Saratoga Jazz Festival announces lineup

The lineup has been announced for the 45th Annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, to be held Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. Headliners on both stages at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Galactic, Ledisi, SuperBlue with Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter, Eliane Elias, Matthew Whitaker, and more. The full list of artists is below. Produced by famed jazz impresario Danny Melnick, the festival is the fifth longest consecutive jazz festival in North America. Rightly proud of this year’s lineup, Melnick said putting it together was not without its challenges. “We booked the majority of the lineup for the canceled 2020 festival because we felt committed to the artists and they wanted and expected to play ‘the next one,'” he said. “None of us knew it would be two years later, but here we are. It was very difficult to complete the lineup last winter, because many artists had already been booked elsewhere, are on tour at other times when they’re not yet ready to travel. It’s not a cliché to say, “It’s never been like this.”

For more information, visit the festival website website.

Full schedule of performances:

Saturday June 25

Booker T. Presents: A Stax* Review
Robert Glasper
Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph *
Con Tumbao* with Issac Delgado, Alain Pérez, Oscar Hernandez, Pedrito Martinez, Tony Succar, Robby Ameen, Conrad Herwig, Juan Munguia, Mike Rodriguez and Bobby Franceschini
Ozmosys Group 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 row Smith*
Trio of Connie Han*
Trio by Dan Wilson*

Sunday June 26

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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, Todd Coolman and Dennis Mackrel

* Festival debut

Willie J. Johnson