Litchfield Jazz Camp slated

The 20th Litchfield Jazz Camp will be held July 10 through Aug. 5 at Canterbury School in New Milford.

The event will culminate with the Litchfield Jazz Festival Aug. 6-7.

Students 12 and older are welcome.

There is no pre-audition, and the camp provides some support to students with financial need.

What started as a day camp for 35 jazz students for one week in 1997 now hosts 350 to 400 students annually in a month-long day and residential program hosted at the school.

The camp accepts students at all levels of play and has a faculty of 50-plus jazz performer/educators.

The faculty is headed by saxophonist Don Braden, who has served as head of school for 19 years.

Other long standing artist-instructors include Avery Sharpe, George Schuller, Gary Smulyan, Mario Pavone, Matt Wilson, Kris Allen, among others.

Over two decades, Litchfield jazz camp has produced thousands of students who have gone on to college, many on talent and/or academic scholarships.

Many have become professional musicians and are emerging stars and educators themselves on today’s jazz scene.

The iconic festival will celebrate the camp’s accomplishments with a program they are calling Generations of Jazz.

The lineup pairs former campers with well-known mentors they have chosen to join them on the festival mainstage.

For more information about the jazz camp, visit or call 860-361-6285.