Lake George Jazz Weekend

Save the date for this year’s Jazz Weekend: September 19 & 20, 2020

There has been a little uncertainty about the dates for this year’s Jazz Weekend. This year’s event is scheduled for September 19 & September 20, 2020. We are cautiously optimistic and planning accordingly. We are also coming up with contingency plans and new approaches to the program if we find ourselves in a situation where we have to cancel. If we do cancel, though, we will come back in 2021 bigger and better than ever!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tanya – [email protected]


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

Stay tuned for 2020’s lineup!

In the meantime, have a listen below for a taste from our 2019 artists, with tracks selected by our Curator, Daniel Kelly. You can check out their bios HERE.


John Strong and Paul Pines, 2011.

About the Jazz Weekend

Lake George Arts Project Executive Director, John Strong, and Paul Pines, LGAP Jazz Weekend Artistic Director (from 1983 to 2018), 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 he 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.

Daniel Kelly,  Jazz Weekend Artistic Director and Curator.

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. 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 able to offer a high quality showcase of internationally acclaimed Jazz acts at no charge because of our sponsors and supporters.

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.

Thanks also to Warren County Tourism, the Town of Lake George and the 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 participate in the Gruskin Matching Grant Program, as well as become a LGAP member, or buy raffle tickets and merchandise 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!


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