June 29, 2017

Joey Alexander Trio

The Joey Alexander Trio is performing live at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut on Thursday, December 1st, 2016!  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices Ticket prices for this event are as follows:  $36 floor / $32 mezzanine / $15 Students & Youth Under 18 (2 […]

Artist Feature: Toots Thielemans

Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidor Baron Thielsmans, also known as Toots Thielemans is known as one of jazz’s most successful harmonica players.  This Belgian and American musician was also known for his guitar, whistling and composing skills.  Jazz historian Ted Gioia noted that one of his most notable contributions was “championing the humble harmonica”. Thielemans was able […]

Artist Feature: Vincent Ingala

Saxophone artist Vincent Ingala, though young, is recognized as a rising figure in the world of smooth jazz.  With his debut album in 2011 and his follow up album just one year later, Ingala cemented his place as a standout musician. Ingala not only plays, he largely composes, produces, and programs his own albums.  With […]

Ray Charles

Ray Charles is, without a doubt, one of the most well known and iconic performers the world of music has ever known.  His distinctive voice and legendary music have influenced countless musicians and entertained generations.  Enjoy CT Live remembers this jazz great today! Born in Albany, Georgia in 1930, Ray Charles Robinson gradually became blind […]

5 Things to Know About Ella Fitzgerald

April 25th marks the would-be 98th birthday of legend, Ella Fitzgerald.  In honor of this jazz great, we are sharing 5 things to know about Ella Fitzgerald! Some kids in Italy call me ‘Mama Jazz; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don’t call me “Grandma Jazz.”-Ella Fitzgerald 1)  Ella Fitzgerald entered […]

Ignacio Berroa

As the perfect blend of Afro-Cuban and jazz music, grammy award winning drummer Ignacio Berroa has become known as “one of the greatest drummers of our time” and has caught the eye of many well-known and important artists in the business. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1953, Ignacio Berroa grew up playing music and started […]

Nick Di Maria Quartet

The smooth jazz soul of Miles Davis comes alive in the form of Connecticut native Nick Di Maria. Performing since the age of ten, Di Maria has been playing the trumpet in many styles and genres including jazz, punk, reggae, and ska. Since graduating from Western Connecticut State University with degrees in Jazz Performance as […]

An Introduction to Anthony Braxton

Composer, musician, and philosopher, Anthony Braxton is a jazz legend.  Anthony Braxton has not only mastered a variety of instruments, and released over 100 albums, he has shared his musical knowledge through teaching at Mills College and Wesleyan University.  Braxton has also been recognized for his contribution by the National Endowment for the Arts as […]

Artist Feature: The Donny McCaslin Trio

Recently, Enjoy CT Live had the pleasure of interviewing Donny McCaslin, talented saxophonist of The Donny McCaslin Trio.  Read about his experiences as a jazz musician and what he finds inspiring: Who was your first musical influence growing up and why? My father, Don McCaslin, who’s a pianist and vibraphonist in Santa Cruz, Calif. Was […]

Michael Coppola Artist Profile

  Artist name: Michael Coppola Genre of music played: Jazz, Classical, Classic Rock Performing since: Age of 14 Based out of: Southern CT Residency: Sundays at Rainbow Gardens on the green in Milford, CT 5-7PM. Description: Predominately a jazz musician, Michael is an accomplished 9-string Jazz Guitarist and Educator based in Southern, Connecticut. Contact Info: coppola@9string.com […]