Jazz on Jay is once again underway in the Electric City with the return of the free lunchtime concert series. Hosted on the corners of historic Jay and State Streets in Downtown Schenectady, performances occur Thursdays until September 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. est.
Jazz enthusiasts will get to enjoy singers and instrumentalists from across the region. Kicking things off with a mesmerizing performance last week was Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards nominee Keith Pray Ortet. This week’s performers, the piano trio Trifecta Jazz, are set to dazzle with originals and cover arrangements.
Despite seeing an increasing number of events in the area cancelled this summer – such as Music Haven’s events in Central Park, Summer Night and the Freedom Park Concert Series in Scotia – event organizers knew there was a way to Jazz to the streets of Schenectady once again. Salvatore Prizio, Concert and Events Manager for Proctors Collaborative, gave this statement:
“Safety is always the top priority when considering any sort of performance, especially a public one. Our team has had several meetings to discuss the safest and most practical ways of presenting a public performance to the community. Additionally, we wanted to be able to once again provide performance opportunities to local musicians again.”
Along with following the mandatory six feet social distancing rules organizers stated that chairs will not be provided, masks are mandatory and attendees are encouraged to stay home if they, or anyone in their home, feel sick.
Jazz on Jay 2020 Lineup
July 16 – Trifecta
July 23 – Jeanine Ouderkirk Quartet
July 30 – The Ragtime Windjammers
Aug. 6 – Art D’echo Trio
Aug. 13 – Tyler Giroux Trio
Aug. 20 – Brad Monkell Quintet
Aug. 27 – Colleen Pratt & Friends
Sept. 3 – Bob Gluck 3 plays Pat Metheny
Sept. 10 – Tim Olsen Quintet
Sept. 17 – Tarik Shah Trio