Get set for jazz at Caramoor like you’ve never seen or heard before! Now in its 22nd year, this annual day-long festival is a celebration for jazz enthusiasts of all ages and includes performances set throughout our picturesque gardens and grounds, fun activities for little ones, tours of the historic Rosen House at Caramoor, extensive food and beverage options, and more. A summer day well spent with your friends, on your own, or with the whole family!
Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center and headlined by the celebrated Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant, the 2015 Caramoor Jazz Festival brings an eclectic mix of established jazz legends, future phenoms, big bands, and solo pianists together for one-of-a-kind artistic collaboration and new jazz synergies. In recent years, Caramoor’s exquisite setting and laid-back charm – just an hour’s drive from Manhattan – have attracted such performers as Chick Corea, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Vijay Iyer, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Paquito D’Rivera, and more.
“You really couldn’t come up with a prettier setting for a jazz festival … Caramoor is a perfect day trip for city slickers who want to hear some of the most prominent jazz artists of the day without going very far to do so.” – Jazz Times
Plan your festival stay based on two ticket options:
All Day & Evening ticket gives you access to all performances and activities, including the Festival headliner, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Day Only ticket offers you access to all performances and activities except for the evening performance by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant.
In addition to hours of great music, your tickets include:
free and convenient parking
viewing areas out of the sun including a shade tent for daytime shows
spacious green picnic lawns (some with old-fashioned picnic tables)
plenty of space to explore and play
assorted food and beverages for purchase at our refreshment stand (or bring your own!)
activities for kids
A summer day well spent with your friends, on your own, or with the whole family!
Free Caramoor Shuttle!
We’ve got you covered the rest of the way. Starting at 10:30am until an hour after the final performance, we will be continuously transporting visitors to and from Caramoor and the Katonah Metro North Train Station (Harlem Line) approximately every 30 minutes.
All Day Reception Tent
Members Lounge - Covered Picnic Space for Members
11:00am Picnic Parking Welcome Area
Sammy Miller and The Congregation
11:20am Picnic Parking Welcome Area
The Amigos Band
Noon Friends Field
Sammy Miller and The Congregation
1:00pm Friends Field
Bryan Carter Quintet Plays Ray Charles
1:00pm Venetian Theater
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra
1:30pm Venetian Theater
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra featuring Joey Alexander
1:45pm Venetian Theater
Joey Alexander Trio
2:15pm Friends Field
Orrin Evans Quartet
2:30pm Sunken Garden
Riley Mulherkar, David Linard & Patrick Sargent
2:30pm Spanish Courtyard
Ibanda Ruhumbika & Ben Flocks
3:00pm Garden Courtyard
The Amigos Band
3:15pm Friends Field
Jazz for Young People on Tour: Let Freedom Swing with the Jerome Jennings Sextet
3:30pm Sunken Garden
Russell Hall & Gabe Schnider
3:30pm Rosen House Encounter
4:00pm Venetian Theater & Audio Broadcast to Garden Listening Areas
Cécile McLorin Salvant
4:15pm Garden Courtyard
The Amigos Band
4:30pm Rosen House Encounter
5:30pm Friends Field & Tapestry Hedge
Elijah Jamal Balbed Trio
5:30pm Spanish Courtyard
Jazz Chat: A Conversation and Q&A About the Evening Performance, Led by Seton Hawkins
8:00pm Venetian Theater
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant
“The ambitious and prodigious young drummer Sammy Miller is the perfect player-scholar”
Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal
A native of Los Angeles, Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a singer and bandleader. At the ripe old age of 23, Sammy has performed/recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Johnny O’Neal, and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens—at venues across the globe, including the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. In the Jazz World, Sam has been recognized with a number of honors, including the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Shelly Manne Award, the Dolo Coker Scholarship, and the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award. As a clinician, Sammy has taught throughout the globe independently as well as with The Monk Institute, The Juilliard School, and most recently Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People’s Touring Program.
Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy now resides in New York City where he performs regularly with his ensemble, Sammy Miller and The Congregation.
Orrin Evans—PIANIST, BANDLEADER AND NOTORIOUS MUSICAL CATALYST—is a bona fide, jazz original. Brimming with music and ideas, Orrin’s Liberation Blues debuts one of his most impressive projects yet, a new quintet lineup that includes Sean Jones, JD Allen, Luques Curtis, and Bill Stewart. The recording, made live at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City, occurred immediately following the passing of bassist Dwayne Burno, and the opening selections comprise the “Liberation Blues Suite” dedicated to his memory. Orrin explains, “In my eyes, Burno is now a ‘Free Man’ … but with that freedom, we’ve lost a great man right here on earth. So, there’s still a blues we feel missing our brother and friend.” Simply put, the playing is inspired. Sean Jones and JD Allen are a brilliant pairing and it is hard to miss Bill Stewart’s presence. Orrin says, “Let me do something that people wouldn’t expect, somethin’ that I wouldn’t even expect. Listen … now is the time for Bill Stewart.” After mining the compositions of Paul Motian, Trudy Pitts, Miles Davis, and, of course, Orrin Evans, the night concludes with a memorable encore visit from Philadelphia vocalist Joanna Pascale for a sultry version of “The Night has a Thousand Eyes.” Liberation Blues is available for purchase as an 8-panel CD-Deluxe Album complete with liner notes, interview and additional photos or as a high resolution download mastered for iTunes.
With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and announce the arrival of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career. Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Jon Faddis, Ted Nash, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut and currently tours with vocalists Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling. Carter’s profound respect for the jazz tradition and his ability to create new music that reflects a deep connection to the rich this heritage is not surprising given his background.
Beginning drums at the age of three, Carter quickly developed a strong passion for music—especially jazz. By the age of eleven he had already studied with legendary drummers Louie Bellson, Harold Jones, and Ed Thigpen. Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major and studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L Jackson Scholarship. While at Juilliard, Carter took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional crosscollaborative performance.
As a new artist, Carter’s access to extensive outlets lead to performances at iconic and globally recognized venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Staples Center and the Chicago Symphony Center. He also continues to travel and perform at clubs, festivals and concert halls around the world. The Bryan Carter Quintet released its first CD entitled “Enchantment” in May 2011. “Enchantment” peaked in the top 15 of the Jazz Week Radio Charts and CMJ Jazz Charts.
Aside from performing Carter has conducted clinics, masterclasses and workshops at schools, colleges and universities around the world. Currently Carter serves as a teaching artist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Jazz for Young People” program in New York City and endorses Sakae Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and 1964-Ears Monitors.
Jake Hertzog is a multi-genre award-winning guitarist, composer, songwriter and educator currently based in New York City. He has five critically acclaimed jazz records as composer and leader. The Jake Hertzog Band has headlined throughout the U.S. and Europe including The Blue Note in New York and Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Jake has two records released with his rock band The Young Presidents and his recordings have made it onto the charts in the jazz, rock (AAA) and pop/dance genres. Jake’s rock songwriting and production work has been featured on MTV and Vh1.
For three years Jake toured as the musical director and guitarist for Nickelodeon stars Nat and Alex Wolff, appearing at arenas, festivals across the country and numerous national television engagements. He has performed and recorded with some of the finest talent in jazz and rock including Randy Brecker, Ivan Neville, Mike Clarke, Blondie Chaplin, Anton Fig, Ingrid Jensen and countless others.
Jake has contributed over 30 instructional jazz guitar articles to Guitar Player magazine under the alias “Hey Jazz Guy” and has taught workshops across the US, Europe and India.
Jake is a winner of the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, holds a performance degree from Berklee College of Music and is currently pursuing a masters degree at The Manhattan School of Music in New York.
THE AMIGOS deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Indie-Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. As global ambassadors for American music, the Amigos toured 6 countries and 20 states in the past year, sharing a message of ecstatic collaboration and inclusion in over 200 performances in 2014. The Amigos’ debut album, “Diner in the Sky,” featuring American music legend David Amram, has received significant airplay in the US and Europe, and was praised by the Wall Street Journal. The Amigos are committed to exploring the rich connections in roots music, and have performed or recorded with Jim Lauderdale, Nellie McKay, Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers, Ranger Doug (of Riders in the Sky), Pete Seeger, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and have opened for artists such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sam Bush, Tab Benoit, and Jon Batiste.
“This accordion-based group (yes, accordion!) is updated Americana at its best. Taking mostly folk rock then adding jazz and zydeco-cajun influences, you get music that’s impossible not to stomp your feet to (or dance around in happy circles). Plus, their instrument solos pretty much shred it.” – The Huffington Post
“Describing themselves as a “hot folk” ensemble, this energetic quartet appeals to the same dancing crowd that flocks to such neo-hot jazz groups as the Stay Human Band and the Hot Sardines. Their excellent new album, “Diner in the Sky,” benefits from the production expertise of David Amram, himself a storied veteran of many a jazz-folk-classical music mashup.” – Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal
“The Amigos have their own loose-limbed charm…serving up a sprightly mixture of folk, country, mariachi, and more.” – The New Yorker
“…a swinging mash of bluegrass, jazz, Cajun, country and gospel music.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
After falling in love with the guitar at age 10, Gabe has since performed/recorded with James Moody, Joshua Bell, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Junior Mance, Kenny Burrell, Arturo O’Farrill, Anthony Wilson, Jane Monheit, Wycliffe Gordon, Julian Lage, Bill T. Jones, Gene Perla and Esperanza Spalding, among others. He has performed at venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Standard, Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, Gracie Mansion, The Jazz Gallery, Carnegie Hall, Capitol Records, Staples Center (2011 Grammy Awards Telecast with Esperanza Spalding), The Blue Note NYC, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Cape May, Pittsfield, Monterey, Montreal and Toronto International Jazz Festivals. A former member of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, two-time selectee for the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, and a National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts YoungArts winner in Jazz, Gabe now resides in New York City where he can be seen/heard throughout the city and abroad, performing with a variety of different ensembles and projects. In addition to performance, Gabe also has been involved in film scoring and recently served as Guitar Arranger for the award-winning independent motion picture “Teresa is a Mother.” Gabe was selected as one of ten semifinalists from around the world to compete in the International Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. A recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music, Gabe will be continuing his studies at the Juilliard School this fall as a recipient of the Greene Fellowship.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra (JLCYO) is a 17-piece big band for talented high school students in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT). Members have the opportunity to enhance their musical education with the finest professional training and performance opportunities. The JLCYO rehearses weekly in the state-of-the-art Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Recording Studio in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. During these rehearsals students learn big band repertoire and performance techniques from JLCYO Director Vincent Gardner as well as members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. The JLCYO has performed with jazz greats including Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Sean Jones, Warren Wolfe, and Walter Blanding, among others. The JLCYO has performed for dancers as part of the Frankie Manning Centennial Savoy Ball and alongside 250-member choirs for performances of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music and Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass at Carnegie Hall. The Jazz Academy Youth Programs, from which the JLCYO is part of, is made up of 3 middle school big bands, 3 high school big bands, and 8 combos taught by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other renowned faculty. More information about the Jazz Academy Youth Programs and other Jazz at Lincoln Center educational programs can be found at academy.jazz.org.