Monday, February 6, 2012

Jazz NightOut at the Ivoryton Playhouse is Feb. 18

The Arts Center Killingworth will presents the annual Jazz NightOut at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 with headliner and New York master trumpeter Eddie Allen and his Quartet, according to a statement.
"Allen, who JazzTimes magazine says 'displays wit, charm, and true soul amidst bristling themes,' has performed as a leader on multiple jazz recordings and played with musical greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Etta Jones, Benny Carter and Joe Henderson," the statement said.
The Quartet will perform a variety of works including jazz standards and bossa nova pieces such as Ray Noble’s Cherokee, Juan Tizol’s Caravan, Fats Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz and Joe Henderson’s Recorda Me.
"Jazz NightOut, held at the historic Ivoryton Playhouse, is presented in a cafe-style environment with appetizers, wine bar and dessert buffet."
"The evening concert opens with Connecticut musical prodigy Alma Macbride & Trio. Macbride, a jazz pianist and flautist who displays “stunning maturity and poise at the keyboard,” is a winner of the first Jazz at Lincoln Center Mary Lou Williams Competition," the statement said.
"She has received scholarships for the Stanford Jazz Residency, Skidmore JazzWorkshop and Grammy Camp in Los Angeles. In addition, she appeared with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis as a member of the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, a group of talented young musicians who rehearse and perform at different NYC jazz clubs each week"
Allen, "who in addition to performing and recording, has appeared in the orchestras of Broadway hits such as Ain't Misbehavin', Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly's Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo' and Rollin' On the T.O.B.A., the statement said.
For Jazz NightOut, he brings award-winning pianist Donald Vega who released his first album Tomorrows in 2008; acoustic bass player Nat Reeves, who in addition to appearing at jazz festivals around the world, teaches at The Hartt School, University of Hartford; and Mr. Allen’s own brother (and previous Jazz NightOut headliner), drumming great Carl Allen, the statement said.

Performing with Macbride is "drummer and composer (and brother) Jimmy Macbride, a student at Juilliard who participated in the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center and was twice selected as a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Jazz Orchestra; and acoustic bass player Matt Dwonszyk who performs with Ed Fast’s Latin jazz ensemble, Conga Bop, and currently attends The Hartt School of Music," the statement said.
Jazz NightOut is an annual sellout and early reservations are recommended. Orchestra café seating with appetizers: $35 for adults, $25 for students and $12 for children 10 and younger.
Mezzanine row seating: $25 for adults, $20 students; $12 for children 10 and younger.
Appetizers in orchestra only. Free dessert buffet and cash wine bar available for all.
For tickets call (860) 663-5593 or purchase online at
Credit cards accepted. Tickets are held at the Playhouse box office, 103 Main St., Ivoryton, for pickup the evening of the performance.

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed. Eddie Allen photo is by Leon P. Sealy

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