LIVE: The Clash of the Titans @ Flights of Fantasy, 1/12/14

Ralph Lalama Otto Gardner and Jerry Weldon

Ralph Lalama, Otto Gardner and Jerry Weldon

Story and photographs by Rudy Lu

Flights of Fantasy Books & Games store in Colonie – Nippertown’s most unlikely and unusual jazz venue – played host to the “Clash of the Titans” concert last weekend. The A-list tenor saxophone tandem of Ralph Lalama and Jerry Weldon led a trumpet-less front end backed by a stellar Local 518 trio featuring Joe Barna on drums, Otto Gardner on bass and Dave Solazzo on keyboards.

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The special performance was in honor of Mark Anthony, the retiring president of the Schenectady Chapter of the Anerican Federation of Musicians Local 17, whose efforts during the last six years have greatly contributed to the current health of the local jazz scene.

As a parting gift, Anthony was presented with portraits drawn by well-known local artist Tony Avocato.

Dave Solazzo and Otto Gardner

Dave Solazzo and Otto Gardner

Dave Solazzo, Otto Gardner and Gerry Weldon

Dave Solazzo, Ralph Lalama, Otto Gardner and Jerry Weldon

Joe Barna

Joe Barna

Jerry Weldon, Tony Avocato, Joe Barna, Mark Anthony and Ralph Lalama

Jerry Weldon, Tony Avocato, Joe Barna, Mark Anthony and Ralph Lalama

Jerry Weldon, Joe Barn, mark Anthony and Ralph Lalama

Jerry Weldon, Joe Barna, Mark Anthony and Ralph Lalama

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