Eastern Connecticut Jazz Festival Returns this June

Griswold, CT (May 10, 2022) — Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association (ECPAA) is pleased to announce the return of their Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 1:00-8:00 p.m. at Yurechko Tree Farm in Griswold, CT.  This will be the fourth Jazz Festival that ECPAA has hosted since 2018.  Tickets for the one-day outdoor festival are now on sale at ecpaa.org.

The 2022 lineup includes professional acts spanning jazz standards to funk and blues:

  • Bill’s Seafood Jazz All-Stars is made up of veteran and storied musicians of the CT jazz scene; they keep the good times rolling every Friday at Bill’s Seafood in Westbrook, CT.  On stage 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Al Copley is a pianist, singer, and showman with a mind-boggling repertoire that ranges from boogie to blues and jazz. Copley’s career spans several decades. In 1978 he performed with the original Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, and he has opened for stars such as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan.  On stage 2:45-4:15 p.m.
  • The Chris Leigh Band is led by guitarist, singer, and composer Chris Leigh.  On stage 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Souls on Fire is a 10-piece horn band featuring music of the 70s—Chicago, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Motown, and so much more. Their powerful sound ranges from great dance music to songs you can’t help but sing along with.  On stage 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy throughout the day; local fare will be available to purchase from Lucky Dog and Good Karma Cafe food trucks.

Early Bird Tickets are available for $20 from April 30 through May 15. General Admission tickets are $25 starting May 16. Discounted tickets are available for students with school ID ($15), seniors 65+, active military, and veterans ($22). Online ticket sales end at 10:00 a.m. on June 4; tickets will be available at the gate starting at 12:30 p.m. on June 4. The event is rain or shine; ticket insurance is optional. Visit ecpaa.org/jazz-festival for more information, tickets, and Festival FAQs.

ECPAA’s 2022 Jazz Festival is sponsored by Mohegan Sun, Jewett City Savings Bank, Collins & Jewell Co., DC Builders, Camaro Signs, and MinuteMan Press of Norwich.

Complimentary tickets are available for members of the press. Contact Kayla at ecpaa.inc@gmail.com to reserve your ticket.


The Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association (ECPAA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit arts organization established in 2012. ECPAA is dedicated to nurturing a collaborative community of artists and art-lovers that share our desire to revitalize eastern Connecticut’s performing arts scene, as well as train and support a new generation of artists through arts education programs that promote life-long learning. Learn more at https://www.ecpaa.org/.


CALENDAR LISTING: Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association’s Jazz Festival, June 4, 2022, 1:00-8:00 p.m. at Yurechko Tree Farm at 55 Yurechko Drive, Griswold, CT 06351. Tickets for the one-day festival are $15-25. The scheduled performers are: Bill’s Seafood Jazz All-Stars, Al Copley, The Chris Leigh Band, and Souls on Fire. Concertgoers are recommended to bring a lawn chair and refreshments for 7 hours of live music, food, and fun. A family-friendly event, rain or shine. Learn more at https://www.ecpaa.org/jazz-festival.

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