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Rotary Club of West Hartford raises more than $7,000 during 16th Annual Jazz Brunch

From left: Saxophonist Harry Allen, Jazz Brunch Co-Chair Jim Kilian, Guitarist Chris Flory, Jazz Brunch Co-Chair Tony Rodriguez, Bassist Neal Miner, Drummer Tom Melito. Submitted photo

The Rotary Club of West Hartford held its annual brunch at the Hartford Club.

The Chris Flory and Harry Allen Quartet, including (from left): Guitarist Chris Flory, Saxophonist Harry Allen, Bassist Neal Miner and drummer Tom Melito perform to a sold-out crowd at The Hartford Club Nov. 4. Submitted photo


More than 200 jazz aficionados helped Rotary Club of West Hartford raise $7,088 during its 16th Annual Jazz Brunch on Nov. 4 at The Hartford Club.

Event proceeds will support West Hartford’s Gifts of Music program and other local charities.

Guitarist Chris Flory performs in front of a photo honoring the memory of Hap Leabman, former Rotary Assistant District Governor and Jazz Brunch Chairman. Submitted photo

The brunch, which honored the memory of Rotarian, former Assistant District Governor and 2011-2017 Jazz Brunch Chairman Hap Leabman, featured The Chris Flory and Harry Allen Quartet, including guitarist Chris Flory, Saxophonist Harry Allen, Bassist Neal Minerand drummer Tom Melito.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Hartford Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Hartford, is now in its 16th season. This highly popular event has been successful in raising funds for many local charitable organizations. Past artists have included Jimmy Cobb, Don Friedman, Delfeayo Marsalis, Renee Rosnes, Javon Jackson, and Jimmy Heath. Each year, this day brings the best jazz artists New York and Boston have to offer to more than 200 jazz enthusiasts in the elegant setting of the Hartford Club. All expenses, including payments to the musicians, equipment rental, promotional costs and the cost of the brunch itself, are financed solely by ticket sales.

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 middle school writing project, give dictionaries to the town’s third graders, support music students and much more. Learn more at westhartfordrotary.org

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