Palace Theater Poli Club Jazz Concerts Return to Waterbury

The Jazz series at the Palace Theater Poli Club resumes on August 20 with Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet with their “Take Back The Stages” tour.

The New York Times says, “The Afro-Peruvian sextet knows its mission well and has the execution down to a science” and according to Rifftides “The sextet writes a new chapter in the history of Latin jazz.” This show represents a unique opportunity to experience one of Latin America’s best-kept secrets in person.

The fall series kicks off September 17 with the first of three shows featuring the Melissa Newman Quartet. Newman sings standards and prefers an intimate setting for his shows. The daughter of actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, she is most comfortable singing at a local restaurant without too much spotlight. She has appeared several times at the Poli Club and often responds to requests from the public.

Also in the fall series, the Nick DiMaria Quintet on November 12 and the Dan Pugach Nonet on December 10. Di Maria is a trumpeter, composer, podcaster, activist and educator based in New Haven. He has worked with musicians of the highest caliber including Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, Peter Bernstein and Jimmy Greene.

Dan Pugach is a GRAMMY® nominated drummer and songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Israel and moved to the United States in 2006. He was a drummer for The Air Force Band in the IDF while attending the Rimon School of Jazz at the same time. The Dan Pugach Nonet is a nine-piece ensemble playing his original music and arrangements.

On October 15, the duo Alexis Cole performs a rescheduled show from 2020, and tickets for the original date will be honored. Contact the ticket office for more details.


During her seven years in the Army Big Band, Cole had the opportunity to grow as a musician and a person, sharing the stage with such diverse ensembles as the New York Philharmonic and Kool and the Gang. The singer’s career has taken on an exciting new impetus, with recent accomplishments including gigs at famous venues like The Carlyle, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note; and performances as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Boston Pops and the Detroit Symphony.

Showtimes are at 7 and 9 p.m., with doors and bar opening at 6:30 p.m. Seating is general admission. Tickets are available for the entire three-show series which includes reserved seating at each show. The series is produced by New England Arts and Entertainment. Tickets are available at the Palace Theater box office at 203-346-2000 or at www.PalaceTheaterCT.org

Jazz performances at Poli Club will follow all COVID-19 protocols as directed by the Governor.

Willie J. Johnson