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Celebrating 30 Years: A Preview of the 2013 Lake George Jazz Weekend

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Great Music at this Year’s Lake George Jazz Fest

Ben Williams and Sound Effect. Photo Courtesy of the Lake George Arts Project.For 30 years, the Lake George Jazz Weekend has been an annual tradition that has presented many renowned jazz legends as well as many up and coming young performers. Past festivals have featured such notable performers as Paquito D’Rivera, the Sun Ra Solar Arkestra, Jimmy Giuffre, Chico Hamilton, David “Fathead” Newman, Jon Faddis and David Amram.

Taking place in Shepard Park on September 14 and 15, 2013, this year’s Jazz Weekend is a free, family friendly event and a great way to experience the final days of summer. Made possible by community members and the Lake George Arts Project, this weekend of Jazz on the Lake is sure to impress anyone, especially those with an affinity for jazz. It will, without question, put a smile on your face and make you want to groove.

Here’s a breakdown of this year’s schedule:

Saturday, September 14th

Brian Patneaude Quartet (1pm)

Based in Albany, Patneaude has an extensive set of credentials. Aside from leading his own quartet since 2002, the saxophonist also performs with the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra, the seventeen piece Big Soul Ensemble and Bopitude, a hard-bop quintet, featuring drummer Michael Benedict. Patneaude has performed throughout the area at such prestigious festivals as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, among others. Performing with Patneaude are pianist Dave Payette, bassist Mike DelPrete, and drummer Danny Whelchel.

Joel Harrison – Anupam Shobhakar Quintet (2:30pm)

A versatile performer who dabbles not only in jazz, but classical, country rock and world music, Joel Harrison will perform a special concert with Indian musician and classically trained sarodist Anupam Shobhakar and his quintet. Shobhakar recently teamed up with Harrison for this joint project (featuring Dan Weiss on Drums/Tabla, Hans Glawaschnig on Bass, and Gary Versace on Keyboards) for an interesting fusion of modern jazz and Indian based music.

Michele Rosewoman – New Yor-Uba Project (4:15pm)

If you love Cuban music, then you’ll want to stick around for renowned pianist and composer Michele Rosewoman and the New Yor-Uba project. A ten-piece ensemble billed as a musical celebration of Cuba in America, this particular group features masters from the worlds of contemporary jazz and Cuban folkloric music. According to Rosewoman, the name “New Yor-Uba” represents the progression of the music of the ancient Yoruba people from Nigeria, through Cuba to present day New York. Instrumentation includes brass, saxophones, and a rhythm section including three bata and conga drummers, traditional vocals and dance.

The New Gary Burton Quartet. Photo Courtesy of Lake George Arts ProjectNew Gary Burton Quartet (7:30pm)

The first day of the weekend comes to a close with a special evening performance by the New Gary Burton Quartet, at 7:30pm. In his early seventies, Burton is a highly regarded vibraphonist, known developing the four-mallet technique. He has performed with some of the greats, including George Shearing, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, and Dave Holland, and is also the recipient of several Grammy awards. Performing with Burton are Julian Lage on guitar, Scott Colley on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. Burton’s set will be followed by fireworks on the lake.

Sunday, September 15th

Christian Howes and Southern Exposure (1pm)

Sunday’s performances get underway with jazz violinist Christian Howes and his quintet, Southern Exposure. Considered by many as the heir-apparent to the legendary Astor Piazzola, Howes has teamed up with world-famous accordionist Richard Galliano, in order to venture into the world of Latin music, incorporating sounds from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Spain.

Ben Williams ~ Sound Effect (2:30pm)

The Winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition, Washington native Ben Williams takes the stage with his quintet Sound Effect. The New York Daily News regarded Williams to be “at the forefront of the new generation of jazz players.”

Dave Liebman Big Band (4:15pm)

This year’s festival concludes with the New York-based David Liebman’s Big Band comprised of some of New York’s most experienced players, all of whom are recording artists in their own right. Liebman has a background playing in some of New York’s finest jazz clubs and has worked with legends such as Elvin Jones, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. He has amassed an astounding 350 recordings under his belt over his 40-year career. You don’t want to miss this!

For a full schedule of Lake George Jazz Festival events, visit The festival is free and will be held rain or shine (rained out shows will be held at the Lake George High School if necessary).

By The Free George Staff. Photos Courtesy of the Lake George Arts Project.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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