A Place for Jazz Kicks Off its Fall Concert Season on Friday

Bria Skonberg
Bria Skonberg

Photograph by Rudy Lu

A Place for Jazz’s fall concert series, features five evenings of world-class jazz concerts at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome in Schenectady. The series kicks off on Friday (September 12) with the Clifton Anderson Quintet, and then continues every other Friday evening through November 7. All concerts begin at 7:30pm, and tickets are $15 per concert.

Here’s the complete concert schedule for the 2014 A Place for Jazz fall season:

The Clifton Anderson Quintet
Friday (September 12), 7:30pm
Trombonist Clifton Anderson began performing with his uncle, Sonny Rollins, in 1983. He now leads his own dynamic quintet, which has a repertoire that ranges from swinging bop to Latin
grooves and calypso.

The George Garzone Quartet
Friday, September 26, 7:30pm
Tenor saxophonist George Garzone is a member of the Fringe, a trio founded in 1972 that performs regularly in the Boston area and has toured worldwide. He has appeared on over 20 recordings, including as a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet.

The Alexis Cole Quintet
Friday, October 10, 7:30pm
Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole has made an impressive impact on audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager. She won the 2007 Jazzmobile competition and received an award in the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition. She will be backed by a quartet that includes the outstanding tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and the great pianist Harold Mabern.

The John Menegon Quartet
Friday, October 24, 7:30pm
Bassist John Menegon has been a mainstay of the regional jazz scene for years. He will head the dynamic quartet – Tineke Postma (alto & soprano sax), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums) – that is featured on his latest CD I Remember You.

The Bria Skonberg Quintet
Friday, November 7, 7:30pm
Trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg covers jazz from swing to modern. Her stage presence, coupled with her husky singing voice and trumpet chops, have garnered a Rising Star spot in DownBeat Magazine’s 2013 Critics Poll and an Up and Coming Star nod from the Jazz Journalists’ Association.

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