Jazz Piano Virtuoso JoAnne Brackeen to Headline 15th Annual West Hartford Rotary Jazz Brunch November 5

West Hartford, Conn., September 19, 2017 – Described as "a visionary of extraordinary depth" by Tony Bennett, and "a pianist-composer of phenomenal capacity" by the late Bill Evans, jazz pianist, composer and educator Joanne Brackeen is consistently ranked by critics and jazz magazines as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, along with Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea. 

On Sunday November 5, Brackeen, flanked by fellow artists Javon Jackson (saxophone), Ugonna Okegwo (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums) will be the featured artist at the Rotary Club of West Hartford’s 15th Annual Jazz Brunch.

The November 5 Jazz Brunch will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hartford Club, 46 Prospect St, Hartford, CT 06103. Seating is limited to 200 attendees on a first-reserved basis. Tickets, which include a gourmet brunch and parking at The Hartford Club, are $85 per person, payable by credit card, cash or check to West Hartford Rotary. To purchase individual tickets or sponsor a table of eight or a student table for $850, call Jim Kilian at 860.716.5335 or register online at http://bit.ly/2wrwiZ9

A portion of the proceeds from West Hartford Rotary’s annual Jazz Brunch will benefit the Gifts of Music organization. Gifts of Music unites the resources of the West Hartford Public Schools, The Community Division of the Hartt School of Music, private donors, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to help promising young musicians without financial resources. Gifts of Music provides instruments and after-school lessons to public school students who cannot afford them.


About the Rotary Club of West Hartford

Founded in 1952, the Rotary Club of West Hartford helps address today’s greater community and global social concerns based on Rotary International’s trademark “service over self” philosophy. The club’s members, who represent a diverse cross section of the town’s businesses and community organizations, raise thousands of dollars for local charities and international health initiatives, provide study abroad grands, host exchange students, sponsor a 6th grade writing project, give dictionaries to the town’s 3rd graders, support music students and much more.