Hudson NY Jazz Fest – February 15-17, 2019
WYBN TV 14 News – Windham , NY 2/15/2019
“What a line up! Music doesn’t get any hipper than this.”
– NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan
Curated by Hudson-based jazz pianist Armen Donelian, the Hudson Jazz Festival (February 15-17, 2019) treats jazz aficionados and world music fans to a banquet of masterful artists playing music from around the globe.
Young people 25 and under may pre-purchase single tickets for $15 each using the discount code UNDER25.
HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL WEEKEND PASS
For $90, you receive priority access and seating to every Hudson Jazz Festival performance and event.
PURCHASE A WEEKEND PASS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
7PM BOBBY SANABRIA & QUARTETO ACHÉ
Bobby Sanabria, musical director, drums, vocals, percussion
Peter Brainin, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, percussion
Darwin Noguera, piano, vocals
Andy Eulau, acoustic bass
Join us in kicking off the 2019 Hudson Jazz Festival with an evening of sizzling Latin Jazz by seven-time GRAMMY nominated drummer/percussionist, Bobby Sanabria and his Quarteto Aché. Sanabria’s infectious grooves are grounded in his tenures with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Paquito D’Rivera, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá. Puerto Rican by descent and raised in New York’s South Bronx, Sanabria is hailed as one of the most popular Latin drummer/percussionists of his generation. Learn more HERE.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16
1PM PIANO SUMMIT: KIRK NUROCK, LYNNE ARRIALE, SULLIVAN FORTNER
*Please note, this concert takes place at 1pm.*
A treat for jazz piano devotees, three world-class musicians take to the keys in one afternoon of jazz piano immersion. The “joyously iconoclastic” (Keyboard Magazine) Kirk Nurock, the “poet laureate of her generation” (Jazz Police) Lynne Arriale, and rising star, Sullivan Fortner, an award-winning jazz wunderkind and composer with a bent toward sophisticated post-bop. Learn more HERE.
3PM FREE FILM SCREENING: THE MODERN JAZZ QUARTET: FROM RESIDENCY TO LEGACY (2018, 65 MINUTES)
Please note, this screening takes place at 3pm.
Formed in 1952, The Modern Jazz Quartet pushed the boundaries of jazz and classical music at time when the genre, like the country itself, was in the throes of change. An epicenter of this evolution was The Music Inn, a musical oasis nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. Featuring Percy Heath, John Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Gunther Schuller, Stephanie Barber and more, this fascinating collection of remembrances and anecdotes highlights The Modern Jazz Quartet’s role in developing The Music Inn’s iconic School of Jazz.
Filmmaker George Schuller will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A with HJF curator, Armen Donelian, with whom he has recorded several CDs. Learn more HERE.
RESERVE A SEAT
7PM FEARLESS MASTERS: DAVID LIEBMAN, JAY ANDERSON, JAY CLAYTON, ARMEN DONELIAN
Four powerhouse players evening made for jazz lovers: NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, a saxophonist with the “ability to touch the soul with an extraordinary depth of emotion and dramatic range” (Downbeat Magazine); “the most adventurous singer in jazz” (The Village Voice) and pioneer of the free jazz movement, Jay Clayton; “flawless section bassist and a fleet full toned soloist” (Los Angeles Times) Jay Anderson, and renowned pianist, 2002 Fulbright Scholar, author and HJF curator, Armen Donelian. Learn more HERE.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
11AM FREE HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL WORKSHOP
FOR INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE OR HIGHER
Join Hudson Jazzworks co-founders pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas for a free hands-on workshop exploring the language of jazz performance and composition based on the curriculum and methods of the annual Hudson Jazz Workshop. This workshop is open to all musicians of middle school age or higher (ages 12 and up). Bring your instrument! Intermediate playing and reading ability recommended. Learn more HERE. Registration required. Every workshop participant will receive two complimentary passes to Amir ElSaffar – Two Rivers Ensemble.
3PM AMIR ELSAFFAR – TWO RIVERS ENSEMBLE
Amir Elsaffar, trumpet, santur, voice
Ole Mathisen, saxophone
George Ziadeh, oud
Francois Moutin, double bass
Deeply rooted in the musical traditions of Iraq, Two Rivers blends time-honored Arabic music with advanced jazz harmonies, polyphonic melodies and simmering grooves. Jazz and Middle Eastern music beautifully intertwine in this dynamic ensemble led by celebrated trumpeter, santur player, and vocalist and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribute), Amir ElSaffar. Learn more HERE.
HOT JAZZ, SPICY TREATS & COOL DRINKS
Adding extra spice to the festival lineup is the return of James Beard Award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio (of Hudson’s Fish & Game) and his Southeast Asian-inspired Backbar to Hudson Hall for the 2019 Hudson Jazz Festival. Jazz lovers can delight in South Asian treats while sipping award-winning cocktails, beer and wine and enjoying world-class performances in an intimate, cabaret-style setting styled by Hudson-based designer Tom Taylor of Hudson Lodge.
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