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

Michael Mayo Quintet

Now a 20-something, vocalist/composer/arranger Michael Mayo is already well on his was to earning his stripes as a jazzman. He was accepted into the highly selective Thelonious Monk Institute— only the 3rd vocalist to do so in 20 years—and to the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program for his composing.  It is our pleasure to introduce Michael and his elegant voice to the Litchfield Jazz audience.

Originally from Los Angeles and now residing in New York, Mayo received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC).  He has already performed at the Kennedy Center, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles’ Catalina Bar and Grill and stages in Chile, Australia, and Brazil. As part of his post-grad stint at the Monk Institute, Mayo had the honor of working with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, John Pattitucci, Danilo Pérez, Dick Oatts, Lewis Nash, Luciana Souza, and Gretchen Parlato.

The Boston Jazz Blog wrote of Mayo “ … (he) has the maturity of composers twice his age. Mayo’s vocal lines, both scored and improvised, are interesting and sophisticated.”

This is Michael Mayo’s  first appearance at Litchfield.  His band includes Miro Sprague on piano, Josh Johnson on alto sax, Alex Bonham on bass, and a talented young drummer who grew up at Litchfield and is blazing a trail of his own, Robin Baytas.

  • October 17, 2017
  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 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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