December 17, 2018

Hartford Hot Summer of Jazz


Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

The 24th Annual Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz kicked off on Friday July 17th with the Hot Latin Sounds of Tony Succar and Cool Island Rhythms of Monte Alexander. This weekend long event is the largest FREE jazz festival in New England and most likely attendance this year topped last years’ 70,000 strong.

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Saturday is the big attendance day of the weekend with opening act guitarist Eric Leone who pumped the already Hot, Hot, Hot die hard jazz fans. Keeping up the pace next was Ed Fast and Congo Bop once again adding some Latin flavor to the weekend. Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner hit the stage next and really set the stage on fire. As the sun began to set and the temps came down a bit a whole lot of cool set in with Guitarist Nick Colionne who was later joined by vocalist Maysa. This is what makes this festival so amazing, it’s FREE and we are blessed with incredible artists like these.

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Sunday is a bit more laid back. Flutist Kim Scott opened the day on the main stage. Next act was The Dezron Douglas Quartet that provided a great lesson in straight up jazz. The weekend of music was closed out with the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force.

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

As usual, a little something for everyone and just one of the best free musical events of the summer in Connecticut.

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz