Hartford Public Library (HPL) will blow away the post-holiday blues as the highly-popular Baby Grand Jazz Series returns for its 17th season starting Sunday, January 5. Free Baby Grand Jazz performances will be held every Sunday through April 26 (except for Easter Sunday, April 19th), from 3 – 4 pm (doors open at 2 pm).
The season will open January 5 with the Darrell Green Sextet and will be held in the atrium of the Downtown Library, 500 Main Street. All other shows will be held in the Downtown Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture (Main Floor) with the exception of the final show, TAEKO, on April 26, which will close the series in the atrium.
The Darrell Green Sextet performs original works influenced and inspired by the likes of jazz greats Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry and Elvin Jones. The band is a collaborative ensemble consisting of rising young jazz talents exploring endless musical possibilities. Each member is a contributing composer and arranger.
HPL’s 2020 Baby Grand Jazz January
5 Darrell Green Sextet
12 Ed Fast & Conga Bop
19 Dakota Austin Quintet
26 Saskia Laroo Band
2 Matt Chasen's "This Is Our Music" Ensemble
9 The Unity Quintet
16 Emilio Solla Tributango
23 Nathan Davis Sextet
1 Ron Smith Quintet
8 The Afro-Semitic Experience
15 Iris Ornig Quintet
22 Haneef N. Nelson Quintet
29 Ricky Alfonso Group
5 Envisage Collective
19 The Joe Carter Samba Rio Quarteto
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 are 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: https://www.hplct.org/classes-seminars-exhibits/baby-grand-jazz
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