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George Winston (left) and Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger
The Egg in Albany has added two more new shows to its fall concert calendar – and they couldn’t be more different:
Friday, October 28, 8pm: George Winston in the Swyer Theatre
A solo concert by the piano man featuring songs from his new recording “Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi,” selections from his seasonal favorites performed in his melodic folk style, as well as some New Orleans R&B, stride piano and more. $29.50.
Wednesday, November 9, 8 PM: Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of the Doors in the Hart Theatre
The keyboardist and the guitarist of one of the all-time great classic rock bands. With Dave Brock on vocals. “Come on, baby, light my fire…” $35.50, $44.50, $59.50; VIP tix $79.50 (includes meet & greet).
Tickets are currently on sale to members and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 29.
December 8th, 2009, 12:40 pm by Greg
I first heard George Winston before New Age was a catch phrase, let alone a dirty word. Far from being the superficial noodlings associated with the genre, I thought his evocative solo-piano pieces were a logical extension of Keith Jarrett’s solo recordings, and that opinion still stands. But unlike many of his contemporaries, there’s a lot more to Winston than New Age, as he amply demonstrated during his recent visit to North Nippertown.
At the Wood Theater in Glens Falls, audience members whose knowledge of Winston ended with the ’80s got an early wake-up call when Winston kicked off his “winter concert” with Professor Longhair’s “Baby Let Me Hold Your hand.” Stride piano is about as far from Winston’s better-known works as you can get, but it’s been one of his major concentrations over the last decade. In addition to studying New Orleans piano legends like Longhair, Henry Butler and James Booker, Winston also recorded the Katrina benefit disc, “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions” in 2006, and will soon release a follow-up fundraiser to help repair damage from the Deepwater Horizon spill. He played two tracks from the 2006 disc, the most affecting being “Gulf Coast Lullabye – Part 2.”
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“I think it might have been ‘Bimbo’ by Jim Reeves.
No, actually, I think it was ’16 Tons’ by Ernie Ford. Yeah, I think that was it. It was 1956, and I was in Miles City, Montana. It was on Capitol Records with that purple logo and the Capitol Building. I think that would have been it. It was so impressionistic – it took me to swamps and everyplace else.
I didn’t realize that there was a whole genre of folk songs that weren’t really folk songs.”
Pianist George Winston brings his winter program to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. on Wednesday (December 9).