Hudson Hall is proud to announce the 3rd Annual HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16 (President’s Day Weekend). Presented by Hudson Hall and 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.
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 Donelian on piano, the superb bassist Jay Anderson and veteran Jeff Siegel on drums. Allen, who the Jazz Times called “a brilliant singer and even more thoughtful lyricist,” 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.
On Saturday morning, young, budding musicians and students of all ages are invited to a free, hands-on Jazz workshop in the West Room of Hudson Hall led by pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas, co-founders of Hudson Jazzworks.
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 quintet, 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 the Hall to introduce the free screening of I Called Him Morgan, a Kasper Collin film about Harper’s friend and former collaborator, 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! take over the stage at Hudson Hall at 4pm. This highly energetic collective mixes European folk forms with the energy and irreverence of punk rock. Time Out NY says, “Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party! is the coolest…” Slavic Soul Party! has played everywhere from Serbian school yards to Carnegie Hall, and their Tuesday night residency at Barbes in Brooklyn has become a destination for music fans from around the world, famous for “delivering a great time.” (New York Times).