deer isle jazz FESTIVAL
"When I first discovered this island more than 25 years ago, I sensed it right away: There’s jazz in these hills. It has found a home in our festival."— Larry Blumenfeld
Past visiting artists include legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, NEA Jazz Master pianists Kenny Barron and Randy Weston, saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Dewey Redman, singers Luciana Souza and Andy Bey; French horn player Vincent Chauncey; free-jazz heroes bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp; Latin jazz innovator Arturo O'Farrill; and Emmet Cohen, 2019 winner of the prestigious Cole Porter Fellowship.
“Stonington is a perfectly natural setting for jazz,” Alicia Anstead wrote in the Bangor Daily News. “Far out on the town dock, the music coming from the Opera House slipped and slid through the air.”
In addition to bringing national stars to Deer Isle, the festival has established deep community ties, involving ongoing collaborations with local schools and arts organizations including many of the award-winning GSA jazz bands.