Steve Davis Sextet to open A Place for Jazz series on Sept. 9 in Schenectady

Bobby Watson, left, and Steve Davis and their groups will be among the performers in this year's A Place for Jazz series at SUNY Schenectady. (photos provided)

Bobby Watson, left, and Steve Davis and their groups will be among the performers in this year's A Place for Jazz series at SUNY Schenectady. (photos provided)

SCHENECTADY A Place for Jazz is set to present its 2022 Fall Concert Series, featuring five evenings of world-class jazz in the Capital Region.

“We are very pleased to resume the jazz concerts this year,” said Albert Brooks, APFJ president. “APFJ’s last two seasons were canceled due to COVID concerns. Prior to that, APFJ had presented a jazz concert series every fall for 33 consecutive years — a remarkable feat for a small, totally volunteer-led and operated not-for-profit organization.”

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, SUNY Schenectady Community College, 78 Washington Ave.

The 2022 A Place for Jazz Fall Season schedule:

Steve Davis Sextet — Friday, Sept. 9
Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on 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 with names including Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton and Hank Jones. He previously appeared at A Place for Jazz in 2009 with Eric Alexander’s One for All. His latest release with his sextet is “Correlations” on Smoke Sessions Records.

Geoffrey Keezer Trio featuring Gillian Margot — Friday Sept. 23
Keezer was only 17 when he became the last pianist in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1988-1990), a perfect gig for the talented hard bop musician who fit right in with the tradition of Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, James Williams and Benny Green. He’s been recording in recent years with vocalist Gillian Margot.

Joel Ross Quintet — Friday, Oct. 7
Vibraphonist-composer Ross was inspired by Albany’s own Stefon Harris. He released his anticipated Blue Note debut “KingMaker” to critical acclaim. He’s topped the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star category for vibraphone and in 2017, he became one of the youngest artists to receive a coveted Residency Commission from The Jazz Gallery. His latest release is “Who Are You?” (Blue Note, 2020).

Bobby Watson Quartet — Friday, Oct. 21
Saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and trained formally at the University of Miami. After graduating, he proceeded to earn his “doctorate” — on the bandstand — as musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Watson, in association with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, launched the first edition of Horizon, an acoustic quintet modeled in many ways after the Jazz Messengers but one with its own distinct, slightly more modern twist.

The Peg Delaney Big Band — Friday, Nov. 4
Schenectady-born jazz pianist, educator, arranger and composer Delaney has been a part of the Capital Region music scene since the early ’70s. Her love of jazz began when she met her husband Bill at SUNY Plattsburgh, where they both received bachelor of arts degrees in music theory and composition. She has three recordings under her name: “The Island Suite,” “If I Had You” and “Hotline.” Currently, Delaney is involved with accompanying many fine singers, has the piano seat in 2 local big bands and has been composing for her own 18-piece big band for the upcoming concert.

Tickets to APFJ shows are $20 (cash or check) at the door or online ( for $22.69 (credit card), or contact Al Brooks, [email protected]

Membership to A Place for Jazz, including season tickets, may be obtained at

As for COVID guidelines on campus, masks are not required, but social distancing requirements remain in effect. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

Started in 1987 by Butch Conn, A Place for Jazz has brought hundreds of nationally known jazz musicians to the Capital District to participate in the fall concert series, public workshops and school-based clinics.

A Place for Jazz is made possible with public funds from the Schenectady County Initiative Program, Stewart’s Shops, the Price Chopper Golub Foundation, NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Broughton Foundation, JM McDonald Foundation, KeyBank, General Electric and Honest Weight Coop. In addition to grant funding, revenue is generated through ticket sales and membership contributions.

The organization welcomes new volunteers and/or members. For further information about APFJ, contact Al Brooks or write to PO Box 1059, Schenectady, NY 12301.

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