This past July Diane Smith and her crew came to experience the great things happening at the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which was founded in 1997, a year after the nationally acclaimed Litchfield Jazz Festival launched the career of the then unknown jazz singer/pianist, Diana Krall. The camp has since grown from a one-week day program for 32 students to a month long jazz intensive for 550 students from 63 Connecticut town, 17 states and 5 foreign countries.
Episode Highlights: What does it take to become the next great jazz musician? For some students in our area, that journey begins at the Litchfield Jazz Camp. Meet Connecticut's up-and-comers, as well as two enthusiastic pros bent on giving talented young people the chance to share the stage with jazz legend, Dave Brubeck, at the prestigious Litchfield Jazz
Litchfield Jazz Camp and the Litchfield Jazz Festival will be featured on the upcoming Fall Edition of Positively ConnecticutTM With Diane Smith. The episode airs on CPTV on Monday, September 22 at 9 p.m.Positively ConnecticutTM searches out the inspiring, warm, funny, and sometimes downright strange stories that give Connecticut its character. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Their award winning program, "Where We Live," featured the Litchfield Jazz Festival on August 21, 2008 with an interview taped live at the festival on August 2nd.
John Dankosky, WNPR News Director and host of "Where We Live," talked with NEA Jazz Masters Dave Brubeck and Paquito D'Rivera about their music, their lives and the future of jazz.
Listen to the program on-line at http://www.cpbn.org/program/where-we-live/episode/dave-brubeck-and-paquito-drivera-stage.
Support for Litchfield Jazz Camp comes from the State Depart. of Education, CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, Shure, Friendship Fund, Steinway & Sons, Crystal Rock, DownBeat and Republican-American. For more info call (860) 567-4162 or visit www.litchfieldjazzcamp.com.
Monday, September 22 at 9 PM on Connecticut Public Television