Live: The Mike Moreno Quintet @ A Place for Jazz, 9/24/10

September 29th, 2010, 4:00 pm by Greg

Mike Moreno

Mike Moreno

Did you see the shooting stars in the sky over Schenectady Friday night? It was the Mike Moreno Quintet soaring into A Place for Jazz at the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome.

These players are hot and experiencing a meteoric rise in the jazz world. You may know guitarist Mike Moreno from his appearance on local saxophonist Brian Patneaude’s latest CD “Riverview.” Pianist Aaron Parks, a Blue Note star, can be heard on Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard’s “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” while his own “Invisible Cinema” stands on its own merit as a jazz gemstone.

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Live: The Lee Konitz Quartet @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, 9/10/10

September 15th, 2010, 4:15 pm by Greg

The Lee Konitz Quartet

The Lee Konitz Quartet

Saxophonist Lee Konitz, opened the fall session of A Place for Jazz on Friday night, filling the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome with a thoroughly adventurous sound. Konitz is well known to jazz audiences for his role in the Cool Jazz Movement with pianist Lennie Tristano. The veteran saxman was also on the landmark album “Birth of the Cool” by Miles Davis.

Since then, Konitz has followed his own way through jazz, often taking an avant garde approach to traditional jazz standards.

Known for recording duets together, Konitz and pianist Dan Tepfer blended the First Unitarian Society’s church organ timbres against the rich, mellow tones of the alto saxophone to open the first set. Bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller added their talents to the mix once Tepfer moved to the grand piano.

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Live: Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Tanglewood, 9/1/10

September 8th, 2010, 4:30 pm by Greg

Crosby, Stills and Nash
By the time we got to Tanglewood, we were 10,000 strong. Winding the car through the prestigious pine trails to a manicured hillside to watch the iconic figures, Crosby, Stills and Nash bring their summer tour to the Lenox venue. Picking up our pace and the excitement, we entered the gates to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Families and couples were spreading their blankets, completing a tie-dye patchwork of colors across the lawn.

As the trio entered the stage, a reverent standing ovation took place. Opening with familiar tunes, “Woodstock”, “Military Madness” and “A Long Time Gone”, we knew the night would not disappoint. The strong vocal harmonies of David Crosby and Graham Nash complimented by Stephen Stills’ gruff voice and ripping guitar leads were bringing back memories from the day.

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LIVE: Lost Radio Rounders @ Crandall Library, 5/19/10

May 25th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay

Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay

Supper is over. Dishes are done. Gather ’round the radio in your comfy pjs. It’s time to relax with the family and listen to some music.

Last Wednesday evening, Lost Radio Rounders transported the Crandall Public Library audience back in time to enjoy the classic Americana music of Woody Guthrie, the Carter Family, Leadbelly and others.

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LIVE: The Siver Family @ the Crandall Library, 3/18/10

March 23rd, 2010, 11:17 am by Greg

The Siver Family

The Siver Family: Jennifer, Dorothy Jane and Ron Siver

The Siver Family performed in Glens Falls last Thursday night as part of the Crandall Library’s Folklife Concert Series. Hailing from Crown Point, the group mined a variety of musical styles including traditional bluegrass tunes and old-time gospel favorites, as well as original songs that warmed the hearts of the over 200 people listening.

Opening the almost two-hour set with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe’s “Come Back to Me Is My Request,” they switched gears all evening, doing things like the traditional gospel tune “Almost Home” and a batch of well-crafted originals.

The Siver Family Band are bassist Ron (dad), guitarist-vocalist Jennifer (mom) and their daughter Dorothy Jane on fiddle, guitar and vocals. Rounding out the quintet are mandolinist Jim Bevins and banjo picker Steve Lutke.

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LIVE: Robert Trent @ the Zankel Music Center, 3/11/10

March 15th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

Robert Trent

Like a fine wine complements a gourmet meal, the acoustics of Skidmore College’s new Zankel Music Center were a perfect match for the rich, full tones of internationally renowned classical guitarist Robert Trent on Thursday evening. Without any means of amplification at all, every single note, every intended nuance could be clearly heard from Trent’s small guitar anywhere in the concert hall.

Trent performed marvelously in the style of Johann Scherzer (ca. 1850) on his unique, 10-stringed guitar. The addition of the four top bass strings on a separate neck jutting at a slight upward angle extended the length of the fretboard, allowing Trent to play harmonics far surpassing the tonal range of a standard six-string guitar.

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