Litchfield Jazz Camp’s 15th year begins at Kent School on July 10

Jazz Camp saxophone and guitar students practice at the Kent School. Photo by Antonio Monteiro

KENT — The first Litchfield Jazz Festival was 16 years ago and included performers such as Ahmad Jamal, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, J.J. Johnson and Larry Goldings.

Bringing first-class jazz to Litchfield County was not enough for Vita West Muir, founder and executive and artistic director of the festival, which is now held in Kent.

“From the beginning I viewed the festival not only as entertainment, but also as education,” Muir said. “That’s when I knew we had to have a camp for aspiring musicians.”

That vision led to the birth of the Litchfield Jazz Camp 15 years ago.

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