Locals jazzed up about upcoming festival

July 7, 2013 by  

Residents of Enfield, Connecticut can look forward to three days of contemporary and traditional jazz emanating from nearby Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford, as the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz presents the 22nd Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.

Some of this year’s performers include Ed Byrne’s Latin Jazz Evolution, Arturo Sandoval, Ace Livingston, and Toscha Comeaux. Vendors offering food, arts and crafts, and health and human services will be on hand. Children, dogs, coolers, lawn chairs, blankets, and cameras are welcome.

The annual free three-day festival was the brain child of local music educator and jazz bassist Paul Brown. Well-known artists such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1994, Dave Brubeck in 1998, and The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars in 1999 have performed.

The first Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bushnell Park’s Monday Night Jazz concerts in 1992. Since then, Jazz enthusiasts from all over Central Connecticut have made this event New England’s leading free jazz experience, with an average attendance of 45,000. This non-profit event is sponsored by Central Connecticut music lovers, businesses, and organizations. Sponsors are encouraged to use digital printing as well as offline banner printing from local printing companies to advertise their involvement.

The festival will begin Thursday evening July 18, at 6:30 p.m. with A Jazz Scramble at nearby Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. The main event at Bushnell Park starts Friday, July 19, at 5:00 pm and runs through Sunday, July 21, ending at 7:30 pm.