Kick back before kickoff at Nov. 3 Cools Cats Jazz Brunch

The event is emceed by WTNH anchor Darren Kramer with music by Neighborhood Music School Jazz Ensemble, Jeff Fuller, director. Kramer, a talented amateur photographer, has been in the news business for more than three decades.

BRANFORD – The Branford Compassion Club is presenting an encore of its popular Cool Cats Jazz Brunch benefit emceed by WTNH News 8 anchor Darren Kramer and featuring the esteemed Jeff Fuller and the Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble.

The buffet brunch is Sunday, Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club, 2 Club Parkway. There is a donation of $50 a person. Tickets may be purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4406272 or by email at bccspecialevents32@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.branfordcompassionclub.org.

The cool jazz of the Premier Jazz Ensemble quintet sets just the right vibe for a little repast before the Sunday football slate. If the music doesn’t chill you out, the club’s stunning views of Long Island Sound will, not to mention its renowned Sunday brunch. There will be a silent auction and cash bar.

Proceeds help defray operating expenses at the nonprofit’s Feline Rescue & Adoption Center, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford, and support its mission to feed, shelter and care for homeless, abandoned and feral cats, educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter population control, responsible pet ownership and kindness to animals through community outreach.

“We are thrilled to bring back Jeff Fuller and his talented musicians, and we thank Darren for giving up a Sunday for us,” said BCC President Peg Johnson. “It’s a wonderful way to enjoy some great music and help our cause at the same time.”

Fuller, a performer, teacher and composer, is one of the most sought-after musicians in Connecticut. The award-winning bassist has toured with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan and Clark Terry. Fuller was the 2014 recipient of the annual Jazz Haven Award for “presenting and preserving the culture of jazz.” His trio featuring pianist Darren Litzie and drummer Ben Bilello has released three CDs. While he is known as a bass player, he will be at the keyboard for the brunch.

Kramer, the popular anchor of WTNH News 8, has been in the news business for more than three decades. The Wisconsin native is a talented amateur photographer who gives generously of his time to charities. He has a large following on Twitter, where he is a prolific Tweeter of both wry commentary and news postings.

Branford Compassion Club was founded in 1997. Its Feline Rescue & Adoption Center has adopted out more than 2,600 cats or kittens since its 2011 opening. To donate or for more information, visit www.branfordcompassonclub.org.

— Submitted press release

Connecticut Media Group