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Hartford Public Library Announces 2019 Line-up for Baby Grand Jazz Series

Hartford Public Library (HPL) will blow away the post-holiday blues as the highly-popular Baby Grand Jazz Series returns for its 16th season starting Sunday, January 6. Baby Grand Jazz performances will be held every Sunday this year through April 28, with the exception of Easter (April 21), from 3 – 4 pm (doors open at 2 pm).

The opening show will be a special Three Kings Day performance by local salsa and Latin jazz master Ray Gonzalez and his quartet. The show will be held in the atrium of the Downtown Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford. All other shows will be held in the Downtown Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture (Main Floor) with the exception of the final show, Giacomo Gates, on April 28.

2019 Baby Grand Jazz Schedule:

Ray Gonzalez, January 6

Simona Premazzi Quartet "DreamTeam", January 13
Emery Austin Smith and Orice Jenkins, January 20
Sound Reformation, January 27

Sam Newsome Quartet, February 3
Sarah Hanahan Quintet, February 10
Presidents' Day Nick Di Maria Quintet, February 17
Leala Cyr Group, February 24

Brian Charette, March 3
The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Quartet, March 10
Orice Jenkins presents: Centennial Nat King Cole, March 17
Mary DiPaola Trio, March 24
KingPorter BAM BAND, March 31

Firey String Sistas!  April 7
Matt Dwonszyk and the Dwonztet, April 14
Giacomo Gates, April 28

Admission to all Baby Grand Jazz series performances is free thanks to the generous financial support of The Kaman Foundation. The library’s partners in the series also include the Hartford Jazz Society and WWUH 91.3 FM Radio.

For a full-line of this year’s Baby Grand Jazz Series and descriptions of the performers, go to:


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