Nicole Zuraitis and Brandon Goldberg

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Jingle & Mingle Holiday Fundraiser to Feature Local Jazz Favorite Nicole Zuraitis and 11 year old piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg

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Litchfield Jazz Festival is ringing in the holidays with some wonderful music and a terrific dinner party on December 9.  The event takes place at Litchfield Community Center and features professional artists and outstanding students for the benefit of the scholarship program at Litchfield Jazz Camp.

The stars of the show are local girl-made-good, the award-winning vocalist/composer/pianist Nicole Zuraitis and Brandon Goldberg, and 11 year old piano prodigy. Prodigy is a word that is bandied about lots, but in this instance, its spot on.

Brandon Goldberg hails from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and has been a student at Litchfield for the past two summers. He began playing piano at age 3. At 10, he was one of the youngest campers ever accepted at the venerable Litchfield camp and the only child ever to appear on the mainstage at Litchfield Jazz Festival.  He made his fest debut last August 6 as a special guest with the Litchfield Jazz Orchestra.

Brandon, who is as intelligent and charming as he is talented, is no stranger to the spotlight.  He has already appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center with pianist Monty Alexander and on TV with Harry Connick Jr. and Steve Harvey. His mother, Ella, is anything but a stage mom. She has held tightly to the reins to keep Brandon a regular kid while carefully indulging his desire to perform.  He attends an arts magnet school at home and takes classical piano lessons to develop his technique. Like most kids his age, he hates to practice.

Litchfield native Nicole Zuraitis has made a name for herself internationally as a jazz singer and songwriter. She began her jazz studies at Litchfield Jazz Camp as a 12-year-old trombone player.  She later discovered her voice, developed her piano chops, and received her degree from NYU in classical voice.

Nicole is the head of vocal studies at Litchfield Jazz Camp and maintains a full schedule of performances in New York and around the globe.  She has just released her third album, “Hive Mind,” on Dot Time Records. She is the 2016 winner of the New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project and a 2015 finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition.  She can be heard regularly at New York’s iconic 55 Bar where is an artist-in-residence.

Jingle & Mingle begins at 6:30 with music and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and jazz and holiday favorites until 9:30. Dress for the season and kick up your heels if you like. Tickets are available at jingleandmingle2017.eventbrite.com or by calling 860-361-6285. All proceeds support the not-for-profit Litchfield Jazz Camp thanks to sponsorship support from the Connecticut Community Foundation, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Litchfield Distillery, Litchfield Community Center and Litchfield Performing Arts donors.