– Monterey Jazz Fest at Proctors, Schenectady — Featuring Terence Blanchard, James Moody, Benny Green, Nnenna Frelon, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. A first-rate package of jazz heavyweights. Feb. 23.
– The McCoy Tyner Trio, with Savion Glover at The Egg, Albany — One of the most dominant pianists of his era, with a sympatico rhythm section and Glover’s incomparable stepping. March 7.
– Brad Mehldau Trio at Skidmore College — Among the most influential of younger pianists, with his original band mates Larry Grenadier, bass, and Jorge Rossy, drums. At Filene Recital Hall. April 6.
– Empire Jazz Orchestra at Schenectady County Community College with David “Fathead” Newman — The area’s premiere big band with Ray Charles alumnus Newman. April 8.
– Brian Lynch Quintet at First Unitarian Society of Schenectady — Phil Woods’ trumpeter leads his own group as Professor Jose Cruz presents the second year of his Latin jazz series. May 2.
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