Jazz in the Valley in Poughkeepsie Aug. 16

Waryas Park hosts 15th annual event

The 15th annual Jazz in the Valley festival on Sunday, Aug. 16, will present music on two stages, featuring the likes of legendary bassist Ron Carter along with leading musicians such as pianist Bill Charlap’s trio, saxophonists Javon Jackson and Tia Fuller, percussionist Steve Kroon, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s octet. Jazz in the Valley combines music with a global food court and marketplace at Waryas Park on the Hudson River shoreline.

General admission tickets are $40 if purchased by July 17, then $50 until Aug. 15, and $60 at the gate, with a special student price of $20 day of show (student ID required). Advance tickets can be purchased online at jazzinthevalleyny.org or at the box office of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Gates open for the festival at 11 a.m., with music beginning at noon. The Main Stage has only ticketed seating, and the Pavilion Stage is free and open to the public. To reach Waryas Park, follow Main Street west down to the Hudson River.

Pianist Ahmad Jamal was featured in the first Jazz in the Valley and will be honored at this year’s festival in the performances by fellow pianists Charlap and O’Farrill.

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