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Sherman’s JazzFest

August 5, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 5, 2023
Pavilion, Sherman’s Park

Sherman’s JazzFest

Kyle Athayde Dance Party
Eddie Barbash with KASA Quartet



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Free for students! Caroga Arts offers free admission to concert goers under age 17 for all Caroga Arts presented concerts at Sherman’s.


Sherman’s JazzFest is back and better than ever for its second year! After a wildly successful inaugural JazzFest, we’re excited to bring you another incredible lineup of world-class jazz musicians and performers.

This year’s festival features the dynamic and energetic Kyle Athayde Dance Party, the virtuosic Eddie Barbash with KASA Quartet, and the adventurous WARP Trio. These talented musicians are guaranteed to deliver unforgettable performances that will transport you to a world of pure jazz magic.


The Kyle Athayde Dance Party performs regularly around New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area in a wide variety of venues, such as The Garage Restaurant and Cafe, Armando’s, The Zinc Bar, and Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center. On particularly sunny days in the spring and fall you can find us performing outside at places like Washington Square Park, Union Square, and the Lafayette Plaza.

Eddie Barbash plays American roots music on alto saxophone. He is a founding member of Jon Batiste Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He has performed with stars in almost every genre: jazz with Wynton Marsalis, classical with Yo-Yo Ma, rock with Lenny Kravitz, country with Vince Gill, funk with Parliament, He brings his horn and sensibility to Texas and Appalachian fiddle tunes, bluegrass, old time, R&B, soul, and classic New Orleans.

He has performed at major festivals worldwide. He debuted at Carnegie Zankel Hall with Stay Human in 2013. His portrait graced the t-shirt for the Newport Jazz Festival two years later. In New York City he has led residencies at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Django, and the Manderley Bar in Chelsea. He has taught master classes at Carnegie Hall.

His luminous sound and creative vitality first caught the attention of legendary drummer Chico Hamilton, who invited him to join his sextet when he was 19 (70 years younger than Chico) and a freshman at The Juilliard School. He began playing with Batiste the same year (2008). New York Times critic Ben Ratliff in a review of a performance at the Rubin Museum that fall described him as “gifted, young and driven.” He was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, Atlanta, Georgia and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is 28 and lives in Brooklyn.

KASA Quartet, First Prize winner of the 2017 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, was founded in the summer of 2016 by Andy Liang, Aaron Schwartz, Stephanie Price-Wong and Kyle Price. KASA utilizes its fluency in multiple styles to curate fresh, innovative, genre-defying performances that harken the classical standard repertoire and fuse it with favorites of the jazz, musical theater, folk and pop standards. The quartet takes pride in creating and interpreting original arrangements and transcriptions of works by Jacob Collier, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin among others. The ensemble has taught and performed as featured artists for the Ravinia Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Austin Chamber Music Center, Second City Chamber Series, Miami Music Project, and Chamber Music Connection in addition to holding a residency each summer at the Caroga Lake Music Festival since its inception. KASA’s shared passion for bringing multiple genres together for their programming has attracted various audiences and presenters from different musical interests together for memorable performances and projects. KASA recently released its debut album, Forever Wild, Volume 1, each track features a collaboration with guest artists and bands all of different genres. Read more below! Forever Wild, Volume 2 coming in 2023…

Described in Free Times as, “A talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music,” Warp Trio is NOT your typical piano trio. Lying at the intersection of a chamber music ensemble, rock band, and art project, Mikael Darmanie (Piano), Ju Young Lee (Cello), and Josh Henderson (Violin) are pushing the boundaries of music consumption through inter-disciplinary collaborations and eclectic programming that includes electrifying original material, dynamic interpretations of popular music, improvisation, and unique takes on classical repertoire. Whether performing in a nightclub, gallery space or concert hall, Warp Trio is transporting audiences to the next level of concert experience.

Since their inception at the beginning of 2014, Warp Trio has maintained a broad range of repertoire ranging from traditional classical to their own original compositions and virtuoso arrangements of music spanning several different genres. They have performed as individuals all over the planet, and as a trio have begun to make their mark on the classical music scene with their energizing performances throughout the U.S.

Miriam Elhajli is a New York-based composer/improviser/folklorist whose work is influenced by the rich musical tradition of her Venezuelan, Moroccan and North American heritage. Her anticipated second album, The Uncertainty of Signs, features a wide cast of players performing on instruments of various cultures and traditions. The record was released on February 22 via her label Numina Records and finds her searching for the metaphysics of song, exploring the surreal and the symbolic.


August 5, 2023
5:00 pm


Sherman’s Park
W Caroga Lake Shore Road
Caroga Lake, NY 12032 United States
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