HUDSON — Hudson Hall presents the third annual HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL™, opening FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16 (President’s Day Weekend). Curated by the distinctive Hudson-based pianist Armen Donelian, the 2020 Festival offers jazz enthusiasts and contemporary music fans a packed weekend of masterful artists performing music from around the globe.
Single tickets start at $25, Weekend Passes are just $95 for all three days and include priority entry and seating to every performance. Online ticket purchases can be made at hudsonhall.org, or by calling (518) 822-1438.
The Hudson Jazz Festival opens with a decidedly romantic vibe in Hudson Hall on Valentine’s Day evening with singer Aimée Allen, accompanied by the engaging Armen Donelian on piano, the superb bassist Jay Anderson, and veteran Jeff Siegel on drums. Allen. cut her teeth in Paris jazz clubs and brings to our stage a contemporary spin on jazz standards and bossa-nova infused tunes, along with striking original compositions.
Saturday afternoon’s Piano Summit in Hudson Hall highlights the eclectic and singular talent of three unique and gifted pianists: NYC-based Kevin Hays is a Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and singer/songwriter who has appeared on over 60 albums and collaborated with such artists as Al Foster and Joshua Redman and was one half of a widely-acclaimed piano duo project with Brad Mehldau (Modern Music – Nonesuch). Francesca Tanksley is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, who has performed with Billy Harper Quintet as well as her own trio, and is known for her “…mesmerizing, captivating and monumental music” (Jazzreview.com). Brazilian born, and now NYC-based pianist, Cidinho Teixeira has worked with Brazilian musical legends such as Gal Costa and Gilberto Gil, and has made a name for himself recording and performing within the spirited Brazilian musical community of NYC, including being one of the leaders of the popular group Terra Brasil.
Saturday evening brings the legendary and singularly talented saxophonist Billy Harper to the Hudson Hall stage with his formidable band, featuring trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Hwansu Kang on bass, and drummer Aaron Scott. Harper’s stirring compositions infuse brilliant hard bop technique with gospel spiritual overtones that uplift and heal. Not to be missed!
With no rest for the talented, the Festival continues Sunday morning when Billy Harper returns to introduce the free screening of I Called Him Morgan, Kasper Collin’s film about the celebrated trumpeter Lee Morgan whose prolific and whirlwind life was tragically cut short at the age of 33.
The 2020 Hudson Jazz Festival concludes on Sunday afternoon with a resounding bang when Slavic Soul Party! takes over the stage at Hudson Hall at 4pm. This highly energetic collective mixes European folk forms with the energy and irreverence of punk rock.
On Saturday morning, young, budding musicians and students ages 12-18 working at the intermediate level are invited to a free, hands-on Jazz workshop led by pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas, co-founders of Hudson Jazzworks. To register, email email@example.com
Adding extra spice throughout the Festival lineup is the return to Hudson Hall of James Beard Award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio (of Hudson’s Fish & Game) and his Southeast Asian-inspired Backbar. Jazz lovers can delight in Southeast Asian treats and sip award-winning cocktails, beer and wine while enjoying world-class performances in an intimate, cabaret-style setting.
2020 HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL LINE UP:
Amoureux Du Jazz
Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m.
Aimée Allen, vocals
Armen Donelian, piano; Jay Anderson, bass; Jeff Siegel, drums
Armen Donelian and Marc Mommaas
Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
For intermediate-level middle-school age or higher
Registration required at hudsonhall.org/hudson-jazz-festival-workshop-2020/.
Kevin Hays, Francesca Tanksley, Cidinho Teixeira
Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m.
BILLY HARPER QUINTET
Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m.
Billy Harper, tenor saxophone
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Francesca Tanksley, piano; Hwansu Kang, bass; Aaron Scott, drums
I Called Him Morgan
Directed by Kasper Collin (2016, 92min)
Sunday, February 16 at 11 a.m.
Reservations at hudsonhall.org
“Magic. The movie is like a record you could spin again and again.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
Slavic Soul Party!
Sunday, February 16 at 4 p.m.
Peter Stan, accordion; David Leon, saxophone; John Carlson, trumpet; Darren Johnson, trumpet; Tim Vaughn, trombone; Adam Dotson, trombone; Kenny Bentley, tuba; Chris Stromquist, percussion; Matt Moran, percussion
LOCAL RESTAURANTS OFFER VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND DISCOUNTS FOR JAZZ LOVERS
225 Warren Street offers a 10% discount off your bill when you bring in your Hudson Jazz Festival 2020 program
American Glory (342 Warren Street) offers Hudson Jazz Festival ticket holders a 10% off all food during the run of the Hudson Jazz Festival
BackBar and Fish & Game will be providing a free compliment redeemable with each program at BackBar and Fish & Game.
Check hudsonhall.org for a full list of accommodation packages.
Hudson Hall would like to thank our Hudson Jazz Festival Media Partner: