The Litchfield Jazz Festival is pleased to announce “Christmas Tree-O: A Holiday Concert” featuring Artist-in-Residence, drummer, Matt Wilson. Join us at St. Andrew's Church in Kent on Saturday, December 11th at 3:00 PM. The concert will feature festive jazzy tunes from his latest release, “Christmas Tree-O,” out now on Palmetto Records. Matt Wilson kicked-off his stint as the Festival’s first Artist-in-Residence last August, when he taught at Litchfield Jazz Camp, led Artist Talks with Dave Brubeck and Mario Pavone, and performed twice at the 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival held at Kent School.
Wilson has performed on the Litchfield Jazz Festival 16 times in the past 15 years with a number of different groups, including his own Quartet and his Arts & Crafts Ensemble. He has worked with other well-known artists including Charlie Haden, Elvis Costello, Lee Konitz, Wynton Marsalis and many more. On his “Christmas Tree-O” album, he collaborates with longtime band-mates, reedman Jeff Lederer and bassist Paul Sikivie. The album highlights exciting variations on holiday classics and embodies the spirit of the holiday season.
“Christmas Tree-O: A Holiday Concert” will be followed by a reception across the street at Ober Gallery, 14 Old Barn Road, Kent. Great gifts will be raffled including a gift basket with holiday treats, gift certificates from Kent businesses, teas by Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and CD’s from Palmetto Recording Artists including Matt Wilson.
TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $15. Reserved Concert Seating and Reception tickets are $40. Tickets can be purchased by mail order to: The Litchfield Jazz Festival PO Box 69, Litchfield, CT 06759, online below, by phone at 860-361-6285 or in person at two Kent locations; Kent Wine & Spirit and J.P. Gifford. For more information please call 860-361-6285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE NEWS: Read a feature article in the Hartford Courant from December 5, 2010 about "Christmas Tree-O" and this performance here.