15th Annual Albany Jazz Fest Announces Lineup

The City of Albany has announced the lineup for the 15th Annual Jazz Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 10. The day-long free event will be held at the Washington Park Parade Grounds, due to construction at Jennings Landing.


The Ellis Marsalis Quintet headlines Jazz Fest, a legend of modern premier jazz piano. The father of Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, all legends in their own right, the patriarch of one of the world’s most famous musical families will perform with a quintet of musicians for a memorable headlining performance.

Lucky Chops, a brass band who made their name in the NYC subway system, calling on their roots at LaGuardia Arts High School. Having toured Demark and France, as well as clubs all over New York, they were featured on MTV’s “Girl Code Live” and carry a wide fanbase that grows with each performance.

KJ Denhert blends urban folk & jazz that can move you to laugh, dance and cry.  She steps out of the box for her latest recording, Album No. 9, exploring genres that have influenced her throughout her career. Praised for her pathos, originality and impeccable musicianship, KJ is a one-of-a-kind songwriter, guitarist and performer, not to be missed.

Jazz Caravan, based out of Albany, is a trio blending west-coast modern and Latin jazz stylings. Roger Noyes (guitar), Tony Berman (bass) and Jim Ketterer (drums) make up this unique trio, drawing on mid-century swing to bop and post-bop, as well as Ellison-inspired music, mashups of Monk and Brubeck-based figures; an odd-meter remake of a traditional hymn, a swingin’ rendition of folk melodies inspired by Leo Tolstoy, a hard-backbeat take on baroque and klezmer music, and even a Latin-groove reconstruction of Led Zeppelin.

Cliff Brucker & Full Circle is led by multi-instrumentalist and composer/producer Brucker, well known in the Capital Region for his 40 years of performance in the region. Full Circle includes Leo Russo, a local jazz legend, as well as pianist Larry Ham, trumpeter Dylan Canterbury, guitarist Mike Novakowski and bassist Otto Gardner, all masterful players who have performed with some of the most important names in jazz.

Schedule of performances during the 15th annual City of Albany Jazz Festival:

Cliff Brucker & Full Circle 1-2pm

Jazz Caravan 2:30-3:30pm

KJ Denhert 4-5pm

Lucky Chops 5:30-6:30pm

The Ellis Marsalis Quintet 7-8:30pm

Since its debut in 2002, the City of Albany Jazz Festival has featured an eclectic array of all-time musical greats, critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists and local favorites at Albany’s most spectacular outdoor venues. Great food, beverages and vendors make the Jazz Festival an event for all ages – and admission is still free! No glass, animals or recording of performances. All City of Albany parks are now curb-to-curb tobacco-free.