February 2016

2/5 The Funky Monkey Cheshire 7pm
Rachel Merriam guitar
Aidan O’Connell bass
Ryan Hamme drums
2/13 Three Sheets New Haven 9pm
WiRED
Andrew Kosiba keyboards
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
2/20 The Waverly Inn Cheshire 8pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
2/26 Silvana Harlem NYC 6pm
Sam Parker piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
2/27 Cave a Vin New Haven 8pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Joshua Corruthers drums

January 2016

1/8 The Funky Monkey Cheshire CT 7pm
Rachel Merriam guitar
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
1/9 The Waverly Inn Cheshire 8-11:30pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Kirk Woodard drums
1/15 Cafe Nine New Haven 9pm
WiRED
Andrew Kosiba keyboards
Andrew Zwart bass
Elliot Wallace drums
1/17 The 9th Note Stamford CT 8-11pm
Morgan Kelsey piano
Aidan O’Connell bass
Nick Morcaldi drums
1/21 Electric Haze Worcester MA 8pm
WiRED
Andrew Kosiba Fender Rhodes
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
1/22 The Buttonwood Tree Middletown CT 8pm
Jump Italiano
Nick Di Maria trumpet
Paul Belbusti percussion
1/24 Harbour House Mystic CT 1-4pm
Chords TBA
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums

December 2015

12/4 The Funky Monkey Cheshire 7-9pm
Rachel Merriam guitar
Sean Conway piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
12/10 Private Party New Haven
Morgan Kelsey piano
Keith McDade bass
12/12 Cave a Vin New Haven CT 8pm
Mike Carabello piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Jerrod Cattey drums
12/17/15 The Waverly Inn Cheshire 7-10pm
Mike Carabello piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Kirk Woodard drums
12/18 Stella Blues New Haven CT 10pm
WiRED: ExPANDED
Eric DeAngelis Reeds
Dan Arcamone guitar
Andrew Kosiba keyboards
Andrew Zwart bass
Kirk Woodard drums
Jocelyn Pleasant percussion
12/19 Pazzo Cafe Rocky Hill CT 7-10pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Steve Niemitz drums
12/22 Pacific Standard Tavern New Haven 8pm
The Killin’ Dellingers
12/26 Club Bonafide NYC 10pm
Nathan Davis trombone
Mike Carabello piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums

November 2015

11/6 The Shrine Harlem NYC 6-8pm
Andrew Latona guitar
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
11/13 The 9th Note Stamford CT 9pm-12am
Tony Davis guitar
Mike Carabello piano
Keith McDade bass
Nick Morcaldi drums
11/29 Harbour House Restaurant at the Mystic Inn 1-3pm
Grant Beale guitar
Aidan O’Connell  bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums

Review of Time Circuit: New Haven Independent

By | Sep 24, 2015 6:47 am

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/nick_di_maria_grooves_on/

“Black Rock,” the opening cut from Nick Di Maria’s Time Circuit, starts with a calm, spaced-out organ loop, atmospheric drums. Then a four-note bass line drops in, giving a sense of what’s ahead. Without warning, yet coming in right where it sound, the drums set off on a rhythm that wouldn’t be out of place on a James Brown record. And then there’s Di Maria’s trumpet, clear and precise. Except that it’s also run through a wah-wah pedal.

https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220602534&color=ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=true

The arguments over jazz — what it is and what it isn’t, whether it’s alive or dead — aren’t going away any time soon. Meanwhile, a lot of musicians are planting their flags in one era of it or another. The past few years have seen a crop of young bands going all the way back to the beginning, making the same kind of sound jazz bands made in the 1920s. New Haven’s own Firehouse 12, which starts up its fall concert series this Friday, has become a kind of fortress for the music in its most contemporary incarnation. Somewhere out there, someone must be shredding Charlie Parker licks. On Time Circuit, New Haven-based trumpeter Nick Di Maria casts his lot with the jazz of the 1970s: Miles Davis when he shed some of his utter cool and started hanging out with electric guitar players, Herbie Hancock at what many consider the height of his powers.

And judging from the resulting album — Di Maria’s fourth, which he released earlier this month—it’s a pretty good place to be. Di Maria and his band (click on the sound file above for a sample) have been gigging pretty relentlessly for a while, and it shows. On the album, Andrew Kosiba on Fender Rhodes electric piano, Andrew Zwart on bass, and Eric Hallenbeck on drums are a tight, sinuous unit. They know what to do with the material and do it right.

The album’s devotion to the 1970s isn’t slavish either. Kosiba’s Rhodes is something of a sonic signifier of that era, but — appropriate to the title of the album — having started circa 1973, the band easily moves backward and forward through time from there. For good measure, on a few cuts (“Balance” and “Decoy”) the group shows that it hasn’t forgotten how to swing like they did in the 1950s. But the most successful pieces on the album (in this reporter’s humble opinion, “Black Rock,” “Drift,” and “The Poet”) are the ones that take the sound of 1970s jazz and update it, subtly but surely, making the kind of record one can make now that we’ve had four decades to digest what that era of jazz was all about.

In Di Maria’s case, he thoughtfully tones down a lot of that era’s excesses, but keeps intact its propulsive rhythmic sensibilities, its shifting harmonic density, and the wider sonic palette that’s possible when musicians go electric. This makes Time Circuit an intelligent and emotional record, sometimes moody, sometimes playful, and often danceable. It is, in a word, groovy.

October 2015

10/10 Cave a Vin New Haven CT 8pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
10/14 Wheeler’s Taproom Woodbridge CT 7:30pm 
Mike Carabello piano
Keith McDade bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
10/16 The Stomping Ground Putnam CT 8pm
Andrew Kosiba fender rhodes
Andrew Zwart acoustic bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
10/23 Arch Street Tavern Hartford CT 8pm
WiRED
Andrew Kosiba fender rhodes
Andrew Zwart electric bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
10/28 Wheeler’s Taproom Woodbridge CT 7:30pm 
Piano TBA
Andrew Zwart acoustic bass
Kirk Woodard drums