Music: The Coppola Jazz Guitar Duo performs Fri., Mar. 10

Jazz guitarists—and father and daughter—Michael and Michaela Coppola play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Mar. 10. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

After playing for 20 years, Michael Coppola, on a mission to solve the age old problem of executing jazz piano voicings on guitar, created a tuning for an 8 stringed instrument. This new type of guitar, with inner high end strings was the predecessor to the 9 string “hydra”, which became Coppola’s instrument for life. Michael Coppola has become one of a small handful of guitarists who have pushed the boundaries of the instrument, and the only to come up with this unique tuning.

Reviews of his CDs have been filled with descriptions such as unique, amazing, mind-boggling, magical, inventive and so much more. He has played at major guitar shows and concerts throughout the world including the  Montreal Jazz Festival, The Chet Atkins Festival, Namm,and many others, as well as some of the country’s top jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, The Iridium, Knickerbocker and many others.Mainly a solo artist, Coppola has alsoperformed or recorded with many of today’s top musicians, especially guitarists such as Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, Tony Purrone, Howard Alden, Stephen Bennett, Tommy Emmanuel, and Joscho Stephan.

Michael was a regular guest on Monday nights at the Iridium, invited by Les Paul himself. Lately, he has been performing with his 17 year old prodigy daughter Michaela, who is the CT high school Allstate jazz guitarist as well as the national honor ensemble jazz guitarist (#1 in the country).

Michael Coppola’s album Return Of The Hydra was chosen as a top ten pick for the year 2002, in Coda Magazine. His original composition “Movin”, released on the New Impressions album, was a winner in the 2002 John Lennon Song Competition. Reviews and articles about his work have appeared in numerous magazines including: Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar, Jazztimes, 20th Century Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar.

At age thirteen, Michaela Coppola became the youngest performing member of the Fairfield County Jazz Guild, where she developed her Jazz improvisational skills on the stage of local Jazz Club, Two Boots, in Bridgeport. During this time, she mainly played with college music majors and made some guest appearances with local professional Jazz artists. For the past three years, Michaela has been performing semi-professionally with her father, renowned jazz guitarist Michael Coppola, at many events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada; The Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, Tennessee and Connecticut’s Levitt Pavilion and other venues. She is a regular performing artist in the house band of the monthly Jazz Jam at Café Nine in New Haven, Connecticut as well as other local Connecticut clubs and restaurants.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, Mar. 6. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA”

• Tuesday, Mar. 7 ORCHESTRAL EXPERIMENTAL ROCK: FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE (from Atlanta, Georgia); EXPERIMENTAL: LARGE OBJECTS

• Wednesday, Mar. 8. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Friday, Mar. 10. JAZZ GUITAR: THE COPPOLA JAZZ GUITAR DUO

• Saturday, Mar. 11. JAZZ: THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Monday, Mar. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MOONLIGHT”

• Wednesday,  Mar. 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHULA WEINSTEIN & BEN ROSS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

• Friday, Mar. 17. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN 66

• Saturday, Mar. 18. INDIE FOLK: JAMES AM DOWNES, BROOMS, GABE MORTALI

• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Wednesday, Mar. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: LAMONT

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; DANCY DREAM POP: FOVEA

• Saturday, Apr. 1. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, Apr. 2. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “WARGAMES”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Sunday, Apr. 23. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Sunday, May 7. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

Music: Jazz with Michaela Coppola, Amanda Bellitto on Thurs., July 7

Jazz guitarist Michaela Coppola and vocalist Amanda Bellitto will perform at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, July 7. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Amanda Bellitto is a jazz vocalist out of Fairfield, Connecticut. She has been singing for eight years, and performing professionally since the age of 15. She performs regularly in a jazz duo with Michaela Coppola on guitar, and a pop/folk duo with Jerome Goosman. She is also part of a quartet with Jake Epstein, Esdras Lubin and Jack Srebnik.

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At age thirteen, Michaela Coppola became the youngest performing member of the Fairfield County Jazz Guild, where she developed her Jazz improvisational skills on the stage of local Jazz Club, Two Boots, in Bridgeport. During this time, she mainly played with college music majors and made some guest appearances with local professional Jazz artists.

For the past three years, Michaela has been performing semi-professionally with her father, renowned jazz guitarist Michael Coppola, at many events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada; The Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, Tennessee and Connecticut’s Levitt Pavilion and other venues. She is a regular performing artist in the house band of the monthly Jazz Jam at Café Nine in New Haven, Connecticut as well as other local Connecticut clubs and restaurants. She was featured at Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum’s Guitar Series with Master Jazz Guitarist, Gene Bertoncini and has also performed with Jazz Piano Legend, Don Trenner and many others.

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Her thirst for knowledge brought her to the Litchfield Summer Jazz Program under the tutelage of masters such as Claudio Roditti and Dave Stryker and the Neighborhood Music School Summer Program with Wayne Escoffrey.Michaela just graduated from ACES Education Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut and studied with Jeff Fuller and Jim Martin. Michaela was selected as the lead guitarist for the 2012 and 2013 Connecticut Regional Jazz Festival, 2013 Connecticut All State Jazz Festival and the 2013 National Honor Jazz Ensemble. Michaela is also a member of the Shoreline Community Big Band. Currently Michaela is a student at The New School of Jazz in New York City. She studies with Vic Juris, Jimmy Owens, and Gerard D’Angelo.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, July 6. STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW

• Thursday, July 7. JAZZ: MICHAELA COPPOLA & AMANDA BELLITTO

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA, REBECCA KESSLER OF VIOLENT MAE (SOLO)

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Wednesday, Aug. 10. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Thursday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL