J A Z Z @ the Pizzeria:
Join us for our popular live jazz series Sunday evenings! We feature some of the best regional artists in a great listening setting, and enjoy dining with our nationally-acclaimed modern Italian cuisine.
Reservations are recommended, call us at 203 792 1500.
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"The Birdland of Bethel!" -- Mort Lewis
"Jazz sizzles at the red-hot series served at Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel" --Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor
"Bethel's beloved pizza, pasta, and jazz joint"
"The Sunday jazz concert series at Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel is always good."
--Robert Miller, Danbury News-Times
Sunday April 2nd, from 6 to 8pm
$15 music/$10 minimum. Reservations 203-792-1500
Laura Volpintesta vocals, Rick Baumer guitar, Ben Fitzpatrick sax, Frank Brocklehurst bass, Jerrod Cattey drums
STUDIO RIO is a fabulous collective of Connecticut musicians who share a passion for Brazilian music. The group seeks out lesser-known tunes from the Brazilian repertoire including from Samba, Choro, and Bossa Nova among other styles. They played their first show for the Pizzeria a year ago and completely dazzled the filled house.
Three Bethel residents feature in the band: Laura Volpintesta is an outstanding vocalist. Born in Mexico City, fluent in Portuguese as well as Spanish and French, she brings deep feeling for Brazilian music, a depth of repertoire, and a charismatic presence. Studio Rio founder and guitarist Rick Baumer is a graduate of WCSU, and became a Brazilian music aficionado during his teen years in São Paulo. He heads the Bethel High music dept. At only 18 years old, saxophonist Ben Fitzpatrick has already performed at the Grammys and with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra.
Drummer Jerrod Cattey is another WestConn alumnus, where his teacher Jeff "Siege" Siegel introduced him to Brazilian music via a mixtape. Bassist Frank Brocklehurst came to the music through The Berskshire Bateria, a Samba School in Great Barrington, MA.
UPCOMING J A Z Z @ the Pizzeria:
Sun April 9, Tony LaVorgna Quartet
Featuring legendary bassist Bill Crow
Nicknamed "Bebopman" , Tony brings old-school swing, bop, and classic ballads by such artists as Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, and Cannonball Adderley. With Bill Bickford on guitar and Roger Post on drums.
Sun April 16, Closed for Easter
Sun April 23, "Joni Mitchell JAZZ"
featuring Leslie Ballard on vocals. A special evening of the jazz side of Joni, who collaborated with jazz greats Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, and Charles Mingus, on such iconic albums as "Hejira."
Sun April 30, Andrew Beals Quartet
Another smoking set from NYC saxman Beals with Chris Morrison on guitar, blistering Kyle Koehler on organ, and Joe Strasser, drums.
291 Greenwood Avenue, downtown Bethel, CT