• 2023 Schedule

  • 6/29/2023 Ronny Smith

    From Europe to South America to the United States, music has swept guitarist Ronny Smith off of his feet and directed him toward being an incredible and popular force in the contemporary jazz industry.
    On Thursday, August 18th, this renowned artist will be spotlighted as part of the Branford Jazz Concert Series.
    A Grammy considered artist, Ronny left the University of Maryland as music education major to pursue the life as a guitarist and a United States Army Bandsman. He toured extensively throughout the world and has shared the stage with such notables as the Marvelettes, jazz drummer Bobby Durham, and trumpeter Donald Bryd. Ronny has recorded with some of the top session musicians of the Nashville and the California scene.
    Ronnie Smith

  • 7/6/2023 Big Brooklyn

    Based out of Colorado, Big Brooklyn was formed by Branford, Connecticut, native Willie Dornfeld, along with his wife, Melody. Having both been involved in music for a long time, they created a group that abandoned boundaries to write and perform music they love, that was sincere, passionate, and all-out, and which also brought together different styles in which they had been immersed. Now, on Thursday, July 6th, Dornfeld returns to his hometown Branford as part of the Branford Jazz Series on the town green starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Bridging jazz, klezmer, rock, and groove, Big Brooklyn carries a progressive and inviting presence, exploring beautiful melodies while defining new boundaries. Awarded Semi-Finalist positions in the 2022 UK Songwriting Contest for multiple compositions on their new album, Everyone Everywhere, as well as being a jazz finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for a song on their first album, Purpose, this 5-piece group captivates audiences with a unique depth of passion in expressive melodies and harmonies from jazz and beyond, touching on the inseparable exultation and pathos of the klezmer sound, all interwoven over a fabric of jazz and groove that pulls all stops.

  • 7/13/2023 ~ A Train Enterprises f/s/o Art Sherrod, Jr.

    Art Sherrod Jr, national recording artist, billboard charting saxophonist and entertainer, brings forth a new energy and excitement to the stage of Smooth Jazz and Gospel Jazz. Art’s soulful and funky style will have you bobbing your head and on your feet partying like it’s 1999.
    Well, Branford…… on Thursday, July 13th, starting at 6:30 p.m., the party with Art Sherrod Jr. will continue on to the town green and the Branford Jazz Series.
    As a native of Palestine Texas, Art was heavily influenced by the music of his environment which ranged from Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock N’ Roll, Country, Rap, Hip-Hop, Gospel and of course Jazz! His love for music, entertainment, and appreciation for the arts has afforded him the opportunity to perform on stages throughout the United States and overseas.
    Over the span of Art’s career, he has had the opportunity to perform at the White House as well as share the marque and/or stage with notables such as Natalie Cole, Angie Stone, CeCe Peniston, Tony Terry, Gerald Albright, Keiko Matsui, Nick Colionne, Gerald Veasley, Boney James, Eric Darius, Brian Simpson, Four80East, Paul Brown, Rick Bran, Marion Meadows, Kenny Lattimore, Howard Hewett, Phil Perry, Miki Howard, Chante Moore, Will Downing, Maysa Leak, Ann Nesby, Chuck Loeb, Sheila E, Brian Culbertson, Peter White, Alex Bugnon, Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene, Cuba Gooding Sr and the Main Ingredient, Norman Connors, Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, and a host of other incredible entertainers.

  • 7/20/2023 ~ Elan Trotman

    Sax-Man Elan Trotman has quickly become one of the fastest rising stars in jazz with over 15 Billboard topping radio singles and continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher, and recording artist.
    He makes his return to Branford, Connecticut and the 2023 Branford Jazz concert Series on Thursday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m.
    Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum, and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of the Year on multiple occasions. Elan’s latest release, ‘Dear Marvin”, pays tribute to Motown Legend Marvin Gaye.
    Born and raised in Barbados, the native island of pop star, and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Elan signature sounds brings a blend of smooth and tropical grooves to major festivals and cruises worldwide. In addition to a successful solo career, Trotman has also worked as a side-man with some of the biggest artists in the business, including Roberta Flack, Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Gill, Peabo Bryson, Michael McDonald, Jonathan Butler, Sheila E, and Earl Klugh. Elan has also performed the US National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and the Brooklyn Nets.

  • 7/27/2023 ~ Nicole Zuraitis Cancelled due to weather. She will be joining us for the 2024 series

    Nicole Zuraitis is a GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer-songwriter, pianist and arranger, New York-based bandleader and winner of the prestigious 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal. With a “heart as big as her remarkable voice,” (Jazz Police), Nicole has positioned herself as one of the top artists and “prolific songwriters” (Broadway World) to watch in jazz and beyond. On Thursday, July 27, she sets her sights toward the Branford Jazz Concert Series stage starting at 6:30 p.m.
    Besides leading her quartet, Nicole is the premier vocalist for the Birdland Big Band and frequently headlines iconic NYC jazz clubs like Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Carlyle, 54 Below and the late, great 55 Bar. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Savannah Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and Macon Pops and has supported iconic singers like Melanie, Morgan James, Darren Criss and Livingston Taylor on piano and vocals.

  • 8/3/2023 ~ Stix Bones and the Bone Squad

    Brooklyn, New York is home to some of the greatest talents the world has ever known and delivers another talented individual whose gift has made Stix Bones (“Brothers of Noble Excellence) one of the finest musicians in the Tri – State Area. On Thursday, August 3, 2023, Stix and his Bone Squad present their artistic creativity to the Branford Jazz Series on the Green starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Stix started playing in church. His direction evolved when he entered Purchase College, State University of New York and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance, which directed him to start his professional career touring with Rahzel a former member of the Jimmy Fallon’s band, “The Roots” in the UK and France and shortly after, began touring the US with 5 time Showtime at the Apollo winner/Author/Poet Jessica Care Moore.

    As he continued to work with artists throughout the tristate area, the performances led Stix back to his training ground in jazz. In 2007 Stix independently released his first full-length Smooth Jazz album entitled “Groove Like This”. The album has graced the airwaves of more than 40 jazz radio stations in the US, Jazz internet and satellite stations across the globe. It has charted in the top 10 on the digital jazz charts and made it to the top 20 jazz charts in France.

  • 8/10/2023 ~ Paula Atherton Cancelled due to weather. She will be joining us August 31st

    New York based sax player/vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Brian Simpson, Four80East, David Sanborn, Bob James, Marc Antoine, Hiroshima, Gerald Albright and Chieli Minucci. Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field – one of the notable performances being a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. She has also performed with Grammy award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Annenberg Theater, for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.

    On Thursday night, August 10th she will don the Branford Town Hall Stage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as part of the 2023 Branford Jazz Concert Series.

  • 8/17/2023 ~ Jay Rowe

    From the time he was 12 years old, Jay Rowe knew he wanted to be a musician.
    The fact that he chose the piano as his instrument is no fluke. Jay grew up with the piano in his life. Many of his relatives took piano lessons growing up. His grandmother owned a piano, which eventually ended up in the Rowe house. He started taking lessons in the 5th grade. From then on, his musical concentration has remained focused on piano and keyboards
    His focus will now transition over to the Branford Town Hall Stage as he performs on August 17th at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Branford Jazz Series.
    Jay attended New England Conservatory of Music, where he became a part of the New Haven music scene, along with fellow Connecticut natives Marion Meadows and Rohn Lawrence. He formed a band that began playing as an opening act for whatever smooth and contemporary jazz acts that played in New Haven, including The Rippingtons, David Benoit, Bela Fleck, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff Lorber. When sax player Marion Meadows got his record deal and went out on the road, he took Jay with him as part of his band. Jay credits Marion and sax player Nelson Rangell for being catalysts that started his career. He has played with Angela Bofill, Phil Perry, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Ken Navarro, the late Wayman Tisdale, Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Oliver.

  • 8/24/2023 ~ Adam Hawley

    Guitarist and Producer Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Handpicked by Maurice White (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) he first debuted on the legend’s label Kalimba Music. In all, Adam’s four albums and work as a producer has spawned an incredible 13 Billboard #1 Hits. In its first week, the 3rd record “Escape” was the #1 Selling Album in the Nation, outselling every other contemporary jazz album as per Nielsen. The debut single went on to become the Billboard and Smooth Jazz Network Song of the Year for 2020. He followed this up with the 4th album “Risin’ Up;” its title track again reached the top of the Billboard charts in late ‘21. 2022 was particularly successful including four more #1’s, culminating with 2022 song of the year. Coupling this with a robust touring schedule throughout the world, the best is yet to come.

  • Paula Atherton August 31st Reschedule