MUSIC: Empire Jazz Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College’s Carl Taylor Auditorium, Schenectady. The 19-piece big band will be joined by special guest artist trumpeter Claudio Roditi. 8pm. $20; students $6.
READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. An Albany WordFest event. Albany’s poetry slam continues with open mic host Mojavi and slam master Thom Francis at the helm. This edition features the long-awaited Haiku Battle! 7pm. $5; students $3.