Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10 am
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
GATES – 10AM
JAZZ DISCOVERY STAGE – 12 NOON-6:30PM APPROX.
AMPHITHEATER – 2-11PM APPROX.
Los Van Van 50th Anniversary
James Carter Organ Trio
Mercy Project: Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Steve Cardenas
JAZZ DISCOVERY STAGE
Antonio Sanchez & Migration
Black Art Jazz Collective featuring Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery,
James Burton III, Xavier Davis, Vicente Archer & Carl Allen
Lionel Loueke & Raul Midon
Veronica Swift with The Emmet Cohen Trio
Joe Locke’s Subtle Disguise with special guest Raul Midon
42nd ANNUAL FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL
GEORGE BENSON, NORAH JONES and TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE,
headline the two-day festival presenting22 groups, including 15 festival debuts, and 7 female-led ensembles
LOS VAN VAN 50th ANNIVERSARY, JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET, DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL-STARS, and JAMES CARTER ORGAN TRIO, return to the festival; JOEY DEFRANCESCO TRIO, KANDACE SPRINGS, and DONNA GRANTIS make their SPAC debuts
FREIHOFER’S JAZZ FEST FRIDAY, PRESENTED BY TIMES UNIONTO KICK-OFF WEEKEND WITH LOCAL MUSICIANS AND JAZZ-THEMED EVENTS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, FRI, JUNE 28
(Saratoga Springs, NY), January 31, 2019 -- The 2019 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival features an extraordinary roster of twenty-two musical groups, highlighted by the SPAC debut of Grammy® award winning artist Norah Jones, and the return of jazz legend George Benson and festival favorite Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Back by popular demand is also Los Van Van 50th Anniversary, Django Festival All-Stars with Edmar Castañeda and Grace Kelly, Joshua Redman Quartet, and James Carter Organ Trio. Fifteen emerging artists making their Saratoga debuts include Kandace Springs, Donna Grantis, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Mercy Project which features Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, and Steve Cardenas, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, andCha Wa. The festival will also feature a record number of groups led by women artists, highlighted by Allison Miller, Veronica Swift, Ruthie Foster andYoun Sun Nah.
Slated for Saturday, June 29 andSunday, June 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, performances will begin on the Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage at 12pm and 11am respectively. Performances on SPAC’s Amphitheater Stage will begin at 2pm and 1pm respectively.
“This year’s festival will excite long-time jazz lovers, while also continuing SPAC’s expanded vision to bring innovative artists and legends that have never before graced our stage, including a record number of female-led groups,” says Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. “Devoted jazz festival fans and lovers of great musicare in for a completely unique experiencethis summer, enhanced by the incredible atmosphere and unmatched beauty of our natural park setting.”
“I am ‘over the moon’ to have Norah Jones featured at the jazz festival for the first time. And we welcome back, with open arms and hearts, the legendary George Benson, who will make his 12th festival appearance and first since 2009,”says Danny Melnick, the festival producer and President of Absolutely Live Entertainment.“The festival has a deep history of, and is committed to, presenting important and diverse new artists and this year’s edition continues that tradition with Kandace Springs, Veronica Swift, Antonio Sanchez, Cha Wa, Donna Grantis, Youn Sun Nah and Kansas Smitty’s House Band.”
SPAC also announced that Freihofer’s Jazz Fest Friday, presented by Times Union, an annual collaboration with the city of Saratoga Springs to celebrate the rich history of jazz in the region, will return on Friday, June 28. Once again the eventwill feature Chamber businesses welcoming locals and visitors with scores of live jazz events, themed dining, and social dance options that will serve as the kick-off to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs.
While two-days and two-stages of live, world class jazz is the centerpiece of the weekend, fans can also enjoy a host of amenities including a fine arts and crafts fair, CD signings by artists, southern style barbeque and other food vendors. Guests are welcome to bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas. Parking for the event is free.
Tickets for the festival will be available online at www.spac.org beginning February 15 at 10am to the general public and starting on February 4 at 10am to SPAC members. $20 amphitheater ticket options are available for children ages 15 and under and students with school-issued ID at time of entrance. Seating is best available with some exclusions. Lawn seating is free for children ages 15 and under.