Freihofer’s Jazz Festival Stay Home Sessions
Join SPAC and Caffé Lena for Freihofer’s Jazz Fest Stay Home Sessions — an intimate, virtual concert experience June 26-28, 2020. An evening of Cuban rhythms…a jazz and folk inspired night … and an uplifting finale of soul and Motown! 🎹🎷
“FREIHOFER’S JAZZ FEST STAY HOME SESSIONS” LINE-UP:
FRIDAY, JUNE 26| 8PM
Four-time Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival headliner, and Grammy®-nominated, Havana-born music sensation, Pedrito Martinez, will share his irresistible and seductive Afro-Cuban grooves to kick-off the festival. Widely regarded as the one of the world’s leading percussionists, he has recorded or performed with Eric Clapton, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Chucho Valdez, and Sting.
Chuck Lamb & Jorge Gomez
Chuck Lamb and Jorge Gomez will come together to share their original “Cuban meets Jazz Fusion” music, which they will feature on their new recording project, currently underway. The performance will include pre-recorded percussion and horn tracks from this project — some with members of Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27| 8PM
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Known to Saratoga audiences for his four festival appearances, fifteen-time Grammy® Award-winning banjo virtuoso, Béla Fleck, has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history, and remains a powerfully creative force globally in bluegrass, jazz, classical pop, rock and world beat. Fleck as a duo with his wife — singer, songwriter and banjo player, Abigail Washburn — has recorded two albums including a self-titled debut that earned the 2016 Grammy® for Best Folk Album and Echo in the Valley, which DOWNBEAT praised as “something close to miraculous.”
Skidmore Jazz Institute Alumni Trio
The Skidmore Jazz Institute Alumni Trio is comprised of Brian Halliday (piano), Samuel Smith (bass), and Quinton Cain (drums). Members of the trio proudly hail from New York State and have attended the Skidmore Jazz Institute summer program as part of their musical training.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28| 8PM
Jon Batiste, who has performed at the festival three times and most recently in 2018, is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality, recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style. Jon transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill, to soulfully crooning, to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard), to curating unique “social music” experiences all over the world. The Forbes “30 under 30” honoree balances a demanding performance schedule with his role as bandleader for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Artistic Director At Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, as well as public speaking engagements, master classes and occasional acting gigs and his signature impromptu ‘love riot’ street parade.
Garland Nelson’s “Reflections: A Motown Tribute Ensemble”
Led by “soulist” and bandleader Garland Nelson, who was originally scheduled to make his festival debut with his Joyful Noise gospel program, “Reflections: A Motown Tribute Ensemble” will bring an ensemble of fronting singers from top capital region bands. “Reflection” pays tribute to the golden age of Soul Music from Motown, Staxx Records, Chess Records, and Philadelphia International.
Generous support for “Freihofer’s Jazz Fest at Home Sessions” has been provided by Freihofer’s, National Grid, Times Union, and Tom and Anne Gaughan. For more information about the festival, visit SPAC.org.