A Place For Jazz
1221 Wendell Ave
A Place for Jazz isn't really a place; it's an organization whose programs include a fall concert series, public workshops, school-based clinics, and general support of jazz and its musicians. Since 1987, A Place for Jazz has been hosting a fall concert series at the Whisperdome, a beautiful listening-space in the First Unitarian Society at 1221 Wendell Ave. in Schenectady. A Place for Jazz builds on the legacy of Butch Conn, who founded the organization in 1987 to bring world-class jazz artists to the area for the concert series.
A Place for Jazz is affiliated with the International Association of Jazz, with grants from Schenectady County Improvement Program, Schenectady Foundation, and membership contributions. For more information, contact Tim Coakley at 518-393-4011, firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.aplaceforjazz.org, or write to PO Box 1059, Schenectady 12301.
2016 Concert Series:
Friday 9/11 - Scott Hamilton Quartet (7:30pm)
Scott Hamilton came on the scene in the 1970s, carrying forward the tradition of the classic jazz tenor saxophone. He recorded his debut album in 1977 for Concord Records. In the early 1980s, he formed his own group and began touring throughout the world.
Friday 9/23 - Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet (7:30pm)
Percussionist Steve Kroon studied Afro- Cuban percussion with Tommy López, Sr. and later Brazilian rhythms with Dom Um Romão. He has performed with such diverse artists as Diana Krall, Spyro Gyra, Bette Midler and Gary Bartz.
Friday 10/7 - Denise Donatelli (7:30pm)
Denise Donatelli performs at jazz festivals and clubs, art centers, and with university jazz bands. She has toured and performed with Bill Cunliffe, Tamir Hendelman and the Stan Kenton Alumni Band. Her 2015 CD “Find A Heart” was nominated for a Grammy as Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Friday 10/21 - Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence (7:30pm)
Drummer Joe Barna, a native of Troy, studied with jazz great John Faddis, Hal Galper, Adam Nussmaun and John Riley. He has recorded on over 10 albums as a sideman and has four albums as a leader. His most recent effort, "Suite Lee," is a tribute to pianist Lee Shaw, which his group will perform for us along with other music.
Friday 11/4 - Christian Jacob Trio (7:30pm)
Born in Lorraine, France, Christian Jacob began playing classical piano at age four. He was 9 or 10 when he discovered jazz. He first gained widespread exposure as co-leader, arranger and pianist with the Tierney Sutton Band, which played at A Place for Jazz in 2009, and has since built a substantial career as a solo artist.