Friends of Tuxedo Junction
Here are some other great local bands you might also enjoy
DR. JOE & FRIENDS:
JAZZ AT AYUTHAI
Sunday evenings in Guilford, CT
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Every Sunday evening, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, get swept away by the smooth sounds of Dr. Joe & Friends at Ayuthai Restaurant in Guilford, less than a mile west of Exit 57 off I-95. The food is delicious and the music is outstanding. Dr. Joe brings the BEST jazz musicians to Ayuthai. (No cover charge)
CHARLIE WEYANT ON SAXOPHONE
Sunday Brunch Dixieland: Griswald Inn, Essex
Sunday Evening Jazz: Steak Loft, Mystic
Mondays with Tuxedo Junction: Bill's Seafood, Westbrook (lead tenor sax)
Charlie Weyant, a former Navy musician and now lead tenor sax in Tuxedo Junction, is an amazingly versatile musician. Every Sunday afternoon he plays Dixieland during brunch at the Griswald Inn in Essex, CT, and every Sunday evening he's the featured sax in a jazz quartet at the Steak Loft in Mystic, CT. Charlie plays lead tenor sax in Tuxedo Junction, plays regularly with an eight-piece group, and for over 30 years has been playing in three different big bands.
STRING OF PEARLS BIG BAND
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 at Smarty's Restaurant and Pub on Main Street in Niantic, CT
For over twenty years the String of Pearls Big Band has been delighting audiences of all ages, playing everything from big band standards like In the Mood to hits like Fascinatin’ Rhythm. Audiences dance the waltz, tango, Cha-Cha, and swing as accomplished instrumental musicians and vocalists fill the room with just the right style, tone and rhythm.
Musician couple Charlie Delinks and Eve Cheshire, both trumpet players in Tuxedo Junction, joined the band in 2000 when manager Jinny Boyce had grown the band's repertoire to over 300 arrangements. Since Jinny retired in 2016, Charlie and Eve have been leading this band of excellent southern New England musicians.
String of Pearls musical director and drummer Dick Campo has brought fresh ideas, and new energy to the musicians. Dick has toured with Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Group, and played with jazz greats Sammy Kaye and Vaughn Monroe. He also leads the Dick Campo Big Band.
Thursday, June 20, at the Saint Andrews Feast, Chapel Street, New Haven
The first Monday night of the month with Tuxedo Junction at Bill's Seafood in Westbrook, 7:00 to 8:30
Hamden native Tony Vermiglio (Tony V) discovered his passion for singing in 2009. After dipping his toe into public singing at karaoke clubs and bars, Tony soon turned professional. He has been featured on Connecticut Style on ABC Channel 8, the Vinny Vella Show on Channel One in NYC, City World Radio in NYC, and Chicago's #1 Blues radio station, among others.
Tony studied with top vocal coaches Bob Marks and Billy DiCrosta, and is currently learning from jazz legend Donn Trenner. He has sung with several big bands, including the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, Tuxedo Junction, the New Additions Jazz Orchestra, the Red Satin Band, the Connecticut National Guard Band, the Harold Zino Jazz Orchestra, and the T.J. Tomlin All-Star Big Band.
JEFF FULLER ON BASS
Every Wednesday on WNHH 103.5 FM
Watch and listen to Jeff Fuller's March 27 interview with Jazz Haven’s Stanley Welch on WNHH-FM! 'Stan The Man', hosts the Jazz Haven radio hour every Wednesday from 2–3 pm on WNHH 103.5 FM.
BRIAN TORFF ON BASS
Sunday evenings at Ayuthai, Guilford, CT
Brian Q. Torff can be heard frequently on Sunday evenings at Ayuthai Restaurant with Dr. Joe & Friends. His current project, New Duke, is an acclaimed eight-piece band that performs Torff’s updated arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music.
Brian is a renowned bassist, composer, author and educator. He is Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University, a featured bass soloist who performs in jazz festivals throughout the United States, and musical director of the Django Reinhardt New York Festival. In 1992 he served as co-chairperson of the Music Advisory Board for the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2008 Mr. Torff was honored as Artist of the Year by the Fairfield Arts Council.
AT THE PIANO+
Sunday evenings at Ayuthai, Guilford, CT
Monday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00 at the Arch Street Tavern, Hartford, CT
Donn leads the Hartford Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford every Monday evening from 8:00 to 10:00. This fine jazz orchestra plays charts by the late Charles 'Chic' Cichetti along with a sprinkling of charts by other famous arrangers.
You can also hear Donn at the piano with Dr. Joe's Jazz at Atuthai Restaurant in Guilford on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 (see above).
For the scoop on Donn, read his autobiography 'Leave it to Me: My Life in Music'. Donn has had an illustrious career with the greats, including music director for the Steve Allen Tonight Show, Bob Hope with the troops, and many more.
BEN BILELLO ON DRUMS
Ben Bilello can be seen performing with his own trio, Earl MacDonald’s Yankee Gumbo Ensemble, with Atla and Matt DeChamplain and bassist Jeff Fuller, as well as many others.
Ben has performed and recorded with musicians such as Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Curtis Fuller, Joe Wilder, Branford Marsalis, Anthony Braxton, Javon Jackson, Charles Flores, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery, and Dezron Douglas/New Jazz Workshop, among many others. In addition to performing with noted jazz musicians, Ben has toured with the South American folk groups Viva Quetzal and Markamusic.
Ben received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies at the Hartt School of music, where he studied with Ben Toth, Glen Velez, Michael Carvin, and Tony Leone