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Jen Allen Jazz Quartet To Play Buttonwood Tree

Educator, pianist, composer and arranger Jen Allen stays pretty busy. Allen teaches jazz history, music business and leads the Jazz Ensemble at Trinity College in Hartford. She was also the music director at the Litchfield Jazz Festival last year. And a few years before that she published her first...

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