2019 Lineup Announced!

January 31st, 2019 No comments

Ticket sales begin on Febubary 15 at 10am EST at spac.org/tickets!

Saturday June 29th

Approximately 2pm – 11pm

  • George Benson
  • Los Van Van 50th Anniversary
  • Kandace Springs*
  • James Carter Organ Trio
  • Mercy Project*:  Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Steve Cardenas
  • Donna Grantis*

Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage (new Gazebo Stage)
Approximately noon – 6:30pm

  • Antonio Sanchez & Migration*
  • Lionel Loueke & Raul Midon*
  • Veronica Swift with The Emmet Cohen Trio*
  • Black Art Jazz Collective* featuring Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, James Burton III, Xavier Davis, Vicente Archer, and Carl Allen
  • Joe Locke’s Subtle Disguise* with special guest Raul Midon
Sunday June 30th

Approximately 1pm – 8pm

  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Norah Jones*
  • Django Festival All-Stars with special guests Edmar Castaneda and Grace Kelly
  • Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, and Gregory Hutchinson
  • Joey DeFrancesco Trio* featuring Billy Hart

Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage (new Gazebo Stage)
Approximately 11am – 7pm

  • Ruthie Foster*
  • Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom* featuring Jenny Scheinman, Carmen Staff, Kirk Knuffke, Ben Goldberg and Todd Sickafoose
  • Cha Wa*
  • Youn Sun Nah*
  • Joel Harrison’s Angel Band* featuring Jon Cowherd, Jaleel Shaw, Stephan Crump, Brian Blade, and others
  • Kansas Smitty’s House Band*

* indicates festival debut!

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Who Was Your Favorite 2018 Performer?

June 25th, 2018 No comments

Who Was Your Favorite 2018 Performer? (Vote up to 4.)

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Times Union: Major changes for Jazz Festival

June 20th, 2018 No comments

Here is an article from the Times Union newspaper talking about the festival and some of the changes for this year:

Here are some of the big changes mentioned in the article:

A key to Melnick’s revision was the new stage at the rear of the SPAC grounds that debuted last year. Before it was a small gazebo stage. Now it’s a genuine second stage. It’s dubbed the Charles R. Wood Jazz Discovery Stage (funds for it came from the Charles R. Wood Foundation in Glens Falls). It’s much larger.

“I can book some good groups on this stage. I can book some different names. I can book, physically, some bigger groups. I want to be able to pump it up and do more,” he said.

Performances at that stage will start at 11 a.m. The amphitheater will start at 3 p.m. There will be some overlapping of the stages, but the competition will be reduced. Artists will garner more individual attention. The arts and crafts tent in the rear will be moved to accommodate a larger audience at the second stage.

In another major twist, people who want to camp out early on the main lawn, or sit in an amphitheater seat, will be entertained. Melnick is bringing in Todd Barkan, a renowned jazz producer and NEA Jazz Master, who will be on the mainstage acting as a DJ, spinning classic jazz albums by greats who appeared during the festival’s early years and sharing anecdotes. That will start as people are filing in at 10 a.m. and run until about 1:30 p.m.

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Which 2018 Performers Are You Most Looking Forward To?

June 15th, 2018 No comments

Which 2018 Performers Are You Most Looking Forward To? (Vote up to 4.)

  • Herbie Hancock (Saturday Main Stage) (19%, 21 Votes)
  • Joey Alexander (Saturday Main Stage) (14%, 15 Votes)
  • Chris Botti (Saturday Main Stage) (14%, 15 Votes)
  • Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings (Sunday Main Stage) (11%, 12 Votes)
  • Gregory Porter (Sunday Main Stage) (11%, 12 Votes)
  • Anat Cohen Tentet (Saturday Main Stage) (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Mavis Staples (Sunday Main Stage) (6%, 6 Votes)
  • TEN: Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Nicholas Payton (Sunday Main Stage) (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Lean on Me (Saturday Main Stage) (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Jazzmeia Horn & Shannon Powell (Saturday Gazebo) (4%, 4 Votes)
  • New Orleans @ 300 (Saturday Gazebo) (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (Sunday Gazebo) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Christian Sands Trio (Saturday Gazebo) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Sammy Miller & The Congregation (Sunday Gazebo) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Deva Mahal (Sunday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band (Sunday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Jazz Passengers 30th Anniversary (Sunday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Whitfield, Ben Allison, Billy Drummond (Sunday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lakecia Benjamin and SoulSquad (Saturday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Keyon Harrold (Saturday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo (Saturday Gazebo) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Danny Melnick on WPYX Wednesday Morning

June 5th, 2018 1 comment

Festival Producer Danny Melnick will be on WPYX Albany 106.5FM and online – https://pyx106.iheart.com/ – on Wednesday morning, June 6th at 9:30am. It’s a classic rock station but they’re very into the line-up and the festival!

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2018 Lineup News

February 12th, 2018 1 comment

Checkout our lineup page for the latest lineup announcements.

We expect to announce the entire lineup soon! In the meantime, a few artists have been announced so far:

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Hudson: 2017 Artist Profile

June 21st, 2017 Comments off

Hudson is scheduled to perform Sunday on the Main Stage from 3:25 until 4:35.

Quinn SullivanHudson featuring Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski & Larry Grenadier will come together at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in celebration of Jack DeJohnette’s 75th birthday. The Los Angeles Times has called Jack DeJohnette “one of the finest living jazz drummers, a limber musical thinker and technical dynamo, one who challenges tradition by pushing outward while digging in.” The all-star band’s name, “Hudson,” and the music on their debut album, honor the Hudson River Valley, where each of the members resides.

You may also want to check out the entire 2017 Lineup!

Photo credited to Giorgio Alto.

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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: 2017 Artist Profile

June 21st, 2017 No comments

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque are scheduled to perform Sunday on the Main Stage from 12:30 until 1:30, and on the Gazebo Stage from 4:25 until 5:30.

Jane Bunnett October 2012Jane Bunnett & Maqueque brings the rhythms and culture of Cuba to Saratoga. An internationally renowned saxophonist and pianist, Bunnett has been nominated for two Grammy(r) Awards and received five Juno Awards, an Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, and, most recently, Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. She will lead her all-female sextet with original music featuring lush, inventive vocals from their latest release, Oddara.

You may also want to check out the entire 2017 Lineup!

Photo by ataelw [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: 2017 Artist Profile

June 21st, 2017 No comments

Dee Dee Bridgewater’s is scheduled to perform Sunday on the Main Stage from 5:00 until 6:10.

Dee dee bridgewaterRenowned as a three-time Grammy(r) Award Winner, TONY(r) Award Winner, Laurence Olivier Award winner, UN Goodwill Ambassador, Producer, and vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s artistry has shaped the international jazz scene for over four decades. She returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for her 6th festival appearance, featuring songs from her soon-to-be-released Memphis-inspired album and recently after she was be recognized as a National Endowment for the Arts 2017 NEA Jazz Master on April 3, 2017.

You may also want to check out the entire 2017 Lineup!

Photo by Alexandra Spürk (Alexi) (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

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Quinn Sullivan: 2017 Artist Profile

June 20th, 2017 Comments off

Quinn Sullivan is scheduled to perform Sunday on the Main Stage from 1:50 until 3:00.

Quinn SullivanQuinn Sullivan will return to Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival after his unforgettable solo debut in 2014. The seventeen-year-old guitarist has spent the past decade as a professional musician, sharing the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Joe Bonamassa, and opening for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar. He has made guest appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres show. His third studio album, Midnight Highway, was produced by multi-Grammy(r) Award winner Tom Hambridge.

You may also want to check out the entire 2017 Lineup!

Photo is licensed via CC BY-NC-SA 2.0/Igor Moura.

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