The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble

“A hidden treasure of the Flamenco world in the Americas…superb musicianship.” –Flamenco Connection When you book an international jazz festival it’s easy to miss outstanding talent in your own backyard, the very place I found the amazing Flamenco guitarist, Val Ramos, at a local concert. There I also realized for

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Gregory Porter

“The brilliant new voice of jazz” –The Huffington Post ARTIST TALK: Artist-in-Residence, Gary Smulyan, and DownBeat Publisher, Frank Alkyer, will host an Artist Talk with Gregory Porter on Saturday, August 10th from 4:45 – 5:30 PM in the Student Stage Tent. DownBeat Publisher, long-time Festival Sponsor and Advisory Board member,

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Emmet Cohen Trio

“His nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship. Instead, the dalliances with rapid-fire notes and recurring chord bundles seem a product of youthful enthusiasm and in-progress maturation.”-DownBeat At 22, jazz piano prodigy Emmet Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a

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“Strings Attached!” Christine Ebersole & Aaron Weinstein Trio

“The Genius Jazz Violinist Aaron Weinstein Meets Brilliant Jazz Singer Christine Ebersole in Dual Birdland Triumph.” –David Finkel, Huffington Post “Perhaps the imaginative Weinstein,” opined David Finkel (Washington Post),” figured he was designing a one-time gig, but the result has to be regarded as the debut of an astonishing new

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Gary Smulyan’s Baritone Summit

Sax Man Guided by Love of Jazz — Gary Smulyan on the Cover of the Hartford Courant Calender August 8, 2013.  READ ARTICLE HERE. Gary Smulyan is the undisputed King of Baritone Sax. With six Grammy’s under his belt and perennial “Top Bari Sax Player” in every poll every year,

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Paquito D’Rivera with the Zaccai Curtis Trio

Paquito D’Rivera, Cuban-born composer and musician, has received many awards including 9 Grammy Awards; the National Medal for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master award; a Fellowship in Music Composition by the Guggenheim Foundation; and a Living Jazz Legend Award at the Kennedy Center and the

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Bebe Neuwirth

Best known for her two-time Emmy Award winning role as Lilith on  Cheers, Bebe Neuwirth is truly a star of stage, film and television. Ms. Neuwirth has won two Tony Awards (Sweet Charity and Chicago), as well as a Drama Desk Award and an Astaire Award for her role as

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Winard Harper Sextet

”As tasteful a drummer as one could ask for,” – JazzTimes Inspired by the musicianship of greats such as Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins, drummer Winard Harper has been the leader of a vibrant sextet for almost a decade. Although clearly the dominant force behind this

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Nicole Zuraitis Quartet

Twenty-three year old vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, a native of Litchfield, CT, is a recent graduate from New York University (2007). Nicole began attending the  Litchfield Jazz Camp when she was only 12 years old. Then she was playing piano, trombone and singing. While she studied mainly classical voice at NYU,

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