Wunderkind jazz pianist Brandon Goldberg appears at Side Door Saturday

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Pianist Brandon Goldberg, who headlines the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme Saturday, is 13 years old and recently recorded his first album called "The Bach Variations."

Of course he didn't call it that!

What he did title it, though, is "Let's Play!," because the young man is indeed a jazz wunderkind and can really bring it. His onstage touch has been described by Brian Zimmerman in Downbeat Magazine as having "the sensitivity and poignancy of a musician three times his age." And JazzTimes writer Lucy Tauss said Goldberg "is a gifted pianist and composer, a sensitive interpreter, and an inventive improviser who is deeply immersed in jazz. ('Let's Play!') is an impressive achievement by any standard, made doubly striking by the fact that Goldberg was 12 when he recorded it."

Hmm, this show — with the estimable (and fully adult) Ben Wolfe (bass) and Donald Edwards (drums) — should blow your mind all many levels.

Brandon Goldberg with Ben Wolfe and Donald Edwards, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Side Door Jazz Club, 85 Lyme St., Old Lyme; $34; oldlymeinn.com.

 

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