Jazz on Jay is back in Downtown Schenectady


Jazz on Jay is back with free lunchtime concerts every week through Sept. 17. Top leaders, singers and instrumentalists from across the region bring their bands to the city’s Jay Street arcade for mesmerizing performances each Thursday, noon–1:30 p.m. 

To prevent the spread of COVID 19, the shows will be on the State Street end of the pedestrian Jay Street walkway to allow for social distancings, patrons must wear masks and are asked not to attend if they, or anyone in their household, is sick. Also, there will be no indoors rain location so concerts will be held rain or shine. 

“Safety is always the top priority when considering any sort of performance, especially a public one,” said Salvatore Prizio, the concerts and event manager for Proctors Collaborative. “Our team has had several meetings to discuss the safest and most practical ways of presenting a public performance to the community. Additionally, we wanted to be able to once again provide performance opportunities to local musicians again.” 

The 2020 Jazz on Jay lineup is bookended by Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards nominee Keith Pray on June 9, and the Tarik Shah Trio on Sept. 17.

The full lineup:

  • July 9 – Keith Pray Ortet
  • July 16 – Trifecta
  • July 23 – Jeanine Ouderkirk Quartet
  • July 30 – The Ragtime Windjammers
  • Aug. 6 – Art D’echo Trio
  • Aug. 13 – Tyler Giroux Trio
  • Aug. 20 – Brad Monkell Quintet
  • Aug. 27 – Colleen Pratt & Friends
  • Sept. 3 – Bob Gluck 3 plays Pat Metheny
  • Sept. 10 – Tim Olsen Quintet
  • Sept. 17 – Tarik Shah Trio 

Jazz on Jay is sponsored by the City of Schenectady, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation, SUNY Schenectady County Community College and produced by the ElectriCity Arts District and Proctors Collaborative with assistance from the Schenectady- Amsterdam Musical Union, AFM Local 85-133.

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