This Sunday July 26, from 6 - 8PM
$15 music charge, $10 minimum, call 203 792 1500 for reservations


Howie Bujese, violin   Larry Urbon, lead guitar   Norman Plankey, rhythm guitar   Eric Van Laer , bass 

Join us as we close our our summer jazz series with "​Swing du Jour," New England's premiere gypsy swing band! Violin virtuoso Howie Bujese and Django-jazz guitar master Larry Urbon (Cafe Musette) lead the group through the irrepressible music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Norman Plankey (Fiddleheads) on guitar and Erik Van Laer on stand-up bass provide “la pompe” (the pump)— that essential rhythmic pulse that never fails to get toes tapping. Also known as "jazz manouche," this joyful music has its roots in 1920s French Gypsy (Romani) traditions. With an ever-expanding repertoire of interesting lesser-known tunes interspersed with more familiar melodies like "Nuage" and "Minor Swing," this group will leave you breathless.

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Closed Sundays in August

Sunday Sept 13
Ray Blue / Warren Byrd Quartet

Sunday Sept 20
Marvin Stamm Quartet

Sunday Sept 27
Nicole Pasternak 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.

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Photo of Swing du Jour by Marilyn Catasus. L to R: Howie Bujese, Larry Urbon, Erik Van Laer, and Norman Plankey.