A Place for Jazz Announces Its Fall Concert Schedule

September 2nd, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

A Place for Jazz has announced its fall concert series, featuring five evenings of world-class jazz in Schenectady. The series begins on Friday, September 18 and continues every other Friday through November 13.

All concerts begin at 7:30pm at the Whisperdome at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady. Tickets are $15 per concert; $7 for students; children under age 12 are admitted free if they’re accompanied by an adult.

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Here’s the complete schedule for the 2015 fall season of A Place for Jazz:

RENE MARIE
Friday, September 18, 7:30pm
The season begins with a return visit by vocalist René Marie, who made her A Place for Jazz debut in 2002. She is a dynamic performer who writes her own songs as well as singing the great standards. Her most recent release is a tribute to Eartha Kitt, I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt), on the Motema label.

THE THEO HILL QUARTET
Friday, October 2, 7:30pm
Born in Albany, Theo Hill began his jazz piano studies with Lee Shaw at age 12. He graduated from the Jazz Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. Since moving to New York City he has worked with Dave Liebman, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Gregory Porter and others. He released his debut CD as a bandleader, Live at Smalls, in 2013.

MANUEL VALERA & THE NEW CUBAN EXPRESS
Friday, October 16, 7:30pm
Valera was born in Havana, Cuba. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera and Dafnis Prieto. The five-piece group’s recording, New Cuban Express, was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 as Best Latin Jazz Album.

THE JOHN NAZARENKO TRIO
Friday, October 30, 7:30pm
John Nazarenko is a senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College, where he teaches jazz piano and coaches jazz ensembles. He is also on the music faculty at Williams College and directs jazz studies at the Luzerne Music Center.

THE CHRIS POTTER QUARTET
Friday, November 13, 7:30pm
Chris Potter arrived on the New York scene in 1989, performing with bebop icon Red Rodney. Through the ’90s, he continued to gain invaluable bandstand experience as a sideman while also making strong statements as a bandleader-composer-arranger.