For Immediate Release
16 March 2011

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

“Jazz Night” at Tunxis


Tunxis Community College in Farmington will host its 3rd annual “Jazz Night” on April 6 from 6:30-10 p.m. in Room 6-127. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening features performances, discussion, and an open jam session. Jay Hoggard, a vibraphonist and composer who has been featured on national radio and television programs, is the guest performer. Hoggard has toured internationally, performing at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, jazz festivals, clubs, and other major venues. His performances, compositions and recordings have reached listeners around the world. Hoggard is an adjunct associate professor of music at Wesleyan University and is the director of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra. His most recent CD release is “Soular Power.” For more, visit his web site:

Following is a schedule for the evening:

6:30 p.m.: Tunxis Jazz Ensemble

7:20-8:20 p.m.: Jay Hoggard with the Kevin O’Neil Trio. Hoggard will answer questions from the audience between the two sets.

9 p.m.: Open improvisation. Community musicians and vocalists are invited to join members of the band and the Tunxis “Jazz Improvisation” class for a jam session. “Billie’s Bounce” “Autumn Leaves,” “Moanin’” and “Take the A Train” have been selected. Beginner to experienced musicians are welcome.

For more information, call 860.773.1605, or email

The event is one of a series at Tunxis Community College celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. The College first opened for classes in October 1970 and currently offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. For more on 40th anniversary events at Tunxis, visit