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Lee Shaw
LEE'S 88 KEYS @ SPECTRUM 8 - WEDNESDAY 6/3

The documentary Lee's 88 Keys will play at the Spectrum 8 Theatre in Albany, one show only, Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00pm. Following the film there will be an in theatre Q&A with the director Susan Robbins. The documentary was premiered at Proctor's to a sold out audience.

Eighty-eight year old Jazz Pianist, Lee Shaw, proudly known as Albany, New York’s Queen of Jazz, has lived a diverse, accomplished, and charmed life. From the piano bench she has bravely struggled not only with being a woman in a male dominated field, but with the financial challenges that come with pursuing a dream, and the conflict of her sharp musical mind’s residence in an ever aging vessel. As a veteran of a lifetime of music, from the finest stages in New York City to a namesake Jazz festival in Germany, then home to her birth-place in Oklahoma where she was inducted into the Jazz Hall Of Fame, Lee Shaw’s legend continues to grow. Her story is one of passion and triumph, all of which she attributes to her love of the 88’s.

Click here for a trailer for Lee's 88 Keys.

Mark Kleinhaut
MARK KLEINHAUT QUARTET @ SARATOGA ARTS CENTER - WED 6/3

Capital District Jazz, Ltd will present a fund raising concert for its program All Ears: Jazz and Improvised Music Workshop (see below), featuring the Mark Kleinhaut Quartet, on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30pm at the Saratoga Arts Center’s Dee Sarno Theater, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Jazz guitarist Mark Kleinhaut, a relative newcomer to Saratoga Springs, has been performing, composing and recording for decades. In 2013, Kleinhaut was included in Scott Yanow's book, The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Ultimate Guide published by Backbeat Books. During Kleinhaut's thirty year career, he has recorded over 60 compositions, released six albums including a Jazzweek Top 20 disc with saxophonist Bobby Watson, and an album with trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. Now, upon arrival in the capital region, he has set out to re-form his quartet by enlisting some of the most accomplished and respected musicians in the region to join him: trumpeter Chris Pasin, bassist John Menegon and drummer Bob Halek.

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Colleen Pratt
JAZZ ON JAY KICKS OFF ON THURSDAY 6/4

Jazz On Jay, the annual outdoor performance series on Jay Street in Schenectady, will kick off on Thursday, June 4 at 12:00pm with Colleen Pratt & Friends.

Other upcoming performances:
Thursday 6/11 – Joshua Nelson Quintet
Thursday 6/18 – Nat Phipps Trio with Antonia Brown
Thursday 6/25 – Wee-B3

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Paul Evoskevich

ST. ROSE JAZZ ENSEMBLE 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT - SAT 6/6

The College of Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble will celebrate Professor of Music Paul Evoskevich's 30th year as its director with a special alumni reunion concert during the College's Reunion Weekend.

The performance will take place Saturday, June 6, at 5:00pm on the D'Arcy-Brady Stage in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, NY.

Among the 30 past members of the Jazz Ensemble performing this evening: saxophonists Brian Patneaude, Tim Veeder and John Savage; pianist Cliff Brucker; bassist Mike Lawrence; drummer Bob Halek; and saxophonist Joseph Dragone, who is superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District.

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Speakeasy 518
BI-WEEKLY JAM SESSION @ SPEAKEASY - TUESDAY 6/9

Speakeasy 518 (42 Howard St, Albany, NY) will continue its bi-weekly jazz jam session on Tuesday, June 9.

The session will run from 8:00-11:00pm and will be hosted by bassist Dylan Perrillo's trio featuring pianist Kevin Carey and drummer Kevin Urvalek.

There will be a piano, upright bass, drum set and guitar amplifier available for public use.

www.speakeasy518.com

Mark Capon
SWINGTIME PRESENTS MARK CAPON @ PROVENCE - SUNDAY 6/14

The Swingtime Jazz Societywill present the Mark Capon Trio at Provence on Sunday, June 14. The concert will run from 4:00-6:00pm with a jam session to follow from 6:00-7:00pm.

Guitarist Mark Capon led groups at New York City jazz venues Cleopatra's Needle, The Garage, Creole, and others as well as many in the capital region. He received jazz study grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 and 1989, was featured on the 1994 television broadcast TELEJAZZ in Newark, New Jersey, and was a semifinalist in the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship competition in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1995 and 1996. Mark accompanied various vocalists in the 2012 New York City documentary "Sandy Jordan's World of Jazz and Cabaret." Mark studied with the late legendary jazz guitarist Tal Farlow. Mark's CD release The Jazz Guitar Of Mark Capon received notable reviews in All About Jazz and other publications.

Capon will be joined by bassist Pete Toigo and drummer Mark Foster.

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Phil Allen
PHIL ALLEN/MICHAEL BENEDICT BIG BAND @ LARK TAVERN - SUN 6/14

The 12-piece Phil Allen-Michael Benedict Concert Jazz Band will make its debut at The Lark Tavern on Sunday, Jun 14 at 7:00pm.

This band includes Dave Fisk, Lee Russo, Nate Giroux, Rick Hambright on saxophones; Scott Thompson, Chris Pasin, Sam Ponder on trumpets; Ben O'Shea and Phil Allen on trombone; Wayne Hawkins on piano; Dylan Perrillo on bass and Michael Benedict on drums.

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Chris Pasin & Randon Acts of Kindness
CHRIS PASIN CD RELEASE @ BEARSVILLE THEATER - THUR 6/18

Trumpter Chris Pasin will celebrate the release of his new CD Random Actos of Kindness (Planet Arts) at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY on Thursday, June 18 at 8:00pm.

Chris began playing trumpet at age nine, and attended New England Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music, during which time he played professionally in Boston extensively. This was followed by years on the road with the Buddy Rich band, and several years with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Lew Tabackin orchestra, Brother Jack McDuff, and many others while living in New York City. He appears on recordings by Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and Toshiko, and most recently, the popular Albany area band Bopitude. After more than a decade and a half away from the trumpet, while raising a family, Chris returned in 2008, and after moving to Athens in 2013 has become one of the busier jazz trumpeters in the Hudson Valley.

The performance - and CD - will feature guitarist Mark Kleinhaut, pianist Wayne Hawkins (who will kick off the evening with a solo set), bassist John Menegon and drummer Dave Berger.

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Tuck & Patti
TUCK & PATTI @ THE VAN DYCK - SATURDAY 6/20

The Van Dyck will present Tuck & Patti for two shows (6:30 & 8:30pm) on Saturday, June 20.

Over a career of jazz, R&B, and crossover recordings, husband-and-wife duo Tuck & Patti have produced a remarkable amount of music, especially considering that they rely on the textures of only guitar and voice. Vocalist Patti Cathcart and guitarist Tuck Andress have been a steady performing duo for three decades. Oklahoma born guitarist Tuck Andress met singer Patti Cathcart, a native of San Francisco, at an audition in Las Vegas in 1980. Prior to this, Tuck had been a session performer with The Gap Band.

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Crazy Swedes
CRAZY SWEDES @ PUTNAM DEN - THURSDAY 6/25

Instrumental fusion group Crazy Swedes will perform at The Putnam Den in Saratoga on Thursday, June 25 at 9:30pm.

Crazy Swedes line up includes guitarist Will Severin, keyboardist Rob Lindquist, bassist Eric Schwanke and drummer George Fortune.

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Snarky Puppy
FREIHOFER'S SARATOGA JAZZ FEST @ SPAC - 6/27 & 6/28

The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.

Artists scheduled to perform include Cassandra Wilson, Al DiMeola, Christian McBride, Snarky Puppy and more.

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ALL EARS WORKSHOP @ SCCC - JULY 13-24

Capital District Jazz, Ltd will present the All Ears: Jazz and Improvised Music Workshop featuring special guest artist, trumpeter Ray Vega, at Schenectady County Community College from July 13 - 24.

Led by educators Keith Pray and Arthur Falbush along with other leading educators and performers from the Capital Region, All Ears is a fun hands-on way to learn about jazz and improvised music. Learning to play music by ear was the traditional method utilized by many of the jazz greats. In the program, the faculty will teach students how to develop their listening skills and provide step-by-step guidance through the process, helping them to gain results in a shorter amount of time.

The program is open to musicians of any age, ability or instrument. Tuition assistance is available for those in need, and day rates for adults interested in attending but who can only be there a limited time.

All Ears will also take place at SUNY Oneonta from August 3-7.

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Jeff Nania
PROCTORS JAZZ INSTITUTE - AUGUST 3-14

The Proctors Jazz Institute
will run August 3-14 at Proctors in Schenectady.

This immersive experience will feature recording clinics, master classes, rhythm & improvisation courses and will transform the GE Theatre into a jazz club for the final performance on Friday, August 14.

The institute will be directed by saxophonist Jeff Nania and pianist Lecco Morris along with a panel of professional faculty and guest artists.

The program is open to musicians ages 14 and up.

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Armen Donelian, Marc Mommas

HUDSON JAZZ WORKSHOP - AUGUST 6 - 9

The 9th Annual Hudson Jazz Workshop hosted by pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas with special guest, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, will be held August 6-9.

The workshop will focus on duo Improvisation, composition, performance through small, structured, intensive, personalized sessions and wholesome meals. There will be a final concert open to the public at the Hudson Opera House.

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A GREAT DAY IN ALBANY FEATURED IN TIMES UNION

The region's robust jazz scene was featured in a recent cover story in the Albany Times Union "Preview" section.

The article was accompanied by a photograph that featured many of the area's jazz musicians, photographers, journalists, deejays, and concert promotors in tribute to Art Kane's iconic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo.

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ALBANYJAZZ.COM FEATURED IN ALBANY TIMES UNION

Thank to the Albany Times Union newspaper for running a piece on albanyjazz.com in a recent paper. Writer Alexander Stern delved into the history of the site with several of our contributors.

Click here to read the article.
MUSICAL TOOLS FOR SCHENECTADY SCHOOLS
SCHENECTADY GROUP SEEKS INSTRUMENTS FOR STUDENTS

A new group, Musical Tools for the Schenectady Schools, is seeking unused band and orchestra instruments to put to use in the Schenectady Schools Music program.

“We hear that many people have instruments around the house that are no longer being used. Dusting them off and putting them in the hands of a young student would be an inspiring gift to the community and to a future musician,” said Mark Anthony, Musical Union 85-133 President, an organizer of the drive.

The instruments will go to Schenectady Friends of Music, who have had the traditional role of supporting the music programs in Schenectady.
Tax-deductible receipts are available.

“We have heard from teachers that the music program is growing by leaps and bounds, which has put pressure on the supply of instruments. It would be great if each student had an instrument to play and take home to practice,” said Steve Weisse, President of Schenectady Friends of Music.

If you are interested in donating, Friends of Music will arrange for a
pickup by calling Steve Weisse at (518) 346-4266.
JAZZ RADIO IN THE CAPITAL DISTRICT

On nearly every day of the week a radio station in the Capital District features jazz music in its programing.

For a full listing of programs featuring jazz music visit:

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