Monday Night Jazz is a series of free jazz concerts offered in Bushnell Park from July 9 to Aug. 13. Since 1967 the Monday Night Jazz Series has brought world famous musicians and local aspiring artists together in downtown Hartford for free concerts during July and August. In May 1999, the Monday Night Jazz Series was recognized as a New England Legacy and is now in the Library of Congress as the oldest free continuously run jazz festival in the country. The schedule this summer is: Emery Smith Trio and Winard Harper Sextet on July 9; Lummie Spann Quintet and Katie Bull Quintet on July 16; Dave Palla Quintet and Onaje Allen Gumbs Quintet on July 23; Bob Paskowitz and Latin Quarter, and Ed Fast and Conga Bop on July 30; Jen Allen Quintet and Dona Carter Quintet on August 6; Mike Casey Quintet, and Earl MacDonald and the HJS New Directions Jazz Ensemble on August 13.
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