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40TH ANNUAL FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25

Headliners: Chaka Khan & Gipsy Kings
Dee Dee Bridgewater & Jean-Luc Ponty return
NEW $20 Student & Child Tickets

The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2017. Founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is the fifth longest-consecutive-running jazz festival in North America. Initially founded as “the Newport Jazz Festival at Saratoga” the weekend event was renamed Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in 1998.  The two-day, two-stage festival continues to be one of the largest jazz music events in North America, beloved by audiences for both the remarkable annual line-up of international jazz talent and the spectacular setting at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the idyllic Saratoga Spa State Park.

The milestone 2017 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival features an extraordinary lineup of musicians, ranging from emerging artists making their festival debuts, to the return of two legendary musicians who performed on the inaugural 1978 festival, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jean Luc-Ponty. Headlining the weekend are Chaka Khan, “the queen of R&B,” and the Gipsy Kings, who bring their irresistible rhythms to the Jazz Festival for the first time. In addition, three boundary-breaking young musicians from the United Kingdom will showcase their inventive approaches to jazz performance. Furthermore, Jazz 100, led by Danilo Pérez, will pay homage to iconic musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk in celebration of the 100th anniversary of their shared birth year.

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JAZZ FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Saturday, June 24th

Main Amphitheatre
  • Dave Stryker Organ Quartet featuring Eric Alexander, Jared Gold & McClenty Hunter 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Jean-Luc Ponty: The Atlantic Years 1:20-2:30 PM
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant 2:50-3:50 PM
  • Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo and Monk featuring Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jason Palmer, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz 4:15-5:25 PM
  • The Suffers 5:50-7:00 PM
  • Jacob Collier 7:30-8:40 PM
  • Chaka Khan 9:25 PM – TBD
Gazebo Stage
  • Aruan Ortiz Trio 12:15-1:20 PM
  • Jack Broadbent 1:40-2:45 PM
  • Dave Stryker Organ Quartet featuring Eric Alexander, Jared Gold & McClenty Hunter 3:05-4:10 PM
  • Barbara Fasano 4:30-5:35 PM
  • Shabaka & The Ancestors 5:55-7:00 PM
All set times are approximate and subject to change


Sunday, June 25th

Main Amphitheater
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Quinn Sullivan 1:50-3:00 PMHudson: Jack DeJohnette · Larry Grenadier · John Medeski · John Scofield 3:25-4:35 PM
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater 5:00-6:10 PM
  • To Ray, With Love featuring Maceo Parker, the Ray Charles Orchestra & the Raelettes 6:40-7:55 PM
  • Gipsy Kings 8:35 PM -TBD
Gazebo Stage
  • Noah Preminger/Jason Palmer Quartet 12:10-1:15 PM
  • Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days 1:35-2:40 PM
  • Blind Boy Paxton 3:00-4:05 PM
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque 4:25-5:30 PM
  • Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles 5:55-7:05 PM
All set times are approximate and subject to change

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