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Chaka Khan, Chick Corea to head Freihofer’s Jazz Fest

Chaka Khan, Chick Corea to head Freihofer’s Jazz Fest

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan will headline the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festiva

Chaka Khan, Chick Corea to head Freihofer’s Jazz Fest
Clockwise from left: Chaka Khan, Joey Alexander, Chick Corea and Jarrod Lawson.
Photographer: Photos provided

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan will headline the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, set for Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Indonesian piano prodigy Joey Alexander, legendary singer Smokey Robins and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea will also perform at the two-day festival.

Khan, a 10-time Grammy winner whose career has spanned four decades, is best known for her hits “I’m Every Woman” and “Ain’t Nobody.” She last performed at SPAC 20 years ago.

As a singer-songwriter, Khan embraces R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, classical and dance music. She’s also a visual artist, author and actor. She performs on the main stage on June 25.

Also on June 25, Joey Alexander will celebrate his 13th birthday, performing selections from debut album, “My Favorite Things,” which received two Grammy nominations.

Alexander has a new album coming out, has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and was recently profiled on 60 Minutes.

On Sunday, June 26, 22-time Grammy winner Chick Corea will be honored with a Walk of Fame Star for his contributions to jazz music and to SPAC throughout his career.

Corea performed at the inaugural Saratoga Jazz Festival in 1978, and returns this year for the ninth time.

He’ll play on Sunday, June 26, with his trio, featuring Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums.

The schedule

Saturday, June 25, Amphitheatre

• Chaka Khan

• Steps Ahead Reunion, featuring Michael Mainieri, George Garzone, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson & Billy Kilson

• Pieces Of A Dream 40th Anniversary Tour

• Joey Alexander Trio

• Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presents Stretch Music

• Shemekia Copeland

• Eric Lindell

Saturday, June 25, Gazebo

• Elio Villafranca

• Eric Lindell

• Jamison Ross

• Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein

• Vincent Herring & The Kings of Swing, featuring Mike LeDonne, David Williams & Carl Allen

Sunday, June 26, Amphitheatre

• Smokey Robinson

• Chick Corea Trilogy, featuring Christian McBride & Brian Blade

• Lizz Wright

• Pat Martino Organ Trio plus Horns

• Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

• Bria Skonberg Quintet

Sunday, June 26, Gazebo

• Aaron Diehl Trio

• Bria Skonberg Quintet

• Lafayette Suite, featuring Walter Smith III & Laurent Coq

• Alicia Olatuja

• Jarrod Lawson

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