Two concerts for jazz fans this month

Two jazz concerts will heat up the Brubeck Room this month.

Veteran musicians Bucky Pizzarelli, John Cutrone and Jerry Bruno take to the stage on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7:30, performing favorite jazz standards. A week later, saxophone phenom Grace Kelly performs on Friday, Jan. 23, beginning at 8, playing with Pete McCann on guitar, Julia Pederson on bass and Ross Pederson on drums.

No strangers to Wilton, the seasoned trio played to an enthusiastic audience last year at this time. Mr. Pizzarelli has had a stellar career for more than six decades. A self-taught master of the seven-string guitar, he is championed by swing musicians and has played or recorded with musicians from Benny Goodman to the Tonight Show Band. Bassist Jerry Bruno played with Frank Sinatra for many years beginning in 1979 including at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. He has worked with music legends such as Tony Bennett, Tommy Dorsey, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme to name a few. Percussionist John Cutrone is an area favorite who has appeared on albums ranging from jazz artist Lou Stein to folk artist Pete Seeger. He has worked with Marvin Stamm, Chris Brubeck, Danny Stiles and many others.

Grace Kelly

Ms. Kelly first performed at Wilton Library in 2011, at the age of 18. Now 22, the Korean American singer/songwriter/saxophonist/composer returns to the Brubeck stage with even more experience under her belt. As a bandleader, she has performed more than 600 concerts worldwide in such notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and festivals such as Montreal, Montreux and Newport.

She has also performed and/or recorded with artists such as Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Dave Brubeck, Gloria Estefan, David Sanborn, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, James Cotton, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. Her CDs will be available for purchase and signing at the reception.

Advance registration for these concerts is strongly recommended. A donation of $10 per person is suggested for each concert.

For information or to register, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.