LIVE: The Bopitude Drum Battle @ The Egg, 2/1/14

February 11th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Yep. That's a lot of drums.

Yep. That’s a lot of drums.

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The Greater Nippertown area indeed has been blessed with a wealth of talented musicians. And a goodly number of them were certainly displayed on Saturday, February 1, when Michael Benedict hosted a quartet of guest drummer-percussionists backed by his band Bopitude in concert at The Egg in Albany.

Modeled after the famous jazz drum battles in the 1950s and ’60s at Birdland, the concert featured Mark Foster, Pete Sweeney and Bob Halek on trap drum kits, as well as percussionist Brian Melick.

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Five Firsts: Mike Dimin

February 22nd, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
Mike Dimin

Mike Dimin

NAME: Michael Dimin
BAND AFFILIATION: Many. Besides being a solo bassist (yeah, you heard that correctly), I also perform with the jazz trio A3, an Americana/Roots ensemble Kylie & the Sympathetic Strangers, an Irish band Emerald Dawn (when they can afford me), as well as my long-standing bass-and-percussion duet with Brian Melick.
INSTRUMENT: Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASInnervisions by Stevie Wonder. I am much prouder of that, then the first single I ever bought (which shall remain nameless). Just admitting that I bought an album dates me.

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Brian Melick’s Percolating Percussion Concert Series

April 5th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Greg

Brian MelickFor the sixth year, percussionist-about-town Brian Melick is serving up his annual spring concert series at the Chapel + Cultural Center in Troy.

The four-part weekly series takes place at 7:30pm each Wednesday throughout the month of April, with Melick teaming up with a different group of musicians for each concert. Doors open at 7pm, and admission is free.

Here’s the line-up of performances:

Wednesday, April 7: Latin Jazz Quartet Night featuring pianist-vocalist Dave Gleason, drummer Danny Whelchel, saxophonist Eric Walentowicz and percussionist Brian Melick.

Wednesday, April 14: Modern Dance and Music Night featuring dancer-choreographers Laura Teeter, Jen Yackel and Claire Jacob-Zysman, pianist-vocalist Zoe B. Zak and percussionist Brian Melick.

Wednesday, April 21: Joy Adler & the Souls of Evolution featuring vocalist Joy Adler, pianist Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius, guitarist Mick Mudick and drummer-percussionist Brian Melick.

Wednesday, April, 28: Global Gumbo Night featuring John Hughes on kora, balaphon and percussion; Charlie Tokarz on saxophone and flute; and Brian Melick on percussion.

LIVE: Mountain Snow & Mistletoe @ The Egg, 12/12/09mas

December 14th, 2009, 11:41 am by Greg

John Kirk, Kevin McKrell, Chris Shaw, Bridget Ball

John Kirk, Kevin McKrell, Chris Shaw, Bridget Ball

In the middle of Saturday night’s show, Chris Shaw explained, “People don’t like their traditions messed with.” And, dangling participle be damned, he’s right.

So a lot of this year’s Mountain Snow & Mistletoe show relied on the tried and true – from Bridget Ball‘s rousing rendition of the ever-hopeful opening and closing number “Light a Light” to Shaw’s masterfully understated tale of the Christmas that almost wasn’t and the generosity that saved it, “Ten Dollar Christmas” – a song that still makes me weep with joy every year when I hear it.

If Ball and Shaw act as the good, homespun parents and ringleaders of this musical family, the members of the Mountain Snow Orchestra are well aware of their roles in this “pageant,” and they over the years they’ve brought more and more to their parts. Kevin McKrell plays the black-sheep bad boy always ready with a quip. Percussionist extraordinaire Brian Melick plays the endearing clown. And John Kirk, well, plays just about every musical instrument with strings on it.

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