The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival is designed to primarily feature jazz musicians from the greater Hudson Valley. These past 8 years, musicians outside the valley also participated.
Some with high name visibility such as Dave Liebman, Wallace Roney, Lenny White, Buster Williams, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrell, Bill Evans,and Mark Egan,to name a few.
This has been our way of having the local community of talent, deserving of recognition, share the spotlight with these better known artists. Almost every show and artist selected is made possible by the presenting venue. Most of the venues presenting shows select who will perform.
The festival does recommend artists. We’ve created a few shows. Our main goal is to promote local jazz musicians and shape programming to be inclusive and diverse.
No one draws salary or makes subjective choices on talent or who’s deserving.
We honor the venues that regularly present live music and the bands that help keep this alive and well.
It would be great to have additional sponsoring venues, different musicians and styles for each new season. We welcome the input and participation of anyone toward helping achieve this goal. Thank you.