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Saxophonist Sanborn in town to jump start 23rd Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

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By Scott Hayes
Hartford Jazz Examiner

It's summertime and the music's free and easy at Bushnell Park this upcoming weekend when the 23rd annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz swings into three days of music at the Pavilion stage in the western edge of the park with David Sanborn scheduled for the Friday night closing act at 8:30 p.m.
The festival gates open at 5 p.m. Friday for the free concert, with an opening ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Music stats at 7 p.m., when Manuel Valera takes the stage, followed by Sanborn, who through the years has been a headliner at the Newport Jazz Festival, including closing that event with the final notes played during the closing Sunday night set.
On Saturday in Hartford, festival gates open at 1 p.m., with music slated to start at 4:30 featuring David Davis. La Orquestra Espada will perform at 4:30, followed by the Urban Jazz Coalition at 7:30 p.m. The Jazz All Starts, featuring one of Connecticut's own, saxophonist Marion Meadows, Brian Simpson and Kim Waters. Meadows, who returns to Connecticut annually for a December jazz concert that heats up Toad's Place in New Haven, is a smooth jazz recording artist who relocated to Arizona and is now west-coast based but still frequents the Connecticut jazz scene and is popular with New Haven and Hartford jazz aficionados.
Saturday's music continues late into the night with a final set from Jus...Us, described as an “old school”/Motown/R&B band, at 11:10 p.m.
The festival concludes Sunday night with vocalist Sherry Winston getting things started with a 4:30 p.m. Set, followed by Javon Jackson at 6 p.m. and Azar Lawrence at 7:30 p.m.


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