New Haven Jazz Festival to span five days

Celebration to feature acclaimed artists, student performers, and public art

T.S. Monk. Image courtesy of Jazz Haven.


By David A. Brensilver

An expanded New Haven Jazz Festival this summer will offer jazz aficionados the chance to attend performances in half a dozen local venues and at a culminating concert on the New Haven Green. Over the course of five days, acclaimed and ascendant artists – from T.S. Monk (son of the late and legendary Thelonious Monk), Godwin Louis, and Annette Aguilar to student performers from High School in the Community and Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School – will perform in downtown nightspots.

Participating venues will showcase paintings by New Haven native Mike Reilly, whose work will also provide a backdrop for the festival stage. Jazz-inspired artwork by sixth-graders from St. Thomas’s Day School will be on view at 116 Crown.

At a kickoff event scheduled for July 19, at 6 p.m., at 116 Crown, Jazz Haven founder, Doug Morrill, and the organization’s president, Craig O’Connell, will speak to audiences about the history of jazz performance in New Haven and introduce this year’s headlining artists, T.S. Monk, Godwin Louis, and Annette Aguilar.

Schedule of events:

Wednesday, August 8

Gil Hawkins Collective at The Owl Shop (268 College St.), 9 p.m.

Thursday, August 9

George Baker Quartet at Geronimo Southwest Grill and Tequila Bar (271 Crown St.), 8:30 p.m.

Matt Oestreicher Band at 116 Crown, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, August 10

Elligers Brothers Trio at Cave a Vin (975 State St.), 8:30 p.m.

New Unity Quintet at Café Nine (250 State St.), 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 11

Ben Wolfe Trio at The Owl Shop (268 College St.), 9:30 p.m.

Morris Trent Quartet at Temple Grill (152 Temple St.), 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 12

Artists TBA at The Study at Yale (1157 Chapel St.), brunch

Student performers from High School in the Community and the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School on the New Haven Green, 5 p.m.

Godwin Louis on the New Haven Green, 6 p.m.

Annette A. Aguilar and StringBeans on the New Haven Green, 7 p.m.

T.S. Monk on the New Haven Green, 8 p.m.

Information courtesy of Jazz Haven. For more information, visit jazzhaven.org.

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