This Week’s CD Release Parties

Latin jazz band Sensemaya is celebrating the release of their sophomore album, “Havana Before Dawn,” with a performance at 8pm tonight at the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome in Schenectady, as part of the ongoing A Place for Jazz concert series. Tix are $15; students $7; children under 12 free. RELATED STORIES: Interview with Sensemaya’s Dave Gleason; “Havana Before Dawn” CD review.

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Vermont’s reggae-funk-jam band Twiddle rolls into Jillian’s in Albany at 9pm tonight, and while it’s not the band’s official CD release party – that’s Saturday night at the Pickle Barrel in Killington – it’s pretty damn close, and we’ll bet if you ask ’em real nice, you can probably buy a copy of their long-awaited sophomore album, “Somewhere On the Mountain,” from ’em tonight. Tonight’s Halloween party pre-release bash also features Sly Fox & the Hustlers and Bootleg. PS: If you can’t make it tonight, Twiddle will also be heading into Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Friday, November 4.

Rootsy Americana band the Nellies celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album with a party and performance at Jose Malone’s in Troy at 8pm on Saturday. The bands features the core singer-songwriter duo of Karen Gilpin (acoustic guitar/banjo) and Peggy Lecuyer (mandolin/harmonica), as well as stand-up bassist Gene Lemme, but don’t be surprised if they’re joined by some special guests, too – perhaps Kevin Maul, Mike McMann, Peter Bearup or Jeff Dooley, all of whom make appearances on the album.

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