Bassist Jeff Fuller celebrates his new CD in concert!
"The Call From Within"
$12 music charge, $10 minimum, call for reservations 203 792 1500
HJeff Fuller, acoustic bass Darren Litzie, piano Ben Bilello, drums
"The Call From Within is...in the time-honored piano trio format.
It’s a pleasure to hear Fuller's voice as a composer."
—Adam Matlock, New Haven Independent
Join us to celebrate Jeff Fuller's new CD. Jeff''s played at the Pizzeria many times with his good friend, guitarist Joe Carter. Now he returns with music from his beautiful new CD The Call From Within, his first album of all-original jazz compositions. He brings two of Connecticut's brightest players, Darren Litzie on piano and Ben Bilello on drums. They'll play Jeff's new tunes ranging from swing to bop to Brazilian, as well as a few of Darren's originals.
"This music has been gestating in my heart, soul and mind for a long, long time," says Jeff. "My friends Darren and Ben contributed their own colors, vocabularies and voices. Music is all about melody—and that call from within."
Jeff has a formidable background in both jazz and Latin music. Awarded the annual Jazz Haven Award last year, Jeff has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry. He has wide experience in both Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, having toured with Paquito D’Rivera’s New York/Havana Quintet, the Hilton Ruiz Quintet, Daniel Ponce's Jazzbatá and Orlando “Puntilla” Rios’ Nueva Generación. Jeff is a member of the Brazilian group Sambeleza with Joe Carter; composes and arranges for the top salsa group, Irazú; and his former group Samba Brasil was seven-time winner of the "Best Latin" category in the Hartford Advocate Reader’s Poll. at hashemjazz.com
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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.