Sunday, December 21, from 6 to 8
A Charlie Brown Christmas
$12 music charge, $10 minimum, call for reservations 203 792 1500

Darren Litzie, piano   Kevin Smith, bass   Jerrod Cattey, drums

"Merry Cristmas Charlie Brown!" Its our annual holiday party with the Jerrod Cattey Trio playing the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year, its the 50th anniversary of the classic Peanuts film. Darren, Kevin, and Jarrod bring to life the sparkling compositions of pianist Vince Guaraldi including "Christmas Time is Here," "Skating," and the most recognizable Peanuts anthem, "Linus and Lucy." These three gifted young musicians all met at WCSU here in Danbury, and now play and teach across the region. Michael Lauretano notes that “pianist Darren Litzie has the Vince Guaraldi style down, with it's combination of upbeat and wistfully bittersweet.” 

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Sunday, December, 28
Ray Blue Quartet

Sunday, January 4
Lou Soloff and the Roger Post Trio

Sunday, January 11
Nicole Pasternak and the Roger Post Trio

Sunday January 18
Billy Cofrances Quartet

Sunday January 18
Billy Cofrances Quartet
Live jazz Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 
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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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