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The APFJ  Concerts

All concerts are at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall, the beautiful listening-space in the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady at 1221 Wendell Ave in Schenectady, NY. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and children under 12 are free if they're with an adult. To order tickets, call 518-393-4011, email Tim Coakley or use this order form. But first, read about the benefits of membership.

For directions to the Whisperdome, click here. [NOTE: cash and checks are the only acceptable forms of payment at the door; we're not equipped to accept credit cards.]

For a history of previous concerts, click here

The 2018 Fall Concert Series

September 7: The Sharel Cassity Quintet

September 21: The Warren Wolf Quartet

October 5: Cliff Brucker and Full Circle

October 19: Jazzmeia Horn

November 2: Anat Cohen Quartet

Musician drawings © by Tony Avacato


The Sharel Cassity Quintet
Saxophonist, multi reedist and composer Sharel Cassity attended The Juilliard School Jazz program under full scholarship for her masters in music & earned her BFA from The New School for Jazz. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 9 consecutive years, Sharel has appeared on the Today Show, won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & has been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cassity is a regular member of the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Cyrus Chestnut Brubeck Quartet & has performed with Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock. She has released 4 albums as leader and recorded with Michael Camilo, Natalie Merchant and  local Michael Benedict’s Tribute to Gary McFarland. 


The Warren Wolf Quartet
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2001. As a sideman, he has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Bobby Watson, Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Robert Glaspar, Esperanza Spalding and others. He is a long-term member of the renowned San Francisco Jazz Collective. He played A Place for Jazz with guitarist Mike Mereno in 2010.


Cliff Brucker and Full Circle
Pianist/drummer/bandleader/educator Cliff Brucker formed this outstanding sextet in 2016. It includes legendary saxophonist Leo Russo, trumpeter Dylan Canterbury, guitarist Mike Novakowski, pianist Larry Ham and stellar bassist Otto Gardner. Their debut recording, “Full Circle Vol. 1,” in April 2016, led to performances in area venues including the Albany Jazz Festival and the Van Dyck. This led to their recent 2018 sophomore recording, “Vol. 2,” which has been given excellent radio play and complimentary reviews.

Horn Jazzmeia Horn
This highly acclaimed vocalist won the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. She has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” After earning her degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she began to appear in jazz festivals and clubs around the world. Her 2017 debut recording, “Social Call,” was positively received, including being nominated for a Grammy as best Jazz Vocal recording.
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez
Anat Cohen Quartet
Clarinetist and saxophonist 
Anat Cohen has taken the jazz world by storm, winning hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. As JazzTimes says, “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing — musically — with the sheer delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” An established bandleader and prolific composer, Anat Cohen offers a unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. The perennial winner of “Clarinetist of the Year” titles from DownBeat, Jazz Times and the Jazz Journalists Association, Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross credits Cohen with “bringing the clarinet to the world” and The New York Times hails her a “Master.

The best of jazz in an intimate space with great acoustics, no smoke,
 no clattering of glasses ... 
just great music in a place meant for listening


This concert series is made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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