I am a Hartford native who moved away many years ago. This was my first time attending the Festival and had the pleasure of providing my photography assistance to the team. It was an absolutely wonderful experience. I look forward to returning again where my schedule allows.

Special Thanks to Charles Christie and the wonderful Team. Great Job by all!

Fantastic Music! Thanks for the opportunity to assist!

Henry Jennings Jr

I have spent over 25 years in Hartford Bushnell Park experiencing Jazz and other forms of music. The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival brings family, friends and strangers from various cultures together for a weekend of fellowship through a musical connection. I am very appreciative to the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival; I started volunteering my services to give back for all you have given me and my family.

Debra Mauldin

I have been attending the Jazz Festival since the beginning and it just gets better every year. 2015 was wonderful, especially Saturday, which has become my favorite day during the event. Looking forward to the 25th!!!


This was the second time for us attending The Hartford Jazz Festival. We usually attend the Capitol Jazz in Maryland, let me tell you I will never go there anymore because this was the best experience I ever had at a Jazz Festival and not because it was free. I just love everything about the experience. See you next year. “The Best Kept Secret”

Patricia Spooner

Music fills the soul and lifts the spirit. It brings living beings together in harmony and peace. When played outdoors it’s reach can be vast, bringing neighborhoods together into joyful community. For 20 years, rain or shine, on a summer weekend, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz has done just that by bringing in a mix of styles, ensembles & performers both nationally known and upcoming local talent to audiences for FREE!! Anyone and everyone comes for the atmosphere and for the music! There is something very special about sharing this great experience with so many. Heartfelt thanks to Charles, Rick, Alvin and the rest who make it possible. May the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz continue to thrive for years and years to come!

Carol Sexton