Discovering Genius – Vocalist Michael Mayo

It’s always a challenge for me to find great male jazz vocalists.  I am picky to the point of obsession, and, when Frank Sinatra of the perfect phrasing, diction, pitch and timbre is your standard, who can ever measure up?  So I search and search and usually come up dry.

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Discovering Genius – Pianist Joe Alterman

People ask me all the time, “Where do you find these artists?.” I usually say “The real question is what do I do with all the artists I find?” Few call me because they seem to know there is no time for chitchat here. Most send CDs. I look at

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The Thrill of “Discovering Genius”

I was chatting with a festival fan recently who told me she was at the very first Litchfield Jazz Festival.  She came on her own and sat right up front.  That’s the beautiful thing about jazz AND life— you don’t have to be half of a matched set to enjoy

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Stories From Backstage – Bon Mots from Dr. John

Dr. John has a big fan base at Litchfield and headlined here twice.  The second time, a funny thing happened on the way to New Haven. So here’s the story.  The festival was going swimmingly when I received a call from the gate that a gaggle– read 25 or 30

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Passages

My daughter Lindsey Turner and I attended two funerals in the past two weeks. On the last day of April we attended a very musical service for George Griebel in Sharon. George was a mechanical engineer in his working life and a sports car buff who was a favorite usher at Litchfield

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Stories from Backstage – Brave is As Brave Does: Eartha Kitt and the Big Surprise

Eartha Kitt was a legend.  No two ways about it.  I saw her live in 2004 at Mohegan Sun and rarely have I seen anyone own the stage the way she did.  She was 77 years old, beautiful, and sexy with the best pair of legs I have ever seen.

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Volunteer for the Litchfield Jazz Festival!

Volunteer registration is now open for the 22nd annual Litchfield Jazz Festival.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with Litchfield Jazz and to be a part of our team.  The Jazz Festival would not be possible without our volunteers, YOU make it possible each and every year.  Enjoy

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Remembering Nat Hentoff (1925-2017)

Influential journalist and jazz critic Nat Hentoff passed away on Saturday January 7. Hentoff wrote for The Village Voice for 50 years. He also write for DownBeat Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post among many others. He was the first jazz critic to be named Jazz Master by the

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21 Years of Great Jazz

Litchfield Jazz Festival and its fans enjoyed 21 years of great jazz this past weekend. The weather was gorgeous both days in spite of dire predictions. We also marked the 20th anniversary of Litchfield Jazz Camp, celebrating with the Scat & Scramble Jazz Brunch fundraiser on Sunday morning. Pictured here

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Litchfield Jazz Fest featured on WNPR.org

Date Posted: Aug 3, 2016 – “Litchfield Jazz Festival (LJF) — a then at-risk brainchild of the fearless cultural crusader Vita Muir — would survive its infancy to become an annual crown jewel among Connecticut’s premier summer arts and entertainment events. For that matter, who back then would have bet

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