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Monday Night Jazz Series and Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
A Local Legacy

If you were to go to Hartford, Connecticut, on a Monday night in the summer, you could attend the oldest continually running jazz series in the country. The kids you see in this photo are practicing, or in jazz lingo, jamming, for the Monday Night Jazz Series.

As the sun goes down and the stars come out, you can listen to the uniquely American musical form of jazz at the Monday Night Jazz Series in Bushnell Park, in Hartford. This summer concert series presents nationally and internationally renowned musicians as well as local talent in celebration of all kinds of jazz music. Many levels of performers -- from cutting-edge artists to youth from local schools -- take part in the series.

Run by volunteers, the series has been held in Bushnell Park since 1966. The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, a weekend of free performances, was initiated in 1991by the organizers of the Monday Night Jazz Series, in honor of its 25th anniversary.

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