Set in the picturesque, rolling Litchfield Hills, the Litchfield Jazz Festival was launched in 1996 with a line-up any well-established festival would have been proud of. Once again this year, this highly anticipated popular event is taking place on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 at the Goshen Fairgrounds located on Rt3. 63, 116 Old Middle Street in Goshen. Tickets are a bargain and range from $25- $500.
The themed program, Generations Of Jazz, pairs young stars-in-the-making who came out of the Fest’s teaching arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp, with iconic players. Two decades of top jazz instruction by the best clinicians in the world at Litchfield Jazz Camp have produced the stars of today and tomorrow. We have selected a roster of ultra-talented, young musicians, players who have been a part of Litchfield Jazz Camp, to grace our Main stage alongside established jazz musicians who have served as their mentors and helped them grow as musicians.
Some of these pairings will surprise you. All will delight you. Young lions like saxophonist Albert Rivera and pianist Emmet Cohen will be joined by guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Other well-known artists includes Steve Johns, Orrin Evans, Dave Stryker, Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe. Matt Wilson and many more.
This year the Festival sports a new look with its Sunday kickoff, Scat & Scramble- A Jazz Brunch with a New Orleans flair in food and music led by saxophonist Donald Harrison and an all-star band. Brunch tickets are included with all Best Friends and Sunday VIP
Tickets. Delicious food Southern style by festival favorite O’Deens BBQ and music to match. Donald Harrison will head up a big band of our top jazz campers and instructors in music from the Big Easy. Get ready for a swinging good time and bring those second line umbrellas. We’ll bring the beads!! Brunch tickets are included in all Sunday VIP passes.
Tickets are on sale now online. Visit the website www.litchfieldjazzfest.com or call 860-361-6285 for assistance and information. For more area information about where to stay and dine www.litchfieldhills.com
The line up*:
Adrew Hadro w/ Tony Malaby
Richie Barshay w/ Jimmy Greene
Albert Rivera w/ Paul Bollenback “Back At It”
Nicole Zuraitis w/ Dave Stryker
Daryl Johns w/ Orrin Evans “Saluting Errol Garner’s Concert by the Sea”
Friends of the Festival Scat & Scramble Brunch w/ Donald Harrison
Big Bass Blowout w/ Avery Sharpe & Matt Wilson
Emmet Cohen w/ Jimmy Heath
Litchfield Jazz Orchestra “Earth Wind & Wonder”
The Curtis Brothers w/ Donald Harrison
*line up is subject to change