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Getting Jazzed

Jazz Camp—where kids gig with legends



A small group of young musicians sits nervously in the first two rows of an auditorium. They chat, shuffle their instrument cases, and shift in their seats. After a few minutes, a man walks onstage and begins assembling his saxophone. Then he begins a soulful, jazzy rendition of “Body and Soul.” The kids sit in awe listening to jazz great Jimmy Heath at Litchfield Jazz Camp.

For 15 years, the camp has provided musical education—both vocal and instrumental—to children from all parts of the region. Established by Vita Muir, the camp was meant to be an extension of the Litchfield Jazz Festival; the goal was to have the kids play between major musical acts. Now, the camp hosts over 400 talented students at the Kent School each summer, providing a place for them to become totally immersed in the music. Mario Pavone, president of the camp’s board, says, “We want these kids, through jazz, to become citizens of the world.”

In classrooms all over campus, music is playing. Instructors frequently participate and the compositions turn into lessons. That’s the special thing about this camp, says vocal instructor Kevin Mahogany. “The quality of instructors makes this camp stand out,” he says. “There’s a difference between professional musicians and professional educators.”
Back in Heath’s class, students and master are playing jazz standard “Out of Nowhere” and, nervous or not, the kids sound excellent. Heath, now 85, shows them strategic ways to improvise. He talks about Coltrane’s favorite methods and gives feedback and advice. As the lesson draws to a close, Heath picks up his sax once again and plays Milt Jackson’s composition, “Bag’s Groove.” Someone hops on the drums and everyone onstage jumps in on this spontaneous jazz jam.

Finally, the entire camp is treated to a concert with Heath who opens with Kenny Dorham’s jazz classic, “Prince Albert.” Afterwards, fielding a question about why he became a musician, Heath replies: “As an African-American, it was very difficult to get work. If I wasn’t an athlete, what was I gonna do?” Talking about his experience on the road with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Gil Evans, J.J. Johnson, and Kenny Clarke, the message Heath continues to relay is: Keep trying. “Don’t stop studying and don’t stop learning because there’s something more you can do,” he says. “Each one of you has something to offer the world.”

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Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
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Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

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Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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Cost: free

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Contact Name: Susan Newbury
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Contact Name: Faith Zeller
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Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
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Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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Cost: free

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Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
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Cost: Admission Free

Where:
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Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
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Cost: Free

Where:
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160 South St.
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
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View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
Bantam, CT
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

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Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
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View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

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Cost: Admission Free

Where:
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319 Main Street South
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View map »


Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
Website »

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Nutmeg Technologies in partnership with local businesses will be collecting canned goods and dry goods throughout the months of November and December with all items to benefit South Windsor Food...

Cost: free

Where:
Nutmeg Technologies
279 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor, CT  06074
View map »


Sponsor: Nutmeg Technologies
Telephone: 860-257-5643
Contact Name: Faith Zeller
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free after Grand Opening, which is $20.

Where:
725 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Next door to Sportsmen's
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View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House, Inc.
Telephone: (860) 307-1734.
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

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Cost: free

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Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
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The Loft Gallery at The Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 pm. The reception is free and...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Washington
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

More information

Fine Line Art Gallery is excited to host their annual holiday art and fine craft show, Miniature Masterpieces, featuring small works of art that include miniature paintings, photographs, jewelry,...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
View map »


Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
Website »

More information

Elizabeth Wolff’s family is steeped in the arts. Her father, Guy, is a world-class potter; her mother, Erica, is a “Jack of all trades” - from knitter to viol musician; her...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
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View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
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