In the midst of the seemingly unceasing cold and storms that have battered the East Coast, The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme has been a beacon of live music. Musicians love its piano and intimate performance space while patrons enjoy being part of the "action." Plus, it's connected to the Old Lyme Inn and there are "weekend packages" where one can stay over, enjoying the food, the ambiance of a small but arts-centric community of Old Lyme, and the allure of the beaches. All this in less than 2 years.
A review of the new CD will posted here soon but, in the meantime, to find out more, go to www.ejstrickland.com.
review). He, too, is bringing the musicians on the album, pianist Orrin Evans, drummer Donald Edwards and saxophonist Stacy Dillard. Wolfe, who has worked with so many contemporary musicians (Wynton Marsalis and Diana Krall, to name but 2), creates music that concentrates on melody and, certainly, rhythm but, unlike many leaders who come from the rhythm section, he does not take many solos (so, I suppose, it's not "all about the bass").
To find out more about Ben Wolfe and his music, go to www.benwolfe.com.
To obtain tickets to these excellent shows, go to thesidedoorjazz.com. You can also call at 860-434-0886.