The Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic, Lewiston, NY will mark its return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled to take place on Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, the festival will consist of five stages and 30 performances by close to 130 musicians. Recently, the festival announced its lineup for the Main Headliner Stage to include Joey DeFrancesco, Stacey Kent, Emmet Cohen, Allison Au, Sally Terrell, John di Martino, and Corinne Mammana.
In addition to the Main Headliner Stage, four stages will present twenty-five performances featuring local, regional, and national jazz artists. Highlighting the schedule will be a performance on Friday, August 26 on the Center Street Stage by the jazz guitarist from Indianapolis, Charlie Ballantine, and his quartet. Ballantine has reached wide acclaim with his “The Music of Bob Dylan” album and last year’s “The Music of Thelonious Monk” album. Jazz pianist and UB professor George Caldwell, who won a Grammy as a member of the Count Basie Orchestra in 1997, will bring his sextet to the Center Street Stage on Saturday, August 27. The festival will also present for the first time Hanna PK, who was a semi-finalist in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and whose recent album debuted at #13 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Returning from a 2019 performance will be the award-winning organ trio, Paradigm Shift.
Continuing an initiative started in 2017, the festival will shine a spotlight on the youth with performances by Matt’s Vocal Performance Team on the Center Street Stage on Friday, August 26. The Peace Garden Stage this year will highlight contemporary and international music. The DiCamillo Courtyard Stage will have a focus on jazz guitar duos while the Frontier House Stage will present notable trios and quartets.
The 2022 Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY lineup:
The Frontier House Stage:
Rick Strauss Quartet
The Skiffle Minstrels
The Far Trio
Peace Garden Stage:
Becky Davis Trio
Saranaide Trio featuring Sara Rodriguez
Dozo My Lady featuring Carolyn Lansom
Hot Club of Buffalo
The Buffalo Dolls
Ralph Fava DiCamillo Courtyard Stage:
Adam Bronstein Duo
Lance Tanner Duo
Stu Weissman and Avery Weissman Duo
Dale Toliver Duo
Jared Tinkham Duo
Center Street Stage:
Matt’s Vocal Performance Team
Charlie Ballantine Quartet
Original River Dogs
Maria Sebastian’s American Songbook
Summer Wind: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra ft. Zach Carr
George Caldwell Sextet
Tony Zambito, Music Director for the Northwest Jazz Festival, notes “we’re very excited to be returning in 2022. With an expected attendance to reach in the thousands, we want to provide a wide variety of jazz for everyone to enjoy. Introducing new music and new artists to festival goers.”
For more information regarding the festival and to sign up for future notices on schedule and times, visit www.lewsitonjazz.com.
(The Jazz Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 1st from 1 pm – 5 pm at the Brickyard Brewery in Lewiston, NY. The event will feature music by the Stu Weissman Trio, Saranaide, and the Buffalo Dolls. Tickets for the Fundraiser are available at the festival website at this link: 2022 Jazz Festival Fundraiser.
Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets even if they are unable to attend the Jazz Fundraiser event to help contribute to the fundraising undertaken by the festival.
For more information about the fundraiser and the festival, as well as, to sign up for alerts on the jazz festival news, please visit the festival’s website here: Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY)