Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp



Upcoming Events

Jazz Around Kent presented by the Litchfield Jazz Festival

DATE: July 6 –
Jul 29, 2009
LOCATION:   Kent School, Fife 'n Drum and Doc's Trattoria

The Litchfield Jazz Festival is proud to present Jazz Around Kent; a series of 22 FREE concerts throughout the month of July.

Part 1 of the series, Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty Concerts will be held at Kent School’s Mattison Auditorium, One Macedonia Road (Route 341) in Kent, CT at 7:15 PM from July 6 through 29. 

Part 2 of the series, Jazz Around Kent features talented Litchfield Jazz Camp students in Kent restaurants and around town.  Wednesday July 8, 15, 22, 29 at the Fife ‘n Drum and Thursday July 9, 16 and 23 at Doc’s Trattoria there will be live jazz by Jazz Camp students from 6:30 – 9:00 PM with no cover charge.  Saturday July 11 and 25 Jazz Camp students will perform outdoors at the Kent Memorial Library during their Summer Book Sale from 1:30 – 3:30 PM, and on Saturday July 18 they will perform at the Kent Farmers Market at Kent Green from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. 

WHERE: The Fife ‘n Drum is located at 53 Main Street (Route 7), Doc’s Trattoria is at 9 Maple Street (Route 341), the Kent Memorial Library is at 32 North Main Street and the Kent Farmers Market is held on Landmark Lane at Kent Green (across from the Fife ‘n Drum). 

This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the best jazz players in the industry as well as up-and-coming talent in an intimate setting free of charge. Teaching Artists concerts will be held on Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Thursdays, July 9, 20 and Wednesdays, July 15 and 29.  In addition Teaching Assistants will give concerts on Mondays: July 6, 13, 20 and 27.  All concerts will be held at 7:15 pm.  A free will donation will support Litchfield Jazz Camp need-based scholarship students. 

Performers will include Litchfield Jazz Camp teaching artists trumpeters Claudio Roditi and Louise Baranger, bassists Mario Pavone, Avery Sharpe and Nilson Matta, pianists Junior Mance, Onaje Allen Gumbs and Rachel Z, guitarists Paul Bollenback, Dave Stryker and Roni Ben-Hur, drummers Alvin Atkinson, Winard Harper and Charli Persip, saxophonists Kris Allen, Claire Daly, Mike DiRubbo, Wayne Escoffery, vocalists Carla Cook, Dena DeRose and many more.

The “Jazz Around Kent” series leads seamlessly into the Litchfield Jazz Festival on July 31, August 1 and 2 at its new home, the beautiful campus of Kent School in Kent, CT.  The Festival line-up includes Jane Monheit, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Poncho Sanchez, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Green and many more.  The weekend also includes crafters, artists, local and fresh cuisine and performances by Litchfield Jazz Camp students.  Tickets start at $35 and children under 12 are free on the lawn.  For tickets and more information call (860) 567-4162 or visit

Jazz Around Kent presented by the Litchfield Jazz Festival
22 Free concerts in the month of July

Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty Concerts
Mattison Auditorium, Kent School

Tuesday July 7, 7:15 PM
Thursday July 9, 7:15 PM
Tuesday July 14, 7:15 PM
Wednesday July 15, 7:15 PM
Tuesday July 21, 7:15 PM
Thursday July 23, 7:15 PM
Tuesday July 28 , 7:15 PM
Wednesday July 29, 7:15 PM

Litchfield Jazz Camp Teaching Assistant Concerts
Mattison Auditorium, Kent School

Monday July 6, 7:15 PM
Monday July 13, 7:15 PM
Monday July 20, 7:15 PM
Monday July 27, 7:15 PM

Litchfield Jazz Campers at the Fife ‘n Drum

Wednesday July 8, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday July 15, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday July 22, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday July 29, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Litchfield Jazz Campers at Doc’s Trattoria

Thursday July 9, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Thursday July 16, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Thursday July 23, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Litchfield Jazz Campers at Kent Memorial Library
Outdoors for the Summer Book Sale

Saturday, July 11, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 25, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Litchfield Jazz Campers at Kent Farmers Market at Kent Green 

Saturday, July 18, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

  • Listen to an interview on WHDD with Doc's co-owner Paulette about their partnership with the Litchfield Jazz Festival and Jazz Around Kent concerts!