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Photo Gallery: The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014

New England's largest free jazz festival

Urban Jazz Coalition leader Phil Raney plays out in the crowd at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
Urban Jazz Coalition plays an evening set against backdrop of Capitol Hill, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, 2014
Kim Waters solos on saxophone at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
Marion Meadows on soprano sax at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
Manuel Valera on piano with Hans Glawischnig on bass in foreground at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
David Sanborn looks on at Nicky Moroch on guitar at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
Andre Berry tears it up on bass at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
Drummer Jay Williams starts up a solo at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
David Davis on saxophone at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz President Charles Christie acknowledges the all the hard work and support involved to make the 2014 event possible
La Orquestra Espada’s bassist Doug Long at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
Alisa Bowens and Estifanos Habetmichael dance salsa at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014
La Orquestra Espada’s Marco Ocasio on vocals at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2014

Set in Bushnell Park, against the backdrop of the Capitol Hill in downtown Hartford, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz-the New England region’s largest completely free jazz festival-is now in its 23rd year. The festival is made possible by the dedication of an all-volunteer team, donations, sponsors, and City and State grants.

The weekend started Friday evening with Grammy-nominated pianist Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express. The organizers said they wanted to make the first night big, and they did not fail to deliver. Saxophonist David Sanborn delivered an exciting set with Ricky Peterson on keyboards, Nicky Moroch on guitar, Andre Berry on bass and Jay Williams on drums. Sanborn also entertained the crowd with his fond, yet humorous recollections of the Woodstock Festival in 1969 when he played with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

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