|Jazz Party On The Hudson
Jazz In The Valley 8-19-18
Javon Jackson-Donald Harrison Jazz In The Valley 8-19-18
Photo by Jim Eigo
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Peeps let’s give it up for festival producer Greer Smith for presenting her 19thconsecutive jazz festival in the idyllic Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie NY right on the banks of the mighty Hudson River.
You couldn’t ask for a better setting to hear live jazz on a beautiful summer’s day in the Hudson Valley.
No rain or sticky-hot humid temps, only hot swinging jazz from five smoking groups hitting the main stage at Noon and going until 6:30pm.
Long-time WKCR Thursday night DJ Sharif Abdus Salaam MC’d the proceedings.
What an incredible line up of jazz talent:
Bassist Mimi Jones’ The Black Madonnaproject featuring guitarist Andrew Renfroe, violist Leonor Falcon and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr.
The Eddie Henderson Quintet
Peter Zak-piano, Doug Weiss-bass, Donald Harrison-alto sax, Mike Clark-drums
Props go out to Donald Harrison who missed his flight out of New Orleans and had to take Metro North up to Poughkeepsie made it in time for the last two tunes. He also sat in with Javon Jackson’s band.
Javon Jackson Super Bandfeaturing Joanne Brackeen-piano, Gerald Cannon-bass, Willie Jones III-drums plus Donald Harrison sitting in for one number.
Bruce Barth-piano, Elias Bailey-bass and Adam Cruz-drums
Mi Afrika Mi Corozon Project
Benito Gonzalez-piano Will Calhoun-drums, Baba Neil Clarke-african percussion, AYANDA CLARKE , african percussion
Rachiim Ausar-Sahu-bass and leader, ANDRE MURCHISON, trombone, IRWIN HALL, sax,Anthony Ware-sax, SALIEU SUSO, kora, BRYAN CARROTT, vibraphone, Ayanda Clarke, Ron McBee-percussion, Jason Marshall
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Here’s a nice article from the Poughkeepsie Journal:
Jazz in the Valley: Hundreds enjoy bands on the Hudson River, celebrate classic genre
Jack HowlandUpdated 5:04 p.m. ET Aug. 19, 2018
Hundreds of jazz lovers attended the 19th annual Jazz in the Valley music festival on Sunday in the City of Poughkeepsie. There were several artists playing original songs and classic jazz hits. Video by Jack Howland/Poughkeepsie Journal Wochit
When Lee Carter listens to jazz, he’s reminded of his parents and the music with which they would fill their Harlem home.
The Town of Poughkeepsie resident walked into Victor C. Waryas Park on Sunday afternoon as the band The Black Madonna was in the middle of a rousing set. Carter had never attended Jazz in the Valley before but said the venue — alongside the Hudson River and with people cooking out their own food — made him feel as if he were in New Orleans.
The music, on the other hand, transported him to another time.
“It is reminiscent from the past…I think about my parents,” said Carter, 55. “They loved playing that in the home.”
At the 19th annual festival, hundreds of jazz lovers from the region and beyond packed into the park to enjoy smooth, soulful and searing music with a link to the past.
Lori Campbell, of the City of Poughkeepsie, smiles as she looks up from her program on Sunday. She and her mother were attending the annual event for the first time. (Photo: Jack Howland/Poughkeepsie Journal)
The headlining acts included The Black Madonna — which features Mimi Jones, who has performed with Beyonce and Frank Ocean — as well as vocalist Rene Marie and pianist Joanne Brackeen. Eddie Henderson, who used to play alongside jazz icon Herbie Hancock in the 1970s and early 2000s, performed with his band The Eddie Henderson Quintet.
The 77-year-old who lives in Mamaroneck, Westchester County said he always loves this venue, which typically has a relaxed vibe and a crowd that’s “attentive.” But he was approaching the festival as if it were a small club, he said, and his setlist included classics from Hancock and John Coltrane.
“I can’t be dictated by…looking at the audience,” said Henderson, who played the festival two times previously. “I just play who I am.”
The event was hosted by the Kingston-based TRANSART & Cultural Services Inc., and is part of Poughkeepsie's push to host more artistic events.
Trumpeter Eddie Henderson (left) and upright bassist Doug Weiss (right), a Town of Newburgh resident, smile as they warm up for their set. They're part of the band the Eddie Henderson Quintet. (Photo: Jack Howland/Poughkeepsie Journal)
There was one stage in Waryas Park, where Henderson and The Black Madonna performed, and another in Upper Landing Park. Many people sat under tents, on lawn chairs and atop blankets to watch the various artists.
City resident Lori Campbell, 26, came to the festival for the first time with her mother and joined the large crowds.
“(Jazz) is one of the few music genres that sort of brings people together,” she said. “It’s like a culture.”
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Jack Howland: email@example.com, 845-437-4870, Twitter: @jhowl04