LIVE: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Corning Preserve Boat Launch, 9/6/14

September 11th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Catherine Rusell, Mark McLean and Matt Munisteri (photo: Rudy Lu)

Catherine Rusell, Mark McLean and Matt Munisteri (photo: Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

After the rainout of 2012, the people behind the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival weren’t going to roll the dice again when a big green blob of weather was set to head Greater Nippertown’s way come festival day. And since Joshua Bell and the Albany Symphony Orchestra were playing at the Palace Theatre that night, the jazz fest moved to Alive at Five’s rain site – the parking lot of the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the I-787 overpass. No way could you argue with the practicality of the move, but would people be willing to hang out under a highway for eight hours, even if the music was free?

The answer was a resounding “HELL, YES!” The Riverfront Jazz Fest is an established tradition now, and a little bit of rain (or, in this case, a little rain and a LOT of wind) wasn’t
going to keep people away. While the overall crowd was a little less than if the show had been at Jennings Landing, we saw the same flow-through of festival-goers that the Riverfront fest has seen in the past, and the usual group of hardcore supporters were sitting in their folding chairs when flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski took the stage and ran into the day’s only major issue: Acoustics. There’s no way to minimize the massive echo you get in that kind of space with normal sounds. Put those sounds through two stacks of amplifiers? Fuhgeddaboudit!

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John Scofield, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 8th, 2010, 2:02 pm by Greg

John Scofield“Well, I think maybe my first single was the Beach Boys’ ‘Go, Little Stingray.’

It was Beatles-era stuff for the most part, but I got into James Brown right at the same time, listening to things like ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.’ So I became an R&B fanatic by the time I was 12 years old or something like that.”

Jazz guitar great John Scofield and his quartet – featuring Michael Eckroth, Ben Street and Matt Wilson – headline the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Riverfront Park in Albany at 6:15pm. The fest kicks off at 12:30pm with Trioka, followed by Somi (1:45pm), the Ravi Coltrane Quartet (3:15pm) and Ivan Neville’s DumpstaPhunk (4:45pm). The rain site is the Palace Theatre. Admission is free.

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