February 2017

2 Cafe Nine New Haven CT 10pm
WiRED
Matt Knoegel sax
Andrew Kosiba keyboards
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
Elliot Wallace percussion
11 Mickey’s Hamden 8-10pm
Mike Carabello rhodes
Andrew Zwart bass
Kirk Woodard drums
12 Stella Blues New Haven CT 9pm
Zero Dollar Trio
16 BRYAC Blackrock CT 8pm
Relative Souls
24 Neverending Books New Haven Ct 8pm
Jump Italiano
25 Cave a Vin New Haven CT 8:30 pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
tba bass
26 Juke Bar NYC 7pm
Jun Xiu guitar
bass tba
Eric Hallenbeck drums
28 Cure Farmington CT 7pm
Rachel Merriam guitar
Keith McDade bass
Kirk Woodard drums

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June 2016

6/3 The Funky Monkey Cheshire CT 7-10pm
Rachel Merriam guitar
Keith McDade bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
6/4 Silvana Harlem NYC 7-8pm
Jun Xiao guitar
Ian Haile  bass
Mike Dick drums
6/5 Harbour House Restaurant Mystic CT 1-4pm
Michael Sueddes guitar
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
6/5 The Outer Space Hamden CT 6pm
Zero Dollar Solo
6/11 The Waverly Inn Cheshire CT 8-11:30pm
TBA piano
Keith McDade bass
Kirk Woodard drums
6/12 Juke Bar New York City 7-10pm
Josh Walker tenor sax
Ian Haile bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
6/16 The 9th Note Stamford CT 9pm-12am
Mike Carabello piano
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
6/18 The 9th Note Stamford Midnight
Mike Carabello piano
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
6/19 The Outer Space 7-9pm
The Research
Nick Di Maria trumpet
Eric DeAngelis reeds
Nathan Davis trombone
Mike Carabello fender rhodes
Dan Arcamone guitar
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
6/23 The Outer Space 8pm
Zero Dollar Trio
Jeff Cedrone guitar
Tom Hogan drums
Nick Di Maria synth bass
6/25 Cave a Vin New Haven CT 8pm
Rose Minkler piano
Jeff Moro bass
Josh Carruthers drums
6/26 Riverwalk Cafe Nashua NH 7pm
Mike Godette guitar
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums

March 2016

3/4 The Funky Monkey Cheshire 7-10pm
Rachel Merriam guitar
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
3/12 The Waverly Inn Cheshire 8-11pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
Keith McDade bass
Nick Morcaldi drums
3/18 Never Ending Books New Haven 8pm
Jump Italiano
3/20 The Outer Space Hamden 7pm
Eric DeAngelis reeds
Nathan Davis trombone
Mike Carabello fender rhodes
Aidan O’Connell bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums
3/20 The Outer Space Hamden 10pm
The Zero Dollar Trio
Jeff Cedrone Guitar/Synths
Nick Di Maria Synths
Tom Hogan Drums
3/23 Best Video Hamden 8pm
Zero Dollar Solo: electric & acoustic solo trumpet
3/26 Sake Bloomfield 8pm
Andrew Kosiba piano
Andrew Zwart bass
Eric Hallenbeck drums

The grind of running a show

I took over the jazz series at the The Outer Space club back in 2011 in a rather lucky moment of being at the right place at the right time. I’ve known the owner Steve Rodgers for a number years dating back to when my old ska band used to play at his club. He told me he wanted a weekly series and thought I would be the man to run in for him.

I started right away trying to promote and book acts in CT to play our fairly new stage and give jazz, especially original material oriented bands a place to play. I had my connections with students from WCSU and the Hartt school, the New zhaven avant garde scene and various other connections with musicians in the area.

I knew I needed to start with a bang so I asked one of my trumpet heroes, Jeremy Pelt if he would play in a special guest setting to kick off the first set of dates. That show was on 2/17/12 and it was a huge success. I had hired my rhythm section to back up Pelt while he tore it up on some standards. I was able to secure a guarentee for Jeremy and made the money back at the door. We must have had about 60 people in the audience. I spent the rest of that night happy knowing I had something awesome going here.

Then the weekly frustration began…

Starting with the second week, ¬†the show would be the most upsetting task I would volunterrily put myself in. I promoted the shit out of these shows. First online and through facebook. Unfortunately the numbers weren’t happening. The audience wasn’t coming. Every week these great bands would play to virturally no one. Maybe some regulars at the bar if they were lucky. I wasn’t allowed to charge a cover so I tried to tip jar approach. If bands had a good night they could split about $25 in singles.

Most nights are like that. Barely any one in attendance. I’ve heard a slew of excuses but their all so jive. I just don’t understand why people don’t come to check the shows out. I’ve tried everything on my end including flyers, radio promo, online promotion and still no one comes. Funny enough, I am constantly hearing how they’re not enough places to gig.

I’ve had a few more guest artists come in and put together to festival nights. Those are always successful. I then changed the format from all year shows to just two sessions spanning 3 months and the jury is still out on if that is going to work.

The jazz scene struggles and I think it’s because people are selfish. I think they expect people to be at their shows and never pay it forward. I think that regular folk don’t go out to hear music enough due to the evolved-natured idea that paying for music is something you just don’t do. I think people stay in too much and I also think having jazz on a Sunday night is a mistake but not one that should effect people seeing music as much as it does.

Every week I keep plugging along, but I sure as hell need a sign that this wasn’t for nothing.

 

Just a thought about the music scene 11/23/12

Spending 10 years in the punk rock scene taught me one thing: You have to pay it forward if you want an audience. Go see other shows, hob knob and promote not only yourself but other bands on the scene. Instead of expecting everyone to be in awe of you, hit the pavement and network. If everyone did that, we wouldn’t have a scene, we’d have a civilization.