Bill Schilling and Michael Catoggio share their research into the history of the Swing Era in the Capital District. The PowerPoint slide-presentation explores the musical venues and the local musicians who brought this significant cultural moment to the Albany area. The talk will also introduce the lecturer’s website: www.albanynyswinghistory.com
Bill Schilling is a retired librarian with a Masters in Library Science from UAlbany. He has worked in university libraries, the Albany Public Library, and the New York State Library. He has had a lifelong interest in jazz, especially on the local level. He currently serves on the Board of Capital District Jazz, Ltd.
Michael Catoggio is a retired librarian with a Masters in Library Science and undergraduate preparation in history. He has served as the Albany History Librarian at Albany Public Library, Head of Adult Services and Interim Director at the East Greenbush Community, Assistant Professor of Library Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Humanities Librarian at the Anchorage (Alaska) Public Library. HIs father, Dominic Catoggio, played in various bands during the Era and learning about his career represents the inspiration and motivation for this project.