Jazz returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer with the 45th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, scheduled for June 25-26, with a full roster of 24 musical groups performing on two stages.

The festival is headlined by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, returning to the festival for the first time since 1998; soul music legend Booker T. presents: A Stax Revue; powerhouse singer Ledisi for her festival debut; jazz/hip-hop pianist Robert Glasper; and New Orleans funk and jazz collective Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph.

“The 2022 Festival promises to be memorable in many ways. Not only through a stellar and varied lineup, but also the joy of being back on a grand scale,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of PSPC.

“We will celebrate 25 years of partnership with Freihofer’s, as well as the first of a new multi-year commitment from the company. As a number of other jazz festivals change and downsize, Freihofer’s support allows us to return to the full Saratoga Jazz Fest experience that his longtime fans have loved and come to expect.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Booker T. Jones, famed frontman of Booker T. & the MGs and acclaimed producer at legendary Memphis-based Stax Records, highlights the festival’s 15 debut. Jones will feature his 10-piece band with three lead singers performing hits such as “Green Onions”, “Hang ‘Em High” and “Time is Tight” and classic Stax songs “Try a Little Tenderness”, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (Otis Redding), “Hold On I’m Coming” (Sam and Dave) and “Gee Whiz” (Carla Thomas), among others. 2021 Grammy Award-winning singer Ledisi makes also her festival debut, which is also set to perform at SPAC on August 3 as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra season in a program dedicated to the music of Nina Simone.

Charles R. Wood’s ‘Jazz Discovery’ stage returns for the first time since 2019, featuring rhythm, global and funk grooves from bands ranging from Red Baraat to Cha Wa to Tiempo Libre and contemporary jazz artists like Matt Wilson, Craig Handy, Connie Han, Ryan Keberle, Emmaline and Dan Wilson. The Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty All-Stars will celebrate George Wein, the festival founder who died at the age of 95 in September 2021.

“My mentor and festival founder, George Wein, has always been focused on producing events for everyone and that’s exactly what we did for our big comeback,” said festival producer Danny Melnick. and president of Absolutely Live Entertainment. “Our 45th festival features award-winning musical legends, unique collaborations with stars, avant-garde bands and many popular rising stars.”

After Jazz Fest debuts in 2021, Saratoga’s Hot Club and Garland Nelson (head of Joyful Noise) will return to kick off the amphitheater’s lineup on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Beyond the music, the festival will include a fine arts and crafts fair, artist CD signings, a Southern-style barbecue and other food vendors in the PSPC concession area.

You can bring food and drinks, as well as blankets, tents and umbrellas. Performances will begin each day on the Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage at 11 a.m. and on the Amphitheater Stage at noon.

Tickets for the festival start at $65 and will be available online at spac.org starting March 16 at 10 a.m. for the general public and starting March 7 at 10 a.m. for SPAC members (tiered by tier) .

Two-day passes are also available for a savings of $10 per ticket (offer ends May 1). $20 amphitheater ticket options are available for children 12 and under and students with school-issued ID. Seats are the best available with some exclusions. Seats on the lawn are free for children 12 and under.

Regarding COVID-19 precautions, in a statement, SPAC said it will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines mandated by New York State and the CDC and adjust ticketing policies. and safety accordingly. Full guidelines will be released ahead of the festival.

Here is an overview of the program for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2022:

Saturday June 25

Amphitheater:
Booker T. Presents: A Stax Review
Robert Glasper
Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph
Con Tumbao with Issac Delgado, Robby Ameen, Oscar Hernandez, Conrad Herwig, Pedrito Martinez, Juan Munguia, Alain Pérez, Mike Rodriguez, Tony Succar and Miguel Zenon
Ozmosys Group with Omar Hakim and Rachel Z
Amina Figarova Sextet plus Strings
Saratoga hot club

Scene “Jazz Discovery” by Charles R. Wood:
Barat red
Honey and Salt by Matt Wilson with Dawn Thomson, Nadje Noordhuis, Jeff Lederer and Martin Wind
Craig Handy and 2nd line Smith
Connie Han Threesome
Emmaline
Dan Wilson Trio

Sunday June 26

Amphitheater:
Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Ledisi
SuperBlue: Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter
Eliane Elias
Matthew Whitaker
Joyful Noise by Garland Nelson

Scene “Jazz Discovery” by Charles R. Wood:
Cha-Wa
Free time
Carolyn wonderland
Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Skidmore Jazz Institute faculty stars celebrate George Wein with Mike Rodriguez, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Bill Cunliffe, Dave Stryker, Todd Coolman and Dennis Mackrel

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