Sunday, November 2, from 6 to 8
$12 music charge, $10 minimum, call for reservations 203 792 1500
Fronted by Bethel's own swinging sophisticates Pam and Howie Bujese, Cool Struttin' reclaims the glamour and wit of jazz's Golden Age and those sublime songwriters—George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen. Join us on this popular stroll through The Great American Songbook.
The Bethel-based Cool Struttin' boasts some of the best players in the area. Pam Bujese sings with a warm inviting style and finger-popping swing. Her hubby Howard Bujese is a phenomenal violinist on styles from bluegrass to gypsy-swing, and a member of Swing du Jour and Newtown's Flagpole Radio Cafe. Doron Ben-Ami (J & B Band) is a superb guitarist, and bassist Chris Bishop lays down the groove with Otis & the Hurricanes and toured with rocker Robert Palmer. All three gents add vocals for unique lead singing and some fabulous four-part harmonies.
Sunday, November 9
Tony Purrone Trio
Sunday, November 16
Marvin Stamm Quartet
Sunday, November 23
Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio
Sunday, November 30
Orgone Jazz Quintet
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.