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Third Thursday Jazz feat. Nate Giroux & Steven Kirsty
November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$10
On the Third Thursday of each month, join Matt Niedbalski and a rotating cast of talented, regional jazz musicians. Experience some of the best jazz music in the Capital Region at our venue!
This month features:
Nate Giroux, tenor saxophone
Nate Giroux is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and an adjunct faculty member at Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies and Performance from William Paterson University. In addition to playing over 1,000 engagements in New York’s Capital Region, Nate has performed at many festivals across the Northeast, including the Detroit Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Pittsfield Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival, Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, and the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, among others. He has also performed with some of today’s most noted jazz icons, including Frank Wess, Maria Schneider, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Davis, Rich Perry, Scott Robinson, Brian Lynch, Joe Magnarelli, James Weidman, Steve LaSpina, Kevin Norton, Paul Meyers, and Todd Coolman.
Nate is an active clinician and master class presenter. He has previously worked with students of the Empire State Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Signature Music Camp, along with many other appearances in Upstate NY public schools. Nate continues to perform and record as both a leader and sideman.
Steven Kirsty, tenor saxophone
Jason Emmond, bass
Jason Emmond is an upright and electric bass player and composer residing in upstate New York. After growing up in New Hampshire and obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, Jason made the move to Kansas City to play jazz. Recently, he relocated to Albany, NY, where he is continuing his music career.
Jason keeps busy playing with a variety of talented musicians from New York City, Kansas City, upstate New York, and beyond. You can find him playing often with artist Eddie Moore and his band, We the People, who have backed up notable artists such as Andre Hayward, Chantae Cann and Andrew Bailie.
With more exciting shows on the horizon and his first original album in the works, expect to hear more from Jason in the coming months.
Matt Niedbalski, drums
Matt Niedbalski is a drummer known for bringing musicality and energy to the bandstand. Born and raised in New York’s Capital District, Matt was exposed to music at a very early age. While in high school he took private drum lessons with drummer/author Ted Mackenzie and participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra as well as the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute. Before graduating high school Matt played with many local musicians, performing at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Final Stretch Music Festival and the Lake George Jazz Festival where he opened for Rudresh Manthappa and Bunky Green.
Doors: 7pm | Showtime: 7:30pm
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