Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Rudy Lu
Starving for a fine meal, craving a cold beverage, and yearning for music to soothe my Frankenstein-like monster soul, I sped down I-90 after a frantic work week to the Van Dyck in Schenectady.
“I’d like a ticket for each show, the 7 and the 9:30, please,” I asked the vendor.
“Just one? For both shows? You’re just by yourself?” she smiled awkwardly. I sensed her pity.
“Yes,” I replied. I had the loneliness-blues for sure, and my stomach was growling, too.
I’m glad I bought a ticket for both sets – the music was, as expected, first-rate, and seeing that the venerable club had sold out all its tables was gratifying. Grammy nominee Duke Robillard and his talented band (Bruce Bears on keyboards; Brad Hallen on acoustic and electric bass; and Mark Teixeira on drums) took the stage to strong applause and launched into an instrumental take of “High Heel Sneakers” that slinky and greasy at the same time, and followed that with a swinging shuffle, “Jump the Blues for You.”