LIVE: The Brandon Lee Quintet @ Skidmore’s Bernhard Theater, 6/12/10

June 17th, 2010, 5:30 pm by Greg

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee

Trumpet wunderkind Brandon Lee is certainly making a mark for himself in the jazz world. Not yet out of his twenties, Lee is already being trumpeted loudly by none other than Wynton Marsalis.

With two critically acclaimed albums under his belt, Lee led his quintet into Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater on Saturday night, and it was unquestionably one of the highlights of the fourth annual Saratoga ArtsFestival.

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LIVE: Jonathan Batiste @ Skidmore Jazz Institute

July 9th, 2009, 4:21 pm by Sara

Q. Who is Jonathan Batiste and why you should put him on your must see list?

A. The Crescent City native is an enthralling amalgam of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pinetop Perkins and Liberace, sans candelabra, whose accomplishments include performances with Wynton Marsalis and Cyril Neville as well as collaborations with Donald Harrison, Christian Scott and Maurice Brown.

Graduating from the Juilliard School with a major in jazz piano last year, Batiste recently released “Live in New York: At the Rubin Museum of Art” and is currently jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s pianist, whom he left in Paris, France, during a European tour, to fly in for one performance stateside at the Skidmore Jazz Institute before flying back the next day.

The Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore campus was almost filled to capacity. A few people had heard the name Jonathan Batiste, most had not. The instruments stood silently waiting under the glare of the spot lights as the distant sound of a melodica grew louder from the shadows with the beat and rhythm of a Mardi Gras marching band. Batiste’s sextet took the stage and captivated the audience with a stunning journey through the gamut of New Orleans musical styles from Louis Armstrong to the Marsalis brothers.



written and photographed by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Real Good for Free: Skidmore Jazz

June 9th, 2009, 8:40 am by Greg

The annual Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute concert series always rolls around right after the Freihofer Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, but if you’re not too jazzed out after the big SPAC jazz attack, you’ll find some great free music here.

The shows take place at 8pm at the Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College campus:

Tuesday, June 30: The Gerald Clayton Quintet
Thursday, July 2: The Skidmore Faculty Jazz Sextet
Monday, July 6: The Jonathan Batiste Quintet
Thursday, July 9: The Skidmore Faculty Jazz Sextet

Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie
Real Good For Free: Lake George
Real Good For Free: Schodack
Real Good For Free: Art on Lark
Real Good For Free: River Street Festival
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie
Real Good For Free: Guilderland
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5
Real Good For Free: Powers Park

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