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CANCELLED: Ellis Marsalis @ Today’s City of Albany Jazz Fest

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Pianist Ellis Marsalis, who was slated to headline today’s (Saturday, September 10) City of Albany Jazz Festival at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch, has cancelled his appearance due to illness.

Replacing him as the headliner for today’s free festival will be New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

GO HERE for the complete UPDATED schedule of bands…


CHANGE OF VENUE: City of Albany Jazz Festival Moved to Rain Location

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Bad news, indeed: The location of Saturday’s (September 10) City of Albany Jazz Festival has been moved from Washington Park to the rain site at the the Corning Preserve Boat Launch parking lot under the I-787 overpass.

GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands for the free festival…

FREE FEST: Peacestock @ Freedom Square on Saturday

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Consider the Source headlines the third annual Peacestock festival, which will take place at Freedom Square in Troy from 11am-6pm on Saturday (September 10). The band brings their progressive sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion sound to the colorful outdoor stage at 4:30pm.

The festival features free music, free BBQ (beginning at 3pm), free henna tattoos and lots of fun. Donations will be accepted for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Here’s the line-up of bands for Peacestock 2016:


FREE FEST: Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration is slated to take place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, beginning at 5pm on Saturday (September 10).

Rich in tradition, the Hispanic community comes together to honor Hispanic Heritage Month with a colorful pageantry of live music, dance, food and family friendly activities. Admission is free.

Headlining the celebration is salsa singer Michael Stuart, whose debut disc Cuentos de la Vecindad earned him the Tu Musica Award for Best New Artist in 1997. Career highlights include a 2005 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Tropical-Contemporary Album and nominations for Billboard Music Awards in both 2006 and 2007.

Saturday’s festival will also feature performances by DJ BoyBoy, Luis Damon and Judy Torres.

Here’s the complete schedule of music for the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Celebration:


Roger Noyes, What Do You Listen to When You’re Working at Your Computer?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

Photograph by Rudy Lu

“In addition to my day job as a health care public-policy writer and communications director, I’ve been working on a book manuscript over the past year about my Great-Great Aunt Clara Noyes, who led the Red Cross Nursing Division during World War I and enrolled 20,000 nurses to serve the troops (among several other historical developments in the early years of professional nursing).

“I’ve done a lot of this work at strange hours, sometimes getting up before 4am, so I lean on lighter, instrumental music that is not too distracting. My playlist while writing often includes Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue or In a Silent Way, some Dave Brubeck, Barney Kessel, Django Reinhardt, or a collection of Fernando Sor classical guitar pieces. If it has lyrics or vocals, I will go with albums that are very familiar, so I am not distracted by the words – maybe Neil Young’s Harvest, or any of his other acoustic music. 

“As a footnote, during research for my book I came across a hymnal containing a tune entitled “Watch and Pray,” written by a woman named Clara Noyes in the 1800s. It turns out the composer is a different Clara Noyes than my aunt. Nevertheless, I rearranged the melody, harmonies, and meter (switching between 5/4 and 6/4), and we will be performing this tune at the Albany Jazz Festival among some other new, original tunes and re-arrangements.” 

Roger Noyes is the guitarist with Jazz Caravan, who are slated to perform at 2:30pm on Saturday (September 10) at the City of Albany Jazz Festival in Washington Park. UPDATE, 9/9: The fest has been moved to the rain site – the Corning Preserve Boat Launch parking lot. Also performing are Cliff Brucker & Full Circle, KJ Denhert, Lucky Chops and the Ellis Marsalis Quintet. Admission is free. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FIVE FIRSTS: Cliff Brucker

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Cliff Brucker

Cliff Brucker

Compiled by J Hunter

NAME: Cliff Brucker
BAND AFFILIATION: Cliff Brucker & Full Circle

FIRST JAZZ RECORDING YOU EVER HEARD OR BOUGHT: Well, my parents were big fans of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck. I remember Getz/Gilberto, the 1964 jazz/bossa nova album, being played a lot; Brubeck’s Time Out; and their favorite Sinatra album Come Dance With Me. My father would get a kick out of 12-year old me singing and phrasing along perfectly with Sinatra!

FIRST DRUMMER YOU EVER HEARD/SAW THAT MADE YOU SAY, “I WANNA DO THAT”: I remember the guest appearances of Buddy Rich on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Wow, what a mind-blowing experience for budding young drummers everywhere – not only his amazing ability and chops and sense of swing, but his confident swagger and funny, engaging banter with the host. I wanted to be that cool!


FREE: Live! Folklife Concert Series @ Crandall Public Library

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The Live! Folklife Concert Series returns to the Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center in Glens Falls with a series of six free concerts beginning at 7pm on Thursday (September 8) with the veteran folk duo Magpie.

The concerts will take place from 7-9pm on Thursdays throughout the autumn, except September 29.

Here’s the complete schedule of concerts for the 2016 fall season:


FREE: September in the City Art Fair @ Tricentennial Park

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The Alive at Five concert series is all over and done with for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any more free music on tap for Albany’s Tricentennial Park.

In fact, the annual September in the City Art Fair will keep the park full of live music through the end of September.

The weekly fall lunchtime event – which takes place from 11:30am-2pm on Wednesdays – features art exhibits and sales by regional mixed media artists in addition to the live musical entertainment.

Here’s the schedule of concerts for the 2016 September in the City Art Fair series:


Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysHolly & EvanCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaAlbany PoetsLeave Regular Radio BehindArtist Charles HaymesHudson SoundsBerkshire On StageThe Sanctuary For Independent Media