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December 7th 2019

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Show begins at 7:00 pm

Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall

177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT 06040

Emcee: Ray Hardman

Ray Hardman is an award winning journalist and currently the host of Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Ray began his broadcasting career at WFSU in Tallahassee, Florida where he served at different times as a producer, Operations Manager, and Morning Edition host. Ray joined the WNPR staff in 1996, as a reporter and host. He later became the Music Director for WNPR, and in 2002 he went back to his newsy roots as the host of WNPR’s Morning Edition. From 2002 to 2009 Ray divided his time between WNPR and CPTV, first serving as a correspondent on CPTV’s news magazine Main Street, and later becoming the host. From 2005 to 2009 Ray was the host and producer for CPTV’s Front and Center with Ray Hardman.

Ray holds degrees from St. Mary's College of Maryland and Florida State University. In his spare time, Ray sings opera, and fronts a garage band called The Sparkomatics.  Ray lives in West Hartford with his wife Kathleen, and their sons Benjamin and Jackson. 

Yotam Silberstein Quartet:Yotam Silberstein

As a young musician in Tel Aviv, Yotam Silberstein was quickly recognized as a prodigy and was invited to perform with many of the nation’s top musicians. At 21, he performed at Italy’s renowned Umbria Jazz Festival, released a critically acclaimed debut album and set out on an extensive tour of Europe.

Yotam Silberstein has toured as a leader in major clubs and jazz festivals in Europe, Japan, South America, Asia and the US and has received high praise for his performances. Having performed with the world’s premier talent, Yotam has honed his craft with precision, finesse and the innate artistic touch.

Yotam Silbertstein's Website 

John Patitucci

John Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1959 and began playing the electric bass at age ten. He began performing and composing at age 12, at age 15 began to play the acoustic bass, and then started the piano at age 16. He quickly moved from playing soul and rock to blues, jazz and classical music. His eclectic tastes caused him to explore all types of music as a player and a composer.

John Patitucci's Website

Vitor Gonçalves

Vitor Gonçalves is a pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After an illustrious career as an in demand musician in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg, and many others, he made the move to New York City, where he currently resides.

Vitor Conçalves' Website

Daniel Dor

Drummer, percussionist Daniel Dor (28) has established himself as an important new voice in today’s Jazz world. Critics and peers alike praise him for his unique sound and originality as an improviser and composer. He performs all around the globe at top-class festivals and music halls, alongside music greats such as Avishai Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Noa, Billy Harper, Matisyahu, Robert Sadin, Diego Urcola, Daniel Zamir, Dorantes, and many others. Rooted in the Jazz tradition, his music is influenced by the multitude of cultures he has been brought up with, resulting in a highly emotional, heartfelt lyricism.

Daniel Dor's Website



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Greg Abate Quartet:Greg Abate

Greg Abate isjazz saxophonist, flautist, composer, and arranger. He grew up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In the fifth grade he began to play clarinet.


More about Greg Abate Here

Avery Sharpe

Honesty. Clarity. Dignity. These are words that come to mind when you listen to the music of bassist/composer Avery Sharpe. In an age of ephemeral pop stars and flavor-of-the-month trends, Sharpe is a reminder of the lasting value of steadfast dedication and personal integrity. As the title of one of his tunes asserts, “Always Expect the Best of Yourself.”

Avery Sharpe's Website

Ben Bilello

As one of the most in demand freelance jazz drummers in New England, Ben Bilello can be seen at numerous clubs, concert halls and festivals with a wide variety of artists. Originally from Narragansett, Rhode Island, Ben began playing the snare drum in his elementary school band.

Currently residing in Durham, Connecticut, Ben is a self-employed private instructor and clinician. In addition to private instruction, Ben has taught classes and workshops at many local public and private schools, jazz camps and at several colleges and universities.

Ben Bilello's Website



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Matt DeChamplain

Pianist Matt DeChamplain grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut. During high school Matt attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts studying under Jimmy Greene and Dave Santoro. He obtained his bachelors degree from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School in 2010 and graduated with his masters from the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2012.

While maintaining an active performance and teaching schedule, Matt continues to arrange and compose.

Matt DeChamplain's Website

Matt will also be performing with the Hot Club of New England

Hot Club of New England

The Hot Club of New England is a musical collective featuring the top swing and bebop jazz musicians in the New England area. Founded by vocalist Atla DeChamplain, virtuoso violinist Jason Anick (leader of the internationally renowned gypsy jazz group The Rhythm Future Quartet), guitarist Max O’Rourke, and bassist Greg Loughman, HCNE is on a mission to bring the elegant and sophisticated style of the swing era to a modern audience. Their music contains echoes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and other legends of the Great American Songbook, tinged with the French Manouche style of the great Django Reinhart and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Matt DeChamplain joins them on piano having worked with both the Hot Club of New England and The Rhythm Future Quartet for the last five years, including a tribute to Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli. HCNE’s foundation is the “drummer-less trio” format consisting of piano, upright bass and rhythm guitar. This perfectly compliments the frontline of voice and violin.

All of the members of HCNE bring unique perspectives to the group as each play in a variety of settings ranging from: the DeChamplain’s work with legendary vocalist Jon Hendricks, clarinetist Ken Peplowski, trombonist Steve Davis and Duke Ellington’s bass player John Lamb; Jason Anick’s work with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson (Downbeat Magazine has called Anick “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin”); Greg Loughman’s work with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and vocalist Mark Murphy; Max O’Rourke’s work with the John Jorgenson Quintet and guitarist Gonzalo Bergara. Collectively drawing on many influences, HCNE brings high-level improvisational skills married with dynamic arrangements and a strong swing feel.

Hot Club of New England's Website

Atla DeChamplain

In 2003, Atla had the opportunity to sing with Jazz legend Jon Hendricks at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Hendricks invited Atla to study with him at the University of Toledo. She accepted the offer and studied with Hendricks for 1 year. She then transferred to the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music and formed a trio with Matt DeChamplain (piano) and Adam Cote (bass). She studied with vocalists Shawnn Monteiro and Dena DeRose and worked under bassist Nat Reeves and trombonist Steve Davis. She completed her Bachelors Degree magna cum laude. She continued her education at the University of Toledo, where she received her Masters degree with a full scholarship. She worked as Jon Hendricks assistant and researched vocal jazz pedagogy as it relates to the performer. She is currently working on a book about learning and performing Vocalese. She also authors a blog for aspiring Jazz Vocalists. Atla currently teaches jazz voice at Western CT State University.

Atla DeChamplain's Website

Jason Anick

One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine).  In addition to leading various groups under his own name and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory.  

Jason Anick's Website

Max O'Rourke

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Max O’Rourke was born and raised in West Rutland, Vermont. His interest in guitar began when he was six and has since progressed into a lifelong journey. While touring around the world with other bands, he has built up a significant amount of original work and is now leading his own project. His debut album Disquiet draws from his roots in gypsy jazz and also marks the start of his love for the electric guitar.

The album is influenced by a broad variety of genres including gypsy and traditional jazz, blues, pop, rock, and impressionism. What ties this stylistically diverse collection of tracks together is their inspiration. As the title suggests, the music is inspired by anxiety, loss, and depression. Through the musical resolution of these feelings, one finds ease and ultimately lays the disquiet to rest.

Max O'Rourke's Website

Greg Loughman

Born in Zanesville, OH, Loughman currently lives in Boston, MA. He has performed with artists including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Hal Galper, Mark Murphy, and many others. Since 2014, he has toured extensively with gypsy jazz group the Rhythm Future Quartet and has made a name for himself in the gypsy jazz world, also performing with artists such as Stephane WrembelGonzalo Bergara, and John Jorgenson. In addition, Greg co-leads the groups Roving Soul and Man On Land, and plays in the John Funkhouser trio, Klezwoods, and the Sonic Explorers. He is also an in demand studio musician in the Boston area and frequently teaches workshops and clinics around the world in addition to teaching private lessons at his home and online.

Greg Loughman's Website




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