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2022 Concert Series

Todd Coolman 2022

Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty All-Stars celebrate George Wein

(A Stewart’s Signature Series Event)

Sunday, June 26 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Presented by the Skidmore Jazz Institute in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival (Absolutely Live Entertainment)

Tickets available here

Music festival pioneer and impresario, George Wein, passed away on September 13, 2021, a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday. One of the many legendary festivals he created was the Newport Jazz Festival in Saratoga, which was launched at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 1-2, 1978. The festival, known as the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival since 1998, celebrates its 45th year June 25-26 and will honor Wein’s decades-long impact on Saratoga Springs with a jazz supergroup, led by Grammy Award-winning bassist Todd Coolman, and featuring trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, trombonist Steve Davis, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene, pianist Bill Cunliffe and drummer Dennis Mackrel. Not only is each artist known for their own remarkable performing career, but they are also among the best educators in the business and can be found summers at the Skidmore Jazz Institute. 

Kenny Barron 2022

Kenny Barron Trio  (A Stewart’s Signature Series Event)

Tuesday, June 28, 8 pm at the Arthur Zankel Music Center

This concert is FREE and open to the public. Covid vaccination required; register here.

Kenny Barron, pianist, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and 2022 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, leads this trio featuring Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) and Jonathan Blake (drums).

Tia Fuller 2022Tia Fuller’s  Intersections (A Stewart’s Signature Series Event)

Thursday, June 30, 7 pm at Caffe Lena

Presented by the Skidmore Jazz Institute in partnership with Caffe Lena

$10/$5 Tickets; tickets and livestream information available here

Grammy-nominated, Mack Avenue recording artist, saxophonist and composer Tia Fuller leads this group featuring Shamie Fuller-Royston (piano), Lexi Hamner (trombone), Eric Wheeler (bass) and Koleby Royston (drums).

The Skidmore Jazz Institute is sponsored, in part, by Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family, the Howard Bayne Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The New York State Council on the Arts.

Click here for a list of the Institute's former Guest Artists.