For over three decades, since our founding in 1987 by the late, great Butch Conn, A Place for Jazz has provided our community with an outstanding annual series of concerts, featuring some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. As a volunteer community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, A Place for Jazz also provides educational workshops, school-based clinics, scholarships for students engaged in college level jazz studies, and a calendar of events supporting Jazz and its musicians in the Capital District and beyond.

 We are a Volunteer Membership Community

Your Membership in A Place for Jazz allows us to attract outstanding musicians, keep our concerts affordable, address the immediate need to schedule our upcoming season and meet other costs associated with our concerts.  Arrangements for our fall series begin in January, well in advance of the concerts themselves. To assure the quality of your experience at A Place for Jazz, we have already selected potential artists for the coming season and need to commit significant funds for their contracts.

 Your Bonus for Joining Now!

Click here for our Membership Application, which contains our membership levels and associated benefits of joining our volunteer membership community. Because of our non-profit status, any donation above and beyond the value of our regular season tickets is tax deductible.

As an ADDED BONUS: Everyone who makes their Membership at the amount of $125.00 or more will also receive 2 free tickets for any Fall concert! 7 tickets for the price of 5 – how can you resist?

Your support is keeping A Place for Jazz an accessible asset to the performing arts and education offerings in our community!

With gratitude and appreciation,
A Place for Jazz

How to get to the concerts:

SUNY Schenectady Map1

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

Recap: Don Braden Quartet Performs Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire 4/26/24

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.