Hartford Public Library’s highly-popular Baby Grand Jazz Series returns for its 19th season in 2022 with a spectacular line-up of the best jazz musicians in the region. If you can’t make it in person, tune in virtually on Hartford Public Library’s Facebook Page or YouTube channel.
West Hartford native and Jazz singer Allegra Levy released her fourth album on the Steeplechase label entitled “Lose My Number; Allegra Levy sings John McNeil” in August 2020 to rave reviews, despite the inability to perform due to the height of the pandemic. The release featured Allegra’s lyrics to legendary trumpeter and composer John McNeil’s compositions. Allegra, a rising singer-songwriter based in New York who has been known for her prowess as a lyricist to mostly her own original jazz compositions (rooted in the great American songbook with a nod to the progressive) decided to take a stab at an all lyrics project to McNeil’s plethora of tricky tunes. McNeil is not only a longtime friend and mentor, but produced her first two albums – “Lonely City,” hailed by The New York Times as “fresh,” “exotic” and “far beyond the ordinary,” and “Cities Between Us,” which prompted JazzTimes to pronounce Levy “a double-barreled talent” and “unquestionably one to watch.”