The 2nd Line Jazz Quartet puts a fresh, toe-tapping spin on the Great American Songbook.

We take our name from the “Second Line,” the place where jazz was born, in New Orleans in the 1890s. Brass Bands were seen marching everywhere in the city and steady beat of their bass drums could be heard a block away. The second liners were people who followed behind the main procession and played snatches of improvised rhythm and melody in-between the beats. This type of syncopation turned rhythm on it’s head and gave birth to jazz, the uniquely American art form of the last century and this one.

For bookings reach us at (860) 392-8072 and the2ndlinejazzquartet

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Screen name:
2nd Line
Member since:
Feb 14 2015
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
44 years


Our influences are varied and include Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra and Bill Evans.

Members Of Band

Vocalist Sue Lopes was educated at the Hartford Conservatory. She has thrilled crowds from Hartford to New Orleans over the past 15 years with her distinctive, polished renditions of the jazz canon.

Double bassist Jim Daggs has performed professionally since the age of sixteen, after learning the art of jazz bass from his luminary father, Richard Daggs. Jim has appeared on stages with Maynard Ferguson, Stefon Harris, and Tony Zano.

Drummer Dennis Marolda has worked as a professional musician for over forty years, with experience playing everything from rock and jazz to symphonic music. As a military musician Dennis toured extensively in Europe as well as Asia and the US and recently retired from the CT National Guard Band with 38 years of service.

2nd Line founder and pianist Jerry Aiyathurai adds a formal touch, drawing on his eight years with the ABRSM program of the Royal College of Music and his wide experience in musical theater to provide direction to the ensemble.


We utilize the highest quality instrumentation and amplification.



Past Events

The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown CT

Concert at Performance HUB USA (Torrington)


Performance at Smokin' with Chris in Southington

Jazz Brunch at the Atheneum

Performance at the Outer Space (Hamden)

Live Jazz and Fine Dining

Live Jazz in Middletown

A Private Function

A private function

Performance at Casa Mia Restaurant in Rocky Hill, CT

The 2nd Line Quartet will be performing at The Outer Space in Hamden.

The 2nd Line will be performing at the Passages Gallery from 6-9pm.

(509 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105)

The 2nd Line Quartet will be performing at Simsbury's Maple Tree Cafe.

The 2nd Line Quartet will be the featured guest performer on the Studio 21 TV Show.

Join the 2nd Line Quartet as we celebrate the release of our CD "Blue Waters."

The 2nd Line Quartet is thrilled to be recording their upcoming CD, "Blues Skies" with Warren Amerman of Rotary Records.