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Palace Theater’s Poli Club announces jazz series

WATERBURY — The Palace Theater’s four-show winter jazz series at the Poli Club, opens Jan. 13 with the Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet. The series continues Feb. 3 with the Philippe Lemm Trio, followed by the Vanessa Racci Trio Feb. 24, and concludes March 24 with the Caili O’Doherty Quartet, presented by the Litchfield Jazz Fest. 

Kroon has been a professional musician for the last 50 years. He grew up in New York City, and at home mostly listened to his father’s records, including Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito, and lived among musicians such as Lester Young, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Count Basie and the producer Henry Glover, who lived right on his corner.  Kroon played percussion at a young age. He worked with notables such as Luther Van Dross from 1981 to 2001, and has appeared on seven platinum albums and 15 world tours,  an array of television shows from the Tonight Show to David Letterman, Jay Leno, as well as the Grammys. He has recorded with much of the “Who’s Who” in the recording business, names such as Ron Carter, Roberta Flack, Luther Van Dross, Bill Cosby, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Stanley Turrentine, Bette Midler, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga. 

The series continues Feb. 3 with the Philippe Lemm Trio, with their latest release First Steps. A follow up to their 2018 OiM debut City Birds, First Steps demonstrates the trio’s unique, dynamic voice that has developed after ten years of stellar creative output and consistent touring. 

The Vanessa Racci Trio performs Feb. 24. Racci is a jazz and cabaret singer of Italian American descent. She has produced an album and  performs several shows that celebrate American jazz composers, Italian American music and their contributions to jazz and pop in the U.S.   
After her grandfather passed away, she said she was inspired to reinvent the Italian classics that he taught her with modern jazz arrangements to keep the music alive for future generations. She has performed at more than 70 festivals, events and jazz clubs across the country and has been played on over 20 Italian radio stations across the US and Italy. 

The series wraps March 24 when the Litchfield Jazz Fest Presents the Caili O’Doherty Quartet. O’Doherty has received national awards for jazz piano performance and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award. Caili has performed with various jazz groups at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center (opening for pianist Martial Solal), Litchfield Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival (opening for the Wayne Shorter Quartet), Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as pianist for Terrell Stafford), Portland Jazz Festival, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, MICI International Film Festival in Mexico, Stanford Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and UNESCO First International Jazz Day in Paris, as well as two US State Dept. supported tours to Colombia and Togo and Benin in West Africa.

 Showtimes are 7 and 9 p.m. The series is produced by New England Arts & Entertainment. Individual tickets with General Admission seating are available each of the shows at the Palace Theater Box Office. A series ticket which includes reserved seating at all four shows is also available. The Palace Theater Box office can be reached at 203-346-2000 or online at


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