Sunday, October 5, from 6 to 8
$12 music charge, $10 minimum, call for reservations 203 792 1500

Nick John Arrucci, Drums, Composition
Luke Franco, Guitar
Jon Burr, Double Bass

"A percussionist of rare versatility."—Modern Drummer

“His stylistic palette is tinged with new music, jazz and world music...blended into what feels like an inevitable and organic entity." —Gordon Gottlieb

New York percussionist and composer John Arrucci brings his trio to Pizzeria Lauretano for his third appearance, playing many new works in addition to music from his CD "Metaphors." A passionate student of world music, John's intimate knowledge of classical, jazz, North Indian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and other indigeneous traditions gives him–and his audiences–a singularly rich perspective. He's just back from a performance with saxophonist Paul Winter at New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on September 21st.

John is an acclaimed master artist on Drumset, Congas, Vibes, Shekere, Marimba, Berimbau, Udu, Timpani, Bongo, Tabla, Cuica, and more. A music teacher at Princeton for over 20 years, he has studied the tabla in Benares, India; the shekere and agbe with the renowned Chief James Hawthorne Bey; Brazilian music at the University of Bahia; and the conga and Afro-Cuban drumming with one of its leading exponents, Frank Malabe. His percussion work is featured on over seventy recordings, in film and television scores, and in commissions by members of the New York Philharmonic and the Manhattan Marimba Quartet. John has played with guitar great Gene Bertoncini, as well as Michael Brecker, David Byrne (Talking Heads), The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Philip Glass Ensemble, Eddie Henderson, and Mariah Carey. He can be heard as guest artist on several new recordings as well as on television commercials such as the Budweiser Lime-A-Rita spots that recreate Lionel Richie's hit "All Night Long"! Keep a lookout for John's new release in 2015.

Video: John Arrucci Quartet, "Anna Mae"

Audio: John Arrucci with Gene Bertoncini, "Triste"

October 12
Swing du Jour

October 19
Arthur Lipner Quartet

October 26
Lalo Conversano & Brass Joy

November 2
Cool Struttin
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.

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