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Double Dose of Fresh Talent: Mario Abney & Saratoga Springs

Preview of Freihofer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Al Jarreau
Gerald Albright & Kirk Whalum
Mario Abney
Ramsey Lewis

More often than not, one of the great aspects of the jazz festival format is a listener’s opportunity to hear fresh talent – players who for one reason or another have not yet reached their musical radar. It’s a chance to hear how these voices – perhaps fresh talent, perhaps from another region, are carrying forward the music.

One of this year’s most interesting newcomers at Freihofer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., during the last weekend in June figures to be trumpeter Mario Abney. Attendees on Saturday, June 26 have a chance for a double dose of Abney’s sextet (actually billed as a quintet plus one).

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