Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp



Teachers - Send Students to LJC and You Win Too!

Teachers - Send Students to LJC and You Win Too!
Date Posted: Jan 31, 2014
Music teachers, this is for you! If you encourage your students and they enroll in the 2014 Litchfield Jazz Camp you'll enjoy DownBeat Magazine for free, be entered win an RS Berkeley instrument for your band and get a free ticket to the Litchfield Jazz Fest this summer. Read on for details about these special offers.
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Posted by: lturner

If you're a music teacher and reading this, then we want to thank you for inspiring your students.  Now we invite you to share them with us.  Litchfield is the camp that nurtured some of the most talented young players working today: Emmet Cohen, pianist Monk finalist, Godwin Louis, saxophonist Monk finalist, Richie Barshay, drummer, played with Herbie Hancock, Kenny Werner, Klezmatics and others, Luques Curtis, bassist, played with Eddie Palmieri, Christian Scott, Ralph Peterson etc., and his brother Zaccai Curtis, pianist, winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s award four years in a row and more.  This is the camp that will make your bands and combos shine

PERKS FOR YOU -- Our sponsors are awesome!  As a small thank you, Downbeat Magazine has offered a free one-year subscription to any teacher who refers a student who enrolls for LJC 2014.  In addition teachers who enroll two or more students will be entered in a drawing for a new instrument for your band donated by RS Berkeley! There will be THREE winners. Finally we offer you a free lawn ticket to the 2014 Litchfield Jazz Fest day of your choice (Aug 8-10) so you can see what all the fuss is about!

Why should your students attend LJC? Hear from a student directly.

Litchfield Jazz Camp - Watch a highlights video here.

The Dates:  Session 1:
July 6 – 11, Session 2: July 13 – 18, Session 3: July 20 – 25, Session 4: July 27 - August 1, Session 5: August 3 - August 8.

The Location: NEW for 2014 - Canterbury School, New Milford, Connecticut. 

The Faculty: Directed by Don Braden, composer/educator/saxophonist.  Stellar faculty include Claudio Roditi, Avery Sharpe, Gary Smulyan, Matt Wilson, Dave Stryker, Claire Daly, Vincent Gardner and many more!  See all faculty profiles here

The Students: We welcome instrumental & vocal students age 12 and up at all skill levels.  Our alumni are award-winning touring musicians (see some of them here).

The Philosophy: LJC provides the highest level of instruction and as such enrolls very talented students.  LJC is a non-competitive program focusing on musical and personal growth. Students are placed in a combo at their own level. Life skills like fitness and sports electives, finances for the musician, college prep and choosing a college through our College Night (7/23/14) are part of the program.

The Environment: Litchfield Jazz Camp offers total emersion in a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere.  Students and faculty build enduring relationships during classes, concerts, jam sessions and social time.  They study on the lovely campus of Canterbury School in the NW Connecticut hills (just 1.5 hours from NYC), minutes from New Milford's bustling historic center. 

The Performance Opportunities: It’s all about “learning by doing” at Jazz Camp.  Students perform at weekly concerts, at jam sessions, or at the village’s restaurants and green.  And for the “cherry on top” all students perform on their own stage at the world-renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen, CT at the conclusion of Camp, August 8-10, where they hear and meet jazz greats up close. 

Apply on-line:

Visit the website and get connected:,,

Email or call 860-361-6285 with any questions.

Hope to see your students this summer!

Vita West Muir
Executive/Artistic Director

Photo of Music Director Don Braden playing an RS Berkeley tenor saxophone by Nathan Turner.

Date Posted: Jan 31, 2014