, the young, Turkish-born guitarist/composer who embraced Hartford as his hometown, has established himself as a much-respected, expressive and independent- minded player on the talent-laden local scene.
Now virtually a brand name for quality as a sideman or leader, he's worked in numerous local venues, including his regular, long-running Wednesday night gig at Cuvee, a restaurant in West Hartford Center, and at festivals and clubs in Connecticut and New York. With an encore album on its way, the native of Ankara has already made an indelible mark with his aptly named debut disc, On My Way," which has been critically acclaimed and enjoyed wide airplay.All of which makes Bakir the ideal premiere headliner for The 2012- 2013 Windsor Art Center/Hartford Jazz Society Freight House Jazz Series," which the guitarist launches Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St., Windsor.
Running through June 20, 2013, the nine-concert series ranges from the one-on-one, conversation-like collaboration between vocalist Nicki Mathis and guitarist Norman Johnson to the mighty Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, a 13-piece ensemble, which combines classical forms, Argentine tango, folk music and free-wheeling improvisations.
Also on track for the freight house series are: pianist Danny Fox, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, trumpeter Ricky Alfonso, the Dave Palla Trio; The Gerry Beaudoin Trio with special guest Harry Allen, and trumpeter Saskia Laroo and pianist Warren Byrd.
Donation at the door $10. Parking is free. Information: www.windsorartcenter.org and 860-688-2528.
Co-produced by WAC and HJS, the series marks its second season at WAC, a visual and performing arts center housed in a former, rehabbed freight house adjacent to the Amtrak line in downtown Windsor.
The Center, which celebrates its fifth anniversary with a party, an art exhibition opening and other activities Sept. 20, presents 24 to 28 musical performances per year plus six visual art exhibitions showcasing artists from throughout New England and beyond. Artist's talks and children's activities round out the non-profit's seasonal programming.
The facility includes an admission-free main gallery, two smaller galleries and a small gift shop, which features locally made art such as pottery goods, plus some CDs and books.
Concerts are held in the main gallery, an intimate, friendly setting with seating set up for about 60 patrons.