Concert Schedule

Our 2022 Fall Concert Series will be held at the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at SUNY Schenectady Community College. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm.

All guests ages 3+ must proprly wear a face mask throughout the duration of their time in SUNY Schenectady facilities.  As per state guidelines, children 2 and under do not need to wear a mask.  Patrons will be asked to maintain social distancing.  Please note that no food or drink consumption will be allowed in the auditorium. 

ANYONE AGES 5+ ATTENDING THIS EVENT REQUIRES A TICKET AND MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION.  WE ALSO REQUIRE ID with matching name for adults age 18+. Accepted vaccination proof includes : 

  • Original/copy/photo of front of the vaccination card (with valid final dose date)  
  • Excelsior pass 
  • NYC COVID SAFE pass

Steve Davis Sextet  (Sept. 9, 2022)

Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition. He has released 20 albums in addition to appearing on over 100 other recordings with names including Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton and Hank Jones. He previously appeared at A Place for Jazz in 2009 with Eric Alexander’s One for All. His latest release with his sextet is “Correlations” on Smoke Sessions Records.

Geoffrey Keezer Trio featuring Gillian Margot (Sep. 23, 2022)

Geoff Keezer was only 17 when he became the last pianist in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1988-1990), a perfect gig for the talented hard bop musician who fit right in with the tradition of Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, James Williams and Benny Green.

He’s been recording in recent years with the exquisite vocalist Gillian Margot, whose smokey contralto and personal interpretive talents perfectly match Geoffrey, bassist Hannah Marks and drummer Billy Kilson. This is a magical collaboration.

Joel Ross Quintet (Oct. 7, 2022)

For the past several years, Joel Ross has been refining an expression that’s true to his sound and his generation. In 2019, the vibraphonist-composer released his anticipated Blue Note debut “KingMaker” to eruptive critical acclaim. He’s topped the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star category for vibraphone and in 2017, he became one of the youngest artists to receive a coveted Residency Commission from The Jazz Gallery. With the release of “Who Are You?” (Blue Note, 2020), Ross shares the culmination of a year-long exercise in experimenting and risk-taking on and off the bandstand.

Inspired by mentor Stefon Harris’ empathetic, whole-self approach to articulation, Ross has adopted an entire ethos dependent on truthful, ongoing communication. Honesty persists throughout his sets. And with each release, he reaffirms a commitment to authentic discourse, particularly among the members of his band Good Vibes: Jeremy Corren, Immanuel Wilkins, Kanoa Mendenhall and Jeremy Dutton.

Bobby Watson Quartet (Oct. 21, 2022)

Saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and trained formally at the University of Miami, a school with a distinguished and well-respected jazz program. After graduating, he proceeded to earn his “doctorate” – on the bandstand – as musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

After completing a four-year-plus Jazz Messengers tenure (1977-1981), he became a much-sought-after musician, working along the way with a potpourri of notables. Later, in association with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, Watson launched the first edition of Horizon, an acoustic quintet modeled in many ways after the Jazz Messengers but one with its own distinct, slightly more modern twist.

The Peg Delaney Big Band  (Nov. 4, 2022)

Schenectady-born jazz pianist, educator, arranger and composer Peg Delaney has been a part of the capital district music scene since the early ‘70s. Her love of jazz began when she met her husband Bill at SUNY Plattsburgh, where they both received bachelor of arts degrees in music theory and composition. She has three recordings under her name: “The Island Suite,” “If I Had You” and “Hotline.”

Currently, Peg is involved with accompanying many fine singers, has the piano seat in 2 local big bands and has been composing for her own 18-piece big band for the upcoming concert.