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Steve Wilson, George Cables and Ira Coleman
Saxophonist Wilson, Pianist Cables, Bassist Coleman Team Up for Concert

ALBANY (November 15, 2016) — Old friendships, new dynamics: Steve Wilson, George Cables and Ira Coleman come together for the first time to present an evening of elegant chamber jazz at The College of Saint Rose.

The trio will perform with special guests The Art D’Echo Trio on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

This concert is produced by the students of the “Artist Management” class in the renowned music industry program at Saint Rose.

A presentation of Premiere Performances, tickets are $20 general, $10 students and on sale now at For concert and ticket information, contact the Massry Center ticket office at 518-337-4871 or

They each met separately in the late 80s, but never had the opportunity to perform together.

“We do have a common language rooted in the tradition of bebop and what comes after, that’s the kind of vocabulary. We haven’t played together as a unit, but there is a certain repertoire, a certain amount of tunes that we have played with other people, which we can recall at any time.” – Ira Coleman

Returning to the Massry Center, Steve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz. A bandleader in his own right, Jazz Times calls him “the consummate saxophonist-composer” and “one of the finest alto and soprano saxophonists of our time.” A musician’s musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 150 recordings led by such celebrated and wide-ranging artists as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs and Mulgrew Miller among many others, as well as nine albums as a leader.

George Cables has emerged as a major voice in modern jazz. Currently, he is performing and recording as a solo pianist, with trios and larger ensembles, and as a clinician in college jazz programs. In addition to composing and arranging for his own albums, Cables has contributed to recordings by Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Freddie Hubbard and many others. He is noted for his fresh interpretations of classic compositions and for his innovative style of writing. Cables has performed with Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn and more.

Over the years, Ira Coleman has worked with such well-known figures as Cab Calloway, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo and Sting. He was musical director for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and toured with her internationally from 2002 until 2009. Coleman is an adjunct faculty member at The College of Saint Rose teaching recording ensembles and applied bass lessons.

David Gleason is a Capital Region pianist, composer and music educator. He has performed with ensembles such as RumbaNaMa, The Boston Latin Band, The Either/Orchestra, Altiplano and The Empire Jazz Orchestra and with such renowned musicians as Lee Konitz, Laurel Masse, Fred Wesley, Danilo Perez and John Fedchock. Currently, Gleason leads the acclaimed Latin jazz ensemble Sensemaya.

A 2003 graduate of Saint Rose, Mike Lawrence is in his 13th year of teaching strings in the Schenectady City School District. Recent music projects include Bopitude, whose debut recording received national radio airplay with a second album released in 2012, Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival and Mike Benedict’s Jazz Vibes.

Pete Sweeney is a drummer, author and educator who performs in every genre of music. He has performed, recorded and toured with such outstanding artists as Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Frank Gambale, Ronnie Earl, Andy Summers (The Police), Malcolm Cecil, and Jay and the Americans. In addition, Sweeney has written 18 drum instructional books as well as three DVDs and has numerous instructional lessons online with Workshoplive.

Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Stewart Copeland, Béla Fleck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinsen, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.



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