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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Luke Hendon in Concert (Gypsy Jazz)

  • The Packing House 156 River Road Willington, CT, 06279 United States (map)

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Luke Hendon in Concert  (Gypsy Jazz)

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door


SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is honored to have Luke Hendon grace the stage at The Packing House to kick-off our Jazz Series this fall! Luke brings his own original qualities to the Gypsy Jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt. 

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LUKE HENDON has had success in the world of Django music, performing with top players from around the world. A Veteran guitarist, Luke has had many successes in his career. He has opened for legendary acts such as Al Green, Sun Ra, and Los Lobos, performed on Broadway, composed and recorded for television and film, worked with dance ensembles, cruise ships, theatre companies, and many, many bands. 

Luke is among the notable guitar staff/artist instructors at the acclaimed Django in June Gypsy Jazz event held at Smith College, North Hampton, MA. 

In his latest project, Silk & Steel, Luke Hendon draws from the tradition of the legendary gypsy guitar of Django Reinhardt and comes out swinging, soulful, funky, fresh, and innovative with his own project. In this stripped down acoustic setting, Luke's guitar takes center stage.   "I sort of got obsessed with learning a bunch of Django Reinhardt solos note for note-which took me several years-Now I try to take the technique I gained into creating my own music!"

"This a must have for those with the heart of a gypsy." -George Harris, Jazz Weekly

"Hendon’s take on the style is to inject some very modern energy along with judiciously placed non-jazz undertones. That’s the crucial difference between maintaining and enriching a legacy." -Mark Keresman, New York City Jazz Record

"Django's music always brings a smile to the lips and transports one back 1930s France, and the best compliment here is that Hendon's music does the same, but also with a foot planted firmly in the here and now in this too short, extremely well done recording."  -Budd Kopman,  All About Jazz

Luke will be joined by Frank Brocklehurst (Bass), Preston Parish (Guitar), John Florio (Guitar), and Cedric Mayfield (Clarinet & Saxaphone). Please see more about these outstanding musicians below.

Join us for an amazing evening of acoustic jazz originals by this outstanding musician!  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


Bass- Frank Brocklehurst

 Frank received his grade 1 classical music certificate from the Royal Guild Hall of Music in London at age 13, then later studied Jazz and other modern styles of music at Western Connecticut State University. He performs throughout New England with various Jazz, Samba, Rock and world music bands including his own wedding band. Frank has studied with such notable musicians/teachers as Dave Santoro, Chris Morrison, David Ruffels and many others.

Preston Parish- Guitar

Preston Parish is a multi-instrumentalist who spent years studying and performing the music of Frank Zappa before discovering Django Reinhardt and gypsy swing. Deeply fascinated by the inventive nature of both musicians and their passion for improvisation, he continues to explore a hybrid of influences within the language of jazz.

Cedric Mayfield-Clarinet, saxaphone

Cedric has performed in a variety of musical settings. He came to the Coast Guard Band by way of the U.S. Air Force Band in Europe, where he toured extensively as a band member, leader, and soloist. Prior to being stationed in Europe, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, stationed in San Antonio. In 2008, he was part of a specially collected group of musicians who embarked upon a three month tour of the Middle East as part of a troop morale and social outreach program. In the Air Force, he performed in a variety of ensembles, including concert band and chamber music groups, as well as jazz, pop, and rock bands. As a civilian, he has also performed with a national tour of the Broadway musical The Music Man and spent four seasons with Galveston Island Musicals. Many of his compositions and arrangements were featured as a founding member of the acclaimed ensemble the S.A. Jazz Workshop. Though he expresses himself in many genres, classical music is Cedric’s first love. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Kirk Whalum, Bill Mays, Marvin Stamm, Shelly Carol, B.B. King, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others.  A native of Houston, Texas, he is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Memphis.

John Florio - Guitar

John Florio is a longtime guitarist who has been attracted to the music of Django Reinhardt for decades. He has accompanied other very talented musicians on gigs all around the Connecticut and New York region in various ensembles and styles. Raised in a talented musical family, he’s grown to appreciate the familial aspect of the gypsy jazz genre.

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474