Notable Releases from 2022 (podcast)
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3w ago
As we turn our calendar to the New Year, it's always a fun to look back at some of the best jazz releases from the previous year. As the current webmaster to the Hartford Jazz Society and now a resident of San Diego California, I have a hand in each of these cities jazz scenes ..read more
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Mingus documentary on PBS
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
A wonderful Charles Mingus documentary was aired on PBS earlier this month. It features a performance by the Mingus Big Band interspersed with conversations on the life and music of this jazz icon. For Hartford jazz fans, you will recognize several familiar faces of University of Hartford alumni/faculty that have appeared around town over the ..read more
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2023 NEA Jazz Masters Announced
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
Congratulations to the NEA Jazz Masters recipients for 2023. Among the highest honors bestowed upon jazz musicians, journalists or producers is the National Endowments of the Arts, Jazz Masters. The artists honored this year were all raised in Detroit, Michigan, and have gone on to make extraordinary contributions within jazz. These honorees will be ..read more
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Music as Medicine
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Bill Sullivan
3M ago
The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy | Mount Sinai The Healing Power of Music: Johns Hopkins Center Marries Music and Medicine Music as Medicine – The Musical Recommended Daily Allowance Music as medicine? 30 minutes a day shows benefits after heart attack   ..read more
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The Return of Black Eyed Sally’s Jazz Jam
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, regularly scheduled jazz jams will be returning to Black Eyed Sally's. Beginning May 18, and then the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month Beginning September, every Wednesday 7-10PM there will be a featured jazz ensemble followed by an open jam session. Bring your axe and ..read more
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Jazz Grammy Award Winners 2022
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
Jazz music and the Grammy Awards have been strange bedfellows. Jazz categories are not included in the televised ceremony, and appearances by jazz artists are few in number with minimal air time. Album of the Year awards went to jazz artists only a couple times in the Grammy's history (Getz/Gilberto 1964; Hancock's Joni Mitchell ..read more
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Hartford in New York
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
If there is a silver-lining to these pandemic years (2020-2021) it may be our ability to adapt to new realities in ways we hadn't imagined. One of those has been in finding new ways to present performance art. When it comes to live jazz, Internet streaming has become the "new norm". It took hold ..read more
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Make Music: Winter 2022
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
The Hartford Jazz Society, Matt Chasen, and The Library Studio proudly present: MAKE MUSIC: WINTER EDITION - JAZZ TRAIL Four bands, four hours of great jazz The lineup includes: Nigel Bello's "Latin Jazz" Quartet Matt Pearl Trio Latin Essence Jazz Quartet Maxx Meether Trio Performed live at Middletown's Library Studio In-person seating available for 20 ..read more
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HJS Revitalizes its Instagram Posts
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
Social media has become an essential element in any organization's messaging with its base. Instagram is quickly becoming the platform of choice for many of today's jazz musicians and fans. While the Hartford Jazz Society has been active on Facebook for many years, it's Instagram posts have been somewhat ignored. Well, all that is ..read more
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HJS Receives Grant From CT Humanities
Hartford Jazz Society Blog
by Ken Laster
3M ago
The Hartford Jazz Society Receives CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities BLOOMFIELD, CT (December 28, 2021) — Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded The Hartford Jazz Society (“HJS”) a $10,700 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (CTCFOSG). The funding from the CTCFOSG ..read more
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