Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary weekend this year, and organizers are excited to announce a show-stopping lineup of performers (some of whom were onstage 40 years ago)!
The 2017 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will feature 14 highly anticipated debuts alongside headliners Chaka Kahn and Gipsy Kings. The two-day, two-stage festival is one of the largest jazz music events in North America and is the continent’s fifth-longest, consecutive-running jazz festival.
Founded by George Wein as “the Newport Jazz Festival at Saratoga”, the event was renamed Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in 1998. The Saratoga Jazz Festival continues to attract record audiences from near and far who gather to picnic in the idyllic setting of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center while they soak up the stylings of a remarkable lineup of international jazz talent.
Headliners Chaka Kahn and Gipsy Kings will be joined by Saratoga Jazz Festival veterans Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jean-Luc Ponty, as well as several new faces. Three-boundary-breaking young musicians from the United Kingdom will be showcasing their inventive approaches to jazz performance, and festival attendees can look forward to debuts from The Suffers, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cory Henry, and more.
“The 2017 40th anniversary Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will be an extraordinary tribute to the history of our festival and to the future of jazz music,” said Elizabeth Sobol in a statement, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. “For four decades our festival has played a critical role as an incubator of the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Artists like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Jack DeJohnette established Saratoga’s premier place amongst the great American jazz festivals. Likewise, today’s young artists Cory Henry, Jacob Collier, and Cécile McLorin Salvant are the future of jazz. Forty years from now, we will look back with a sense of the great fortune we have to experience their current work on the magnificent SPAC stage.”