SUN RA ARKESTRA TO HEADLINE 2nd ANNUAL BEACON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
Etichete: Beacon Jazz Festival, Seeger Riverfront Park, Sun Ra Arkestra
There will also be a special “pre-game” celebration at Seeger Riverfront Park on the evening before, Friday, June 24 from , featuring the Hudson Valley DJ Bill Skillz from the Diggin’ in the Crates radio show, now well into its third decade over Vassar College’s WVKR-FM.
Tickets for the Beacon Jazz Festival go on sale on April 1 and will be $30 each for general admission. Specially priced advance tickets will be available for $25 online until . The pre-party on the evening of will be $10 and $5 in advance, also until . Tickets and further details will be available at beaconjazz.com.
The artists performing at the second annual Beacon Jazz Festival include:
Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen — The legendary big band that has traveled the spaceways for over six decades and continues blazing the intergalactic trail launched by the late composer, pianist and cosmic philosopher Sun Ra, continues its voyages now under the indefatigable leadership of the Arkestra's longtime alto saxophonist, 91-year-old Marshall Allen;
New Standard Trio — The classic sound of keyboard trio jazz is honored and given a alluringly modern slant in the hands of these celebrated figures on their respective instruments: Jamie Saft on Fender Rhodes piano and organ, Steve Swallow on acoustic bass guitar and Bobby Previte on drums;
Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet — The Brooklyn-based drummer, singer and composer Martinez leads one of the hottest Latin jazz bands on the planet, here joined by Misha Tsiganov on piano, Jennifer Vincent on bass, Renato Thoms on percussion, J. Walter Hawkes on trombone and Maximilian Schweiger on baritone sax;
Judi Silvano's Zephyr Quintet — The Hudson Valley’s own matchless singer and composer Silvano leads a unique, state-of-the-art band with the twin-guitar front line of Bruce Arnold and Kenny Wessel, Ratzo Harris on bass and Bob Meyer on drums
Joe McPhee Quartet — The world-renowned multi-instrumental force in boundary-pushing creative music for half a century and longtime Poughkeepsie resident, McPhee (on trumpets and saxophones) leads a dynamic quartet featuring Billy Stein on guitar, Michael Bisio on bass and Charles Downs on drums.
The Beacon DJ Grady Salter will also be spinning classic jazz and R&B selections all day Saturday between acts.
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