Upcoming shows & Events

  • WhoGet Up Jack
  • DateNovember 1, 2014
  • Time8:00pm
  • Fee$10

John Haggerty (octave mandolin, guitar, banjo, accordion, vocals).  A journeyman Irish pub singer, John is now in his 5th decade of performing.  He started as a solo singer at The Washington Tavern and The Grinch in the late 70’s, was a founding member of the Irish bands “The Wilde Irishmen” and “The Porters” in the 80’s, and was a founding member and performer with “Hair Of The Dog” (which included 8 tours of Ireland, 10 CDs, numerous award-winning accolades, and performances at festivals and pubs all over the U.S.) from 1993 until 2014.

Mike DeAngelis started with his solo career in 1980, playing the summer Cape Cod circuit.  During that time, he also performed in and around his college campus at the University of New Hampshire.  After college, Mike returned to the Capital Region and joined John in the Irish Band, “The Porters”.Since 2011 he has also been performing (alongside Scott Apicelli) in The Standard Clams (www.standardclams.com), a jazz quintet focusing on classic standards by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles & the like. In 1993, Mike co-founded the popular Irish band ‘Hair of the Dog’.  Twenty years, eight tours of Ireland, numerous Irish Festivals, sold out shows and a library of recordings later, Mike is excited to be putting his efforts into ‘Get Up Jack’!

Scott Apicelli (drums, percussion, vocals) is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.  Scott spent the 80’s and 90’s touring the northeastern U.S., later landing a gig with the well-known Boston ‘jam’ band, The Candles.  After relocating to New York to join local legends Slipknot and Box of Rain, he opened Blue Sky Recording & Music Studios in Delmar, NY (www.blueskyrecording.com).  In the late 90’s Scott played with jazz-fusion-R&B group Soul Confusion and freelanced in both the rock and jazz circuits, as well as being an in-demand recording session drummer.  During that time, Scott honed his producing and arranging skills, while also maintaining a busy teaching schedule.  From 2003 until mid-2014, Scott performed in the popular Irish-rock band Hair Of The Dog and produced their last two CDs.  Since 2011 he has also been performing (alongside Mike DeAngelis) in The Standard Clams (www.standardclams.com), a jazz quintet focusing on classic standards by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles & the like.  In addition to his busy performing schedule, Scott is a sought after producer, arranger, engineer and session player at Blue Sky.

Crick Diefendorf (guitar, banjo, mandolin, steel drums, vocals) is also a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and has been a professional musician and music educator since 1987.  Crick is proficient in all styles of American popular music (jazz, country, rock and R&B) and well-versed in African, Latin, Asian, and European music.  He co-founded the Boston-based eclectic acoustic band Made In The Shade in 1990, playing throughout the U.S. and Europe.  They have performed with the Boston Classical Orchestra and at the Newport and Boston Jazz festivals along with such notables as Dave Brubeck, Al Jareau, and Maceo Parker.  As an educator, Crick has taught at numerous private schools in New York and Massachusetts, and now teachers out of his own studio in Albany, NY.  He has also created and developed several arts and education programs, workshops and residencies that he brings to public schools in New England as well as the Tri-State region.  In addition to Get Up Jack, Crick can be seen performing with acts like Harold Ford and the Spirit of Johnny Cash, Captain Squeeze and The Zydeco Moshers, Tropical Beat Steel Band, Skip Parson’s Riverboat Jazz Band, and The Clarinet Marmalade Trio.
Tom (TP) Pirozzi (electric and upright bass) was the bass player, as well as a singer and songwriter for the seminal 90’s jam band, Ominous Seapods.  From 1991 to 2001, the “Seapods” recorded 5 CDs and toured relentlessly throughout North America, playing such notable venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Irving Plaza in NYC, and the House of Blues in LA, Boston, and Chicago.  TP then went on to compose and perform with the Pittsburgh-based modern dance company “Attack Theatre”, performing throughout the U.S. as well as Japan, Indonesia, and Germany.  In 2009 and 2010, TP toured the U.S. and Asia with a Cello/Bass/Drums trio featuring world-renowned cellist Dave Eggar.  Tom currently teaches bass and guitar in the Albany, NY area.

Doug Johnson (harmonica, ukulele, vocals), also known as “Harpo Jenkins”, came to prominence as a harmonica player and original member of the Franklin Micare Trio. He has also performed with Richie Ortiz, Marcus Ruggerio, No Outlet, and Sam Whedon and Grim Orchestra.  In addition to being a musician, Doug is a Poet, an Artist, a Lover, a Philosopher, and an all-around bon Vivant!



  • WhoKeith Pray Big Band
  • DateNovember 4, 2014
  • Time8:00
  • FeeNo Cover

The Big Soul Ensemble is a lot of band with a lot of soul.  Comprised of over a dozen of the Capital Region's finest musicians, the Big Soul Ensemble pays homage to the past while playing material specifically written or arranged for the band, by its own members.

  • WhoCollege of St. Rose Jazz Ensemble
  • DateNovember 19, 2014
  • Time7pm
  • FeeNo Cover

The College of Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble is a big band directed by Paul Evoskevich. Band members are chosen by audition each semester. The group performs frequently throughout the school year on and off-campus. Recent performances have included concerts at area high schools and colleges, area nightclubs, for the Saratoga Polo Association, and for the Albany Symphony. Repertoire for the ensemble is quite varied and spans the history of big band jazz from the late 1920’s up to the present day. The Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble is the only college ensemble that has ever performed in the Newport Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Emphasis is placed on solo improvisation as well as on carefully rehearsed ensemble playing. Several professional jazz musicians from throughout the USA are brought to Saint Rose each year to rehearse and perform with the Saint Rose and Empire State Youth Jazz Ensembles. These have included Bill Watrous, Chris Vadala, Gerry Niewood, Sherrie Maricle, Frank Foster, Liesl Whittaker,  Byron Stripling, Mark Vinci, Jeff Jarvis, Jim Pugh, Jim Hynes, Bob Mintzer, John Fedchock, Marvin Stamm, Rich DeRosa, Terell Stafford, “Blue” Lou Marini, Allen Vizzutti, Dave Pietro and Bill Cunliffe

Paul Evoskevich is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at The College of Saint Rose. A graduate of the Hartt School and The Eastman School of Music, he has performed with numerous orchestras and with such music luminaries as Louis Bellson, Bob Mintzer, Bill Cunliffe, Paul Anka, Liza Minelli, Joel Grey, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Sarah Vaughn, Theresa Brewer, and Ben Vereen. He has extensive experience recording for television and radio jingles and is an active performer of classic saxophone repertoire and jazz. He has performed and presented master classes throughout the United States and Europe.

A former staff writer for The Saxophone Journal and Jazz Player Magazine, Mr. Evoskevich has written many articles on woodwind playing and jazz. Mr. Evoskevich is director of The College of Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble and The Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble, a group comprised of outstanding high school jazz musicians from throughout the greater Albany, NY area.


  • WhoColleen Pratt and Friends
  • DateNovember 20, 2014
  • Time7:00
  • FeeNo Cover

Colleen Pratt and Friends is a dynamic four piece band that lays down some swinging grooves and serves up some beautiful ballads.  Colleen often devotes her full, rich vocals to swing and jazz idioms, but also enjoys singing contemporary ballads, pop and Motown.