Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

SundayJune 2712:00 PM


Program Notes

Sunday, June 27 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.


Cécile McLorin Salvant
Recently named “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the 2021 Jazz Journalists Association, Cécile McLorin Salvant is a Grammy® Award winner, composer, singer, and visual artist. Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, folk, theater, jazz, and baroque music.

presented by Skidmore Jazz Institute
2021 Jazz Journalist Association’s “Mid-Size Ensemble of the Year,” Artemis is an all-female supergroup comprised of the most acclaimed musicians in modern jazz. Featuring pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller, Artemis conjures a powerful collective voice from this quintet of visionary bandleaders and composers.

Al Di Meola
Internationally recognized guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola is a prolific composer who has amassed over 20 albums as a leader. He has collaborated on a dozen more albums with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), a celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring fellow virtuosi John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Stanley Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

Garland Nelson’s Joyful Noise
presented by Caffé Lena
Led by “soulist” and bandleader Garland Nelson, who was originally scheduled to make his Jazz Fest debut in 2020, Joyful Noise is a spirit-lifting ensemble of musicians and singers. The inspirational Joyful Noise Choir is comprised of blended voices of powerful, step-out soloists accompanied by a driving rhythm section creating a sound that will enter your being like a breath of pure, fresh air.

Performance schedule and artists are subject to change.

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