Sept 14 & 15, 2019
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
Artistic Director / Curator
Lake George Arts Project Executive Director, John Strong, and Paul Pines, LGAP Jazz Weekend Artistic Director, planned the first ever Lake George Jazz Weekend over 35 years ago. We were blessed having Paul Pines, artist, writer, poet, Jazz enthusiast and advocate, curate this event all those years. He never missed a beat – making magic happen every time. Paul passed on June 27, 2018. He created a remarkable legacy for this annual event, and will be missed by so many artists, musicians and Jazz fans, just to name a few. Please click here for more info and links on Paul’s creative life.
Paul’s vision for Jazz at The Lake will continue. We are very pleased to announce that Daniel Kelly, jazz pianist/composer, will continue Paul’s work as LGAP’s Jazz Weekend Artistic Director and Curator of the 2019 Lake George Jazz Weekend. Daniel has performed in Lake George at the 2010 Jazz Festival with his EMERGE TRIO and again in 2015 with his trio WORKS featuring saxophonist Joe Lovano. He also performed at our Summer Concert Series in 2016 with violinist Gretchen Koehler.
Daniel Kelly and Paul Pines became close friends during their association over the years. Said Paul: “I remain convinced that Daniel Kelly is one of the most stunningly original talents both as an improviser and a leader that I have known in a long career of promoting this art form. His musical ideas spring naturally from a visionary imagination.”
Daniel Kelly is also the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Connection Works, an artist-run non-profit organization based in Brooklyn that, since 2007, has presented workshops for young people and produced over 250 concerts, featuring artists such as Grammy award-winner Joe Lovano, NEA Jazz Masters Dave Liebman & Shelia Jordan and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipients Dafnis Prieto & Steve Coleman.
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 to 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.
Jazz at the Lake Documentary
The Gruskin Group is a major supporter of the Lake George Jazz Weekend – Watch a preview of the documentary they are producing – celebrating 35+ Years of Jazz @ The Lake!