The APFJ 2014 Concerts
below for video samples
All concerts are at
7:30 pm at the
the beautiful listening-space in the First Unitarian Society at 1221 Wendell Ave in Schenectady, NY.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students, and children under 12 are free
if they're with an adult.
To order tickets, call 518-393-4011, email
Tim Coakley or use this
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For directions to the Whisperdome,
[NOTE: cash and checks are the only acceptable forms of payment at the
door; we're not equipped to accept credit cards.]
For a history of previous
concerts, click here
The 2014 Spring
Friday, May 16
A Place for Jazz will swing into spring with a concert featuring the
remarkable and enduring alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson. He has
brought his blues-based style to countless recordings over the years,
and we are pleased to kick off this year with his group.
After being drafted into the US Navy in 1945, he played in the Great
Lakes Navy Band. After going into Chicago several times, he heard of
Charlie Parker and, after checking him out, decided that this was the
style of playing he would make his own. He moved to New York in 1950.
He began his career as a bandleader with Blue Note Records in 1952. He made a
series of classic records for Blue Note in the ’50s, and takes pride in having
showcased many musicians who made their first records as sidemen for him: Horace
Silver, Clifford Brown, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Horace Parlan,
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by North Carolina A & T
University and a scholarship was established in his name that is awarded to the
most gifted jazz musician at North Carolina A & T University each year. He was
inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and is the recipient of
countless other honors and awards for his outstanding contributions to jazz,
America’s “classical music.”
Today, he continues to play at his very best, entertaining
audiences worldwide with spirited performances that are always soulful,
thoroughly swinging, and steeped in the blues. His hits on Blue Note
Records are still high demand favorites and, today, he is the label’s oldest
musician from that notablele era of jazz.
Donaldson will be joined by the brilliant organist Akiko Tsuruga,
along with Randy Johnston on guitar and Fukushi Tainaka on drums.
The 2014 Fall Concert Series
September 12: Clifton Anderson Quintet
September 26: George Garzone Quartet
October 10: Alexis Cole Quintet
October 24: John Menegon Quartet
November 7: Bria Skonberg Quintet
Trombonist Clifton Anderson began
performing with his uncle, Sonny Rollins, in 1983. He now leads his own
which has a repertoire that ranges from swinging bop to Latin grooves
Tenor saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The
Fringe, a trio founded in 1972 that performs regularly in the Boston
area and has toured world wide. He has appeared on over 20
recordings, including as a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet. He will bring a quartet to our stage.
Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole has made an impressive impact on
audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager. She won the
2007 Jazzmobile competition and received an award in the Montreux Jazz
Vocal Competition. She will be backed by a quartet that includes the
outstanding tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and the great pianist
Bassist John Menegon has been a mainstay of the
regional jazz scene for years. He will head the dynamic quartet that is
featured on his latest CD "I Remember You."
Trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg covers jazz from
swing to modern. Her stage presence, coupled with her husky singing
voice and trumpet chops, have garnered a “Rising Star” spot in
DownBeat Magazine’s 2013 Critics Poll and an “Up and Coming
Star” nod from the Jazz Journalists’ Association. She will close out the
season with a quintet.
The best of jazz in
an intimate space with great acoustics, no smoke,
no clattering of glasses ...
just great music in a place meant for listening