The exciting New Orleans trumpeter Mario Abney is the newest addition to the line-up for the Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Abney and his band, the Abney Effect, made their Freihofer debut in 2010, and they were unquestionably the brightest new discovery of the fest. This year, they’ll be performing twice – once on the amphitheater stage, once at the gazebo – on Saturday, June 30.
Also new at SPAC this week, Steve Ross will be returning with two performances of his new cabaret show “C’Mon and Hear! The Songs of Irving Berlin.” Performances will take place at SPAC’s Spa Little Theater at 2pm on Sunday, August 19 and at 8pm on Tuesday, August 21, as part of the 2012 Live From the Algonquin cabaret series.