New Milford, CT -- Litchfield Jazz Camp, the 18 year old teaching arm of Litchfield Jazz Festival, has a robust outreach to the wider community. This year and for the coming years it will based in New Milford Connecticut at Canterbury School. Canterbury, a most collegial institution is permitting the camp to open their cool and comfortable Maguire Auditorium for the benefit not just of the students but of the community as a whole for its nightly concerts, Litchfield Jazz After Work 7:15, (remaining concerts on July 28, 29, 30, 31, August 4, 5, & 6. Its student concerts on Friday August 1, and Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 pm are likewise open to all, and all concerts are free of charge. Donations are welcome and support need-based scholarships.
Part of the learning process for any young musician is the “give back”—the public supports you, you support the public. In that spirit, campers have always played for community events, and this year is no exception. Talented and experienced campers have played at fundraisers for other charities like Tea for Two Hundred to raise money for AIDs support, the annual Garden Party for the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, The Merryall Center for the Performing Arts, and on the New Milford Green.
Thanks to a gift from the Connecticut Community Foundation, excellent young players will be doing what some of them like to do best—bringing music to people who cannot bring themselves to the music—residents of local nursing homes. On Saturday August 2nd from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, JT Lincoln, Joshua Walker and Sam Dingle will be performing for residents of Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center, at 30 Park Lane East in New Milford. The same trio will perform again on Tuesday August 5th from 7-8pm, this time at Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 19 Poplar Street in New Milford. Families of the residents and the public are invited to attend.
All three young men are Resident Assistants at Litchfield Jazz Camp. JT, a pianist from New Haven CT who has studied at Litchfield for 7 years, begins his college career at Oberlin Conservatory in the fall. Joshua Walker, a tenor sax player attending Gettysburgh as a sociology major with a concentration in music, is at Litchfield for a third year and is 20 years old. Sam Dingle, an 18 year old bassist, is in his 3rd summer at Litchfield and entering his 2nd year at Loyola University in New Orleans.
These Litchfield Jazz Camp Players and many more will be featured on the second stage at Litchfield Jazz Festival coming up on August 8,9 and 10 at Goshen Fairgrounds, in Goshen CT. The festival mainstage performers include Cyrus Chestnut, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Mike Stern, Jimmy Green, Mario Pavone, Kirk Whalum and many more. All programs are presented by Litchfield Performing Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to changing lives through the arts.
Visit www.litchfieldjazzfest.com, call 860-361-6285 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/litchfieldjazzcamp, www.facebook.com/litchfieldjazzfestival, www.twitter.com/litchfieldjazz and www.youtube.com/litchfieldarts.
Photo by Dale Rothenberg.