June 14, 2021

Happy New Year!

To all my readers, I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope this year brings you a discovery of great new music, good health, and happiness!

Our Top 5 Jazz Movies

Staying inside because of the cold? Here are some of our favorite jazz movies to pass the time!   5. La La Land (2016) While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. 4. Some Like it Hot (1959) When […]

World War One and Jazz

In March, 1917, the first jazz records were released one month before the US entered World War One. With cities like New York and Chicago as the cultural hubs for this new sound. People had been used to the wholesome sounds of Ragtime music. Though, Jazz was different. Jazz made instruments take on new character. […]

PapJazz 2018 Festival

Haiti launches a new sound of Jazz and inspires many Jazz enthusiasts to flock to the annual Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival. This festival is also known as PapJazz and will be hosted January 20th, 2018. It is said in Haiti that great things can happen. This festival takes the influences of Jazz and the heart […]

Adam Hawley and Ragan Whiteside Perform Live

Waterbury, Conn. – ACT Jams Productions  presents an Up Close and Personal Red Carpet Smooth Jazz Affair featuring top Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist Adam Hawley (guitar) and Ragan Whiteside (flute).  This will be the first time Adam and Ragan will have a show in Connecticut.  Connecticut’s own Chris Herbert (sax) will be a special guest.  […]

Phil Denny and Eric Leone at the Palace Theater

International recording artist Phillip Denny joins Eric Leone and special guests Andrea Saunders, Steve Clark, Pat Marafiote and Dexter Pettaway Sr. for an Up Close and Personal Smooth Jazz Affair.  This event is presented by ACT Jams Productions and will take place Friday, February 17th at the Waterbury Palace Theater. Phil Denny International smooth jazz […]

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 […]

Oz Noy Trio

The Oz Noy Trio will be performing at Norfolk, Connecticut’s Infinity Music Hall & Bistro with Oteil Burbridge and Keith Carlock.  The event will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $25. “It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.”  This sums guitarist Oz Noy’s hybridization of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and R&B (all […]

Ladies Night At Monday Night Jazz

LADIES NIGHT AT MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ The Monday Night Jazz summer concerts ended in Bushnell Park on Monday August 12th with a duo of young, talented ladies. Opening the evening was the Shenel Johns Quintet. This Hartford area vocalist and back up crew started the night in really fine fashion. Johns vocals and stage presence […]

Whistle Stop Cafe

Whistle Stop Cafe in Windsor, CT has been a successful, family-owned restaurant since 2004.  Dana Plant and her husband own and run the Whistle Stop Cafe with one twin daughter as Chef and the other as hostess.  With their pleasant  atmosphere and great good, Whistle Stop Cafe soon outgrew its original location and moved to […]