This Sunday, March 9, from 6 to 8
$10 music charge, $10 minimum, call 203 792 1500 for reservations
Kelly Mittleman, vocals Bill Bickford, guitar
Henry Lugo, bass Roger Post, drums
"Kelly Mittleman is one of the most versatile and talented artists I've ever come across." —Nile Rodgers
Vocalist Kelly Mittleman always gets a groove going with her stylish mix of soul, jazz, and R&B. This evening, she'll warm up our winter spirits with some Brazilian-inspired bossa nova tunes. Recently back from a tour of Japan, Kelly brings a top-notch band led by guitarist Bill Bickford. She has three albums out, including her debut 'Kelly' produced by Nile Rodgers, and 'A New Reason' showcasing her sophisticated songwriting. The Redding, Conn. singer was a finalist in the Today Show Superstar Contest, and won honorable mention in the 2009 International Songwriting Competition. She has also worked with Diana Ross.
Kelly's video "La La Love"
Sunday, March 16
John Fumasoli/Bill Harris Quintet
Wednesday, March 19
Shane Peters Trio
Sunday, March 23
Nick Di Maria Quartet
Sunday, March 30
Swing du Jour
Sunday, April 6
Birth of the Cool Nonet
Sunday, April 13
Jeff McGill Quartet
Sunday, April 20
closed for Easter
Live jazz Sunday evenings from 6 to 8
Reservations Recommended, 203 792 1500
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Live jazz on menu each Sunday
Robert Miller, The Danbury News-Times
Published 11:17 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In California, a legendary jazz club, The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, has been around since 1964.
"They have Sunday concerts,'' said Michael Lauretano, owner of Pizzeria Lauretano on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. "The performers who played San Francisco on the weekends would go there to play Sundays.''
That is why, in part, Sundays at Pizzeria Lauretano are generally booked solid as its jazz concerts fill the room nearly every week.
"It's part of our identity,'' said Lauretano, who loves the music he brings to his restaurant. "It's part of our value.''
"It enriches the legacy of the music,'' said master vibraphonist Arthur Lipner, of Wilton, who ended a two-week European concert tour by jetting back to Connecticut and playing two enthralling sets Sunday at the pizzeria with his quartet. "And it enriches our community.''
Lauretano said saxophonist Michael Leventhal, of Redding, pushed him to start featuring live music four or five years ago. Leventhal came in to eat one day, heard the recorded jazz Lauretano was playing for customers and urged him to start having live concerts. The Sunday concert series was born.
"It started very organically,'' said Judith Joiner, who handles the restaurant's publicity. "At first, it was 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It was an occasional concert, and it was free. Then we started having music every Sunday. We gradually added a cover charge. Now, you have to call ahead for reservations every week.''
Lauretano said Leventhal and other musicians have helped him book excellent jazz artists who live in the area. By now, he said, he has a regular rotation of repeat performers. "They all want to come back,'' he said.