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The APFJ 2017 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 2017 Fall Concert Series

September 8: The Larry Willis Trio

September 22: The Chembo Corniel Quintet

October 6: The Jackie Ryan-Shelly Berg Duo

October 20: The Jeff Siegel Sextet

November 3: The Don Byron Quartet

Musician drawings © by Tony Avacato

Larry Wills

The Larry Willis Trio
Pianist Larry Willis was born in New York City. After his first year at the Manhattan School of Music he began performing regularly with Jackie McLean. He has performed with a wide range of musicians, including seven years as keyboardist for Blood, Sweat & Tears. He spent several years as pianist for Nat Adderley, as well as Roy Hargrove. He received the Benny Golson Jazz Master Award at Howard University in 2012.

Chembo Corniel

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 SNY Purchase. He is currently leading his own Latin Jazz quintet. He earned a Grammy nomination in 2009 for “Best Latin Jazz Album.


The Jackie Ryan-Shelly Berg Duo
Jackie Ryan has had three consecutive #1 Jazz CDs nationwide. Jazz Times Magazine calls her "one of the outstanding Jazz vocalists of her generation, and quite possibly of all time, rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae, and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall."  She sings comfortably in several languages and multiple idioms ranging from Jazz Standards and Bebop to Spanish Boleros and Brazilian Bossa Novas. 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. He is the music director of The Jazz Cruise.

Jeff Siegel 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. This is the group that will play for us.
Don Byro 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 the album “Ivey-Divey.” He has worked as a professor at The University at Albany, teaching composition, improvisation, music history, clarinet, and saxophone.

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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