LIVE: Joe Magnarelli & Jerry Weldon @ A Place For Jazz, 9/20/13

October 1st, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Joe Magnarelli

Joe Magnarelli

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

Tim Coakley and the merry band at A Place for Jazz in Schenectady should have sub-titled the opening concert of the series’ 26th season “A Meeting of Friends.” Although this would be the first time we’d seen them play together, horn master Joe Magnarelli and tenor monster Jerry Weldon have gifted Greater Nippertown with their respective presences multiple times, earning them many fans and acres of good feelings. Given how familiar we are with these two artists, this show should have contained no surprises, but there was one big surprise – at least for me.

That their quintet came out with guns blazing was no surprise. Magnarelli and Weldon may not have been completely together on the opening of Jimmy Heath’s “Gingerbread Boy,” but that actually made things better, giving the piece an air of “Screw the polish! Let’s just play!” And anyway, their “unison” play didn’t last long before Magnarelli took off on his first solo, which was as clean, bright and muscular as you’d expect it to be, and even included a sub-reference to the Depression-era tune “We’re in the Money.” An unbound Magnarelli is a sight to see, and he gave the swelling crowd an eyeful with his first solo, and a taste of what the rest of the night would bring.

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Unexpected Venues: Athens Cultural Center

May 26th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

On Saturday, May 21, Planet Arts in association with the Athens Cultural Center presented MAGS & BERNSJoe Magnarelli, trumpet and Peter Bernstein, guitar. Video by Susan Brink

Jeff Nania’s review at Metroland

Upcoming concert: Jazz one2one concert series presents trombonist Roswell Rudd with guitarist-vocalist David Oquendo on Saturday, June 11, at the Athens Cultural Center in Athens. Pre-performance Jazz Talk with the musicians at 7pm; performance at 8pm. Tix are $10.

LIVE: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Justin’s, 1/16/10

January 22nd, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg

(left) Joe Barna and (right) Lou Smaldone and Jon Gordon

(left) Joe Barna and (right) Lou Smaldone and Jon Gordon

When the news got out that drummer-composer Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence were slated to play two weekend nights at Justin’s in Albany with special guests Jim Rotondi (Friday), Joe Magnarelli (Saturday) and Jon Gordon (both nights), all the seats were sold out in a heart beat.

“They turned people away at the door,” muses Barna. “I brought in three of the world’s top musicians to Justin’s for two nights, and it was just magical!” And it was. Fiery and passionate solos, moving lyrical ballads and incredible musicianship highlighted the performances on both nights.

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