Some jazz shows you might not want to miss this summer, plus a full calendar of events:
-- The summer jazz season will begin with a bang on Thursday, June 5, when vocalist Jeanne O’Connor opens the free outdoor series Jazz on Jay on the Jay Street pedestrian mall in downtown Schenectady. That same night, the duo Tuck and Patti will perform at The Van Dyck on Union Street in Schenectady.
-- On June 28 and 29, the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Among those scheduled to perform are Terence Blanchard, the Mary Halvorson Trio, Trombone Shorty and Newport Jazz Festival at 60, with Karrin Allyson, Anat Cohen, Randy Brecker, Larry Grenadier and Clarence Penn.
Also this summer
Our specialized arts writers have sized up all kinds of events happening this summer.
-- Skidmore College’s Summer Jazz Institute will have some new faculty members this year, including saxophonists Antonio Hart and Jimmy Green. In addition to two concerts each by the faculty and students, guest artists will be the Rufus Reid Quintet on July 1 and the Gary Smulyan Trio on July 8.
-- Besides Tuck and Patti, The Van Dyck will host some other outstanding performers during June and July, including Stanley Jordan, Harry Allen, the Bria Skonberg Band and the Jazz Guitar Summit featuring Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden and Gerry Beaudoin.
-- On Aug. 17, the series Jazz in the Valley will present an all-star lineup at Wayans Park in Poughkeepsie with Bobby Watson, Steve Turre, Lewis Nash, Eddie Henderson, Buster Williams, George Cables and Javon Jackson.
— Gazette jazz writer
Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount.
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Aug. 1: Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars
Aug. 2: The Cookers featuring George Cables, Billy Harper, Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison and David Weiss
Aug. 7: Alberto Solis & Gil Gutierrez featuring Bob Stern
Aug. 8: Pedrito Martinez Quartet
Aug. 9: Romero Lubambo’s Quintet
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 583-0022, www.caffelena.org
July 6: Dylan Perillo Orchestra
Aug. 1: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Club Helsinki, Hudson. 828-4800, www.helsinkihudson.com
June 7: Jessica Molaskey & Her Italian Quartet
June 15: Alexander Turnquist
June 16: Voodoo Orchestra
July 7: Voodoo Orchestra
The Egg, Albany. 473-1845, www.theegg.org.
June 7: Bopitude Baritone Madness with Gary Smulyan, Claire Daly & Bruce Johnston with the Michael Benedict Trio
June 12: Diane Schuur
Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center. 584-9330, www.spac.org.
June 28: Amphitheater
Earth Wind & Fire, Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet, Terence Blanchard, Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Robin McKelle & The Flytones
June 28: Gazebo
Marc Cary Focus Trio, Lew Tabackin Trio, Jaimeo Brown with JD Allen & Chris Sholar, Mary Halvorson Trio, Robin McKelle & The Flytones
June 29: Amphitheater
Trombone Shorty, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Patti Austin, Dave Holland Prism, Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60, with Karrin Allyson, Anat Cohen, Randy Brecker, Larry Grenadier and Clarence Penn, Quinn Sullivan
June 29: Gazebo
Melissa Aldana and the Crash Trio, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Warren Wolf and Wolfpack, Sean Jones Quartet with Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis and Obed Calvaire, Quinn Sullivan
GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady. www.proctors.org, 382-3884.
July 25: Michael Benedict & Bopitude with special guest Sharel Cassity
Aug. 15: Jazz Camp student performance with guest soloist Jerry Weldon
Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass. 413-584-0610, www.iheg.com
July 31: Amir ElSaffar Quintet
Aug. 3: Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo
Aug. 16: Jane Monheit Group
Jazz in the Valley, Wayans Park, Poughkeepsie. 845-384-6350
Aug. 17: Bobby Watson, Steve Turre, Lewis Nash, Eddie Henderson, Buster Williams, George Cables, Javon Jackson.
Jazz on Jay, Jay Street, Schenectady.
June 5: Jeanne O’Connor Quartet
June 12: Alex Slomka Trio
June 19: A3
June 26: Azzaam Hameed Trio with Norm Frederick
July 3: Signature Brass Quintet
July 10: Ten27
July 17: Sonny & Perley
July 24: Mike Wicks Quintet with Mainstream Originals
July 31: Steve Lambert and the Little Big Band
Aug. 7: Mike Lawrence Trio
Aug. 14: Arch Stanton Quartet
Aug. 21: Dylan Canterbury Quartet
Aug. 28: Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival
Sept. 4: The Frank Capri Show
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org
Aug. 8: The Bad Plus, plus Joshua Redman
Music Haven, Central Park, Schenectady
Aug. 10: Ghost Train Orchestra
NANOLA, Malta. 587-1300, www.nanolamalta.com
May 25: Misty Jazz Trio
June 8: Jeff Nania Trio
June 22: Eric Walentowicz Quartet
PS/21, Chatham. 392-6121, www.ps21chatham.org
July 12: Dafnis Preieto Si O Si Quartet
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
Summer Jazz Institute. 580-5546.
July 1: Rufus Reid Quintet
July 3: Skidmore Faculty Septet
July 4: Student concert
July 8: Gary Smulyan Trio
July 10: Skidmore Faculty Septet
July 11: Student concert
Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass. 888-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org
June 27: Kenny Barron Trio
Aug. 17: Ellis and Delfayo Marsalis
Aug. 24: Maria Schneider Orchestra
The Van Dyck, Schenectady. www.vandycklounge.com. 348-7999.
June 5: Tuck and Patti
June 20: New West Guitar Group
June 21: Stanley Jordan
July 19: Harry Allen/Paul Meyers Quartet
July 25: Bria Skonberg Band
July 26: Jazz Guitar Summit featuring Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden and Gerry Beaudoin
Upbeat on the Roof, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. 580-8080, www.skidmore.edu
June 13: The Chronicles
June 27: Jeanne O’Connor & The New Standard
July 18: Hot Club of Saratoga