FREE FEST: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Announces Full Schedule

August 16th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Somi

Somi returns to the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival next month


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The organizers of the annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival announced the headliners for the 2017 fest more than a week ago. But now they’ve revealed the complete line-up for the festivities, as well as the schedule of performance times.

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The one-day free festival features five bands in concert at the Corning Preserve’s Jennings Landing in Albany from 1-9pm on Saturday, September 9.

Here are the details:

1pm: THE JECCO TRIO
Led by saxophonist Jeff Nania and keyboardist Lecco Morris on keyboard, the trio serves up a tasty menu of jazz, funk and fusion.

2:30pm: THE PIGGLY WIGGLIES
Led by trombonist Bryan Brundige, the band dishes out a vintage jazz dance party, dipping into the classic and not-so-classic nuggets from the early 1900s to the 1940s.

4pm: MICHAEL BENEDICT & BOPITUDE
Led by drummer Michael Benedict, the band – featuring pianist Wayne Hawkins, tenor saxophonist Dave Fisk, trumpeter Dylan Canterbury and bassist Pete Toigo on bass – cranks out a repertoire of hard-bop gems and nearly forgotten treasures. Benedict & Bopitude played the 2011 fest with an entirely different line-up of musicians.

5:30pm: SOMI
Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, jazz vocalist Somi incorporates African legacies as a key ingredient to her world-jazz sound. She was one of the surprise hits of Albany’s 2010 jazz fest.

7pm: CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH
The trumpeter-composer-producer is a two-time Edison Award winner and Grammy nominee. His performance at the 2016 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC was one of the highlights of the fest.