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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

Free to the public

***** THIS IS AN ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT *****

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The Tolland High School Jazz Band, led by Mrs. Megan Kirwin, is an audition only ensemble, and is one of the premier groups in the THS Music Department. The group plays several gigs a year throughout the local community and has participated in Festivals of Music competitions in Chicago and Virginia Beach and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

Join us for an evening of jazz by these regional student musicians. This program is presented by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Free to the public.

Soft drinks and snacks available. For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.


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*** CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019 - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

*** CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019 - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

- CANCELLED -

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

THE PERFORMANCE WITH THE

GREG ABATE QUARTET

SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING,

OCTOBER 27TH,

HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

FOR MARCH 23, 2109.

REFUNDS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO ALL ADVANCE TICKET HOLDERS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE.

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL: 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is pleased to offer a 3-Part Jazz Series with saxophonist Sarah Hanahan. Sarah's musical talent will leave you in awe as she and her colleagues present original works and unique arrangements. Each concert will transcend the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.

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Sarah Hanahan is a jazz saxophonist studying performance at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz within the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford).  Now a resident of Hartford, Connecticut but originally from Marlborough, Massachusetts, Sarah grew up listening to a wide variety of music, but always had a special love for jazz.  

In 2015, Sarah was awarded a full scholarship to study jazz performance at the McLean Institute.  Her college teachers include well-known jazz saxophone performers Javon Jackson and Abraham Burton.  The McLean Institute has also afforded Sarah the opportunity to receive instruction from and perform with accomplished jazz musicians such as bassist Nat Reeves and trombonist Steve Davis.  

Sarah made her debut appearance at The Packing House in March 2017 as part of a Hartt School Jazz Ensemble led by internationally renown bassist Nat Reeves.

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Since that time, her  gigging schedule has grown exponentially! Sarah recently appeared as a guest artist at the Caramoor Jazz Festival, and is scheduled to perform at the Hartford Bushnell Park 2018 Monday Night Jazz Series opening for Terri Lyne Carrington.  She fronts her own quartet / quintet, and also plays in a jazz duo with jazz guitarist Jeremy Galloway, a close friend and McLean classmate.   

Sarah will be joined by John Hasselback, Mike Carabello, Jason Clotter, and Kirk Woodard.

Listen to Sarah’s interview with Ken Laster, Jazz “In The Groove” on WWUH radio, 91.3FM.

This concert represents Part-1 in a three-part Seasonal Series. Following concerts will be scheduled in January and April 2019.

Join us for an evening of outstanding original works by this jazz ensemble!  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.


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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is excited to debut the jazz and spirit of local artist and educator June Bisantz! June will present the last performance of the "Chet Baker Project" at The Packing House!

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Musician and visual artist JUNE BISANTZ has co-written and produced several collections of vocal jazz, all of which have received national attention. She has performed and recorded with a number of distinguished jazz musicians including Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Lew Soloff, Jerry Neiwood, Mike Stern, Valery Ponomarev. Palu Brown and Will Lee. Bisantz' music has also been celebrated in People Magazine, USA Today, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, and many others.

The artist's 2006 release, "Let's Fall in Love", inspired by the legendary Chet Baker, led to appearances at concerts and festivals including the Hartford International Jazz Festival, New England's renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival and a tour of Japan in 2012.

Bisantz returned to Japan in 2016 with "It's Always You", Volume 2 of the Chet Baker Project. This CD sets a 1960's jazz club mood, with familiar and obsucre Baker tunes delivered in a style that is "cool and still full of emotion - just like Chet Baker." -Hans Kittlaus, Jazz Podium Magazine, Germany

"Most captivating of all is Bisantz, a gifted singer with a warm, bright, intensely vibrant voice and marvelous offhand timing.  She navigates fast complicated melodies with sensuous feline ease. Her voice is a revelation, caressing and velvety, but electrically alive." -Eric Levin, People Magazine

To say this is good is like saying that Ella Fitzgerald is just an OK singer. June has a voice only God gives a very few. Move over Ella, Sarah and Diana, a new voice has emerged.” -Barry Rosen, WHCJ FM, Georgia

After two successful CDs and three wonderful tours of Japan, June Bisantz and world-class musicians Alex Nakhimovsky, piano and Norman Johnson, guitar, will present the Chet Baker Project’s last performance at The Packing House.

June promises a taste of things to come as she says goodbye to Chet, with a sneak preview of her new project Love’s Tango

If you missed it, listen to June’s interview with Wayne Norman, WILI, 1400AM & 95.3FM

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June Bisantz interview with Wayne Norman, WILI, 1400AM & 95.3FM

October 9, 2018

Join us for an evening of nostalgia as we say farewell to the Chet Baker Project by this incredible jazz vocalist!  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.


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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Luke Hendon in Concert (Gypsy Jazz)
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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.


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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Gracie Day with Lee Sylvestre
Feb
10
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Gracie Day with Lee Sylvestre

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Gracie Day with Lee Sylvestre

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

Special Note: We welcome Gracie Day and Lee Sylvester back to The Packing House with great pleasure! Since their last visit, Gracie's musical career has grown to new heights (both as a solo artist and with her band Gracie Day & The Knights) - and with no surprises here. Her original songwriting, unique vocals and emotional delivery are being recognized throughout the state and beyond. Lee's guitar skills and dynamics are second to none; and we hope to learn more about his new project with The Auburn Mode. Not only are they extremely talented musicians, their humble and respectful nature make collaboration a true pleasure. - EC-CHAP

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Gracie Day is 2017’s “Best New Act” according to the New England Music Awards, an organization that acknowledges musical artists across all six states. Based in Hartford, and recently named “Best Folk Band” in CTNow’s Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll for 2017,  Gracie Day is gaining a reputation for her authentic performances and heartfelt storytelling which is highlighted by melodic sensibility and dynamic sound.

The genre “Folk”, though a large influence on Day’s lyric writing, doesn’t quite describe the mixture of rock, soul and country her band has. Her debut E.P released in November 2017, and another record is anticipated for 2018. 

 

Gracie will be performing at the Packing House with her talented guitar player, Lee Sylvestre who adds beautiful musical dynamics and harmonies.  

Join us for an evening of outstanding original music with these talented musicians! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Nicole Zuraitis
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Nicole Zuraitis

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Nicole Zuraitis

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

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Special Note: It is a privilege to have Nicole Zuraitis join us in her debut performance at The Packing House. Nicole's musical talent exceeds expectations... Her smooth vocals and jazz piano, combined with original composition and arrangement just leave you wanting more. This is one performance not to miss! - EC-CHAP

If recently you happened upon Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar and were enchanted by the seismic talent of inspired vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter Nicole Zuraitis, you’re officially part of the 32-year-old’s burgeoning fan club. Nicole Zuraitis blends bountiful songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and dazzling vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world.

Nicole is the 2016 New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project Winner, 2015 second runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2014 Herb Albert ASCAP Young Composer Awards Winner. Nicole has headlined the Blue Note (NYC) and maintains residencies at the 55 Bar, Rockwood Music Hall (with the Dan Pugach Nonet), and Redeye Grill. Audiences love Nicole’s limitless enthusiasm, but that’s only part of her story; only part of her talent.

“A heart as big as her remarkable voice”-- JAZZ POLICE

"A voice that's hard to ignore... remarkable range... you can't help but stop and take notice." -- JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE

While pursuing a career that has spanned jazz, pop and classical, Nicole has collaborated with Cyrille Aimee, Thana Alexa, Dave Stryker, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Omar Hakim and Bernard Purdie. She’s performed at festivals nationwide, and has recorded two albums: 2013’s Pariah Anthem and 2009’s Spread The Word, both releases featuring the cream of New York’s jazz hierarchy.

Nicole’s new recording, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records), chronicles themes close to her heart, including an unflinching love of family and friends delivered with a sincere spirit that finds release in eight intimate original compositions (and two covers) which span genres. After hearing Hive Mind, you’d expect nothing less from this NYU trained classical vocalist and Connecticut born songwriter who swings hard as she brings listeners under her enveloping musical wings. (Nicole Zuraitis)

Nicole will be joined by Idan Morim on guitar, Alex Busby on bass, and Dan Pugach on drums.

"Brooklyn’s Nicole Zuraitis Brings Visceral Vocals, Her Powerhouse Presence and Winning Songwriting to Jazz Outing, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records)."- KEN MICALLEF (DOWNBEAT)

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Join us for an evening of exceptional jazz and extended release of Nicole Z's new CD, "Hive Mind"! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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.

NOTE: SHOULD THIS PERFORMANCE NEED TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018.

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EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

Lexi Weege is back at The Packing House this month! Her debut appearance on our stage as a solo artist in 2016 demonstrated an original style and sultry bluesy-jazzy vocals. Lexi now brings her new band, The Wondertwins for an evening of new sounds.

Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins, Tom and AJ Del Negro, join forces to create a live jazz experience like no other. The three friends take inspiration from the music of the hot jazz age and craft beautiful three part harmonies to create a sound all their own.

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Having just released their debut album, "Marigold" this past summer, Weege & The Wondertwins have been taking New England by storm. 

Join us for an evening of original song with these talented musicians! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": Claudia Schmidt with Miro Sprague
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": Claudia Schmidt with Miro Sprague

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": Claudia Schmidt with Miro Sprague

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

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Special Note: We are pleased to have Claudia Schmidt and Miro Sprague join us in their debut performance at The Packing House. Claudia's CD Release of "Hark the Dark" is timely and relevant to the season. This compilation of classic and original works portrays a reflection and texture of this special time of year. - EC CHAP

Claudia Schmidt has been creating and performing music audiences all over the world for almost 45 years, delighting them with her craft as well as her love of performing. Though she is known primarily for her presence in the folk world, she has been steadily raising her profile in the jazz realm as well, mostly in the Midwest, where she has been based for a few decades. Her multi-octave voice is a perfect instrument for jazz, be it ballad or be bop. Many original compositions join the standard jazz repertoire, with blues and spoken word woven into the mix as well.

Now living in NE Connecticut, she is connecting with jazz musicians in this region, and will be performing her first ever jazz concert out here at the Packing House on Sat. Jan. 20, celebrating the release of her 22nd recording, a winter themed collection called Hark the Dark.

With her on the 20th,( as well as on the new CD) will be Miro Sprague on piano. 

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Miro Sprague is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. He leads his own trio and quintet and is a member of the cooperative septet “Holophonor.” Miro has toured the nationally and internationally and has performed with Wayne Shorter, Matt Wilson, Greg Osby, Jerry Bergonzi, Reggie Workman, Adam Cruz and Linda Oh, among others. He is also a skilled vocal accompanist and has been the pianist of choice for renowned vocalist Karrin Allyson since late 2015.

Miro received his undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his masters degree from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, a prestigious, tuition-free jazz masters program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class. While at the Institute, Miro had the opportunity to study with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Childs, James Newton, Dave Liebman and Hal Crook, among others. 

Miro was a semifinalist in the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival Piano Competition and has released four studio albums including his most recent release “Blue Dreaming”. He lives in New York City.

Join us for an opportunity to celebrate this new collection of music and experience these accomplished jazz musicians in an historic intimate setting! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - 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.

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Calle 54" (G)
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Calle 54" (G)

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Calle 54" (G)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

"Calle 54" (G). Music documentary released 2000 by Miramax Films.

This documentary, directed by Fernando Trueba, features a behind-the-scenes look into the music of many of the premier contemporary Latin musicians.

"Calle 54" stands with the "Buena Vista Social Club" as a landmark musical tribute" - Rolling Stone

"A Magnificent Film! Dazzling performances! It will open you to a thrilling new world." - The Wall Street Journal

"Fernando Trueba's wonderful documentary tribute to Latin jazz, is even better on a second viewing because the film is such a pure expression of the director's love for the music, a love so infectious it should leave you elated.

'I wrote this piece to be like a movie,' says the saxophonist Gato Barbieri before he
begins to play. One of the best-known performers in the film and renowned in the United
States for the weary machismo of his forlorn wails on the 'Last Tango in Paris'
soundtrack, he still wears his big-brimmed slouch hat and, wrapped in dramatic shawls,
resembles a South American widow from an Isabel Allende novel.

Mr. Barbieri mentions the names of filmmakers with whom he felt a kinship -- Jean-Luc
Godard, Luchino Visconti and the director of ''Last Tango,'' Bernardo Bertolucci -- men
who represent wildly different styles but who embraced danger and passion, as Mr.
Barbieri does. He talks about dropping out of recording for an extended period, alluding
to his unhappiness with the albums he released on A&M in the late 1970's. But this grand
old tiger can still blow a hole in the ozone layer. His magnificence remains unabated.
So does that of the pianist Bebo Valdes, who plays duets with his son, Chucho. (Bebo is
tickled by his son's avoirdupois, and Chucho's large hands span the keyboard like those of
another Atlas of the keyboards, the Canadian giant Oscar Peterson, although Chucho
plays with a much livelier attack.) Father and son reach into themselves for a
performance that's fiery and heart-rending." - Elvis Mitchell, NY Times

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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"Talent Showcase"
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

"Talent Showcase"

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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"Talent Showcase"
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

"Talent Showcase"

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent.

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Mar
5
12:00 PM12:00

Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

SPRING "FIRST SUNDAY AT THE MILL WORKS"

FREE ADMISSION

Come join us on Sunday, March 5th, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Spring Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Highlights include: Factory Tours; Open Artist Studios; The Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum.

Live performances with the Hall Memorial School ‘Select Chorus’, Interactive "Drum Ride" with Bob Bloom, and "Nat Reeves: Music, Images, and A Little Conversation".

Visit with local author Felix Giordano,  and more!  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Spring Season with us in this local historic landmark.

Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:00pm: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus"

2:00pm: Bob Bloom, "Take A Drum Ride", Interactive drumming activity

2:30pm: "Nat Reeves: Music, Images, and A Little Conversation"

NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - OPEN STUDIOS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Summer Sun Photography, Christopher Gunderson Design & Illustration, Jack Broderick Plein-Air Painter, Bruce & Sasha Press, Whalesong Arts, Solstice Counseling Center, St. Paul's Church.

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

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EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP)

FELIX GIORDANO, AUTHOR

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EDMUND SMITH, MUSICIAN

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PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information please call 518-791-9474.

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BOB DEGEN TRIO
Oct
1
8:00 PM20:00

BOB DEGEN TRIO

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: JAZZ

TICKETS $20.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $25.00 AT THE DOOR

We are extremely pleased to have the Bob Degen Trio join us for a rare “state side” performance at The Packing House on Saturday, October 1st. The trio is led by international pianist/composer Bob Degen, featuring Connecticut native Peter Perfido on drums, and renowned bassist Harvie S up from NYC.

The Bob Degen Trio has its roots firmly planted in the foundations of Jazz tradition with branches spanning out to embrace contemporary improvisation. Their repertoire draws from a wealth of Bob Degen's original compositions which combine a lush harmonic sense as well as an affinity for spare yet rich melodies.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required). Snacks and soft drinks available.

Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.


The Artists:

Bob Degen

Robert William “Bob” Degen is an American pianist and composer. He grew up in a very musical family. He was encouraged from a very early age to become a musician. On weekends, Bob Degen Sr. (a guitarist) brought young Bob to NYC to visit the famous Jazz Clubs on 52nd St. Some of the great players he heard were Lester Young, Jo Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Sarah Vaughan, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Ben Webster, Errol Garner, Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” Sextet and Mary Lou Williams amongst many others. He also witnessed historic concerts such as The Bill Evans Trio with Scott Lafaro and Paul Motian on the same bill as The Thelonious Monk Quartet at the Five Spot.

At the early age of 12, Bob made his NYC debut at the famous 52nd St. Club the Hickory House. He was invited as a special guest of pianist Marian Mc Partland to perform with bassist Bill Crow and drummer Joe Morello.

In the early 60's, Bob attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston graduating in 1963. He was accepted by the legendary Madame Margaret Chaloff as a private student. He became a member of the circle of jazz players that studied with her, including Herbie Hancock, Steve Kuhn, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

During this time, he met and played at jam sessions with a very young Tony Williams (13 years old).

Bob travelled to Europe for the first time in 1965 and was immediately accepted by US expatriate musicians such as Dexter Gordon, Carmell Jones, Art Farmer, Charlie Mariano and Leo Wright. He returned to the US in 1966 to work in his own trio featuring Paul Motian and Mark Lewinson.

In 1972, Bob moved to Frankfurt, Germany to join Albert Mangelsdorff in the Jazz Ensemble of Hessische Rundfunk. In Germany he played for many years with saxophonist Heinz Sauer. Their Duo LP “Ellingtonia Revisited” was awarded several prizes in Europe.

Since 2008, Bob has co-led a quartet featuring bass clarinetist Michel Pilz with Markus Schieferdecker, bass, and Peter Perfido, drums. Their CD “Tilly's Eyes” on Jazz Haus Music has received critical acclaim throughout Europe.

In 2010 he recorded "Jake Remembered" for Enja with Markus Schieferdecker and Peter Perfido. Also featured on five tracks is guest soloist , Valentin Garvie on trumpet.

Bob's compositions have been published in solo, trio and quartet versions in Japan. A sample of some of the great musicians Bob has performed with include: Adelhard Roidinger, Kent Carter, Phil Woods, Alan Dawson, Attilla Zoller, Hans Koller, Zbignew Namyslowski, Gerd Dudek, Wolfgang Engstfield, Buddy Defranco, Cameron Brown, Janusz Stefanski, Gunther Lenz, Ralf Hübner, David Friedman, and many more.

Peter Perfido

American drummer Peter Perfido, a native of Newington, Connecticut, began his musical journey in the early 60's, strongly influenced by the British "Wave” (Beatles, Kinks, Animals, Who). His percussion career has spanned four decades and taken him to four continents.

By the mid 70's, Peter had begun to discover jazz and improvised music. Since then his work has involved playing jazz, improvised music, rock and blues with scores of lauded musicians from diverse styles and backgrounds. While predominantly self-taught, Peter has studied privately with Kit McDermott, Bob Moses and Jerry Granelli.

Peter has played across the USA, Western Canada and Europe and in Algeria (International Festival of Jazz 1987) as well as Romania, Hungary, Spain, and Turkey. In 1983, he travelled to South Korea, Philippines, Japan, Diego Garcia, Guam, and Hawaii as part of a USO Tour. In the last months of the ex-USSR, he toured in Russia and the Ukraine as part of a Music / Theatre joint venture production between Germany & Russia.

Peter has shared the stage (or studio) with notable artists Chet Baker, Gary Peacock, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Woode, Bill Barron, Art Lande, Julian Priester, David Friedman, Tomasz Stanko, Sal Nistico, Kent Carter, Rasul Siddik, Bob Degen, and many more.

Peter currently lives in France and performs mostly in Europe these days with groups spanning a wide spectrum of influences from mainstream (modern) jazz to open ended explorations with free improvisation, as well as shuffling and rocking the blues. There are many styles and colours represented in his expansive musical palette. Grooving away or floating in waves of pulsating timelessness is all a part of this drummer's language, love and passion.

Harvie S

Harvie S, award winning bassist, educator, composer, arranger, and producer, is continually challenging himself and his peers, expanding the borders of musical direction.

Harvie S arrived in New York in 1973 and a short time later founded and co-led the now legendary Double Image Band that recorded for ECM and Enja Records and performed at major festivals throughout the world.

A legendary bassist, he has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Tony Bennett, Ray Baretto, Michael Brecker, Jean Pierre Rampal, Paquito D’Rivera, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Yusef Lateef, Dave Leibman, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, James Williams, Phil Woods, and countless others.

Harvie S was selected a Jazz Ambassador for the United States and toured throughout Europe and Southeast Asia in this honored capacity. He has been a guest on NPRs All Things Considered and Fresh Air. His career is documented in “Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz”, the “Grove Dictionary of Jazz” and the “All Music Guide”.  Mr. S composed the musical themes for the documentaries The Trumpet Kings, The Piano Legends, and John Coltrane.

His Latest CD “Plucky Strum” teams him with extraordinary guitarist Sheryl Bailey in a powerful duo with acoustic bass and acoustic guitar released their first CD of 10 originals on Whaling City sound. A second CD has just been recorded with a release of early 2017.

In addition to his performance career, Harvie S is an active educator. He is a Professor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Ensemble at Manhattan School of Music, in both Undergraduate and Graduate divisions. Currently developing new music for a variety of musical ensembles and recordings, Harvie S is integrating his lifetime of musical experience and research into opening doors to new and exciting pathways of creative expression. He has also written a series of bass duets that are revolutionary in their concept for teaching and performing.

 

 

 

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LEXI WEEGE
Sep
24
7:30 PM19:30

LEXI WEEGE

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BLUES / JAZZ

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

The female performing artist has long been objectified, controlled, censored, restrained. This is what Lexi Weege refuses to be. Her music is passionate, alive, awakened; the narrative of a woman unashamed of her desires and unafraid to seize control. Weege conjures up decadent scenes of the roaring twenties with her stellar voice and jazz-influenced compositions.

Constantly touring, performing, and creating, Lexi Weege has released a full-length album [Virgin, 2013] and more recently, "Sweet Moon", a '7 record, both recorded live to tape. Weege's insistence on analogue recording is evidence of her passion for authenticity in her music. "With the confidence to throw her all into the circus ring of theatricality, Lexi Weege stamps the mark of a true performer. (Bluesbunny.com)"

Join us for an evening of Lexi's unique bluesy vocals in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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GREG ABATE QUARTET
Mar
19
8:00 PM20:00

GREG ABATE QUARTET

Acoustic Artist Series: Jazz

TICKETS $20.00

AVAILABLE ONLINE OR CASH AT THE DOOR

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his group 'Channel One' which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.

Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.

Greg’s newest release The Greg Abate Quintet features Phil Woods, Jesse Green, Evan Gregor and Bill Goodwin (Rhombus Records). Greg will be joined at The Packing House by Matt Champlain on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, Ben Bilello on drums [www.gregabate.com]. Continue reading...

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. "BYOB" (Beer and Wine ONLY please) with $5.00 corkage/bottle fee.

Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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Lexi Weege
Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

Lexi Weege

Acoustic Artist Series

Tickets $10.00

Available online or cash at the door

RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 23RD

The female performing artist has long been objectified, controlled, censored, restrained. This is what Lexi Weege refuses to be. Her music is passionate, alive,awakened; the narrative of a woman unashamed of her desires and unafraid to seize control.

Weege conjures up decadent scenes of the roaring twenties with her stellar voice and jazz-influenced compositions. Constantly touring, performing, and creating, Lexi Weege has released a full-length album [Virgin, 2013] and more recently, "Sweet Moon", a '7 record, both recorded live to tape. Weege's insistence on analogue recording is evidence of her passion for authenticity in her music. "With the confidence to throw her all into the circus ring of theatricality, Lexi Weege stamps the mark of a true performer(Bluesbunny.com)"  [www.lexiweege.com]

This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY with $5.00 corkage/bottle fee.

Tickets $10.00. Available online or cash at the door. (http://thepackinghouse.us/upcoming/)

Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations


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FILM SHOWING: "BIRD" (Rated-R)
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

FILM SHOWING: "BIRD" (Rated-R)

$5.00 Suggested Donation

Experience "Bird", a thoughtful portrayal of jazz legend Charlie "Bird" Parker in an historic creative setting at The Packing House.

"Directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, a well-known, long-standing jazz aficionado, delivers a compassionate portrait of jazz visionary Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Eastwood, who won a Golden Globe for Best Director for this film, also paints a vivid portrait of the jazz world in all its complexity. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, as Parker, provides a multifaceted performance that helps provide an understanding of the man's genius, and tragedy." (Rotten Tomatoes)

"What the film does best is capture a general sense of the tight, self-protective and in some ways dangerously insular jazz world. It deals soberingly with Parker's drug habit (he was an addict from his middle teens until his death, in 1955, as a 34-year-old so dissipated that the coroner estimated his age at 50 or 60) and with the ulcers and liver trouble that sometimes made Scotch and milk his drink of choice. Parker's role as, in Nat Hentoff's words, ''the paradigm of the jazzman-as-victim'' is well-established here, better so than the underlying pressures that led him in that direction." (Maslin, The New York Times, 9/26/1988)

"Be-bop, the music forged by Charlie Parker and the handful of musicians who could keep up with him in the early 1940's, pushed jazz into a modern era of high speed, fragmentation, and grace under pressure. It ushered in faster tempos and more angular melodies; above the tunes, improvisers like Parker moved to the outer reaches of harmony, revamping established notions of consonance and dissonance. His groups tossed off asymmetrical pieces with an offhand precision that camouflaged their complexity. But Parker's own brilliance as an improviser matched his structural innovations; his solos sprinted and zigzagged across the beat in long, twisting lines, but they could also ease into sultry, heartfelt blues." (Harmetz, The New York Times, 1/17/1988)

“'Bird' wisely does not attempt to “explain” Parker’s music by connecting experiences with musical discoveries. This is a film of music, not about it, and one of the most extraordinary things about it is that we are really, literally, hearing Parker on the soundtrack." (Roger Ebert, 10/14/1988)

This film showing is hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Suggested donation $5.00. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY with $5.00 corkage/bottle fee.

Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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