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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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JOE BARNA BIRTHDAY BASH @ LARK TAVERN - SUNDAY 8/24

The Lark Tavern in Albany will present "Joe Barna's Jazz Birthday Bash" on Sunday, August 24 featuring a performance by Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence at 7:00pm.

Having recently returned from a three month residency in Dubai, UAE with Italian group Trio Calvo, Barna will celebrate his 39th birthday performing with saxophonist Adam Siegel, pianist Dave Solazzo and bassist John Menegon.

For more information call (518) 694-8490

Peggy Stern
WALL STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL - SATURDAY 8/30

Ritenuto Productions will present the 11th Annual Wall Street Jazz Festival - “where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women" - at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 30 at the Corner of Wall Street & North Front Street in Kingston, NY. In case of bad weather, the Festival will be held indoors at Backstage Productions, 323 Wall Street.

5:00pm - Laura Dubin Piano Trio
Laura Dubin - piano; Rich Syracuse - bass; Antonio Guerrera - drums

6:00pm - All-Star All-Play
“Sweet” Sue Terry - soprano sax/ clarinet; Jay Clayton - vocals; Claire Daly - baritone sax; Teri Roiger - vocals; Peggy Stern - piano; John Menegon - bass; Peter O’Brien - drums

7:00pm - Virginia Mayhew Quartet
Virginia Mayhew - tenor sax; Noah Bless - trombone; Mike Karn - bass; Anthony Pinciotti - drums

8:00pm - Roberta Piket Sextet
Roberta Piket - piano; Seth Trachy - tenor saxophone; Charlotte Greve - alto saxophone, flute, clarinet; Bill Mobley - trumpet, flugelhorn; Harvie S - bass; Billy Mintz - drums

9:00pm - Estrella Salsa Etc.
Sue Terry - soprano sax; Chris Pasin - trumpet; Claire Daly - bari sax; Peggy Stern - piano; Lew Scott - bass; Peter O’Brien - drums; Pito Castillo - congas


Fred Hersch

FRED HERSCH @ WINDHAM CIVIC CENTER - SATURDAY 8/30

The Windham Chamber Music Festival will present a solo recital by pianist Fred Hersch at the Windham Civic Centre Concert Hall on Saturday, August 30 at 8:00pm.

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” 6-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists.

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Seamus Blake
NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FEST BEGINS TUESDAY 9/2

The 2014 Northampton Jazz Festival begins Tuesday, September 2 with various events held throughout the week, leading up to the Saturday, September 6 main festival event from 11:00am to 10pm in downtown Northampton, MA on Hampton Street (behind Thornes Market).

Events begin Tuesday, September. 2 with a performance by vocalist Giacomo Gates at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel at 7:30pm. Events for Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September. 4 will be announced soon and on Friday, September 5, “The Northampton Jazz Strut” will give music lovers a chance to explore different venues across downtown Northampton to hear a number of local and regional jazz performers.

At Saturday’s signature Northampton Jazz Festival event featured performers will include: Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, the Steve Davis Quintet, the Champian Fulton Quartet, the Seamus Blake Band, Hendrik Meurkens/Scott Mullet with the Green Street Trio, Miro Sprague Quintet and FlavaEvolution.

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Jack DeJohnette
ALBANY RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL - SATURDAY 9/6

The 13th annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, September 6 at Jennings Landing in Albany’s Corning Preserve from 1:00-8:30pm.

Artists scheduled to perform include:

Maria Zemantauski (1:00pm)
Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes (2:15pm)
Professor Cunningham & His Old School (3:45pm)
Catherine Russell (5:15pm)
Jack DeJohnette Trio feat. Ravi Coltrane & Matt Garrison (6:45pm)

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Giacomo Smith

GIACOMO SMITH @ UNIVERSAL PRESERVATION HALL - SATURDAY 9/6

Universal Preservation Hallin Saratoga has announced the line up for its first annual 'LIVE! Music Series' which includes the following jazz performances:

Saturday 9/6 - Giacomo Smith and Friends (7:30pm)
London-based Saratoga-native, Giacomo Smith, brings together an ensemble of local and international musicianst to play swing and New Orleans classics.

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Anat Cohen

JAZZ AT THE LAKE - SATURDAY 9/13 & SUNDAY 9/14

On Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14, the two-day Jazz at the Lake festival will return to Shepard Park in Lake George. This year's line up is:

Saturday, September 13:
Manuel Valera & the New Cuban Express (1:00pm)
Cyrille Aimee’s Gypsy Jazz Quintet (2:45pm)
Sex Mob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota (4:30pm)
The Anat Cohen Quartet (7:30pm)

Sunday, September 14:
Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee (1:00pm)
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (2:45pm)
The Raymond Scott Orchestrette (4:30pm)

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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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