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The APFJ 2014 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 2014 Spring Concert:


 Lou Donaldson
 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, and others.

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

Clifton Anderson
Trombonist Clifton Anderson began performing with his uncle, Sonny Rollins, in 1983. He now leads his own dynamic quintet, which has a repertoire that ranges from swinging bop to Latin grooves and calypso. It includes Eric Wyatt (sax), Victor Gould (piano), Paul Beaudry (bass) and Steve Williams (drums).
George Garzone

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. Joining him on our stage will be Robert Marullo (piano), John Lockwood (bass) and Bob Gulloti (drums).

Alexis Cole

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 Harold Mabern, along with David Finck on bass and drummer Marcus Baylor.
John Menegon
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": Tineke Postma (sax), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums).

Bria Skonberg

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 comprising Evan Arntzen (reeds), Dalton Ridenhour (piano), Sean Cronin (bass) and Darrian Douglas (drums).

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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