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|BI-WEEKLY JAM SESSION @ SPEAKEASY - TUESDAY 1/27
Speakeasy 518 (42 Howard St, Albany, NY) will continue its bi-weekly jazz jam session on Tuesday January 27.
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.
Bopitude Drum Battle
|BOPITUDE DRUM BATTLE @ THE VAN DYCK - FRIDAY 2/6
Michael Benedict & Bopitude will present a "drum battle" on Friday, February 6 at The Van Dyck in Schenectady.
The evening will be modeled after the Gretsch Drum Nights at Birdland in NYC in the 1950s and 1960s where the concept was to show off great drummers in pairs with a jazz combo. The closing typically featured a drum "battle" between the four drummers.
The event will feature drummers Bob Halek, Mark Foster, Pete Sweeney & Michael Benedict as well as percussionist Brian Melick backed up by Bopitude - trumper Chris Pasin, saxophonist Brian Patneaude, pianist Dave Gleason and basist Mike Lawrence and yours truly on tenor saxophone.
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|TIM OLSEN CD RELEASE PERFORMANCE - MONDAY 2/23
Pianist Tim Olsen will celebrate the release of his new CD Creature of Habit (Planet Arts) with a performance as part of the “Taylor Time” concert series at Union College in Schenectady on Monday, February 23 at 5:00 pm. The Tim Olsen Band will perform music from Creature of Habit and discussing the creative processes involved in putting together a CD.
Tim Olsen joined the Union College faculty in 1994 and is currently Associate Professor of Music. He teaches courses in music of Africa and the African diaspora, with a special focus on jazz; he also directs the Union College Jazz Ensemble. Olsen received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from Yale University.
JOE BARNA & SKETCHES OF INFLUENCE @ SANCTUARY - TUE 2/24
Joining Barna for this engagement will be saxophonist Stacy Dillard, pianist Victor Gould and bassist Ryan Berg
As part of this event Barna has promised to raise a minimum of $1,000 from friends, family and locally owned/operated Troy businesses. He will present the Sanctuary For Independent Media with all of the charitable donations on the evening of the performance.
|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.
Click here to read the article.
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.
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