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A GREAT DAY IN ALBANY FEATURED IN TIMES UNION

The region's robust jazz scene was featured in a recent cover story in the Albany Times Union "Preview" section.

The article was accompanied by a photograph that featured many of the area's jazz musicians, photographers, journalists, deejays, and concert promotors in tribute to Art Kane's iconic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo.

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Michael Benedict

BOPITUDE PLAYS THE MUSIC OF KENNY DORHAM - SAT 11/22

Planet Arts' Jazz one2one returns with the Tone Structure Lab Project - a cross-genre music incubator initiative designed to explore creative and experimental improvised music. Performances will take place at the Bridge Street Theater, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill, NY.

Saturday 11/22 - Bopitude Plays the Music of Kenny Dorham
Michael Benedict’s critically acclaimed Bopitude (a 4 star DownBeat Ensemble) presents the music of one of the great trumpet pioneers of the be-bop era. The band will use Kenny Dorham’s classic compositions as a jumping off point for creative, swinging jazz improvisation. Featuring Michael Benedict (drums), Chris Pasin (trumpet), Brian Patneaude (tenor sax), Jon LeRoy (piano) and Mike Lawrence (bass).

Saturday 12/6 - Chris Pasin’s Random Acts of Kindness
New compositions by trumpeter/composer Chris Pasin, inspired by artists such as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman and Alban Berg, will serve as a vehicle for freely interactive improvisation. The hard driving ensemble features Chris Pasin (trumpet), Mark Kleinhaut (guitar), Wayne Hawkins (keyboards). John Menegon (bass) and Dave Berger (drums).

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Colleen Pratt
THANKSGIVING JAZZ FEST @ FIRST REFORMED CHURCH - 11/23

The First Reformed Church and the Schenectady Musicians Union will present a Thanksgiving Jazz Festival on Sunday, November 23 at The First Reformed Church (corner of Union & Church Streets, Schenectady) from 4:00-6:00pm.

Featured performers will include: pianists David Gleason & Peg Delaney, saxophonists Keith Pray & Jim Corigliano, bassists Bill Delaney & Mike Lawrence, trombonist Ben O’Shea, drummers Tim Coakley & Tom D’Andrea, and vocalist Colleen Pratt.

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Peanut Gallery Jazz Band
IT'S A JAZZY CHRISTMAS @ MASSRY CENTER - FRIDAY 12/5

The College of Saint Rose will present the fourth annual “It’s a Jazzy Christmas! A Celebration of Vince Guaraldi’s Holiday Jazz Music,” an unforgettable, family-friendly evening of Guaraldi’s signature style of jazz made famous in the “Peanuts” holiday specials.

This special holiday concert for the whole family will take place on Friday, December 5, at 6:00pm in the Massry Center for the Arts.

The Peanut Gallery Jazz Band - featuring pianist Dave Gleason, bassist Mike Lawrence, drummer Pete Sweeney, trumpeter Chris Pasin, saxophonist Brian Patneaude & trombonist Ben O'Shea - will take concertgoers on an interactive musical journey reminiscent of 1940s radio serials, evoking images and emotions from an innocent childhood and days gone by.

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YOUTH BRASS BAND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FUNDRAISER - 12/6


Capital District Jazz Ltd. will present a fundraising concert for their Youth Brass Band Mentorship Program with performances by Keith Pray’s Mohawk Brass Band and Schenectady City School district student musicians at The First Reformed Chuch of Schenectay on December 6 at 5:00pm.

Capital District Jazz, Ltd. (“CDJ”), a local not-for-profit organization, strives to enhance the local community using jazz as a foundation for developing communication, mentorship and increase awareness of shared culture. CDJ strives to build and serve a broad audience for jazz through education, and create performance opportunities for students and professional musicians in the region while developing venues for these pursuits.

In 2013 CDJ launched its first initiative, the Youth Brass Band Mentorship Program, which is an after school program that utilizes the New Orleans brass band tradition as a way to inspire and connect with at-risk youth.

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Jaimeo Brown
JAIMEO BROWN @ THE SANCTUARY - SATURDAY 12/6

The Fall 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media continues:

Saturday 12/6 - Jaimeo Brown Transcendence (7:00pm)
The percussionist and leader of a new circle of young New York City musicians grounded in the African-American roots of their music and committed to extending it well into the new century, featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist Chris Sholar.

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Speakeasy 518
MONTHLY JAM SESSION @ SPEAKEASY - TUESDAY 12/9

Speakeasy 518 (42 Howard St, Albany, NY) will continue its monthly jazz jam session on the second Tuesday of each month on Tuesday, December 9.

The session will run from 8:00-11:00pm and will be hosted by bassist Dylan Perrillo's trio featuring pianist Kevin Carey and drummer Kevin Urvalek.

There will be a piano, upright bass, drum set and guitar amplifier available for public use.

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SCCC JAZZ COMBOS @ SCCC - WEDNESDAY 12/10

The Schenectady County Community College School of Music will present two student jazz combos in performance in the Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30pm.

The groups will perform music by Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Herbie Hancock and Nat Adderley.

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Brad Mehldau

BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO @ THE EGG - SUNDAY 12/14

The Egg will present the Brad Mehldau Trio on Sunday, December 14 at 7:30pm.

Along with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, Brad Mehldau extends and refines the possibilities of the piano trio from jazz classics and standards, to contemporary tunes and originals.

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J Hunter
JAZZ 2K MOVES TO WVCR 88.3 THE SAINT

DJ J Hunter's “Jazz2K” radio program will now be heard on 88.3 WVCR "The Saint" on Saturday nights from Midnight – 2:00am.

Since its debut on WSPN in June 2013, “Jazz2K” has specialized in jazz from the 21st century, featuring artists as diverse as Dave Douglas, Catherine Russell, John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Pedrito Martinez Group and the Nels Cline Singers, plus Local 518 acts like Brian Patneaude, Keith Pray, Sensemaya and the Arch Stanton Quartet.

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ALBANYJAZZ.COM FEATURED IN ALBANY TIMES UNION

Thank to the Albany Times Union newspaper for running a piece on albanyjazz.com in a recent paper. Writer Alexander Stern delved into the history of the site with several of our contributors.

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MUSICAL TOOLS FOR SCHENECTADY SCHOOLS
SCHENECTADY GROUP SEEKS INSTRUMENTS FOR STUDENTS

A new group, Musical Tools for the Schenectady Schools, is seeking unused band and orchestra instruments to put to use in the Schenectady Schools Music program.

“We hear that many people have instruments around the house that are no longer being used. Dusting them off and putting them in the hands of a young student would be an inspiring gift to the community and to a future musician,” said Mark Anthony, Musical Union 85-133 President, an organizer of the drive.

The instruments will go to Schenectady Friends of Music, who have had the traditional role of supporting the music programs in Schenectady.
Tax-deductible receipts are available.

“We have heard from teachers that the music program is growing by leaps and bounds, which has put pressure on the supply of instruments. It would be great if each student had an instrument to play and take home to practice,” said Steve Weisse, President of Schenectady Friends of Music.

If you are interested in donating, Friends of Music will arrange for a
pickup by calling Steve Weisse at (518) 346-4266.
JAZZ RADIO IN THE CAPITAL DISTRICT

On nearly every day of the week a radio station in the Capital District features jazz music in its programing.

For a full listing of programs featuring jazz music visit:

www.albanyjazz.com/radio.html

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