Welcome back to the Jazz Scene!
Happy Labor Day Folks! I hope everyone is taking advantage of the last weekend of summer. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend. I spent mine hiking the various trails that connect Brooksvale Park to the Naugatuck State Forest. If you're a hiker and haven't taken advantage of these trails you are certainly missing out!
If you're a reader of this blog you know that my posts are in cahoots with the Jazz Series at the Outer Space club in Hamden, CT. This coming weekend is perhaps the biggest show(s) since the beginning of the series back in December of 2011.
On Saturday September 8th the Outer Space kicks off the weekend with the Fall Jazz Festival. The show features 5 bands of the local jazz scene that have been popping up at the Jazz Series since its birth. Tickets are just $10 and BBQ style food is included with the admission. For those of you who haven't been to the Outer Space, they will have hundreds of craft beer available, so pumpkin beer fans such as myself, brace yourselves.
Here's the line up:
6-7pm Isaac Young
7-8pm Dan Bianchini Trio
8-9pm Eric Zeiser Group
9-10pm Jaime Lamb Sextet
10-11pm Nick Di Maria Quartet
The second half of the weekend may be the one of the biggest nights of the series yet!
On Sunday September 9th The Outer Space Jazz Series is proud to present special guest Guitarist Peter Bernstein. Mr. Bernstein is one of the most indemand musicians on the scene today. Part of the mission of the Jazz Series is to bring in talent from the New York City scene. Over the year we have been able to showcase musicians of the highest caliber. This night is no exception:
Born in New York City on September 3, 1967, Peter began playing piano when he was 8 but switched to guitar when he was 13, learning the instrument primarily by ear. He studied Jazz at Rutgers University with Ted Dunbar, and Kenny Barron. He completed his degree at The New School in New York City, where he met and studied with one of his mentors and influences Jim Hall. In 1990, Hall asked Bernstein to play in an invitational jazz guitar festival in which John Scofield and Pat Metheny were performing. Bernstein and Hall performed as a duo, and have played together in this context throughout Peter's career. That same year soul jazz great Lou Donaldson discovered Bernstein and Hall played on several of Lou's records. Throughout the 1990s, Bernstein was at the forefront of contemporary jazz; he played with Joshua Redman, Melvin Rhyne, Diana Krall, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Mike LeDonne and many more. Bernstein is known for his clean, warm guitar tone and his lyrical melodic lines.
Tickets are just $10, showtime is 6pm sharp.
The Outer Space is located at 295 Treadwell St. Hamden, CT. The Jazz Series is Sundays 6-8pm