The Return of “Jazz &…”

February 26th, 2010, 1:04 pm by Greg

Disc jockey Barbara Kaiser – who was the host of the long-running WRPI-FM weekly radio show “Jazz &…” – is back behind the microphone, but she isn’t returning to the RPI radio station.

Instead, she’s taken her “Jazz &…” show to the internet, where she can be heard at Her three-hour show plays continuously 24 hours a day.

“So if you wake up at 3am and want to play it, it’s there,” explains Kaiser. “It’s a new venture, and it’s very interesting.”

If you’re not familiar with the show, Kaiser describes “Jazz &…” as “a wild, mixed-up mishmash of old and new jazz, but only greats. Also any other thing I want to play from Tom Waits to the Beach Boys because it’s my show.”

Lately, she’s been doing themed shows, and her latest program is “Moon Music,” featuring three hours of songs about the moon. “It was a fun show to do,” says Kaiser. “I didn’t realize there were so many songs about the moon, such as ‘Moon River,’ ‘Moonlight in Vermont,’ ‘How High the Moon’…”

The “Moon Music” show features the sounds of such jazz musicians as Artie Shaw, Ray Bryant, Billie Holiday, Tierney Sutton, Vincent Herring and Jackie & Roy, as well as such non-jazzers as the piano duo of Ferrente & Teicher, the Lettermen and even Ethel Merman.


FIVE FIRSTS: Michael Benedict of Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes

November 4th, 2009, 4:22 pm by Greg

NAME: Michael Benedict
BAND AFFILIATION: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes
INSTRUMENT: Vibraphone
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Monkees’ “Headquarters”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … the Stan Kenton Orchestra



5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The 5 “C” s – Cooth, Class, Charisma, Character and Corigliano

Vibraphonist Michael Benedict leads his band, Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes, into 9 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs on Saturday night.

LIVE: The Lake George Jazz Weekend, 9/19-20/09

September 23rd, 2009, 12:43 pm by Greg

Billy Harper

Billy Harper

The Lake George Arts Project launched its 26th Jazz At the Lake Festival, better known as the Lake George Jazz Weekend, on Saturday, September 19. Old friends greeted each other and found places to sit down in the Shepard Park amphitheater looking down the hill to the bandstand and the lake.

In the picturesque warmth of the day, veteran jazz pianist Bill Mays and his Inventions Trio presented a sparkling set of chamber jazz. Accompanied by famed trumpeter Marvin Stamm and newcomer cellist Alisha Horn, Mays’ mix of classical and jazz themes drew appreciative applause.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Brian Patneaude

September 22nd, 2009, 2:31 pm by Greg

brianpatneaudeNAME: Brian Patneaude
BAND AFFILIATION: Brian Patneaude Quartet; Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra; Empire Jazz Orchestra; Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble; and anyone else that calls.
INSTRUMENT: saxophones

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I can recall searching out on my own was a cassette copy of Paul McCartney’s “Tug of War” for the song “Ebony & Ivory.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Metallica and Queensryche at the RPI Fieldhouse in 1989.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I picked up the saxophone in the 5th grade – it’s been a love/hate affair ever since.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I remember putting on an impromptu solo dance routine to the theme of “Star Wars” in front of my kindergarten classmates – does that count?

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I played drums in a trio with friends from high school ironically named Fusion. For the longest time our repertoire consisted of “In A Gadda Da Vida” and a few original songs that sounded oddly similar to “In A Gadda Da Vida.”

The Brian Patneaude Quartet takes the stage at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Thursday, September 24.

LIVE: Albany’s All-America City Jazz Festival, 9/12/09

September 18th, 2009, 12:41 pm by Greg

Lee Shaw and Rich Syracuse

Lee Shaw and Rich Syracuse

This year’s Albany’s All-America City Jazz Festival kicked off in high gear with Nippertown’s own queen of the keys Lee Shaw taking the bandstand. Her long-time bandmates – bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Seigel – turned up the heat behind Shaw’s impassioned piano stylings as she masterfully led the trio through a handfull of jazz standards and memorable originals. Wearing a bright red coat and a scarf to fend off the chill in the air, Lee Shaw warmly smiled out to the audience as her fingers melodically caressed the keys.

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Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck

September 16th, 2009, 9:06 am by Greg

Growing up in a musical family, it’s no surprise that Colleen Pratt turned into an exquisite jazz vocalist. It’s also no surprise that Pratt spent an awful lot of time at the venerable old Van Dyck.

And now that the Schenectady nightspot has re-opened under new management, it’s a thrill to discover that Pratt and the Van Dyck have found each other once again.

Colleen Pratt & Friends now have a monthly residency at the Van Dyck, stepping into the spotlight there on the third Thursday of each month – including Thursday, September 17.

The music gets underway at 7pm, and there is no admission charge.

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Real Good for Free: The Uncle Brothers @ East Greenbush Community Library (Sept. 26)
Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Rev. Hall (9/17)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Lake George Jazz Weekend (9/19-20)
Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)

Parade of Shoes: Kat Edmonson

September 11th, 2009, 1:55 pm by Sara
Kat Edmonson  at Tanglewood, 9/6/09 (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Kat Edmonson at Tanglewood, 9/6/09 (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival, 9/12/09

September 11th, 2009, 10:44 am by Greg

It’s been known as the Albany Jazz Festival.
It’s also been named the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival.
But apparently now it’s got yet another new name – the Albany All America City Jazz Festival.

Whatever you call it, it’s a great day for Nippertown jazz fans – a full day of jazz performances at Albany’s Riverfront Park in the Corning Preserve beginning at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 12.

For free.

Here’s the line-up:

12:30pm: The Lee Shaw Trio featuring Rich Syracuse (bass) and Jeff Siegel (drums)
1:45pm: The Dan Loomis Quartet
3:15pm: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
4:45pm: Lizz Wright
6:15pm: The Joe Lovano Us Five featuring James Weidman (piano), Cameron Brown (bass), Matt Wilson (drums) and Francisco Mela (drums)

In case of rain, the festival will move indoors to the Palace Theatre.

And immediately following the festival, the Lee Shaw Trio will host a jam session at 74 State in Albany from 8:30-11:30pm. Don’t be surprised if several of the festival performers show up to sit in…

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