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LIVE EVENTS

                       

PAST EXPERIENCE 
    In only a short time after relocating to the upstate New York Capital District in 2001, I was very pleased and excited about the quality, quantity and affordability of the live music offerings, as I noted in this Fall 2001 APFJ newsletter article


     While I still traveled occasionally back to Manhattan and visited Boston to see particular artists, I’ve found myself doing that less and less over the past few years, as there are very many excellent venues here in the Capital District, such as those included in the venues web pages of the two fine web sites of A Place for Jazz & Albanyjazz.com


    Recently, I created a list identifying the particular venues (concert halls and clubs/restaurants) that I have found in the last six years to most consistently present quality Jazz artists in ways that I personally have most enjoyed - Selected Capital District Music Venues.
 

STOCKADE INN

 

    My particular favorite over the past two years is definitely the Stockade Inn in Schenectady, which I’ve found to be a model of all the “right” things to do in presenting music. The list of advantages that attracts my wife and me back there frequently is fairly long:
            -    Top quality artists (see below)

-         Very accommodating service

-         Excellent & affordable food and drinks

-         No cover charge

-         Very classy atmosphere

-         Convenient hours (7 PM – 10 PM)

-         Very friendly, respectful clientele

 

    Some of the many fine musicians we have enjoyed there include: 

                - Al Haugen - Comments
            
        - April Marie - Web site

        - Colleen Pratt - Web site
- FrancescaTanksley - Web site
- Jeanne O'Connor - Web site
- Jeff Siegel - Web site

        -  Jody Shayne - Web Page

        -  Lee Shaw - Web site

         -  Nat Phipps - Comments

         -  Peg Delaney - Web site

         -  Sonny & Perley - Web site

        -  Steve Lambert - Web page

     - Teresa Broadwell - Web page

     - Tim Coakley - Web page

 

FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2007


           
Here’s a personal list of events enjoyed at
            other venues with links (where available)
            to reviews: 


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March 2 – Lee Shaw trio CD Release party, WAMC Performance Center, Albany


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March 24 – Empire Jazz Orchestra with Lew Soloff & Colleen Pratt, SCCC


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April 3 (and 4 other times) – Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble, Tess’ Lark Tavern


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April 15 - Albany Musicians Jazz Appreciation event, Revolution Hall, Troy


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April 22 – Colleen Pratt CD Release party, Glen Sanders Mansion, Schenectady


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May 2 – Bobby Sanabria Latin Jazz group, Whisperdome, Schenectady


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May 4 – Joe Barna with Ralph Lalama, Spillin’ the Beans, Troy


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May 31 – Roberta Gambarini, SPAC Little Theater


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June 1 – Carol Sloane, Sculler’s Cambridge, MA


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June 7 – Roz Corral, Hotel Kitano, Manhattan


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July 8 – Keith Pray Quartet, Hilton Arts
   Center, Albany

- Sept 14 - Mark Murphy, A Place For Jazz

- Oct 6 - Sheila Jordan, Proctors

- Oct 12 - Gary Smulyan,
A Place For Jazz

- Oct 14 - Jazz Voices, SJS/Stockade Inn

- Oct 26 - Wycliffe Gordon, A Place For Jazz

- Nov 9 - Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble,
               A Place For Jazz

- Nov 11-18 - 2007 Jazz Cruise

FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2008

   - Jan 13 - Albany Jazz Collective, Appletini's

   - Feb 13 - Dianne Reeves, The Egg

   - Apr 12 - Nicki Denner Trio, Jazz Latino, Inc

   - May 2 - Brian Lynch, Jazz Latino Inc

   - May 24 - Ann Hampton Callaway, SPAC

   - Aug 3 - Esperanza Spalding, Music Haven

   - Sept 12 - Bill Charlap Trio, A Place For Jazz

   - Sept 26 - Lee Russo Quartet, A Place For Jazz

   - Oct 10 - Ben Allison, A Place For Jazz

   - Oct 11 - Wynton Marsalis & JALC, RPI EMPAC

   - Oct 24 - Joe Locke, A Place For Jazz

   - Nov 7 - Karrin Allyson, A Place For Jazz

   - Nov 8-16 2008 Jazz Cruise

 
FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2009

   
- Several - Keith Pray Big Band, Tess' Lark Tav

    - March 3 - SF Jazz Collective, The Egg

    - April 24 - Willie Martinez, Jazz Latino, Inc

    - May 8 - Chris Washburne, Jazz Latino, Inc

    - June 22 - Boz Scaggs, The Egg

    - Aug 2 - Erica Lindsay+Jimmy Owens, 
                  Music Haven, Schenectady

    - Aug 17 - Joe Barna Sketches of Influence,
                    Bread & Jam, Cohoes

    - Sept 11 - Eric Alexander, A Place For Jazz

    - Sept 12 - Albany Jazz Festival

    - Sept 25 - Manhattan Transfer, The Egg

    - Sept 26 - Johnny Mandel, Massry Center

    - Oct 9 - Tierney Sutton, A Place For Jazz

    - Nov 6 - Steve Lambert, A Place For Jazz

    - Nov 8 - The Jazz Cruise


 FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2010

   
- Jan 31 - Keith Pray Big Band, Tess' Lark Tav

    - April 3 - Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence,
                     Bread & Jam, Cohoes

    - April 11 - Tribute to Jack Fragomeni,
                     Proctors Robb Alley

    - April 16 - Jazz Latino All-Stars, Whisperdome

    - April 17 - Bill McCann 25th Anniversary,
                     SUNY Albany

    - Sept 24 - Mike Moreno, A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 22 - Bruce Barth Trio + J. D. Allen Trio,
                   A Place For Jazz

    - Dec 7 - Keith Pray Big Band, Van Dyck

 
FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2011
    
    - Multi Dates - Keith Pray Big Band, Van Dyck

    - Sept 16 - Terrell Stafford, A Place for Jazz

    - Sept 30 - Tia Fuller, A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 14 - Kenny Barron, A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 28 - Sensemaya, A Place For Jazz

    - Nov 11 - Freddy Cole, A Place For Jazz

  FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2012

    - Multi - Keith Pray Big Band, Van Dyck

    - Aug 3 - Joe Barna, Lark Tavern

    - Sept 14 - Tom Harrell, A Place For Jazz

    - Sept 28 - Mary Stallings, A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 26 - Bopitude, A Place For Jazz

    - Nov 9 - Pedrito Martinez, A Place For Jazz

  FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2013

    - Multi - Keith Pray Big Band, Van Dyck

    - Sept 20 - Joe Magnarelli W/Jerry Weldon,
                     A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 4 - Jeff Hamilton Trio, A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 18 - Conrad Herwig, A Place For Jazz

    - Nov 1 - Catherine Russell, A Place For Jazz

    - Nov 15 - Michael Louis Smith W/Stacy Dillard 
                    A Place For Jazz

    - Nov 21 - Joe Barna, Lark Tavern

  FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2014

    - Multi - Keith Pray Big Band, Van Dyck

    - (8 Sundays) - Joe Barna bands, Lark Tavern

    - June 19 - Harry Allen/Paul Meyers, Van Dyck

    - July 25 - Bopitude W/Sharel Cassity,
                    Daily Grind Troy

    - Aug 8 - Lee Shaw Quintet, Taste

    - Aug 15 - Keith Pray, Jerry Weldon, Students,
                    Proctors Summer Jazz Institute

    - Sept 6 - Albany Jazz Festival

    - Sept 12 - Clifton Anderson, A Place For Jazz

    - Sept 26 - George Garzone, A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 10 - Alexis Cole, A Place For Jazz

    - Oct 24 - John Menegon, A Place For Jazz

 Click here for ALL Live Jazz Events seen in 2014
   
   

FAVORITE LIVE EVENTS in 2015

    - Jan 13 - Tim Olsen Solo Recital, 
                   Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

    - Jan 22 - Bronte Roman Jazz Ensemble
                    Stockade Inn

    - March 20 - Bronte Roman Jazz Ensemble,
                         Stockade Inn

    - April 12 – Bopitude JAM Presented By
                      Schenectady Musicians Union
                     Jazz Appreciation Month,                                  Proctor’s Robb Alley

    - April 19 - Albany Musicians Union
                     Jazz Appreciation Month,
                      Elks Club

    - April 24 – Bronte Roman Jazz Ensemble,
                     Blu Stone Bistro 

    - April 25 – Arch Stanton Quartet,
                     Madison Theater

    - May 5 - Keith Pray Big Band, Van Dyck

    - May 15 – Sax Summit, Van Dyck  

    - June 4 – Colleen Pratt, Jazz on Jay

    - June 15 – Lee Shaw Trio,
                     Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center 

    - June 18 – Colleen Pratt, Stockade Inn

    - Multi      – Phil Allen – Mike Benedict Orch,
                          Lark Tavern  
    - July 14 - Gary McFarland Ensemble
                     Madison Theater
    - July 15 - Bopitude
                       Empire Plaza
    - July 30 - Bronte Roman
                      Stockade Inn
    - Aug 30 - Alexis Cole
                       Falcon
    - Sept 12 - Albany Jazz Festival
                       Under I-787/Boat Launch
    - Sept 18 - Rene Marie
                       A Place For Jazz
    - Sept 20 - Bruce Barth/Sharel Cassity
                        Beattie-Powers House
    - Oct 2 - Theo Hill
                       A Place For Jazz
    - Oct 6 - JALC Orchestra
              
         Proctors
    - Oct 17 - Sharel Cassity Quartet
                        Van Dyck
    - Oct 24 - Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence
                         Madison Theater
    - Oct 30 - John Nazarenko
                         
A Place For Jazz
    - Nov 7  - Keith Pray W/Jerry Weldon 
                        Van Dyck
    - Nov 13 - Chris Potter
                         A Place For Jazz
    - Multi    - Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence
                         Lucas Confectionery
    - Dec 11 - Lee Shaw Memorial Concert
                          First Unitarian Society

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