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Litchfield Jazz Festival Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Blockbuster Lineup

Performers at festival in Kent, CT to include Dave Brubeck, Bela Fleck, Anat Cohen, Gerald Clayton and others.

Matt Wilson by Jimmy Katz
Terell Stafford

This year the Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a star-studded lineup as well as a change in venues. The festival takes place August 6-8 at the Springs Center and grounds of Kent School in Kent, Connecticut. Among the artists appearing at the festival this year are: Dave Brubeck Quartet; Denise Thimes; Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet; Gerald Clayton Trio; Dave Samuels Caribbean Jazz Project; Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor Sextet; All-Star Cannonball Adderley Tribute, featuring Wess Anderson, Terell Stafford, Benny Green, Matt Wilson, and Joanna Pascale; Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Aaron Weinstein; Avery Sharpe Trio; Jane Bunnett & the Spirits of Havana; Anat Cohen Trio; Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer.

The festival also has a large educational component with the Litchfield Jazz Camp taking place from July 11 until August 6, when the festival starts. Guest artist at the camp, geared to teaching jazz at all levels to youth, is guitarist Pat Martino. The list of teachers at the camp is nearly as star-studded as the festival lineup, with Don Braden as music director, and artists such as Junior Mance, Charli Persip, Henry Johnson, Dave Stryker, Matt Wilson, Clare Daly, Sheila Jordan, Carla Cook and many others serving as faculty.

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