LIVE: Hendrik Meurkens & Bob DeVos @ Flights of Fantasy, 4/2/11

April 13th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Bob DeVos and Hendrik Meurkens

Bob DeVos and Hendrik Meurkens

Internationally acclaimed harmonica-master Hendrik Meurkens rolled into the Flights Of Fantasy bookstore earlier this month to present an evening of impassioned jazz woven flawlessly into Brazilian song structures.

Accompanied by electric jazz-guitar maven Bob DeVos, the German-born Meurkens bobbed his head to the rhythms and passionately blew the harp filling the room with heart warming sambas and bossa novas. For several numbers of their almost two-hour set, Meurkens switched to the vibraphone, adding percussive accents to DeVos’ harmonic fretboard runs.

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Be Here Now: Hendrik Meurkens & Bob DeVos @ Flights Of Fantasy, 4/2/11

April 1st, 2011, 10:01 am by Greg

David Perry is no stranger to the regional jazz community; in fact, he’s been in the thick of it as a fan, advisor and supporting voice for the past 20 years.

Several years back, when A Place For Jazz had a last minute cancellation in the midst of their fall concert series, Perry took the initiative in the nick of time to get the right people together and bring in heavyweight sax-master David “Fathead” Newman to play at the Whisperdome.

Back in November, Perry undertook his first venture into the world of producing, promoting and personally funding a jazz concert – bringing in monster saxophonist Jerry Weldon to his wife’s Flights Of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie. Though the two-night stand was a musical success for the jazz community, after the final tally, it cost Perry a few shekels out of his own pocket to pay the musicians and other related costs.

No worries, the satisfaction of putting on the concert outweighed the financial loss; Perry was determined to try it again.

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