The drummer is E.J. Strickland and he's leading his quintet Transient Beings into the venue for the first time. He formed the group in 2012 and the lineup includes vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, 2 guitarists - Nir Felder and Tom Guarna - and electric bassist Rahsaan Carter. As you can see, this is an "electric" group and, judging by their videos, the music can be electrifying. Strickland's compositions reflect his philosophy and spiritual bent, with the music always pushing forward.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Transient Beings play its first notes at 8:30. Call 860-434-0886 for reservations.
Check out the quintet in action:
Go to www.karrin.com/events/ to see where she's performing this year.
Here's a video about the new album:
For his gig in Old Lyme, he's bringing the rhythm section of Reginald Veal (bass), the great Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums) plus Roderick Paulin (saxophone) and special guest Cyrus Chestnut (piano). If that lineup doesn't make you want to get up and dance, best you check your pulse. The trombonist/leader also knows how to play sweet ballads, music from Eliington and Strayhorn and other masters of jazz.
For tickets, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-0886. At the website, you can check out the upcoming shows through the middle of June and make your reservations accordingly.
Here's a taste of Poppa Marsalis and his sons swinging and "Struttin'":
Bigmouth will play 2 sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. - with separate admission to both. For reservations, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468.
Give a listen to the opening track of "Epicenter" here:
Also, I recommend you check out Jason Crane's interview with Mr. Lightcap on The Jazz Session. Click on the link up on the right of this column.
Ehud Asherie has his own take on the music, producing a new solo piano CD. Appropriately titled "Shuffle Along" (Blue Heron Music), the young pianist, born in Israel but raised in Italy, explores the Blake tunes with joy and sensitivity. Several of the tunes - in particular, "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Love Will Find a Way" - have long been part of the jazz standard repertoire. Listening to Asherie's performances, it's easy to understand why. The melodies are so well-developed (and hummable), moving with a lilt and grace plus a joie de vivre that belies the African American situation post Reconstruction.
My suggestion is to not only see the musical on Broadway (if you can) but also listen to this delightful recording from Ehud Asherie. He's such an accomplished musician, it's obvious to hear as he dances, sways, struts, and strolls through the melodies of Eubie Blake. While a Broadway musical is often "blown up" to fill the stage, on a recording, one can revel in the rhythms, harmonies and melodies without having to watch a spectacle. What a treat!
For more information, go to ehudmusic.com.
Here's the opening cut from the CD: