Music could be heard throughout downtown Schenectady on Wednesday as the ElectriCity Arts and Entertainment District and the Schenectady City Heritage Area announced the 2012 Jazz on Jay Concert Series.
Co-chairperson and County Legislator Karen Johnson was joined by Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, ElectriCity Board Chair Joseph Tardi and Heritage Area Director Maureen Gebert to announce the schedule for the 17th annual concert season. A special performance by Al Haugen & Friends gave a small taste of what can be expected this summer.
Jazz on Jay is a free outdoor series held on Jay Street every Thursday from noon until 1:30 p.m. in June, July and August. The series begins on June 7 with a performance by vocalist April Marie with the Michael Lamkin Trio and ends on Aug. 30.
The concerts are sponsored by the ElectriCity Arts & Entertainment District and the Schenectady City Heritage Area with support from Schenectady County, Proctors, the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation, Schenectady Musical Union 85-133, and the NYS Council on the Arts (through the Arts Center of the Capital Region).
The ElectriCity Arts and Entertainment District is an all-volunteer organization that links the community with art happenings in Schenectady County.
In addition to Jazz on Jay, ElectriCity Arts and Entertainment District coordinates the popular Schenectady Kids’ Arts Festival, which will be held this June.
Concerts will take place in the middle of the pedestrian portion of Jay Street. In case of rain, the concerts move into Robb Alley at Proctors.
June 7 — April Marie & The Michael Lamkin Trio
June 14 — Al Haugen & Friends
June 21 — Alex Slomka Quartet
June 28— Dave Fisk Quintet
July 5 — Sunnyside of the Street Band with Brian Brundige
July 12 — Gals Who Play Jazz
July 19 — Keith Pray Quartet
July 26 — Nat Phipps All-Stars
Aug. 2 — Sensemaya
Aug. 9 — New Regime
Aug. 16 — Brian Patneaude Quartet
Aug. 23 — John Hines and Friends
Aug. 30 — Bobbie Van Detta