Relax by the fireplace and experience the fine cuisine in the Dining Room at the Stockade Inn. Our elegant, yet comfortable fine dining restaurant specializes in American cuisine with Tuscan influences. Be it for an intimate dinner or business meeting the dining room is the ideal place for an unforgettable experience.View Restaurant Photos
Relax and enjoy our newly redecorated lounge. Our Lounge Menu proudly features gourmet lounge fare, martinis, dessert, coffee, and glass wine selections to enjoy at your leisure. Visit our Lounge to enjoy an excellent meal in a setting that will make you feel like you're in a different world. The Lounge offers live jazz every Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM and Thursday from 7 to 10 PM. We also offer Happy Hour Specials Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 PM.
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Skip Parsons, clarinet, sax, vocals; Rich Skrika, piano;
Tim Coakley, drums.
Skip Parsons was born in Albany, New York in March of 1936. He attended school in several districts throughout that area and began to play clarinet at the age of 9. At 12 he played his first
dance job that eventually led to many more. In high school he took a fancy to the sound of
early jazz. Here he led and played in some dance gigs. In 1956, following several Sunday jam
sessions, Skip formed the Riverboat Jazz Band. The group caught on and began to travel the
college and night-club circuit. In 1963 and 64 New York bound, the group found itself aboard
the Oslofjord, pride liner of the Norwegian-American Lines, including shows with comedian
Jackie Leonard. Later years of the 60's brought about concerts with some jazz celebrities -
Cutty Cutshall - Jimmy McPartland, Wild Bill Davison and several others. Radio and TV
became a reality too with people like Woody Herman, Mary Ann Mobley and Jack Smith.
During the 70's Skip continued to front the band as well as doing appearances with Pee
Wee Ervin, Bobby Hackett, Ed Hubble, Russell Moore, Vic Dickinson and several engagements with a band fronted by Doc Cheatham. 1970'S concerts with the Riverboat Jazz Band saw additional jazz players Joe Muranyi, Bobby Pratt, Jack Maheu, Will Alger, Spiegel Wilcox and Kenny Davern. Some other groups Skip has played with include: those with Ed Hubble, Tom Saunders and Spanky Davis. Skip started the 80's by bringing the Riverboat Jazz Band to Lake Placid Winter Olympics employment by ABC Sports which projected the Riverboat Jazz Band sound literally around the world on international TV. Skip was organizer of the Great Northeastern Traditional Jazzfest 1978 and 1979. An only, and very successful event of it’s type presented in the Tri City Area. Several top artists to participate in the Greenville event were Pee Wee Ervin, Chris Griffin, Ed Hubble, Johnny Mince, Bob Wilbur, Kenny Davern, Cliff Leeman, Dick Wellstood, Major Holley, Bob Pratt, Joe Muranyi, Doc Cheatham and Salt City Six.
Skip's desire to promote Jazz functions led to the organization of the Lake George Hot Jazz Party & Cruise that began in 1979. The 3 day party promoted Skips appearances with Doc Cheatham, Ed Polcer, Ken Peplowski, Joe Muranyi,, Spanky Davis, Stan McDonald, Jimmy Andrews,
Tom Artin, Natalie Lamb and more. Festival appearances include Waterloo, Newport at Saratoga and Ottawa International. Later on into the 80's Skip began to promote some smaller groups from trios and swing quartets and quintets to full size jazz bands keeping the faith of early jazz alive. His commitment continues into the 21st century with a busy schedule of Park & gazebo
concerts, Festivals and jazz venues throughout the Northeast. Skip is available for Guest appearances and regular gigs too!! The “Skipper” Skip, Doc Cheatham with RJB Speigle Wilcox, Jimmy McPartland, Skip.
Rich Skrika, piano.
As an accordion player, Rich began his musical endeavors in his hometown of Perth Amboy, NJ. His interest in Traditional jazz resulted in a transition to stride style piano while attending college at RPI in Troy, NY. He began to play piano at several banjo parlor venues in the Albany area, and also played intermissions for Carl Lunsford?s Jazz Band from Boston, at the Hendrick Hudson Hotel in Troy. It was at this time Rich met and began a relationship with Skip Parsons? Riverboat Jazz Band, a connection that has continued on & off since the late sixties. For a time in the 70?s Rich relocated in Detroit, where he appeared with several bands & musicians. While in
that area, he played with The New Imperial Jazz Band at their Saturday afternoon sessions in Windsor, Canada and got to know and play with most of the “jazz guys” in town including Tom Saunders, Jim Dapogny, Mother's Boys, Mike Montgomery, Paul Temple, Ray Heitger's Cakewalkin' Jazz Band from Toledo, Ohio and other lesser known, but high quality, players. For a short duration, he also led his own Jazz Band, called the New Storyville Stompers. Rich has taken the initiative of being a “band” pianist as opposed to a soloist, because of his interest in ensemble work & harmonies. He collects a large amount of the music he plays, as well as many
recordings of the era. Rich has undertaken the chore of seeking out verses of songs that most musicians don?t even know, let alone play. He advocates the verse really tells a story about the composition. As far as Rich is concerned, there is no other kind of music and that's just fine with him!!
Tim Coakley, drums
Jazz Historian & WAMC Radio personality – Tim Coakley was born in Utica, N.Y. He grew up listening to some of the best local musicians, including tenor saxophonist J.R. Montrose, trumpeter Sal Amico, bassist Sam Mancuso and drummer Ronnie Zito. Mostly self-taught, Coakley listened to all the local drummers in emulation. His first job was on a set of
borrowed drums at Utica College. After learning the basics of drumming, Tim began
playing with local musicians in & around the Utica area, including tenor saxophonist Chick Esposito. In 1974 he moved to Schenectady, and was asked by promoter, Bob Rosenblum, to be part of the rhythm section for legendary swing trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He worked after that, with Doc on several occasions. These jobs were followed by appearances with, tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate, pianist Dill Jones and trombonist Vic Dickenson. Tim also played at the
Van Dyck Restaurant & jazz club, in Schenectady with guitarist Herb Ellis, as well as several engagements with Benny Harris. In the later 70's, Tim was asked to join Skip Parsons & his Riverboat Jazz Band, where he was a regular for about a year. He still remains as a popular substitute with the band. After that, it was many free lance jobs with the Capital Districts finest players This included trumpeter Mike Canonico, guitarist Jack Fragomeni, tenor saxophonist Leo Russo and a score of others. In the early 90's Tim formed a trio with Skip Parsons & Rennie Crain. The three had played together often in many combinations, and found they had a
compatible musical continuity. This trio played at Lisa's & the Glen Sanders Mansion, in Schenectady, as well as Savanah's, Albany, and Nine Maple Ave in Saratoga. Other numerous appearances include several for Jazz on Jay Street, in Schenectady. An evening with the Tim Coakley Trio, means a super evening of classic jazz, the great tradition of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Earl Hines & more, all of which the band features. The music of the trio comes from the classic period of traditional jazz and swing. They are liable to
play an old jazz tune from before world war one, a Benny Goodman sextet number, Ellington tune or something from the Fats Waller book. The group aims to swing, and each person in the trio is dedicated to that. The basic elements of good music are included here; melody, harmony & rhythm. Solos are a means to an end, and the the end is to swing - the unified collective kind of swing that marked the great groups & performers of the classic jazz era. Another of Tim's attributes is his knowledge of the music in general. The Tim Coakley Jazz Show on public radio is a very popular item on the Capital District menu. Give a listen; FM 90.3 Saturday nights.
Jody Shayne began singing in clubs in Boston, where she attended Berklee College of Music. After spending time on the road, she settled in NYC, where she appeared with many jazz artists, including, Archie Shepp; Howard McGee; Jimmy Garrison; Roswell Rudd, and Sheila Jordan. In addition to numerous club engagements, Shayne has performed in festivals, including The Crystal City Jazz Festival; Jazz at the Lake; The Hamilton Hill Culturfest Series; and A Place for Jazz. Pianist, Paul Mastriani and Shayne released their CD, Love Is a Garden, in 1998. All of the songs are original, with Mastriani as composer, and Shayne as lyricist. She currently resides in the Capital District, where her schedule includes clubs, concerts, writing and teaching. This is her third year teaching piano lessons at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center, where she is she is the coordinator of the music program.
Pianist RUTH HELLKAMP has a lifetime fascination with the music of George Gershwin. Through her thirty-plus year career locally at a the Desmond Hotel, playing in their Scrimshaw Room, she gradually has added many more layers to her musical veneer with the works of: Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Michel LeGrand, and Harold Arlen, resulting in her own unique recognizable style. She is joined with well known local jazz bassist, Mike Lawrence, familiar to many Stockade Inn patrons. Both have a passion for music of the Great American Songbook, and favor playing old jazz standards.
Having studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and Xavier University, her obvious classical training shines through her jazz arrangements. Known for her encyclopedic sized repertoire, her fans having been returning for decades to hear her. Often
mentioned on NPR's "Jazz After Hours, (a Peabody award winning show), she has done LIVE performances on WAMC, and WGY. Chosen by WNYT-TV as a "Today's Woman" in February, 2011, highlighting her musical longevity, she continues to "rub elbows" with the music icons who walk thru the Desmond doors stopping to "talk shop" with the likes of: Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Hayden, BB King, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and many more. Not bad, for someone who was hired for a "one night fill-in" back in l980, and ended up staying for 34 years!
Peg Delaney plays sophisticated jazz drawing from American, Latin, and Brazilian idioms. Her trio has Bill Delaney on upright bass and features fine poignant vocals by drummer Earl Davis.
Peg is a two time recipient of the New York State Council for the Arts: Meet the Composer Grant and was a semi-finalist in Musician Magazine’s Best Unsigned Band Competition. Author of a Book of Transcriptions by Nick Brignola, Peg’s work has been recognized by National Jazz Educators, Saxophone Journal, and NYS Music Teacher’s Association.
The Lee Shaw is a contemporary piano group, drawing mostly on the virtuoso end of Bop language, in standards and original compositions. Lee Shaw was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1993 and has appeared on Marian McPartland's PIANO JAZZ.The Trio has performed at the Freihofer Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center, Northpointe Arts Center, Spencertown Academy,Linda Norris Auditorium,done clinics and concerts at various colleges in NY state and Oklahoma and plays regularly in clubs in NY state and Massachusetts.
String bass. Musician for over 50 years, playing string bass for weddings, banquets, proms with musicians from the area and out of town. Led a 15 piece big band. Dino played for the BiCentenial Dance in 1976 with Peter Duchin Orchestra, did summer work with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, and also many Lake George establishments.
Repeatedly cited as “Best Jazz” by Metroland magazine, Brian Patneaude's music is an organic blend of modern jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that appeal to the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike. In addition to leading his own quartet (with five critically acclaimed releases to their credit) the saxophonist maintains an active performance schedule with the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra, the seventeen piece juggernaut Big Soul Ensemble and drummer Michael Benedict's hard-bop quintet Bopitude. Patneaude has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and countless clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast. http://www.brianpatneaude.com
The Stockade Inn is located at the corner of Union and Church Streets in the historic Stockade District of Schenectady, New York.