• 2024 Schedule

  • 6/27/2024 Dan Pugach Big Band

    The Dan Pugach Big Band to Open the 2024 Branford Jazz Series on June 27
    His journey has taken him from the encompassing foundations of Israel to the borough of New York City known as Brooklyn and now to Connecticut. GRAMMY Award nominee drummer and composer Dan Pugach and his Big Band next proceed to the Branford Jazz Series as its opener for the 2024 series on June 27th at 6:30 p.m. on the town green.
    A three-time recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Jazz Composer Award and a winner of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission as part of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, Dan was the featured drummer on the 2024 GRAMMY award winning album “How Love Begins”, co-produced by his wife, Nicole Zuraitis and Christian McBride.
    Pugach is the leader of the Dan Pugach Nonet and the Dan Pugach Big Band, playing his original music and arrangements. The Nonet and Big Band tour regularly, and have played at Bird’s Eye Basel, The Zone in Tel Aviv, Blue Note Jazz, Birdland Jazz Club, The 55bar, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Loft, The Jazz Estate, Stowe Jazz Festival and esteemed Performing Arts Centers across the country.

  • 7/11/2024 New London Big Band

    For as long as he can recall, New London Big Band leader, Sean Nelson, envisioned the day that he wanted to lead an epic jazz orchestra of 17 –plus musicians. A band that would play music old and new- ranging from the Roaring 20s to brand new compositions written by members of the group.
    Well, the vision became a reality in the summer of 2016 when after he and a buddy saw a new place opening looking for music entertainment, Nelson called around looking for the best musicians he knew and the New London Big Band was formed.
    On July 11th, Sean and his New London Big Band will return for another Branford Jazz Series appearance on Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. on the Branford Town Green.
    Led by trombonist and composer Nelson, the 17 piece jazz orchestra plays a mix of classic jazz standards, upbeat dance tunes and original music by band members, and regularly features instrumental and vocal soloists. They play monthly to sold out crowds at the Social Bar +Kitchen in New London. Thanks to their local fan base, the band won “Best Jazz Band” for CTNOW’s Best of Hartford. The band is comprised of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, a piano, guitar, upright bass and a drummer.

  • 7/18/2024 ~ KJ Denhert

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  • 7/25/2024 ~ Sherry Winston

    Flautist Sherry Winston to Perform Branford Jazz Series on July 25

    Known for her combination of eloquent taste and value of playing melodically, flautist Sherry Winston has achieved success in the music and business industries. Now on July 25th, she will display her exemplary musical attributes as part of the 2024 Branford Jazz Series.
    A graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts, School of Music and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sherry has been awarded the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Award, “women of Power” through the Stamford Urban League, the Links “Impact Through the Arts” Award (2017), the Louis Armstrong Award (2005), nomination for the NAACP “Image Award” (1989), the “Eubie Blake Award” selected by Billy Taylor (1991), the “Howard University Alumni Award (1984, 1989), the Cultural Achievement Award by the National Black MBA (1996), WBLS’s “Quiet Storm Award”, and Alpha Kappa Alpha’s “Partner in the Arts Award” in 2001.
    Sherry performed at The White House for President and Mrs. Clinton and for President George H.W. Bush at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. She has appeared on “Emeril Live”, The Today Show, BET, and many other TV shows nationally. She hosted six shows for BET TV, with Lou Rawls and Saxophonist Najee at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Sherry has been featured in the New York Times, Ebony. Black Enterprise, Odyssey Couleur, More and other national magazines and newspapers.

  • 8/1/2024 ~ Willie Bradley

    Trumpeter Willie Bradley to appear in Branford Jazz Series August 1
    Music and education have always been entwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, educator, counselor and fundraiser Willie Bradley. A go-to musician/trumpeter for many of music’s greats over the years, Willie will be part of the 2024 Branford Jazz Series on Thursday, August 1st on the Branford Town Green starting at 6:30 p.m.
    A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina and a graduate of South Carolina State University, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performance. His music reaches worldwide and can be heard on Smooth Jazz Radio Stations to include Sirius XM, Music Choice, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeart Radio. Willie has recorded six successful Contemporary Jazz projects and is currently completing his seventh CD. Throughout his music career, Willie’s musical productions have been considered for two Grammy Awards, two #1 Billboard Smooth Jazz Hits and he was selected as Beats Magazine 2021 Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year by The Smooth Jazz Network. His stage presence includes performances nationally and internationally with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Alston, Ronnie Laws, Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, George Clinton, Gerald Albright, James Lloyd, and Andre 3000. Willie has performed the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Hurricanes, and the Los Angeles Clippers. He is also known for being a member of the brass section with The Original James Brown Band.

  • 8/8/2024 ~David Davis

    Saxophonist David Davis to be Featured on the Branford Jazz Series August 8.
    From the New Haven county of West Haven, Connecticut, to the prestigious venues of Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai, China, David Davis is a world-renowned master of music whose talent and creativity have taken him around the globe and established himself as an internationally acclaimed saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist.
    On Thursday night, August 8th, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Branford Town Green, Davis will grasp the ears of all Branford Jazz Concert Series followers as he performs his warm, soulful, and contagious jazz sounds.

  • 8/15/2024 ~ Jeff Kashiwa

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  • 8/22/2024 ~ Blake Aaron

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  • 8/29/2024 ~ Lao Tizer

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