LIVE: Transart Jazz in the Valley Festival @ Waryas Park, 8/18/13

Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Gary Bartz

Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Gary Bartz

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The 13th annual Transart Jazz in the Valley festival was held for the second year in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park. This year’s festival was a single-day affair held on two stages with one stage free to the public with local jazz performers.

The main stage this year featured the stylings of poet-vocalist Karen D. Taylor paying tribute to performance poet Jayne Cortez. St. Louis-based vocalist Denise Thimes belted out the blues with an all-star backup band featuring the master horn player Houston Person on tenor sax. Bassist Paul West, pianist Danny Mixon and drummer Winard Harper rounded out the top-notch rhythm section.

Trumpeter Maurice Brown – of the Tedeschi Trucks Band – brought a thoroughly contemporary sound to the festival with his R&B and hip-hop influenced brand of jazz. The other horn in his band was none other than rising star Marcus Strickland.

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The highlight of the festival was the all-star saxophone summit that featured octogenarian Jimmy Heath, New Orleans’ well-known composer-saxman Donald Harrison, the legendary Gary Bartz and the omnipresent Javon Jackson. The mighty rhythm section of pianist David Hazeltine, bassist/educator Nat Reeves and drummer McClenty Hunter did this summit justice. Maurice Brown also made a guest appearance, jamming with the others.

The festival closed with the Latin Caribbean sounds of 3D Ritmo de Vida.

A very nice way to spend a summer Sunday. Thanks to Transart for producing this festival again. See you next year…

Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Heath

Nat Reeves

Nat Reeves

Denise Thimes

Denise Thimes

Houston Person

Houston Person

Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson

Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor

Maurice Brown and Marcus Strickland

Maurice Brown and Marcus Strickland

Maurice Brown

Maurice Brown

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One Response to “LIVE: Transart Jazz in the Valley Festival @ Waryas Park, 8/18/13”

  1. alan jackman says:

    Great coverage Rudy! I enjoyed the review, the pictures, and the festival!

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