Resolution J5213-2011

Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

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  • Jun 12, 2012: ADOPTED
  • Jun 12, 2012: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 6, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  35th  Anniversary  of  the
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival to be held June 30-July 1, 2012,  and
memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2012, as Jazz
Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  those musical organizations that have brought entertainment and
cultural enrichment to the citizens of the great State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 35th Anniversary of the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival  to
be  held  at  the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) June 30-July 1,
2012, and to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2012,
as Jazz Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival is  one  of  the  most
celebrated and longest-running jazz events in the world; a sea of color-
ful  tents  and  umbrellas is a signature of this event, as people cele-
brate, picnic, relax and enjoy exhilarating, live music; and
  WHEREAS, This year's dynamic lineup consists of more than 20 acclaimed
artists and ensembles on  two  stages;  the  Freihofer's  Saratoga  Jazz
Festival  headliners include Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty &
Orleans Avenue, Esperanza Spalding "Radio Music  Society,"  Hiromi  Trio
Project, Yellowjackets, and Maceo Parker, among others; and
  WHEREAS, The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival was founded in 1978 by
jazz impresario George Wein, often referred to as the "father" of modern
music festivals; and
  WHEREAS, Jazz is an original American art form, developed in the early
20th Century and now reaching all corners of the world; over the past 35
years,  more  than  half a million fans have attended this renowned jazz
festival; and
  WHEREAS, Since  1978,  the  Freihofer's  Saratoga  Jazz  Festival  has
featured  a  Who's  Who  of  music  greats  including Miles Davis, Sonny
Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Joshua Redman, Herbie  Hancock,  Ray
Charles,  Dizzy  Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Chick Corea, Diana Krall and
Chris Botti; and
  WHEREAS, Today, the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival is produced  by
Danny Melnick, the President of Absolutely Live Entertainment; and
  WHEREAS, Freihofer's Baking Company, the Jazz Festival's Title Sponsor
since  1998,  has  been  integral to the success of this celebrated jazz
showcase, providing partnership and support which has  enabled  SPAC  to
consistently book and present the greatest jazz artists and ensembles in
the world; and
  WHEREAS,  Artistic  and  cultural activities help people to lift their
minds away from their daily routines and  live  a  fuller  life  through
their  appreciation  of  creativity; and the creative energy of the arts
can translate into increased employment  opportunities  and  the  stimu-
lation of community and regional businesses and economic activity; and
  WHEREAS,  A  true  asset  to  society,  the  Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz
Festival's distinguished record merits the  recognition  and  respectful
tribute of this Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the  35th  Anniversary  of  the  Freihofer's  Saratoga  Jazz
Festival  to be held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center June 30-July
1, 2012, and to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  to  proclaim  June
2012, as Jazz Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New

York, and Marcia  White,  President  and  Executive  Director,  Saratoga
Performing Arts Center.

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