Budding musicians and their professional counterparts descended on the campus of the Kent School this month as part of the annual tradition that imbues the town with jazz learning and performances.
The Litchfield Jazz Camp, now in its 14th year, precedes the annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. The camp provides musical students from across the country an opportunity to hone their skills while learning from some of the best in the business. The students range in age and play many different instruments.
This past week, two prominent musicians — Delfeayo Marsalis, a trombonist brother of Wynton and an NEA Jazz Master who has produced Grammy-winning and nominated major-label recordings, and guitarist Pat Martino, who successfully returned to performing and music making after an aneurysm robbed his memory of his ability to play — were slated to stop by the camp for workshops and performances.
The jazz festival lead-up includes 30 free concerts by camp faculty and students. The concerts run through Aug. 7.
This week, faculty concerts by teaching artist ensembles including bassists Mario Pavone and Avery Sharpe, saxophonists Mike DiRubbo and Kris Allen and pianist Onaje Allem Gumbs are slated for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:15 at the Kent School's Mattison Auditorium, as well as on Aug. 2, 3 and 4.
A free-will donation benefits need-based scholarships to the jazz camp will be taken at these faculty artist concerts.
The tunes continue thanks to jazz camp student performances on other days and in various locations around downtown Kent, including:
This Tuesday and Aug. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Doc's Trattoria, 9 Maple St., as well as an after-party and jam session the Friday of the festival, Aug. 6.
At the Fife 'n Drum, 53 N. Main St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. this Wednesday and on Aug. 4, as well as another festival after-party and jam session on Aug. 7.
Saturday at the Kent Memorial Library's Outdoor Summer Book Sale, 32 N. Main St., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m and between 2 and 3 p.m. that day at Richard J. Lindsey, Bookseller, 15 N. Main St.
It all concludes with the festival proper Aug. 6, 7 and 8. For details, visit www.litchfieldjazzfest. com.
BY BRYNN MANDEL | REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
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