Weir Farm’s 20th Annual 'Jazz in the Garden' coming September 20th

Jazz in the Garden with view of Weir Farm NHS Visitor Center

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News Release Date: September 6, 2015

Jazz in the Garden returns featuring the Dan Brubeck Quartet on Sunday, September 20, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and hosted by Weir Farm National Historic Site, Jazz in the Garden receives generous support from Bankwell of Wilton and the Karen and William Tell Foundation, with special thanks to Catherine and Ed Romer. Proceeds benefit the Artist-in-Residence program administered by the Weir Farm Art Center, which draws talented artists from around the world, giving them a chance to create in the inspirational landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Janice Hess, Weir Farm Art Center Executive Director, says, "We are excited to welcome The Dan Brubeck Quartet, with Dan Brubeck on drums, Adam Thomas, vocals and bass, and featuring Brubeck mainstays Chuck Lamb on piano and Mike DeMicco on guitar to celebrate our twentieth annual Jazz in the Garden concert at Weir Farm National Historic Site and thereleaseof their new CD."

The Dan Brubeck Quartet will play favorites and selections from the recently released 2-CD set, "Celebrating the music and lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck," which garnered rave reviews from npr.comdownbeat.com, and many others. Iola Brubeck, Dave's wife and partner in music and life, wrote the lyrics, so ably rendered by Mr. Thomas. According to James Hale, of downbeat.com, it's "… a labor of love on many levels, and it shows."

All parking for the event will be at the Branchville Elementary School at 40 Florida Road, off of Rt. 102, Branchville Road, across from Ancona's Wines &Liquors in Ridgefield. Free shuttles will run to and from Weir Farm National Historic Site continuously between 2:00 and 6:00 PM. No parking is available at Weir Farm National Historic Site or along neighborhood residential roads.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to: www.jazzatweir.com

No tickets will be sold at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Purchase your ticket online at www.jazzatweir.com or at the Branchville Elementary School the day of the event beginning at 2:00 pm. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. Adult tickets are $20.Tickets for teens 13-18 are $10. Children 12 and under are free. As usual the concert will go on rain or shine.

Jazz in the Garden concerts are held in memory of Les Young, a long-time Weir Farm Art Center supporter, education advocate, and State Representative from New Canaan.

About Weir Farm Art Center

The Weir Farm Art Center is a private, nonprofit organization and a partner of Weir Farm National Historic Site.

The Weir Farm Art Center was founded as the Weir Farm Heritage Trust in 1989 by grassroots preservationists who succeeded in protecting the former home, studio and farm of American artist Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919) from real estate development. Since 1998, the Weir Farm Art Center has administered the prestigious Artist-in-Residence program, hosting more than 190 artists from all over the world. In 2005, ownership of the neighboring 110 acre Weir Preserve, founded by Weir's daughter, Cora Weir Burlingham, was transferred to the Weir Farm Art Center by the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The Weir Farm Art Center operations and programs are funded by charitable grants and donations, including the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust and the State of Connecticut Department of Economic Development. For more information about Weir Farm Art Center and the Artist-in-Residence program, please visit: www.weirfarmartcenter.org

About Weir Farm National Historic Site

Designed and preserved by artists, Weir Farm National Historic Site welcomes everyone to experience the power of creativity, art, and nature. Escape to the only national park dedicated to American painting and rediscover the beauty of light and color in everyday life. Learn more atwww.nps.gov/wefa and visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/WeirFarmNHS, YouTube www.youtube.com/WeirFarmNHS, and Instagram @WeirFarmNHS.

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Last updated: September 9, 2015

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