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Acclaimed performers at L.G. Jazz Fest inspire enthusiastic audience

Jazz star Saxophonist Grace Kelly, 19, performs a duet with band member Jason Palmer Saturday during the first day of Lake George Jazz Weekend. She and other musicians through the weekend — representing a wide variety of jazz genres — thrilled audiences with their improvisations.

Jazz star Saxophonist Grace Kelly, 19, performs a duet with band member Jason Palmer Saturday during the first day of Lake George Jazz Weekend. She and other musicians through the weekend — representing a wide variety of jazz genres — thrilled audiences with their improvisations. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The synergy continued Sunday Sept. 18. with the Charles Cornell Quartet onstage. A recent graduate of Hartford high school, Cornell has captured regional attention as a prodigy on the jazz piano.

He was followed by the group Apex: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green.

Mahanthappa, who fuses his Indian musical heritage with contemporary jazz strains, has won a variety of top international awards as top alto saxophonist in recent years. His jazz veteran Bunky Green for a sax collaboration has been hailed by Jazz Times.

The weekend’s performances ended with bassist-composer Kyle Eastwood and his Band. Son of famed actor Clint Eastwood, his music revealed the influences of Count Basie and Miles Davis, among the jazz greats that Kyle grew up listening to.

Eastwood’s second album Paris Blue climbed to No. 1 on the French jazz charts. His compositions for film include pieces for Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, and Invictus.

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