Jazz at Noon is a live music performance series that takes place throughout the year at Arts at the Palace in Hamilton, NY.

Established in 2015 by James (Jim) McDowell, Roger Bauman, and Dianne Adams McDowell, the catered, eight-month jazz series (September-April) brings together a diverse group of artists—from the seasoned pro to the newly-emerging—to collaborate, entertain, and inspire in the intimate setting of the Palace Underground.

Some of Jazz at Noon’s instrumentalists have included: 

Joey Arcuri, Rick Balestra, Barry Blumenthal, Tom Brigandi, Steve Brown, Joe Carello, Glen Cashman, Anne Caton, Ethan Cypress, Joe Davoli, Joshua Dekaney, Joe Ferlo, Liz Friedel, Tyler Henderson, John Hutson, Jimmy Johns, Dino Losito, Dianne Adams McDowell, James McDowell, Ken McGloin, Matt Meilnick, Paul Merrill, Rich Mollin, Rick Montalbano, Grant Morro, Sean Peters, Darryl Pugh, Monke Rowe and the Five Families Ensemble, Mark Shiner, Dave Solazzo, Mike Solazzo, Dennis Turechek, Sam Williams, and others.

Jazz at Noon guests vocalists have included: 

Anne Carey, Zachary Coddington, Meena Nair Conant, Grace Darko, Brittney Dorow, Fiona Dosanjh, Aoife Douglas, Eric Feola, Caiti Fiorello, Liam Fitzpatrick, Maggie Fitzpatrick, Amber Nicole Gatlin, David Lowenstein, Franny Lucey McCabe, Mason McDowell, Lauren Mettler, Jenni Larchar, Jazmyn McKoy, Emilija Morkevicius, Brian Murphy, Leslie Pasco, Ben Phelps, Nick Quinn, Karen Rains, Kehela Reeves, Ava Robertson, Julia Segal, Anna Taube, Bruce Ward, Maren Meyer Wendt, Lori Wilner, and Lynn Winters, among others.

Dianne Adams & James McDowell (Composers/Lyricists): A chance meeting in NYC, over 40 years ago, led to a life-long collaboration of music & lyrics, playwriting, and theatre arts. Adams & McDowell, also husband & wife, have collectively created a myriad of works, ranging from pop songs, plays, and jingles, to art songs, masses, and musicals. Their highly-acclaimed version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic,The Wind in the Willows, originally developed at Syracuse Stage with collaborator Dr. Gerardine Clark, had it’s NYC premiere at The New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street. Presented at New Jersey Repertory Company and The York Theatre, their musical, Bookends (co-authored with Katharine Houghton), was the subject of a feature article in The New York Times. Other collective credits include vocal arrangements for Broadway’s Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (winner of 2014 Tony for Best Musical), Disney productions, Radio City Music Hall’s Magnificent Christmas Spectacular, Broadway’s Tony-Nominated Starmites, The Actor’s Playhouse (off-B’way) production of Rapunzel & the Dragons, and the Arena Stage production of Tazewell Thompson’s JUBILEE. Awards and honors include the Helen Hayes Award (Nomination, Washington, D.C.), The Barrymore Award (Recipient, Philadelphia), The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Award (Recipient), Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-in-Residence for Spring 2013 (Colgate University), as well as numerous ASCAP Composer Awards. Their original shows performed at the Palace Theater include: Very Badly Killed, In Good Company, Blood, Bath & Beyond, and Holy Cow, it’s Here. For the first Arts at the Palace Gala, they created a mini-musical, Breathing Art Into Life, and, more recently, for AATP’s play development series, ‘From Script to Stage,’ the couple presented a fully-staged reading of their Musical Mockumentary, Perry Paree. Adams & McDowell can often be seen (occasionally joined by their musical sons, Taylor & Mason) at the Palace Underground’s popular series, Jazz@Noon. They live on five acres near Eaton, NY, where they enjoy the rural life of picturesque Central New York.

Stay tuned for more information about our Fall 2020 season!