By Litchfield Performing Arts, a not-for-profit educational charity.

Ada Rovatti Quartet

Italian born Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training. She won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and divided her time between Boston and studies with George Garzone and Italy working in big bands. Afterward, she time spent in Paris and toured Europe and Africa, and then, like so many before her, moved to New York City.

Ada has performed at many festivals including the JVC and the Rochester, Detroit and Montreal Jazz Festivals and with an impressive list of top artists and bands, including Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, John McLaughlin,  James Moody, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Joanne Brackeen, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmmy Heath, Patti Austin and many others.

She has been recording as a leader since 2003 when Ada Rovatti and the Elephunk Band invited are guests Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Don Alias. (She appears on Brecker’s 2003 Grammy-winning CD, 34thN Lex). Airbop (2005) featuring Bob Mintzer and Randy Brecker, was nominated for the All About Jazz annual Top Ten. Green Factor (2009) blends Irish/Celtic/jazz/fusion with strong harmonies. Her latest, Disguise (2014), features Zach Brock, Janek Gwizdala, Dana Hawkins, Randy Brecker, Dean Brown, Anne Drummond, Leo Genovese, Oli Rockberger and Adam Rogers.

Ada’s other appearances include CDs with John McLaughlin and Jeff Lorber among others and an all-star band turn at the 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition Kennedy Center Gala honoring Madeleine Albright. A regular in the Brecker Brother’s Reunion Band, she will appear on a soon-to-be-released double CD/DVD set live from the Bluenote plus a studio session.

This is Ada Rovatti’s first appearance at the Litchfield Jazz Festival.  She will be joined by the great Steve Johns on drums, Daryl Johns on bass, and Jill McCarron on piano.

  • October 17, 2017
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Main Stage, Goshen Fairgrounds

Main Stage, Goshen Fairgrounds

By Car:
The Goshen Fairgrounds is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, on the right approximately 1/2 mile south of the center of Goshen on Route 63. The Litchfield Jazz Festival is held at the Goshen Fairgrounds and FREE parking for the Festival is at the Goshen Fairgrounds Fields, directly across the street from the Fairgrounds. It’s a lovely drive from any direction!

Address for Google Maps:
116 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756

HANDICAP PARKING is located directly on the Festival grounds. There will be ample signs to direct handicap patrons where to park.

By Train:
It’s easy, relaxing and affordable to get to Goshen on Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Station in New York City. Take the Harlem Line Train to the Metro-North's TenMile River stop in Amenia, NY, just 28 miles from Goshen where you can meet one of the Kent/Goshen area livery services (see list below). For Metro-North schedules and tickets visit

For questions email or call 860-361-6285.

By Plane:
Goshen is approximately 38 miles from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, 100 miles from Laguardia Airport and from John F. Kennedy Airport, both in New York. Once you arrive, you may need a livery service. Below are recommended services.

Livery Services:
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount on a round trip.

Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.

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