Jeff and Joel’s House Party, an enormously popular three-day bash which features the red-hot Paris Washboard and a legion of top American players, is virtually sold-out for its four shows for the weekend of October 7-9.
Opening night, which is solely devoted to the Paris Washboard, was the first event to sell out very quickly as ticket sales soared across-the-board, a far too rare phenomenon for jazz concerts.
Paris Washboard, the awesome French foursome, plays throughout the weekend, along with an array of other trad jazz masters on two sessions on October 8 and one on October 9.
Top-seeded trad jazz pianist Jeff Barnhart, ringmaster for this Jazz Cirque du Soleil, and his irrepressible co-host, banjoist/vocalist Joel Schiavone, keep the old-time music flowing with brash, youthful vigor in the intimate setting of the festival’s new digs at the Elks Lodge in Branford.
Among those stoking the music’s continuous flames are reedman Noel Kaletsky, cornetist Fred Vigorito, the renowned physician and eminent jazz tubaologist, Dr. Eli Newberger, and a host of other jazz practitioners specializing in how to let the good times roll.
With the birth of the new festival and the skyrocketing ticket sales for Jeff and Joel’s House Party, Connecticut’s fall jazz season is off to a roaring start. 2017 dates just announced are Friday October 13, Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15, 2017.