New Haven and Hartford jazz icons and future musical legends unite at NXTHVN for Black History Month. Mindi Rose Englart photos.
The Tyshawn Sorey Trio. Photo courtesy Firehouse 12.
Alisha Brabham Photos.
James "Dinky" Johnson, who owned and ran Dinkie's Jazz Club, with a new bust celebrating his imprint on New Haven jazz history. Coral Ortiz Photos.
Percussionist Ches Smith and members of We All Break stood before the audience, conjuring that sweet spot where Haitian Vodou drumming and jazz come together. Looking out onto the space, the group began with a melodic a cappella, combining vocal chants from Daniel Brevil with the trio of vocalists at the center.
A string of cymbals reverberated through Firehouse 12, spreading a euphoric haze over the room. It began with a crescendo, rising softly into a boom! Beneath them, drums tap-tapped like raindrops and thunder during a heavy storm. The audience may have been inside, but suddenly the air was alive and electric.
Shaunda Holloway Photos.