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Jazz in the Valley


Aug 18, 2019
12:00 PM until 06:00 PM


Once a year, in mid-August, TRANSART & Cultural Services fills Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie with art, food, and the music of living legends of the jazz art-form.  This year, TRANSART continues this time-tested tradition with the 19th annual Jazz in the Valley.  The non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the art, history, and popular culture of people of African ancestry, presents two stages of world-class jazz on Sunday, August 18th from noon-6pm.  Gates open at 11 AM, and the event is rain or shine.  This year, the addition of an Art Walk along the idyllic Hudson River will give jazz lovers a chance to view curated crafts and fine art produced by regional artists.  Restaurants and food trucks from across the region will offer a variety of cuisines and craft beers to enjoy while listening to great music.

This year, living legend Ron Carter takes the stage with a stellar quartet featuring Renee Rosnes on piano, Payton Crossley on drums and Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone.  World-renowned saxophonist, and Jazz in the Valley Artistic Director Javon Jackson presents a celebration of the music of Art Blakey, including Robin Eubanks on trombone, Philip Harper on trumpet, Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.  The 2X GRAMMY Nominated group The Baylor Project, featuring husband and wife duo Marcus and Jean Baylor on percussion and vocals, performs favorites from their recent release “The Journey”.  Spanish Harlem Orchestra, fresh off of their recent GRAMMY win for their album “Anniversary”, performs their own brand of New York hard-core salsa with prominent pianist and arranger Oscar Hernandez leading the band.  Jazz in the Valley is pleased to introduce the exciting young Bahamian-born trumpet player Giveton Gelin, who kicks off the festival at noon.


Early Bird (Purchased prior to Aug 1): $45, Advanced GA: $55, Students: $20


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Waryas Park Promenade
Poughkeepsie, NY

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