Archive for June 4, 2012

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 2012 in Bushnell Park, America’s oldest public park, when the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will presented its 21th 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.


Friday July 20th, 2012

5:00 pm Gates Open

6:30 – 7:00 pm Opening Ceremony

7:00 – 8:15 pm Layla Angulo

8:30 – 10:00 pm Steven Oquendo Latin Big Band

Saturday July 21st, 2012

1:00 pm Gates Open

4:30 – 5:30 pm Matt Marshak

6:00 – 7:15 pm Elan Trotman

7:30 – 8:45 pm Jeff Golub

9:00 – 10:30 pm The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Marcus Anderson

10:45 – 12:00 am Motown Dance Party featuring Jus’ Us

Sunday July 22nd, 2012

1:00 pm Gates Open

4:30 – 5:45 pm Dana Lauren

6:00 – 7:15 pm Afro-Semitic Experience

7:30 – 9:00 pm Hartford Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute to the music of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley featuring Erica von Kleist

Bushnell Park, 1 Jewell St, Hartford, Connecticut 06103