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Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival - June 28-29
(Published: February 09, 2014)

he 37th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest-running jazz events in the world, will be held on Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. This year’s festival headliners include Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty, Terence Blanchard, Dave Holland Prism, Patti Austin, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Quinn Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60, among others.

Tickets 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.

Located in Saratoga Springs, New York at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the festival was founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein and has hosted a who’s who of jazz greats over the years 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, world class jazz talent performing on two stages, and an idyllic State Park setting located just three hours driving time from either Boston or New York City, 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. “In 2014, this event will mark a defining moment when we welcome Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the greatest bands of all time. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide, this band’s appeal is timeless and its spectacular live shows continue to draw sell-out crowds from coast to coast.”

In addition to festival headliners, Gazebo Stage programming will continue to 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 of whom are 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 host of amenities including 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 are welcome to bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas.

Parking for the event is free.

More Information: http://www.spac.org/jazzfest


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