Win FREE Tickets to This Weekend’s Bridge Jazz Festival
Two nights. Two different venues. Six diverse jazz bands heating up this long, cold winter… This weekend the inaugural Bridge Jazz Festival takes over the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday and the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts on Saturday.
FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 27), 7:30pm
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Featuring the Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Tickets: $28, $36 & $42; $15 Test Drive tickets are also available to people who have not previously purchased tickets to the Hall.
SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 28), 6pm
at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Featuring the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant and Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo
Tickets: $40; $30 students
All-festival tickets are also available for both nights priced at $60; $40 students.
BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE ALL-FESTIVAL TICKETS – that’s two tickets to Friday AND Saturday night. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (February 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!
Here’s more about the musicians:
THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO: Pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis are known for a style that is strongly rhythmic, melodic and filled with dynamic contrast. The group was founded in 1995, and nearly 20 years later, is known around the world for its signature trio style.
THE ANAT COHEN QUARTET: Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Cohen has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year.
ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS & HEARD: Led by keyboardist-composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, the Local 518 band blends elements of jazz, world music and classical music.
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk
GRETCHEN PARLATO with ALAN HAMPTON: Gretchen Parlato is one of the most inventive and mesmerizing vocalists of her generation. The multi-talented Alan Hampton has worked with an eclectic bunch of musicians, including Andrew Bird, Meshell N’Degeocello, Robert Glasper, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Scott, Esperanza Spalding and more.
CECILE McLORIN SALVANT: The 25-year-old French-American vocalist recorded her first album Cécile with Jean-François Bonnel’s Paris Quintet. She won four categories in the 2014 Down Beat Critics Poll: Jazz Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Rising Star–Jazz Artist and Rising Star–Female Vocalist.
THE FRED HERSCH TRIO: Fred Hersch, proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements as a bandleader, collaborator and theatrical conceptualist. Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.