June 28--Summer practically screams out for us to enjoy outdoor music, refreshments and friends while the sun goes down. For nearly half a century, that's been the mantra of the Monday Night Jazz series, which returns to Bushnell Park in Hartford on Monday, July 7 with two fantastic drummers and their bands: Hartford musician Jonathan Barber and his Quartet (6 p.m.) and Yoron Israel & High Standards (7:30 p.m.). The latest recording from Israel, a Chicago native currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music in Boston, is called "Visions: The Music of Stevie Wonder"; in High Standards he performs with pianist Laszlo Gardony, saxophonist Lance Bryant and bassist Henry Lugo. The remainder of the concert series features headliners the Marc Cary Focus Trio (July 14), Ralph Peterson Fo'tet (July 21), Ray Mantilla Ensemble (July 28), Renee Rosnes Quartet (Aug. 4) and Stephen "King" Porter and the Legacy Band (Aug. 11), not to mention five stellar openers. All concerts are broadcast on WWUH.org (91.3 FM), and head to Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford if the weather doesn't agree.
YORON ISRAEL & HIGH STANDARDS perform on Monday, July 7 at Bushnell Park in Hartford, with the Jonathan Barber Quartet opening. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets are free. Information: hartfordmondaynightjazz.com.
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