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Trombone Shorty, Patti Austin on Freihofer’s Jazz Fest lineup

Sunday, February 9, 2014
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— Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty and Terence Blanchard are among the performers scheduled to be part of the 37th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Fest, set for Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Also in the lineup are Dave Holland Prism, Patti Austin, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Quinn Sullivan and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Tickets for the festival will be available online beginning Feb. 25 for SPAC’s highest level members and March 18 for the general public. Tickets and information are available at www.spac.org.

Illustrious past

The Freihofer’s festival was founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein and over the years has hosted jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, B.B. King, Wayne Shorter and Ray Charles. With an inside seating capacity of 5,200, lawn seating of 20,000 and world class jazz talent performing on two stages, the festival draws thousands of fans from across the Northeast and throughout North America.

“Over the last 37 years, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival has established its place as one of the premier summer music festivals in America,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president and executive director.

“Sharing the bill with Earth, Wind & Fire will be a star-studded lineup, including the phenomenal Trombone Shorty, who rocked the house during his 2012 festival appearance, Billboard chart-topper Patti Austin who makes her festival debut, rising star Jon Batiste and his Stay Human band, NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy protégé Quinn Sullivan and jazz giant Terence Blanchard, among many others.”

In the gazebo

In addition to festival headliners performing in the amphitheater, Gazebo Stage programming will feature an innovative mix of established and emerging artists in jazz.

The lineup includes: Melissa Aldana Crash Trio, Marc Cary Focus Trio, Jaimeo Brown, Mary Halvorson Trio, Sean Jones Quartet, Warren Wolf & Wolfpack, and Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, all making their festival debuts. The stage will also feature returning saxophonist Lew Tabackin with his trio.

While two days and two stages of live, world class jazz is the centerpiece of the weekend, fans can also enjoy a fine arts and crafts fair, CD signings by artists, a full-service bar in the Hall of Springs, Southern style barbecue and other food vendors, all presented by Stella Artois. Guests can bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas. Parking for the event is free.

The lineup

Saturday, June 28

Amphitheatre:

-- Earth, Wind & Fire

-- Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet

-- Terence Blanchard

-- Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band featuring Steve Smith & Tom Kennedy

-- Jon Batiste & Stay Human

-- Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

-- Robin McKelle & The Flytones

Gazebo Stage:

-- Marc Cary Focus Trio

-- Lew Tabackin Trio

-- Jaimeo Brown with JD Allen & Chris Sholar

-- Mary Halvorson Trio with John Hebert & Ches Smith Robin McKelle & The Flytones

Sunday, June 29:

Amphitheatre:

-- Trombone Shorty

-- Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra

-- Patti Austin

-- Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland

-- Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60, with Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier & Clarence Penn

-- Quinn Sullivan

Gazebo Stage:

-- Melissa Aldana Crash Trio with Pablo Menares and Francisco Mela

-- Tim Berne’s Snakeoil with Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith

-- Warren Wolf & Wolfpack

-- Sean Jones Quartet with Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis and Obed Calvaire

-- Quinn Sullivan

 
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