Jazz in the Valley returns to Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, on Sunday August 21, featuring Buster Williams, Craig Harris, Regina Carter, Camille Thurman, Carla Cook, Mike King, Joaquin Pozo and more!

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, July 01, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ – Jazz in the Valley (JITV) returns to Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, August 21, from noon to 6 p.m., with a celebration of legacy, history and the future of Jazz. Presented by TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc. and led by guest curator Craig Harris, the one-day festival celebrates the centenary of bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus (1922-1979) with Harris, Buster Williams, Regina Carter, Camille Thurman, Carla Cook, Michael King and Joaquin Pozo, who in the spirit of Mingus keep the music going.

Tickets are available now at www.jazzinthevalleyny.org.

For Greer Smith, festival founder, producer and recipient of the Jazz Journalist Association’s 2021 Jazz Hero Award, this 22nd annual festival is a continuation of his highly successful return to the public last year in the Valley after a virtual presentation from the festival to the worst of COVID-19. “We’re picking up where we left off last year, when we presented a triumphant return to the Valley,” Smith says. “Audiences really enjoyed hearing live jazz in real time, and the musicians enjoyed performing for enthusiastic fans. This year’s festival will no doubt sway with the same infectious spirit, especially as we celebrate the history, legacy and future of the great Charles Mingus! »

Award-winning trombonist/composer/arranger Craig Harris, who is the festival’s guest curator, is one of a legion of musicians influenced by Mingus and has been a major force in modern music for four decades. With nine releases as a frontman, including his latest Managing the Mask, and 39 recordings as a sideman with an eclectic array of musicians including Sun Ra, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cecil Taylor and hip-hop group The Roots, Harris covers a broad spectrum of music, including R&B, pure jazz and avant-garde. He is a member of Harlem Jazz Boxx, a mobile jazz/gospel performance consortium, and he composed and performed the score for the critically acclaimed Oscar-nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah.

For Harris, Mingus remains a touchstone for his creativity. “Mingus has always inspired me as a musician-composer; the way it balances concept and content… [and the] the sacred space he creates where improvisation and composition intersect, is a major influence on my own work,” says Harris. Mingus also adds another factor to the balance of content and concept, which is awareness. “Don’t Let It Happen Here” by Mingus, “Meditation on Integration”, “Fables by Faubus”, and others are works that deal with social issues and injustice. Using music to promote social justice is embedded in every breath I take, so the triple C factor – Content, Concept and Consciousness – will be highly celebrated in our Charles Mingus Centennial salute. Join me in this celebration of people who bring these same elements – Content, Concept and Consciousness – to their work.

Discounted early-bird tickets are $45 until August 1. Then general admission is $55 and $65 at the door. Cost for students with valid ID is $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at the festival website (jazzinthevalleyny.org). For group ticket sales, directions and more information about Jazz in the Valley, contact TRANSART at [email protected](845) 384-6350, or log on to www.jazzinthevalleyny.org.

TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization based in Kingston, New York, dedicated to promoting the art, history and popular culture of people from around the world. of African descent. The festival’s origins date back to an afternoon of music in the year 2000, when TRANSART received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to write an original composition for the organization. Jamal composed “Picture Perfect”, inspired by the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley, which he performed live. In addition to music, JITV also offers films and other programs designed to increase dialogue dealing with jazz music, musicians and audiences. The festival also produces a jazz show hosted by Sharif Abdus Salaam on WKNY, 107.9 FM and 1490 AM, www.radiokingston.org on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Jazz in the Valley is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the New York State Legislature. Support also comes from funding from Dutchess Tourism, Inc. administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Additional support and resources are provided by the Town of Poughkeepsie.

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