The Lake George Jazz Weekend is set to celebrate its 35th year on September 15 and 16.
The festival is held at Shepard Park, in the heart of Lake George Village. Admission is free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Several food vendors will be present in the park throughout the weekend.
The festival has been curated throughout its 35 years by Paul Pines. With Paul’s passing in June of this year, he will be honored with a memorial on Saturday evening prior to the Jason Miles concert.
Saturday’s performances begin at 1 pm with Robert “Bootsie” Barnes Quartette.
The octogenarian “Bootsie” has been regarded as a premier saxophonist and has been proclaimed a Philadelphia treasure. Ryan Keberle and his band, Catharis, will follow. Since arriving in New York City in 1999, trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle has performed with a jaw-dropping roster of legendary musicians across a vast array of styles including jazz greats Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis; hip-hop and R&B superstars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys; along with playing in the house band at Saturday Night Live.
Saturday afternoon comes to close with Charlie Sepulveda & The Turn Around. World-Class trumpeter, composer, bandleader and Latin Grammy Winner, Charlie Sepulveda stands as one of the few remaining pivotal figures in Latin Jazz music today.
The evening presentation begins at 7:15 PM with the memorial for Paul Pines, followed by Jason Miles celebrating the music of Weather Report, the 1970’s ensemble that performed with a jazz sensibility coupled with use of electronics.
Sunday’s program begins with Paul McCandless with Charged Particles. McCandless is a multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the jazz group Oregon. In 1996, McCandless won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He also won Grammys with the Paul Winter Consort and in 1993 for Al Jarreau’s album Heaven and Earth.
Jim Ridl Quartet takes the stage around 2:30 pm. He is joined by soloists Terrell Stafford, trumpet; Donald Edwards, drums; and John Benitez, bass, in an inspired quartet setting.
The festival comes to a close with Sharel Cassity and Elektra with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. Acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader & composer Sharel Cassity explores new directions with her project “Elektra.” Blending various genres including soul, jazz, rock, gospel, hip hop & electronica, Elektra’s mission is to create groove based creative music that appeals to a modern audience. Cassity returns to Lake George after an encore winning performance here in 2010.
The Lake George Arts Project is able to present the Lake George Jazz Weekend thanks to support from Kenneth and Susan Gruskin, the Village and Town of Lake George, program advertisers, and individual donors.
Photo of Paul McCandles and Charged Particles provided.