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!

Drinks and desserts will be available from Doc's Restaurant to make the night even sweeter!

Below is the lineup for Third Thursday Jazz in 2021!

September 16 at 8:30pm - The Matt Niedbalski Trio feat. Nate Giroux
  • 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.

  • Nate Giroux is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and an adjunct faculty member at Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies and Performance from William Paterson University. In addition to playing over 1,000 engagements in New York’s Capital Region, Nate has performed at many festivals across the Northeast, including the Detroit Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Pittsfield Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival, Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, and the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, among others. He has also performed with some of today’s most noted jazz icons, including Frank Wess, Maria Schneider, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Davis, Rich Perry, Scott Robinson, Brian Lynch, Joe Magnarelli, James Weidman, Steve LaSpina, Kevin Norton, Paul Meyers, and Todd Coolman.

    Nate is an active clinician and master class presenter. He has previously worked with students of the Empire State Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Signature Music Camp, along with many other appearances in Upstate NY public schools. Nate continues to perform and record as both a leader and sideman.

    In 2016, Nate and his brother Tyler Giroux co-founded their band Giroux Brothers, playing new arrangements of jazz standards alongside their original music.  “What We Learn From The Trees” is available from all major online music retailers!

October 21 at 7:30pm - Chris Cornell
  • Chris Cornell “Grew up learning this music together” is an understatement. After meeting in high school, I began playing with my drummer, Matt Niedbalski and bass/saxophone player, Steven Kirsty. Together we’ve developed a relationship that is now 10 years in the making. These guys are my brothers in music. As you might expect, when you play together with a group of guys for that long, you start to get to know what each other is going to do. There’s almost a sense of telepathy going on on the bandstand.

    We’re all connected by a common taste and appreciation of Jazz and its historic roots. But even so, we each have our own style and preferences that we bring to the table. Aside from being two of my best friends in the world, they’re some of the most talented players I’ve ever known.

    Somewhat unfortunately, I now live in Denver, CO and we don’t get many chances to play these days. As much as I love living in the Rockies, here’s hoping we’ll figure out how to spend more time doing what we love to do together. Yelling at Steve… and playing music or whatever

  • 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.