The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 2011

Posted: June 30, 2011 in Concerts, Smooth Jazz
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The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. For 25 years, Paul had produced the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park, drawing thousands of music lovers to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for picnics and world-class entertainment. That first Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in July of 1992, was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of those wonderful summers.

Paul gathered some friends to help plan that first festival, but ultimately turned the Festival over to a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers from the Central Connecticut area, who continued to fulfill his dream of a world-class jazz event in Hartford, while he concentrated on his professional career and the Monday Night Jazz Concerts. Now in its twentieth year, this free-of-charge Festival is supported by small and medium-sized charitable gifts and donations from foundations, businesses and corporations as well as City of Hartford and State of Connecticut grants. The Festival is also generously supported by contributions from individual jazz lovers throughout the region.

The tradition continues in 2011 in Bushnell Park, America’s oldest public park, when the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will presented its 20th annual event of three nights and two days of hot and cool jazz on the Performance Pavilion and the Friends of the Festival Arch Stage, featuring great artists from around the world and the USA, as well as young and up-and-coming performers from the local region. Connecticut’s State Capitol Building and Hartford’s skyline provide a beautiful, dramatic backdrop as the sun sets and the stars rise in the night sky and on stage.

Schedule 2011

Friday July 15th, 2011

6:30 pm Opening Ceremony

7:00 pm David Gonzalez & The Latin Jazz Experience

8:30 pm Zaccai Curtis Latin Jazz Quintet feat. Ray Vega, Dafnis Prieto, Andy Gonzalez & Reinaldo de Jesus

Saturday July 16th, 2011

4:30 pm Latanya Farrell

6:00 pm Curtis Haywood

7:30 pm Cindy Bradley with Nate Najar

9:00 pm Groove Project is:

Carl Carter, Bass

Matt Marshak, Guitar

‘Third’ Richardson, Drums

Jay Rowe, Keys

Paul ‘Shilts’ Weimar, Sax

Steve Cole, Sax

10:30 pm Jus Us – The Dance Party

Sunday July 17th, 2011

10:00 am Dixieland Jazz Mass at Christ Church Cathedral featuring Ross Tucker’s Hot Cat Jazz Band – 45 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103

4:30 pm Paul Brown Quintet

6:00 pm Josh Evans Sextet is:

Josh Evans, Trumpet

Abraham Burton, Tenor

Ralph Peterson, Drums

Dezron Douglas, Bass

Frank Lacey, Trombone

TBA, Piano

7:30 pm Al Foster Quartet with Special Guest Wallace Roney

Hartford Jazz Festival, Bushnell Park, 1 Jewell St, Hartford, Connecticut 06103

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