The Jazz event of the season – Friday, October 27 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
URHPCR’s annual fundraiser –
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our fall Jazz event, Jazz+@theUnderground: a Night at the Electric City, the signature fundraiser for Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region with Randolph Treece, Counsel to the law firm of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP as Honorary Committee Co-chair.
Proceeds from this event make it possible for URHPCR to continue its work — preserving our area’s inspiring Underground Railroad past and relating its application to the future; restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence on Livingston Avenue in Albany; hosting walking tours of the area; organizing an annual, three-day public history conference that links principles of the Underground Railroad to current challenges; and offering a model summer youth program at the Residence, — these are just some of the activities our award-winning organization contributes to the life of the Capital Region.
It promises to be another wonderful social and musical evening, featuring exceptional music, great food and drink, and a tempting silent auction.
Special feature – the unveiling of a sculpted bust of Stephen Myers created by artist Lewis Greenstein
Our featured artist this year is American jazz, blues, and roots music aficionado Bill Sims, Jr. A Warner Bros. recording artist, his music is also heard in many films including American Gangster and Cadillac Records. He was also the subject of a critically acclaimed PBS documentary, An American Love Story.
The Afro-Ska band Crescente will open the evening @theUnderground again this year. Crescente’s invigorating sound combines the original Ska – a form of Caribbean Jazz – with modern Ska that incorporates rock and punk elements, with a touch of Afrobeat sounds inspired by the likes of Fela Kuti, Papa Wembe, and Aphrodesia. Combining stellar horn players with an internationally-experienced rhythm section and a skilled vocalist, Crescente is more than “just a band” — it’s an experience.
The Great Hall
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, at 1221 Wendell Avenue in Schenectady, is the selected location for the 2nd annual Jazz+@theUnderground. More information about this National Register listed building, with its grand architecture and fabulous acoustics, is available at http://uuschenectady.org/about-us-2/about-us/church-of-all-souls-our-building/. Click the Directions link at the top of the UUSchenectady website in order to obtain directions specific to your point of origin.
Executive Sous Chef Ben Stewart will be back to provide his always incredible edibles.
Randolph Treece, currently counsel to the law firm of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy , LLP, was previously Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. After a combined total of nearly 40 years in the practice law and dedicated service to the bench, Judge Treece retired in September 2015.
Judge Treece was the first African-American to be appointed to the federal judiciary of the Northern District of New York and the first person of color to be appointed or elected to the judiciary at any level, state or federal, in over 100 years in upstate New York.
To read more about Randolph Treece, click here.
Tickets, Regular and Honorary Committee, can be purchased online at EventBrite or through postal mail by making payment and mailing to Underground Railroad History Project at 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany, New York 12210. Tickets purchased by check will be held at the door.
Regular Admission – $75 per person (available via EventBrite or postal mail using Regular Ticket Letter and Response Form)
Honorary Committee – $125 per person and $250 per pair (available via EventBrite or postal mail using Honorary Committee Letter and Response Form)
Sponsors – $500 and up. Click here for Sponsorship Letter, Opportunities, Response Form