KATONAH, NY: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents the 2013 Jazz Festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Caramoor Jazz Festival. From July 26-28, audiences can enjoy some of today’s most influential artists in jazz on Caramoor's distinguished 90-acre garden estate in Katonah, N.Y. One of the most vital jazz events in the region each summer, the annual Festival—organized by Jazz Producer Jim Luce—is renowned for its star-studded lineup of jazz greats and new forces on the scene.
Kicking off the celebratory weekend on July 26 is emerging jazz pianist Luis Perdomo and his exciting blend of Latin and jazz rhythms. Grammy® award-winning singer and songwriter Luciana Souza will headline the evening performing selections from her most recent album, The Book of Chet and Brazilian Duos – an interpretation of the music of trumpeter and singer Chet Baker.
The July 27 sets capture the sheer breadth of global influences on the jazz scene today. The day begins with Polish pianist and composer Adam Makowicz and his trio, performing a set rife with classical and jazz influences. Next will be the sounds of the acclaimed Charles Tolliver Big Band. Grammy nominee, pianist Vijay Iyer, blends music from his native India with jazz, classical, rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, and electronica. A high-energy celebration of world-rhythms and jazz melodies by pianist Benito Gonzalez prepares the audience for the evening’s headliner, the swingin’ Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
On July 28, Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca returns to Caramoor with Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators, a group that challenges the boundaries of jazz by fusing it with the syncopated nature of Afro-Caribbean music forms, using an interpretive musical approach echoing Duke Ellington’s Colored Syncopators. The Lionel Loueke Trio follows with an elegant mixture of Afropop and jazz. The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet makes its Caramoor debut with bassist Will Goble, drummer David Potter and pianist Austin Johnson. The James Carter Organ Trio – known for a repertoire that includes jazz, swing, ballads, gospel and blues – warms up the crowd before the Mingus Big Band takes the stage for a celebration of the music of composer/bassist Charles Mingus in “The Genius of Mingus 1963: 50th Anniversary Concert.”
Tickets for July 26th are $25, $35, and $45. Tickets for July 27th and 28th are $15, $25, $40 and $55. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase, call the Caramoor Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or email@example.com.
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT 149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK 10536.