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First Night Hartford – Gypsy Jazz
December 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
With the cooperation of merchants on Pratt Street, the City of Hartford, the Northland Group, and local jazz musicians, Pratt Street in downtown Hartford will be closed to vehicle traffic and open to pedestrian traffic on New Year’s Eve between 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
68 Pratt Street, currently vacant and street level location, will be transformed into a “bistro” with live jazz music. Many of Hartford’s well-known jazz musicians will help create the music of the 1930s in Paris.
Jazz was first introduced to France by African-American soldiers during the First World War, who marched their music through 2,000 miles of tiny French villages and huge concert halls. Led by Lieutenant James Reese Europe, the 369th Harlem Infantry Regiment band travelled everywhere, thus creating a jazz craze among the French population. After the war, many jazz musicians settled in France, and began delighting cabarets and club audiences in Paris’ Lower Montmartre.
Greats –often neighbors and customers of small cafés — like Django Reinhart made their name by celebrating Gypsy jazz as part of the local music. The music of Louie Armstrong, Stephane Grappelli, Sidney Bechet, and Django Reinhardt became very popular during that era in Paris.
Gypsy Jazz, a style of jazz music often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s. Le Jazz Hot, is a song that tributes New Orleans jazz in the musical, Victor/Victoria.
First Night Hartford is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization established in 1989. More event information is available on their website http://www.firstnighthartford.org/entertainment-schedule/