Watch Brandon Goldberg in rehearsal!

Pianist Brandon Goldberg rehearsing with his Litchfield Jazz combo band, ViVid, for their performance this evening. Brandon will be playing again on Sunday morning at the “Brunch with Basie” benefit for Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships at 10:30am at the Goshen Fairgrounds and then again at 12:30pm with the Litchfield Jazz

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Discovering Genius – Pianist 11yo Brandon Goldberg

Over two decades, Litchfield Jazz Camp has had its share of precocious students.  Quite a few of them, actually.  Most fall into a category I like to call to “my little old men.” They are atypically young boys (our official bottom age is 12) with high intelligence and talent and

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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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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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