Schenectady

A Place for Jazz in Schenectady moves lineup to spring

Ann Hampton Callaway will perform in the series on March 26, 2021. Photo provided

Ann Hampton Callaway will perform in the series on March 26, 2021. Photo provided

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Due to pandemic concerns, the Fall 2020 Season of A Place for Jazz has been postponed until spring 2021.

After extensive deliberations, the board of directors decided that it was in the best interests of its community to postpone the five concerts. Government regulations and restrictions, audience safety, readiness of audience to attend concerts, artist and facility availability and “good old-fashioned common sense” were among factors considered by the board.

There will be a change of venue for the spring concerts, however, as the Whisperdome at the Unitarian Universalist Society will not be available. Instead, the concerts will be held at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady at the corner of North Church and Union streets. Pastor Bill Levering welcomed the group to its updated facilities for the spring series, where they will be able to ensure that concerts will be held in a socially safe environment.

If you have already purchased an APFJ Fall 2020 season membership, it will be credited to the spring season. You can also convert your membership to a tax-deductible donation, or receive a refund for all or part of your membership. Contact Tim Coakley at [email protected] or 518-393-4011 by Nov. 15 with your decision. The Spring 2021 membership can be purchased at any time.

The lineup is as follows:

Ann Hampton Callaway — March 26, 2021.
One of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, Callaway made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her singing style blends jazz and traditional pop. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance  in the Broadway musical “Swing!”

Geoff Keezer Trio — April 9, 2021.
Keezer was only 17 when he became the last pianist in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1988-1990), as the talented hard bop musician fit right in with the tradition of Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, James Williams and Benny Green. Since then, he has recorded steadily as a leader for Sunnyside, Blue Note, DIW/Columbia and Sackville.

Bobby Watson Quartet — April 23, 2021.
Saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator Watson grew up in Kansas City and was trained formally at the University of Miami. He became musical director of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers during his four-year tenure (1977-1981) and later became a much-sought-after musician, eventually launching the first edition of acoustic quintet Horizon.

Peg Delaney Big Band — May 7, 2021.
Local pianist, composer and arranger Delaney will feature a full band — trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, bass and drums. They will be playing her songs and arrangements at this concert.

Steve Davis Sextet — May 21, 2021.
Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices of the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition. He has released 20 albums in addition to appearing on over 100 other recordings.
He previously performed at APFJ in 2009.

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