“A Modern Jazz Messenger!“
–Owen McNally Hartford Courant
“part of the next wave of this jazz ritual“
-Frank Alkyer – Downbeat Magazine
“He asserts his more confrontational personality on the smaller, more sensitive-sounding instrument. Rivera’s soprano sound is equally as compelling as his tenor technique; he wrestles a deep, rich tone from the bright, tiny saxophone.”
-Jon Ross – artscriticatl.com
“Albert Rivera came to town for a show that blew us all away”
-Ken Laster(Radio Host) – WWUS 91.7
“Rivera has a timeless tenor tone and a special sensitivity on soprano.”
Jazz Wise Magazine
“Albert Rivera Organ Sextet opened Saturday’s proceedings, with the tenor-playing leader and band hitting the mark on a slow, sultry “After Hours” and a dramatic original, a brooding reflection on 9/11 called “Remembrance.”
“Albert and the band played straight-ahead jazz the way it was meant to be played. If you weren’t there you just MISSED”
– Stanley Danner (Berks Jazz Fest)
“While Rivera’s compositions are diverse, these musicians hit the pocket and sustain a powerful group dynamic.”
Litchfield Distillery hosting jazz camp benefit – Sat April 28th, 2018
Published via https://www.registercitizen.com
LITCHFIELD — Spring Spirits, a fundraiser for the Litchfield Jazz Festival’s annual jazz camp, will welcome guests Saturday night at the Litchfield Distillery. The evening begins with a cocktail reception with live music, followed by an auction hosted by WNPR’s John Dankosky.
Live music will be provided by renowned saxophonist Albert Rivera & Friends. The live auction includes several glamorous vacations — a 7-day cruise for two on the Holland America Line to the winner’s choice of Caribbean Islands or Mexico, and a week in a private villa in Spain.
Closer to home, bidders can vie for a week at a charming cottage in the Adirondacks. Also included are music lessons by renowned jazz musicians with a bonus gift of RS Berkeley instruments, a flute, and a trumpet. Other items include jewelry, dinners, guided tours and theater tickets.
Litchfield Jazz Camp, now in its 22nd year serves 350-residential and day students age 13 and up, during the month of July. The camp wraps up with the world-famous Litchfield Jazz Festival on July 28 and 29, where students perform on their own stage and hear and meet the best in jazz.
This year the festival’s lineup includes a tribute to Dave and Iola Brubeck by the Dan Brubeck band, the Brazilian band, Trio Da Paz, famed drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Grammy-nominated Cuban band Jane Bunnett & Maqueque. The Litchfield Jazz Camp regularly distributes between $50,000 and $80,000 in need-based scholarships annually.
Spring Spirits are sponsored in part by Jack Baker and Litchfield Distillery and the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. Tickets are available at ljcspring2018.eventbrite.com or call 860-361-6285.
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