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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will return to the Saratoga Performing Arts...

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with two full days of programming on two stages for the first time since 2019.
Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, the festival will celebrate its 45th year at SPAC and 25th with Freihofer’s as the title sponsor. Because of the coronavirius pandemic, the festival was canceled along with most SPAC programming in 2020, and last summer was presented in an abbreviated form.

Headlining acts include trumpet legend Wynton Marsalis leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, back at the festival for the first time since 1998, and soul giant Booker T. Jones with Booker T. Presents: A Stax Revue. Jones and the 10-piece band will perform some of the biggest hits that he recorded or produced, including “Green Onions,” “Try a Little Tenderness” and “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay.”

Tickets go on sale March 16 to the public and March 7 for SPAC members. Prices are $75 to $125 per day for the amphitheater, $65 lawn; two-day passes, available through May 1, cost $130 to $230 inside, $110 on the lawn. Children 12 and younger receive free admission to the lawn and $20 passes to the amphitheater. Visit spac.org. The box office opens in the spring.

Also scheduled for the amphitheater stage are jazz/hip-hop crossover Robert Glasper and, in a SPAC debut, the New Orleans funk and jazz collective Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph. Another jazz festival debut will be by the vocalist Ledisi, a 14-time Grammy nominee who will return to SPAC in August for a program with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s dedicated to the music of Nina Simone.

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The Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage will showcase 11 acts over two days, culminating with the Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty All-Stars celebrating festival founder George Wein, who died in September at age 95.

The full lineup will be available starting Feb. 13 at spac.org.
“The 2022 festival promises to be a memorable one in so many ways,” Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC president and CEO, said in a statement accompanying the festival announcement. Freihofer’s parent company, Bimbo Bakeries USA, has made a five-year commitment to supporting the festival, she said.

“While a number of other jazz festivals are changing and downsizing, Freihofer’s support is allowing us to go back to the full Saratoga Jazz Fest experience its long-time fans have come to love and expect,” Sobol said.

 

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