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Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Returns for 2019

The 2019 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival takes places on June 29 and 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Featuring 22 musical groups, the annual event is highlighted by the festival debut of Grammy-award winning artist Norah Jones, and the return of jazz legend George Benson and festival favorite Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Back by popular demand is also Los Van Van 50th Anniversary, Django Festival All-Stars with Edmar Castañeda and Grace Kelly, Joshua Redman Quartet, and James Carter Organ Trio. Fifteen emerging artists making their Saratoga debuts include Kandace Springs, Donna Grantis, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Mercy Project which features Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, and Steve Cardenas, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, and Cha Wa. The festival will also feature a record number of groups led by women artists, highlighted by Allison Miller, Veronica Swift, Ruthie Foster, and Youn Sun Nah.

On June 28, Freihofer’s Jazz Fest Friday, presented by Times Union along with Caffé Lena, will return, featuring jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Caffé Lena. A one-time only event, “An Evening With Fred Hersch: 50 Years After The Stonewall Riots” will pay homage to what is considered to be the catalyst to the gay liberation movement. He will perform original pieces and iconic jazz works, while also sharing how the Riots shaped him and his career, drawing from his memoir Good Things Happen Slowly.

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