The Litchfield Jazz Festival has made a last-minute addition to its 27th annual festival, which begins July 29 at the Frederick Gunn School in Washington, Connecticut.
Trumpeter Jean Caze will give two performances and do a guest teaching session at Litchfield Jazz Camp. Haitian-born Le Caze, a longtime friend of the festival and camp, has traveled internationally every year for the past twelve years with Michael Bublé, playing venues from Cardiff Castle to London’s O2 Arena. as well as coliseums, castles and stately homes for audiences of 20,000 and more per show.
Caze – whom New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen compared to Miles Davis on works ranging from pensive ballads to fast-paced anthems – performed with legendary artists like Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Al Jarreau, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval and George Duke.
He will perform at the Litchfield Jazz Festival on July 30, alongside prodigy drummer, pianist and composer Anton Kot, and again on July 31 with the Albert Rivera Band at the festival’s Jazz Brunch.
Growing up in Queens, NY, Caze started playing the trumpet at the age of 9. He immediately developed a passion for the instrument and later won scholarships to the Juilliard Music Advancement Program and the Queens College Center for Preparatory Studies in Music. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2004 and won the National Trumpet Jazz Competition the same year.
In 2006, Caze won the International Trumpet Jazz Competition. He earned a master’s degree at Florida International University right after taking second place in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2007.
In 2009, Jean began his long-standing position with the teaching faculty at Litchfield Jazz Camp. The following year, he accepted a leading position in Bublé’s touring band, which he still holds today.
Caze, who now lives in Miami, conducts masterclasses and offers lessons for students of all skill levels.
Tickets for the Jazz Festival are available at ljf2022.eventbrite.com. (Tickets for the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bourne Courtyard must be purchased in advance.) Visit litchfieldjazzfest.com for details.