March 16, 2016
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Associate
860.443.2545 x112 / [email protected]


New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s monthly coffee house program, Listening Room, will present a four-part Jazz series featuring local musicians. Musical performances will highlight Lyman Allyn’s special exhibition, Herman Leonard’s Jazz Memories, on view through May 29, 2016. The series debuts March 24 at 5:30pm in the Museum’s Hendel Library.

Featured musicians include The John Clark & Ian Frenkel Duo, the Old Lyme Inn Trio, Phred & Friends Jazz Quartet, and Almost Blue.

Program Details

Thursday, March 24, 5:30pm
The John Clark & Ian Frenkel Duo
Enjoy a splendid evening featuring jazz selections from the American Popular Songbook with a special emphasis on music of the 1920’s and 30’s – Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman and Fats Waller.

Thursday, April 14, 5:30pm
Old Lyme Inn Trio
This piano trio, led from the drums by Ken Kitchings, includes Steve Donovan at piano and Mike Assetta on bass, and is well known along the shoreline for their smooth and energetic improvisations on the American Songbook repertoire. As the “house band” of the Old Lyme Inn, they are frequent collaborators with the extraordinary musicians who perform at “The Side Door” and take the stage themselves from time to time at that now famous destination.

Thursday, April 21, 5:30pm
Phred & Friends Jazz Quartet
Phred Mileski has been described as “one of New England’s finest song stylists.” Her astonishing vocal range, engaging stage presence, and interpretations of jazz standards (and some not-so-standards) have earned her critical acclaim and airplay in the U.S. as well as Europe. A shameless genre-jumper, she can be found performing in many different bands around southeastern Connecticut.

Thursday, May 26, 5:30pm
Almost Blue
Almost Blue is a jazz duo featuring the vocal talent of Heather James with John Mailloux accompanying on piano and guitar. Heather is a recording studio session vocalist and John is a two-time Grammy nominated mastering engineer. After working together for many years they decided to team up and perform the music they love. Their repertoire includes jazz standards by such artists as Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Nina Simone.

The admission fee is $15 per concert for members / $20 per concert for non-members. Reservations are required. Please contact the Museum at 860-443-2545 ext.129.

For more information or images, please contact Rebecca Marsie at 860.443.2545 x112 or at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 11 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 16,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at:

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