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Hudson, New York
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13 February 2019 09:43AM
Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House

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Hudson Hall presents the second annual HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL(HJF), FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16 and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17 at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House’s historic 1855 theater. Curated by Hudson-based jazz pianist Armen Donelian, the 2019 festival treats jazz aficionados and world music fans to a banquet of masterful artists playing music from around the globe.

The 2019 festival kicks off with a bang on Friday evening with Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché, a no-holds-barred dive into the dynamic world of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz. Sanabria’s most recent album, “West Side Story Reimagined”, earned him his 8th GRAMMY nomination this year. He brings with him multi-instrumentalist and veteran of the Latin Jazz and Salsa world, Peter Brainin, pianist and percussionist Darwin Noguera, and new to the lineup (replacing previously announced Andy Eulau) is a rising star of the jazz world, bassist Ian Stewart.

Saturday afternoon’s Piano Summit highlights the eclecticism of Juilliard-trained Jazzman Kirk Nurock, the beautifully poetic Lynne Arriale, and Sullivan Fortner, a jazz wunderkind on the rise with a wonderfully fresh approach at the keys. Later that day, producer George Schuller introduces the screening of his intriguing film, From Residency to Legacy which documents the historic contribution of The Modern Jazz Quartet in residency at the former Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Saturday evening brings two fearless veterans, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist David Liebman and acclaimed avant-garde vocalist Jay Clayton, with the propulsive Jay Anderson on bass and HJF curator Armen Donelian on piano.

A hands-on morning workshop for students takes places Sunday morning, taught by Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas, the Co-Directors of Hudson Jazzworks.

The Two Rivers Ensemble headlines the concluding concert on Sunday at 3pm, led by the genre-bending Iraqi jazz trumpeter, vocalist, santur player and Columbia University professor, Amir Elsaffar. Ole Mathisen joins him on saxophone and George Ziadeh on oud, while French-born, Hudson Valley-based bassist François Moutin takes the place of the previously announced Zafar Tawil.
Hudson Hall is located at 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. Tickets start at $25, with festival weekend passes available for $90, which includes priority entry and seating to every performance. Tickets can be purchased at hudsonhall.org, or by calling (518) 822 1438.

BACKBAR BRINGS THE HEAT TO THE HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL

Adding extra spice to the 2019 festival lineup is the return of James Beard Award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio and his Fish & Game Co-Chef Kevin Pomplun’s Southeast Asian-inspired Backbar. Jazz lovers can delight in delicious small plates while sipping award-winning cocktails, beer and wine and enjoying world-class performances in an intimate, cabaret-style setting styled by Hudson-based designer Tom Taylor of Hudson Lodge. Audiences can enjoy a new, customized menu with each performance. See the menu below:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15:
BOBBY SANABRIA & QUARTETO ACHÈ

Yellow Curry Chicken Rice Bowl, Cucumber Salad $ 12
Mapo Tofu Rice Bowl, Shell Peas, Coriander $ 12
Roasted Eggplant Tiger Salad $10

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16:
PIANO SUMMIT

Cucumber and Local Apple Salad $10
Turmeric Pork Belly Bao, Cilantro, House Sambal $10
Pickled Shrimp Rice Noodle, Pepper Salad, Thai Basil $14

FEARLESS MASTERS
Cumin Beef Bun, Scallion Slaw, Pickled Garlic Aioli $10
Curry Chickpea Bun, Red Onion, Guava Chutney $ 10
Chilled Sesame Noodles, Coriander Salad $ 10

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17:

AMIR ELSAFFAR & TWO RIVERS ENSEMBLE
Roasted Pork Banh Mi, Cucumber, Coriander, Pickled Carrot $ 9
Crispy Tofu Bahn Mi, Chili Aioli, Pickled Daikon, Mint $ 9
Pho Spiced Bone Broth, Ginger, Lime $ 5

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