The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is scheduled this year for September 8th. This is an all-day, highly anticipated festival with full lineup of incredible jazz acts. The schedule has recently been announced for this year, so check out what you can look forward to.
The Dynamic 2018 Lineup
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is headlining! Brown’s music combines contemporary jazz, blues-rock, and modern hip hop for a truly eclectic range of styles. Brown started playing the trumpet at a young age, winning the Miles David Competition, and his accomplishments have only grown from there. His latest album, The Mood, was released in 2017.
Dylan Perillo Orchestra
Dylan Perillo Orchestra will open the festival in the afternoon. This is a medium-sized group from Albany which has performed throughout the Northeast.
The Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet
Jeff “Siege” Siegel, prior member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio, has performed and/or recorded with a number of notable names like Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, and Jack DeJohnette.
The Brighton Beat
The Brighton Beat draws influences from Afrobeat music, New York City jazz, and more. This is a unique group which has performed up and down the East Coast.
Considered to be one of the jazz greats of his generation, Mike Stern’s music combines bebop, the blues, and even a little bit of rock.
New This Year
Festival organizers are partnering with Zero Waste Capital District for the first time this year. This is a new volunteer organization, and together with the City of Albany Department of General Services the festival is aiming to be the most environmentally-friendly event in the area.
Representatives will be on site offering helpful tips to festival-goers on how to compost and recycle at home. And, you can help out by bringing reusable water bottles, cups, and utensils from home and bringing your waste to one of the Zero Waste stations that will be set up at the event.
Background on the Festival
This year is the Riverfront Jazz Festival’s 17th running. This is an all-day, completely free concert that includes fireworks, food, beverages, vendors, and kids activities in addition to established and up-and-coming jazz acts.
The festival is happening at Jennings Landing, with a rain location of the Corning Preserve Boat Launch.