Headlining the Main Stage
Al Foster Quartet
with Eric Alexander
Aloysius Foster was born in Richmond Virginia on January 18, 1943. His family moved to New York when he was a child, so as a boy growing up in Harlem he had the opportunity to visit the Apollo theatre in it's hey day. He heard Miles Davis in 1958 with his sextet that featured John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb.
Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music traditions, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.
Hailey Niswanger (pronounced “NICE–wonger”), graduated in December of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, on a full scholarship. Hailey has an impressive list of accomplishments that reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon, and well beyond her years.
About the Northampton Jazz Festival
The third annual Northampton Jazz Festival will be presented on Saturday, September 7th from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Building on the success of the last two years events, the NJF will feature the main stage on Hampton Ave (behind Thorne’s Market) and a performance space in the Market as well.
The Festival presents internationally known musicians, as well as established local performers and promising young players from area Colleges and High Schools. Attendees can also watch the “12 Mile Meal Challenge,” and root for their favorite local chefs as they compete to see who can create the most innovative cuisine, using food grown by local farmers. As with last year, attendees can enjoy food, beer and wine from local restaurants that make Northampton a favorite among “foodies” everywhere.
“The Jazz Festival is the perfect event to showcase both Downtown Northampton and really great jazz music,” said Bill Collins, vice president of the Northampton Jazz Festival. “The mixture of top pros and student players was fantastic last year and we expect even more excitement from this year’s lineup.”
The Fest will run from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and is free of charge. The event is sponsored, in part, by TD Bank, The Spoleto Group and BayState Health and other local businesses. Major sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting John Michaels.
The 3rd Annual 12 Mile Meal Chef Battle at Northampton Jazz Festival on Saturday September 7th from 11am to 3pm will feature chef teams from 3 area restaurants battling to make the best meals of appetizer, entree and dessert from foods all sourced from within a 12 mile radius of the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Downtown Northampton. Find out more at http://www.12milemeal.com/
The Clarion is offering a special room rate for people coming to the Jazz Festival here