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The APFJ  Concerts

All concerts are at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall, the beautiful listening-space in the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady at 1221 Wendell Ave in Schenectady, NY. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 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 order form. But first, read about the benefits of membership.

For directions to the Whisperdome, click here. [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 2018 Fall Concert Series

Pictures and bios coming soon.

September 7: The Sharel Cassity Quintet

September 21: The Warren Wolf Quartet

October 5: Cliff Brucker and Full Circle

October 19: Jazzmeia Horn

November 2: The Anat Cohen Quartet

Musician drawings © by Tony Avacato


The Sharel Cassity Quintet
harel Cassity is a highly regarded NYC-based jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. Since re-locating from Oklahoma to New York City, she has graduated from the New School’s jazz program, attended the highly selective master’s program at Juilliard on a full ride, where she received numerous honors, including ASCAP’s Young Composers Award in 2007. She has since achieved five consecutive appearances on Downbeat’s “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” list, three celebrated album releases, led three of her own bands and has been much in demand by many of the most well-known NYC bandleaders.

The Warren Wolf Quartet
Warren Wolf
is a celebrated jazz vibraphonist from Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music in 2001, he quickly established himself as an in-demand performer and bandleader. As a sideman, Wolf has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Bobby WatsonChristian McBrideWynton MarsalisChristian ScottRobert GlasparEsperanza Spalding and others. Additionally, his own bands have been much in demand, bolstered by the four recordings released on his own name. One of his most significant associations has been as a long-term member of the renowned San Francisco Jazz Collective. Additionally, he highly impressed the audience at A Place for Jazz in his 2010 dynamic appearance with the Mike Moreno Quintet.


Cliff Brucker and Full Circle

Pianist/drummer/bandleader/educator Cliff Brucker
formed this outstanding sextet in 2016 of some of the most highly regarded musicians on their particular instruments in the Capital District. This has included legendary saxophonist Leo Russo, trumpeter Dylan Canterbury, guitarist Mike Novakowski, pianist Larry Ham and stellar bassist Otto Gardner. After their very well received debut recording “Full Circle Vol 1” in April 2016, they have been enthusiastically received over the past 2 years in more than half a dozen of the best attended venues, including the Albany Jazz Festival and the Van Dyck. This has led to their very recent 2018 sophomore recording, “Vol 2,” which has been given excellent radio play and very complimentary reviews.

  Jazzmeia Horn
This highly acclaimed vocalist has been the winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” After earning her degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she then began to appear in world famous jazz festivals and numerous legendary jazz clubs. Her 2017 debut recording, “Social Call” was very positively regarded, including being nominated for a Grammy as Best Jazz Vocal Recording.
  The Anat Cohen Quartet

Israeli clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. After relocating from Boston to New York after graduating from Berklee in 1999, she became a featured performer for a decade touring with Sherrie Maricle’s all-woman big band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra. And, as leader of her own bands & recording label (ANZIC) in addition to a key member with her talented brothers (Avishai & Yuval) of the 3 Cohens band, she has blossomed into a career that would be the envy of all jazz reed players. The Jazz Journalists Association has voted her as Clarinetist of the Year nine years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in Downbeat magazine every year since 2011. Her eight recordings as leader (and ten as co-leader) and numerous others as sideperson have been universally acclaimed.

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


This concert series is made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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