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Litchfield Jazz Festival Presents 15 Free Concerts in July

The Litchfield Jazz Festival is proud to present a series of 15 free concerts throughout the month of July "Litchfield Jazz Around Town." Performers will include talented Litchfield Jazz Camp students and teachers from Litchfield Jazz Camp including Jeremy Pelt, Mario Pavone, Mark Whitfield, Winard Harper, Jimmy Greene, Karrin Allyson and more. The series leads seamlessly into the Litchfield Jazz Festival on August 1 - 3 with Bebe Neuwirth, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Brubeck and John Pizzarelli.

The Litchfield Jazz Festival is proud to present a series of 15 free concerts throughout the month of July "Litchfield Jazz Around Town." Part 1 of the series is called Jazz Festival Thursdays. Thursday July 10, 17 and 24 at 6:30 pm there will be live jazz by talented Litchfield Jazz Camp students with no cover charge at Senor Pancho's restaurant located at 7 Village Green Drive on Route 202, Litchfield, CT. Part 2 of the series, Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty Concerts will be held at the Forman School's Peirce Dinning Hall, 12 Norfolk Road, Litchfield, CT from July 7 through July 30.

This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the best jazz players in the industry as well as up-and-coming talent in a very intimate setting free of charge. Teaching Artists concerts will be held on Tuesday, July 8, Thursday, July 10, Tuesday, July 15, Thursday, July 17, Tuesday, July 22, Thursday, July 24, Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30. In addition the Teaching Assistants will give concerts on Mondays: July 7, 14, 21 and 28. All concerts will be held at 7:00 pm. A free will donation will support Litchfield Jazz Camp need-based scholarships.

Performers will include Litchfield Jazz Camp teaching artists trumpeters Jeremy Pelt and Louise Baranger, bassists Mario Pavone, Dave Santoro and Avery Sharpe, pianists Peter Madsen, Andy Jaffe and Rachel Z, guitarists Paul Bollenback, Dave Stryker and Mark Whitfield, drummers Alvin Atkinson, Rogerio Boccato, Winard Harper and Neal Smith, saxophonists Kris Allen, Claire Daly, Mike DiRubbo, Jimmy Greene, vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Karrin Allyson and many more.

The "Jazz Around Town" series leads seamlessly into the Litchfield Jazz Festival on August 1 - 3 at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen, CT. The Festival line-up includes Bebe Neuwirth, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Brubeck, John Pizzarelli with orchestra performing the Frank Sinatra Songbook, Cyrus Chestnut, and many more. The weekend also includes a crafters, artists, local and fresh cuisine and performances by Litchfield Jazz Camp students. For tickets and more information call (860) 567-4162 or visit www.litchfieldjazzfest.com.



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