The upcoming season of Premiere Performance concerts has been announced for the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center in Albany. And there are some great shows on tap, to be sure. In addition to a big batch of classical performances, you’ll find some mighty fine, jazz, junk and pop shows on the calendar as well.
Here’s what the Massry Center’s 2011-2012 concert calendar looks like:
Friday, September 23, 7:30pm
The master funk-jazz sax blaster whose horn was at the heart of classic funk nuggets from James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy’s Rubber Band tears the roof off the sucker.
Soulive Presents the Beatles
Sunday, October 30, 7:30pm
The groovemeister trio serves up an evening spotlighting the compositions of Lennon and McCartney as they focus on the fab sounds of their latest album, “Rubber Soulive.”
It’s a Jazzy Christmas! A celebration of Vince Guaraldi’s Holiday Jazz Music
Friday, December 2, 7pm
$20; students $10; kids under six free
The Peanut Gallery Jazz Trio offers a special kids’ holiday concert that showcases the tunes of the great composer-pianist Vince Guaraldi. With a milk-and-cookies reception to follow the show.
“Backstage” with Paula Cole
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7:30pm
An evening of music and conversation (and a Q&Q) with the Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter.
The Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:30pm
The acclaimed jazz saxophonist-composer steps into the spotlight with his crack band, who were one of the highlights at last year’s Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:30pm
An intimate solo piano performance by the DownBeat Hall of Famer, 16-time Grammy Award-winner and one of the jazz world’s great keyboard virtuosos.