basic Training to prepare for her new job as a jazz singer for the US Army. During her seven years in the Army’s Big Band, Cole had the opportunity to grow as a musician and a person, sharing the stage with ensembles as diverse as the New York Philharmonic and Kool and the Gang. Alexis continued recording throughout her tour of duty, releasing a string of well-received albums, including four titles for Venus, two for Motema, and two on Chesky Records. She proved her versatility on everything from jazz standards to Paul Simon’s lesser known compositions, to Disney love songs to a project on which she teamed up with a fellow serviceman 50 years her senior, the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Alexis has blossomed since leaving the service in 2016, trading her uniforms and fatigues for sleek cocktail dresses and chic hats, and focusing fully on her art. The singer’s career has taken on exciting new momentum, with recent accomplishments including gigs at celebrated venues like The Carlyle, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Blue Note; and performances as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Boston Pops and the Detroit Symphony.

                

  www.AlexixCole.com

 

 

 

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        Friday April 24, 2020 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

  Randy Brecker & Ada Rovatti -- POSTPONED

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. In 1967, Randy ventured into jazz-rock with the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, but left to join the Horace Silver Quintet. He recorded his first solo album, ‘Score’, in 1968, featuring a young, then unknown 19 year-old tenor saxophonist named Michael Brecker. Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training. After winning a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Italy she divided herself between Boston where she studied with Joe Viola, George Garzone and Italy where she was working in Big Bands with guest artists such as Phil Woods and Lee Konitz.

                

  www.RandyBrecker.com

  www.AdaRovatti.com.com

 

 

 

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        Friday May 8, 2020 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

      Leala Cyr Quartet

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Leala Cyr is fast becoming one of the most sought-after jazz vocalists of her generation. A rare “double threat,” Cyr complements her impeccable vocals with a warm, golden tone on the trumpet. As a member of Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music and Chamber Music Societies,” she has performed around the world and has appeared on The Late Show, The Tonight Show, The View, The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Austin City Limits, and more. In February 2019, Cyr released her debut album, First Instinct. A blend of originals and standards, the album showcases her unique talent for vocal improvisation as well as her ingenuity as a songwriter and arranger.

                

  www.LealaCyr.com

 

 

 

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        Friday May 22, 2020 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

      Norman Johnson Quartet

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

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 5, 2020 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

      Ed Fast & Conga Bop

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

As the percussion playing leader of Conga-Bop, the hard-swinging Latin jazz ensemble, Ed Fast has become a celebrated figure in the area through his band’s many well-received appearances in Hartford, including its soulful, sizzling sessions at The Firebox Restaurant. As a versatile, Hartt School-trained percussionist, Fast is also right at home sitting-in on occasion with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, touring with premier Broadway road shows throughout Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, or gigging in backup bands at Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun accompanying big-name, casino favorites like Aretha Franklin and Paul Anka.

                

  Ed Fast & Conga Bop

 

 

 

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        Friday June 26, 2020 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

      Dave Stryker Trio

Showtimes at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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


 

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 28 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” It was at Dude’s Lounge that Stryker met tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, who would occasionally sit in.After leaving McDuff, Turrentine asked Stryker to join his quintet. From 1986-1995 he played with the legendary saxophonist at all the major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world. He is featured on two Turrentine CD’s (Stanley recorded Stryker’s tune “Sidesteppin”). With Turrentine, Stryker was able to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard.

                

  www.DaveStryker.com