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Caramoor Jazz Festival

The Venetian Theater, Katonah, New York on August 8, 2010

Chick Corea Freedom Band performing at Caramoor
Chick Corea performing with his Freedom Band at Caramoor
The 90-acre garden estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen in Westchester County is as magical and unlikely a spot for a jazz festival as one … Read More "Caramoor Jazz Festival"

The 90-acre garden estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen in Westchester County is as magical and unlikely a spot for a jazz festival as one could imagine. But for one weekend each summer, this Shangri-La in the woods becomes an oasis for jazz fans from New York City and around the tri-state area. Located just an hour north of the Big Apple, it’s a great escape for city dwellers to experience their midsummer night’s dream.

The final day of this three-day festival featured some globally-influenced jazz by Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca, his countryman Chuchito Valdes fronting a big band and accomplished guitarist-composer and world music enthusiast Brad Shepik with his sparkling quintet. Together, these three bands proffered the idea of jazz as an international language, and the astute audience was down for the ride.

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