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Lake George Jazz Weekend celebrates its 30th with a stellar lineup

Award-winning, innovative bassist Ben Williams performs with a member of his Quintet 'Sound Effect.' The group will be on stage at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Shepard Park, Lake George during the two-day Lake George Jazz Weekend, set for Saturday Sept. 14 and Sunday Sept. 15. Seven acclaimed jazz groups will be performing in a lineup that starts at 1 p.m. both days. A highlight of the festival is a special performance at 7 p.m. Saturday evening featuring the legendary vibraphone master Gary Burton.

Award-winning, innovative bassist Ben Williams performs with a member of his Quintet 'Sound Effect.' The group will be on stage at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Shepard Park, Lake George during the two-day Lake George Jazz Weekend, set for Saturday Sept. 14 and Sunday Sept. 15. Seven acclaimed jazz groups will be performing in a lineup that starts at 1 p.m. both days. A highlight of the festival is a special performance at 7 p.m. Saturday evening featuring the legendary vibraphone master Gary Burton.

— Also exploring new territories in jazz is jazz violinist Christian Howes, appearing with his quintet Southern Exposure, featuring accordionist Richard Galliano with their Tango Nuevo stylings with an Argentine influence.

The festival opens Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Brian Patneaude Quintet followed at 2:30 p.m. by the Joel Harrison-Anupam Shobhakar ‘Leave the Door Open’ Quintet; 4:15 p.m.: Michele Rosewoman & the 10-piece New Yor-Uba Project; and a special concert at 7:30 p.m. by the New Gary Burton Quartet, followed by fireworks over the lake.

On Sunday at 1 p.m. Violinist Christian Howes & Southern Exposure take to the stage; at 2:30 p.m.: Bassist Ben Williams & Sound Effect; and at 4:15 p.m.: the Dave Liebman Big Band.

The rain site for the performances is the Lake George High School auditorium, northwest of Shepard Park on Canada St. Details: 668-2616 or: www.lakegeorgearts.org.

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