Our Guest Rooms are open. As of December 8th the Restaurant and SideDoor Jazz Club remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Thank you!
THE SIDE DOOR
WORLD CLASS JAZZ CLUB
THE SIDE DOOR JAZZ
THE SIDE DOOR IS QUITE LITERALLY A DREAM COME TRUE
The Side Door jazz club is the realization of a long-cherished dream. Ken Kitchings has always been a true fan of jazz music and brought many great artists to The Garde Theatre in New London, Connecticut during his time there.
Ralph Peterson and The Messenger Legacy Project ONLINE Release Concert
Online Project Release Concert / Listening Session for new recording on Onyx Music Label Onward and Upward..... Available on all platforms!
You Tube Live Stream Event from the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut
Master Drummer, Producer and Bandleader Ralph Peterson presents a special night of music reopening The Side Door for their first live stream concert (NO AUDIENCE) and listening session since the pandemic shut things down in March. Joining RP on the bandstand will be a different horn front line in each of the two sets.
Set 1 will be Phillip Harper (Trpt), Craig Handy (Alto), Bill Pierce (Tnr) and for Set 2 will be Sean Jones (Trpt), Robin Eubanks (Trmb), Bill Pierce (Tnr) Rounding out the rhythm section on both sets will be Essiet Essiet(Bs) and Zaccai Curtis (P).
TICKETS FOR EACH SET ARE SOLD SEPARATELY!
Purchase your tickets here at Eventbrite in advance and the link will be sent at least 24 hours prior to the show via your email. A representative from the band will be available in the live chat to take your questions.
In 2011 Ken and his wife Chris bought the beautiful, but sadly neglected, Old Lyme Inn and put their hearts and souls into bringing its former glory to life. Once the inn became an established part of the Old Lyme community, Ken set his sights on an unused "side door" space attached to the inn, visualizing the perfect jazz venue: intimate, welcoming, elegant and a quality, great sounding room that the very best jazz artists would be happy to play in.
On May 10th, 2013 its door and stage were opened by none other than the venerable George Wein and his Newport All-Star band, cutting the ribbon and giving his blessing to an awestruck Ken Kitchings! Opening night was an incredible gala night opening to be remembered – setting the standard for modern Jazz clubs and placing The Side Door firmly on the jazz venue map!