Friday's headliner is Spyro Gyra, the Buffalo band that celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Malfitano remembers booking Spyro Gyra in CNY around the same time he first heard Kenny G.
Also performing Friday will be the Westhill High School Jazz Ensemble, the John Tropea Band, Randy Brecker/Bill Evans Soulbop Band and Creatchy & The Cats (a.k.a. the West Coast-East Coast Dream Band). The L.A.-based unit -- keyboardist David Garfield, bassist Will Lee, trumpeter Randy Brecker, percussionist Lenny Castro, drummer Steve Ferrone, and vocalist Alex Ligertwood -- will appear at 8 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday prior to Kenny G.
At 11:30 p.m. Friday a jam session featuring instrumentalists such as Brecker, Evans and Lee, will honor the late guitarist Hiram Bullock who died July 25, at age 52. Malfitano had booked Bullock a half-dozen times at past festivals and called him "a master showman and studio wizard."
Besides Kenny G, Saturday's main-stage performers include the Manlius Pebble Hill Jazz Combo, Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk Big Band and the Steelheads with guest pan master Andy Narell.
Following Kenny G's Saturday night set, a Price Chopper fireworks display produced by Auburn's Telstar Display Fireworks will light up the sky at about 11 p.m.