Monday, July 6, 2015

Neighborhood Music School Presents: Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series 15th Anniversary Season

Neighborhood Music School (NMS) presents Twilight Tuesdays, an alfresco dinner/concert series of four fabulous evenings of music in the Park of the Arts, located behind NMS. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Rain or shine! Subscriptions and individual tickets on sale now at:

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. BYOB is welcome!  Food trucks will also be on site for select concerts: Ay! Arepa 7/21, 8/4 The Meat Truck on 7/21, 8/4 and 8/11, and Caseus Cheese Truck on 8/11.  Chestnut Fine Foods will provide picnic suppers on 7/28. 
NMS’s neighboring restaurant, Koffee?, will be open all four nights and offering wine and beer for $6 per glass.

“Now in its 15th year, our Twilight Tuesdays concert series continues to present some of the region’s best artists to our community. We’re especially pleased to highlight the school’s own talent this summer with Jeff Fuller from our faculty and NMS alumnus Wayne Escoffery, and of course to celebrate our friend Red Balaban, who was such a force in the jazz world. These relaxing evenings in a beautiful setting are not to be missed and the quality of the entertainment makes for serious fun for everyone!” said Noah Bloom, Director of Programs & Community Engagement.

July 21: Sambeleza with Jeff Fuller (NMS faculty member), Joe Carter and Isabella Mendes. 

Sambeleza has been lofting the sounds of Brazilian jazz into the air since 2011, when the group formed to promote and perform the warm sounds of Brazilian music with a jazz twist. Enjoy the sounds of bossa nova, samba, baiĆ£o and lovely ballads from some of the greatest Brazilian composers, as well as original tunes in the Brazilian style. Sambaleza recently perfomed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.
Learn more about Sambeleza,

July 28: "A Night at Eddie Condon's" featuring the Red Balaban Tribute Orchestra. 

This special event will honor the late jazz legend, Leonard "Red" Balaban, bassist, tuba player, house band leader at Eddie Condon's and loyal friend and supporter of NMS. The event also celebrates the birthday of Red’s wife, Micki. Featured musicians include Paul Boehmke, saxophone/ clarinet/flute; Jim Fryer, trombone; Charlie Freeman, piano; Gim Burton, guitar/banjo; Jim Tutunjian, bass; Jim Royale, drums; and others who performed with Red throughout his career. “What a wonderful way for the community to honor my husband, Red Balaban!” said Micki Balaban. “We had a very special partnership – every night was a celebration. My family and I are looking forward to sharing this tribute event with Red’s musician friends and jazz community.”  Learn more about Red Balaban.
Note: This concert is not included in subscription series. $30 per person for reserved table seat with picnic supper.

August 4:  Wayne Escoffery Quartet Presents: The Music of Our Tenor Masters 

Wayne Escoffery, NMS alumnus, has become one of the jazz world's most talented rising stars. An outstanding tenor saxophonist, Escoffery began his career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet and is a member of the Mingus Big Band. He toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Music of Masters and was chosen by Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis. Featured musicians include Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; and Ralph Peterson, drums. This concert also features NMS jazz students and will raise support for Summer Jazz scholarships.
Learn more about WayneEscoffery.     

August 11: Latanya Farrell/The Connecticut Harp Circle

This concert opens with the Connecticut Harp Circle, which was founded by NMS faculty member Hayley Hewitt to bring harp players together in a relaxed, informal setting. They have prepared a special program of old music from around the world.
Learn more about Haley Hewitt & The Connecticut Harp Circle.

Latanya Farrell, dubbed the "Queen of Summer Concerts," by the Hartford Courant, moves audiences with her passion, energy and a love for music and life. Her award- winning vocal talent and style has influences that include Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Jill Scott... just to name a few!
Learn more about Latanya Farrell.

To purchase tickets please visit:
Twilight Tuesdays Tickets

Twilight Tuesdays Concert Sponsors are Steve & Sally Glick, and Pinpoint Promotions.

For more information on Twilight Tuesdays, contact Julius Stone, Community Engagement Liaison at