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Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Pssst…ever heard of Jazz in the Garden?  This much-loved annual event is one of Fairfield County’s best-kept secrets and it’s happening this Sunday, September 22 between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the Weir Farm National Historic site in Wilton, CT.

Why should you go? Let me count the ways.

1.    GRACE KELLY
No…not that one. This Grace Kelly is a former musical child prodigy who has grown up to be an extraordinary 21 year-old wunderkind – she’s a saxophonist, composer, lyricist, arranger, educator, and singer with 8 albums to her credit. And if you come to Jazz in the Garden, you will hear her and the Grace Kelly Quintet. How good is she?

One afternoon Harry Connick Jr. heard Kelly play in a master class and brought her on stage that very night to sit in with him and his band. Wynton Marsalis invited her to DC as a musician for President Obama’s Inauguration and says of her talents, “Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt that is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician.” Jazz musician, Chris Brubeck of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet says simply, “Don’t miss her!”

2.    WEIR FARM

Picnickers enjoy "Jazz in the Garden" at Weir Farm

Picnickers enjoy “Jazz in the Garden” at Weir Farm

If I only had one word to describe Weir Farm it would be ‘idyllic.’ Home to both the Weir Farm Historic Site and the Weir Farm Art Center, the landscape has been an inspiration to artists for well over a century. And when you get there, you’ll understand why. You will automatically smile at the beautiful surroundings,  your blood pressure will drop 10 points, and somehow, Life will seem sweeter. Originally the home of celebrated American impressionist, Julian Alden Weir, today, Weir Farm is a National Park and a great place to hike, paint en plein air, escape stress and observe nature. And, of course, attend jazz concerts.

3.    B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Picnic)
I’ve been going to this event for years and find the experience incredibly relaxing. We always take a pretty basic picnic including locally grown fruit and delectables picked up from the Village Market along with a bottle of wine or champagne from Ancona’s Wines & Liquors.  I like to lounge on my picnic blanket while sipping a nice glass of wine. You can watch the clouds go by, inhale the scent of fresh apples from the nearby orchard all while listening to the musical stylings of Grace Kelly and her Quintet. Not. Too. Shabby. Not a picnic person? No problem. There are plenty of chairs underneath an awning for those who prefer to sit while enjoying the concert.

Weir Farm Artist at Work

Weir Farm Artist at Work

4.   YOU’RE HELPING ARTISTS
This concert directly benefits The Artist in Residence program (AIR) at Weir Farm. To date, 170 artists from throughout the U.S. as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, England, India, South Africa and The Netherlands have participated in the AIR program. Given the gift of time, selected visual artists are awarded a one-month residency which includes a truly adorable cottage, a state-of-the art light-filled studio and access to the beautiful grounds of the Weir Farm Historic Site.

5.    YOU WILL FEEL REALLY SMART
Bottom line? Every time I attend Jazz in the Garden I congratulate myself for being smart enough to make the effort because it is such an enjoyable experience. Don’t miss this once-a-year event. Bring your friends, family and special someones. Casual. Comfortable. Melodious. Memorable.

Register online in advance and take advantage of expedited check-in.
Adult tickets are $20 each, students 13-18 get in for $10, and children 12 and under are (my favorite word ) – FREE.
A limited number of tickets are available on the day of the concert.

There is no parking at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Free parking is available at Branchville Elementary School, 40 Florida Road in Ridgefield, CT, with constant shuttle service to and from the concert from 2:00 – 6:00.

For further information, go to

Jazzatweir.com

 or contact:

Janice Hess, Executive Director

Weir Farm Art Center

jazz@weirfarmartcenter.org

 

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3 Responses

  1. Janice says:

    Thanks, Megan for highlighting this beloved event. It’s a great way to kick off the fall. We are excited to have Grace Kelly and her band back for an encore performance. They really got the crowd going last year with their combination of jazz standards and impressive new explorations of vocal stylings to mix it up. It will only get better this year.
    And even better, while the crowd enjoys the music, it can feel good about supporting the artists of the residency program who will be honored during intermission.
    Glad you’ll be there!

  2. Alexandra says:

    Thanks for this treat!

  3. Annelle says:

    Very very exciting. I wish could be there. I saw her on a show (I think it was a PBS perspective). Just can’t remember which but I remember clearly being impressed. I will be looking out to see if Grace plans to perform in my area. Thanks for the news.