2010 Lineup

December 23rd, 2015

The Jazz started at noon both days!

Saturday – June 26th

Main Stage


Sunday – June 27th

Main Stage

  • Noon  Trio of OZ featuring pianist Rachel Z and Omar Hakim
  • 1:20pm – Vibraphonist Stefon Harris with Blackout
  • 2:40pmAnn Hampton Callaway
  • 4:10pm – The Ramsey Lewis Trio
  • 5:50pmJuan De Marcos & the Afro Cuban All Stars
  • 7:40pmGladys Knight “The Empress of Soul”


  1. Adam
    June 21st, 2010 at 14:05 | #1

    @DJ Lady Salsa
    She was a headliner for the WestOakLane Jazz Festival in Mt. Airy (Philadelphia) this past weekend. She is a great one to see perform. Am somewhat suprised she is not on the bill, as this lineup is very similar to the WOL fest we just had.

  2. chuck
    June 20th, 2010 at 21:36 | #2

    was mint condition suppose to perform?

  3. DJ Lady Salsa
    May 2nd, 2010 at 19:19 | #3

    Esperanza Spaulding would be great at Saratoga, saw at the Montreal Jazz festival she is something! Looking forward to this years lineup!

  4. Danny Melnick (producer)
    April 22nd, 2010 at 22:20 | #4

    No Steve. Jamie will be in Europe that weekend.

    Danny Melnick

  5. SteveQ
    April 19th, 2010 at 15:33 | #5

    Is Jamie Cullum playing?

  6. John R. Johnson
    April 12th, 2010 at 18:34 | #6

    I need the number to the Ticket office so that I can purchase my tickets right away. Thank You

  7. queenie
    April 8th, 2010 at 17:31 | #7

    It is a pleasure to attend such a great event, that i’ve been attending for 20yrs. or more along with family members that passed away and friends and love ones I love it!!!!!!!

  8. doraine mason
    April 7th, 2010 at 16:03 | #8

    Spring is finally here and I am so excited. this festival falls on my birthdayday weekend this year I am 58 years young and wiser.The line up is absolutely amazing!!!!! Thank you for bringing jazz so close to home.
    i live in the small town of Ellenville.
    PS : Could you tell me where there is a close tent campground.
    Thanks Again This is always my first jazz concert of the summer season
    Peace Doraine

  9. Bill (SPAC Jazz Fest Fan)
    March 17th, 2010 at 13:36 | #9

    The first time I saw Al Jarreau he was the opener for Tower of Power at the Santa Monica Civic auditorium. At that time he was little known and backed by a trio. Saturday’s line-up is shaping up nicely.

  10. George
    March 16th, 2010 at 15:32 | #10

    @Guy Cameron
    SPAC has been slow with ticketing information for all of their performances this year. Group sale info for Jazz Fest is available at http://www.spac.org/groupsales.cfm but I have not heard anything about individual tickets. Apparently group sale two day passes are available until 5/9/10.

  11. Guy Cameron
    March 16th, 2010 at 12:07 | #11

    When will the tickets go on sale? And, will there be the “Two Day” advanced tickets which normally are mail ordered from the box office by May 15th. The Buffalo contingent is ready to order tickets now.

  12. john price
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:52 | #12

    @Danny Melnick (producer)
    Thanx, I wrote to George Duke. He’s the one that informed me. Thanx for the confirmation. See ya there:)

  13. Danny Melnick (producer)
    March 15th, 2010 at 22:57 | #13

    Thank you, kindly! I shouldn’t but I will… YES – Al J & George Duke are confirmed for Saturday night. That’s it. No more from me til the press release is out. (We edited it today!)


  14. Christmas in June
    March 15th, 2010 at 17:02 | #14

    I heard the same rumor re George Duke/ Al Jarreau. We will find out soon. One thing all Saratoga jazzfest fans know for sure is that Danny Melinck and his company Absolutely Live! will give us a hell of good weekend. He has filled George Wein’s shoes well and for that I am thankful.

  15. homy
    March 15th, 2010 at 16:35 | #15

    Gil Scott-Heron it wouldn’t be nice to hear “Lady Day and John Coltrane” on the hill

  16. john price
    March 15th, 2010 at 11:16 | #16

    There’s soo many performers you can’t go wrong with any of the forementioned. But I would like to see “Four Play”, “Yellowjackets”
    and up and coming “Four 80 East”

  17. john price
    March 15th, 2010 at 11:07 | #17

    I understand George Duke Al jarreau will be performing. Any truth. Also it’s about time for “Take 6” and “Pieces fo a Dream”.

  18. Nora
    March 15th, 2010 at 08:03 | #18

    make this event exciting
    John Legend
    Randy Crawford

  19. Danny Melnick (producer)
    March 14th, 2010 at 17:41 | #19

    Hi Friends – we are announcing the complete line-up late this week or early next. (We are trying to get the release out this week!) It’s great to see everyone’s suggestions – some will be on the festival – some I tried but couldn’t get – and some, well…. 🙂 Spring is close, the clocks say so, and we’re gonna’ have a great time in June! keep groovin’ high – DM

  20. Stephanie
    March 14th, 2010 at 01:28 | #20

    a few suggestion for the line up…

    a jazzy set by Me’shell Ndegéocello
    Bobby McFerrin, I have always wanted to see him in an outdoor venue.
    Youssou N’Dour, who does not seem to be touring this summer, or Baaba Maal, who is touring the US this summer and is playing the New Orleans Jazz Fest, would also be great additions to the festival.

  21. Ken
    March 10th, 2010 at 14:28 | #21

    I just was speaking to Frankie, he will not be at the Essence Jazz Fest this year and would like to play at your fest…Give the Man a call Danny! I’m sure that you guys can come to a agreement, and your attendance will be record breaking with Frankie on the bill. Book Frankie! Book Frankie! Book Frankie!

  22. Mary-Lou
    March 9th, 2010 at 19:43 | #22

    How about Diana Krall? Any possibility? My friend Fran and I have been going for the past 15 years. We buy inside seats “just in case” we have bad weather or want to see one or more particular artists. We look forward to this event from the day after it ends until the next time it begins. Thank you for all the great times! We lost Fran’s guy Price last year but went anyway in his memory.

  23. Carlton
    March 8th, 2010 at 15:14 | #23

    It is me again – I know I am pushing Jill Scott to be in the lineup, but I just found out she will be appearing at a Madison Square Garden concert on June 25th, maybe she can make her way to Saratoga for the Sunday show???

  24. Judith
    March 7th, 2010 at 14:40 | #24

    I agree with the Hugh Masekela suggestion. He will rock the Allegany Mountains!

  25. gee
    March 5th, 2010 at 14:43 | #25

    My husband and I look forward to this all winter.
    Would love to see Pieces of a Dream (featuring Phil Perry),Kirl Elling again, Patrice Rushin, Michael Franks would be a treat,but your line up is always great. I miss the 12n-12m on Sat and 12n-10pm on Sunday, it got over too early the last couple of years.

  26. Christmas in June
    March 3rd, 2010 at 17:58 | #26

    Can’t wait for Danny to announce the line up. Stefon Harris and Blackout will be my highlight.

  27. Tom Bartchak
    March 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 | #27

    Good work on Ahmad!!
    He is fabulous.
    Too bad we lost Maynard, I always thought he would have been the best closing act.

    How about the VJO or the Dizzy Big band?

  28. Donna
    March 2nd, 2010 at 13:29 | #28

    What amount James Ingram, Tommy Sims, Wendy Moten, Patti Austin? …who all appear on Michael McDonald’s dvd ‘a gathering of friends’…
    Great additions one and all…in your 2010 lineup. DW

  29. Anna & Fred
    February 28th, 2010 at 13:52 | #29

    I like your program start. Can you include: George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Lenny White, Chick Corea, Kem, Mbasa, Greg Philenganes & Conjunto Libre. I loved the addition of Spanish Harlem Orchestra last year. Any or all of these artist would make take this weekend off the chart.
    Thanks, Anna

  30. HT
    February 27th, 2010 at 17:05 | #30

    I would love to see Maysa and Chris Botti and his band. Boney James is my favorite and always give a good show.

  31. Mr Jazz
    February 26th, 2010 at 20:00 | #31

    How about Milton Nascimento, Michael Franks or Ivan Lins? They are great showmen with infectious music.

  32. Danny Melnick (producer)
    February 26th, 2010 at 16:15 | #32

    We’re almost done booking and hope to announce the complete line-up next week or the week after. A few more sneak previews for y’all — Al DiMeola’s World Sinfonia group on Saturday & Ramsey Lewis Trio on Sunday! Some great young new talent on gazebo both days too. I can’t wait for summer already! Thanks for the continued support.

  33. Ken
    February 25th, 2010 at 19:24 | #33

    I recently seen Hugh Masekela in South Africa and he would be a wonderful addition to any Jazz Fest, also Joshua Redman.

  34. om
    February 24th, 2010 at 17:07 | #34

    Gladys Knight,Rachelle Ferrell and Jill Scott would be great additions to the show. They each are mesmerizing
    talents with unforgetable performances. Layla Hathaway is also awesome.

  35. Ak
    February 23rd, 2010 at 12:19 | #35

    Would love to see Maze, would bring high energy like Charlie Wilson did a few years ago. Also Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, like to see Lizz Wright come back. Sade is back and touring, she would be great!!

  36. Ken
    February 22nd, 2010 at 22:16 | #36

    Frankie Beverly & Maze will pack the facility, as well as rock the house.

  37. Joe
    February 19th, 2010 at 09:21 | #37

    Gerald Albrights webpage is listing “SAX FOR STAX featuring Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum” on Saturday.

  38. Joe
    February 19th, 2010 at 09:18 | #38

    Another visit by Hiromi would be great to see.

  39. AB
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:33 | #39

    Looking forwrd to attending as always… Have a few suggestions that would be great to see performaning…Jill Scott, Andre Ward, Pamela Williams, Maysa, Walter Beasley, Chick Corea, Charlie Hunter, et el,, Marcus Miller, Everette Harp, Dave Koz, David Benoit,Geri Allen, Bobby Lyle, just to name a few…

  40. Carlton
    February 16th, 2010 at 12:23 | #40

    I would love to see Jill Scott or Rachelle Ferrell. It has been too long since Rachelle appreared, and Jill has never made an appearance.

  41. Linda B
    February 15th, 2010 at 13:59 | #41

    What about Chris Botti and his band? Wonderful show in 2008

  42. Harry B
    February 11th, 2010 at 15:46 | #42

    Fourplay would be an awesome act to see at the festival !!

  43. Bill (SPAC Jazz Fest Fan)
    February 9th, 2010 at 09:37 | #43

    I’d enjoy seeing David Sanborn in the 2010 line up, as well as Joshua Redman, and for exercise, Maceo Parker.

  44. Danny Melnick (producer)
    February 8th, 2010 at 18:40 | #44

    Guys – Ahmad is only on Saturday. And Dee Dee just had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict so we won’t have her back this year. Rachel will do opening set on main stage and another on gazebo on Sunday. She’s got Omar Hakim on drums! And this is first time Taj and Ahmad have appeared on the festival!!! – more very soon 🙂 – Danny

  45. Chuck
    February 3rd, 2010 at 20:46 | #45

    Pollstar reporting the pianist Rachel Z for Sunday. Likely a gazebo act.

  46. Joe
    February 2nd, 2010 at 15:01 | #46

    Pollstar is also showing Rachel Z on Sunday.

  47. Chuck
    January 28th, 2010 at 17:38 | #47

    Pollstar reporting Ahmad Jamal both days of the festival.

  48. Aranawes
    January 28th, 2010 at 16:57 | #48

    This is a pretty good start to the new year. Taj Mahal will provide an excellent show. Keep up the good news, Lou!

  49. CJ
    January 23rd, 2010 at 10:11 | #49

    I can’t wait to see Taj Mahal again, he is truly amazing in concert.

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