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Review: Performances, scene at first day of Jazz Festival match the day — hot (with photo gallery)

Christian McBride's Inside Straight performs at the 35th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Saturday.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Christian McBride's Inside Straight performs at the 35th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Saturday.
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When Giovanni Hidalgo took a timbale solo in the sweltering afternoon heat Saturday, the stage lights flashing like an arena rock guitar solo and the crowd standing and yelling for him, it was yet another reason to call this year’s Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival a notch or two above the more recent years, which has always featured world-class players since its inception 35 years ago. And when the opening act at the smaller Gazebo stage ...

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