Nice way to start the day by picking up the New York Times and finding an article about the home-grown talent performing in this year's New Haven Jazz Festival, set to take place on August 14 and 21st from 3 - 9 p.m. Among those playing are guitarist/composer Joe Morris, percussionist Robbie Ameen, trombonist Steve Davis, the Neighborhood Music School Youth Jazz Orchestra and Middletown-based composer/pianist Noah Baerman. The author, Philip Lutz, talks with Morris, Ameen and Baerman (pictured left on Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall) and the reader discovers that Noah will be presenting his "Know Thyself" project, complete with the 6 musicians who premiered the piece with him last year at Wesleyan. The ensemble includes the rhythm section from his Trio (bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperazza), high school friends Wayne Escoffery (saxophones) and Amanda Monaco (guitar) as well as Wesleyan graduate Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Hall High School graduate Erica von Kleinst (saxophone). They'll be playing August 14 at 4 p.m. on the New Haven Green. For more information, go to www.jazzhaven.org. To read the article on-line, click here.