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Mario is celebrating 50 years in music and his 76th birthday with us this year. He began playing bass in the early sixties and got his first big break in 1964 with pianist Paul Bley. He became increasingly active in NY jazz for several decades. During NY's loft scene, Pavone made music with trumpeter Bill Dixon (with whom he has often performed in the decades since), Archie Shepp and many more. He started his own label, named Alarca, in the 1970s and led three dates for it over the next decade. In the late '70s, he found an collection of collaborating and innovative musicians based out of Connecticut, including Ray Anderson, percussionist Pheeroan akLaff, drummer Gerry Hemingway, pianist Anthony Davis, bassist Mark Helias, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and many more. Mario co-founded the New Haven-based Creative Music Improvisers Forum (CMIF), which produced concerts and recordings that gave musicians more control over their own music. In addition to his ongoing activities as a bandleader, Pavone's artwork and photography have graced the covers of dozens of recordings. His prodigious recording catalogue includes most recently the critically acclaimed Arc Trio and Street Songs. He is a recipient of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Works Grant. He has served as a board member for Litchfield Performing Arts for a dozen years, and performed on the Litchfield Jazz Festival on many occasions. He has served on the faculty of Litchfield Jazz Camp since 1998. Mario was chosen to perform as a mentor in this year’s Jazz Festival by LJC faculty member, Andrew Hadro. They will grace the mainstage along with Tony Malaby on Saturday, August 6th at 12 noon. Please purchase your tickets below – tickets range between $37.00 - $302.00 More »
We don't know about you... but brunch is by far one of our favorite meals. Add in good friends, live music, and a New Orleans twist? We're sold! Come hang out with us on Sunday, August 7th at 10:30am for our first Scat & Scramble Jazz Brunch. The morning will be filled with big band style music lead by New Orleans native, Donald Harrison, and your taste buds will thank you for trying some of Odeen's BBQ. Can't wait? Purchase your tickets through the link below before it's too late - you won't want to miss this! More »
Check out Mario Pavone's concert for the Litchfield Jazz Camp! This concert was streaming live on Facebook on Wednesday, July 20th. More »
Local Artist and Festival T-shirt designer Danielle Mailer was featured in the New York Times this week for her upcoming "Project FishTales", a public art initiative to create a 186' x 22' outdoor mural above the Naugatuck River in Downtown Torrington. Come see Danielle and her artwork in the Second Stage Tent at the Litchfield Jazz Festival! Learn more about Project FishTales at www.projectfishtales.org More »
The first student concert for the Litchfield Jazz Camp is now streaming live on Facebook Live and Periscope! More »
This year, the Litchfield Jazz Festival introduces its first-ever Friends of the Festival Scat & Scramble Jazz Brunch. Sunday August 7, the final day of the 21st annual Litchfield Festival, will kick off with a New Orleans style brunch, music, and silent auction. The event is a reinvention of the traditional festival opening night gala. More »
We are pleased to announce that Danielle Mailer is the artist that will be designing the Litchfield Jazz Festival t-shirts this year. More »
Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty perform 3-4 nights a week for four weeks at Canterbury School in New Milford. Concerts are free, and open to the public. More »

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