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Larry Willis 9/8

Chembo Corniel 9/22

Jackie Ryan 10/6

Shelly Berg 10/6

Jeff Siegel 10/20

Don Byron 11/3

A Place For Jazz

1221 Wendell Ave
Schenectady, NY
(518) 393-4011

A Place for Jazz isn't really a place; it's an organization whose programs include a fall concert series, public workshops, school-based clinics, and general support of jazz and its musicians. Since 1987, A Place for Jazz has been hosting a fall concert series at the Whisperdome, a beautiful listening-space in the First Unitarian Society at 1221 Wendell Ave. in Schenectady. A Place for Jazz builds on the legacy of Butch Conn, who founded the organization in 1987 to bring world-class jazz artists to the area for the concert series.

A Place for Jazz is affiliated with the International Association of Jazz, with grants from Schenectady County Improvement Program, Schenectady Foundation, and membership contributions. For more information, contact Tim Coakley at 518-393-4011,, visit, or write to PO Box 1059, Schenectady 12301.

2017 Concert Series:

Friday 9/8 - Larry Willis Trio
Pianist Larry Willis was born in New York City. After his first year at the Manhattan School of Music he began performing regularly with Jackie McLean. He has performed with a wide range of musicians, including seven years as keyboardist for Blood, Sweat & Tears. He spent several years as pianist for Nat Adderley, as well as Roy Hargrove. He received the Benny Golson Jazz Master Award at Howard University in 2012.

Friday 9/22 - Chembo Corniel Quintet
Percussionist Wilson Chembo Corniel is making a return visit to APFJ, this time as leader of his own group. He teaches percussion at SUNY Purchase. He is currently leading his own Latin Jazz quintet. He earned a Grammy nomination in 2009 for “Best Latin Jazz Album.”

Friday 10/6 - Jackie Ryan & Shelly Berg
Vocalist Jackie Ryan grew up listening to a unique blend of voices. Her father was of Irish descent and sang classical pieces around the house in his trained baritone. Her mother was Mexican and crooned Spanish folk songs to her as a child. Pianist Shelly Berg has recorded several albums with his trio. In 2007, he was named dean and professor of Music at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Berg was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award in the Best Arrangement Instrumental and Vocals category. He is the music director of The Jazz Cruise.

Friday 10/20 - Jeff Siegel Sextet
Jeff Siegel was the longtime drummer with pianist Lee Shaw, along with bassist Rich Syracuse. Siegel’s latest CD is “King of Xhosa,” with Syracuse, bass; Erica Lindsay, sax; Francesca Tanksley, piano; African trumpeter Feya Faku and percussionist Fred Berryhill. This is the group that will play for us.

Friday 11/3 - Don Byron Quartet
Don Byron is a gifted performer on clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his bass clarinet solo on "I Want to Be Happy" from the album “Ivey-Divey.” He has worked as a professor at The University at Albany, teaching composition, improvisation, music history, clarinet, and saxophone.