A New Gazebo for Jazz Festival!

May 18th, 2017 1 comment

The Charles R. Wood Foundation has generously awarded a $150,000 grant to SPAC that will underwrite the cost of replacing SPAC’s aging gazebo stage with a larger, updated version. The new gazebo will be named in honor of Mr. Wood, a strong supporter of the arts and a member of SPAC’s board in the 1990s. The present stage, which was built in 1981, has become increasingly insufficient for the needs of today’s artists. The new structure will feature 25 x 21 feet of usable performance space; an increase in square footage of 133 percent. Construction of the new gazebo will be completed in time for the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, June 24 – 25.

I’m sure we will never forget the old gazebo!
Saratoga Performing Arts Center old gazebo

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Tickets on sale now!

February 4th, 2017 No comments

Tickets for the 2017 festival are available online at www.spac.org/tickets. New this year is a $20 amphitheater ticket option for children ages 15 and under and students with school-issued ID at time of entrance. Lawn seating is free for children ages 12 and under.

Single Day Adult 2-Day Pass Adult
Orchestra Pit $105 $190
Sections 1-7; Boxes $95 $170
Sections 8-12; 15
Front 16-17
$85 $150
Sections 13-14
Rear 16-17; 18-30
$75 $130
Lawn (General Admission) $65 $110

† 2-day pass discounts expired May 1, 2017

  • Children ages 12 and under are free on the lawn!
  • $20 student tickets are available online and in-person at the box office. Student tickets are only valid with school-issued ID at time of entrance (valid only in sections 13 & 14; 18-30).
  • $20 children’s amphitheater tickets, for kids aged 15 and under, are available online and in-person at the box office (excludes pit seats).
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2017 Lineup Announcement

January 29th, 2017 No comments

We are proud to announce the 2017 festival lineup!

The 2017 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival features an extraordinary lineup of musicians, ranging from emerging artists making their festival debuts, to the return of two legendary musicians who performed on the inaugural 1978 festival, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jean Luc-Ponty. Headlining the weekend are Chaka Khan, “the queen of R&B,” and the Gipsy Kings, who bring their irresistible rhythms to the Jazz Festival for the first time. In addition, three boundary-breaking young musicians from the United Kingdom will showcase their inventive approaches to jazz performance. Furthermore, Jazz 100, led by Danilo Pérez, will pay homage to iconic musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk in celebration of the 100th anniversary of their shared birth year.

Please see our 2017 lineup page for all of the details including ticket information.

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Sharon Jones Remembered

November 20th, 2016 No comments

Soul legend Sharon Jones died on Friday November 18, 2016 of pancreatic cancer, at age 60.

She performed at the Saratoga Jazz Festival in 2011, with her band, the Dap-Kings.

For more information about her life and artistic contributions:

She will be remembered through her music.

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Who Was Your Favorite 2016 Performer?

June 27th, 2016 1 comment

Performers in the poll below are listed in order: Saturday Amphitheater, Saturday Gazebo, Sunday Amphitheater, Sunday Gazebo. You can vote for your favorite 4!

Who Was Your Favorite 2016 Performer? (Vote up to 4.)

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2016 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Flyer

June 22nd, 2016 No comments

Gates open at 10:00 AM on Saturday and 11:00 AM on Sunday. Guests are welcome to bring in food, beverages, and tents. Parking is free.

2016 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Flyer, Side 1

2016 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Flyer, Side 2, including lineup

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Which 2016 Performers Are You Most Looking Forward To?

June 5th, 2016 No comments

Performers in the poll below are listed in order: Saturday Amphitheater, Saturday Gazebo, Sunday Amphitheater, Sunday Gazebo. You can vote for the 4 you are most looking forward to!

Which 2016 Performers Are You Most Looking Forward To? (Vote up to 4.)

  • Smokey Robinson (Sunday Amphitheatre) (53%, 18 Votes)
  • Chick Corea Trilogy (Sunday Amphitheatre) (53%, 18 Votes)
  • Chaka Khan (Saturday Amphitheatre) (44%, 15 Votes)
  • Pieces Of A Dream (Saturday Amphitheatre) (38%, 13 Votes)
  • Steps Ahead Reunion (Saturday Amphitheatre) (24%, 8 Votes)
  • Joey Alexander Trio (Saturday Amphitheatre) (21%, 7 Votes)
  • Lizz Wright (Sunday Amphitheatre) (21%, 7 Votes)
  • Pat Martino (Sunday Amphitheatre) (18%, 6 Votes)
  • Shemekia Copeland (Saturday Amphitheatre) (15%, 5 Votes)
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (Saturday Amphitheatre) (15%, 5 Votes)
  • Jon Cleary (Sunday Amphitheatre) (15%, 5 Votes)
  • Eric Lindell (Saturday Amphitheatre and Gazebo) (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Aaron Diehl Trio (Sunday Gazebo) (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Vincent Herring & The Kings of Swing (Saturday Gazebo) (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Jarrod Lawson (Sunday Gazebo) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Alicia Olatuja (Sunday Gazebo) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Karrin Allyson (Saturday Gazebo) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Bria Skonberg Quintet (Sunday Amphitheatre and Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jamison Ross (Saturday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • LaFayette Suite (Sunday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Elio Villafranca (Saturday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Isley Brothers to Headline 2016 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival – Sat, June 25

March 20th, 2016 No comments

International music icon Chaka Khan will headline the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). A ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner, best known for timeless hits “I’m Every Woman” and “Ain’t Nobody,” Khan returns to SPAC for the first time in 20 years.

For over four decades, Khan has inspired multiple generations of artists and audiences alike with a voice that enables her to sing in numerous music genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, classical and dance music. She has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, eight RIAA certified gold singles and eleven RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a BET Honors award, induction into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A true renaissance woman, Khan is a singer, songwriter, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, activist, and mother.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) announced on Wednesday June 15 that the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley will replace Chaka Khan as headliners of the 2016 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 25. Chaka Khan has canceled the performance due to a throat infection that requires vocal rest to heal. In conjunction with this announcement Ms. Khan has committed to headline the 2017 40th Anniversary Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Other Festival highlights include:

Joey Alexander 13th Birthday:

On the day of his Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival debut, Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander will experience another major milestone – he will become a teenager! On June 25, Alexander’s 13th birthday, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will lead thousands of festival attendees in a birthday celebration Alexander will not soon forget! The now 12-year-old pianist will perform selections from his double GRAMMY® nominated debut album, My Favorite Things, and his forthcoming album, both recorded for the Harlem-based label Motema Music. Alexander has recently performed at venerated jazz venues including the Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, a TED conference, on the 58th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, and was recently profiled on 60 Minutes.

Walk of Fame Star Dedication to Chick Corea:

On Sunday, June 26, SPAC will present keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea with a Walk of Fame Star in honor of his contributions to jazz music and to SPAC throughout his career. Corea performed at the inaugural 1978 Saratoga Jazz Festival, founded by jazz impresario George Wein. Currently celebrating his 75th birthday year (June 12), Corea returns to SPAC for his 9th jazz festival appearance, in a trio format featuring Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums. Corea has received 22 GRAMMY® Awards, including a 2015 Award for Trilogy, and 63 GRAMMY® Award nominations—making him the 4th most nominated artist in GRAMMY® history. A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and staggering artistic output.

Jarrod Lawson, Rising-Star of Soul:

Rising-star of soul Jarrod Lawson will make his Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival debut on Sunday, June 26 at the Gazebo Stage. The Portland, Oregon singer will perform original songs from his 2014 album, Jarrod Lawson, which catapulted him into the national spotlight last year. Lawson’s mastery of the jazz keyboard, sweet falsetto vocals, and popular appeal has rendered him Jazz FM’s 2015 Soul Artist of the Year. Whether he sings and plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz—everything Lawson touches turns to soul.

You can visit our 2016 Lineup page for the latest lineup information.

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2016 Ticket Info

January 13th, 2016 No comments

Online ticket sales will begin Tuesday January 19th 2016 10:00 AM EST! Tickets can be purchased at spac.org/tickets.

Children under 12 are free on the lawn!

Single-day tickets for adults range from $65 on the lawn to $105 in the orchestra pit. Two-day passes are available until June 1st at a $20 discount.

Single Day 2-Day Pass †
Adult Child * Adult Child *
Orchestra Pit $105 $90 $190 $160
Sections 1-7; Boxes $95 $80 $170 $140
Sections 8-12; 15
Front 16-17
$85 $70 $150 $120
Sections 13-14
Rear 16-17; 18-30
$75 $60 $130 $100
Lawn (General Admission) $65 FREE $110 FREE

* Children under age 12 are free on the lawn.

† 2-day pass discounts expire June 1, 2016.

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Getting Ready For 2016

December 17th, 2015 No comments

We have the first 2016 Lineup announcement!

Karrin Allyson has announced on her webpage that she will be performing Saturday on the Gazebo stage.

Expect more artists to be announced in the coming months. You can visit our 2016 Lineup page for the latest information.

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