2008 New Haven Jazz Festival
(Published: June 18, 2008)
New Haven Jazz Festival Returns
Get ready to pack your lawn chairs and blankets for three jazz-filled days August 8th, 9th and 10th on the New Haven Green. The New Haven Jazz Festival returns to downtown New Haven this August under the helm of Jazz Haven, a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the appreciation and proliferation of jazz as America's true artform. Under the moniker All Great Jazz Is Local, Jazz Haven has assembled an impressive roster of musicians, most all with ties to the Elm City.
As one of the nation's largest and longest-running all-free outdoor jazz celebrations, the New Haven Jazz Festival has a rich history of bringing jazz lovers together to enjoy good company and great music. But the Festival did more than make music history - it became a yearly pilgrimage destination, it created countless family stories, and it taught many of us that jazz is a music tradition worth keeping alive. Since the Festival ceased production in 2007, Jazz Haven and the New Haven jazz-loving community joined together to identify the means to revive the beloved festival.
"This could not have been possible with out the support of the City of New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs, several major sponsors and the excitement of the community," said Doug Morrill, Co-Chair and President of Jazz Haven.
Jazz Haven is particularly excited to have Casey Family Services, a long time supporter of the festival in the past, as their presenting sponsor this year. "Casey Family Services and the entire Annie E. Casey Foundation are proud to play a role in bringing the New Haven Jazz Festival back to the families and neighborhoods of New Haven," said Raymond L. Torres, executive director. "This is an event that engages people of all ages and promotes a vital form of music that is truly a national treasure."
The City of New Haven was pleased to hear of the growing community effort and swell of financial support which enabled the return of the Jazz Festival. "When Doug Morrill told me Jazz Haven was preparing to revive the festival with a new format that would feature so many of the area's great jazz performers, we made an immediate commitment to help make that happen," said Barbara Lamb, New Haven's Director of Cultural Affairs.
The line-up of musicians, too, have all expressed enthusiastic interest in performing in this revival in New Haven this summer, including former New Haven residents Harold Danko and Wayne Escoffery, both of whom have developed outstanding national and international reputations as performers. Also featured will be Orange resident and piano prodigy Christian Sands, whose recent recordings and performances - including a duet with Oscar Peterson at the 2006 Grammy's Salute to Jazz - earned him the title "the next Jazz giant". Other musicians and groups with Connecticut ties include Wycliffe Gordon, Bridgeport's jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates, New Haven-based drummer Jesse Hameen II and Insight, featuring Hartford's Curtis Brothers.
More Information: http://newhavenjazz.com