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Not the Saratoga Jazzfest so apologies. I have idyllic memories of The Newport Jazz Fest held in Saratoga Springs in June 1980 .Well worth driving up from my cruise ship gig in Miami for.A great great festival…Hubert Laws, Phil Woods, Sarah Vaughan and Spyro Gyra closed .Does anyone have any info ,as I’ve hunted high and low but nary a mention anywhere.

I was there. Sponsered by “KOOL” cigarettes. Zoot Simms and Al Cohen, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie w Ray Mantilla, Chick Corea, Spyro Gyra, Hubert Laws, and I also have a signed poster. Two days, great time. I has a press pass and shot the whole event on Kodak Tri x pan. Also bought a signed Mingus double Album there.

Here’s a review of the Saratoga lineup in 1980, which I thought for some reason was the 25th Anniversary. The lineup certainly was worthy of such an event. In addition to those mentioned in the article, I recall the Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham (I think), Spyro Gyra, and Jean-Luc Ponty, along with all the others, in one last set. Review:

1996 Newport Jazz Festival-Saratoga

Sat. 6/29
Pat Martino Quartet, Roy Ayers Sextet, Regina Carter, the Dolphins featuring Dab Brubeck, Solomon Burke, Herbie Hancock Quartet, Jazz Mandolin Project, Russell Gunn, James Carter Quartet, Kenny Drew Jr., Najee, The Meeting, Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, Chaka Khan

Sun. 6/30
Bossa Brazil, Monty Alexander, Barry Harris Trio, Maceo Parker, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Charnett Moffett Trio, Little Buster & the Soul Brothers, Tropijazz All-Stars, Spyro Gyra, Rachelle Ferrell, Chuck Berry


T.J. Wheeler, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Junior Mance, Out of Control, Irakere, Jerry Gonzales & Fort Apache, Gato Barbieri, McCoy Tyner, Giacomo Gates, Marcus Printup, John McLaughlin’s Heart of Things, Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Laws

Pieces of a Dream, the Nicholas Payton Quintet, Medeski Martin & Wood, George Wein & the Newport All-Stars, David Sanborn, Roy Hargrove’s Crisol, the Zawinul Syndicate, the Manhattan Transfer, George Benson, Ronald Muldrow, the Larry Goldings Group, James Williams’ Intensive Care Unit, Raccoon Beach, Wade Barnes

2003 Freihofer’s Jazz Festival

Noon-midnight Saturday, June 28. Amphitheater: The Four Tops; Dee Dee Bridgewater; David Sanborn; Chick Corea & Friends; Three Quartets Band; Shirley Horn Trio; Zawinul Syndicate; and the Christian McBride Band. Gazebo: Lee Shaw Trio; Eric Alexander Quartet; and Harvey S & Eye Contact. Amphitheatre seat: $52.50; children 11 and younger $45. Lawn seats at the gate $36, in advance $33; children 11 and younger $5.

Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Amphitheater: India.Arie; Dave Brubeck Quartet; the Crusaders Reunion with Joe Sample; Stix Hooper & Wynton Felder; Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Brian Blade, John Pattitucci and Danilo Perez; Karl Denison’s Tiny Universe; Brad Mehldau Trio; Chris Botti; and Lizz Wright. Gazebo: The Bad Plus; Randy Johnston Group; Hiromi Uehara; Russell Gunn; and Ethnomusicology. Amphitheatre seat: $47.25; children 11 and younger $42. Lawn seats at the gate $34, in advance $31; children 11 and younger $5.

1994 – Saturday

AMP – George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Dave Brubeck, Marcus Roberts Trio, Joe Lovano Quartet, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, George Benson, The Rippingtons, Ray Charles

GAZ – Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Steve Grossman Quartet, Black Note, Larry Goldings Trio, Carl Allen Quintet.

1994 – Sunday

AMP – Wallace Roney Quintet, Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, Ronny Jordan, Rachelle Ferrell, Tower of Power, Bobby Blue Bland, Tito Puente’s Golden Latin Jazz All Stars, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn.

GAZ – Hendrik Muerkins Quartet, Robert Trowers Quintet, Javon Jackson Quartet, Hot Clave Bop, The Dolphins with Dan Brubeck

1993 Saturday

AMP – Seis del Solar, Joe Henderson, Michelle Camillo, Grover Washington Jr., Cleo Laine, Spyro Gyra, Tony Bennett, Buddy Guy Bela Fleck

GAZ – Tony Campise, Cole Boderick, Heavy Metal Horns, Pinetop Perkins.

1993 Sunday

AMP – St. Rose Jazz Ensemble, Russell Malone, Mingus Big Band Charles Lloyd, Gilberto Gil with Gal Costa, Joshua Redman, Ramsey Lewis, Michael Franks, Aretha Franklin.

GAZ – Alain Brunet, Jay Hoggard, Adam Holzman, Ken McIntyre

1992 – Saturday

AMP – Roy Gerson Swingtet, Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, New York Jazz Giants with John Faddis, Lew Tabackin, Bobby Watson, Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, Ray Drummond, Carl Allen, Tower of Power, Shirley Horn, Mel Torme, Lionel Hampton Big Band, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Frankie Beverly and Maze.

GAZ – Barney Kessel Trio, Stan and Adam, Hilton Ruiz Quartet, Dan Brubeck and the Dolphins, Charnett Moffett

1992 Sunday

AMP – Skidmore Sextet, T. S. Monk Band, Donald Harrison Quintet, Eddie Daniels and Gary Burton, Diane Reeves, McCoy Tyner Big Band, Manhattan Transfer, Gerald Albright, B.B. King

GAZ – Laurindo Alameida, Barry Harris Trio, Jazz Futures II (Herb Harris, Nicholas Payton, Ronald Westray, Peter Martin, Chris Thomas and Brian Blade) Paradise City Jazz Band, Ryan Kisor Quartet.

1991 Saturday

AMP – Skidmore Jazz Sextet, Dave Brubeck, Rebecca Paris, Terrance Blanchard, John McLaughlin Trio, Jimmy McGriff, Neville Brothers, David Sanborn, Spyro Gyra

GAZ – Terry Waldo’s Hot Five, Bucky Pizzarelli, Holmes Brothers, Jordan Sandke Quintet, Oliver Jackson Quintet

1991 Sunday

AMP – Arturo Sandoval, Take 6, Jazz Futures (Mark Whitfield, Marlon Jordan, Roy Hargrove, Tim Warfield, Tony Hart, Benny Green, Carl Allen, Christian McBride), Andy Summers with Bill Evans, Buck Clayton’s Big Band, Bob James, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Regina Belle, Ray Charles

GAZ – Eric Ross, Oliver Lake and Andre Cyrille, Sherrie Maricle Quartet, Greg Abate Quintet, Geoff Deeser Quintet, Multi Cultural Ensemble.

Thanks Chuck…Bella was wonderful as I recall, just as he was starting to come into his own. Again, is there anyway to acquire a list of performers from those early ’90s shos. I attended from 91-94 and would like a refresher on acts that were there. I know Ray Charles, Dr. John, Marcia Ball I believe…Little Richard, Tower of Power but sure to be missing some. The list would be great if it’s on a spread sheet somewhere..been looking to no avail..

@Neil McManus
Tony played on Saturday, June 26th 1993 in the amphitheater of course at 8:15 P.M. right after Spyro Gyra and before Buddy Guy. Bela Fleck closed after Buddy that night. Tony did not play in 91, 92 or 94. That 93 festival was also notable for a performance by Pinetop Perkins at the Gazebo on Saturday. Saturday also had Grover Washington Jr. Sunday included Charles Lloyd, Gilberto Gil with Gal Costa. The closing three acts were Ramsey Lewis, Michael Franks and Aretha Franklin.

I’m just trying to acquire some past lineup information as the current link on this page is not working. Friends recently went to see Tony Bennett here in Buffalo, NY which led to a conversation regarding past concerts. I remember seeing Tony at the SPAC Jazz fest in the early ’90s along with other legendary talents. I would love to acquire a run down of the years in which I attended the festival (1991-1994) Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

I have been to about 25 of the jazz festivals at Saratoga since 1978. I was also at the original in 1978 which was the best overall weekend. The reason was the real greats were there for both days and the big bands were there Sunday. Count Basie Orchestra etc. There is a list of the of the bands and there is one missing. On Sunday the great Harry James Orchestra was there. There is a YouTube audio of Harry and the band that day. Should be added to the list.

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@Dr. Bjoern M. Hausen

I am using this channel to respond to your piece in IAJRC concerning Slam Stewart since there was no mention of your email address in the article.
As you know, Slam lived in Binghamton, New York for the last 10-20 years of his life. He worked when he could by playing in festivals, gigs with Goodman and others. Every so often he would bring musicians into town for special concerts. He developed a good relationship with Al Hamme who was head of the Jazz Program at Binghamton University and made at least two recordings with him for “Sertoma” (a charitable organization). Often when artists were brought into the University, Slam would show up and play with them, I have a recording made in a master class with Marion McPartland when she made such a visit. My understanding is that Slam left some (?) of his musical memorabilia with Sherry Miracle who is a very successful drummer and band leader (Diva). Both she and Al might be useful in your bio-discography, if you were to contact them. Claire, Slam’s widow is still alive, I believe,but she moved out of town to my knowledge. Good luck with your research. Regards

You can contact me via email.

@Dr. Bjoern M. Hausen

The piece in the IAJRC Journal does not have your email address, so I’m posting this here.

In the William A Savory Collection there is one 16″ broken glass disc containing an undated broadcast performance by the Art Tatum Trio (Stewart on bass) of “Exactly Like You”. The announcer says the broadcast is from the Red Cross Auditorium and sponsored by the War Activities Committee. The station is WMAL, Washington D.C., part of the Blue Network.
The disc will be played (hopefully) at the Library of Congress, which has an optical reader which can play broken glass lacquer-coated discs.

Doug Pomeroy

Dear Sir,
on the Second Saratoga Jazz Festival on August 18th, 1972 a concert took place, with Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Slam Stewart, Teddy Wilson and an unknown drummer. I am working on a biography concerning the bass player SLAM STEWART. Do you have a video or audio tape of this concert or a CD for sale ? Or at least a tracklisting of this concert ?
It would be a pleasure to hear from you.
Kind regards
Bjoern Hausen, Agathenburg, Germany (4/1st/2012)

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