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2017 Ticket Sales

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Group sales of tickets are available now. Please contact our office at 845.384.6350.

Individual Ticket Sales

Individual tickets go on sale beginning May 1, 2017.

In Poughkeepsie, a Convergence of Jazz Greats

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New York Times, by Phillip Lutz - Aug.12, 2016

N.Y. / REGION | MUSIC | WESTCHESTER

Waryas Park is a scenic if slightly scruffy patch of green on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, a city that has had problems with a struggling economy over the years.

Greer Smith, the founder of Jazz in the Valley, with Councilman Christopher Petsas at Waryas Park, the festival site.
Credit Meredith Heuer for The New York Times

But on Aug. 21, some of the world’s leading jazz musicians will gather in the park for the annual Jazz in the Valley festival, which is expected to attract crowds from around the region and help burnish the city’s image.

“There’s no question we have a bad perception problem to a lot of outsiders,” Christopher Petsas, a councilman, said. “But I think slowly we’re changing that. That’s why it’s important that we support this kind of event.”

Since the festival began in 2000, it has led a peripatetic existence around the area, occupying sites in West Park, Rosendale and Kerhonkson before landing in Waryas Park in 2012. The festival’s first year featured the pianist Ahmad Jamal, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, who debuted his composition “Picture Perfect.”

This year, the event’s main stage will feature two other National Endowment masters: the pianist Randy Weston and the drummer Jimmy Cobb. Mr. Weston will lead his African Rhythms Trio, including Alex Blake on bass and Neil Clarke on drums. Mr. Cobb will play with Jazz By 5, an all-star group made up of Randy Brecker on trumpet, Javon Jackson on saxophone, George Cables on piano and Eddie Gomez on bass.

These musicians do not plan to simply ad-lib a few choruses over the chord changes of popular standards. They will perform landmarks of the jazz idiom they helped originate.

Mr. Weston, 90, who has been integrating North African tones and textures into the language of jazz for decades, said he might reach back to Little Niles, the title track of his album from 1959. He might also play “Night in Medina,” “Tangier Bay” or “Marrakesh Blues,” from his 1970s albums “Blue Moses” and “Blues to Africa.”

“It depends on the vibrations of the audience, my spirit and what kind of message I want to give through the music,” he said.

Mr. Cobb, 87, expects to receive, and honor, requests to play “So What,” “Freddie Freeloader” or “All Blues” from the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue.”

He might also perform “Limehouse Blues,” from “Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago.” Like “Little Niles,” the Davis and Adderley albums were released in 1959, and Mr. Cobb, who appeared on both, has been revisiting them in recent years with Mr. Jackson playing parts originated by John Coltrane.

“He loves John Coltrane,” Mr. Cobb said. “He says John is the only guy he ever dreamt about. Since he knows that I played with John Coltrane, we do a lot of those tunes.”

Mr. Jackson, the festival’s artistic director, said he works to strike a balance as he interprets music associated with venerated artists like Coltrane. “The spirit is strong in those recordings,” he said. “It’s going to be coming through me. Hopefully, I can find a way of being me but still distilling the influence of my heroes.”

Rounding out the program on the main stage will be the trombonist Craig Harris and the singers Chico Alvarez, with the Palomonte Afro-Cuban Big Band, and Charenée Wade. A nearby pavilion will host lesser-known acts, among them the guitarist Slam Allen and the singer Stephanie Hancock, as well as the Dutchess County Community College Jazz Ensemble.

The festival is a relatively small affair, but it has attracted the attention of heavy hitters like George Wein, who founded the Newport Jazz Festival. Mr. Wein praised the founder of Jazz in the Valley, Greer Smith, for her knowledge and advocacy of jazz, adding that small events of quality play a part in the festival ecosystem, raising the profile of young musicians and giving a lift to the locales in which they are held. “We encourage these things,” he said.

Ms. Smith pointed to the social and psychological benefits to the community, including the residents of the Rip Van Winkle housing project, which is perched on a hill above Waryas Park. While many of the housing project’s young residents had little awareness of jazz history before visiting the festival, she said, they discovered a shared cultural heritage, as part of the African diaspora, with distinguished artists onstage.

“That’s the whole point,” said Ms. Smith, the president of Transart and Cultural Services, a Kingston nonprofit that promotes art of African descent and is presenting the festival.

But she said that keeping the festival afloat was a struggle. After foundation money dried up in the recession of 2008, she said, she curtailed forays of the musicians into local schools. With Poughkeepsie providing a small amount of money, grants from federal and state agencies supplied the bulk of the festival’s financing while she tried to get a hearing from the local business elite.

Supporters of the event like Mr. Petsas, a Poughkeepsie native, were investing their own time and money. In recent weeks, he has been pounding the pavement, soliciting help from small businesses. Along with the Exempt Firemen’s Association, a social group, he had paid for a series of small jazz concerts in Donegan Park, in the city’s Little Italy section, held on Saturdays leading up to the festival.

Those concerts are a first, he said, adding that ultimately he would like the festival, which is scheduled for a Sunday, to expand to a full weekend. That, he said, could be a real engine for the economy, though the one-day event had already made a difference.

“It has had a profound impact on the city of Poughkeepsie,” he said, “on our image and on me personally.”

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At the Gate - $60.

Tickets Locations:

Mid Hudson Civic Center
(Box Office)
14 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tele: 845.454.5800


Blue-Byrds Haberdashery & Music
320 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Tele: 845.339-3174

Note: Our lineup rarely does, but is subject to change.

 

 

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Gates open at 11am, Music begins at 12pm
Rain or Shine and Lunch will be available for purchase.

NO LARGE COOLERS, NO GLASS BOTTLES, NO ALCOHOL

MAIN STAGE

  • Noon - Steve Kroon
  • 1:30 - Bill Charlap Trio
  • 2:30 - Tia Fuller Quartet
  • 3:30 - 3's Company ( Ron Carter, Javon Jackson, Billy Drummond)
  • 4:30 - Arturo O’Farrill Octet

PAVILION STAGE

  • 12:30 - Bottoms Up Dixieland Band
  • 1:45 - A Perfect Gift
  • 2:45 - Poughkeepsie Jazz Project
  • 3:45 - Dutchess Community College Jazz Band

 


 

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Travel

Jazz In The Valley Event Address:
WARYAS PARK
Main Street and the Hudson River
Poughkeepsie NY 12601

TRANSPORTATION

Train

Metro-North has scheduled service from Grand Central Terminal in NYC to Poughkeepsie. Waryas Park is a short walk from the Poughkeepsie station. Discount applies.

Bus and Ticket

Leave the driving to them!

  • Lorenzo Patton - 917.345.1357
  • Cynthia Cox - 917.450.5192

DIRECTIONS

DRIVING DIRECTIONS, PARKING

From The South: New York State Thruway (I-87) North to exit 18-New Paltz. Turn right on Rte 299. Go 7 miles to the end & turn right on Church Street/ Rte 9W.

Take the ramp onto NY-55 E/ U.S. 44 E and cross the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Turn left on Market Street, and turn left on Main Street. Follow Main Street down to the river, or to the next appropriate sign.

From The North: New York State Thruway (I-87) South to exit 18-New Paltz. Turn right on Rte 299. Go 7 miles to the end & turn right on Church Street/ Rte 9W. Take the ramp onto NY-55 E/ U.S. 44 E and cross the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Turn left on Market Street, and turn left on Main Street. Follow Main Street down to the river, or to the next appropriate sign.

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LODGING

Enjoy your weekend stay at a number of hotels located near the festival! Make your reservations soon.

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JITV Education

The JAZZ IN THE VALLEY educational component is, “Behind the Beat: Intro to Jazz”, a series of workshops conducted in area public schools by our featured artists that are designed to introduce young people from the region’s underserved areas to jazz music.

This is in keeping with TRANSART’s goal to create a new generation of listeners from our youth that are unaware of the music, its historical significance, and the artists that create it. Behind the Beat consists of assemblies, master classes and a weekly traditional drumming workshop. The jazz instruction workshops are targeted at the population of at-risk youth from the city school districts in New York state.

Our History

JAZZ IN THE VALLEY began as an afternoon of music when TRANSART received an individual artist commission from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to create an original composition  for the organization.  Inspired by the natural beauty of the area he created “Picture Perfect” and it was first heard in a concert in the summer of  2000. 

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