LIVE: Bruce Barth/Steve Nelson Quartet @ the Van Dyck, 6/21/13

July 1st, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Bruce Barth/Steve Nelson Quartet

The Bruce Barth/Steve Nelson Quartet

Review by J Hunter
Photos by Rudy Lu

It was a meeting of two truisms: “Timing is everything” and “It’s not what you know – it’s who know!” Pianist Bruce Barth and vibes master Steve Nelson were set to play a duo show at the Rochester Jazz Festival the other weekend. Knowing they were going to be passing through the area, Greater Nippertown drummer/educator Michael Benedict got in touch with Barth and asked if the duo would like to warm up with a quartet gig at the Van Dyck. Phone calls were made, emails were exchanged, and before anybody knew it, every table in the club’s upstairs space was filled with people. That doesn’t happen on a Friday night in June, and the anticipation was palpable as we waited to see what this one-off group would do.

Mind you, this wasn’t completely a one-off group: Both Benedict and bassist Mike Lawrence have played and recorded with Barth in Benedict’s smokin’-hot outfit Bopitude, while Nelson was the primary foil on Barth’s 2012 Savant release Three Things of Beauty. The latter disc had a rhythm section of bassist Ben Street and drummer Dana Hall, neither of whom you’d see on a list entitled “Slouches.” To hear Barth tell it, though, he couldn’t have been happier with the place he was playing or the people backing him up. “Albany’s become like a second home to me,” he told us, gesturing towards Benedict, “thanks to this wonderful drummer…” Barth also called Lawrence “the nicest guy in jazz,” making sure we knew that “nice” applied to his playing abilities as well as his personality, and intimating that if Lawrence ever decided to roll the dice, he could make some serious noise on the New York City jazz scene.

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Be Here Now: Bopitude @ The Linda, Friday 6/10/11

June 8th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara
In the studio with Michael Benedict

Mike Lawrence, Chris Pasin, Michael Benedict, Bruce Barth and Brian Patneaude

Last January, jazz drummer Michael Benedict rounded up some heavy hitters and a who’s who of Nippertown jazz musicians and headed into Cotton Hill Studios in Colonie. Andrzej Pilarczyk hung out in the studio with the band and filed a two-part, behind-the-scenes, in-the-studio report for Nippertown: Part 1 and Part 2.

The results of their labors is “Bopitude,” which is the name of the band as well as the title of the CD released on Tuesday by Planet Arts, the Grammy-award winning jazz label based in Catskill.

Benedict teams up once again with his studio line-up of trumpeter Chris Pasin, tenor saxophonist Brian Patneaude, bassist Mike Lawrence and pianist Bruce Barth for a CD release celebration at The Linda at 8pm on Friday (June 10). Tickets are $15.

CD Release Party: It’s “Twilight” Time on the Jazz Scene

October 27th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Luis Bonilla

Luis Bonilla

Grammy Award-winning trombonist Luis Bonilla was sliding through a masterful performance with the SFJAZZ Collective at The Egg in Albany lesser than two weeks ago.

Jazz pianist Bruce Barth was leading his trio in concert at A Place for Jazz’s latest concert offering just last weekend.

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