$15 music charge, $10 minimum, call 203 792 1500 for reservations
“McGill's very hot quartet all have musical mastery, innovative imaginations, and tune into each other beautifully."—Jazz critic Richmond Shepard
Pianist Jeff McGill is back with Lou Pappas on bass, and drummer Tom Devino, and with special guest Ken Gioffre on saxophone.
"Our set list for this Sunday will feature some of our favorite standards, compositions by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Thelonius Monk and Pat Metheny, along with some of my own pieces and arrangements," says Jeff.
The Jeff McGill Group has played together since 1985. They've got an exciting straight ahead sound, and can go from swing to be-bop, Latin to blues. They've appeared throughout the region, including Birdland in New York City, Hartford International Jazz Festival, and the New Haven Jazz Festival. Based in Washington, Conn, Jeff is also Director of the Music Learning Center in Danbury.
Special guest saxophonist Ken Gioffre tours and records with Smokey Robinson and Blood, Sweat and Tears. He's worked with a wide range of artists including Nancy Wilson, B. B. King, Tito Puente, The Temptations, Cab Calloway, Dr. John, Queen Latifa, Lou Rawles, Martha Reeves, and many others.
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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.