Marvin Stamm QuartetSunday, October, 26 from 6 to 8
$15 music charge, $10 minimum, call for reservations 203 792 1500
Lalo Conversano, trumpet Danilo Moccia, trombone
Josh Sette, piano Rich Zurkowski, bass Roger Post, drums
For a very special night at the Pizzeria, we welcome back from Italy trumpet player Lalo Conversano and Swiss trombonist Danilo Moccia as Brass Joy.
"This time we'll have a new batch of tunes," says Lalo, "many written and arranged masterfully by Danilo, and accompanied by some great musicians from the area: Josh Sette, Rich Zurkowski, and Roger Post. We'll be bringing back some of the old hits like 'Hello Dolly' in 3/4 time, 'Summertime' in a groovy shuffle, a new interpretation of the classic be-bop 'Bernie's Tune' in rap time (!!), and a blues dedicated to the memory of Italian cycling champion Marco Pantani."
Born in Padova in 1941, Lalo grew up in Buenos Aires and picked up the trumpet at 14, inspired by Louis Armstrong, Harry James, and Chet Baker. He lived in the Danbury ares after attending Berklee School of Music in Boston, and played with many groups including Tommy Dorsey and Machito. "Brass Joy" started in 1998 when Lalo moved back to Italy and met Danilo Moccia, an award-winning jazz trombonist from Switzerland. Together they compiled an eclectic repertory that goes from Duke and Bird to Horace Silver, to the great standards of Porter and Gershwin, to the funkiness of Hancock and Zawinul. Lalo says, "our own simple but cooking arrangements make for a very swingin' band!"
Sunday November 9
Keith Gurland Quartet
Sunday, November 16
Marvin Stamm Quartet
Sunday, November 23
Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio
Sunday, November 30
Michael Leventhal Quintet
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.