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The Owl Shop: Hawkins Jazz Collective

The Owl Shop in New Haven, CT is certainly an experience to be had, especially on the nights they host live music.  In fair warning, The Owl Shop is a smoke shop and cigar lounge.  If you can handle the smoke, you will enjoy the atmosphere.  I am not a smoker and found myself getting [...]

Byrdspeak Ensemble

Band name Byrdspeak Ensemble (Formerly Known As “The Warren Byrd Group”, “The Warren Byrd Trio”) Genre of music played: Jazz; creative original music Performing since: 1999 Based out of: Hartford, CT Description This ensemble, led by Warren Byrd, seeks to celebrate the Jazz legacy with fresh, swinging, heartfelt sounds that touch everybody: young and old, [...]

Artist Spotlight: Warren Byrd

Hartford native Warren Byrd is the product of a childhood rich in musical influence.  The youngest in a family of 16, Warren began performing as a child.  He was awarded a full scholarship to Hartt College of Music and decided to focus on jazz.  His eclectic musical background gives him a wealth of inspiration to [...]

Monday Night Jazz at Black-Eyed Sally’s

I had a great opportunity last Monday night to experience the live jazz series Black-Eyed Sally’s hosts each week.  It was a great first experience since my friend and I were there to see the Jonathan Barber Quartet, founded by one of the musicians we saw perform the week before at the New Britain Museum [...]

Artist Spotlight: Saskia Laroo

Saskia Laroo, a native of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, is known as one of the finest female trumpet players in the world.  Her versatile style and ability to also play cello and guitar has led to collaborations with legends like Hans Dulfer and Teddy Edwards.  She released her first CD, It’s Like Jazz, in 1994 [...]

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