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Michigan’s Phil Denny Brings Out The Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 27, 2015 8:59 am

Bill O'Brien Photo About 850 people packed the Branford Green on a recent beautiful night to hear the contemporary jazz of a popular newcomer named Phil Denny (pictured) who turned his hobby into his profession.

Born in Florida, Phil’s family moved to Lansing, Michigan when he was a youngster. After high school Phil attended Olivet College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He went into finance, becoming a vice-president for a mortgage broker firm.

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Branford Photographers View The World

by Diana Stricker | Aug 19, 2015 7:00 am

Sam Stricker Photo Robert Thomas is a happy photographer.

Thomas was among 17 Branford photographers whose work was showcased at a weekend exhibit at the Academy on the Green, sponsored by the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA).

“What really impressed me is that we have a lot of strong work,” Thomas said as he looked around the exhibit. He said the event was a great chance to meet other local photographers, and to have their works viewed. “I think we’re starting to get something happening here,” he said. “Just to see the response is wonderful.”

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Brazilian Jazz Gets Folks in the Groove

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 18, 2015 9:28 am | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien Photo What a cool coincidence:  A year to the day before the 2016 Summer Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, Maria Tiscia and her Brazilian Rio Bound jazz combo found themselves performing before an enthusiastic crowd on the Branford Green.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Fairfield County based group was performing for the first time in Branford in the seventh concert of the popular Branford Jazz Series. They played Brazilian Jazz featuring selections from Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sergio Mendez. The audience loved it.

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The World, Through Michael Marsland’s Lens

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 6, 2015 6:37 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford native Michael Marsland held the second photography exhibition in two weeks at the Academy on the Green this past weekend and it drew large crowds.

Bill O'Brien Photo The event was hosted by the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA) from Thursday to Saturday and generated a lot of interest with over 125 visitors attending. A reception was held on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Cool Events This Weekend and Beyond

by marcia chambers | Jul 31, 2015 11:41 am

With Permission What to do this weekend? How about hopping over to Guilford to visit the Greene Art Gallery, which has mounted a fine summer art show, or head for a purr-fect feline indoor picnic or visit the Academy on the Green for a unique photography show. And don’t forget some fine cool Jazz on the town Green. It’s summer, after all.

This Weekend :Friday, July 30, Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, Aug. 1


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A Lively Evening on the Green!

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 28, 2015 9:48 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green was moving and shaking Thursday night during the fifth jazz concert of the summer, featuring renowned guitarists Vinny Raniola and Frank Vignola before another large crowd estimated at approximately1,000 people. 

Bill O'Brien Photo “We wondered how just two performers would go over, but I think it’s safe to say it was very well received,” said Charlotte Mattei, an organizer and committee member said after the show. “The audience loved them.”

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Jazz On The Green: A Perfect Night

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 21, 2015 8:39 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Thursday’s Jazz on the Green drew one of the largest crowds of the summer. Around a 1,000 gathered for an evening of music, refreshments and friendship. Featured performer was ASCAP award-winning songwriter Kathy Kosins.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It was a perfect night for a concert,” said Charlotte Mattei, the evening’s master of ceremonies and one of the event’s organizers. Temperature in the low 70s and no humidity made the cool night even more perfect, especially as the sun was setting.  The Monument crowd gets there early to grab their good seats

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Cool Events Here and Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jul 17, 2015 10:10 am

This is a great weekend to be outdoors, especially in four shoreline towns. Branford, East Haven, Guilford and Madison are holding weekend events near or on the town green. Each one is different. There’s a lot to choose from for kids and families

Friday, July 17

A Day at the Beach

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Backstage at the Branford Festival

by Marcia Chambers | Jul 15, 2015 1:20 pm

Mary Johnson Photo It’s been a month since the annual Branford Festival drew thousands of people to the Branford Green.

Mary Johnson Photo Much of what the public sees is out front: the road race, the hundreds of vendors on the town Green, the performers on stage and a happy audience.

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Kelly Mittleman Brings Out the Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 13, 2015 9:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Despite the forecast of heavy rain in early evening, the crowd came out to the town Green anyway for this year’s third “Jazz on the Green” concert.

Bill O'Brien Photo They came to hear Kelly Mittleman, the popular singer who combines a mix of jazz, soul and R&B. An estimated crowd of 600 showed up with their picnic baskets and lounge chairs, even though the weatherman predicted rain.

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