Sunday, September 14, from 6 to 8
$12 music charge, $10 minimum, call for reservations 203 792 1500

Dave Scott, trumpet   Leonard Thompson, piano  
Lew Scott, bass   Jeff "Siege" Siegal, drums

"A stellar player...Scott’s trumpet sound is unusually mellifluous. 
His compositions are a brilliant exercise...into uncharted territory." 
—Jazz Review

New York City trumpet player Dave Scott brings his quartet back to the Pizzeria for an evening of fresh and lyrical original jazz. Dave is on the jazz faculty at WestConn and brings his colleague Jeff Siegal on drums, along with NYC musicians Leonard Thompson and Lew Scott. A sensitive player with a beautiful tone, Dave is recognized in the New York jazz community as a prolific composer, and his groups feature some of the city's finest jazz musicians. He's been hailed by The New York Times as "an intelligent player," and by The Village Voice as "intriguing." He has been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival with Gerry Mulligan, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Harvey Wainapel’s Quintet, and with the Tom Harrell Big Band in Los Angeles and New York. A recipient of an N.E.A. grant in Jazz Performance, Dave directs the jazz ensemble, coaches small ensembles and teaches improvisation to jazz majors at WCSU. His latest and third CD "Nonchalant" received Honorable Mention for CD of the Year in All About Jazz.

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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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