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Sharel Cassity
BOPITUDE FEAT. SHAREL CASSITY @ THE DAILY GRIND - FRIDAY 7/25

The Daily Grind in Troy will present an evening of jazz with Michael Benedict & Bopitude featuring alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity on Friday, July 25 at 7:30pm.

Rising star saxophonist, composer and bandleader Sharel Cassity is quickly making waves on the New York and international jazz scenes with her fiery and soulful style of playing. She has two albums out as a leader, and has appeared at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Iridium, the Newport Jazz Festival and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola. Besides performing with her own band, Sharel is currently a sideman with some of the most renowned jazz artists today including Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Joe Chambers, Cyrus Chestnut, Orrin Evans, the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Darcy James Argue, John Lee and Diva.

In addition to Benedict on drums, Bopitude will feature Chris Pasin (trumpet), Brian Patneaude (tenor sax), Dave Gleason (piano) and Mike Lawrence (bass).

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Bria Skonberg
BIG APPLE NYC JAZZ SERIES @ THE VAN DYCK

The Van Dyck in Schenectady has announced the "Big Apple New York City Jazz Series" during the month of July.

Friday 7/25 - Bria Skonberg Band (8:00pm)
Saturday 7/26 - Jazz Guitar Summit feat. Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden & Gerry Beaudoin (7:00 & 9:30pm)

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Brubeck Brothers

JAZZ AT UNIVERSAL PRESERVATION HALL

Universal Preservation Hallin Saratoga has announced the line up for its first annual 'LIVE! Music Series' which includes the following jazz performances:

Friday 8/1 - The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (8:00pm)
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring Dan Brubeck on drums, Chris Brubeck on bass & trombone, Mike DeMicco on guitar and Chuck Lamb on piano. Their collective approach to their own compositions and tunes written by the Brubeck Brothers legendary father, Dave Brubeck, have thrilled audiences all over the world.

Saturday 9/6 - Giacomo Smith and Friends (7:30pm)
London-based Saratoga-native, Giacomo Smith, brings together an ensemble of local and international musicianst to play swing and New Orleans classics.

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Jerry Weldon

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PROCTORS JAZZ INSTITUTE

The Jazz Institute at Proctors, featuring special guest saxophonist Jerry Weldon, will be held this August.

Week one of the camp will run August 4-8 from 9:00am-3:00pm in the music wing at Schenectady County Community College. Week two will run August 11-15 from 9:00am-3:00pm in the GE Theatre at Proctors. The camp will conclude with a performance on August 15 at 7:00pm at the GE Theatre at Proctors.

The institute is open to all ages, experience levels and instruments. Keith Pray, nationally renowned saxophonist and instructor, and Arthur Falbush, professor at SUNY Oneonta, lead a group of instructors covering every instrument class using no sheet music, all by ear with one-on-one attention and improvisation exercises, all culminating in a performance at Proctors.

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Armen Donelian & Mark Mommaas

HUDSON JAZZ WORKSHOP @ HUDSON OPERA HOUSE - SUN 8/10

The 8th Annual Hudson Jazz Workshop with Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas and special guest bassist Reggie Workman, as well as the workshop's participants, will present a concert at The Hudson Opera House on Sunday, August 10 at 3:00pm.

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Javon Jackson

JAZZ IN THE VALLEY - SUNDAY 8/17

Transart & Cultural Services will present the 14th annual Jazz In the Valley festival at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, NY on Sunday, August 17 at 11:00am.

This year’s event will focus on the message of jazz and its ability to bring music lovers and musicians around the world together. Transart will join a stellar group of “Messengers” to share and celebrate the accomplishments of jazz and the inspiration it has had on numerous lives.

Spreading the word at Jazz in the Valley will be the supergroup, The Message featuring Javon Jackson, Buster Williams, Steve Turre, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, all former members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, plus the drummer Lewis Nash. Also on the bill are Kenyatta Beasley, Melba Joyce, Chocolate Armenteros, Zon Del BarrioNicky Marrero and Mike Torsone.

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Peggy Stern
WALL STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL - SATURDAY 8/30

Ritenuto Productions will present the 11th Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival - “where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women" - at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 30 at the Corner of Wall Street & North Front Street in Kingston, NY. In case of bad weather, the Festival will be held indoors at Backstage Productions, 323 Wall Street.

5:00pm - Laura Dubin Piano Trio
Laura Dubin - piano; Rich Syracuse - bass; Antonio Guerrera - drums

6:00pm - All-Star All-Play
“Sweet” Sue Terry - soprano sax/ clarinet; Jay Clayton - vocals; Claire Daly - baritone sax; Teri Roiger - vocals; Peggy Stern - piano; John Menegon - bass; Peter O’Brien - drums

7:00pm - Virginia Mayhew Quartet
Virginia Mayhew - tenor sax; Noah Bless - trombone; Mike Karn - bass; Anthony Pinciotti - drums

8:00pm - Roberta Piket Sextet
Roberta Piket - piano; Seth Trachy - tenor saxophone; Charlotte Greve - alto saxophone, flute, clarinet; Bill Mobley - trumpet, flugelhorn; Harvie S - bass; Billy Mintz - drums

9:00pm - Estrella Salsa Etc.
Sue Terry - soprano sax; Chris Pasin - trumpet; Claire Daly - bari sax; Peggy Stern - piano; Lew Scott - bass; Peter O’Brien - drums; Pito Castillo - congas


Anat Cohen

JAZZ AT THE LAKE - SATURDAY 9/13 & SUNDAY 9/14

On Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14, the two-day Jazz at the Lake festival will return to Shepard Park in Lake George. This year's line up is:

Saturday, September 13:
Manuel Valera & the New Cuban Express (1:00pm)
Cyrille Aimee’s Gypsy Jazz Quintet (2:45pm)
Sex Mob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota (4:30pm)
The Anat Cohen Quartet (7:30pm)

Sunday, September 14:
Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee (1:00pm)
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (2:45pm)
The Raymond Scott Orchestrette (4:30pm)

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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.
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