September 28, 2020

World War One and Jazz

In March, 1917, the first jazz records were released one month before the US entered World War One. With cities like New York and Chicago as the cultural hubs for this new sound. People had been used to the wholesome sounds of Ragtime music. Though, Jazz was different. Jazz made instruments take on new character. […]

Remembering Paul Brown

Paul Brown, the talented jazz bassist and founder of Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz series has passed away.  Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz series is recognized as the oldest continuously run jazz festival in the United States, which Brown ran for over 40 years before the Hartford Jazz Society assumed responsibility. Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park […]

Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park

The Hartford Jazz Society is always keeping Connecticut alive with culture and sound.  This summer, the Hartford Jazz Society will present Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park on Monday, July 6th!  This is the perfect way to finish a relaxing Independence Day weekend, while celebrating Connecticut!  This free event welcomes families to enjoy live jazz […]

Jazz in the Park

Produced by the Hartford Jazz Society, Monday Night Jazz is the nation’s longest running FREE jazz concert series returns to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for its 47th consecutive season. Opening act for the 2014 season was the Jonathan Barber Quartet. Hartford’s own Jonathan Barber, a graduate of Jackie McClean’s Artist Collective, is now based in New […]

Ladies Night At Monday Night Jazz

LADIES NIGHT AT MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ The Monday Night Jazz summer concerts ended in Bushnell Park on Monday August 12th with a duo of young, talented ladies. Opening the evening was the Shenel Johns Quintet. This Hartford area vocalist and back up crew started the night in really fine fashion. Johns vocals and stage presence […]

Monday Night Jazz

Monday Night Jazz / Bushnell Park, Hartford August 5th, 2013     Another great evening of Jazz under the stars in Bushnell Park featured the Orice Jenkins Septet opening for the Will Calhoun Trio. Orice Jenkins, although very new to the Hartford Jazz scene, has dazzled all of us over and over again this summer at […]


The 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 […]

Emery Smith trio and Winard Harper Sextet

Hartford Jazz Society Monday Night Jazz  The Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz kicked off on Monday July 9th at Bushnell Park in Hartford. The cool July evening was quickly heated up by the sounds of the Emery Smith Trio and the Winard Harper Sextet. A great way to start the 2012 jazz series celebrating […]

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Saturday July 21st  How do you top one of the top ten most beautiful days of the summer so far? Add some of the hottest names in contemporary music and put it all together in Bushnell Park. That was the menu on hand in Hartford on Saturday July 21st at the Greater Hartford Festival of […]