July 31, 2013

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Jazz comes back to the Valley

POUGHKEEPSIE – The City of Poughkeepsie will host the Jazz in the Valley festival for the second year on Sunday August 18 at Waryas Park.

This festival brings entertainment by great jazz musicians from all over the country and the world as well as many visitors to the area, according to Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik.

“We are really excited to host Jazz in the Valley for the second year in a row here in the City of Poughkeepsie,” Tkazyik said.

Greer Smith, the producer of Jazz in the Valley, said that in addition to being great entertainment and a great cultural event, the festival is great for the economy of the city.

“This type of program is an economic driver for communities such as this, particularly by water, because 80 percent of the audience comes from out of town,” Smith said. “So that means there will be overnight stays in hotels, people will eat at restaurants.”

Big Joe Fitz sings during the announcement

Greer would like to see Poughkeepsie become synonymous with Jazz the way Newport is.

The Jazz in the Valley Festival started in 2000 with a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. It had been held at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson until they outgrew the space.

The event is partnered with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Valley River Tours, and Metro-North Railroad, which is a promotional partner aimed at getting people to take the train and not drive to Poughkeepsie and simply walk to Waryas Park.

There will be two musical stages at the festival – the Main Stage, on the Great Lawn, will be tented and have a fee. It will feature world-class jazz musicians such as Sax Appeal, Jimmy Heath, and Karen Taylor.  The Pavilion Stage is free and will feature local musicians Maluwa, of New Paltz, and Big Joe Fitz.

Chamber President Charles North said the festival is a way to promote local artists and provide local entertainment.


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