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A Message From The Director, Vita Muir
Litchfield Jazz Festival Founder/Director Vita Muir shares her feelings about the work she does, and this summer's programs. "Every organization should ask itself two pivotal questions: Why are we here? Do we matter? They should ask early and often. We do!" More »
How Litchfield Jazz Festival's Vita West Muir Transformed a Dream Into a Crown Jewel
WNPR's Jazz Corridor, written by jazz critic Owen McNally, did an in depth interview with Founder/Director Vita Muir. Learn about her past (hint: it wasn't in the arts), and her approach to booking the festival lineup each summer, plus an inside look into the 2014 lineup for this summer's Litchfield Jazz Festival August 8-10 at the Goshen Fairgrounds. More »
PREVIEW: T-Shirt Art by Danielle Mailer
The Litchfield Jazz Festival’s Official Visual Artist this year is Danielle Mailer. We're honored she has been showing and selling her art under the Jazz Fest Fine Art Tent since 1999 and this year her work is featured on the Official 2014 T-Shirt. All proceeds from Festival Merchandise, including the T-Shirt, supports Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships. More »
Volunteer for the 19th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival!!!
Be part of this year’s Litchfield Jazz Festival August 8th - 10th and receive a complimentary Lawn Ticket for the day of your choice! We are looking for hard-working and fun-loving volunteers to be a part of our 2014 Team. Not only is this a chance to help put together a nationally acclaimed Jazz Festival, it’s also your free ticket to a day filled with great food, fine art, and superb Jazz! More »
Litchfield Jazz After Work, Free Concerts July 7 - Aug. 7 in New Milford
NEW MILFORD, CT --- Litchfield Jazz Festival announces its free summer concert series “Litchfield Jazz After Work” presented by the all-star Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty at Maguire Auditorium at the Jazz Camp’s new home at Canterbury School, 101 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT. The facility is air-conditioned and the concerts are free and fabulous from July 7 through August 7 at 7PM. More »
Jazz Hero Has the Right Stuff by Owen McNally for WNPRs Jazz Corridor
Jazz Hero Has the Right Stuff -- One of the most triumphant stories in the long history of jazz in Connecticut is how Vita West Muir, against all odds, single-handedly created and directed The Litchfield Jazz Festival, which, since its dramatic launching in 1996, has soared to national renown for its world-class quality, exquisitely balanced fare and efficient manner in which it has been run. More »
Give Local by Noon on May 7th for a 6% boost
Give Local for 24 hours from noon on Tuesday, May 6th through noon on Wednesday, May 7th and the Connecticut Community Foundation will boost your donation with a 6% match! We are working hard to raise funds so students in financial need can have the amazing Litchfield Jazz Camp experience for years to come. You can help by donating today! More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival held a successful fundraiser for its Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships for students in need on April 26 at Metro Bis in Simbury, CT. The sold out event was supported by 100 attendees and donors and raised over $25,000. More »
LPA Announces Fundraising Dinner/Auction Sponsored by Metro Bis
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 6PM - Get your tickets early for an amazing evening at Chef/Owner Chris Prosperi's Metro Bis in Simsbury where Vita West Muir, LPA Founder/Director, will be honored with the "Jazz Hero" award by the Jazz Journalists Association. Proceeds will be matched up to $10,000 by the BeFoundation to support Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships! Call 860-361-6285 or email karen@litchfieldjazzfest.com to reserve your tickets now as space is very limited. $100 pp, half is tax deductible. More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 2014 Line-up
We are almost giddy with excitement to tell you all about the fabulous music you are going to hear on the 19th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival, at Goshen Fairgrounds, August 8 -10! More »
Regional Combos Sign up Open!
Registration for the 2014 Spring Litchfield Regional Jazz Combos has opened for both New York City and Hartford. Head on over to read about the program, the dates, and to sign up! More »
Litchfield Jazz Camp Welcomes Group Enrollment in 2014
For the first time, Litchfield Jazz Camp will open its doors to preformed combos and bands in 2014 with DISCOUNTS for groups of five or more!! More »
Take the 2013 Litchfield Jazz Festival E-Survey!
Did you attend the Festival this summer? If you did, please take a few minutes to complete our online survey and be entered in a drawing to win 2014 Backstage Passes! More »
2014 Jazz Camp Registration Open
We are elated to announce that 2014 Litchfield Jazz Camp registration is NOW OPEN! Sign up early to receive the "Early Bird" discount and have your name entered in a drawing to win a private music lesson. More »
Give Local and Enhance Your Support of Campers In-Need!!
The Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded us the opportunity to amplify your contributions through Give Local - a 36 hour online giving campaign GOING ON RIGHT NOW!! Any donations that you make to us during this time will receive a generous match! More »
FREE - Wine & Cheese, Never Released Festival Music, Danielle Mailer Open Studio – Give Local Party Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. (LPA), the not-for-profit parent of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Project Poetry Live!, The Jazz Run and NY/CT Teen Jazz Combos will open its doors on Tuesday, November 12th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM for a wine & cheese fundraising party that will feature never released live recordings from the Litchfield Jazz Festival and an open studio by renowned artist, Danielle Mailer. The party will push the “Give Local” campaign headed by the Connecticut Community Foundation. More »
Interviews about The Jazz Run this Sunday on WHDD Robinhood Radio
Our local NPR station, WHDD Robinhood Radio, recently interviewed both Lindsey Turner, our PR & Marketing Director, and Nicole Zuraitis, the vocal instructor at Litchfield Jazz Camp about this Sunday's Jazz Run and post-race concert and picnic. Click to listen... More »
The Jazz Run is this Sunday, September 29th
Litchfield Performing Arts, the 32-year old charity which benefits the arts and arts education, announces its First Annual Jazz Run fundraiser. This 5mile run/2mile family fun walk happens this Sunday morning September 29 in Goshen, Connecticut. It’s a scenic course through woods (no trafficked roads), past a pond and through the private Woodridge Lake enclave. The course is registered by the U. S. Track and Field Association. All proceeds support Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships. More »
Regional Combos Sign up Open!
Registration for the 2013 Winter Litchfield Regional Jazz Combos has opened for both New York City and Hartford. Head on over to read about the program, the dates, and to sign up! More »
To all you Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp fans, now you can give a gift to your favorite charity that will reward you! Two of our Board members are taking advantage of this opportunity and have brought it to our attention. Why don’t you think about joining them? If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you can make a charitable gift during 2013 directly from your IRA to Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. (LPA) without paying income taxes on the gift. These gifts are called “Qualified Charitable Distributions” or QCDs. More »
Victoria Elliot is the newest member of the Litchfield Performing Arts board. Now a full time resident of Litchfield County, she is a realtor with Litchfield Hills/ Sotheby’s International. More »
The Reverberations of Chet Baker - June Bisantz  featured on WNPR's
Chet Baker was a troubled soul, who had one of the most unique and haunting voices in jazz. Joni Mitchell is a complex artist who has stayed away from the spotlight, letting her music tell her story. We explore these two iconic artists on Where We Live. More »
Sax Man Guided by Love of Jazz -- Gary Smulyan on the Cover of the Hartford Courant Calender
Usually one life-altering epiphany is quite sufficient to send a young, budding artist hurtling down a surprising, new path to mastery and success that he or she never could have imagined. Not so, however, with Gary Smulyan, this year's artist-in-residence at the prestigious Litchfield Jazz Festival at the Goshen Fairgrounds, who required not one but two major, life-shaping epiphanies that have led to his becoming one of the world's premier baritone jazz saxophonists. More »
You're Invited to Play on the Festival - An Amateur Jam Added on Sun. 8/11
Litchfield Jazz Festival, making its 18th appearance at the Goshen Fairgrounds this weekend August 9 -11, is offering two opportunities for amateurs to get in on the action. On Saturday night immediately following the last festival act, an After Party and Jam will be hosted at the Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel, a sponsor of the Festival, beginning at 10 pm. The Jam will be run by tenor saxophonist Albert Rivera with his quartet and they’ll perform as well. All are welcome to join the jam. This event is free and open to the public. More »
Raffle Announced for Jazz Fest Weekend Includes Vacations in the Bahamas, St. Thomas and more!
When Litchfield Jazz Festival makes its 18th appearance next weekend, August 9 – 11, audience members will get the chance to win exciting prizes whose proceeds will support the Festival’s Jazz Camp scholarships. The camp awards need-based scholarships to a quarter of its students, valued at $90,000 – $100,000 each year. More »
A Feature on Rural Intelligence.
It’s summertime and the living is easy. The opportunity to hear top quality jazz is also easy, thanks to the presence of the Litchfield Jazz Festival. From August 9 - 11, notes of bebop, flamenco, gospel, and a slew of other styles will fill the air with the sounds of jivey music. The headliner for the Friends of the Festival opening night gala, and sparkling introduction to the eclectic mix ahead, is Christine Ebersole, star of screen and stage. More »
Litchfield Jazz Fest Featured in the August 2013 issue of Connecticut Magazine
"Jazz greats and up-and-comers let it rip in Goshen -- if it's jazz you're looking for, you're in the right place." A great feature on the line-up highlighting vocalist June Bisantz who appears Sunday, August 11th at 1:45 in a tribute to the late vocalist/trumpeter Chet Baker. More »
Art in Action at Litchfield Jazz Festival 2013
Litchfield Jazz welcomes graffiti artist Ryan Christensen to create a large mural live during the Festival on Saturday, August 10th. Come watch him work! More »
Gregory Porter Releases New Album and Named Best Male Vocalist by the JJA and DownBeat
Grammy nominated vocalist Gregory Porter announces the release of his new album Liquid Spirit out on Blue Note Records. Mr. Porter was also named Best Male Vocalist of the Year for 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association, and both Rising Star-Male Vocalist and Rising Star-Jazz Artist by the 61st Annual DownBeat Critics Poll. Don't miss his Litchfield debut on Saturday, August 10th at 6 PM. More »
Litchfield County Times  - Litchfield Jazz Festival Expands Scope, with More Outer-Fest Offerings
Are you looking for something exciting to do with your family this summer? Litchfield Performing Arts has created a way to “have it all.” It has rolled into one a top-quality music event, a food festival, a wine and beer tasting, a fine arts and craft show and a kids’ dream play date. “All this wondrous stuff is happening at the Litchfield Jazz Festival,” said Vita Muir, the group’s founder and artistic director, “at family friendly prices, with kids 12 and under free on the lawn. We even offer free parking!” The festival will air Aug. 9 to 11 at Goshen Fairgrounds. More »
Get In on the Fun on Opening Night!
Have you heard? Litchfield Jazz Festival has planned a GREAT Opening Night. We launch the 18th Annual Festival with our Friends of the Festival Gala at 5:45 PM, Friday August 9th in the Gala Tent. More »
FIRST
We kicked off the first weekend of summer with our very FIRST "Jazz on the Vine" event this past Sunday at Miranda Vineyard in Goshen. More »
Jazz on the Vine this Sunday - June 23rd!
Join us for an evening of wine, edible delights and jazz at Miranda Vineyards this weekend. ONLY 6 spaces left!!! More »
New Kid's Zone!
Litchfield Jazz Festival has always been family friendly. This summer we’ve up the ante and added a BRAND NEW Kids' Zone for kids off all ages. More »
Group Sales for Festival
Want to get something hip for your group to do this summer and save big bucks? Tickets for Litchfield Jazz Festival begin at just $30 a day with discounts for groups of 10 or more as high as 20%. More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Tickets ON SALE NOW!!!
Tickets are on sale NOW for the Litchfield Jazz Festival, August 9 - 11, 2013 at the Goshen Fairgrounds. More »
Litchfield Performing Arts Presents 4th Annual
Join us for an afternoon of great music and the chance to support up to 20 students in-need to attend Litchfield Jazz Camp!! More »
Advertise with the Festival!!
2013 Litchfield Jazz Festival Program Book Ad Space Available! Distributed to 50,000 households and Festival attendees (up to 7,000) PLUS bonus link and listing on our website (95,000 hits)! More »
2013 Summer Internships Available
The Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp are seeking summer interns to help run the Festival and Camp. More »
Our thoughts are with the families affected by the recent violence in Connecticut. We are saddened to hear about the events, and especially distraught to learn that Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty members and long time friends of Litchfield Performing Arts were among those who lost loved ones. We offer our deepest condolences to them and everyone else facing this difficult time. More »
Dave Brubeck Passes Away at 91
Jazz legend, Dave Brubeck, passed away this morning at the age of 91. More »
Videos from the 2012 Jazz Festival
Videos are being posted from the 2012 Litchfield Jazz Festival to YouTube! Including Donny McCaslin's incredible solo saxophone Cadenza!. Check out the video past the break! More »
Online Charity Auction for Camp Scholarships Ends Wednesday, Aug. 15 at noon.
Did you know that Litchfield Jazz Camp enrolls 20% of its students on scholarship? LPA, the charitable organization that runs Litchfield Jazz Fest and Camp, is running an 23 item auction online at iGavel.com which ends on Wednesday, August 15 at noon. Bid now so you don't miss out! More »
Jazz Fest Weekend is Rain or Shine
Litchfield Jazz Festival is a rain or shine event. Don't be shy, if you purchased a lawn ticket you can upgrade to the tent for $30 per person per day. The music will be swinging. More »
Entertainment Feature in the Hartford Courant - Litchfield Jazz Festival Goes Vintage With Vince Giordano.
When Vince Giordano, a master of vintage jazz and popular music of the 1920s and '30s, was 5 years old, he climbed the stairs to his grandmother's attic and discovered her lifetime stash of more than 2,000 ancient phonograph recordings, magical artifacts that shaped the curious boy's life. Read the full feature by Owen McNally in the Hartford Courant... More »
CT Tourism Department to feature Litchfield Jazz Fest in a commercial for wide distribution this fall.
The Connecticut State’s Office of Culture and Tourism, Department of Economic and Community Development, recently launched a comprehensive program to market Connecticut to potential travelers. They are producing a commercial for wide distribution this fall. Litchfield Jazz Festival was selected as the only event statewide to be included. More »
Charity Auction for Camp Scholarships Online Aug. 1-15 and Live and Silent on Aug. 10.
Did you know that Litchfield Jazz Camp enrolls 20% of its students on scholarship? LPA, the charitable organization that runs Litchfield Jazz Fest and Camp, is hosting (3) auctions to raise money for these scholarships. Bid online now through Aug. 15, and read on for catalogue of items being auctioned at the Jazz Fest Opening Night, Aug. 10. More »
FREE Jazz Concerts Every Night in Kent Now Through August 9th
Looking for something to do tonight?! You're in luck because Litchfield Jazz Camp presents a FREE concert series almost every night of the week through August 9th. More »
Mario Pavone Premieres Two New Works with an 18-Piece Orchestra on August 2nd in Kent.  The Concert is Free.
Bassist Mario Pavone premieres two new works this Thursday, August 2nd with an 18-piece jazz orchestra made up of Litchfield Jazz Camp Senior Faculty, Teaching Assistants and talented students ages 15 to 72. The concert is part of "Kent has that Jazz," the free series going on in Kent produced by Litchfield Jazz Festival. More »
Eat, Drink, Shop and Fun for Kids at The Jazz Festival.
Litchfield Jazz rounds out great jazz music with a full outdoor summer experience with local food, French and Californian wines & Connecticut ales, shopping our fine art and craft exhibitors and free jazz and dance workshops for the youngest festival-goers. More »
Governor cites three for outstanding volunteer service to Litchfield Jazz Festival
Three individuals will be honored by Governor Malloy with a citation for their outstanding service to the not-for-profit Litchfield Jazz Festival. All three have served for the entire 17 years of the festival’s existence. They are Abram Sirignano of NYC, formerly of Goshen, CT, Marty Connor of Goshen, and Mike Boscarino of Torrington, CT. More »
Artist Chris Osborne Bringing an Iconic Painting to the Litchfield Jazz Festival - Feature in the Litchfield County Times
Litchfield Jazz Festival has chosen New Milford native Chris Osborne as the official Visual Artist for 2012. The Litchfield County Times published a feature on Ms. Osborne, her work, and her long relationship with the Jazz Festival in the paper on Friday, July 27th. More »
An Interview with our Stage Manager - a Volunteer of 17 years.
The Litchfield Jazz Festival runs smoothly because of the hard work of 200 volunteers each summer. One of those volunteers has been with the Festival since the first summer in 1996 and is proud to be the Stage Manager. Read on for an inside look into what makes the Mainstage run so beautifully and why Abram Sirignano keeps coming back! More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces 17th Anniversary Visual Artist Chris Osborne
The Litchfield Jazz Festival has chosen New Milford native Chris Osborne as the official Visual Artist for the 17th Annual Festival which returns to the Goshen Fairgrounds August 10-12. More »
Group Discounts at the Litchfield Jazz Festival
Got a group of 10 or more? Give us a call and we will customize your group discount! More »
Litchfield Jazz Camp Applies for Funding to Support New Music History Course
The Litchfield Jazz Camp has applied to the CT Humanities Council for funding to present a new lecture series this season entitled “Contemporary Jazz and Its Cultural Roots.” This program will enhance the Camp’s current educational offerings by providing a cultural context for the music our students are studying and playing. More »
New College Prep Course Offered at Litchfield Jazz Camp this Summer
Litchfield Jazz Camp is excited to announce a new course offering for 2012. Teaching Artist Doug Munro will offer a College Prep Seminar during sessions three (7/22-7/27), four (7/29-8/3), and five (8/5-8/10). More »
Interview with 2012 Artist-in-Residence Gary Smulyan
2012 Festival Artist-in-Residence Gary Smulyan talks about what to expect during artist talks this year. More »
Jazz & Friends Raised $15,000 for Scholarships
On Sunday, April 29 we presented our 3rd Annual Afternoon of Jazz & Friends. This lovely afternoon of music and fundraising fun benefits Litchfield Jazz Camp Scholarships and the event was a sell out! More »
Jazz & Friends Sunday, April 29 in South Kent
This Sunday, April 29 from 2-5pm, our 3rd Annual Afternoon of Jazz & Friends takes place in South Kent. This lovely afternoon of music and fundraising fun benefits Litchfield Jazz Camp Scholarships. There are a few tickets left - don't miss out! More »
Help Send 10 Kids to Litchfield Jazz Camp this Summer
The not-for-profit Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. launched their online Indiegogo campaign today in efforts to raise money for Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships this summer. More »
A Call for Jazz Memorabilia for our Online & Live Auctions
Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. is currently seeking items for their upcoming fundraising auctions to support their arts and arts educational programs. More »
Harmonicist Grégoire Maret to Release Self-Titled Debut
Harmonicist Grégoire Maret to release long-awaited self-titled debut on Ebone music on March 13 More »
2012 Festival Performer Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks Awarded a Grammy
Congratulations to 2012 Festival Performer, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks on their Grammy Award!! More »
Litchfield Jazz Camp Officially Launches Regional Combo Programs in Hartford and New York
Litchfield Jazz Camp has officially launched its spring Regional Teen Jazz Combos in Hartford and New York; More »
Litchfield Performing Arts Announces Internship Openings
Litchfield Performing Arts is seeking a summer intern to assist with the Litchfield Jazz Festival for the summer. More »
Readers's Poll and Us
Read Our Excecutive & Artistic Director, Vita West Muir's take on the JazzTimes Reader's Poll. More »
November 2011 Issue of DownBeat Features Roy Haynes at the Litchfield Jazz Festival
The November 2011 issue of DownBeat Magazine features great shots of jazz legend, Roy Haynes, in action at the 2011 Litchfield Jazz Festival... More »
October 13th -- by Brynn Mandel...After suffering audience declines of close to 50 percent and surveying recent and past attendees about what they wanted, Litchfield Jazz Festival organizers will return the 16-year-old annual event to its former home at the Goshen Fairgrounds next summer. More »
Past and Present Festival Ticket Buyer Survey Summary
We thank the hundreds of you who were kind enough to respond to our post Festival survey. And we've heard you loud and clear. You want us to provide you again with a true "festival" experience - music in an outdoor venue where you can all join together to enjoy it... More »
Pianist Vijay Iyer Uses Math in His Music - The Hartford Courant
by Owen McNally, August 4, 2011. Vijay Iyer, who leads his adventurous trio Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at the star-packed, 16th annual Litchfield Jazz Festival in Kent, is an original new music artist, an innovator and iconoclast. For Vijay Iyer, a brilliant pianist with rigorous training in mathematical and scientific thinking... More »
July 29, 2011 -- by Philip Lutz ...Leading the big-band charge this year will be the saxophonist Jimmy Heath, 84, a bebop stalwart who cut his teeth as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band in the 1940s...Mr. Heath will front a 16-piece orchestra at Litchfield...Mr. Heath said his writing had evolved since the early days, but acknowledged that the evolution had been limited. More »
NBC Connecticut Interviews Festival PR Dir. Lindsey Turner
NBC Connecticut - August 2, 2011. NBC Connecticut's Yvonne Nava talks with the Festival's Lindsey Turner on Tuesday morning about this weekend's events in Kent. Enjoy the interview and a performance by talented Litchfield Jazz Campers by clicking the photo below. NBC Connecticut - Partners in a Caring Community. More »
Ticket Discounts via Groupon and more
KENT, CT -- Litchfield Jazz Festival Announces Ticket Discount Deals for Students, for Groupon members (Hartford region) and a special Bring a Friend promotion (buy 3 get 1 free). More »
NEW Student Discount
The Litchfield Jazz Festival has added a NEW student discount off of their tickets purchased at the gate. Students 25 and under with a valid student ID are eligible. More »
Video Look Back at 2010
As we gear up for the 16th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival on August 5-7, we look back fondly on last summer's festival. Remember highlights with us, or see what to expect if you're new to the Litchfield Jazz Festival. More »
NEA Jazz Masters Roy Haynes and Jimmy Heath to Perform
The Litchfield Jazz Festival will present two NEA Jazz Masters this August -- the great drummer Roy Haynes and renowned saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Both artists will participate in Artist Talks earlier each day. Mr. Heath will also spend a residency day at Litchfield Jazz Camp on July 28th. More »
Interview with Artist-in-Residence Matt Wilson
PR & Marketing Director Lindsey Turner sat down with Matt Wilson to talk about his role as Litchfield Jazz Festival's Aritst-in-Residence for a second summer. Learn about his inspiration, his connection to Litchfield Jazz Festival, and get excited to hear him perform for his 17th and 18th times on the Festival on Sunday, August 7th. More »
Founder/Director Vita Muir named one of the 50 Most Influential People of Litchfield County
The Litchfield area is filled with talent and money and dedicated community spirit. Vita Muir, the Founder/Director of Litchfield Performing Arts, the not-for-profit that produces the Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp, has been named on of the 50 Most Influential People of Litchfield County by Litchfield Magazine. See who else made the list. More »
Roy Haynes on David Letterman
NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band performed on the Late Show with David Letterman last night (June 8th). Watch the video clip here. More »
2011 Line-up Announced
The Litchfield Jazz Festival will make its 16th Anniversary appearance August 5 -7 in Kent CT. This year’s lineup is literally award winning, and as always, star studded. Litchfield Performing Arts, the non-profit producer, will be honored at the festival... More »
Matt Wilson's
'Christmas Tree-O' Is Drummer Matt Wilson's New CD. Although recorded on a scorching-hot day in May, drummer Matt Wilson's new jazz Christmas album is one of the coolest, finest and festive holiday discs released in many decades.... More »
Holiday Jazz Concert  with Matt Wilson on December 11th in Kent
Swing in the Holiday Season with Artist-in-Residence Matt Wilson. "Christmas Tree-O: A Holiday Concert” will be held in Kent on December 11th. Enjoy jazzy tunes from his latest release, “Christmas Tree-O,” out now on Palmetto Records. Proceeds support the Litchfield Jazz Camp Scholarship Fund. More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Performances Air on NPR's JazzSet Starting on November 11, 2010
The week of November 11th and 18th tune into NPR to hear performances from the 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival this past summer including a new work from Mario Pavone, and performances by Gerald Clayton and Gabriel Alegria. On Saturday, August 7, 2010, NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater came to the Festival to record bassist Mario Pavone’s live performance of a new work with his group Orange Double Tenor and got more than they expected. More »
Festival Reviewed on AllAboutJazz.com
The green hills of Kent, Connecticut resounded once more with the sound of jazz as the 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival settled in from Friday, August 6th through Sunday, August 8th. This year the main stage was again indoors in the newly air-conditioned hockey rink with a secondary tent stage outdoors. And this year, the weather cooperated with two beautiful sunny days and three starry, starry nights. More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Provides A Healing Touch - The Hartford Courant
The Litchfield Jazz Festival, which has been uniting people of many colors, cultures and creeds for over a century, provided a healing through music for a state rocked by the tragedy of the Manchester shootings last week. Nowhere was this cross-cultural harmony more pronounced than during Saturday's final performance by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. More »
Israeli Clarinetist Anat Cohen' Featured Sunday at Litchfield Jazz Festival - Hartford Courant
By OWEN McNALLY, Special to The Courant. Anat Cohen, one of the best among Israel's many jazz exports to the United States, demonstrates her world-class clarinet chops Sunday night as she performs with her quartet at the 15th annual Litchfield Jazz Festival in Kent. A highlight of the star-studded weekend bash, the multi-talented Tel Aviv native pays homage to legendary clarinet virtuoso Benny Goodman (1909-1986) in a swinging salute to "The King of Swing" called "Clarinet Work: Benny Goodman & Beyond." More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Features Dave Brubeck - Hartford Courant
Celebrating its 15th season, the Litchfield Jazz Festival this weekend both honors and presents Dave Brubeck, the legendary and still swinging composer/pianist/bandleader who turns 90 on Dec. 6. More »
Terell Stafford of the Cannonball Adderley Tribute Interviewed on WBGO Jazz88
Terell Stafford joined Rhonda Hamilton in the WBGO studio last week to explain how Bill Cosby turned him on to teaching, and to discuss his upcoming gig with the Cannonball Adderley Tribute Band at the Litchfield Jazz Festival. Terell joins Bela Fleck, Dave Brubeck, Gerald Clayton and others in Connecticut to celebrate the event’s 15th Anniversary on Saturday, August 8th. More »
Jazz Festival to Sizzle Again in Kent - LCT August Monthly
The Litchfield Jazz Festival has come a long way in its 15 years, both in terms of growth and distance. As its name indicates, it began life in Litchfield, on a field behind the White Memorial Conservation Center. Quickly outgrowing that venue, the festival spent many years at the Goshen Fairgrounds, before moving to Kent and a site at Kent School. More »
FREE
The Litchfield Jazz Festival is proud to announce a month of free concerts throughout July and August – “Kent Has That Jazz – Presented by the Litchfield Jazz Festival.” Last summer’s concerts were so well received by the community, the series has been expanded. Part 1 of the series features Litchfield Jazz Camp’s award-winning faculty. Part 2 highlights talented Litchfield Jazz Camp students. More »
The Jazz Fest Goes Green
The Litchfield Jazz Festival increases its “green” initiatives this summer by installing biodiesel generators that use 100% bio-fuel turning the Festival into a truly eco-friendly event. More »
Tickets Now On-Sale for “Jazz is Cool” A Salon with 2011 NEA Jazz Master, Delfeayo Marsalis on Sat. July 24th
The Litchfield Jazz Festival and Camp are proud to partner with Divas World Productions to present “Jazz is Cool”--- A Jazz Salon with the Great Delfeayo Marsalis on Saturday, July 24th at 7:30 PM in Kent, CT. This performance is part of 30 part concert series, “Kent Has That Jazz,” which will be open to the public and run from July 12 – August 7 in Kent with performance by Litchfield Jazz Camp’s renowned faculty and talented students. More »
Take Five - Litchfield Magazine Interviews Dave Brubeck
Litchfield Magazine's Wendy Carlson spent the day with jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Enjoy her interview and watch some video footage of Dave playing and chatting with her from his home in Connecticut. "For more than 70 years, Brubeck has been making jazz. He continues to compose and perform with the latest incarnation of his quartet...up in Kent at this year’s Litchfield Jazz Festival, August 6-8, which is dedicated to him... More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Partners with Four Area Attractions
2010 -- Come see what the beautiful Litchfield Hills in Connecticut has to offer this summer. Explore The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm, Infinity Music Hall & Bistro and Lime Rock Park in addition to the Litchfield Jazz Festival. More »
Opening Night Friends of the Festival Gala
On Friday evening, August 6th, the Litchfield Jazz Festival's 15th Anniversary kicks-off with the event of the season -- the Opening Night Friends Gala at the Morrison Gallery. Enjoy a Taste of Kent, music by Litchfield Jazz Campers, up-front seats to hear Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck and more. More »
Afternoon of Jazz & Friends Raises $5000 for Scholarships
On Sunday, April 25th, friends of The Festival came together at the home of Bob and Carol Lenz in South Kent to enjoy an Afternoon of Jazz & Friends. A Special Preview of the 15th Anniversary with a performance by Aaron Weinstein which raised over $5000 for the Litchfield Jazz Camp Schoalrship Fund. More »
Win LJF Weekend for Two from DownBeat!
Enter at DownBeat.com to Win a Weekend at the 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Kent, Connecticut. Includes 3-day passes and a B&B stay. More »
Photos from 2009 Festival
Photos from the 2009 Litchfield Jazz Festival are coming to litchfieldjazzfest.com soon. Want to see some now? More »
Jazz Fest reviewed on AllAboutJazz.com
August 13, 2009: Review by Marcia Hillman. For two and a half days this past weekend, jazz invaded Connecticut with the arrival of the 14th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. This year, in a new home on the Kent School grounds in Kent, Connecticut, this major musical event, hosted by WBGO broadcaster and jazz journalist Michael Bourne, presented what seemed to be "a cast of thousands" of jazz artists geared up to play their best for an audience eager to hear them....Kudos to Vita West Muir (founder and executive artistic director), her staff and the devoted crew of volunteers for organizing and pulling off one of the best straight-ahead jazz festivals on the map. More »
NBC Connecticut features Litchfield Jazz Camp and Festival
NBC Connecticut's Anjuli Porter interviews Festival PR & Marketing Director, Lindsey Turner and Litchfield Jazz Camp students perform in the new NBC studios in West Hartford on Friday, July 31st. Read more to watch the interview and hear the camp students. More »
Due to inclement weather this week, the Litchfield Jazz Festival's main stage performances will be held indoors in the hockey rink on the Kent School Campus all weekend. Read more for details. More »
WNPR 's Live Broadcast of
WNPR's award winning program, Where We Live, is hosted by News Director, John Dankosky. This morning, Thursday, July 30th, he came to Kent with his producers and they aired Where We Live live at the Fife 'n Drum Restaurant in Kent. Click to listen to the podcast of the program. More »
Hartford Courant Feature on Jane Monheit
July 30, 2009; Owen McNally for the Hartford Courant. Jane Monheit, 31 And Post-Baby, Is Enjoying The Maturing Of Her Career, Image. Vocalist Jane Monheit's robust, irreverent sense of humor — especially crisp and candid when mocking sexual stereotypes in the music biz — might surprise enraptured fans who envision her solely as a gorgeous, dulcet-toned diva, a divine sex symbol who also happens to sing like an angel. More »
Jazz Fest Comes to Kent; Litchfield County Times
KENT-City dwellers have long recognized the pastoral charms of the Litchfield Hills, where patchwork fields of green and glorious blues skies invoke an atmosphere of a simpler life. While the region has changed under this influx of visitors and the landscape remains rural, the lifestyle has become more cosmopolitan, providing a richly textured array of cultural recreation. More »
The Hartford Courant Features Houston Person
"Houston Person At Litchfield Jazz Festival August 2" by Owen McNally, Riffs: Jazz Notes, July 23, 2009. Houston Person hasn't merely practiced and memorized the now-canonized Great American Songbook material that has become so popular. More »
Train from Grand Central to Litchfield Jazz Fest; Free Round Trip Shuttle Bus!
It’s easy, relaxing and affordable to get to Kent on the Metro North train from Grand Central Station in New York City. Take the Harlem Line Train to the TenMile River stop in Amenia, NY, just 10 miles from Kent. From there you'll meet our shuttle bus (read more for details and shuttle schedule). More »
Jazz Around Kent; Free Concerts in July
Jazz Around Kent Presented by the Litchfield Jazz Festival. 22 Free Concerts from July 6 – 29. Three nights a week at 7:15 PM Jazz Camp faculty perform at Kent School and three times a week Jazz Camp students perform in Kent. More »
WBGO's Michael Bourne to Host/MC Jazz Fest
The Litchfield Jazz Festival announces a celebrity host and MC for the 2009 Litchfield Jazz Festival, WBGO’s Michael Bourne. Michael is a long-time jazz journalist and broadcaster: 40 years as a senior contributor to DownBeat Magazine, 37 years as a jazz jock, including 25 years with WBGO Jazz88 in Newark, NJ. More »
Listen to WHDD radio interviews on Jazz Fest
Marshall Miles of WHDD interviewed Lindsey Turner, PR & Marketing Director, about the 2009 Litchfield Jazz Festival's move to Kent and line-up details. Get the inside scoop; listen to the interview on-line. Bonus interviews with Paulette from Doc's, Peter from Starbuck Inn and Elissa from the Fife. More to come with Jazz Camp faculty; stay tuned. More »
Bill Henderson featured in All About Jazz
July, 2009: Now in his “third career,” the California-based vocalist [Bill Henderson] looks forward to coming east to perform at the 2009 Litchfield Jazz Festival. More »
Connecticut’s most significant jazz event
Hartford Advocate, June 10, 2009. Bring A Blanket; Round-up of summer festivals. Litchfield Jazz Festival, July 31-August 2, Kent, CT. Connecticut’s most significant jazz event... More »
LJF featured in DownBeat Magazine's May 2009 issue
Civic Duty: Jazz fests, local economies work hand in hand - by Eric Fine. "The Litchfield Jazz Festival's new digs mean a new beginning." More »
LJF Announces 2009 Line-up
The Litchfield Jazz Festival is thrilled to announce the 2009 line-up and its move to the gorgeous campus of Kent School in Kent, CT. The line-up includes Jane Monheit, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Poncho Sanchez and many more. More »
The Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp Move to Kent
The Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp are thrilled to announce their move to a new home, The Kent School in Kent, CT. More »
Litchfield Jazz Festival Named a “Top 100” Event for 2009
The Litchfield Jazz Festival was named one of the "Top 100 Events and Festivals" in the US and Canada by the America Bus Association in 2006 and again in 2009! Save the date now for this summer -- Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, 2009. See Line-up here.