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American Jazz Festivals Disappearing

The Freihofer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga is going strong into its 32nd year, but today The New York Times published an interesting article explaining why many other long running jazz festivals, including the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City, will not take place this year.

Two years ago the impresario George Wein sold his company, Festival Productions, to a group led by Chris Shields, a charismatic entrepreneur who planned to transform Mr. Wein’s empire through aggressive growth. Now that plan has all but collapsed, as Mr. Shields’s company, Festival Network, has lost its top sponsor, as well as several signature festivals, delivering what many call a painful blow to jazz.

Last year Festival Network presented 17 festivals around the world, but Mr. Shields said he has none to announce this year. The company lost its contract for the Newport jazz and folk festivals in Rhode Island because of late payments for use of state parkland. The Freihofer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., another longtime Wein event, has gone to a competitor…

New York Loses Its Jazz Festival

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2009 Lineup Has Been Announced

It looks like the lineup has been announced in its entirety. Of course, things are still subject to change…

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Lineup Updates

I’ve made a few updates to the lineup to reflect the latest info I’ve gathered:

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Rachael Price at SPAC Once Again

Rachael Price appeared at the 2008 festival, opening the main stage on Sunday to rave reviews. I was not familiar with her beforehand, but her set was one of the festival highlights for me. I do not expect her to return for the 2009 festival, however I recently learned that she will be at SPAC again this year, playing the Spa Little Theatre on Friday May 29.

Her CDs are available from CDBaby and iTunes.

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2009 Lineup News

Information about the 2009 lineup is beginning to trickle in from multiple sources, including this press release from SPAC.