Saratoga Jazz Festival set to return to SPAC in June – troyrecord
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The 45th Annual Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga will return for a full two-day, two-stage festival experience on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Featuring a roster of 24 musical groups, the lineup 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 crossover great Robert Glasper; and New Orleans funk and jazz collective Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph for their festival debut.
From jazz to roots, funk, blues and beyond, the festival is poised to bring its signature mix of popular artists and ensembles, cementing its place as an international destination and a stage essential on the road to the 2022 festival.
In addition to celebrating 45 years as one of North America’s premier jazz music events, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2022 will also mark the 25th anniversary of its partnership with Freihofer’s. The bakery and its parent company Bimbo Bakeries USA have reaffirmed their commitment to the festival and the region with a multi-year title sponsorship that will increase the festival’s prestige on the national stage.
“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,” PSPC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol said in a press release. “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 its longtime fans have loved and come to expect.
Marking the festival’s 15 debut, 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, will present his 10-track band with three lead vocalists performing his MG hits “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.
Ledisi, the 2021 Grammy winner and 14-time Grammy nominee, is also making her festival debut. She will return to SPAC on August 3 as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra season in a program dedicated to the music of Nina Simone.
Following their Jazz Fest debut in 2021, local bands Hot Club of Saratoga and Garland Nelson fronting Joyful Noise will return to kick off the amphitheater’s lineup on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Returning for the first time since 2019, Charles R. Wood’s popular ‘Jazz Discovery’ stage features rhythm, global and funk grooves from bands ranging from Red Baraat to Cha Wa to Tiempo Libre and some of the hottest contemporary artists. jazz enthusiasts: Matt Wilson, Craig Handy, Connie Han, Ryan Keberle, Emmaline and Dan Wilson.
Additionally, the Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty All-Stars will celebrate jazz impresario George Wein, the festival’s founder who passed away 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. from Absolutely Live Entertainment in the release. “Our 45th festival features award-winning musical legends, unique collaborations with stars, avant-garde bands and many popular rising stars.”
Founded in 1978, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is the fifth longest-running consecutive jazz festival in North America. Originally founded as the “Newport Jazz Festival at Saratoga”, the weekend event was renamed Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in 1998. With a seating capacity of 5,200 indoors and 20,000 seated on the lawn, the two-day, two-stage festival continues to be one of North America’s premier jazz music events, beloved by audiences both for the outstanding annual line-up of international jazz talent and for its unique setting at SPAC in Saratoga Spa State Park.
Beyond the musical performances, fans can also enjoy a host of amenities, including a fine arts and crafts fair, artist CD signings, a Southern-style barbecue and more. food vendors in the newly renovated SPAC concession area.
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, as well as blankets, tents, and umbrellas.
Parking for the event is free.
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 www.spac.org beginning at 10 a.m. March 16 for the general public and beginning at 10 a.m. March 7 for SPAC members (ordered by level).
Two-day passes are also available for a savings of $10 per ticket, an offer that ends May 1.
PSPC offers a $20 student and child pass to the amphitheater, available to children 12 and under and students with school-issued ID upon entry. Seats on the lawn are free for children 12 and under.
The venue will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines mandated by New York State and the CDC and will adjust ticketing and safety policies accordingly. Full guidelines will be posted before the ticket goes on sale and can be viewed at sasc.org.
More information about the 2022 Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival is available online at www.spac.org.