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

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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

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Julian Shore Quintet

Pianist Julian Shore is known for his “deep maturity as a composer and bandleader” (DownBeat) and has been called “a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing, has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture” (Peter Hum, Ottowa Citizen). From Narragansett, Rhode Island, Shore grew up listening

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Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet

The Afro-Peruvian Sextet was founded in 2005. Its inventive program of traditional Afro-Peruvian music has been transformed by its leader Gabriel Alegría’s synthesis of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms and jazz, Their blend of scholarship and playfulness transmits to audiences the black music of coastal Perú as a way of life. Each

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Ken Peplowski’s Benny Goodman Tribute

“When you grow up in Cleveland, Ohio, playing in a Polish polka band, you learn to think fast on your feet”, says Ken Peplowski, who played his first pro engagement when he was still in elementary school. “From my first time performing in public, I knew I wanted to play

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Saturday Night After Party & Jam — Wyndham Southbury

After the music ends on the Mainstage, the party heats up at the After Party & Open Jam! The Litchfield Jazz Festival welcomes everyone to enjoy more jazz, and any instrumentalists or vocalists who care to sit in for our After Party and Open Jam on Saturday, August 5th right after the

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Friends of the Festival Brunch with Basie

Having Fun and Raising Money for Litchfield Jazz Camp Based on the success of last year’s Scat & Scramble Brunch fundraiser, we bring you 2017’s Brunch With Basie, August 6, 10:30 – noon at the Fairgrounds. The tented party features great music by top Litchfield Jazz Camp students  and instructors,

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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

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Joe Alterman Trio

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman moved to New York in the fall of 2007 to study at New York University, where he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. There, he had the opportunity to study with Don Friedman, Joe Lovano, and John Scofield. He has headlined at

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Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition

Few musicians share the ability of Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. The saxophonist/composer hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form reflecting his own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. Just as his personal experience is

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