HEARD: Playlist, 11/13-19/17

November 21st, 2017, 12:00 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:

Various artists: The Stiff Singles, Vol. 6 (Stiff, 2008)
Nick Jameson: Already Free (Bearsville, 1977)
Darryl Rhoades & the HaHaVishnu Orchestra: Burgers from Heaven (No Big Deal, 1980)
Charlotte Gainbsbourg: Rest (Because Music, 2017)
Sharon Van Etten: (It Was) Because I Was in Love (Language of Stone, 2017)
Monocle Band: The Clearing (Monocle Band, 2017)
Veda Hille: Live at the Coco Club 1998 (bootleg)
Rosanne Cash: Interiors (Columbia, 1990)
Richard Hawley: Richard Hawley (Setanta, 2001)
Allman & Woman: Two the Hard Way (Warner Bros., 1977)
Project Mama Earth: Mama Earth (Stone’d, 2017)
Scott Weiland: 12 Bar Blues (Atlantic, 1998)
Tim Curry: Fearless (A&M, 1979)
Paul Simon: Songs from “The Capeman” (Warner Bros., 1997)
Original Broadway Cast: “The Capeman” (Universal Classical, 1998)
Turkuaz: Digitonium (Turkuaz, 2015)
Crowded House: Crowded House (Deluxe) (Capitol, 2016)
Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black (Anti, 2017)
Hall & Oates: Daryl Hall & John Oates (X5, 2017)
Hall & Oates: Whole Oats (Atlantic, 1972)
Tim Hardin: This Is Tim Hardin (Elektra, 2004)
Gordon Lightfoot: Old Dan’s Records (Warner Bros., 1972)
Peter, Paul & Mary: Deep Water (Nager Heyer, 2017)
The Freeway Revival: Revolution Road (Freeway Revival, 2017)


Tanglewood Announces Summer 2018 Concerts

November 21st, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

James Taylor's All Stars

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

The folks at Tanglewood in Lenox have announced the initial round of concerts for the upcoming summer 2018 season, which is slated to run from June 15-September 2.

Titled “Bernstein Centennial Summer: Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood!,” the season will be dedicated to Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth, with programs celebrating his iconic stature as one of the great artistic figures of the 20th century and his immeasurable contribution to the Tanglewood festival from 1940 to 1990.

The season will include performances by Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Kirill Gerstein, Pamela Frank, the Emerson String Quartet, Garrick Ohlsson, Joshua Bell and The Knights, as well as the world premiere of a new John Williams cello concerto honoring the Bernstein centennial and performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Tickets for all performances will go on sale at 10am on Sunday, January 28, except where noted. In addition to the classical offerings, Tanglewood will also present an array of non-classical performances:

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LIVE: Bob Dylan @ the Palace Theatre, 11/17/17

November 20th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

Things Have Changed
It Ain’t Me, Babe
Highway 61 Revisited
Why Try to Change Me Now (Cy Coleman)
Summer Days
Melancholy Mood (Frank Sinatra)
Honest With Me
Tryin’ to Get to Heaven
Once Upon a Time (Tony Bennett)
Pay in Blood
Tangled Up in Blue
Soon After Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Scarlet Town
Desolation Row
Thunder on the Mountain
Autumn Leaves (Yves Montand)
Love Sick
Blowin’ in the Wind
Ballad of a Thin Man

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LIVE: The Melissa Aldana Quartet @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 10/21/17

November 20th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Melissa Aldana Quartet

The Melissa Aldana Quartet

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

For some reason, it’s extremely rare to find a woman in jazz that plays the tenor sax. Maybe there’s no one single reason for this, but it seems like girls are “directed” at a young age towards the lighter, airier alto and soprano saxes because (as Camille Thurman pointed out) the tenor is not considered to be “a girl’s instrument.” As such, I feel tremendously blessed that I have seen three monster female tenor players in the last two months: Thurman at Jazz at the Lake 2017; Erica Lindsay (with the Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sextet) at A Place for Jazz; and Melissa Aldana at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Aldana has been on my radar since I walked in on the blinding set she and her Crash Trio dropped on the Gazebo Stage at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in 2015; then she knocked me out again last year with another sax-trio show at San Jose Jazz Summerfest. Between those two dates, I played the Chilean native’s WOMMUSIC release Back Home on my radio show “Jazz2K @ The Saint.”

Sax-trio recordings are one of the biggest dice rolls you can make in jazz because, unless the rhythm section is willing and able to pick up all the duties of a traditional instrumental foil, the leader is truly working without a net. No danger of that on Back Home, as bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Jochen Ruckert’s stellar musicianship let Aldana explore all musical possibilities with reckless abandon. Menares was part of the new quartet Aldana brought to the Sanctuary last month, and that unit allowed her to explore even further.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Deke Dickerson

November 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Deke Dickerson

Photograph by Flyer Squad

NAME: Deke Dickerson

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS… First album I ever bought was Elvis’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1. I bought it the day after Elvis died with my allowance money. I was 8.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS… First concert I ever saw was Van Halen in 1982. I was dating a little redhead, and her daddy bought tickets. I’ll admit it, I’m still a closeted Van Halen fan. But only with Diamond Dave, no Van Hagar for me! I still remember we were in the nosebleed seats and we had to share a pair of binoculars. I got the binoculars and focused in right when Diamond Dave went into “Bottoms Up” and turned around and showed his assless chaps! Burned into my memory banks, that one…

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LIVE: Sun Natives @ River Street Pub, 11/2/17

November 17th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sun Natives

Sun Natives

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHO: Sun Natives
WITH: Eternal Crimes
WHERE: River Street Pub, Troy
WHEN: Thursday, November 2

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Song o’ the Week: Jeff Sohn’s “Make It Right”

November 17th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Performed and written by Jeff Sohn
Produced and engineered by Dominick Campana
Recorded at Soundcheck Republic Recording Studio, East Greenbush, October, 2017
Jeff Sohn: Lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass
Mike Kelley: Hammond organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, background vocals
Dominick Campana: Lead guitar, drums, percussion

Rivers Casino Announces New Year’s Eve Entertainment

November 17th, 2017, 9:45 am by Greg
The Commodores

The Commodores will ring in 2018 at Rivers Casino

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Let’s face it, Rivers Casino in Schenectady hasn’t made much of a dent on Greater Nippertown’s entertainment scene since it opened back in February. In fact, the first national act with any name recognition is coming in to take over the casino stage for New Year’s Eve.

The Commodores will step into the spotlight at 11pm on Sunday, December 31, playing their many hits, including “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Nightshift” and “Three Times a Lady.” Led by founding members William King (guitar) and Walter Orange (drums, vocals), the group played a free show at Albany’s Empire State Plaza as the headliners at the 2016 New York State Food Festival. Tickets for their show at Rivers Casino are on sale now, priced at $60, $100 & $120.

Caffe LenaHolly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Leave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageAlbany PoetsThe Sanctuary For Independent Media