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School of Music and A Place for Jazz Announce June Concerts


SUNY Schenectady invites audiences to two upcoming performances on campus.

Ann Hampton Callaway accompanied by Pianist Matt Baker

Ann Hampton Callaway headshot

A Place for Jazz and the SUNY Schenectady School of Music present a special Spring Concert with Ann Hampton Callaway on Friday, June 3, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, Begley Building, on the SUNY Schenectady campus. The performance will be preceded by an exclusive pre-concert interview conducted by Dr. Christopher Brellochs, Dean of the School of Music, from 6:30-7 p.m., also in the Taylor Auditorium, that is free for all ticket holders and SUNY Schenectady students. Tickets are $20 (cash or check) at the door or $21.99 online by visiting

Callaway will be accompanied by Pianist Matt Baker, who leads a powerful trio in New York City. He performs regularly as a sideman at jazz venues including Birdland and The Blue Note and tours both within the USA and internationally. Baker has released six albums, including his latest, Live at Birdland.

A leading champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host, and producer. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway’s songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s CDs. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland, Amanda McBroom, and Shelby Lynn.

Voted by as "Performer of the Year" and two years in a row as “Best Jazz Vocalist,” her new CD, Jazz Goes to the Movies, featuring the Ted Rosenthal Trio with special guest Jimmy Greene, debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and has been in high rotation across the country, notably on Siriusly Sinatra. Her other recent recordings have also met critical acclaim - The Sarah Vaughan Project: Live at Dizzy’s, The Hope of Christmas, At Last, Blues in the Night, and Slow and Signature. She has recorded two popular holiday CDs - Holiday Pops! With Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and her solo CD, This Christmas. Her other recordings include Easy Living, To Ella with Love, After Ours, Bring Back Romance, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the award-winning live recording Sibling Revelry. She has also been a guest performer on more than 40 CDs including Kenny Barron's The Traveler.

COVID Protocols for the Concert

All guests ages 3+ must wear a face mask throughout the duration of their time in SUNY Schenectady facilities. 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.

Those ages 5 and above attending this event require a ticket and must provide proof of full vaccination.
Accepted vaccination proof includes:
Original/copy/photo of front of vaccination card (with valid final dose date)
Also required: ID with matching name for adults age 18 and older
Excelsior pass

Capital Region Wind Ensemble featuring Julie Taylor, Clarinet Soloist

On Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m., the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, with Brett Wery, Music Director, presents “French Impressions” in the Taylor Auditorium. The Capital Region Wind Ensemble, in residence at SUNY Schenectady, will perform works by Chabrier, Debussy, Gounod, and Giroux. This performance will feature Julie Taylor, Clarinet Soloist. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for children under 10. SUNY Schenectady students with ID are free. Tickets are available at the door.

Julie Taylor headshot

Taylor has been the Director of Bands at Bethlehem Central Middle School in Delmar, N.Y., since 2007. In addition to the CRWE, Taylor performs with Park Playhouse Pit Orchestra, The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and numerous local pit orchestras as a woodwind specialist. She hosts Woodwind clinics throughout the Capital District, is a NYSSMA adjudicator, and has been honored to conduct All-County and Area All-State bands across New York State. Taylor also maintains a private clarinet studio which includes students attending NYSSMA All-State Conference and the NYSBDA All-State Honor Bands. She holds her M.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College and B.M. in Music Education and a Performance Certificate in Clarinet from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. 

Brett Wery on stage directing Capital Region Wind Ensemble

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