Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010

Aug 06 - Aug 08, 2010

The Litchfield Jazz Festival (est. 1996) returns to Kent, CT in 2010 marking the 15th Anniversary of "one of the best straight-ahead jazz festivals on the map," ( The festival runs August 6-8 on the beautiful grounds of Kent School. The weekend includes a gala at the Morrison Gallery, three days of jazz, exhibitors, food and student performances.

“The Litchfield” is not just a festival—it’s a jazz family. Our focus is quality in everything we do—the music, art, food and clinics. LJF will open your ears, hearts and minds to JAZZ in all its glory -- with its African, Latino, European roots. Bring your jazz family and celebrate 15 years of Litchfield Jazz! The line-up features Dave Brubeck who we honor in his 90th year, Arturo O'Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, All-Star Cannonball Adderley Tribute led by Wess Anderson, Anat Cohen, Mario Pavone, Dave Samuels, Gerald Clayton and much more. All of this just two hours from NYC on the Metro North Train (Harlem line to TenMile River). Tickets start at $29 with children under twelve free on the lawn. “Among the best of the best,” (JazzTimes) and “A model jazz line-up,” (New York Times). The town of Kent (, tucked in the northwest hills of Connecticut, is known as the cultural heart of the Litchfield Hills with an array of art galleries, cafes, shops, state parks and even a waterfall, all in walking distance from the festival. And for the entire month leading up to the Festival enjoy a free jazz series, Jazz in July Kent, with performances by Litchfield Jazz Camp's talented students and all-star faculty.

Litchfield Jazz Camp is focused on musical and personal growth, while fostering a creative, inspirational and relaxed atmosphere. Featured in JazzTimes, TIME, The New York Times and on CNN, the camp “transforms students into the best versions of themselves, preparing them not only to be wonderful musicians, but confident people in all aspects of their lives.” – Dave Brubeck.

LJC is under the artistic direction of the gifted saxophonist/ composer/educator Don Braden. Student ages 13 to adult learn from a world renowned faculty of touring and recording jazz artists. Among them for 2010 are trombonist Vincent Gardner (JALC Orchestra), vocalist Sheila Jordan, drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Avery Sharpe, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, guitarist Dave Stryker, pianist Junior Mance, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, special guest artists Pat Martino and Delfeayo Marsalis and many more. Classes in performance, improvisation, jazz history, rhythm and percussion, music theory, the business of music, composition and more.

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2010 Litchfield Jazz Festival Line-up

Friday Night, August 6

Friends of the Festival Gala 5:45 – 7:15 pm
Dave Brubeck 7:45 – 8:45 pm
Denise Thimes 9:15 – 10:15 pm

Saturday, August 7
Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet noon

Gerald Clayton Trio 1:45 pm
Dave Samuels Caribbean Jazz Project 3:30 pm
Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor Sextet* 5:15 pm
Cannonball Adderley Tribute 7:00 pm
featuring Wess Anderson, Terell Stafford, Benny Green, Matt Wilson and Joanna Pascale
Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 8:45 pm

Sunday, August 8
Aaron Weinstein Trio noon
Avery Sharpe Trio 1:30 pm

Jane Bunnett & the Spirits of Havana 3:30 pm
Anat Cohen Trio 5:15 pm
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer 7:00 pm

* Mario Pavone’s New Work, Arc Suite, is made possible with support from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Campus of the Kent School

Kent CT 06757

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