Music: Jazz by Nick Di Maria Thurs., Aug. 15, at 8 PM

Nick_Di_Maria_BV_WebNick Di Maria brings his jazz group to the Best Video Performance Space for a return engagement on Thursday, Aug. 15. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Nick Di Maria is a New Haven, CT based trumpeter, composer and educator.

A graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Nick holds a Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance studying under Eddie Henderson, Dave Scott, Jeremy Pelt, Taylor Ho Bynum and Rich Clymer.

Nick began playing music at age 10 and over the years has played in multiple genres from jazz to reggae to classical to punk. In 2001 Nick joined the CT Ska/Punk scene playing with the infamous band, The Flaming Tsunamis. For 5 years Nick was an integral member of the 6 piece band, touring with and  co-writing some of the band’s most famous tunes. Nick appears on 2 of the band’s albums, Focus the Fury and Zombies vs. Robots!

In 2006 upon graduating from college, Nick assembled his first working quartet. From the beginning the band began working the CT jazz scene playing all over the state, including a residency in Newtown in the summer of 2006.

In 2008, after some personnel changes, Nick assembled his current line up. A group that has been working not only CT but NYC as well. The music of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi group was very influential in the creative sound of this current group. Nick began composing in the style of the band, using electronic and avant garde influences in his writing and sound. The band released their first album in May 2011 entitled Between You & Me to positive reviews.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 14. GARAGE ROCK/PUNK: THE ESTROGEN HIGHS

• Thursday, Aug. 15. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Monday, Aug. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THE WAR WITHIN”

• Thursday, Aug. 22. MULTI-MEDIA: HAPPENING/NOW

• Monday, Aug. 26. FILM SCREENING: “THE OTHER SON”

• Thursday, Aug. 29. SOLO POP: SOLIN

• Thursday, Sept. 26. WEST INDIAN MUSIC: LUKE RODNEY