Spring Means Jazz In CT

This past Easter weekend I was at Killington, yes skiing! It was a bright sunny day and as Spring had arrived so had Spring skiing. On that Saturday it was 75 degrees, yes the snow was just like mashed potatoes but I was skiing and it was good, so good. The following day was much cooler (65 degrees) but it was still outstanding. As I packed up my skis at the end of the day, I lamented the end of ski season. Yes, it will be a long eight months before I can pack up again for parts north and enjoy this crazy sport which I love so much. Then, right on cue, the thought of warm weather and all that it brings came to mind.

As we all know, there are so many things to do over the next few months, trips to the beach, cookouts with friends and family, pool parties, lounging in the yard, soaking up the Sun and just being outside. That also means summer jazz concerts! It seems no matter where you are in Connecticut a concert will not be too far away for a picnic basket filled with your favorite goodies, a little nosh, a few beverages, you may also bring blanket, a few chairs, , and a few friends or maybe just one. That is a recipe for a great time! So what concerts should we attend? Well here are two.

Litchfield Jazz Fest

Now of course there is the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the undisputed centerpiece of the Litchfield Performing Arts, which usually runs for three days in Kent, CT. Litchfield Performing Arts celebrates twenty-nine seasons this year. Over many years the festival has had many jazz giants James Moody, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter just to name a few. As always they will have a very nice line up of talent which, more than likely will include local talent and may feature performances by students. Well, after all it is held at the Kent School. Now if you are heading off in that direction you simply have to stop into this little gem called Belgique Pâtisserie & Chocolatier, they have some of the best treats you ever want to sink your teeth into. Not to mention, hello, chocolate!

There is also the Hot Steamed Jazz Festival right at the Essex Steam Train and that also runs for three days. This festival started in 1992 and their stated mission is “to bring for a full weekend, the best of Greater New England’s traditional jazz, swing and blues to Connecticut”. Not only do they host a great festival but proceeds from the festival benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp founded by Paul Newman, a camp for children with cancer or serious blood diseases. If you are going and you haven’t packed you basket, fear not because Olive Oyl’s has got you covered. Right there in Essex they feature a great selection of salads, sandwiches, box lunches everything you need to fill you up while you feast on great music!

Hot Steamed

I know, skiing waits later this year but it’s warm weather season out there people! Cast off those winter clothes, put that rock salt in the way back of the garage, it’s time to get out and get your groove on!

As always, if you know of a place or function serving good food or fun let us know!

Litchfield Jazz Festival http://www.litchfieldjazzfest.com

Belgique Pâtisserie & Chocolatier 1 Bridge St., Kent, CT 860-927-3681

Hot Steamed Jazz Festival http://www.hotsteamedjazz.com/index.shtml

Olive Oyl’s 77 Main Street Essex, Ct. 06426 860-767-4909 http://www.oliveoylscarryout.com/contact.htm

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