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Enjoy a night of jazz music from Matt Niedbalski and talented musicians!
On the Third Thursday of each month, join Matt Niedbalski and a rotating cast of young and talented jazz musicians at The Park Theater!
About Matt Niedbalski:
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.
Below is the schedule for the 2024 season:
- January 18 – Featuring Jason Emmond & Rob Linduist –
- Rob Lindquist – a Keyboardist/Composer, Robert Lindquist was born and raised in Albany, New York. He has played piano since he was seven and started composing and improvising shortly thereafter. He attended SCCC and SUNY Potsdam for Music Education/Performance and recently Masters in Jazz Studies at The College of St. Rose. He is trained in both classical and jazz piano. His teachers have included Dan Dobek (Classical/Jazz), Mark Evans (Classical, SCCC), Eugenia Tsarov (Classical, Crane School of Music), Lee Shaw (Jazz Piano, College of St. Rose) and Brett Zvacek (Jazz Studies, Crane School of Music). Rob has appeared in performance with Chuck D’Aloia, Jeff Seigel, Dave Calarco, John Menegon, Scott Weinholdt, Harry Allen, Dick Oatts and Brett Zvacek. Rob has won several awards while playing at the “Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival” in 1999 from Benny Green and Chuck Israels.
- Jason Emmond- 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.
- February 15 – Featuring Awan Rashad
- Awan Rashad – first handed a saxophone when he was nine years old and has spent almost everyday since then studying jazz and classical music, as well as music theory. After graduating from Christian Brothers Academy, he attended SUNY Schenectady County Community College for two years before transferring to, and graduating from SUNY Purchase in 2023, earning a bachelor’s in music. In his early years he was a member of the ESYO Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, as well as the NYSSMA All-State Jazz Band. More recently he has performed at many well-known jazz clubs in NYC such as Birdland, Dizzy’s, Smalls, Ornithology, Jazz Forum, and other smaller venues. He also regularly performs in the capital region with various bands. He started teaching private lessons during college, both online and in person, and has continued to do so for students of all ages and levels. He is a very passionate musician/teacher who makes it his mission to help his students improve without forgetting to fuel their creativity and love of the instrument.
- March 21 – Featuring Eric Ciarmello
- Eric Ciarmello – a saxophone player has been composing for many years. The group’s sound is a culmination of those many years and contains a wide array of influences. The Eric Ciarmello Quartet is made up of Eric Ciarmello on tenor saxophone, Kevin Carey on piano, Brad Monkell on upright bass and Matt Neidbalski on drums, performing mostly original music with a mix of modern jazz tunes and standards. The group will be recording their debut album later this year!
- April 18 – Featuring Steven Kirsty
- Steven Kirsty – Born in Schenectady, NY; residing in Jersey City, NJ, Steven was born into a family of musicians & music teachers. He has performed throughout America, Spain, and Israel with numerous blues and jazz artists. Steven is also a saxophonist and piano tuner/technician. His playing is featured on albums such as Charles Cornell’s “Time Tales” & “Your Choice”, Nic Cacioppo’s “Time in Motion” & “Beginning to End”, and Vin Mott’s “Rogue Hunter” & “Country Blues”.
- May 16 – The GNP Trio
- Tyler Giroux is a valve trombone and piano player in Upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He has performed and studied with many notable musicians, including John Daversa, Alan Ferber, Mitch Frohman, Dante Luciani, Brian Lynch, Scott Robinson, Tony Succar, and Bret Zvacek. He finished 1st place in the 2014 International Tuba Euphonium Conference Rich Matteson Jazz Competition, and has performed at numerous festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. He recently performed with jazz artist and vocalist Sheila Jordan as part of the Quebec Jazz Festival.