LIVE: Albany Jazz Appreciation Month Concert @ Colonie Elks Lodge, 4/19/15

May 13th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Joe Magnarelli (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Joe Magnarelli (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Timothy Reidy, Albert Brooks, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The annual Albany Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration took place last month at the Colonie Elks Lodge in Latham, and it was a mighty impressive exhibition of the deep well of Nippertown’s jazz talent, as well as the diversity of music that falls under the broad umbrella of “jazz.”

The day-long jazz extravaganza featured big band music by the UAlbany Jazz Ensemble under the direction of David Holsey, the exotic world-music of Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, the Andrews Sisters-like, swinging vocal harmonies of String of Pearls, the traditional New Orleans sound of the Pearl River Trio (augmented for the day by washboardist Jerry Gordon) and the jazz violin of the Teresa Broadwell Quintet.

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Wrapping up the festivities were organist Aikiko and trumpet master Joe Magnarelli (who were married just two days earlier), and their bandmates Myron Walden (sax) and Rudy Petschauer (drums), pumping out some big-burn bop.

Co-sponsored by the Albany Musicians’ Association and the Swingtime Jazz Society, the event also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Bill McCann’s radio show “The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” on WCDB-FM. Additional honorees included jazz writers J Hunter and Greg Haymes of Nippertown.com and Tom Pierce of AlbanyJazz.com.

ALSO SEE:
More of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs of the event at Albany Jazz
More of Rudy Lu’s photographs of the event ar Albany Jazz
More of Timothy Reidy’s photographs of the event at Autobus Pour 3 Garçons
More of Albert Brooks’ photographs of the event at Albany Jazz

The Pearl River Trio (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Pearl River Trio (photo by Timothy Reidy)

String of Pearls (photo by Rudy Lu)

String of Pearls (photo by Rudy Lu)

Teresa Broadwell (photo by Albert Brooks)

Teresa Broadwell (photo by Albert Brooks)

Akiko (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Akiko (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Akiko and WCDB DJ Bill McCann (photo by Albert Brooks)

Akiko and WCDB DJ Bill McCann (photo by Albert Brooks)

Heard (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Heard (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius & Heard (photo by Rudy Lu)

Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius & Heard (photo by Rudy Lu)

The Honorees: Tom Pierce, J Hunter, Greg Haymes (photo by Albert Brooks)

The Honorees: Tom Pierce, J Hunter, Greg Haymes (photo by Albert Brooks)