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Artists to Play the Opening Set at the Riverfront Jazz Fest Saturday
ALBANY, NY (09/08/2012)(readMedia)– The City of Albany and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) announce The Chronicles as the winner of the 2012 Downtown Albany JazzFest Contest. Selected as the People’s Choice winner, The Chronicles who played at The Bayou Cafe, beat out seven other acts to win the opportunity to take the stage at the Riverfront Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Noon.
Founded by upstate horn heavyweights, Bryan Brundige and Jeff Nania in October of 2009, The Chronicles have included and continue to feature the most talented up and coming musicians the capital region has to offer. The Chronicles have been working hard to spread their music throughout the northeast with appearances at regional theaters like the New Hampshire Jazz Center, and Proctor’s GE Theater. They have also appeared at major music festivals like The Big Up, Bella Terra, African American Heritage Day, The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, and The BeatShot Music Festival. Albany’s alternative newsweekly, Metroland recognized them in their 2011 “best of capital region” critic’s poll as the best in live hip hop with “jazz chops out the yin yang, and new tunes at their fingertips every time they pick up their instruments.” and Best in Jazz 2012.
“Downtown Albany was transformed into a jazz musical destination this evening,” said Georgette Steffens, Executive Director, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, “Over 1,000 attendees came out to listen to jazz in eight different downtown Albany venues and voted for their favorite act of the evening.”
The competing jazz acts included:
• The Chronicles @ The Bayou Cafe
• Pat Attanasio Quartet @ Bistro/Bar 74 State
• Doctor Magnum @ Blue 82
• Brian Axford @ Carmine’s Brazilian Grill
• Erika Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra @ Capital Repertory Theatre
• Gabriel’s Groove @ McGeary’s Irish Pub
• New York Jazz Trio @ The Merry Monk
• Le Rubb Duo @ Taste
Presented by Mayor Jerry Jennings and the City of Albany’s Special Events Office, the Port of Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival is a free event that has hosted artists such as Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, and John Scofield. This year’s lineup features The Mosaic Project, Charlie Hunter, Delfeayo Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez Group, and Way Down. Attendance of over 10,000 is expected for the festivities at the Albany Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at the Corning Preserve on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more information on the Port of Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival visit www.albanyevents.org or call 518-434-2032.
The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the character, vitality, and possibility of downtown Albany. Through its many programs and events, the Downtown Albany BID works to enhance the image of Albany and further its reputation as a prosperous and exciting city to live, work, and visit. For more information on the BID please visit www.downtownalbany.org | @downtownalbany or call 518.465.2143.
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