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Jana Herzon

JANA HERZEN @ JAZZSTOCK HOUSE CONCERT - SUNDAY 11/2

Jazzstock will present its third House Concert of its Fall 2014 series in Woodstock on Sunday, November 2 from 3:00-6:00pm. The concert will feature singer/songwriter/guitarist Jana Herzen with bassist John Menegon and vocalist Teri Roiger.

Many jazz aficionados only know Jana Herzen as the founder and president of the acclaimed Motéma label. Under her stewardship, Motéma has advocated for visionaries Randy Weston, Monty Alexander, Gregory Porter, Geri Allen, Rene Marie and dozens of other dynamic and virtuosic composer/performers. What many may not realize, however, is that Ms. Herzen, whose initial professional life was in the theater, is a seasoned performer and instrumentalist with quite a talent for writing and performing. Her new CD, Passion of a Lonely Heart, featuring renowned bassist Charnett Moffett has been gaining international raves.

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Bria Skonberg
BRIA SKONBERG @ A PLACE FOR JAZZ - FRIDAY 11/7

A Place for Jazz will conclude its 2014 concert season on Friday, November 7 with a performance by the Bria Skonberg Quintet at 7:30pm.

Skonberg will present a brief clinic at 1:45pm on the afternoon of the concert at Schenectady County Community College in room 139 of the music buidling.

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A GREAT DAY IN ALBANY - SATURDAY 11/8

The Albany Times Union will hold a photo shoot to accompany an upcoming article on jazz in the Capital Region. The newspaper is hoping to re-create the famous "A Great Day in Harlem" photograph, and is encouraging as many jazz musicians, photographers, journaslists, deejays, club owners and concert promotors as possible to attend.

The photo shoot will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 11:00am at a location tba. The location will be announced in the next few days so check this space for updates.

If planning to attend, please email alexander1228@gmail.com.

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Tim Olsen
MONDAY JAZZ @ UNION COLLEGE

In conjunction with his History of Jazz class, Prof. Tim Olsen will present a four-concert series tracing the evolution of jazz.

Concerts are on selected Mondays at 11:45am in the Emerson Auditorium in the Taylor Music Center on the Union College campus in Schenectady.

Monday 11/10 - Modern Sounds

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Fred Randall
FRED RANDALL BOOK SIGNING @ GOOD BUY BOOKS - MON 11/10

"Keeping Time", the life story of 98-year-old drummer Fred Randall, told from his perspective with help from journalist Angela Cave, is now available at Good Buy Books in East Greenbush and online at Amazon.com.

Randall will appear at a speaking engagement at Schenectady County Public Library on Clinton Street on Monday, November 10 at 12:00pm.

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Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg
SANCTUARY ANNOUNCES FALL SEASON

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

Sunday 11/16 - Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg Duo (7:00pm)
The pianist and clarinetist present a program of new compositions, bridging the precision of classical music with the creative spirit and soul of jazz.

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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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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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

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