New Poetry Zine: Daylight Robbery

January 14th, 2011, 10:44 am by Greg

Daylight RobberyA brand new poetry zine slipped into Nippertown last week. It’s called Daylight Robbery, and it was put together by Jason Crane – jazz enthusiast, poet, bicycle advocate and podcaster of “The Jazz Session.”

Crane – whose first collection of poems, “Unexpected Sunlight,” was published last year – unveiled the premier issue of Daylight Robbery last week at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, where he was the featured poet at the Caffe’s monthly poetry session.

Published by SNAFU Press, the inaugural issue features poetry by Aaron Belz, Carol Graser, Molly Lawless, John Gallaher and Alan Casline. The cover illustration is by Carolee Sherwood.

If you’d like a copy of the zine, send your mailing address to Individual copies are free, although donations would be greatly appreciated via the Donate button at the zine’s website. You can also subscribe to Daylight Robbery by clicking on the Subscribe button at the website. A one-year subscription (six issues) is just $5.


LIVE: The Matthew Shipp Trio @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 4/1/10, Take Two

April 8th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp

Inspired by Matthew Shipp’s April 1, 2010 performance in Troy, NY.

(for Matthew Shipp)
by Jason Crane

Matthew has to force his hands
back down to the piano
stop them from floating away
maybe from carrying him away, too

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Lee Shaw: Pianist Podcast

February 10th, 2010, 11:15 am by Greg

Lee ShawNippertown’s own jazz piano queen Lee Shaw is living a fascinating life. From her childhood in Oklahoma in the 1920s to her early exposure to jazz in Chicago to her decades-long career as a jazz pianist, Shaw has been everywhere and played with just about everyone.

Jason Crane – the host and producer of the online interview show focusing on jazz musicians, The Jazz Session – has posted a new podcast this week in which he interviews Shaw about her early years; why she decided to become a jazz pianist rather than a classical accompanist; and the impulsive proposal that led to a lifetime of musical bliss.

LIVE: The Musical Box @ The Egg, 1/14/10

January 20th, 2010, 11:24 am by Greg

The Musical Box is to Genesis cover bands what Civil War reenactors are to kids playing with toy soldiers. The band is so much like the real thing that it’s easy to forget you’re watching both a dramatic and musical performance. The members of The Musical Box inhabit the characters they portray in the way a method actor might. From the clothes to the voices to the gestures to the playing of their instruments, you’d swear you were watching Genesis.

On Thursday at The Egg in Albany, the band played the set list that Genesis used during its 1976 tour in support of “A Trick Of The Tail.” This was the first album of the post-Peter Gabriel band, and the first tour in which Phil Collins had to serve as the front man.

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