Just last week, the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany announced the first show of the upcoming semester – a concert by the Punch Brothers’ mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipient Chris Thile.
Now the Massry’s programming manager Sal Prizio has unveiled five more top-notch shows for the fall/spring concert season. Tickets are currently on sale.
Here are the details of the new concerts:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:30pm
The John Scofield Uberjam Band
The veteran jazz guitarslinger’s most recent stop in Nippertown was as the special guest with the McCoy Tyner Quartet at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC last month. This time around, he’s fronting his funk-focused fusion band – featuring bassist Andy Hess (formerly of Gov’t Mule and the Black Crowes), guitarist Avi Bortnick (of Jim Weider’s Project Percolator) and drummer Tony Mason (of Splendid Chaos and Eric Lee Beddingfield) – in support of their new album, Überjam Deux.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 7:30pm
The New Gary Burton Quartet
The veteran jazz vibraphone great brings his 70th birthday tour to town, leading his world-class band – bassist Scott Colley, drummer Antonio Sanchez and guitarist Julian Lage. Opening the show will be Michael Benedict’s Bopitude featuring baritone sax master Gary Smulyan.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7:30pm
Toad the Wet Sprocket
The four-piece California rock band – featuring vocalist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning and drummer Randy Guss – returns to Nippertown for a full concert, following their performance at SPAC for Farm Aid.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 7:30pm
$25; students $12.50
As the keyboardist in the trail-blazing instrumental trio Medeski Martin & Wood, leader of the Itch, film composer, producer, collaborator and sideman with countless other artists, John Medeski has channeled the transformative force of music with uncanny power and imagination. Now he offers a solo piano concert in support of his new album, A Different Time.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 7:30pm
A DownBeat Hall of Famer, 18-time Grammy winner, brilliant American composer and undisputed jazz keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea returns to the Massry for his second annual solo piano concert.