FEST: Jazz in the Valley Returns to Poughkeepsie on Sunday

August 19th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg
Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson, saxman & artistic director of Jazz in the Valley

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The 16th annual Jazz in the Valley festival takes over Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie on Sunday (August 21), and once again, the fest offers something for everyone with an impressive all-star line-up.

Sponsored by TRANSART, the single-day festival on the banks of the Hudson River features two stages – the Pavilion Stage with free admission, and the Main Stage with tickets priced at $50 in advance; $60 at the gate; $20 students. Gates open at 11am with music slated to run from 12noon til 6pm.

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Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 Jazz in the Valley festival:

MAIN STAGE
12noon: Charenee Wade
1pm: Craig Harris
2pm: Jazz by 5 featuring Javon Jackson, Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez, George Cables and Jimmy Cobb
3pm: Randy Weston & the African Rhythms Trio
4pm: Chico Alvarez & the Palomonte Afro-Cuban Big Band

PAVILION STAGE (FREE)
12noon: Slam Allen
1pm: The DCC Jazz Ensemble
2pm: Stephanie Hancock
3pm: Mike Torsone Memorial Band led by Matt Jordan

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2016:
EAST GREENBUSH TOWN FESTIVAL @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush, August 20, FREE
ALBANY JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, September 10, FREE
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 16-18
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18, FREE
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR THE LAKE @ Charles Wood Park, Lake George, September 24 & 25