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Lineup for Litchfield Jazz Fest July 29-31 announced


GOSHEN – Litchfield Performing Arts has announced the lineup of performances and events for this year’s Litchfield Jazz Fest, to be held at the Frederick Gunn School in Washington, July 29-31. For tickets and festival information, visit https://litchfieldjazzfest.com/.

Opening Night Gala, 5:45 p.m. Enjoy music from Litchfield’s top jazz camp combos, drinks and appetizers before the Friday night concert. Proceeds are used to fund need-based scholarships for the jazz camp.

7:30 p.m.: Samara Joy. Samara Joy already seems marked by success. She grew up in New York, surrounded by music. Her grandparents, Brother Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, led the famous Philadelphia-based gospel group, The Savettes, and her father toured with gospel artist Andrae Crouch. In high school, she joined her church’s gospel choir, eventually singing three services a week for nearly two years. She has previously performed at famous New York venues Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Blue Note and Mezzrow and has worked with Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut, Barry Harris and pianist Emmet Cohen. This is her first performance at the festival.

July 30:

Noon: Anton Kot and the Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty Quartet, Don Braden, Avery Sharpe, Julian Shore and the trumpeter will be announced. Kot is a 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist, award-winning composer on drums, piano and gamelan. He is currently a recipient of a talent scholarship at NYU. He began his studies at Litchfield Jazz Camp at the age of 11 and spent summers there until entering university. As a high school student, he toured Asia with Sean Jones and Kurt Elling and shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with Wycliff Gordon. He played piano and drums with the Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra with special guests Marshall Gilkes, Sherman Irby and Marcus Printup under the direction of Ted Nash and Tatum Greenblatt at Dizzy’s Club. He has also performed at Litchfield Jazz fundraisers and clinics with Doug Munro, Albert Rivera, Don Braden, Nicki Parrott and others.

1 p.m. Grégoire Maret Trio. Swiss-born Grammy winner, harmonica player and composer, Grégoire Maret moved to New York City at age 18 to study at New School University. Over the past decade he has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice in jazz. His appearances in recording sessions and concert stages further expand this list. These include Prince, Sting, Elton John, Jimmy Scott, Dianne Reeves, Toots Thielemans, Raul Midón, Richard Bona, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tito Puente, Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Charlie Hunter.

3 p.m.: Mark Whitfield Band with Davis Whitfield, Barry Stephenson and Joe Farnsworth. Whitfield was a faculty member at Litchfield Jazz Camp before beginning a long and steady touring career with trumpeter Chris Botti. He raised two musical sons, both former Litchfield jazz campers. This year he is joined by his son Davis Whitfield on piano, Barry Stephenson on bass and Joe Farnsworth (another LJC faculty member) on drums.

4:15 p.m.: Artist talk by Ken Peplowski

5 p.m., Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Ehud Asherie, Peter Washington and Willie Jones III.

Ken Peplowski played his first professional gig when he was in elementary school. In his early teens, he was teaching at the local music store, playing in a family band, and playing around town. While still in college, he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow in place of the retired Goodman. In 1980 he moved to New York and played everything from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz. In 1984 Benny Goodman came out of retirement, started a new band and hired Ken as a tenor. He has recorded over 50 CDs as a soloist and some 400 as a sideman. He was musical director of the Oregon Festival of American Music and is a performer/consultant for The Jazz Cruise.

Litchfield Jazz Fest is honored to have Ken Peplowski and his band wrap up their Mainstage 2022 shows. This marks Ken’s 3rd appearance at Litchfield, 2nd for Huston and Peter and 1st for Willie.

July 31 :

11:00 a.m. Sunday Brunch in the Garden, with Director of Operations, Litchfield Jazz Camp, Albert Rivera and the LJC faculty group.