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The 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Kent, Connecticut

Winner was drawn on June 7, 2010.

August 6 – 8, 2010

“Nothing beats the Litchfield Jazz Festival … an ongoing tradition for those in the know.” —JazzImprov

The Litchfield Jazz Festival, in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, has been presenting legends and introducing new talent since 1996. Over the years the festival has presented legends like Sonny Rollins, Tito Puente, Ray Charles and Paquito D'Rivera, as well as introduced new talent and fostered the careers of Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Jane Monheit, Nicholas Payton and many others.

This August is the 15th Anniversary of the Litchfield Jazz Festival and will honor Dave Brubeck in his 90th year. The venue is the air-conditioned Springs Center and campus of Kent School in Kent, CT, where the festival's wildly popular educational arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp is also held. Kent's gorgeous campus on the banks of the Housatonic river provide the perfect backdrop for a month of jazz festivities culminating the first weekend of August. The quaint town of Kent (population less than 3,000), known as the cultural heart of the Litchfield Hills, boasts an array of art galleries, restaurants, shops and inns—all within walking distance! And all of this just 2 hours from New York City!


15th Anniversary Litchfield Jazz Festival Line-up

Friday, August 6th

  • Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Denise Thimes

Saturday, August 7th

  • Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet
  • Gerald Clayton Trio
  • Dave Samuels Caribbean Jazz Project
  • Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor Sextet with support from Chamber Music American and The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • All-Star Cannonball Adderley Tribute featuring Wess Anderson, Terell Stafford, Benny Green, Matt Wilson, and Joanna Pascale
  • Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, August 8th

  • Aaron Weinstein Trio
  • Avery Sharpe Trio
  • Jane Bunnett & the Spirits of Havana
  • Anat Cohen Trio
  • Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer

Click here to view performer profiles with photos, videos, bios and more.
For lineup details go to For information about Kent, Connecticut, visit

The Litchfield Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, DownBeat, Republican-American, Steinway & Sons Westport Gallery, Charter Communications, Sotheby's International Realty, Litchfield Magazine, Crystal Rock, Infinity Hall, Kent Chamber of Commerce, Magic Hat Brewery, WAMC, WBGO, WFCR, WNPR, WSHU, The Morrison Gallery and others. Litchfield Jazz Camp students, who study for up to a month prior to The Festival and perform there on the student stage, participate through major support from the CT State Department of Education, with additional support from The Joe Williams Every Day Fund, Faye & James Preston of the Kent Village Barn Shops and LPA members.

"One of the best festivals" —Diana Krall

"A model jazz line-up" —NY Times

"The Festival known for booking the best in jazz," —

"Top-ranked … not one of [those] fests packed with pop fizzle and no jazz sizzle."
—Hartford Magazine


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