Litchfield Jazz Festival’s Salute to New Orleans and It’s Heroes

August 2015 marks ten years since the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. In the intervening time, many people from Connecticut and the surrounding area have continued to assist in many ways to help in that iconic city’s recovery.

Don Braden, Albert Rivera, Nick Roseboro – photo credit: Dale Rothenberg
Don Braden, Albert Rivera, Nick Roseboro – photo credit: Dale Rothenberg

Litchfield Jazz Festival will honor some of those people on June 27 with a concert entitled Litchfield Jazz Fest Salutes New Orleans & Heroes of Katrina. The Big Easy, an ironic name for a city whose recovery was anything but, worked its way up and out with the help of many, many private citizens, some of them from our area, all of them brave and generous young people.
The honorees will be Liza Noone on behalf of College of the Holy Cross, Luke Nelson on behalf of Watkinson School, Camille Richards accepting for Springfield College, and Dr. Laurie Leitch on behalf of Threshold GlobalWorks.

The June 27th concert is The Festival’s first appearance at the gorgeous, new Performing Arts Center at Western CT State University in Danbury. The music is slated to showcase New Orleans at its finest. The band, led by saxophonist Don Braden, Artistic Director of Litchfield Jazz Camp, also includes Albert Rivera, alto sax, multi-Grammy winner Gary Smulyan, baritone sax, Winard Harper, drums, Antoinette Montague, vocals, Avery Sharpe, bass, Peter McEachern, trombone, Nick Roseboro and Dave Ballou, trumpets, Zaccai Curtis, piano, and very special guest New Orleans’ own Donald Harrison.

Proceeds from the concert will help fund need-based scholarships at this summer’s Litchfield Jazz Camp, July 12 – August 7, at Canterbury School, New Milford.
Come for the music, come for the stories. For tickets order online at, visit the WCSU Box Office, or call (203) 837-8499. For more information visit, email, call 860-361-6285.

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