The fall jazz season in the Capital Region got under way this weekend, with the first concert in the series A Place for Jazz on Friday and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival on Saturday.
But there’s plenty more jazz in store over the next few months, and here are five top concert choices, listed in chronological order.
The Bill Mays Inventions Trio will be just one of the attractions at the Lake George Jazz Weekend on Sept. 19-20. This imaginative group features Mays at the piano along with trumpeter Marvin Stamm and cellist Alisa Horn as they explore both jazz and classical themes.
DIVA, the super all-woman big band led by drummer Sherrie Maricle, will play at the College of Saint Rose on Sept. 26. They will be featuring music by Johnny Mandel, composer of such tunes as “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “Emily.” Mandel himself will be at the concert, and the band will be joined by vocalist Ann Hampton Calloway for several of Mandel’s songs.
Vocalist Tierney Sutton and her trio will give the third concert in the series A Place for Jazz on Oct. 9. Sutton has appeared in the area several times, and always delivers a knockout performance. And her trio, with pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ray Brinker, is a force all by itself.
The vocal trio A String of Pearls will be sponsored in concert by the Swingtime Jazz Society at the Stockade Inn in Schenectady on October 18. Well-known area singer Jeanne O’Connor and her colleagues Sue Halloran and Holli Ross will sing jazz standards and Latin tunes, followed by a jam session.
The Empire Jazz Orchestra will present “Sinatra: A Legacy in Song” on Oct. 20 at Schenectady County Community College. Vocalists Colleen Pratt and Bobbie Van Detta will join the college’s superb resident big band in an array of tunes associated with Old Blue Eyes.