A Place for Jazz Kicks Off Its Fall Season on Friday

Jeff Siegel
Jeff Siegel leads his sextet at A Place for Jazz

Photograph by Rudy Lu

A Place for Jazz has announced the schedule for its fall concert series, featuring five evenings of world-class jazz at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome.

The series kicks off on Friday (September 8) with veteran pianist Larry Willis and his trio. All of the concerts are at 7:30pm on Fridays. Tickets are $20; students $10; children under 12 are free with an adult.

Here’s the complete schedule of the 2017 fall season:

September 8: The Larry Willis Trio
The NYC native pianist began playing with Jackie McLean after his first year at the Manhattan School of Music. He has also performed with a wide range of musicians, including several years with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Nat Adderley and Roy Hargrove. He received the Benny Golson Jazz Master Award at Howard University in 2012.

September 22: The Chembo Corniel Quintet
Percussionist Wilson Chembo Corniel is making a return visit to APFJ, this time as leader of his own group. He teaches percussion at SUNY Purchase. He earned a Grammy nomination in 2009 for “Best Latin Jazz Album.

October 6: The Jackie Ryan-Shelly Berg Duo
Vocalist Jackie Ryan grew up listening to a unique blend of voices – her father sang classical pieces around the house, while her mother crooned Spanish folk songs to her as a child. Pianist Shelly Berg has recorded several albums with his trio. In 2007, he was named dean and professor of Music at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Berg was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award in the Best Arrangement Instrumental and Vocals category.

October 20: The Jeff Siegel Sextet
Jeff Siegel was the longtime drummer with pianist Lee Shaw, along with bassist Rich Syracuse. Siegel’s latest CD is King of Xhosa with Syracuse, bass; Erica Lindsay, sax; Francesca Tanksley, piano; African trumpeter Feya Faku and percussionist Fred Berryhill.

November 3: The Don Byron Quartet
Don Byron is a gifted performer on clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his bass clarinet solo on “I Want to Be Happy” from his album Ivey-Divey. He has worked as a professor at the University at Albany, teaching composition, improvisation, music history, clarinet and saxophone.

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