ORAN ETKIN

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The Side Door Jazz Club

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ORAN ETKIN – Friday, January 22 - doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thsiedoorjazz.com

Oran Etkin has been described as a "great clarinet player" and "an excellent improviser" by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and a "composer of eminent individuality" by his mentor and teacher, the legendary Yusef Lateef. Steve Nelson,

Etkin's new album on Motema Music (Sept 25 2015 release) is "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman" - a distinctively modern homage to the legendary "king of swing" and his 1930s quartet with Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson. The recording features Etkin's working band with Steve Nelson, Matt Wilson and Sullivan Fortner plus guest vocalist Charenee Wade. This past year Etkin has been touring his ‘Gathering Light’ project at venues including Montreal Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Fest, Paris Jazz Fest, London Jazz Fest and New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Etkin's unique sound on the sax, clarinet and bass-clarinet emanates from an openness to discovery in the world, in himself and within his music. Oran began piano at the age of 5, violin at 8, saxophone at 9 and clarinet at 13. He began studying with renowned saxophonist George Garzone at age 14 and later with Yusef Lateef. He studied classical clarinet and composition as an undergraduate and received a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dave Liebman and Dave Krakauer among others.

Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner Keitel, who enrolled their son in Etkin's Timbalooloo Music Classes for three years, remarked that Etkin "makes music from all over the world accessible and fun for children to listen to and learn about. From the age of two, our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba, and African music - and he knew the difference."

Through years of experience in a myriad of musical cultures, Etkin has developed a unique sound on the clarinet, bass-clarinet and saxophone that draws on ancient traditions from Africa, Israel, New Orleans and beyond, yet resonates with the driving energy of the current New York jazz scene. Check out this great video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTt8UkZrhnA and visit the artist website at www.oranetkin.com

ORAN ETKIN – Friday, January 22 - doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm 860-434-0886* www.thsiedoorjazz.com

*tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable - no audio or video recording allowed (incl. cell phones) photos only during first set - no flash. Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn!

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