Story by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, J Hunter, others
The 36th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival takes over the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with 19 performances by veteran musicians and up-and-comers alike. The two-day fest rolls into SPAC on Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30 with headline performances by the timeless Tony Bennett, blues legend Buddy Guy, South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the pairings of Bob James with David Sanborn and McCoy Tyner with John Scofield.
The fest co-presented by SPAC and Absolutely Live Entertainment. And since veteran jazz impresario George Wein brought the first jazz fest to SPAC in 1978, the annual festival has gone by several different names – the Newport Jazz Festival-Saratoga, the Kool Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival. But Freihofer’s has been the title sponsor since 1998, so as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, we gotta give ’em a big thank-you for more than just their wicked good chocolate chip cookies.