Gallery: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Sunday

Up Close and Personal: At Left, Joseph Boudreaux Jr. and the New Orleans-based Cha Wa Band Electrify the Audience on Sunday Afternoon, June 26, on SPAC”s Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” Stage; At Right, after Performing, he takes the time to Greet Some New Fans. All photos by Maryika Stubbs and Arthur Gonick for

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A day of quality, of diversity. A day of uniform excellence.

A day in which there were no “Headliners” in the classic sense. Although you can concede that the combined credentials of this day’s last performers, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, made them deserving of that spot, and deserving of their appreciative audience, an informal survey of attendees picked many other acts as their favorites of the day.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Certainly Cha Wa, making their second appearance at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, started with an SRO audience in the blazing late afternoon, and just blew things up, had many votes. But earlier, those who came for the “kickoff” acts beginning about noon – IMHO notably Garland Nelson’s Joyful Noise, Tiempo Libre and prodigy Matthew Whitaker (the only performer on the Amphitheater Stage born in this century!) were treated to something special.

Garland Nelson’s Joyful Noise
Tiempo Libre
Matthew Whitaker

The gallery which follows is a mashed-up mélange of two perspectives -and where better to do that than on a day when improvisation is a central feature? Perspectives from one who was attending her first Jazz Festival (Maryika Stubbs), and the other whose first “hang” was forty years ago! I have a feeling that this won’t be her last Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, and (hopefully) won’t be mine! Thank you, ‘Rika’!

Maryika Stubbs

Enjoy the gallery.

Arthur Gonick – July 4, 2022

Gallery: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival – Sunday, June 26, 2022

Photos by Maryika Stubbs and Arthur Gonick

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