Got jazz? You can open the 2012 Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

Saturday, Sept. 8, will also be the date of the free Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, from noon to 9 p.m. at the city’s Riverfront Park.

But, as with last year, the festivities really get started the night before. From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, jazz bands will compete at various downtown venues for the chance to be opening act for the jazz festival. Attendees will vote for their favorite performance throughout the evening and the winner will be announced by midnight on the Downtown Albany BID’s website.

If you have a jazz band, better hurry. Submissions by interested bands are due at 3 p.m. Aug. 9. Applications include a mp3 files of two songs and a promotional photo in JPEG format. They should be e-mailed to the Downtown Albany BID or received at the BID office on 40 N. Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207. Call Marcie Bergan, director of operations at the BID at 465-2143, Ext. 13 for more information. Or visit

The lineup for the rest of the jazz festival includes:

  • 1:15 p.m.: Way Down
  • 2:30 p.m.: PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP    featuring Araicne Trujillo
  • 4 p.m. : Delfeayo Marsalis
  • 5:30 p.m.: Charlie Hunter
  • 7 p.m.: THE MOSAIC PROJECT featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Nona Hendryx and Gretchen Parlato
  • 8:30 p.m. Fireworks

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