Crackin' Foxy is a jazz ensemble featuring close vocal harmony and tight instrumental arrangements. The Saranac Lake—based septet is inspired by Traditional New Orleans Jazz but plays with a fresh and joyful energy all its own. Influences include the Boswell Sisters, Anette Hanshaw, and Django Reinhardt as well as Vaudeville and Hawaiian music of the early 20th century. Mark Hofschneider founded the band in 2010 after his wife suggested he play less clawhammer banjo and more ukulele. Other members include Sarah and Jenny Curtis on vocals, Russ Mulvey on bass, Alex Marklund on guitar, Wayne Davison on sax, trumpet, and clarinet, and Jacob Stern on fiddle.
Fiddlers' Hall of Fame inductee Gretchen Koehler and U.S. Jazz Ambassador Daniel Kelly add new grooves to 200 year old jigs, reels and waltzes.
“Best New Sounds.” — Thistle & Shamrock, NPR
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Fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blend the raw energy of American dance fiddling with the lyricism and improvisation of American jazz. "Masterful," writes Fiddler Magazine of the duo's dynamic sound. Koehler, a champion fiddler and Fiddlers' Hall of Fame inductee, is fluent in over a dozen distinct fiddle styles. Kelly, a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, has brought his depth of knowledge of American jazz to audiences around the world. Together, Koehler & Kelly spark an innovative musical conversation while celebrating their deep respect for folk traditions. Their bold approach has caught the attention of the folk music establishment, and they were featured on an episode of NPR's "The Thistle & Shamrock" showcasing the best new sounds.
Tickets: $20 Arts Center members; $25 non-members; $15 students & youth 17 and under