“The Hudson Jazz Festival has been a long time in the making! I first moved to Germantown in 1971 and I became a contributor to the Hudson Opera House (now Hudson Hall) when it opened in 1992. And here we are in 2018, and I’m proud to support the Hudson Jazz Festival because it enriches our community and makes it a better place to live.” – Sonny Rollins
Hudson Hall presents the inaugural Hudson Jazz Festival, Friday February 16, Saturday February 17 and Sunday February 18 at Hudson Hall’s historic 1855 theater. Curated by notable Hudson-based jazz pianist Armen Donelian, the festival highlights talent with a melodious reach that spans the globe.
“I see this festival as a rare opportunity both to raise regional jazz awareness as well as to reward loyal jazz fans with a first-rate presentation”, says Donelian. “We are extremely proud to grace this first-rate venue with this exceptional lineup of world-class performers. Sit back and enjoy this cross-section of today’s amazing jazz talent, from emerging artists to established jazz masters.”
Tickets start at $25. Don’t forget! Members receive a 20% discount until January 15, 2018 on all Hudson Jazz Festival ticket purchases.
HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL WEEKEND PASS
Venture up the river with a Hudson Jazz Festival Weekend Pass! For $90, you receive priority access and seating to every Hudson Jazz Festival performance and event.
HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 16-18 FULL LINE UP:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
7PM: Sounds from the Silk Road
Armen Donelian: Songs Of My Ancestors
The Ara Dinkjian Quartet
The festival kicks off with the entrancing sounds of The Ara Dinkjian Quartet, featuring Ismail Lumanovski, an instrumental collaboration rooted in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma music headed by world-renowned oud player Ara Dinkjian. Festival curator and notable jazz pianist Armen Donelian supports the quartet with a solo performance of Armenian-inspired selections from his EP, Songs Of My Ancestors. Learn more here.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
3PM: PIANO SUMMIT: 2018 NEA Jazz Master JoAnne Brackeen, Aaron Goldberg and James Francies
For lovers of jazz piano, a rare chance to hear three great soloists in one afternoon. 2018 NEA Jazz Master JoAnne Brackeen hits the keys with “post-bop pianist of exemplary taste and range” (the New York Times) Aaron Goldberg and young lion James Francies (24 Seven Artist Development). Learn more here.
5PM: SCREENING: Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song
Directed by Stephanie Castillo (2016, 97min)
This award-winning documentary draws an intimate portrait of saxophonist Thomas Chapin, who was on his way to becoming one of the country’s greatest jazz talents when leukemia claimed him at the age of 40. Learn more here.
7PM: TAKE TWO: Sheila Jordan and Dominique Eade
Sheila Jordan, vocals, with Cameron Brown, bass
Dominique Eade, vocals, with Armen Donelian, piano
The legendary Charlie Parker often introduced vocalist Sheila Jordan as “the singer with the million dollar ears” – and she’s got a priceless voice to match. Jordan shares the stage with the “impossibly versatile” (New York Times Magazine) vocalist, composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger, Dominique Eade. Learn more here.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18
11AM: Hudson Jazz Festival Workshop with Armen Donelian and Marc Mommaas
For intermediate-level middle-school age or higher
Join Hudson Jazz Festival curator and pianist Armen Donelian and his fellow Hudson Jazzworks founder Marc Mommaas for a free, hands-on immersion in jazz improvisation and composition based on the curriculum and methods of the annual Hudson Jazz Workshop. To apply for a place in the workshop, please click here.
3PM: Quarteto Moderno
Richard Boukas, guitar/vocals/composer
Lucas Pino, woodwinds
Gustavo Amarente, bass
Mauricio Zottarelli, drums
Led by multi-faceted guitarist, vocalist, composer, educator, musicologist and four-time NEA Jazz Performance Fellow Richard Boukas, Quarteto Moderno synergizes traditional Brazilian genres like samba and baião with a rich melodic and harmonic vocabulary drawn from contemporary jazz and chamber music. Formed in 2008, this innovative group offers fiery, spontaneous interactions driven by daring improvisations and perpetual rhythmic explorations. Learn more here.
Hudson Hall Box Office
Ph. (518) 822 1438, ext. 101
Tuesday – Friday: 9am to 5pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 5pm.
Please note that on the day of a performance, the Box Office is open online up until an hour prior to a performance.
Rush Tickets for Students & Veterans
Hudson Hall strives to makes the arts accessible to all. We offer two $10 rush tickets to students 29 and under and to veterans with a valid ID starting 90 minutes before any performance. For shows with limited tickets, a standby line will be formed. Seating is at the discretion of the Box Office.
Additional ticket subsidies for nonprofit community groups and under-served populations are available based on need; for further information please contact Development & Marketing Manager Caroline Lee (email@example.com).
Hudson Hall is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator to reach the performance hall. Please contact us if you have other special needs and we will be happy to assist you.
Unless otherwise noted, children under the age of 5 will not be admitted to live events intended for adults. House management reserves the right to remove disruptive parties from the theater.
Hudson Jazz Festival Sponsors
The Hudson Jazz Festival would not be possible without the generous support of Columbia County Department of Tourism.