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        Friday June 8, 2018 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Norman Johnson Quartet

Showtimes are at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Tickets available at
The Palace Theater Box Office
 ( 203 ) 346-2000  
-or-
 
www.PalaceTheaterCT.org


 

Guitarist and composer, Norman Johnson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and became interested in playing the guitar in his freshman year of high school after a friend let him borrow a recording of George Benson’s “The Other Side of Abby Road.” His other early influences were Wes Montgomery, Earl Klugh, and r&b groups Rufus (with Chaka Khan) and Earth, Wind and Fire. He studied at the Hartford Conservatory of Music with Bob Shaw for guitar and the Hartt School of Music taking classes with Jackie McLean and the award winning guitartist/composer Brian Keane. Johnson’s virtuosity on the guitar led him to listen to other styles of guitar, which gives him his unique sound. An east coast resident and always active in the music scene, the Norman Johnson Group won the Hartford Advocate “best jazz” in 2000 and in 1998 Norman won the Communicator Award for “Otis in China,” a composition he wrote for Otis Elevator. His debut solo release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, If Time Stood Still, is an exquisite expression of music that has been waiting to happen. With over twenty recordings as a sideman, playing with highly respected musicians (Dave Brubeck, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Mays, Harvie S., Phil Wilson and Steve Gadd) along with composing and recording music for corporate clients, this release puts Norman Johnson in the spotlight he truly deserves. If Time Stood Still is well worth the wait with original songs in the genres of contemporary jazz, smooth jazz and Latin grooves along with the Pat Metheny cover tune, “Always and Forever.” “It’s Time To Fly” from the CD reached #19 on the Groove Smooth Jazz National Charts and the CD ended the year 2010 at #35.

                

  www.NormanJohnsonGuitar.com

 

 

 

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        Friday June 29, 2018 - Palace Theater Poli Club 

             Jim Ridl Quartet

Showtimes are at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Tickets available at
The Palace Theater Box Office
 ( 203 ) 346-2000  
-or-
 
www.PalaceTheaterCT.org


 

Jim Ridl is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher residing in the New York City area. He performs internationally with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Ximo Tebar’s IVAM Jazz Ensemble of Spain, and the Tim Horner Quintet. Jim’s sixth CD, Jim Ridl’s Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams, features the outstanding soloists Terell Stafford, Donald Edwards, and John Benitez in an inspired quartet setting. Jim has 5 previously released recordings: Your Cheatin' Heart and Other Works on the Dreambox Media Label; Door In a Field (DBM); Jim Ridl Trio/Live (DBM); Blues Liberations - Solo Piano (DBM); and Five Minutes to Madness and Joy (Synergy Music). For the fall semester of 2012, Jim was as a Visiting Jazz Artist at Princeton University where he created an inspired and successful jazz performance program specifically for 14 auditioned students. Additionally, Jim has performed and/or recorded with Randy Brecker, Marc Johnson, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Ravi Coltrane, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Marko Marcinko, Donny McCaslin, Jean Michel Pilc, Dick and Ted Nash, Ari Hoenig, Jimmy Bruno, Tim Warfield, Terrell Stafford, Carla Cook, Matt Wilson.

                

  www.JimRidl.com