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Empire Jazz Orchestra
EMPIRE JAZZ ORCHESTRA @ SCCC - TUESDAY 10/14

The Empire Jazz Orchestra, Schenectady County Community College (SUNY SCCC)'s professional jazz orchestra in residence, will present a concert at the school's Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium on Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00pm.

The band will feature music by Gil Evans, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Mary Lou Williams, Clare Fischer, John Clayton, Ernie Wilkins, Johnny Richards, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, George & Ira Gershwin, Jim Corigliano and more.

The Empire Jazz Orchestra is a professional jazz ensemble in residence at Schenectady County Community College. Founded in 1992, the EJO is dedicated to the performance of quality ensemble music from all eras of jazz. The EJO is conducted by Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the SCCC School of Music, and features numerous SCCC music faculty members and alumni as well as many of the Capital Region's finest professional musicians.

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Habana Sax
HABANA SAX @ THE EGG - FRIDAY 10/17

Jazz/Latino, inc. - in collaboration with the Egg, - will present a performance by Habana Sax at the Egg on Friday, October 17 at 7:30pm.

Featuring four saxophones and a percussionist, Habana Sax synthesizes Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin and American jazz, venturing from mystical chant to rhythmic dance music to improvisational jazz.

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John Menegon
JOHN MENEGON @ A PLACE FOR JAZZ - FRIDAY 10/24

A Place for Jazz will continue its 2014 concert season on Friday, October 24 with a performance by the John Menegon Quartet at 7:30pm.

Other upcoming performances:

Friday 11/7 - Bria Skonberg Quintet (7:30pm)*

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

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Arch Stanton Quartet

ARCH STANTON QUARTET CD RELEASE - SATURDAY 10/25

The Arch Stanton Quartet will release a nine-song second album of original music, Blues For Soli, on October 25 at the Parish Public House in downtown Albany (formerly Red Square, at 388 Broadway) at 9:00PM.

Released on WEPA Records, Blues For Soli features a suite of four new songs inspired by the band’s U.S.-Embassy-sponsored tour of Egypt last year, along with five other original pieces.

The Arch Stanton Quartet are: Roger Noyes (guitar), Terry Gordon (trumpet, flugelhorn and pocket trumpet), Chris Macchia (bass), and Steven Partyka (drums).

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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 10/27 - Bebop and Cool Jazz
Monday 11/10 - Modern Sounds

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Fred Randall
FRED RANDALL BOOK SIGNING @ GOOD BUY BOOKS - SAT 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 (drums).

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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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.
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