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Saratoga Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

45th edition of festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center to be held June 25-26 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Robert Glasper at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival
Robert Glasper at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Joseph Allen)

The lineup has been announced for the 45th edition of the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to be held on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. Headliners on the two stages at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Galactic, Ledisi, SuperBlue with Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter, Eliane Elias, Matthew Whitaker, and more. The complete list of artists is below. Produced by noted jazz impresario Danny Melnick, the festival is the fifth longest consecutively running jazz festival in North America. Justifiably proud of this year’s lineup, Melnick said putting it together was not without its challenges. “We rebooked a majority of the 2020 canceled festival lineup, as we felt committed to the artists and they wanted and expected to play ‘the next one,'” he said. “None of us knew it would be two years later but here we are. It was really tough to complete the lineup this past winter as so many artists had already been rebooked elsewhere, are touring at other times, or not yet ready to travel. It’s not a cliche to say, ‘It’s never been like this.’”

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Complete Schedule of Performances:

Saturday, June 25

Booker T. Presents: A Stax Revue*
Robert Glasper
Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph*
Con Tumbao* featuring Issac Delgado, Alain Pérez, Oscar Hernandez, Pedrito Martinez, Tony Succar, Robby Ameen, Conrad Herwig, Juan Munguia, Mike Rodriguez, & Bobby Franceschini
Ozmosys Band featuring Omar Hakim & Rachel Z
Amina Figarova Sextet plus Strings*
Hot Club of Saratoga

Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage
Red Baraat*
Matt Wilson’s Honey & Salt with Dawn Thomson, Nadje Noordhuis, Jeff Lederer & Martin Wind
Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith* 
Connie Han Trio*
Dan Wilson Trio*

Sunday, June 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter
Eliane Elias
Matthew Whitaker*
Garland Nelson’s Joyful Noise

Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage
Cha Wa
Tiempo Libre*
Carolyn Wonderland*
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis*
Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty All-Stars celebrate George Wein* featuring Mike Rodriguez, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Bill Cunliffe, Todd Coolman & Dennis Mackrel

* Festival debut