What is this festival about?

The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival operates a little different.  We’re not  just a single stage event.  The festival is  held in multiple locations, clubs, cafes, restaurants, performing arts centers and parks.

While we’ve hosted Wallace Roney, Arturo O’Farrill, Buster Williams, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Lenny White, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, it is not our goal to just present “the big names”.

This series is a celebration of jazz primarily featuring groups led by Hudson Valley NY resident jazz artists.  Musicians deserving of wider recognition and who folks have expressed interest in hearing.

The participating venues are often producers of the individual shows.  In that regard, they hire who they’d prefer with guidance from the festival.  Musicians also create a concert by taking on the role of producer and performer in one.  It’s a collaborative.
We create oversight to see that there aren’t multiple bookings for the same show and establish a schedule that will maximize turnout.
Ideally each season would have varied and new programming and we’d include everyone.  No doubt there are terrific Hudson Valley Jazz artists who may not be listed.   We hope to change that and have the biggest umbrella possible. Thanks for coming.