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Annual Litchfield Jazz Fest

July 26 - July 28

Annual Litchfield Jazz Fest 1

July 26, 27 & 28, 2024

Set in the picturesque, rolling Litchfield Hills, the Litchfield Jazz Festival was established over a quarter century ago. That first line-up in 1996 would be the envy of any major festival today—Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, Russell Malone, Peter Bernstein, Ahmad Jamal, Renee Rosnes, JJ Johnson … If you remember this or any of the wonderful festivals that followed, you won’t want to miss Litchfield Jazz Fest 2024.

STATE OF THE ART PERFORMANCE HALL! – As you may know, the Litchfield Jazz Festival is the public face of the non-profit Litchfield Performing Arts, while Litchfield Jazz Camp is its heart. In 2019, we moved the Festival from the Goshen Fairgrounds to the Frederick Gunn School (FGS), the summer home of Litchfield Jazz Camp. This year we welcome audiences to the Tisch Auditorium in the state-of-the-art (and air-conditioned) Thomas Perakos Performing Arts Center.

Friday, July 26, The Opening Night Gala will be hosted at The Performing Arts Center. Best Friend and Friday Patron ticket holders will enjoy music by top Litchfield Jazz Camp Combos, hors d’oeuvres, and fine French wines from Vandoren Vineyards. Gala tickets include the Fest opening concert starring saxophonist Alexa Tarantino.

Saturday July 27, Ticket options include Best Friends and Friends VIP packages with prime, reserved seating and general admission seats all with perfect sight lines. Refreshments are available on-site for purchase.

Sunday Jazz Brunch, July 28. On the final day of the Festival you won’t want to miss our popular Sunday Jazz Brunch. Held at the beautiful Bourne Courtyard at FGS. Brunch tickets– included in Best Friend packages– may be purchased seperately. Guests will enjoy a rousing good time with a delicious buffet and beverages and “A Century of Jazz” with Albert Rivera, Nicole Zuraitis*, Matt Dwonszyk, Dan Pugach, and Paul Bollenback. The Brunch sold out last year, so get your tickets early!



Opening Night Gala

  • 5:45 pm – Start your Festival in style and support Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships

Friday Evening Show

  • 7:45pm – Alexa Tarantino Quartet with Alexa on saxophone, Steven Feifke, piano, Philip Norris, bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr., drums
  • 3:00pm – Amina Figarova Sextet and the Matsiko Orphan Choir with Amina on piano, Alex Pope Norris, trumpet, Wayne Escoffrey, sax, Bart Platteau, flutes, Rudy Royston, drums, Yasushi Nakamura, bass and TWO DOZEN young singers from Liberia!
  • 4:45pm – Allison, Cardenas and Nash with Ben Allison, bass, Steve Cardenas, guitar, and Ted Nash, saxophone
  • 6:30pm – Bill Charlap Trio with Bill on Piano, David Wong, bass, and Kenny Washington, drums
  • 12:00pm –Sunday Jazz Jazz Brunch starring Albert Rivera, saxophones, Nicole Zuraitis*, Vocals with Dan Pugach, Drums, Matt Dwonszyk, bass, and Paul Bollenback, guitar

To learn more and read Artist bios, visit our website: www.litchfieldjazzfest.com

*2024 Grammy nominee, best jazz vocal album

Ticket fees include a $2.00 donation to Litchfield Jazz Camp need-based scholarships


July 26
July 28
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