Firehouse 12 In New Haven Announces Spring Jazz Lineup

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Bassist Ben Allison opens Firehouse 12's season on March 21. (Greg Aiello Photo.)

Bassist Ben Allison opens Firehouse 12’s season on March 21. (Greg Aiello Photo.)

New Haven’s Firehouse 12, one of the best places in the state to hear contemporary jazz, kicks off its ninth annual Spring Jazz Series on Friday, March 21 with a performance by the Ben Allison Trio.

Allison, a bassist and composer with 11 albums as a bandleader under his belt, grew up in New Haven, where he attended the ACES Educational Center for the Arts and Wilbur Cross High School before heading off to NYU to study jazz performance. His show at Firehouse 12 will spotlight the music of Jim Hall, Jimmy Giuffre and others, performed by Allison, guitarist Steve Cardenas and saxophonist Ted Nash.

The Spring Jazz Series continues with a two-set performance every Friday night through June 13, ranging from Firehouse 12 debuts by Kevin Hays and Russ Nolan to sets by veterans of the space, including Taylor Ho Bynum, Noah Baerman and Mary Halvorson.

Tickets for all events are $18 for the first set (8:30 p.m.) and $12 for the second set (10 p.m.). Head to or call 203-785-0468 for tickets. Season passes are also available for $200 — quite a deal.

Here’s the complete Firehouse 12 schedule:

March 21: Ben Allison Trio

March 28: Kevin Hays New Day Trio

April 4: Kneebody

April 11: Thumbscrew

April 18: Bad Touch

April 25: Rudy Royston 303

May 2: Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet

May 9: Noah Baerman and The Jazz Samaritan Alliance

May 16: Russ Nolan Quartet featuring Manuel Valera

May 23: Barry Altschul and The 3dom Factor

May 30: For Living Lovers: Brandon Ross and Stomu Takeishi

June 6: Linda Oh Group – Sun Pictures

June 13: Satoko Fujii Trio + 1

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