Japanese and Korean dishes share table space within Abis Japanese Traditional Cuisine, a Greenwich eatery in business for more than 20 years. Sushi chefs slice ocean-fresh seafood for sashimi and sushi platters, and hibachi chefs sear filet mignon, red snapper, and other proteins on tableside grills, pairing them with sides such as japanese fried onion soup. Korean specialties include bulgogi, seafood pancakes, and bibim bam served in heated stone bowls.
A three-day lineup stocked with jazz legends and emerging talents blasts through more time signatures than a clock’s checkbook to usher in the 16th incarnation of the Litchfield Jazz Festival. The Springs Center stage kicks off Friday with genre luminaries The Clayton Brothers, whose silky sounds light a fire under the crowd that fellow Grammy nominees Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue stoke with brassy flares. Saturday hosts a veritable who’s-who of mind-blowing musicians with NEA Jazz Master grant winner Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band blasting buttery sounds after a Ray Charles tribute featuring Davell Crawford belts harmonies more memorable than “Happy Birthday” sung in Klingon. A collection of performers worthy of a Gatsbyan soiree closes out the festival on Sunday, with a hip-swinging finale from Jimmy Heath.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
SFJazz Collective's eight-maestro cast, known for its enthralling tributes to jazz masters such as Coltrane and Monk, immerses audiences in an aural carnival of funk as they tackle the soulful repertoire of Stevie Wonder. The crafty collective fuses their eclectic imaginations to Wonder’s wondrous Motown recordings, forging new adventures in sonic architecture with the talents of Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, acclaimed trumpeter Avishai Cohen, and rising star vibraphonist and Whac-A-Mole champion Stefon Harris. From funk institutions such as “Superstition” to the brassy barnstorm of “Sir Duke,” the band’s jazzy chops sweetens Stevie Wonder’s slinky syncopations like warm maple syrup drizzled on a hot stack of gold records.