FEST: Beacon Jazz Festival @ the Seeger Riverfront Park on Saturday

July 21st, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Celebrating the music, distilleries, artisan crafts and culture of the Hudson Valley, the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival is slated to take place from 12noon-6pm on Saturday (July 25) at the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park in Beacon. Presented by Six String Productions, the festival will offer a wealth of musical talent.

And in addition to presenting great jazz, the first Beacon Jazz Festival will also double
as a Hudson Valley distillery tasting event with free tastings throughout the day. Local craft breweries, cideries and wineries will be also be providing their own offerings, along with local artisan chefs providing food to complement the event.

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Tickets for the Beacon Jazz Festival are $45 per person; $65 special VIP tickets allow early admission with a free t-shirt, event glass and tote bag, along with related merchandise. For this inaugural, intimate event, admission will be limited to 1,500 attendees.

Here’s the complete line-up of bands performing at the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival:

SUN OF GOLDFINGER: Bracingly original modern jazz featuring three recognized, cutting-edge masters – alto saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist (and Hudson Valley resident) David Torn and drummer Ches Smith

KARL BERGER/INGRID SERTSO QUINTET: Vibraphonist Berger and vocalist Sertso — co-founders with Ornette Coleman of the legendary Woodstock school and multi-cultural laboratory Creative Music Studio — lead this quintet featuring guitarist Kenny Wessel, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Tani Tabbal.

GEORGE COLEMAN, JR.’S RIVINGTON PROJECT: Virtuoso drummer George Coleman, Jr., son of the storied saxophonist (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, etc. including multiple dates as a leader), ups the game for the 21st century organ trio in this band of cookers featuring saxophonist Mike DiRubbo and organist Jared Gold.

INTERNATIONAL BRASS & MEMBRANE CORPS: The 100-years-young music of King Oliver and other masters of early jazz get an invigorating update by IBMC leader and lifelong Hudson Valley resident, trumpeter/cornetist Ted Daniel, joined by Charles Burnham on violin, Joseph Daley on tuba and Newman Taylor Baker on drums and percussion.

MIKE DOPAZO & THE HUDSON VALLEY ALL-STARS: The superb local saxophonist Dopazo headlines this roster of powerhouse players, each a major bandleader in his own right, in a group joined by trombonist Joe Fiedler, saxophonists Eric Person and Josh Rutner, bassist Robert Kopec and drummer Jon Doty.

And Beacon-based DJ Grady Salter will also be spinning classic jazz selections all day between acts.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2015:
Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 7/15-8/1/15
The Black Arts and Cultural Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/1/15, FREE
The New York State Food Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/12/15, FREE
Pearlpalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, 9/12/15, FREE
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Jennings Landing, Albany, 9/12/15, FREE
Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 9/12/15, FREE
The Plaza at 50 Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 9/16/15, FREE
FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/18-20/15
American Music Festival for the Lake @ Wood Park, Lake George, 9/26-27/15