The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival began in 2010 as The Warwick Jazz Festival. Intended as a two day event, it's initial launch as a four day festival has been the standard. The mission is to highlight local talent and participating venues by having a four day series in August that places the locals alongside some of the top names in jazz. This year's Jazz Festival is August 11-14.
Previous name recognizable talent that have appeared include Dave Liebman, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wallace Roney, Lenny White, Arturo O'farrell, Bobby Sanabria, John Abercrombie and Buster Williams, to name a few. The focus however remains on all the wonderful talent in the greater Hudson Valley.