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Jazz at the Lake 2018 – Celebrating 35 Years!
September 15 & 16, Shepard Park, Lake George, NY

"One of the best-kept secrets on the Eastern jazz festival circuit, the Lake George Jazz Festival is a gem worth discovering.”  -  Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Magazine

Saturday, September 15:
1 PM:
Robert "Bootsie" Barnes Quartet
Been Here All Along” Quartet

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Charlie Sepúlveda &
The Turn Around

Sunday, September 16:
1 PM:
Paul McCandless
Charged Particles

2:45: Jim Ridl Quartet
Sharel Cassity - Elektra
with Ingrid Jensen

Special Saturday evening performance 7:30 PM:
Celebrating the Music of Weather Report
Jason Miles, Joel Fraham, Mino Cinelu, Gene Lake, Karen Briggs-Violin

2018 Jazz @ The Lake Performers:

Saturday, 1 PM:
Robert "Bootsie" Barnes Quartet

Saturday, 2:45:
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

Saturday, 4:30:
Charlie Sepúlveda
& The Turn Around:


Saturday evening performance, 7:30 pm
Jason Miles

Celebrating the Music of Weather Report

Sunday, 1 PM:
Paul McCandless with
Charged Particles

Sunday, 2:45:
Jim Ridl Quartet

Sunday, 4:30:
Sharel Cassity -
Elecktra with Ingrid Jensen

We are again grateful to Kenneth and Susan Gruskin for their continued support, and The Gruskin Group for their award winning graphic art since 2009 (Special thank you Jeff Barcan). Thanks also to program advertisers, Warren County Tourism, the Town and Village of Lake George, our donors who participated with Ken and Susan Gruskin’s matching donation program, and the New York State Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. We encourage contributions from our audience to the continued life of this festival, and urge you to buy raffle tickets and goods under the tent throughout the weekend. On behalf of John Strong, Director of the LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT, myself and those who’ve worked to make this event possible, we look forward to seeing you again at this year’s Jazz At The Lake, Jazz Weekend.    

 - PAUL PINES, Curator of Jazz at the Lake.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Paul Pines passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Paul was a dear friend to John and Laura, and many that worked for and with the Lake George Arts Project. He was Artistic Director of the Lake George Jazz Weekend for 35 years, selecting musicians and making magic happen each time. We miss him immensely. Our hearts go out to his family.

Please share your stories about Paul with us - either through email
mail@lakegeorgearts.org, or our Facebook page.


Words about Lake George Jazz Weekend:

"This weekend, for the 34th (2017) year in a row , the Lake George Arts Project put on its free two-day festival of jazz, and the music did its thing, as ever, to soothe my soul and revive my interest in life's best moments. I share decades of memories with friends, strangers, and spouse from this annual gift of musical spirit, and look forward to many more. Endless thanks to John Strong and Paul Pines, who make it happen, and to the musicians who have brought their talents to this extraordinary venue year after year..." - David Brickman, Get Visual

“The Lake George Arts Project consistently presents a diverse mix of performances at Shepard Park – whether it’s the Wednesday night summer concert series or the amazing fall jazz festival – artists are always of the highest quality. The fact that these are free and open to the public further emphasizes the essential role that the Arts Project plays in heightening the cultural climate of Lake George.”  - Peter Lesser, Executive Director, Empire State Performing Center (The Egg)

“Credit Brooklyn-born jazz impresario Paul Pines—curator for all 33 of those festivals—with maintaining a consistently high level of artistry throughout those years. Former proprietor of Tin Palace, the renowned East Village jazz club he ran from 1970 to ’76, Pines is deeply invested in the music and is blessed with good ears and an open mind... One of the best-kept secrets on the Eastern jazz festival circuit, the Lake George Jazz Festival is a gem worth discovering.”
— Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Magazine, 9/26/2016 (read more HERE)

“The elements of creative culture that The Lake George Arts Project brings to bear vis a vis their gallery exhibits, Shepard Park Concert Series and annual Jazz Weekend, help turn an otherwise typical resort town into a true destination for residents and tourists alike.”
- Mona Golub, Producing Artistic Director, Music Haven Concert Series, Schenectady, NY

“As the longtime curator of the free Jazz at the Lake festival, Paul Pines has taken great pains to make this weekend as far from the “standard jazz festival” experience as possible, and part of that is avoiding the kind of lightweight, commercial fare that’s come to dominate your typical mega-festival. Unlike the bookers for those shows, Pines assumes his audience is of more than average intelligence, so he books bands that don’t insult that intelligence.” - J Hunter, Nippertown, Albany

 “...Expand and learn, enjoy and sway to it, take in the vibe, watch how jazz is done by the best of ’em at the Lake George Jazz Weekend. On a good day, Shepard Park, with its idyllic backdrop to the lake, is the best listening room in the world. But even in years when the weather is imperfect, everyone comes. Why? For so many of us, the Lake George Jazz Weekend is simply a must-see event of the year.”  - Cathy DeDe, The Glens Falls Chronicle

"Shepard Park was created in the early 1900s as a democratic space, a park where everyone could have access not only to a lake that was in danger of being restricted to a privileged few, but to the nation’s richest cultural offerings as well. The Lake George Jazz Weekend, which brings some of the best and most interesting musicians in the country to this beautiful lakeside park at no cost to the audience, fulfills that intention. The park’s founders would have loved the Lake George Jazz Weekend.” - Tony Hall, Publisher, Lake George Mirror

The Gruskin Group is a major supporter of the Lake George Jazz Weekend – CLICK HERE to see a preview of the documentary they are producing - celebrating 35+ Years of Jazz @ The Lake! The page provides an opportunity for everyone to upload their photo’s, comments, videos and stories for possible inclusion in the documentary. We also have a FaceBook page for the documentary trailer where you can do the same.

George Steeve Has many excellent excellent videos of the last four LG Jazz Festivals.
Check them out HERE. Thank You George!