The concert series A Place for Jazz will open on Sept. 14 with Tom Harrell, one of the most acclaimed trumpeters in the post-bop era. He will be bringing his working quintet. The concerts this year, held at the First Unitarian Society at 1221 Wendell Ave. in Schenectady, will start at a new time, 7:30 p.m.
The Lake George Jazz Weekend (Sept. 15 and 16) is free, and this year includes vocalist Sachal Vasandani, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and what is described as the “brassily unconventional” Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra. Lakeside at Shepard Park in Lake George.
Tom Bellino’s Jazz One 2 One series has an intriguing event on tap for Sept. 29. Bassist Ben Allison will be exploring the music of guitar great Jim Hall, with the help of guitarist Steve Cardenas and saxophonist Ted Nash. The concerts are at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St. in Athens.
Ben Allison will return to the area with a quartet and a completely different sort of sound on Nov. 15 at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. As an added treat, the Lee Shaw Trio will be on hand that night.
The Empire Jazz Orchestra, resident big band at Schenectady County Community College, will celebrate its 20th anniversary and the release of its fifth CD on Oct. 16. Vocalist Colleen Pratt will join the fun.
The very next night, Oct. 17, pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton will bring their Hot House tour to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. This should be an evening of sparkling bop and post-bop music.
— Tim Coakley, Gazette jazz writer