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Skidmore College
Skidmore Jazz Institute

2019 Concert Series


July 2:  Sullivan Fortner Quartet, 8 pm, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall 
Pianist Sullivan Fortner has been hailed as “a wondrous player, light of touch and vested with fleet, dazzling power” by The New York Times. Since winning the prestigious American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship, Fortner has been heard around the world with musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Roy Hargrove, and, most recently, touring and recording with vocal sensation Cecile McLorin Salvant. Fortner is also a former participant at the Skidmore Jazz Institute and Moments Preserved is his latest album on Impulse Records. The July 2nd concert will feature Tivon Pennicott (saxophone), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Kush Abadey (drums).

July 3:  Skidmore Jazz All-Stars, 8 pm, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall
Featuring Ray Vega (trumpet), Greg Fishman (tenor saxophone), Mike Dease (trombone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Vic Juris (guitar), Todd Coolman (bass) and Dennis Mackrel (drums).

July 5:  Jazz Institute Participants, 1 pm, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall
Free and open to the public.  Livestream Link

July 6:  Kansas Smitty’s House Band, 8 pm, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall
The house band of London’s hippest jazz bar is setting out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. This tight-knit group has been called “one of the hottest properties in British jazz” (Ivan Hewlett, The Telegraph) and is relentlessly pursuing new music from an original sound rooted in swing and blues. 2018 was a landmark year, with members of the House Band appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Friday Night is Music Night and The Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Centre at the request of Wynton Marsalis. The core members are Saratoga Springs native Giacomo Smith (alto saxophone, clarinet); Pete Horsfall (trumpet and vocals); Adrian Cox (clarinet); Joe Webb (piano); David Archer (guitar); Ferg Ireland (double bass) and Will Cleasby (drums).

July 9:  Sylvia Cuenca Quintet, 8 pm, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall
Drummer Sylvia Cuenca has been sharing the bandstand with jazz legends for years. She has toured extensively with jazz greats Clark Terry and Joe Henderson among others as she mixes “rhythmic righteousness”. Her all-star quintet features Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Ralph Bowen (saxophone), Jared Gold (organ) and Paul Bollenback (guitar).  A Stewart's Signature Series Event.

July 11:  Skidmore Jazz All-Stars, 8 pm, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall
Featuring Clay Jenkins (trumpet), Greg Fishman (tenor saxophone), Bob McChesney (trombone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Todd Coolman (bass) and Dennis Mackrel (drums).

July 12:  Jazz Institute Participants, 1 pm, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall
Free and open to the public.  Livestream Link

Skidmore Jazz Institute Concerts are held in the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Tickets are available here.

Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore community, FREE for students and children.
Jazz Institute Participant concerts are FREE and open to the public.

Click here for a list of the Institute's former Guest Artists.