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But you’ll be missing out if you pass over such gems as Django in June; the Northampton Jazz Festival; New Bedford Jazz Fest; the Cambridge River Festival; Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest; Festival Betances; the Hyde Park Jazz Festival; the Cambridge Jazz Festival; the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival; the Bread and Roses Heritage Festival; and one of autumn’s highlights, the Honk! For festivals with musicians playing concurrently on multiple stages, we’ll make some suggestions for performances of special interest; for single-stage festivals, we’ll simply mention the highlights.The pinnacle of Connecticut’s summer jazz is the Litchfield Jazz Festival, running from Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9 in Goshen.As ever, the roster of this 20th anniversary season is exceptional.And ending the season where it began, the New Haven Jazz Festival returns at 6 p.m. Featured artists are vocalists Karrin Allyson and Isabella Mendes.The Berkshires The Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend in Lee expands to four days this year, running from Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21.