Peekskill’s 9th annual Jazz & Blues Festival brought a phenomenal lineup of NY artists to satisfy the ears of northern Westchester’s little melting pot of culture.
The afternoon started off with The Lagond All-Stars, a crew of students from the Lagond School of Music from Elmsford, NY playing mostly cover tunes of various styles with a stage presence unlike what you might expect from a group of younger musicians. Before this show, they played a few shows down in the Nashville area. Local saxophonist and NY Blues Hall of Fame member Ray Blue and his quartet took on more traditional jazz stylings, providing some nice music for those enjoying dinner in the shade of the nearby restaurants.
The evening’s pace heated up as the Latin jazz style of NYC’s all-female Cocomama, with members from all over the world, drew several dancing feet near the stage. The day was capped off by incredible performances by two NY Blues Hall of Fame artists, Johnny Feds & Friends and Slam Allen. Slam Allen’s version of Prince’s “Purple Rain” is one not to be missed.
Slam Allen and Cocomama both have new albums released this year.
Johnny Feds & Friends