Saratoga Jazz Festival returns to SPAC in June

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (NEWS10) – The 45th Annual Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for a two-day event June 25-26. The festival program includes 24 musical groups.

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

The festival is presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, Booker T. Presents: A Stax Revue, vocalist Ledisi, Robert Glasper and New Orleans funk and jazz collective Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph.

“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,” says Danny Melnick, Festival Producer 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.”

Festival program

Saturday June 25


  • 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 Band with Omar Hakim and Rachel Z
  • Amina Figarova Sextet plus Strings
  • Saratoga hot club

Jazz Discovery Stage 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


  • 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

Jazz Discovery Stage 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

The festival also includes a fine arts and crafts fair, artist CD signings, a Southern-style barbecue, and other food vendors. You can bring your own food and drinks, 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 go on sale to the public March 16 at 10 a.m. SPAC members can purchase tickets starting March 7 at 10 a.m. SPAC also offers a $20 Student and Children’s Amphitheater pass, available for children 12 and under. . Children under 12 are admitted free on the lawn.

PSPC said it will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines and adjust ticketing and security policies accordingly. For more information and to purchase tickets, you can visit the SPAC website.

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