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Best Jazz & Blues Jul 13 - Sep 13

in Albany

Doobie Brothers at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Doobie Brothers

Blue-eyed soul and soft rockers The Doobie Brothers have become an indelible part of the American musical landscape, making their mark as a durable and resilient band that fearlessly embraces genres ranging from RnB to classic rock and boogie. Their incredible 50-year + career has seen a host of talented performers join their evolving line-up including crooner Michael McDonald and guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.

James Taylor at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

James Taylor

In a career that started off with a bang in 1960's NYC, by way of Swingin' London and a cool collaboration with the Beatles, it was 1970 that brought Sweet Baby James (and his eponymous record) to public notice, displaying an epic and haunting maturity that seemed far beyond his 22 years and leading to his becoming part of a peerless group that defined that era, including Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and many more.

Joe Bonamassa at Palace Theatre Albany

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa is the guitarist's guitarist. A master of the blues, Bonamassa easily ranks alongside the more well known Clapton or Jeff Beck. Such was his prodigious talent that he supported B.B. King at the tender of age of twelve in 1989, and was christened by King as "one of a kind." Since then, he's played with anyone who is anyone and released a formidable catalogue of studio albums.

Tedeschi Trucks Band at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Grammy-winning husband and wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are hitting the road. Comprised of slide guitar virtuoso Trucks, the feisty vocals of Tedeschi and a backing band of killer brass and rhythm section musicians, the Tedeschi Truck Band do southern-fried soul like no one else's business.

The Marcus King Band at Palace Theatre Albany

The Marcus King Band

Still in his 20s, Marcus King has already been tapped as the next great guitarist by The Washington Post. With his intricate story-telling and stellar virtuosic talent on the guitar, this youngster and his band head out on another North American tour. Catch the talented South Carolina native when he brings his upbeat Americana to you!

Dweezil Zappa at Palace Theatre Albany

Dweezil Zappa

Considering his father was the late great psychedelic-jazz-prog space wizard, many might assume that his son Dweezil has some big shoes to fill. However, the prodigious guitarist and producer came into his own as a solo performer in his own right, mesmerizing audiences with his technical prowess on the axe. He's regularly on the road with the Zappa plays Zappa ensemble as well as the Experience Hendrix Tour.