We are here for you. Litchfield Jazz Festival has brought the best in jazz to the region for 19 years now. We keep discovering tomorrow’s stars — Gregory Porter just last year, Diana Krall on our first festival, Brad Mehldau, whose career we helped create with four appearances early on.
We are here for your children —more than 350 of them hosted annually at Litchfield Jazz Camp for the past 18 years, and raising funds (with your help!) to enroll 25 percent of them on need-based scholarship. Many of them go on to college on scholarships and all develop a lifelong love of music and an appreciation for what it takes to maintain a healthy mind and body to produce the music they love.
Last, and perhaps most important, we are here for the music: jazz — America’s treasured, authentic art form. We have become a respected forum for preserving jazz and expanding our audience’s experience.
We mount the festival for your pleasure, but we also do it to honor the greats and introduce the next generation, to provide jobs and audiences for musicians, to develop the audiences of today and build the audiences of tomorrow.
We are still here, even in these challenging times, because our legislators, foundations, businesses, and supporters like you care enough to help our mission endure. We wish to offer a special thanks this year to Sen. Clark Chapin who spearheaded an effort to make Litchfield Jazz Festival a line item in the state budget. This we hope marks the beginning of creating the stability we need to continue our wonderful work into the future.
I am here, after 33 years, because nothing could tear me away. Does this work matter? It sure does.
— Vita West Muir
Founder and Executive/Artistic Director