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The Lee Shaw Scholarship Fund
At our next concert (October 8, 2017):
Charles Cornell is a jazz pianist and composer from Hartford, NY. He began studying piano at the age of 8. At 13, he took an interest in jazz and began taking lessons with jazz pianist Lee Shaw, with whom he would study for the next 5 years. He attended the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute in Saratoga Springs twice, where he studied with legendary musicians such as Curtis Fuller, Billy Hart, Bill Cunliffe and Todd Coolman. Charles received a degree in jazz studies from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. There he studied with numerous pianists including Kevin Hays, Hal Galper and Andy LaVerne. He has performed at venues such as The Blue Note NYC, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, Birdland Jazz Club, The Falcon, The Lake George Jazz Festival and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Jon Faddis, Gary Smulyan, Joe Magnarelli, Ignacio Berroa and David DeJesus, to name a few.
Born into a musical family near Schenectady, Steven Kirsty wanted to emulate his father and desired to play the saxophone since he could crawl. He has been performing regularly with numerous artists and bands in the Albany/Saratoga region since age fifteen. While in his early teens, he was inspired to play the electric bass. The year 2012 marked the beginning of his study at William Paterson University, in pursuit of a bachelor of music in jazz performance. He has toured the country with local and international blues bands, playing both electric bass and saxophone. A versatile musician who brings authenticity to multiple styles, Steven can be found playing frequently with a variety of musicians in upstate New York, through the Hudson Valley, and into New York City and north New Jersey.
Originally from Gansevoort, NY, Matt Niedbalski began to show interest in the drums at a very early age. At age 8, he began taking lessons with Ted Mackenize, a well respected drummer and author. By age 13, he was performing with local musicians in the capital region. Matt participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra jazz ensemble and attended the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute in 2011. While at Skidmore he studied with renowned drummers Matt Wilson and Dennis Mackrel. Matt was accepted into the William Paterson jazz studies program and began studying there in 2012 under the direction of Mulgrew Miller and in 2016 received a bachelor of music in jazz performance. While at William Paterson he was fortunate enough to study with Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton and Steve LaSpina and participate in ensembles coached by Mulgrew Miller, Bill Charlap, Christian McBride and others.
Nate Giroux is a saxophone and clarinet player in NY's capital region. He earned his bachelor of music in jazz studies from William Paterson University in 2012. His performance resumé includes the Detroit Jazz Festival, Pittsfield Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival and the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, as well as performances with noted musicians Bucky Pizzarelli, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Davis, Scott Robinson, Joe Magnarelli, James Weidman, Kevin Norton and Paul Meyers.