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The APFJ 2015 Concerts

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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 $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 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 2015 Fall Concert Series

September 18: René Marie

October 2: Theo Hill Quartet

October 16: Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express

October 30: John Nazarenko Trio

November 13: Chris Potter Quartet

Musician drawings © by Tony Avacato

Rene Marie A Place for Jazz will begin our 2015 season on Sept. 18 with a return visit by vocalist René Marie, who sang for us in 2002. She is a dynamic performer who writes her own songs as well as singing the great standards. Her most recent release is a tribute to Eartha Kitt, “I Wanna Be Evil,” on the Motema label.
Theo Hill Pianist Theo Hill brings his quartet our stage on Oct. 2. Born in Albany, he began his jazz piano studies with Lee Shaw at age 12. He graduated from the Jazz Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. Since moving to New York City he has worked with Dave Liebman, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Gregory Porter and others. He released his first CD in 2013.
Manuel Valera Manuel Valera and his five-piece New Cuban Express will perform on Oct. 16. Valera was born in Havana, Cuba. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera and Dafnis Prieto. The group’s recording was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 as Best Latin Jazz Album.
John Nazarenko Pianist John Nazarenko’s trio will play for us on Oct. 30 He is a senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College, where he teaches jazz piano and coaches jazz ensembles. He is also on the music faculty at Williams College and directs jazz studies at the Luzerne Music Center. He performs at jazz clubs in the Capital Region as a soloist and in group settings.
Chris Potter Saxophonist Chris Potter and his quartet will close out our season on Nov. 13. He arrived on the New York scene in 1989, performing with bebop icon Red Rodney. Through the ’90s, he continued to gain invaluable bandstand experience as a sideman while also making strong statements as a bandleader-composer-arranger. His recordings have shown a penchant for risk-taking and genre-bending.

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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