12th Annual Jazz in the Valley Weekend is Fast Approaching - Daily Hudson Valley News

12th Annual Jazz in the Valley Weekend is Fast Approaching

Aug 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Lead Article

12th ANNUAL JAZZ IN THE VALLEY CONCERT WEEKEND FROM AUGUST 18-19; EVENT HELD AT WARYAS PARK FOR FIRST TIME

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and TRANSART and Cultural Services are proud to join forces and present the 12th Annual Jazz in the Valley concert weekend at Waryas Park, its new home on the waterfront of the scenic Hudson River in Poughkeepsie.  The festival runs from Saturday August 18 through Sunday, August 19 beginning at noon on Saturday the 18th with gates open at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Jazz in the Valley continues its intergenerational programming philosophy with a mix of jazz musicians ranging from global sensations to emerging artists.  The Cookers (Billy Harper, George Cables, Billy Hart, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Cecil McBee and Craig Handy); We Four (Jimmy Cobb, Javon Jackson, Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington); Lou Donaldson and Luther Francois are scheduled to perform on Saturday with Roy Ayers; Swiss Movement Revisited; Les McCann and Javon Jackson; Helen Sung Trio and Zon del Barrio taking the stage on Sunday.

“This year marks a new beginning for the festival. As we continue to expand the jazz audience one person at a time, it became necessary for us to find a new home to accommodate that mission. Waryas Park is historic, picturesque and exciting like the art form,” said Greer Smith, TRANSART President and Festival Producer. “The Hudson River was a primary thoroughfare for commerce and travel in this country, transporting cargo and people from global ports of call. Jazz in the Valley will continue with this global significance by presenting this music we call jazz, in all of its forms.”

“We are pleased to welcome Jazz in the Valley to the City of Poughkeepsie,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik. “Like the diverse forms and rich history of jazz, our city is a work of art and we encourage festival attendees to experience not only the music, but also the region’s many scenic and historic sites.”

“Joining forces with TRANSART and Jazz in the Valley is an exceptional partnership,” said Charles S. North, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Conveniently located between Albany and New York City, Dutchess County is a perfect meeting place for visitors and area residents to come together to listen to America’s music – jazz.”

Admission ranges in cost from $29 to $67.50. For tickets, group sales and more information about Jazz in the Valley, contact TRANSART at (845) 384-6350 or log on to transartinc.org. For tickets in the Hudson Valley, contact Blue Byrd’s (350 Wall St. Kingston) at 845-339-3174 or Measured To Fit (1668 Route 9, Wappingers Falls) at 845-297-8345.

The Metro North Railroad is a promotional partner with Jazz in the Valley. Take the 9:50 a.m. from Grand Central Station to Poughkeepsie Station on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 and walk one short block to the festival.

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