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Looking for Culture in Hartford CT? Try The Pork Pie Hat Jazz Series!

Have you ever been to a Pork Pie Hat Jazz Series? Didn’t think so. Well now is your chance!  This November 19th in Hartford Connecticut, the Sharel Cassity Quintet is putting on quite a performance that is not to be missed.

Who: Sharel Cassity Quintet
What: Pork Pie Hat Jazz Series 2010
Where: Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Ave. Hartford, CT
When: Friday, November 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Admission:$15 (general) $10 (Hartford residents and students)
Contact: Andres Chaparro, Director Office of Cultural Affairs, 860-757-4895

Sharel Cassity’s story is one of hard work and passion. From the age of 8 when she begged for a saxophone for Christmas, to the moment she first took hold of her first Conn alto, she knew there was no turning back.

Beginning at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music to earn her B.A., her determination soon brought her to a full scholarship at the one and only Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies.

Cassity’s mission statement is this:
“My art is an improvised form of music that is steeped in the tradition of blues, swing, bebop and post bop; I am interested in using that history to help reflect the sound of my generation and the time we are living. I hope that I can be a positive example and make a lasting contribution to this great art form.”

Cassity has had the pleasure of playing with a full roster of amazing musicians – the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Heath’s Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Sextet and All Star Big Band; small group work with Harry Whitaker, Ingrid Jensen, Mark Whitfield, and Michael Dease. As well as recording with artists such as Jason Hainsworth Jazz Orchestra, Kaleidoscope (DW Records), Adam Birnbaum, Travels (Smalls, 2008), Fat Cat Big Band, Angels Praying for Freedom (Smalls, 2009) and Snow Road, by Tom Barber’s Janus Block (DCleff Records, 2009).

I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful it is to live in a city like Hartford Connecticut. Ranked high on a scale of economic growth, the Hartford metropolitan area only continues to grow, along with the art and cultural scene. Buying a Hartford Connecticut home could be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. If you would like to take a look at some Hartford Connecticut Real Estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. Until then, sit back and enjoy the jazz…

Oh! And in case you were wondering, a pork pie hat is a type of hat made with felt that has a short crown and a flat top (think Dean Martin).  They are often associated with jazz, blues, and ska musicians and fans.

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