Jazz Fest features local musicians

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  • Alexis Cole, one of the performers.

  • Iron Forge

  • Alex Foster

The eighth annual Hudson Valley Jazz Festival is set for Aug. 17-20.

The event features gypsy jazz, modern, be-bop, acoustic and funky electric.

The featured show brings local artists Jeff Ciampa of Warwick and Pete Levin and Woodstock together with ex-Miles Davis and Return to Forever drummer Lenny White, saxophonist Alex Foster from Saturday Nite Live and Ira Coleman, formerly with Tony Williams.

The continued thrust of this series is to highlight the great many Hudson Valley local artists whose talent in many cases is on par with these marque name jazz musician. They come from Warwick, Newburgh, Nyack, Greenwood Lake, Chester, Goshen, Peekskill and Sugarloaf.

Shows take place in an outdoor courtyard, B&B, cafes, clubs, restaurants, community centers, organic farms, art workshop spaces and housing development performance rooms.

Most shows are free, and those with a fee are modestly priced.

For more information, visit www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org.

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