August 20, 2018

HARTFORD LIKES IT HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!

Enjoy CT Live Hartford Jazz FestThe 2013 Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz opened on the very hot and sultry Friday July 19th . The head liner on opening night was Arturo Sandoval, who added his own brand of Cuban heat to the already sweltering temps in Bushnell Park. To say Sandoval’s performance under hot lights and a heat index of almost 100 degrees was amazing is truly an understatement. Not only was he incredible on the trumpet but he also managed to play keyboards, piano, percussion and vocals. Great way to start what promises to be a great weekend of Jazz. Arturo Sundoval Enjoy CT Live

Second day of the Festival felt even hotter. Opening act on Saturday was guitarist Ace Livingston. Ace brought a little heat to the stage with his band and also surprised us with a few vocals from a Hartford area female vocalist. Very Cool. The rest of the evening was dominated by the New Urban Jazz Party and Jam featuring Bob Baldwin, Walter Beasley, Tom Browne and Eric Darius. First I have to say that we were all amazed at the back up musicians who played from 6-10:30 P.M. on one of the hottest nights I can ever remember at Bushnell Park, truly incredible. This 4 ½ hours of non-stop jamming with some of the most respected names in contemporary Jazz was a real treat. Ace Livingston Enjoy CT Live

Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin

Eric Darius

Eric Darius

Female Vocals Enjoy CT LiveSunday was a very special treat for all of us who frequent the Hartford Jazz scene. The Festival dedicated most of the final day to honoring Hartford area musicians who make up the very rich area Jazz community. Tribute was made to those musicians who have paved the way, those currently active in the Hartford music scene and the young, up and coming musicians who will carry on the Jazz tradition in the Hartford area. This was a great afternoon of music featuring one group after another, all familiar faces to those of us who know and love the Hartford Jazz scene. A great weekend of Music was capped off by The Steve Davis All-Star Sextet featuring Larry Willis. Thank you to all the volunteers who work so hard to make this free festival happen year after year.

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ENJOY the MUSIC.   ENJOY IT LIVE!!!