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Mike Wicks
SERVICES FOR MIKE WICKS

Michael Wicks passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 after a long illness. A Schenectady native, Mike was a legendary bassist in the Capital Region. He was "first call" and principal bass with many symphony orchestras in the area and was a fixture and anchor of most of the Local 85-133 pit orchestras at Proctors Theater and other venues.

An accomplished jazz performer, composer, and singer, Mike performed with many groups in the region as a sideman and leader, performing with nationally known jazz artists Phil Woods, Chet Baker, Doc Cheatham, Bill Watrous, Sal Nestico, and Zoot Sims.

Mike was an avid hiker and skier, known as the "Ski Wiz". He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

A memorial service for Mike will be held on Wednesday, December 17 at 1:00pm at Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
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.

Click here for the article.

Whiplash

WHIPLASH CURRENTLY SHOWING @ THE SPECTRUM 8

Albany's Spectrum 8 theatre is now showing the award winning film "Whiplash". The movie features a promising young jazz drummer enrolled at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.

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Speakeasy 518

MONTHLY JAM SESSION @ SPEAKEASY - TUESDAY 12/16

Speakeasy 518 (42 Howard St, Albany, NY) will continue its monthly jazz jam session on Tuesday, December 16.

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

SCCC JAZZ COMBOS @ SCCC - WEDNESDAY 12/17

The Schenectady County Community College School of Music will present two student jazz combos in performance in the Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30pm.

The groups will perform music by Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Herbie Hancock and Nat Adderley.

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BLUE SKY ALL-STARS HOLIDAY JAM @ MILESTONE - SATURDAY 12/20

The Milestone Restaurant & Bar
and Blue Sky Music Studios will present the Blue Sky All-Stars Holiday Jam on Saturday, December 20 at 7:00pm at the Milestone Restaurant & Bar, 9 Frontage Road, Glenmont, NY.

The group will feature Sam Ponder on trumpet, Phil Allen on valve trombone, Konstantin Tsykun on piano, Bill Hoeprich on bass and Rob Cenci on drums as well as special guest student and faculty performers tba.

Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (518) 436-3480.

Joey Thomas Big Band
JOEY THOMAS BIG BAND CHRISTMAS @ VAN DYCK - SATURDAY 12/27

The Joey Thomas Big Band will celebrate "Christmas Sinatra Style" with vocalist Bob Father at The Van Dyck on Saturday, December 27. Suggested seating for dinner is 6:30pm with the show to follow at 8:00pm.

With dinner and a show, The Joey Thomas Big Band will have you humming Sinatra standards including “The Christmas Waltz,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “White Christmas” long after the evening is over.

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J Hunter
JAZZ 2K MOVES TO WVCR 88.3 THE SAINT

DJ J Hunter's “Jazz2K” radio program will now be heard on 88.3 WVCR "The Saint" on Saturday nights from Midnight – 2:00am.

Since its debut on WSPN in June 2013, “Jazz2K” has specialized in jazz from the 21st century, featuring artists as diverse as Dave Douglas, Catherine Russell, John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Pedrito Martinez Group and the Nels Cline Singers, plus Local 518 acts like Brian Patneaude, Keith Pray, Sensemaya and the Arch Stanton Quartet.

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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:

www.albanyjazz.com/radio.html

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