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

LJO Plays Carly Simon and Carole King w/ special guests, Nicole Zuraitis and Brandon Goldberg. Jen Allen, Music Director, Arranger.

Jen Allen is a pianist, composer, author and educator.  She frequently performs in New York, the Northeast and in venues throughout the world including the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Cambridge Festival of the Arts, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Greater Hartford Monday Night Jazz Series, as the leader of her own groups or as a member of other creative music ensembles.

In 2011, Jen was chosen as one of only eight pianists from around the world to participate in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her first book, Sitting In: Jazz Piano (co-authored with pianist, Noah Baerman) is published by Alfred. It received the Music Inc. Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, 2015. Her debut album,“Pieces of Myself,”  features original compositions for jazz trio and quintet.

Allen has degrees in performance and composition from The Hartt School and UMASS Amherst.  She continues to compose music for big bands, studio orchestras and smaller ensembles. She has taught at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and The University of Hartford, and is currently visiting lecturer at Trinity College and on the piano faculty at Litchfield Jazz Camp.

This is Jen Allen’s Litchfield Jazz Festival debut as a leader.  She will conduct the Litchfield Jazz Orchestra from the piano and has done all the arrangements from the treasure trove that is the music of two other brilliant women, Carly Simon and Carole King. LJO members are: Jen Allen (piano), Pete Mceachern (trombone), Don Braden (sax), Dave Ballou & Jean Caze (trumpets), Andrew Hadro (baritone sax), Kris Allen (alto saz), Robin Bytas (drums), Sean Pentland (bass) and Nicole Zuraitis on vocals.

Special guest for this performance is the 11-year-old Brandon Goldberg.  Brandon began playing piano by ear at age 3.  He studies both classical and jazz piano and has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center at the invitation of Monty Alexander and at the Apollo Theater and the Blue Note Jazz Club as the guest of McCoy Tyner. He composes his own music and hopes it will inspire people.


  • November 25, 2017
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 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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