1 Amherst Street
Lake George, NY 12845
Phone: (518) 668-2616
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All Concerts are FREE

Saturday, September 16:
1 PM:
Lyric Fury
2:45: Ola Onabule
The Cookers


Sunday, September 17:
1 PM:
Camille Thurman
            & the Darrell Green Trio
2:45: Orrin Evans
4:30: Emilio Solla

Special Saturday evening performance 7:30 PM:
Dave Lebman Tribute to Coltrane

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 30+ 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.



2016 Jazz @ The Lake Performers:

1 PM: Brubeck Brothers Quartet
The BBQ (
The Brubeck Brothers) explores different rhythms, challenging harmonies, and swings with a joyful spirit.


2:45:Charenee Wade
Vocalist and composer Charenee Wade celebrates the music of American jazz poet Gil-Scott Heron.


4:30: Lao Tizer Quartet
featuring violinist Karen Briggs

This LA based ensemble has been compared to Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report. They are led by award winning pianist Lao Tizer featuring violinist Karen Briggs.

Special Saturday
evening performance 7:30 PM:

The Diva Jazz Orchestra
The Diva Jazz Orchestra: Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, the 17 piece DIVA has been voted one of the best big bands in the world in both DownBeat magazine’s annual Critic’s and Reader’s Polls.

1 PM: Edmar Castaneda Trio
Edmar Castaneda Trio: Paquito D’Rivera calls him: “an enormous talent who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple.”

2:45: The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble
Dick Oatts, lead alto from the Vanguard Orchestra.
Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Once talked about in the same breath as Duke Ellington, Gary McFarland’s career covered a brief ten years until his mysterious death in 1971 at the age of 38. The GM Ensemble is a tribute by drummer, arranger and vibraphonist Michael Benedict and features Dick Oatts on sax.

4:30: Amina Figarova Sextet
Amina Figarova Sextet: Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Amina Figarova had been cited in Downbeat Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Composer” has been singled out by The American Composers Orchestra for a commission this year.

“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)

“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

We are again grateful to Kenneth and Susan Gruskin for their continued generous support of our festival for many years, and The Gruskin Group for the art on posters, banners and collectables, as well as program advertisers, Warren County Tourism, the Town and Village of Lake George, the Lake George Mirror, 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.            - Paul Pines, Program Curator