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BRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL - FRIDAY 2/27 & SATURDAY 2/28

Two of the Capital Region’s premiere music venues – The College of Saint Rose's Massry Center for the Arts and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – will join forces to present The Bridge Jazz Fest on Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28.

The Bridge Jazz Fest will kick off Friday, February 27, at 7:30pm at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, corner of State and Second streets, Troy, N.Y., with the Marcus Roberts Trio and the Anat Cohen Quartet.

The action shifts west of the Hudson River on Saturday, February 28, to the Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, N.Y. The Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton Duo, Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Fred Hersch Trio will supply the sounds starting at 6:00pm.

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Todd Coolman
SKIDMORE JAZZ INSTITUTE FACULTY QUINTET - SUNDAY 3/1

The Skidmore College Music Department will present a performance by the Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Quintet on Sunday, March 1 at 8:00pm in the college's Arthur Zankel Music Center.

The quintet will feature Todd Coolman (bass), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Jimmy Greene (tenor sax), Bill Cunliffe (piano), and Dennis Mackrel (drums).

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HELP BOB GLUCK REVISIT THE MUSIC OF THE MWANDISHI BAND

Pianist Bob Gluck has launched an IndieGogo campaign to raise funds to finish a recording of the music of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi Band featuring original band members Eddie Henderson on trumpet and Billy Hart on drums as well as bassist Chris Sullivan.

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Brian Patneaude, Keith Pray
PRAY & PATNEAUDE GROUPS @ THE LOW BEAT - SATURDAY 3/7

WCDB 90.9FM will celebrate its 37th Anniversary with a multi-genre musical celebration on Saturday, March 7.

The event will kick off with performances by Keith Pray's Soul Jazz Revival (4:00pm) and the Brian Patneaude Quartet (5:00pm) at The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave, Albany, NY.

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Speakeasy 518
BI-WEEKLY JAM SESSION @ SPEAKEASY - TUESDAY 3/10

Speakeasy 518 (42 Howard St, Albany, NY) will continue its bi-weekly jazz jam session on Tuesday March 10.

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.

www.speakeasy518.com

Rex Richardson
TRUMPETER REX RICHARDSON @ SCCC - THURSDAY 3/12

Equally proficient in both jazz and classical music, trumpeter Rex Richardson will perform a concert featuring both styles at Schenectady County Community College on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30pm.

He will be accompanied by the SCCC Faculty Jazz Combo - featuring saxophonist Brian Patneaude, pianist Dave Gleason, bassist Ian Murdoch and drummer Cliff Brucker - for the jazz portion of the performance.

In addition to the concert, Richardson will present a masterclass at the college on Wednesday 3/11 at 5:30pm.

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Michele Rosewoman's
New-Yor-Uba
MICHELE ROSEWOMAN'S NEW-YOR-UBA @ THE EGG - SAT 3/21

On the heals of the highly-acclaimed double CD set New Yor-Uba, pianist Michele Rosewoman will bring her twelve piece ensemble to The Egg for a performance co-sponsored by Jazz Latino , Inc. on Saturday, March 21 at 8:00pm.

For this performance New-Yor-Uba will include Alex Norris: trumpet, flugelhorn; Roman Filiu: alto and soprano saxophones; Aaron Burnett: tenor saxophone; Andrew Gutauskas: baritone saxophone; Chris Washburne: trombone and bass trombone; Michele Rosewoman: piano, vocals; Gregg August: bass; Tyshawn Sorey: drums; Roman Diaz: bata, congas, vocals; Mauricio Herrera: bata, congas, vocals; Abraham Rodriguez: bata, congas, vocals and Ernesto "El Gato" Gatell: lead vocals.

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Bobby Sanabria

JAZZ LATINO INC. AHORA, LATIN/JAZZ 2015 SEASON

Jazz Latin Inc. has announced the line up of its 2015 Ahora, Latin/Jazz season. In addition to the above mentioned performance by Michele Rosewoman's New-Yor-Uba, the season will include:

Wednesday 4/1 - Music & Poetry of the Extended Caribbean (3:30pm).
Bobby Sanabria & Elena Martínez present: “James Reese Europe, the Latin Tinge & the Puerto Rican Connection,” & Poetry readings of the work of Clara Lair, Julia de Burgos & Tato Laviera at UAlbany-SUNY, Humanities 354.

Friday 4/24 - Elio Villafranca & Spiros Exaras (8:00pm)*
Cuban Jazz Piano and Greek Classical Guitar

Friday, 5/15 - Ben Allison & Think Free (8:00pm)*
Latin jazz trio featuring Kevin Hays, piano & Rogério Boccato, percussion.

* These performances will take place at the Emerson Auditorium, Taylor Music Center, Union College, 807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308.

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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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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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