Western Connecticut State University located in the heart of “the hat city,” Danbury Connecticut has announced that it is holding it’s twenty-first annual Jazz Fest that will take place from March 31 through April 2. This years extravaganza, whose mission is to bring the world’s leading jazz artists to perform in Danbury will feature the legendary saxophonists and composers Joe Lovano and Kenny Garrett.
Once again, this year’s Jazz Fest has been put together by Western CT State University’s Music Department with the help and support of the Student Government Association. The Department and Association are excited about the two headliners because the anticipated virtuoso performances will consist of visionary original compositions of these two highly acclaimed and influential jazz saxophonists.
The Jazz Fest kicks off on Thursday, March 31, 2016 with the University’s students and jazz music faculty performing ensemble sets featuring jazz favorites, classics and even some original compositions. The concert begins at 10 p.m. and is $10, or free for WCSU students.
Joe Lovano, Grammy Award nominee is a tenor saxophonist that has played all over the United States after attending Berklee in Boston. Since the 1990’s Lovano has been recorded on more than two-dozen albums for the Blue Note label. On Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7 p.m., Lovano will perform with the WCSU Jazz Orchestra in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU westside campus.
On Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 7 p.m., Kenny Garrett, a Grammy Award nominee for his album Seeds of the Underground will take to the stage at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall. Garrett’s career as a bandleader and composer has spanned thirty years and is considered by many to be a preeminent alto jazz saxophonist that sees melody as a key element to his most recent compositions. Garrett has performed nationally with many top jazz musicians of the 20th century including Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey and Miles Davis.
Tickets to the concerts are available online on March 31 and April 1 and April 2.
Looking ahead to the summer, the popular Litchfield Hills Jazz Festival is taking place on August 6 and 7 at the Goshen Fair Grounds. The Litchfield Performing Arts, a non-profit charitable, educational organization also puts together the Litchfield Jazz Camp that was founded in 1997 to teach and inspire jazz musicians of all ages and abilities. Best of all, money is never an obstacle to participation because the Litchfield Performing Arts accepted 27% of its students on scholarships in 2015. Registration for the Litchfield Jazz Camp is now open and the summer sessions run from July 10-15, July 17-22, July 24 – 29 and July 31- August 5.
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