Litchfield Jazz Festival

Litchfield Jazz Festival

Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 7:30pm

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7:30 PM Litchfield Jazz Orchestra featuring Alexis Cole, Andrew Hadro, Kris Allen, Albert Rivera, Avery Sharpe…

The Litchfield Jazz Orchestra makes its 6th appearance this summer. It sprang from the creative imagination of guitarist Doug Munro, long-time Litchfield Jazz Camp instructor and emeritus professor and founder of the jazz program at SUNY Purchase College. Doug proposed we fashion a band of jazz faculty members, and perhaps include a top student or two, for whom he would score in the jazz tradition the music of the revered Gypsy-style guitar master Django Reinhardt. Now the orchestra is an annual Litchfield Jazz tradition.

Joining the LJO this year is vocalist Alexis Cole. Her “how I got into jazz singing” story is one for the books. Alexis spent her formative years, seven of them, with the U. S. Army Big Band. You could say she cut her jazz-teeth on k-rations, and she might just be the most talented singer ever to hold a top-secret clearance. While in the Army she shared the stage with ensembles from the New York Philhormonic to Kool and the Gang.

When Alexis mustered out in 2016 she was ready to trade her uniform for chic cocktail dresses and adorable hats and began appearing at top New York nightspots and touring the world.

She won the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition and now has more than a dozen CDs to her credit with some of the proceeds from this work going to benefit Outward Bound for Veterans which offers wilderness courses to help returning service members re-adjust to life at home. Alexis has guested with the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony, and artists like Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Jane Monheit, Gregory Porter, and Norah Jones. She now heads the vocal program at SUNY Purchase College. This is her first appearance at Litchfield.

Litchfield Jazz Orchestra members include Kris Allen, alto sax, Albert Rivera, tenor sax, Julian Shore, piano, Peter McEachern, trombone, Avery Sharpe, bass, Steve Johns, drums, Andrew Hadro, baritone sax, and Dave Ballou and Jean Caze, trumpets.

Opening for the LJO will be talented several “top” Litchfield Jazz Camp Combos. Many of these students are prize-winners in their own right already. Enjoy them!