City of Albany Jazz Festival Blog

City of Albany Jazz Festival Blog

The City of Albany Jazz Festival, a 15 year tradition, is starting a new trend this year, moving to beautiful Washington Park!  On September 10th you’ll be able to enjoy this year’s fantastic music in one of the most picturesque places in Albany! 

This year legendary New Orleans piano player Ellis Marsalis will headline the show with his Ellis Marsalis Quintet!  New York City sensations Lucky Chops combine a brass band with modern songs and one of the best live performances you’ll see!  KJ Denhert brings a fantastic voice and songs full of deep meaning with her Urban Folk Jazz sound.  Jazz Caravan , local favorites,  focus on all types of Jazz stylings even a Latin-groove reconstruction of Led Zeppelin.  Cliff Brucker & Full Circle will open the show with a group of local all star musicians!  

 Along with the amazing musicians there will be delicious food!  Lots of delicious food!  Our stomachs are growling aloud as this is written!  We have Dom’s Fried Dough and Pizza, a staple of any festival is pizza and having some powdered sugar on things!  Given to Fry our Pearl Jam themed friends will be cooking a variety of things among them the DEEP FRIED OREO!  Yes your heard us!  A Couple of Nuts will selling their signature roasted cinnamon nuts!  Bow down to the King!  The Meatball King will conquer all the lands with their Meatball themed delicacies!  Mad Cheezy will make you the greatest grilled cheese you have ever laid eyes upon!  Cool off at the Emac and Bolio’s truck with some ICE CREAM!  We may need to stop there multiple times throughout the afternoon.  Rounding it out grab a tasty signature beverage at Wild Bill’s Soda!  With all these options you’ll be snacking the day away!

The City of Albany Jazz Festival is a family affair!  Bring the kids to our Kids Area at the festival and they can hop around on the Love Albany Bounce House provided by Christ's Church Albany!  A Castle even the Meatball King would be jealous of!  The Albany Tulip Court will be there in our craft tent, where kids can make and decorate their own book!

Shopping is an important part of any great festival and we have no shortage of great booths to stop at and get some great gifts for someone special or to treat yourself!  Take a gander at these great shops to plan your day:

 Skin Deep Naturals

Grace Essentials

Treacle & Wolf

Egyptian Influence


Love Albany


Stop by one of our non-profit Public information booths to learn more about these great organizations that you can take advantage of in the Albany area:

Albany Rowing Center

Berkshire Farms

Solarize Albany

Make sure you stop by all of our sponsor friends and grab some goodies!  While you're there make sure you thank them all for keeping the event FREE to attend!

Capital Bank
School of Rock
Green Mountain Energy
Metro PCS

Well there you have it!  All the information you’ll need to plan out your festival day for the City of Albany Jazz Festival this Saturday September 10 in Washington Park!  Bring the whole family and spend the day listening to some of the best jazz musicians on the planet!


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The City of Albany, NY Office of Cultural Affairs plans, produces and co-sponsors an array of fairs, festivals, and concerts promoting art, entertainment and cultural interest for all ages. These special events are 100% underwritten by generous local and national sponsors.



The City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs
Room 402 City Hall
Albany, NY 12207
P: (518) 434.2032

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