The Mattatuck Museum will feature the talented jazz group, The Soul Jazz Project at the First Thursday event on August 4, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. All are invited to come and enjoy a lovely evening of Jazz in the Courtyard of the Mattatuck.

   The Soul Jazz Project was created by bassist Stu Woods to play some of the great music of the Hard Bop and Soul Jazz period from 1955 to 1965 and bring it to a new audience. The group focuses on the music of some of the greatest instrumentalists of the period, not often known for their compositions. Soul Jazz Project features music by Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Jackie Mclean, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Clark, Oliver Nelson, Clifford Brown and other great composers from this era.

   Stu Woods has been a New York City studio musician for many years and has recorded with Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow and Manhattan Transfer, among others. He also played for television jingles including Ford, Burger King, Coke, and McDonalds. Stu has played live with Lionel Hampton, Patti LuPone and Bob James and wrote source music for the film “Prelude to a Kiss.” Joining Stu are some of the finest Jazz musicians in the area including John Cutrone on Drums, Guitarist Bill Bickford, Paul Mariconda playing the Piano and Organ, Tim Ouimet on Trumpet and Tenor Saxophonist Ken Gioffre. Individually, the members have played with such notable musicians and artists as Ray Charles, Dizzy Gilespie, John Pattituci, Smokey Robinson, Clark Terry, Bucky Pizzarelli and Billy Cobham, to name a few.

   First Thursday is a great way to meet up with friends, network with business associates and enjoy live music. To purchase tickets in advance call Cathy Filippone at (203) 753-0381 ext 10. Or go to the website at for more information and to register online. Admission is $7 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Join the museum or renew your membership on First Thursday and get in free!

   For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Cultural & Tourism, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.