Thank you, members and friends, for your continuing support. Our 2023 concert season has been a great success. You are our raison d’etre and we could not have done it without you. We will soon start working on our 2024 artist lineup and look forward to presenting another series of great jazz and master classes in partnership with the SUNY Schenectady School of Music. Thank you again!


A PLACE FOR JAZZ awarded $10,000 by the New York State Council on the Arts

Schenectady, NY – A Place for Jazz (APFJ) announced a grant award totaling $10,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Through New York State’s continued investment in arts and culture, NYSCA has awarded over $80 million since Spring 2023 to over 1,500 artists and organizations across the state.

Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York: arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and our communities. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated $151.7 billion in economic activity nationwide in 2022 and New York’s unparalleled arts and culture sector is leading the way to benefit our residents, our students and our visitors every day. I commend these grantees on their achievements and look forward to their contributions in the coming year.”

NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls added, “Thanks to the unwavering support of Governor Hochul and our Legislature, NYSCA is so proud to support the work of organizations and artists from all across New York. Spanning the entire breadth of the arts and culture sector – from world-renowned performers to after-school programs, from long established museums to community arts collectives – these organizations and artists together are a powerful driver of health, tourism, economy and education for our residents and visitors. On behalf of Council and staff, congratulations to A Place for Jazz and thank you for your perseverance, your creativity and your tireless service to New York State.”

About the New York State Council on the Arts

The mission of the New York State Council on the Arts is to foster and advance the full breadth of New York State’s arts, culture, and creativity for all. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award $127 million in FY 2024. The Council on the Arts further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit  www.arts.ny .gov, and follow NYSCA’s Fac ebook page, Twitter  @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.


Click here to enjoy the Peg Delaney Big Band concert again
(or for your first time, if you missed it on Nov 4, 2022).

How to get to the concerts:

SUNY Schenectady Map1

Park where indicated, then follow the yellow arrows past the fountain to the auditorium.

Read Michael Hochanadel’s review of the Emmet Cohen Trio concert on 10/20/23.

Read Michael Hochanadel’s review of the BWC Jazz Orchestra concert on 9/22/23.

Read Michael Hochanadel’s review of the Peg Delaney Big Band concert on 11/4/22.

SUNY Schenectady School of Music High School Jazz Competition results

A Place For Jazz congratulates the winners of the first ever SUNY Schenectady School of Music High School Jazz Competition!


First Place – Kiemon Noel, drums
Second Place – Nathan Yan, saxophone
Third Place – Bohdan Kinal, saxophone

The competition featured celebrity guest judges, jazz artists Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot.

The grand prize that Kiemon won will be a recording session with the SUNY Schenectady jazz faculty in March 2023, and all three prize winners will be featured soloists with the SUNY Schenectady Jazz Ensemble at its spring concert on May 3, 2023. Dr. Christopher Brellochs, Dean of the School of Music, further advises that any finalist that attends the SUNY Schenectady School of Music will also receive a $1,000 scholarship. SUNY Schenectady is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Congratulations to the winners, the SUNY Schenectady School of Music on its inaugural high school jazz competition, and to Ron and Kathy Cooke for underwriting the Music Innovation Fund at SUNY Schenectady!

What is A Place for Jazz?

A Place for Jazz isn’t really a place; it’s a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer  organization dedicated to presenting the best in Jazz. It was founded by Butch Conn in 1987. Programs include concerts, public workshops, school-based clinics, a Jazz website and general support of Jazz and its musicians.