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WHERE: Donald L. Oat Theater, 62 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360

WHEN: Friday, December 3 at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm

Tickets $20

The Norwich Arts Center presents Cool Cat Jazz on Friday, December 3 at the Donald L. Oat Theater at 8:00pm. Part of NAC’s First Friday Live Sounds series of music performances, this jazz quintet promises to deliver a truly vibrant show with the invigorating sounds of the Big Easy, performing a variety of jazz and big band favorites.

Celebrating New Orleans Dixieland and Swing Jazz, this extremely diverse and energetic five piece band is one of New England's hottest Dixieland and jazz acts. Often injecting new twists into old tunes, Cool Cat Jazz performs music from the 20's through the 40's but also switches gears to present more contemporary music in traditional jazz styling. Band members include: Nicholas Difabbio (banjo and guitar), Jim Fryer (trombone), Fred Vigorito (cornet), Donn Doucette (bass), Sherman Kahn (clarinet), Sal Ranniello (drums). These talented and versatile showmen deliver a lively jazz experience!

First Friday Live Sounds runs from October through May and features a different artist every month. Events are BYOB but you can also enjoy refreshments from the Norwich Arts Center’s concession stand. Tables seat up to eight people, and ticket prices for this event are $20 per person. To purchase tickets, call the Norwich Arts Center / Donald L. Oat Theatre Box Office at 860-887-2789, or tickets can be purchased through their web site at

For further updates on what’s going on in the arts in the Norwich area, email the Norwich Arts Center at, and sign up to receive Intaglio, the NAC bi-weekly newsletter on their website. NAC receives support from the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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