Deer Isle Jazz Festival

featuring Craig Taborn

Deer Isle Jazz Festival

The Deer Isle Jazz Festival returns to the historic Stonington Opera House for its 22nd year. Headliner Craig Taborn, “has become one of the best jazz pianists alive,” says New York Times Magazine. “The experience of sharing live music is more potent than ever right now,” comments Jazz Festival co-founder Larry Blumenfeld, who writes about music for the Wall Street Journal and who fell in love with Deer Isle decades ago. “And the magic of Craig Taborn’s piano playing makes a great match for our intimate, acoustically charmed opera house. Meditative musical moods will envelop us, sonic surprises will ring out, and overtones will dance around the rafters,” said Blumenfeld.

The Deer Isle Jazz Festival is underwritten in part with a special gift from Rich & Mary Howe.

July 29 -30, 2022

Opening night features Craig Taborn in a solo piano performance, with opening act The Tasty Bites, an eight-piece jazz ensemble from George Stevens Academy directed by Phelan Gallagher. 

Craig Taborn (piano) will headline a trio of Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Ches Smith (drums). This trio is a collective of established composer-musician-bandleaders; NPR called guitarist Mary Halvorson “the most future-seeking guitarist working right now”; Ches Smith is among the most sought-after drummers in New York City. The opening band is led by saxophonist Danny Fisher-Lochhead who lives in Bar Harbor, Maine and has performed at the previous two Deer Isle Jazz Festivals. 

All patrons will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine in order to attend an indoor performance and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into Opera House Arts’ facilities.