October 19, 2017

Bob Baldwin and Friends

ACT Jams Productions presents Up Close and Personal:  A Smooth Jazz Affair!  This 30th year artist anniversary concert will feature headliner Bob Baldwin and Friends on Friday, September 22nd at 8 p.m. at the Palace Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut.   Celebrate Bob Baldwin’s 30th year artist anniversary with ACT Jams Productions in Waterbury, Connecticut Friday, […]

Alexander Dubovoy

Yale’s Alexander Dubovoy recently released his latest album, Portraits Drawn Without You.  Dubuvoy has been featured by The New York Times, NPR and the Boston Globe! About Alexander Dubovoy Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexander Dubovoy was a regular student at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.  Learning music mostly by ear, he performed locally […]

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 […]

Remembering Natalie Cole

The first time I heard Natalie Cole was during her 1991 hit “Unforgettable”, a duet with her father, the late Nat King Cole.  Seamlessly remastered, the vocals are, were and will always be coaxing and smooth, beautiful and moving.  Enjoy CT Live is taking the time to review the touching vocals and timeless standards as […]

Jazz Saxophonist Mike Casey

Jazz saxophonist Mike Casey is a Connecticut native who has always been drawn to music and broadening his exploration of jazz.  His extensive musical education in Connecticut is not only impressive, it’s obvious during his performances.  Mike Casey often plays with two other musicians under the name The Mike Casey Trio; view upcoming shows here. […]

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 […]

Joni Mitchell: A Biographical Playlist

Legendary singer/songwriter and painter Joni Mitchell has influenced many people with her unique sound and heartfelt lyrics.  It comes as no surprise that San Francisco’s SFJAZZ will honor Mitchell with their Lifetime Achievement award at their annual gala on May 8th!  New to Joni’s sound?  Check out our Joni playlist of songs spanning from the […]

Infinity Music Hall: Hartford

One of the newest music venues in Hartford, Connecticut is the beautiful Infinity Music Hall. Sister-venue to the original Infinity Hall in Norfolk, construction on this gorgeous concert space was completed over the summer. It features a world-class sound system and impeccable acoustics that will take your breath away. With seating for an audience of 400 […]

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 […]