Archive for April, 2013

LIVE: Van Dyck All-Stars’ Saxophone Summit @ the Van Dyck, 4/19/13

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Van Dyck All-Stars’ Saxophone Summit @ the Van Dyck, 4/19/13

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks
A JazzApril story

“It’s great to see a room packed for jazz in Schenectady,” tenorman Brian Patneaude told the folks at the Van Dyck’s full-to-bursting concert space. I have to agree, but I’d like to amend that statement: It was great to see a room packed for LOCAL jazz in Schenectady! After all, most of these guys do get around the area, and three-quarters of the All-Stars’ front line play this same space every month when Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble does its first-Tuesday residency thing. I’m sure a lot of it had to do with the respective fan bases the players have generated over the years. The thing is, though, the fan base for one band member included everybody else on the bandstand.

That man would be Leo Russo, who’s been playing sax in Greater Nippertown longer than I’ve lived here, and I’m working on my third decade. Not only is Russo living proof of the deep roots jazz has in these parts, but he’s also gifted us with a sapling that’s growing into a mighty oak himself – multi-instrumentalist Lee Russo, who (like Patneaude and altoist Keith Pray, the fourth member of the All-Stars’ kickass front line) I would be happy to watch play the phone book. Lee played baritone sax as well as tenor on this evening, adding another axe to his already sizeable arsenal; I’m convinced he’s going to be our Joe Lovano, mastering a myriad number of reed instruments most people never heard of. I’d only seen the elder Russo play twice before: Once with a pickup band at an Albany Musicians Union JAM celebration, and once with pianist Yuko Kishimoto at Athens Cultural Center. To see him with this group was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so I was on it like a duck on a June bug.



LIVE: The Flatlanders @ Club Helsinki, 4/14/13

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Flatlanders @ Club Helsinki (photo by Tim Livingston)

Photographs by Tim Livingston

All-star Texas troubadour trio the Flatlanders – featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock – made a recent tour stop at Club Helsinki in Hudson for an unplugged, but still rousing performance…


Laurie Anderson and Pauline Oliveros Film & Performance May 2 at RPI’s EMPAC in Troy [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Laurie Anderson and Pauline Oliveros @ EMPAC

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York announces an evening of screenings by EMPAC distinguished artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson featuring a special guest performance with both Anderson and Rensselaer Arts professor and composer Pauline Oliveros. The screenings will take place in the Concert Hall at 5 and 8PM on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

The back-to-back presentations will provide audiences with a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in Laurie Anderson’s films and videos. She will lead us through two separate screening programs, including many of her works. The 8PM presentation will be capped off with a screening of a silent film to which Anderson and Pauline Oliveros play together.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

What the Cluck?!? Silver Chicken Is Back? Oh Yeah!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Silver Chicken in the late 1970's

Silver Chicken in the late 1970’s

Review by Greg Haymes

“It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better.”

That’s the name of a jaunty, jumpin’, twang-laced track in the middle of Storm Ride, the about-to-be-released debut CD by country-rockers Silver Chicken. But if the members of the band knew that it would end up taking an excruciating 36 years to finish the album, they might have re-titled the song – or the whole album – “It Gets a Whole Lot Worse Before It Gets Better.”

One of the most popular bands on the Local 518 scene back in the mid-’70s, Silver Chicken had only a brief two-and-a-half-year run before the original line-up called it quits without releasing a single song. The bulk of Storm Ride was recorded in ’77 – on vintage consumer equipment by bassist Rick Bedrosian in his bedroom at his parents’ Delmar house – and as it turned out, the original band played their final gigs just a couple of months later on January 5-7, 1978, at the Boulevard, now Ristorante Paradiso. (Yes, the same place where Meryl Streep sang in “Ironweed.”) It seems that singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Fish got a phone call from Henry Paul (formerly of the Outlaws) later that month inviting him to join his new band, and Fish left Silver Chicken and the Capital Region to head to Florida to join the Henry Paul Band.


POP Quiz: Movies & Music – Match the Actors to Their Ax

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

By Greg Haymes
A JazzApril Story

We’ve been watching a lot of marvelous, old black and white movies lately. And last week we watched “Look Back in Anger,” a classic British gem from the ’50s in which Richard Burton plays a bitter jazz musician stuck in a menial retail job. Which got us to thinkin’…

So in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, we thought it might be fun to offer a JAZZ JUMBLE – a mix & match, movies & music quiz. We’ll give you the actor’s name and the title of the movie in which he portrays a jazz musician. You tell us what instrument the actor “plays” in the film.

Got it? Here we go…


Win FREE Tickets to Leroy Justice at the Bayou Cafe on Friday!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

NYC’s Leroy Justice has got the goods – indie cred, Americana roots, soulful musicianship and plenty of bold bluesy swagger. That much was clear from their area shows last year at The Egg (opening for Big Head Todd & the Monsters) and moe.down.


Mike Gordon: Live at The Egg

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Mike Gordon: Live at The Egg
Back on December 11, 2011, Phish bassist Mike Gordon brought his other band to The Egg in Albany, which earned major kudos among jam-band scenesters. Now Gordon is offering an audio recording of the show in digital format, as well as a limited-edition 3-CD set, The Egg. It has been fully remixed from the band’s multi-tracks and mastered for release, available at Phish Dry Goods and Mike’s online store

The band’s line-up features Gordon on bass, as well as Scott Murawski on guitar, Craig Myers on percussion, Tom Cleary on keyboards and drummer Todd Isler.


4/30/13: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

THEATER: “Les Miserables” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The 25th anniversary production of the rousing, inspirational musical. 8pm. $20, $35, $45, $60, $70, $75 & $90. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: ReaLation @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Catch a concert by the eclectic Albany rockers and be part of the live DVD filming, slated for release this summer in conjunction with the band’s release of their CD Fraudulence. And see the debut of the band’s music video for their new single, “Alright.” 7pm. $2.

MUSIC: Sara Davis Buechner @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The pianist performs Mozart (Sonata in E flat major KV 282; Sonata in B flat major KV 570; and Sonata in F major KV 332), “Ten New Etudes for Piano” by Yukiko Nishimura and George Gershwin’s original arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue” for solo piano. 8pm. FREE. Also a free master class at 4:15pm.

READING: Gail Collins @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. One of the most recognizable names in American journalism, Gail Collins served as the first female editor of The New York Times Editorial Page (2001-2007) and has contributed an influential bi-weekly column to the Times Op-Ed page for most of the past decade. Her newest book is “As Texas Goes… How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda.” 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: R5 @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Featuring Ross Lynch from “Austin & Ally.” With Hollywood Ending, Taylor Matthews and Alex Aiono. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Jonah Parzen-Johnson @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The Brooklyn-based solo baritone saxophonist draws inspiration from the unadorned voices of Appalachian music and lo-fi musicians like Bill Callahan. With Mrs. Adam Schatz and Steven Lugerner. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Maya Love Coppolla @ American Glory, Hudson. 6pm.

READING/PERFORMANCE: WXW Story Slam @ Y Bar, Pittsfield. Hosted by James Burden, storytellers have three minutes to tell fantastic, true stories based on the theme. Tonight’s theme is “warning signs.” 8pm.

MUSIC: Dana Welts @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.

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