Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

SaturdayJune 2612:00 PM


Program Notes

Saturday, June 26 ǀ 12pm – 6pm
Gates open at 10am

The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival returns to SPAC this summer for two days of live performances on the amphitheater stage. Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year’s Festival will look a bit different – click here for ticketing information, safety protocols and what items you will be able to bring to the SPAC grounds.



Dianne Reeves
With breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, five-time Grammy® Award winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. In 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts designated Reeves a Jazz Master – the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.

Christian McBride’s New Jawn
Seven-time Grammy® Award winning jazz bassist Christian McBride draws from his hometown roots in Philadelphia for his latest project, Christian McBride’s New Jawn, which features McBride on bass, Nasheet Waits on drums, Marcus Strickland on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, and Josh Evans on trumpet.

Joey Alexander
Contemporary jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Joey Alexander will return to Saratoga for his third festival appearance. Joey, who will celebrate his eighteenth birthday at the festival, is the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy® Award in a jazz category.

Hot Club of Saratoga
presented by Caffé Lena
Making its festival debut, Hot Club of Saratoga is upstate New York’s premier gypsy swing ensemble, performing a repertoire that reflects the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and The Quintet of the Hot Club of France prominent in the 1930s. The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give the music a life and vibrancy that inspires an irresistible desire to dance.

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