A favorite summer tradition of many Saratogians is the Freihofer's Jazz Festival. Today, the New York State Senate adopted a resolution commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Jazz Festival and proclaimed June to be "Jazz Month."
"The success and continuing legacy of the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival represents one of the richest chapters in SPAC's history. Since its founding in 1978, this world-class musical event has showcased legends, superstars and rising stars for more than half a million enthusiastic fans," explains Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director. "Two days of incredible jazz paired with a sublime State Park setting of rolling lawns and tall pines has proven to be a winning formula. While numerous music festivals have come and gone over the years, ours is still going strong at 35."
The festival will take place June 30 and July 1 at SPAC with headliners such as Diana Krall, Chris Botti, and Esperanza Spalding. A special feature of this year's festival will be the "Encore Series at the Gazebo," a lineup of the most popular, most requested young artists ever to appear on the festival's Gazebo stage.
SPAC officials also note that this year's festival has been programmed to celebrate high quality music, and audience's continual dedication and enthusiasm. Three decades after the inauguration of the Jazz festival, the event still draws adoring crowds to listen to the amazing talent that graces the stage each year.
As White says, the festival is "the joy of summer at its very best." With good music and the amazing atmosphere of SPAC, who can argue with that?
Will you be headed to the Jazz Festival this year? What are some of your favorite memories from Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Fest?