Jazz Festival 2015
We are proud to announce the stellar
line-up of our
12th Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival,
Friday & Saturday, September 4th & 5th,
outdoors at the corner of Wall Street & North Front Street.
For the past eleven years the town of Kingston
in upstate New York has marked summer's unofficial end with its
annual Wall Street Jazz Festival. And once again
for 2105 the festival's founder and artistic director, Peggy Stern,
has assembled another irresistible dance-in-the-streets evening
Friday, September 4th, 8 PM
Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St, Kingston
$15 suggested donation, at the door
THE ART OF THE DUO
SHEILA JORDAN - VOCALS
CAMERON BROWN - BASS
Sue Terry - clarinet, sax
Peggy Stern - piano
Teri Roiger - vocals
John Menegon - bass
Saturday, September 5th, 6-11 PM
Corner of Wall Street & North
Front Street (outdoors). In case of bad weather, the Festival will
be held indoors at Backstage Productions, 323 Wall Street, Kingston.
Free, and open to the public
6 PM - The Jaki
Byard Project featuring Jamie Baum
7 PM - Dena Derose
8 PM - Ingrid Jensen,
Christine Jensen Quintet
9 PM - Estrella Salsa
Directions to the Festival
From the NYS Thruway Exit 19 or
Route 28: Take the Washington Ave. exit from the traffic circle. For
Free Parking and shuttle bus to Festival, go left on Schwenk Drive. [map]
The Wall Street Jazz Festival
came into being in 2004 when John Bilotti and Peggy Stern were
attending a jazz festival and noticed there were no women included in
the line-up. "What's wrong with this picture?" gave way to
"Well, what are we going to do about it?" And so, a concept
was born: a jazz festival where the traditions meet the progressives,
and all the leaders are women.
We are seeing that the concept of
a homegrown, grass roots, community jazz festival really works.
People love it, are not overwhelmed by it, and gradually we introduce
the audience to players they may not know about while keeping the
local players in the mix. We love the non 'ho-hum' nature of it;
presenting the unexpected, keeping the theme of women leaders, and
the absence of commercialism. This is a family event, with actual and
extended family helping out, and good friends dotted throughout the crowd.
The presentations at The Wall
Street Jazz Festival are elegant and professional, and the
environment is intimate. We intend to keep that hometown flavor,
seeing our neighbors enjoying this world-class music for free. Some
of our audience has been following our artists careers for many
years, while others are new to the scene. The festival draws people
from beyond our borders too; from Albany to NYC. The atmosphere is
comfortable for everyone, from children to older adults, we have them all.
Producer John Bilotti has much experience in the music world.
Having owned and operated his own Jazz Club in the Hudson Valley for
5 years, known as The Half Note Café, in the sleepy hamlet of
Palenville, as well as a stint as managing owner of the famed Joyous
Lake Café in Woodstock, John is no stranger to the whims of
artists and audiences alike. Blessed with extreme patience ( a mighty
virtue in the music business), Johns mellow overview has
produced, 3 years and counting, a peaceful, exciting, and
artistically generous concert outing, always free to the public, and
always gratefully received.
Director Peggy Stern has been a member of the greater jazz community
for many years, as a well-known pianist, composer, conductor
and recording artist (see Peggy Stern Bio). Having moved to the
Hudson Valley in 2001, she and John were not satisfied with the
summer offerings, and decided to create their own festival, to the
specifications of their own vision of artistic excellence,
filling a void in the pristine environment in which they found themselves.
This project is made possible in
part through a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council,
administrator of public funds through the New York State Council on
the Arts' Decentralization Program.