Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cool Cats Jazz Brunch

The Branford Compassion Club hosts Cool Cats Jazz Brunch, a benefit emceed by News Channel 8 anchorman Darren Kramer, featuring the esteemed Jeff Fuller and the Premier Jazz Ensemble of the Neighborhood Music School.

The buffet brunch is Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club, 2 Club Parkway. There is a donation of $45 a person. Reserve by Nov. 1 by email at or call 203-444-0653. For more information, visit

There will be wine basket raffles, silent auction theme baskets and the chance to enjoy one of the Shoreline’s best brunches, not normally available to the public, at the club, with its stunning views of the Thimble Islands to a soundtrack of sophisticated jazz. Proceeds benefit BCC’s mission to rescue, care for and adopt out homeless felines and for operating expenses at its Feline Rescue and Adoption Center, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford.

If Sundays mean football, you can kick back over a great brunch with hip music and be home in time for kickoff. Whether a jazz aficionado or a neophyte curious about the great American music genre, you’ll enjoy the cool and laid-back vibe.

The Yale School of Music-trained Fuller, an award-winning bassist and composer, has been a fixture
around the New Haven jazz scene for decades. He has toured worldwide with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan and Clark Terry. A faculty member at the Neighborhood Music School, and ACES Educational Center for the Arts, he gets to pick from the cream of the crop for the Premier Jazz Ensemble, composed of NMS students and faculty.

Kramer, the popular weeknight anchor of WTNH News Channel 8, gives generously of his time for charities and has a large and faithful following on Twitter, where he is a prolific Tweeter of both wry commentary and news postings.

Branford Compassion Club is an all-volunteer-run non-profit organization founded in 1997. Its shelter, which opened in 2011, celebrated its milestone 1,000th cat adoption on Oct. 3.