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Jazz a family affair

George moved to Scotia a couple of years ago, and the guys formed their trio and started rehearsing. They now travel to play at the Castle Street CafE in Massachusetts, and head to Albany to play jazz at Justin's.

"I played six nights a week all my life, and when I moved here I planned to retire, but my grandson is such a tiger and he got me back into it," George laughed.

"It's my favorite gig to play with them," said Nate. "I've worked with a lot of student groups, but it's the greatest reward playing with my dad and grandfather because they are true professionals."

In the summer of 2006, the trio recorded a CD with jazz classics and a few originals written by George.

"Our house is always full of music, and whenever no one is playing music, someone is listening to it," said Nate.

Since one of the cornerstones of good jazz is improv, the Giroux men play off one another, literally.

"You play a melody, but change it around and harmonize," said Nate. "Part of it is completely made up solos; that's what jazz is all about. You really communicate with your group without words, and learn each other's style."

Nate's younger brother, Tyler, a high school sophomore, is following right behind in the musical arena, now playing trumpet like his father Pete.

The performance will benefit the Joan Nicole Prince Community Home of Schenectady, an end-of-life residence where Nate's grandmother volunteers.

Located on 22 Glenview Drive in Scotia, the nonprofit facility has a mission to provide a safe, comfortable and caring residence for terminally ill patients in need of a home during their final days. The home is named for a single mother with two children, age 7 and 9, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness in the local community. Unable to care for herself or her children, she was placed in a care facility 50 miles away, and her children were placed with a temporary guardian in Schenectady.

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