May 4, 2005

Bob Baldwin Brings Smooth Jazz Fest To Greater New York

Those living near New York City will finally have a weekend smooth jazz concert to call their own.

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This July, you can be sure that Bob Baldwin won’t have any trouble getting on the bill for the first-ever Croton Music Festival. That’s because the smooth jazz pianist created the event, signed the musicians to perform and is helping to publicize the event.

Although there are other jazz festivals in the New York area over the summer, they usually features mainstream jazz artists.

Baldwin's festival will be held July 9-10 at Croton Point Park in the town of Croton, about 35 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. Confirmed acts include saxophonist Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, flutist Dave Valentin, vibraphonist Roy Ayers and vocalists Bobby Caldwell, Michael Franks, Phil Perry and Stephanie Mills.

Of course, Baldwin – whose latest album is called Brazil Chill – will also be performing at the concert in Westchester County, which he calls home. For more information, go to www.crotonmusicfest.com.

Posted by Brian Soergel at May 4, 2005 5:14 AM