Upper Jay Art Center ∑  12198 Route 9N  ∑  Upper Jay, NY 12987    ~    (518) 946-8315

Coming Up

January Jams
Sundays 2-6pm
The January Jams  return on Sunday, January 4th and continue every Sunday in January. The microphone is open at 2:00pm and we welcome musicians of all levels of play. If you don't play, then come and enjoy the show- always an entertaining way to spend a chilly winter afternoon.
Underwritten by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for year round residents of the Adirondack Park

Feb. 21 8:00pm

Larry Ham- pianist 
David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, "He glides over the keys with each note articulated cleanly...his playing is masterful." And Mike Neely in All About Jazz calls him "...a pianist well on his way to becoming a master." 

Larry began his professional career in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in the late '80's. He was pianist in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band 1990-95 and has worked extensively with countless other jazz legends, including the late Junior Cook and Dakota Staton. He has appeared at jazz festivals, concerts and nightclubs throughout the United States, Europe, West Africa, and Japan. His recent New York appearances include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Iridium, The Village Vanguard, Small's, The Kitano Hotel, and Harlem's historic Lenox Lounge. 

His jazz festival performances include the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France, the North Sea Festival in The Hague, Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Jazz Yatra in Bombay, India, The Charlie Parker Festival in New York, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He also performed at the White House for President Reagan and for President Clinton's 1992 Inaugural Ball. Larry appeared in the jazz film "Texas Tenor" and has been a guest on TV programs including "The Today Show" (NBC) "Breakfast Time" (FX) and has been featured on NPR programs such as "Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater" and on Judy Carmichael's "Jazz Inspired." 

As a United States Department of State Jazz Ambassador, Larry toured eleven West African nations in 2001-02 in a cultural exchange program, performing in concert, and conducting workshops on the art of playing jazz. From 2002-05 he was pianist and musical director for the New York Tapdance Festival, also touring the United States and Russia, Greece and Italy. 

$10 donation at door
March 6 & 7 8:00pm The popular New York performance troupe THE SPACE WE MAKE returns with The White Whale, a new show inspired by Melville's novel Moby Dick.
Tickets $15 at the door. Reservations recommended 946-8315
April 4 - 8:00pm Music with The Whispering Tree
At the heart of The Whispering Tree are singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. With their deep-reaching sound, haunting vocals and vivid lyrics, this Franco/American duo have been captivating audiences since meeting at music school in London.

Their debut full-length album, Go Call The Captain (2010) was heavily influenced by their travels abroad, which have taken them from their home base in New York to South America to a seven-month gig in Macau (China). Go Call The Captain was named "one of the year's most luminous albums" by The Big Takeover Magazine, and NYC's The Deli magazine called The Whispering Tree "one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC."

Their follow up EP, The Escape (2013) is full of the imagery and storytelling that are the mark of The Whispering Tree's sound. "I think the underlying theme for all of the songs is a desire for boundless freedom," said Kleiner. "There is also this sense of yearning for home or childhood; of wanting to return to a time when we see the world with limitless possibility."
Recorded live at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn over three days, The Escape features a deep, vibrant sound, with Brangbour switching from bass to guitar, Clif Jackson on upright bass, Chris Shultz on drums and Clifton Hyde on additional guitars. With Kleiner's acclaimed songwriting and vocals, The Escape is a moody, introspective disc full of contrasting guitar styles and textures, from one of New York's most compelling indie folk rock acts.

 "The Whispering Tree tastily combine wistful folk, mellow rock and pinches of gypsy jazz and bluegrass into a compelling compilation of tightly written tunes."
- Keyboard Magazine

"Easily one of the strongest bands to emerge from the New York indie music scene...The Whispering Tree has burst through the glass ceiling, demanding the respect they deserve as one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC."
- Deli Magazine

"The fullness and deepness of their sound was astounding...their musical influence filled the entirety of the room."
- Examiner.com

"One of the year's most luminous albums."
- The Big Takeover

"The Whispering Tree manage to be extremely accessible without compromising the intelligence of their music. To say that Kleiner sounds like an edgier version of Tift Merritt, or Shelby Lynne in a pensive, cosmopolitan moment, doesn't do justice to the originality of her songwriting or her unaffected, disarmingly direct vocals. The band were amazing"
- Lucid Culture

$10 donation at the door

May 8 - 8:00pm The Resonant Rogues Variety Show
With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that transcend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz. Their music has found itís way into many different kinds of venues- from rowdy bars to quiet listening rooms, from belly dance conventions to circus variety shows, from the local DIY space to the local jazz club, the Resonant Rogues thrive wherever they are given the opportunity."
$10 donation at the door
May 30 8:00pm Music with Bruce Hayes & The Recoverer's
Bruce Hayes plays Rhythm & Celtgrass music, a fusion of musical styles that combines acoustic and electric instrumentation with elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, and R&B music. Collaborating with The String Cheese Incident and Acoustic Junction, Hayes helped define the acoustic jam band sound. He continues this tradition performing original songs and arrangements on Mandolin, Guitar, Dobro, foot board and his latest creation, the Stratobassto.

Perfoming as a solo act, a sideman, or with his bands, Hayes has given over 3,000 performances in many of Americaís finest music venues, and several prominent music festivals. His music has taken him across the continent a dozen times, and twice around Europe. He's jammed on stage with Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, New Riders, Acoustic Syndicate, Railroad Earth, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, Drew Emmitt; opened shows for David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Merle Sanders, Subdudes, Neville Bros., Dave Mathews, Sam Bush and David Lindley; and recorded in Nashville for grammy winning producer, Jon Vezner.

"...definately not some New Age dork. Man, he really cuts loose!" Tom Robbins

$10 donation at the door

The Summer Play - TBA


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