Pizzeria Lauretano is located at 291 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel. Sunday performances are from 6-8 p.m. with a cover charge (normally $10, unless otherwise noted, plus a $10 minimum). Reservations are strongly recommended by calling the restaurant at 203-792-1500. Please visit the restaurant's new website: www.pizzerialauretano.com
Sunday, Sept. 4 - Dave Scott Quartet ($10)
(Dave Scott - trumpet, Gary Versace-piano, Lew Scott-Bass, Brian Fishler- Drums) A New York-based artist who's on the jazz faculty at WestConn, Dave Scott has been hailed by The New York Times as "an intelligent player." He's recognized in the New York jazz community as a prolific composer and his groups feature some of New York’s finest jazz musicians. Dave's latest CD "Nonchalant" received honorable mention for CD of the year in All About Jazz. The Village Voice writes "trumpeter Scott is an intriguing player whose playing often dedicates itself to a series of nuances; last year's Nonchalant was a wealth of details." A recipient of an N.E.A. grant in Jazz Performance, Dave hasplayed or recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Joe LaBarbera, Ben Monder, Vinny Golia, Tony Malaby and Bob Sheppard, and The Tom Harrell Big Band. Dave will be bringing some of his NYC collaborators for his performance at the pizzaria.
Sunday, Sept. 11- Arthur Lipner Quartet ($15)
(Arthur Lipner - vibes, Bill Bickford -guitar, Rich Zurkowski -bass, Roger Post - drums) Arthur Lipner returns to the pizzeria with three of the region's finest jazz musicians on a set of jazz standards, blues, Brazilian, and originals. Arthur is one of the leading vibraphone players in jazz today. His travels around the globe have delighted audiences and critics alike. He has performed with the National Dance Company of Ghana, with Tuvan throat-singers, on an ice xylophone in Norway, and especially inBrazil, from Carnival in the streets of Rio to the Brazil National Symphony Orchestra. Arthur's latest CD is called "Brasilian Vibes," and he's also the feature of a recent documentary film "Talking Sticks." He just returned from his forteenth tour to Brazil where he did a concert and recording session with his jazz quartet in Rio, and taught workshops at The University of Rio and two conservatories in Sao Paulo. He also appeared on Brazilian TV on their equivalent of the David Letterman Show.
Sunday, Sept. 18 - Nick Bariluk & New England Sky ($10) (Nick Bariluk - piano, Chris Morrison - guitar, Henry Lugo - bass, Bob Leonard - drums). The Nick Bariluk quartet "New England Sky" will be performing tunes from their new album "Wide Open Dreams." The album features nine jazz instrumental arrangements of jazz standards. Keyboard player and bandleader Nick Bariluk has been playing professionally for more than 25 years. He's toured internationally and recorded with such artists as Pat Metheny, Grover Washington Jr, Randy Brecker, Porter Caroll (Atlantic Starr), Jon Lucien, Sherry Winston, and Herbie Hancock drummer Mike Clark. Nick's original works can be found on the CD “Eklipse” with the jazz group BBC (with Joe Bracchitta and Tony Cimorosi), and on Sherry Winston’s CD “Life is Love and Love is You” featuring Grover Washington, Najee, and Jon Lucien. The Danbury resident has also written music for over 30 films and PBS documentaries. Wide Open Sky will be heard on a live radio interview on WPKN 89.5 Aug 29th at7 P.M. with host Phil Bowler. Hear tunes at http://www.myspace.com/nickbariluk.
Sunday, Sept. 25 - Cool Struttin' ($10)
(Pam Bujese - vocals, Howie Bujese - violin, flute, harmonica and vocals, Doron Ben-Ami - guitar, Chris Bishop - bass). Cool Struttin' is back for an evening of music from jazz's golden age and the great lyrics of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Led by vocalist Pam Bujese, the quartet brings back classics by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington. "Let's Get Away From It All" and "Stella by Starlight" are a couple of their songs done with style, swing, and sensational vocal harmonies. Howie Bujese is a phenomenal fiddler, from bluegrass to Grappelli, and Ben Ami and Bishop dazzle on sophisticated solos and versatile rhythms. Howie, Doran, and Chris also pitch in on vocals for some delicious three- and four-part harmonies. Thie unique quartet has a true feel for the swing era and are a real pleasure to see live.