The best of jazz performances coming in 2016, including Joey Alexander, Frank Vignola, The Empire Ja
Young Joey Alexander will appear with his trio at the Woodstock Community Center on Jan. 30. (Provided photo)
Young Joey Alexander will appear with his trio at the Woodstock Community Center on Jan. 30. (Provided photo)

2016 Arts Preview

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• Young (very) pianist Joey Alexander made his recording debut with “My Favorite Things,” nominated as Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the 2016 Grammy Awards. He wowed the audience at Schenectady’s Music Haven in August and will appear with his trio at the Woodstock Community Center on Jan. 30.

• High-spirited pianist Monty Alexander bridges the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the sounds of his native Jamaica. He will be joined by guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola and guest vocalist Caterina Zapponi for a Valentine’s Day concert at The Egg on Feb. 14.

• The Bridge Jazz Festival returns for a second year: two nights of music at two of the area’s best music venues. Tim Olsen/Eric Walentowicz duo, vocalist Nnenna Freelon and guitarist Pierre Bensusan will perform at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Feb. 26, and The Arch Stanton Quartet, the No BS! Brass Band and Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis will take the stage at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose on Feb. 27.

• The Empire Jazz Orchestra will perform “Quiet Pride, The Elizabeth Catlett Project,” a suite based on sculptures by African-American artist Elizabeth Catlett, on April 12. Bassist Rufus Reid composed the suite and will appear with the EJO at Schenectady County Community College.

• Pianist Brad Mehldau combines traditional elements of jazz without being restricted by them. He has influenced musicians in and beyond jazz in their approaches to writing, playing, and choice of repertoire. He will perform with his trio at The Egg on April 16.

Jazz calendar

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 583-0022. www.caffelena.org

Jan. 8: Hot Club of Saratoga

The Egg, Albany. 473-1845, www.theegg.org

Jan. 29: Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed

Feb. 14: Monty Alexander’s Valentine String Ensemble featuring Frank Vignola, JJ Wiggins Shakur, and Catarina Zapponi

Feb. 20: Bebel Gilberto

April 16: Brad Mehldau Trio

May 15: John Pizzarelli Quartet

Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass. 413-584-0610, www.iheg.com

Jan. 23: Stephen Page Trio, and Juke Joint Jazz

April 4: Bill Charlap Trio

The Linda, Albany. 465-5233 ext. 4, www.wamc.org

March 3: Hot Club of Cowtown

Massry Center, College of Saint Rose, Albany, 337-4871. www.strose.edu/concerts

Feb. 27: The Bridge Jazz Festival with the Arch Stanton Quartet, the No BS! Brass Band, and Delfeayo Marsalis & Ellis Marsalis

April 7: Stewart Copeland & John Kimura Parker

Parish Public House, Albany. 465-0444, www.redsquarealbany.com

Jan. 23: Bobby Previte & the Visitors

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy

Jan. 9 and 10: Sketches Of Influence, live recording of Suite Lee (music in honor of Lee Shaw).

Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady. 381-1231

April 12: The Empire Jazz Orchestra with guest artist Rufus Reid.

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. 580-5321, www.skidmore.edu

Feb. 26: Robert Glasper Trio

April 22: Skidmore Jazz Ensembles

April 25: Skidmore Big Band

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. 273-0038, www.troymusichall.org

Feb. 26: The Bridge Jazz Festival The Tim Olsen/Eric Walentowicz Duo and Nnenna Freelon and Pierre Bensusan

University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany. 442-3995, www.albany.edu/pac

April 11: University Jazz Ensemble

Van Dyck, Schenectady. 348-7999, www.vandycklounge.com

Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Mar. 1, Apr. 5 & May 3: Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble

Jan. 22: Mike Stern

Wishing Well, Wilton. 393-8365, [email protected]

Jan. 10: Sonny & Perley.

Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 845-802-0029, www.jazzstock.com

Jan. 30: Joey Alexander Trio

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