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Rudy Lu
RUDY LU PHOTO EXHIBIT @ NICHE GALLERY - 4/1 - 4/30

The work of longtime albanyjazz.com contributor Rudy Lu will be featured at The Niche Gallery in the Collamer Building located at 480 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY from April 1 - 30.

Lu has also recently launched his own website featuring his nature, abstract and performance photography from the past twenty years including many photos of the local jazz scene as well as national and international artists.

For more information visit www.rudyluphotos.com


Tom Pierce

TOM PIERCE - JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION JAZZ HERO

Two dozen "Jazz Heroes" ­­ activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz ­­ have been announced by the Jazz Journalists Association in collaboration with grassroots organizations and supporters in 21 U.S. cities and Toronto, Canada, launching JazzApril, a media campaign celebrating local music people and scenes during Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating in International Jazz Day.

Area jazz afficionado and albanyjazz.com contributor Tom Pierce has been selected a one of this year's "Jazz Heroes" and will receive his award on Sunday, April 27 at the Schenectady Musical Union’s annual Jazz Appreciation Month event at Proctors Robb Alley (more info below.)

Other area "Jazz Heroes" include the producers of the Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston - Peggy Stern and John Bilott who will be honored on at Tech Smiths, 45 North Front St, in Kingston on Tuesday, April 29at 7:00pm.

Click here for more information about the Jazz Journalists Association's "Jazz Heroes".

Colleen Pratt

SCHENECTADY MUSICAL UNION JAM GALA - SUNDAY 4/27

The Schenectady Musical Union will host a gala event for Jazz Appreciation Month on Sunday, April 27, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at Robb Alley in Proctors, downtown Schenectady.

This year's theme is "Celebrating the Capital Region: Its' History, Its' Landmarks, Its' Music". Three groups will perform:

3:00pm - Jim Wilson Quintet
4:00pm - Rob Lindquist Quartet
5:00pm - Colleen Pratt & Friends

In addition, jazz afficionado and former vice president of A Place for Jazz
Tom Pierce will received the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Hero Award
for 2014 at this event.


Armen Donelian

ARMEN DONELIAN CD RELEASE - SUNDAY 4/27

Pianist Armen Donelian will celebrate the release of his new double CD "Sayat-Nova: Songs of My Ancestors" with a performance at the Castle Street Cafe on Sunday, April 27 at 4:00pm He will be joined by bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller.

“As a child, the sounds of Middle Eastern, European Classical and American Jazz records were continually present in our multicultural household. These three threads form the tapestry of Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors. Integrating them into a single coherent work is the realization of my lifelong aspiration. Here, the quintessential and exquisite melodies of the 18th Century troubadour Sayat-Nova are respectfully preserved, then further transformed through an alchemy of contemporary Jazz harmony and polyrhythm, and finally polished with a Classical aesthetic. I am proud to present Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors to a broader public.” - Armen Donelian (from CD booklet)

In addition, registration is now open for the 8th Annual Hudson Jazz Workshop with Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas and special guest bassist Reggie Workman. The camp will run will run August 7-10 in Hudson, NY and will feature an intensive focus on duo improvisation, composition, practicing, jam sessions, supportive feedback, constructive critique, public performances, wholesome food and having fun.

Click here for more information.


Chris Washburne
AHORA, LATIN/JAZZ! 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Jazz Latino Inc. has annouced its Ahora, Latin/Jazz 2014 schedule. All events will take place at the Union College's Emerson Auditorium in the Taylor Music Center (807 Union St, Schenectady, NY.)

Wednesday 5/14 - Lecture by Dr. Chris Washburne: "El Tema del Apolo: Latin Music in Harlem." ( 7:00pm)

Saturday 5/17 - Rebecca Cline & Nicki Denner play the music of Bebo Valdés (8:00pm)

Click here for mor information.

Jeanne O'Connor
JAZZ ON JAY ANNOUNCES 2014 SEASON

The 2014 Jazz On Jay concert series will kick off on Thursday, June 5 with a performance by the Jeanne O'Connor Quartet.

Jazz On Jay is a free outdoor concert series held on Jay Street in Schenectady every Thursday from June until September. All performances run noon to 1:30pm.

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Gary Smulyan
UPCOMING JAZZ PERFORMANCES AT THE EGG

As part of its "American Roots & Branches Series", The Egg will present the following jazz performances:

Saturday 6/7 - Bopitude Baritone Madness feat. Gary Smulyan, Claire Daly, & Bruce Johnstone with Michael Benedict Trio (7:30pm)
Thursday 6/12 - Diane Schuur (7:30pm)

Click here for more information.
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

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