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Norah Jones, George Benson to headline Jazz Festival at SPAC

Norah Jones, George Benson to headline Jazz Festival at SPAC

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue among the featured acts for the June 29-30 event
Norah Jones, George Benson to headline Jazz Festival at SPAC
Norah Jones
Photographer: los angeles times

George Benson, Norah Jones and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are among the featured acts making their way to Saratoga Springs this summer for the 42nd annual Freihofer Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 29-30.

Benson, the winner of ten Grammy Awards, will be making his first jazz festival appearance in 10 years and his 12th overall. Benson, who has produced 36 studio albums in a career spanning five decades will be performing in the amphitheater on Saturday, June 29.

Jones, a singer/songwriter with sales of over 50 million records worldwide, has performed at SPAC before, but her performance on Sunday, June 30, will be her Saratoga Jazz Festival debut. She’s been named the top jazz artist for the decade of 2000-2009 by Billboard, and has nine Grammy Awards to her credit.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, called by Rolling Stone a “must-see act,” are festival favorites. Known for their rock, funk, soul and hip-hop arrangements,

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be playing on Sunday, June 30.

“This year’s festival will excite long-time jazz lovers, while also continuing SPAC’s expanded vision to bring innovative artists and legends that have never before graced our stage,” said SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol. “Devoted jazz festival fans and lovers of great music are in for a completely unique experience this summer, enhanced by the incredible atmosphere and unmatched beauty of our natural park setting.”

Danny Melnick, producer of the Freihofer Jazz Festival and President of Absolutely Live Entertainment, was thrilled to announce that Jones would be a part of the 2019 event.

“I am over the moon to have Norah Jones featured at the jazz festival for the first time,” he said. “And we welcome back, with open arms and hearts, the legendary George Benson, who will make his 12th Festival appearance and first since 2009. The festival has a deep history of, and is committed to, presenting important and diverse new artists, and this year’s edition continues that tradition with Kandace Springs, Veronica Swift, Antonio Sanchez, Cha Wa, Donna Grantis, Youn Sun Nah and Kansas Smitty’s House Band.”

The Freihofer Jazz Festival is also planning to continue Jazz Fest Friday on June 28, an annual collaboration with the city of Saratoga Springs to celebrate the rich history of jazz in the region. The event will once again feature local businesses welcoming locals and visitors with scores of live jazz events throughout the Saratoga area.

By popular demand, SPAC is also bringing back the $20 student and child amphitheater pass, available for children 15 and under and students with school-issued ID. Children 15 and under are admitted free to the lawn.

For more information visit www.spac.org.

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