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How to Build a Festival

Gigi Brooks talks to Hudson Valley Jazz Festival founder Steve Rubin

Adam Nussbaum, Hudson Valley Jazz Festival 2015
Andy Ezrin, Hudson Valley Jazz Festival 2015
Buster WIlliams (l.) and Lenny White, Hudson Valley Jazz Festival 2015
David Finck, Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, 2015
Wallace Roney, Hudson Valley Jazz Festival 2015

Over the last six years the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival has attracted people from New York City to the far countryside in the beautiful Catskills region of New York’s Hudson Valley. The festival is a rare find, with performances by both local artists and jazz legends taking place in various venues in the area from bistros to inns to the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.

This year’s the lineup was thick with phenomenal talent, including keyboardist Jason Miles and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen supporting their album Kind of New; Andy Ezrin, Adam Nussbaum and David Finck; and closing with the grand finale, the Wallace Roney Group, featuring two jazz legends, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White.

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