A Place for Jazz does much more than put on its fall concert series.  APFJ also has a strong commitment to promoting music education through concerts, public workshops, school-based clinics, this website and general support of Jazz and its musicians.

One of our most important initiatives has been the annual APFJ scholarship for students pursuing a musical education at SUNY Schenectady, an initiative that goes back to our very beginnings. Scholarships are funded entirely from cash donations, the proceeds from food & beverage sales and proceeds from the 50/50 raffles. We are very proud of our scholarship awardees, who have achieved significant accomplishments and even found their careers as music educators and performers.  APFJ has awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to deserving students.

APFJ also contracts with many of its musicians to present jazz clinics and workshops in area schools and community organizations. In addition, APFJ has traditionally invited high school and middle school student jazz bands to perform at the intermissions of its concerts.

Here’s where you’ll find links to a variety of stories, videos and pictures
of assorted miscellany that doesn’t fit anywhere else.

Local drummer Fred Randall, 99 years old, is a member of the Schenectady Musicians Union and an ardent supporter of both APFJ and Swingtime Jazz Society concerts. Here’s a link to his new bookKeeping Time.

Leslie Hyland named 2016 “Jazz Hero”

Lee Shaw Named 2015 “Jazz Hero”

Tom Pierce Named 2014 “Jazz Hero”

Tim Coakley Named 2013 “Jazz Hero”

Bill McCann named 2012 “Jazz Hero”

The Importance of Jazz Education

April 15, 2011 was Butch Conn/APFJ Day in Schenectady.
Read the
City’s Proclamation and the County’s Proclamation