Jazz festivals will soon arrive in the north with warmer weather, and if the lineup of artists is any indication, the 35th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is going to be right up there with the best of them. Scheduled to run over two days—June 30 and July 1—the Saratoga Festival will welcome more than 20 artists and groups who will play on one of two stages at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Headliners include Trombone Shorty (pictured) & Orleans Avenue, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi Trio Project, Yellowjackets, and Maceo Parker,
Tickets are on sale online now for Saratoga Performing Arts Center members. Online sales to the public begin March 12.
Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has been the site of the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival since 1978. With an inside seating capacity of 5,200, lawn seating for 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.
In addition to the aforementioned headliners, this year’s festival will also feature performances by Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Arturo O’Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, Trio of Oz (featuring Omar Hakim and Rachel Z), the Jeremy Pelt Quintet, Catherine Russell, Edmar Castaneda and others.
The action onstage will be complimented offstage by a fine arts and crafts fair, CD signings by artists, a full-service bar in the Hall of Springs, Southern-style barbeque and other food vendors, and a children’s craft area. Guests may bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas. Parking for the event is free. Tickets for the festival begin at $55 for general admission adult. Children 12 and under are free on the lawn.
For more information—including a full schedule of performances—or to purchase tickets, go to www.spac.org