The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of Albany are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition to coincide with the Annual Port of Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival. The competition, slated for Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM in downtown Albany establishments, will feature selected regional and local bands competing for the prize of playing the following day, September 8, 2012, at the 11th Annual Port of Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival.
Attendees will vote for their favorite performance throughout the evening and the winner will be announced by midnight on the BID’s website. Pick up a ballot, roam around Downtown, and vote for your favorite act. This is a FREE event, there are no cover charges. A free trolley will be available during the evening with convenient stops.
Originally conceptualized from a merchant's meeting, the JazzFest Competition is one of many events and initiatives put on by the BID to highlight the vibrancy of downtown Albany and promote economic vitality. Attendees of the JazzFest Competition are encouraged to take advantage of the Albany Parking Authority (APA) parking program 2 Blocks, 2 Bucks, 2 Easy during the evening. Learn more about APA's parking program.
The selected bands scheduled to compete at this year's JazzFest Competition are:
• The Chronicles @ The Bayou Cafe
• Pat Attanasio Quartet @ Bistro/Bar 74 State
• Doctor Magnum @ Blue 82
• Erica Seguine / Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra @ Capital Repertory Theatre
• Brian Axford @ Carmines Brazilian Grille
• Gabriel's Groove @ McGeary's Irish Pub
• New York Jazz Trio @ The Merry Monk
• Le Rubb Duo @ Taste
Download an event map. Maps indicating bands and venues will also be available at each of the eight participating venues listed above.
Put on by the Special Event division of the City of Albany, the Riverfront Jazz Festival is a free event that has hosted artists such as Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, and John Scofield. Attendance of over 10,000 is expected for the festivities at the Albany Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at the Corning Preserve on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM. For more information on the Riverfront Jazz Festival call 518.434.2032.