[Dixielandjazz] Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, Guilford, CT

Jerry Gordon jerrygordon at juno.com
Sun May 18 00:52:13 PDT 2003

As far as I know, Charlie, it's still going strong. Just today, I sent
them an email about RV facilities for a friend and got a positive reply a
few hours later. Hot Steamed is a month earlier; it's hard to imagine
that it's really drawing away people. As you know, HS is a much smaller
festival and strictly "dixieland/trad" (whatever that means), whereas
GCJF has been getting more into swing, although there's still plenty of

Another east-coast festival we usually enjoy is Jersey Jazz Fest
(http://www.njjs.org/jazzfest2003.html), which tends to be more modern -
what I would call "mainstream" or "straight-ahead." I've always
complained that it's the same weekend as HS, but this year it's the week
before HS. And after all these years of bitching, it looks like we may
have to miss both because of other commitments!

Jerry Gordon, Troy, NY - Web master for

On Sat, 17 May 2003 16:58:47 -0400 (EDT) CEnlindJazz at webtv.net (Charles
Enlind) writes:
> Anyone getting much feedback on this year's
> festival?  The May Mississippi Rag had no ad
> although they are only two months away from
> the event.  From what I've heard, some of the original
> volunteers and organizers are not partcipating
> this year.  For years it has been the best festival on the East 
> coast
> but it appears to be
> getting strong competition from the Hot Steam 
>  Festival in Essex, CT.   Hope whatever problems they may have get
> worked out.  There
> is a need for more rather than less festivals 
> on the East coast.
> Chas. Enlind 
> Arlington, Virginia 
> CEnlindJazz at webtv.net 

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