FREE FEST: Jazz at the Lake Festival Returns to Lake George

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In conjunction with the Lake George Arts Project, Paul Pines was the curator and Artistic Director of the Jazz at the Lake festival for 35 years. Pines died on June 27, 2018 at the age of 77, but before he passed away, he organized one last free, two-day festival featuring seven world-class bands at Lake George’s Shepard Park this weekend.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2018 Jazz at the Lake festival:

SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15)

1pm: THE BOOTSIE BARNES QUARTET
Premier jazz saxophonist Robert “Bootsie” Barnes has been proclaimed a Philadelphia treasure. Those who had the biggest influence on him were his father, who played trumpet with Bill Doggett’s 16-piece big band, and his cousin Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist and star clarinetist of Duke Ellington’s band for 26 years. He is known as the man with the Tenor Touch because of his dynamic style on the tenor sax. His smooth and distinct sound is easily recognizable whether softly caressing a ballad, or swinging hard, during live performances or on CD. Also featuring John Swana (trumpet, EWI, trombone), Byron Landham (drums) and Lucas Brown (Hammond B3 organ).

2:45pm: RYAN KEBERLE & CATHARSIS
The trombonist/composer has performed with jazz greats including Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis; hip-hop and R&B superstars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys; Latin jazz leaders like Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins; played in the house band at “Saturday Night Live,” and in the pit for the Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights; and most recently toured with indie rock ground-breaker Sufjan Stevens. Also featuring Camila Meza (voice, guitar), Scott Robinson (tenor saxophone, trumpet), Jorge Roeder (bass) and Eric Doob (drums).

4:30pm: CHARLIE SEPULVEDA & THE TURN AROUND
The world-class trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator and Latin Grammy winner has toured and recorded with an array of great artists including Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente and the Golden Latin Jazz All Stars, Dizzy Gillespie & the United Nation Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, Danilo Pérez, Jon Secada and Paul Simon among others. He is the musical director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Foundation in Puerto Rico, and a professor of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. With 12 recordings as a bandleader, a Latin Grammy for his Big Band recording with Jon Secada, To Benny With Love (BMG, 2017), two Grammy nominations and a Billboard Award, Charlie Sepulveda is recognized as one of the premiere artists in Latin Jazz.

7:30pm: JASON MILES CELEBRATES THE MUSIC OF WEATHER REPORT
Former Miles Davis sideman, keyboardist Jason Miles has produced a heartfelt tribute to Weather Report with over 20 all-star performers. The Grammy Award-winning New York native has consistently brought the highest level of artistry to his multi-faceted recordings and live performances. He has not only helped shape the landscape of contemporary jazz, but also brought his rich sonic textures as a keyboardist, arranger and producer to artists in a multitude of genres, from R&B to pop to Latin jazz. Also featuring Karen Briggs (violin), Fema Ephron (bass), Joel Frahm (sax), Mino Cinelu (percussion) and Richie Morales (drums).

SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 16)

1pm: PAUL McCANDLESS WITH CHARGED PARTICLES
The multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the jazz group Oregon is one of few jazz oboists. He also plays bass clarinet, English horn and soprano saxophone. In 1996, McCandless won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He also won Grammys in 2007 and 2011 with the Paul Winter Consort, for Best New Age Album, and in 1993 for Al Jarreau’s album Heaven and Earth. Also featuring Murray Low (keyboards), Aaron Germain (bass) and Jon Krosnick (drums).

2:45pm: THE JIM RIDL QUARTET
The jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher performs internationally with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Ximo Tebar’s IVAM Jazz Ensemble of Spain and the Tim Horner Quintet. His tenure with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino received many critically acclaimed reviews of performances around the world and produced three outstanding recordings: Interchange, Night Wings and The Maker. His sixth CD, Jim Ridl’s Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams, features the outstanding soloists Terrell Stafford (trumpet), Donald Edwards (drums) and John Benitez (bass).

4:30pm: SHAREL CASSITY’S ELEKTRA WITH INGRID JENSEN
The acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader and composer explores new directions with her project Elektra, blending various genres including soul, jazz, rock, gospel, hip hop and electronica. The band’s repertoire includes original music along with crafty reincarnations of popular songs by artists Bjork, Alicia Keys and others. Known for her fiery and soulful style of improvising & her expert ensemble skills, she is a versatile sideman having performed regularly alongside renowned artists Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Joe Chambers and Darcy James Argue. She is currently a member of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience, Nicholas Payton’s TSO, Cyrus Chestnut’s Brubeck Quartet and the Jimmy Heath Big Band. Also featuring Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Mark Whitfield (guitar), Miki Hayama (keys), Rashaan Carter (bass) and Luciana Padmore (drums).

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING 2018 FESTIVALS
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 19, FREE
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 22, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23

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