JAZZ at the Pizzeria returns!

Sunday Sept 13 6PM
Ralph Lalama w/ the Roger Post Trio
Ralph Lalama, tenor sax   Josh Sette, piano   Rich Zurkowski, bass   Roger Post, drums

Saxophone star Ralph Lalama launches our fall season with his first visit to the Pizzeria. Ralph is a fixture on the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide. The tenor saxophonist is a three-time Grammy winner through his work in the Joe Lovano Nonet and with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, with whom he plays regularly at the Village Vanguard in New York. He has worked with many jazz luminaries including Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, and Joe Morello. He is also an adjunct professor of jazz at NYU. 

Drummer Roger Post has put together a deft combo with up-and-coming young pianist Josh Sette and one of Connecticut's most exciting bass players, Rich Zurkowski.

"Ralph Lalama's playing reveals an enormous depth of musical heart and knowledge. One understands why he so thoroughly connects with musicians and listeners alike."  AllAboutJazz.com

VIDEO:  "Indian Summer"  https://youtu.be/QkL8ahg5JZA

NOTE:  Ray Blue was originally scheduled to play on Sept 13, and then his European tour dates changed. We'll bring Ray back as soon as possible!

Sunday September 20
Marvin Stamm Quartet

Sunday September 27
Nicole Pasternak Quintet

Sunday October 4
Gene Bertoncini Trio

Sunday October 11
Allegra Levy

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
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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