The 2024 Northwest Jazz Festival Celebrates the Great American Songbook with Unprecedented Main Stage Programming

The 2024 Northwest Jazz Festival is thrilled to announce a special tribute to the Great American Songbook at this year’s highly anticipated event. The annual festival will take place on Friday, August 23rd, and Saturday, August 24th in the Village of Lewiston.  With five stages throughout the grounds, the highlight of the festival continues to shine on the Main Stage.

Kicking off the festivities on Friday, August 23rd, is the renowned New York City jazz pianist, Pete Malinverni. A Lewiston native, Malinverni’s performance marks a homecoming celebration not to be missed. Joined by his dynamic trio, Malinverni’s innovative style and captivating stage presence are certain to captivate audiences, echoing the acclaim of his recent tribute album to Leonard Bernstein.

Pete Malinverni

Later in the evening, rising jazz vocalist Anaïs Reno will grace the stage, enchanting listeners with her magnetic interpretations of jazz standards from the American Songbook. Anaïs will be joined by the Pete Malinverni Trio and the esteemed jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein as a special guest. The quintet promises a performance that will resonate long after the final note.

Anaïs Reno

Continuing the celebration on Saturday, August 24th, the festival presents a creative program by the Jazz at the Ballroom organization, which has presented special programs on the Great American Songbook at the country’s most respected venues such as the Kennedy Center, Skirball Cultural Center, Lobero Theatre, and at New York City’s famed Birdland. Jazz at the Ballroom will feature a lineup of rising stars led by the extraordinary jazz pianist Konrad Paszkudzki and featuring bassist Dylan Shamat, vocalist Olivia Chindamo, pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton, vocalist Vanessa Perea, vocalist Wyatt Michael, trombonist Rob Edwards, saxophonist/clarinetist Adrian Cunningham, and more.

Champian Fulton

Three themed performances titled “Get Out of Town”, “Flying High”, and “Accentuate the Positive” will spotlight the timeless classics of the Great American Songbook, offering fresh perspectives and arrangements on beloved jazz standards. The Saturday portion of the festival on the Main Stage will open with a special performance by UB Zodiaque Dance for the third year in a row, followed by a tribute to George and Ira Gershwin by pianist Elliot Sneider.

Accentuate The Positive with the Great American Songbook by Jazz at the Ballroom

“We are thrilled to present this celebration of the Great American Songbook at the Northwest Jazz Festival,” said Tony Zambito, Music Director of the festival. “This unique programming approach will showcase the best of jazz talent, from established artists to emerging stars, and we can’t wait to share the timeless music of the Great American Songbook with our audience.” Setting a new standard for jazz festival programming, the Northwest Jazz Festival offers a diverse lineup that celebrates the rich tradition of the Great American Songbook. With performances by instrumentalists and vocalists representing the next generation of jazz stars, the festival’s innovative approach promises something for every jazz lover to enjoy.

“We are eagerly anticipating this year’s festival and the exceptional lineup of talent it promises to bring,” added Carol Calato, Chairwoman of the Northwest Jazz Festival Board of Directors. “It’s a testament to the festival’s commitment to bring the best in jazz programming for the excited attendees of the festival.”

Don’t miss the celebration of the Great American Songbook on Friday, August 23rd, and Saturday, August 24th, at the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY. Experience top-tier jazz talent and uniquely themed performances on the Main Stage and additional stages among the stunning backdrop of outdoor scenery.

For more information regarding the celebration on the Main Stage, visit this link: Great American Songbook

For more information regarding the Jazz at the Ballroom Ensemble, visit this link: Jazz at the Ballroom Ensemble

Experience front-of-stage seating at the festival with our exclusive Main Stage Seating for the Great American Songbook Celebration at the Northwest Jazz Festival. Enjoy fabulous up-close views of the performances while seated in comfort. Plus, with in-and-out privileges, you can come and go as you please, ensuring you never miss a moment of the extraordinary jazz performances throughout the entire festival.

Front of Stage tickets for Friday’s and/or Saturday’s performances are valid from 6 pm to 10:30 pm and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased here: Main Stage Reserved Seating Area

For ticket information, full musician schedule and festival details visit www.lewistonjazz.com or in person at the Upward Niagara Chamber office (895 Center Street, Lewiston, NY) on weekdays from 8 am – 4 pm. 

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