This weekend, The Gunnery will welcome the celebrated Litchfield Jazz Festival, one of the longest-running jazz festivals in New England. Now in its 24th year, Litchfield Jazz Festival will bring great music to audiences on campus for the first time, while building on the successful collaboration that brought Litchfield Jazz Camp to the school for a second consecutive summer.
Jazz fans will enjoy the Mainstage concerts in the air-conditioned comfort of Emerson Performing Art Center (EPAC). For those who love the fair atmosphere of old, LPA has arranged the OuterFest on Saturday with student concerts and attractions – and it’s free! Two great parties are also planned: the Opening Night Gala on Friday and The Ladies Who Swing Jazz Brunch on Sunday. Read on for details:
THE PERFORMANCES & THE HALL – July 26, 27, 28
All Mainstage performances will be held in EPAC. Artists include the iconic Mike Stern, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Avery Sharpe, Alvin Atkinson and others, and the younger set with mad talent – the vocal group Duchess, the Chad LB Quartet, vocalist Alexis Cole, pianist Carmen Staaf and many, many more. For complete listing and times, click here
EPAC is an intimate performance space with 220 seats so everyone is close enough to enjoy jazz as it’s meant to be heard. And speaking of hearing, you can count on excellent sound thanks to one of the most respected leaders in the field, long-time supporter, Telefunken Elektroakustik.
Find ticket information here
THE OUTERFEST – July 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Admission is free
Featuring art, crafts, good food, jazz camp student concerts, artist talks, and family fun. Thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation, LPA is able to offer these experiences at no charge. All OuterFest activities will be held on the Washington Green. Click here
for a complete listing of exhibitors.
LITCHFIELD JAZZ CAMP STUDENT STAGE – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hearing the jazz campers perform is a highlight of every Litchfield Jazz Festival. This year, the 23rd for the Student Stage, student performances will take place in the First Congregational Church on the Green. Artist talks hosted by DownBeat and other activities will be at this location as well.
FRIDAY NIGHT GALA
The Opening Night Gala will be held at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
in Washington Depot on Friday. Enjoy fine French reserve wines courtesy of VanDoren Vineyards and Black Hog microbrews, appetizers, an art show by local mixed-media artist Peter Wooster, and live jazz music by top Litchfield Jazz Camp students.
THE LADIES WHO SWING JAZZ BRUNCH
On Sunday, July 28, the Don Braden Band will back the legendary Antoinette Montague saluting stars of jazz and blues across the years – women like Shirley Horn, Bessie Smith, Abbey Lincoln, Peggy Lee, and other greats. A delicious brunch and Litchfield Signature Sangria will be served while you enjoy the show outside in Bourne Courtyard. (Rain location: Solley Dining Hall)
Parking is available at Washington Primary School in Washington Depot. Shuttles will take guests to and from the performances and special event locations. Those who require handicap access are asked to contact LPA’s main office prior to July 25 at (860) 361-6285.