Sunday, November 23 from 6 to 8, call for reservations 203 792 1500
Joe Carter, USA, guitar Fernanda Franco, Brazil, vocals
Leco Reis, Brazil, bass Jerrod Cattey, USA, drums
"Bossa nova purists will love this..."—Jazziz
"His show is a gift..."—Chico Nelson, Jornal Do Brasil, Brazil
"His style is a model of elegance and melodic beauty."
— Jose Domingos Raffaelli, 0 Globo, Brazil
Guitarist Joe Carter always brings a beautiful night of Samba Jazz. We're excited to hear Both Sides of the Equator Quartet, featuring artists from Brazil and the USA, as they musically travel between New York and Rio. We'll hear Bossa Nova and Samba from Brazil as well as standards from the Great American songbook: the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, Joao Donato and favorites by Rodgers & Hart, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. Stylistically, the exotic rhythms of Brazil dance with the improvisational spirit of American Jazz.
Bethel's own Fernanda Franco makes her Pizzeria debut. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Fernanda is a graduate of WCSU where she was a vocal performance major. Her compatriot Leco Reis is on bass and Jarrod Cattey on drums, another WestConn grad whose trio plays our annual Charlie Brown Christmas show.
Joe Carter has worked extensively with leading Brazilian musicians in both Brazil and New York, as well as such jazz giants as Art Farmer and Lee Konitz, and toured throughout South America and Europe. He is a music instructor at Sacred Heart University and Hartford Conservatory.
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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.