The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present its 32nd Annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival featuring Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Anthony Sanches and 50-year celebrations of two seminal albums, Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out” and Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” by Jimmy Cobb who was part of the original recording, on June 27-28.

The festival will feature more than 20 jazz performances over two days at SPAC’s Amphitheatre and Gazebo stages. More acts will be named.

Public onsales begin on January 28. Tickets for June 27 are priced at $62.50 (adult, amphitheatre), $52 (children under 12, amphitheatre), $41.50 (lawn) and $5 (lawn for children under 12). Tickets for June 28 are priced at $56 (adult amphitheatre), $49 (children under 12 amphitheatre), $41.50 (lawn) and $5 (lawn for children under 12). Two-Day jazz passes purchased prior to May 10 are priced at $110 (adult, amphitheatre), $92.50 (children under 12, amphitheatre), $72 (lawn) and $10 (lawn for children under 12). Children two years and younger are admitted free.

“We are proud to announce our Freihofer’s Jazz Festival lineup early this year and separately from our full season announcement because we believe this year’s program truly deserves a spotlight of its own,” said Marcia J. White, president and executive director of SPAC, in a statement. “This year’s festival will be a showcase for jazz artists and works that have literally written the story of American jazz.”

“Complementing these legendary artists will be performances by many of today’s finest jazz musicians – innovators in their own right whose styles and works continue to expand the rich jazz genre,” she added. “Artists like pianist Aaron Parks, the Dred Scott Trio, saxophonist John Ellis and other contemporary artists will offer audiences a taste of where the art form is moving in the year 2009.”

The festival is co-presented by SPAC and Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC, a festival, tour and concert production company led by industry veteran Danny Melnick, who served as the festival’s artistic director and producer from 1999-2008, when he was with Festival Productions/Festival Network.

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