$15 music charge, $10 minimum, call for reservations 203 792 1500
Bill Bickford, guitar Kim Clarke, bass Thierry Arpino, drums
A dream trio dating back to the '80s! Guitarist Bill Bickford and NYC bassist Kim Clarke met in the city and formed this original jazz & funk unit which toured internationally. The group got it's name when a Danish promoter misheard "Bigfood" for "Bickford." The trio has gotten back together recently, with French drummer non pareil Thierry Arpino, now on tour with Lisa Fischer ("20 Feet from Stardom"). They'll get down and get funky, mix in some jazz standards and vocals too.
Norwalk's own Bill Bickford is a phenomenal guitarist with an amazing career. He formed the Paradox Trio with jazz giant Billy Cobham in the '90s, and has worked with Jim Pepper, Donald Byrd, Jack McDuff, Dave Liebman, and Pee Wee Ellis. Bill and Kim are also both longtime members of the group DeFunkt, just back from a European tour.
Bigfood—get some while it's hot!
Sunday May 3
Birth of the Cool Nonet
Sunday May 10
Hashem Assadullahi Quartet
Sunday May 17
Jeff McGill Group featuring Ken Gioffre
Sunday May 24
closed for Memorial Day
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.