Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp



You're Invited to Play on the Festival - An Amateur Jam Added on Sun. 8/11

You're Invited to Play on the Festival - An Amateur Jam Added on Sun. 8/11
Date Posted: Aug 6, 2013
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.
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Posted by: lturner

This year for the first time in its history, the festival is hosting two amateur jams on site, both on Sunday afternoon, August 11. Saxophonist Don Braden, a featured artist on the Sunday lineup, will run one jam for adult amateurs and another for 13 and unders both to be held on the Festival’s second stage. Braden who has toured the world with Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, and many others, has been Music Director for the Litchfield Jazz Camp for 16 years.  He also teaches at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands, runs NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens and leads the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band.

Individuals wishing to participate in any of the jams are invited to bring their instruments and join in the fun.  No advance notice is necessary.  The festival events will be announced from the Mainstage, and interested attendees are asked to proceed to the second stage tent at that time.  All players are welcome.  In the spirit of Litchfield Jazz Camp, anyone is welcome to play: there is no requirement to be great, just to play for the love of it.  To participate in the jams at the Festival on Sunday you must be a ticket holder for that day.

The 2013 Litchfield Jazz Festival features Grammy nominee Gregory Porter, the great Latin Jazz bandleader, Eddie Palmieri, saxophonists Don Braden, Eric Alexander and Gary Smulyan, pianists Geri Allen, Orrin Evans and Harold Mabern, Broadway superstar vocalist Christine Ebersole, and many more.  Its second stage showcases talented students from Litchfield Jazz Camp and, this year on Sunday August 11th, all interested attendees who bring their instruments.

Support for the Litchfield Jazz Festival comes from American Medical ResponseClassical Tents & Party GoodsCrowne Plaza SouthburyCrystal RockCT State Department of Education Bureau of Choice ProgramsConnecticut Community FoundationCT Department of Economic & Community,DownBeat MagazineHarney & Sons Fine TeasInfinity Music Hall & BistroJC ATM Services,  Joe Williams Every Day FoundationKelley Transit CompanyKent GreenhouseLitchfield MagazineMaster Brands,  NAMM Foundation,National Endowment for the ArtsNew England Foundation for the ArtsOlde Burnside Brewing CompanyRepublican-AmericanRS Berkeley,Seasons MagazineSteinway & SonsTrilogy Financial ServicesUnion Savings BankWBGOWNPRWSHUWHDDVandoren and more.

Visit for complete information about the Jazz Festival or call 860-361-6285. Tickets to the Festival start at $30 and are available online (click here to buy now), by phone or at the gate.

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Date Posted: Aug 6, 2013

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