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Sunset Sounds Concert Series Announced

Dezron Douglas

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy music in the lovely setting of the Butler-McCook historic garden from 6 to 7:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month from June through September. Our concerts take place on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace (made possible by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving) at the Amos Bull House.

Tour the first floor of the Butler-McCook House & Garden at 5:30 pm, and enjoy the exhibition opening of Maurice D. Robertson’s Expressions in Sounds and Motion in the Butler-McCook Aetna Gallery and Amos Bull House. Robertson has been chronicling jazz and other music genres for the past four decades to convey the flowing dynamism and intimate, meditative qualities of musicians intensely at play.

His work reflects both a love affair with jazz and its offshoots and a quest to display the energy of the performance and connect the audience to some of the past and present creators of America’s greatest cultural contributions to the world.

The Dezron Douglas Triowill kick-off the Sunset Sounds Concert Series on Thursday, June 14th at 6 pm. Known for his musical versatility, bassist Dezron Douglas is one of the most in-demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, Douglas has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music.

Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Douglas studied at the Jackie McLean Institute of African American Music at the Hartt School of Music, which offered him the opportunity to learn from and work with such notable jazz musicians such as Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, and of course Jackie McLean.

Douglas is a co-founder of The New Jazz Workshop of Hartford, a group of like-minded young musicians dedicated to preserving the heart of Jazz and recipients of The Evelyn Preston Grant. Their debut album “Underground” was released in July of 2012. Douglas has taught at The Artist Collective in Hartford and is currently on the faculty for NJPAC Jazz Department. He is currently a member of Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, and Enrico Rava/Tomasz Stanko Quintet.

His latest recording, “Soul Jazz,” is available on VENUS RECORDS. For more information on the musicians, visit dezrondouglas.com.

Maurice D. Robertson is a freelance events and music photographer. His photography has graced the CDs of such jazz notables as Mario Pavone, The Afro-Semitic Experience, Nat Reeves, Jay Hoggard, Katie Bull, Avery Sharpe and others. Robertson documents the world of nature and his trips abroad, in addition to doing portrait shoots for theater headshots and other publicity purposes. In 2010, he received a City of Hartford, CT Arts and Heritage grant to further his creative vision with funding for new camera equipment and a computer upgrade.

Since 1997, Robertson has participated in the annual City of Hartford, Open Studio weekend and other area exhibitions to showcase his growing body of jazz and nature photography. Over the years his work has appeared in the Hartford Courant, Jazz Corridor, Downbeat, Bass Player’s magazine, New England Jazz News and HartfordJazzSociety.com/Facebook.

All concerts are FREE and open to the community. The event is supported in part by the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with major support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Hartford Courant Media Group, and the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

The series will continue on Thursday, July 12th with The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music – true Renaissance men and sometime musicians covering the music they love—which includes everything from Johnny Cash to Weezer, but they also have a list of ever-expanding originals in reggae and rock. http://thepossm.com. July will feature the exhibition opening of Adrienne Gale in the Butler-McCook Aetna Gallery and Lou Russo in the Amos Bull House.

The Butler-McCook House & Garden and Main Street History Center is located at: 396 Main Street, in Hartford. It is open for tours from May through December. For hours and more information, visit www.ctlandmarks.orgwww.facebook.com/pages/Butler-Mc-Cook-House-Garden; or call (860) 247-8996 x 12. 

Connecticut Landmarks’ mission is to inspire interest and encourage learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities. For more information, please visit www.ctlandmarks.org.

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