Real Good for FREE: Skidmore Jazz Institute Concert Series

May 17th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

For the past quarter century, the two-week Skidmore Jazz Institute program has provided opportunities for young musicians to study on campus with world-class jazz artists in an intimate setting. The Institute also affords lucky Nippertown jazz fans to see and hear some of the best jazz musicians on the planet perform – for free.

All of the concerts will take place at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs.

Here’s the line-up for the 2012 Skidmore Jazz Institute Concert series:

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Real Good for Free: Skidmore Jazz Institute Concert Series

May 4th, 2010, 12:03 pm by Greg

In conjunction with the annual Skidmore Jazz Institute, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs hosts a series of free concerts by some of the top names in jazz each June and July.

This year’s line-up looks mighty stellar. All performances take place on campus at Ladd Hall in the Zankel Music Center, except where noted:

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LIVE: Jonathan Batiste @ Skidmore Jazz Institute

July 9th, 2009, 4:21 pm by Sara

Q. Who is Jonathan Batiste and why you should put him on your must see list?

A. The Crescent City native is an enthralling amalgam of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pinetop Perkins and Liberace, sans candelabra, whose accomplishments include performances with Wynton Marsalis and Cyril Neville as well as collaborations with Donald Harrison, Christian Scott and Maurice Brown.

Graduating from the Juilliard School with a major in jazz piano last year, Batiste recently released “Live in New York: At the Rubin Museum of Art” and is currently jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s pianist, whom he left in Paris, France, during a European tour, to fly in for one performance stateside at the Skidmore Jazz Institute before flying back the next day.

The Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore campus was almost filled to capacity. A few people had heard the name Jonathan Batiste, most had not. The instruments stood silently waiting under the glare of the spot lights as the distant sound of a melodica grew louder from the shadows with the beat and rhythm of a Mardi Gras marching band. Batiste’s sextet took the stage and captivated the audience with a stunning journey through the gamut of New Orleans musical styles from Louis Armstrong to the Marsalis brothers.



written and photographed by Andrzej Pilarczyk

LIVE: The Gerald Clayton Quintet @ Skidmore College

July 2nd, 2009, 9:15 am by Greg


The Skidmore Jazz Institute in Saratoga launched its annual summer concert series Tuesday, June 30 with the volcanic pianist Gerald Clayton and his quintet. The son of John Clayton (of the famed Clayton Brothers Band), the 25-year-old rising jazz star presented a wondrous command of the keyboard and a mature compositional style with a set of originals including “Bulablues” and “Peace For The Moment,” as well as “Major Hope,” a political statement on today’s international events.


More after the jump:

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