June 14, 2021

Jazz Appreciation Month

April marks Jazz Appreciation Month, also known as JAM!  Enjoy CT Live is excited to share some of our favorite live jazz venues in Connecticut as well as some of our favorite local jazz artists.  To share how you’re celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month in Connecticut, tweet us at “@enjoyctlive” or click here to visit our Facebook page.

About Jazz Appreciation Month


This year, The Smithsonian honors Benny Carter during Jazz Appreciation Month 2016.

The Smithsonian Museum named April Jazz Appreciation Month in 2002, and it has flourished every year since!  Celebrate and explore the way jazz has revolutionized various genres of music, art and public figures.  Jazz Appreciation Month, also known as JAM, is meant to encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz culture by watching documentaries on famous jazz legends, to studying jazz music, attending live jazz shows in your local area and more.  This is the month to spark conversation about the beauty of jazz and the wonderful way it strikes a chord in people of all walks of life.  To read more about JAM, click here.

Connecticut Jazz Musicians

Connecticut is a great melting pot of culture and sound.  We are lucky to have such a beautiful offering of art and music in our community.  Jazz saxophonist Vincent Ingala from Prospect, Connecticut continues to amaze us, topping charts, touring around the world and playing with some of the industry’s best.


Hartford musician Orice Jenkins performs with Ashley Hamel at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. (Mark Mirko / mmirko@courant.com)

The talented Orice Jenkins from Hartford, Connecticut is another amazing jazz musician who fuses soul, blues and jazz to create a heart-wrenching sound and gripping performance.  Recently, Orice was recognized by The Hartford Courant in an inspiring article you can read here.  Mike Casey of the Mike Casey Trio gives an astounding live jazz performance, as well as contributing to the Connecticut jazz community as a teacher.

Live Music in Connecticut


This is just one of Connecticut venue’s April event calendars!

Connecticut has a thriving music scene in almost all areas of the state!  From The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, to Hartford’s Black Eyed Sally’s, Norwalk’s Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (which has also just opened a second location in Hartford), and New Haven’s iconic Toad’s Place, there are so many venues to check for upcoming shows.  For more of our favorite live music venues in Connecticut, click here.


Dr. Lonnie Smith performs at the Side Door Jazz Club!

Aside from these great venues, there are countless bars and restaurants hosting open mike nights all across the state, making it even more possible for Connecticuters to share their musical talents and vision.  During the summer Connecticut also hosts a variety of live music festivals celebrating various cultures and their sounds; stay tuned for these summer concerts!

Don’t know where to start looking for live music in Connecticut?  Check out our Twitter page here!