LIVE: Will Dailey @ Caffe Lena, 11/30/17

December 12th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Sometimes it’s all about the timing…

The annual Victorian Stroll, the new jazz concert series at the Spring Street Gallery and Howard Fishman playing music inspired by art works at The Tang were all going on in Saratoga Springs on the same night that acclaimed Boston-based singer-songwriter Will Dailey was making his Caffe Lena debut. And, yes, it’s fair to say that the odds were stacked against him from the start.

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HEARD: Playlist, 12/4-10/17

December 12th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Just so you know where our ears have been at, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been spinning at Nippertown HQ (and in the Nippermobile) this past week – CDs, vinyl, streaming and maybe even a cassette or two:

Richard Thompson: Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing, 2017)
Scott Walker: It’s Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-1970) (Razor & Tie, 1996)
Jacques Brel: Jacques Brel 67 (Barclay, 2013)
Scott Walker: Til the Band Comes In (Mercury, 1970)
Ed Romanoff: Ed Romanoff (Ed Romanoff, 2012)
Connie Converse: How Lovely, How Sad (Squirrel Thing, 2009)
Silk Road Ensemble: “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” (In a Circle, 2017)
Emmanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma: Brahms: The Piano Trios (Sony, 2017)
Bash & Pop: Friday Night Is Killing Me (Sire, 1993)
10cc: Look Hear (Mercury, 1980)
Bettye LaVette: Interpretations (Anti, 2010)
Franklin Micare: You’re the Reason… (Conception, ???)
Reverend Horton Heat: We Three Kings (Yep Roc, 2005)
Jerry Douglas: Jerry Christmas (Entertainment One, 2009)
Maura Kennedy: Villanelle (Varese Sarabande, 2015)

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Schenectady Civic Players Presents “Broads Who Belt” with Benita Zahn [Berkshire on Stage]

December 12th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

“Broads Who Belt,” featuring local TV Channel 13’s Benita Zahn, will be presented Friday (December 15) at Schenectady Civic Playhouse in the historic Stockade district. Proceeds benefit the Schenectady Civic Players’ Centennial Campaign.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Song o’ the Week: The Sea The Sea’s “Take That”

December 12th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

Here’s a nifty new video of The Sea The Sea’s “Take That” performed live at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; recorded and mixed by Troy Pohl and filmed by Chromoscope Pictures.

UPCOMING: The Sea The Sea is playing a full band holiday show at Stella Pasta Bar & Bakery in Burnt Hills at 4pm on Sunday (December 17), featuring not only the core duo of Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley, but also Cara May Gorman and Stephen Struss. And can also catch an online stream of The Sea The Sea’s Holiday Party on your computer via Concert Window at 8:30pm on Tuesday December 19…

BEST OF 2017: Best Jazz2K Releases (Part I)

December 12th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By J Hunter

Maybe you have this problem, too: There are so many CD mailers stacked against my front door when I come home that, once I force my way inside the house, it’s almost impossible to get out again! So while I was able to cover a few more shows for Nippertown than I did last year, I still didn’t get enough of a sample size for a comprehensive Best Concerts list. However, thanks to the aforementioned stack of recorded material, I had more than enough nominees to juggle for THIS particular list – like, over 130 of them. Before we get down to the nitty gritty, though, let’s hand out a few bowling trophies:

SOMI: Petite Afrique (OKeh)
She may have been born in Illinois, but Somi (full name Somi Kakoma) is of Rwandan and Ugandan descent and spent part of her childhood in Zambia while her father worked for the World Health Organization. In 2014, this mesmerizing vocalist created The Lagos Music Salon, my pick for Best Vocal Release of that year: Inspired by an 18-month sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria, the enthralling themes and sounds of Lagos are picked up on Petite Afrique and applied to the Western African community of 21st-century Harlem. Somi reboots Sting’s “An Englishman in New York” as “Alien,” making the protagonist’s isolation even starker. The conflict between Harlem’s past and present is a burning undercurrent to this riveting song cycle that, sadly, shows xenophobia is not a state solely owned by Donald Trump.

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Sounds o’ the Season: Maura Kennedy’s “Beneath the Mistletoe”

December 12th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

In addition to her catalog of albums that she’s recorded with her husband Pete as The Kennedys, Maura Kennedy also recorded a gem of a solo album, 2015’s Villanelle, which features the holiday song, “Beneath the Mistletoe.”

The Kennedys are scheduled to take the stage at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday (December 15). Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

Jennifer Nettles’ “What Christmas Means to Me”
Bill Kirchen’s “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas”
Reverend Horton Heat’s “Run Rudolph Run”
Jim Brickman’s “Christmas Where You Are”

Tanglewood Announces Three New Concerts

December 12th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

Photograph by Bryan Lasky

Tanglewood in Lenox has bolstered its 2018 summer popular artists concert series with the addition of three new shows.

Here are the details:

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LIVE: Rose Chancler @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/14/17

December 11th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Tim Reidy

In a last minute substitute for Ricochet Duo, pianist Rose Chancler was joined by violist Patricia McCarty and violinist Marilyn Reynolds for last month’s Music @ Noon concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

UPCOMING: The Music Hall’s Music @ Noon series continues at 12noon on Tuesday (December 12) with the Bleecker Consort performing medieval and renaissance music. Admission to the lunchtime concert is free.

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