The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, a non-profit organization, is the brainchild of Paul Brown, a renowned Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. Starting in 1991, the festival today is the largest free-of-charge jazz event in New England, drawing an attendance of 100,000 in 2022. Supported by charitable donations and grants, the festival offers a platform for international, national, and local artists, from well-known performers to budding young musicians.
In 2023, Bushnell Park, America's oldest public park, will host the festival's 32nd annual event. The three-day event will be inaugurated by Connecticut's top youth jazz bands and will feature renowned jazz musician Camille Thurman. Set against the backdrop of Connecticut’s State Capitol Building and Hartford’s skyline, the festival is a memorable celebration of jazz.
The festival welcomes families and pets, with attendees encouraged to bring essentials like lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and sun protection. The Vendor Village offers food, beverages, and arts & crafts, while Jazz Central sells festival merchandise. The festival promotes respect and enjoyment, ensuring everyone has a jazzy time!
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