LIVE: “Pete Seeger: The Storm King” @ the Towne Crier Café, 5/4/14

May 9th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Pete Seeger: The Storm King

There were many celebrations for what would have been Pete Seeger’s 95th birthday throughout the country last weekend. But one of the most unique celebrations of Pete’s life was held last Sunday night (May 4) at the Towne Crier Café in his hometown of Beacon.

Producer and noted percussionist Jeff Haynes masterminded a multimedia celebration of Pete’s life and times. Haynes’ roots are not in the folk tradition; rather, his musical background is in jazz, and he has played and toured with the likes of Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, Al Jarreau and Lizz Wright and Peabo Bryson.

Haynes used his interpretation skills both as a musician and as a producer/engineer to blend a wide variety of musical styles on the Grammy nominated CD, Pete Seeger: The Storm King, which featured Pete telling stories of his life and times accompanied by musicians of many genres and a revolving slide show of Pete and his wife Toshi’s life.

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Live: The David Amram Quartet @ the Adirondac, 9/17/10

September 27th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

David Amram

David Amram

For all those hep cats and kittens out there, David Amram – the man, the myth, the legend – inaugurated the Lake George Jazz Cruise on the lovely paddle-boat the Adirondac, to launch the 27th Lake George Jazz Weekend. And what a start it was.


Twenty seven and counting Jazz Weekends. Lots more great ones to come because the executive team spearheading the Lake George Arts Project’s annual event, executive director John Strong and artistic director Paul Pines have been doing this for that long.

David Amram. The man is a dynamo, and at 80 years old is still going strong both musically and spiritually. He and his band – with son Adam Amram on congas, Kevin Twigg on drums and bassist John Dewitt – played for more than two and a half hours on the three-hour cruise.

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Jazz Cruise to Celebrate David Amram’s 80th Birthday

August 10th, 2010, 12:00 pm by Greg

David AmramThe multi-talented, genre-smashing musician-composer-conductor David Amram will be honored with an 80th birthday celebration and cruise on Friday, September 17 in Lake George.

The celebration – which has been dubbed “David Amram: The First 80 Years” – will begin at the Shoreline Restaurant at 6pm with a birthday cake and several brief testimonials by several key people who were involved in Lake George Opera’s 1968 world premiere production of Amram’s opera, “Twelfth Night.”

The cruise on The Adirondac will begin boarding at 7pm and will leave the Shoreline dock a half-hour later. The cruise will feature food and drink, as well as a jazz performance by the David Amram Quartet.

UPDATE: Tickets for the cruise will cost $25 and may be purchased by calling 518-899-3000.

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