Founded back in 1987, A Place for Jazz isn’t really a “place” at all, but rather a group of devoted jazz fans – a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to presenting the best in jazz through concerts, public workshops, school clinics, a website and general support of jazz and its musicians.
Having said that, however, A Place for Jazz kicks off its 2013 fall concert season on Friday, September 20 with a powerhouse quintet co-led by trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and saxman Jerry Weldon, and once again the concerts will be held at the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, which is truly one of Nippertown’s hidden treasures. It’s an intimate listening room with great acoustics, and if you haven’t visited there yet, you should most definitely make an effort to attend one of this season’s concerts just to experience some music in the venue.
All of the concerts take place at 7:30pm on Fridays. Tickets for each of the concerts are $15; students $7; and children under 12 are free if they’re with an adult. Memberships are also available.
Here’s the schedule for A Place for Jazz’s 2013 fall concert series:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
JOE MAGNARELLI & JERRY WELDON
A Place for Jazz kicks off its swingin’ 27th concert season with an exciting quintet headed by trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and saxophonist Jerry Weldon.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
THE JEFF HAMILTON TRIO
Celebrated drummer Jeff Hamilton has led a globally popular trio for over 15 years, in addition to 40 years supporting jazz legends in combos and big bands.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
Trombonist Conrad Herwig is highly acclaimed for his Grammy-nominated Latin jazz interpretations of the work of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
This year’s vocalist, Catherine Russell, is a proven crowd-pleaser who joyously shows the swing and blues roots of her accomplished musician-parents.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
THE MICHAEL-LOUIS SMITH QUINTET
Dynamic guitarist Michael-Louis Smith is very popular lately as both creative bandleader and sideman around Nippertown and in leading NYC jazz venues.