Due to decreasing sponsorship revenue and declining grant income, the Board of Directors has decided that we cannot produce a Festival this summer. We are planning to be a part of the Connecticut music scene in 2014 and beyond. We are investigating several opportunities to increase fundraising, sponsorship, and marketing, and we feel that attempting to produce an event in 2013 would place our future in jeopardy.
We encourage our friends and fans to continue to support live jazz whenever and wherever possible, and to look for us in 2014. We will periodically update you as to our progress.
We are looking forward to being a part of Connecticut's music scene for a long time to come. Remember that The Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit corporation under IRS rules. Contributions to the Festival may be deductible.
On a more positive note, Horns For Kids has instruments available to Connecticut schools. 52 instruments are available now, free to public and private schools in Connecticut. All teachers and administrators are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Instruments will be awarded to schools, based on need, by Monday, May 13. There is a good mixture of woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments, including a refurbished sousaphone. There are several packages of incidental percussion instruments that should be of special interest to General Music teachers. All instruments are clean, playable, and in excellent condition. Please pass this information along to your friends and colleagues.
The 2012 Festival was a sucessful both musically and financially in spite of the rain. The format and location were the same as in 2011, with two venues and eight bands, at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, located at 275 Research Parkway. in Meriden. Ticket prices were the same as 2011: $30 through July 21, $35 after July 21. Here's the festival's LATEST NEWSLETTER with more info.
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The 2011 Blues Extravaganza was a huge success. The weather was perfect, and the tent overflowed with jazz and blues fans. With the help of a great friend in Massachusetts and a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, we filled the midsummer air with great American music starting at 3 pm with traditional jazz followed by an evening of Blues! There were two venues, the ballroom and a tent outdoors, 9 hours of great music, excellent food, abundant seating, free parking, and overnight accommodations were available at a special "Jazz Rate".
PHOTOS . . . Marce Enright's Festival Report
After the 2010 festival the Board of Directors decided that we needed to maintain a presence in Connecticut's summer music scene, keeping our focus of traditional jazz while bringing in the blues. The 2011 "Traditional Jazz & Blues Extravaganza" was our 25th annual presentation of great music in Connecticut. If you would like to help, or know someone who might like to help, give us a call at 1-800-HOT-EVENT (1-800-468-3836), or email Ray Ross at email@example.com or Ken Chant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival is devoted to maintaining its tradition of presenting a fun, music-filled weekend in mid-summer, bringing jazz and blues bands from around the US and beyond. Video clips from the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Festivals can be seen on this website and on the Festival's Facebook page. For further information, please contact Ray Ross at email@example.com or Ken Chant at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the festival hotline at 1-800-468-3836.
The Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival is a 501-c-3 Not-for-Profit Corporation.
. . . Review of the 2010 Festival . . . Instrument Donations from Horns For Kids: