The Ben Wolfe Quartet plays 2 sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. - for ticket information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468.
The concert takes place at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford. Opening the show at 7 p.m. will be the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Ensemble. Messrs. Carter and Iverson should begin at 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.hartfordjazzsociety.com/2015-iverson-carter.html.
Ms. Alexa is a native of New York City yet was raised in Croatia. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the New School in New York City. She has recorded with Sanchez on his critically-acclaimed "New Life" CD and with guitarist Gene Ess on his "Fractal Attraction" album. Ms. Alexa has also worked with guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Junior Mance, and drummer Brnard "Pretty" Purdie among many others. Her new CD is a delightful blend of original pieces, recognizable instrumental tunes that Ms. Alexa had written lyrics for ("The Wanderer" uses the melody of Charles Mingus's "Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat" while "Trace Back Your Footprints" uses Wayne Shorter's "Footprints") and fine arrangement of Paul Desmond's "Take Five" with lyrics by Dave & Iola Brubeck. Several of the songs are so rhythmically exciting, led by the the drummer's super drumming. Her vocals, at times, remind this listener of the work of Gretchen Parlato. One of the best parts of this music is how Ms. Alexa interacts with the band, especially with Sanchez.
That interaction should be on display at The Side Door. The doors open at 7:30 and the first set begins at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-434-0886 or go to thesidedoorjazz.com.
As above, the first set commences at 8:30. As I have stated before, The Side Door is an intimate space and allows a great view into the creative process. And, you should take the time to meet the musicians.
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Opening the show at 8 p.m. will be a solo set featuring clarinetist Matt Ingalls. Not only is he a fine improvising musician (having worked with Anthony Braxton, Meredith Monk and a host of San Fransisco Bay Area improvisers, Mr. Ingalls is a noted software designer. To find out more about him, go to mattingalls.com.
For more information about the Uncertainty Music Series, go to uncertaintymusic.com.