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‘Freihofer’s Jazz Fest Stay Home Sessions’ Take Place June 26 to 28

Victoria Wasylak • News • June 17, 2020

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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Absolutely Live Entertainment, in partnership with Caffè Lena, announces “Freihofer’s Jazz Fest Stay Home Sessions,” presented in lieu of the 2020 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, previously cancelled by SPAC due to health and safety concerns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Headlined by national artists Jon Batiste, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and Pedrito Martinez, Jazz Fest Stay Home Sessions will also feature acclaimed local musicians Chuck Lamb & Jorge Gomez, Garland Nelson’s “Reflections: A Motown Tribute Ensemble” and the Skidmore Jazz Institute Alumni Trio.

Slated for June 26, 27, and 28 at 8 p.m., the series of streamed concerts will feature produced videos from the national artists alongside performances from Lena’s stage from beloved local ensembles. The festival will be free to experience and hosted through Caffè Lena’s “Stay Home Sessions” YouTube platform.

“Caffè Lena and SPAC have gotten very creative to keep delivering music during the shutdown. Fortunately for musicians and fans, we’re thinking outside the box to save Jazz Fest this year. I’ve never seen so much cooperation among all players in the music industry. It’s clear that, underlying all the business and negotiating, most of the industry is fueled by a genuine belief in the positive power of music. It keeps us inspired and determined to get through this crisis together,” says Sarah Craig, executive director of Caffè Lena.

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