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A Salute to Our Local Jazz Heroes

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

2014 Jazz Heroes Awards

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. And before it comes to a close, the Jazz Journalists Association will bestow two dozen Jazz Hero Awards to deserving individuals all across the country who have been “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz.” Three of them are right here in Nippertown.

Tom Pierce – former vice president of A Place for Jazz and contributor – will receive his award during the Schenectady Musical Union Gala on Sunday afternoon (April 27) at Robb Alley at Proctors in Schenectady. The event will also feature performances by three Local 518 jazz groups – the Jim Wilson Quintet (3pm), the Rob Lindquist Quartet (4pm) and Colleen Pratt & Friends (5pm). Admission is free.

Meanwhile, Peggy Stern and John Bilotti – the artistic director and executive producer, respectively of Kingston’s annual free Wall Street Jazz Festival – will be honored with their awards at the Anvil Gallery in Kingston at 7pm on Tuesday (April 29). Admission is free, and the reception will include complimentary Thelonious Ale, wine and snacks.

Congrats to the honorees!


LIVE: Widowspeak @ BSP Lounge, 2/15/14

Thursday, March 6th, 2014


Photographs and videos by Timothy Reidy

OK, we’re officially declaring today to be Timothy Reidy Day, in honor of the photographer, sports fan, Metroland columnist (read his “Ton Lokal” column in today’s issue), artist, regular Nippertown contributor and uber music fan. The tireless Mr. Reidy is always on the go around town, and throughout the day today at, we’re offering a sampling of his musical marathon during the past couple of weeks…


Yuka Honda, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Yuka Honda

Yuka Honda

“‘The Godfather’ theme.

I didn’t grow up in a very musical household. Once in a while, my father would play a jazz album by Miles Davis, and sometimes my mother would play a classical record, but otherwise, I didn’t really hear much music – except television theme songs and music from the movies. The soundtrack to ‘The Godfather’ was the first album that I bought.

Then I remember going to see the movie ‘Let It Be,’ and I became a huge Beatles fan.”

Yuka Honda and co-leader Miho Hatori bring the reunited Cibo Matto to the BSP Lounge in Kingston on Sunday to preview selections from their upcoming album, “Hotel Valentine,” slated for release on Friday, February 14 (yup, Valentine’s Day). It’s their first album in 14 years. Salt Cathedral opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

LIVE: Mother Falcon @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, 1/14/14

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon

Videos and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Tired of the same old bass, drums and guitar line-up?

Well, then check out Mother Falcon… In support of their new album, You Knew, the sprawling, Austin-based, 17-piece, chamber-rock collective winged its way north last month, landing at the BSP Lounge in Kingston, sharing the stage with And the Kids.


LIVE: O+ Festival in Kingston, 10/13/13 (Day Three)

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Spiritualized (photograph by Timothy Reidy)


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Featuring more than 40 musical acts, the fourth annual O+ Festival was held earlier this month over the course of three days at a number of different locations throughout Kingston. That’s O+, as in “O positive,” the blood type. It’s a unique festival of art, music and wellness, wherein artists barter their visual or musical talents directly for medical, dental and other health services from art-loving health care providers.

And the idea is catching on. Building on the success in Kingston, the O+ Festival will set up shop in San Francisco next month…


Festival Fever: O+ Festival in Kingston, 10/11-13/13

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Featuring more than 40 musical acts, the fourth annual O+ Festival will be taking place this weekend at a number of different locations throughout Kingston. It’s a unique festival of art, music and wellness, wherein artists barter their contributions directly for medical, dental and other health services from art-loving health care providers.

This year, expect to see Kingston transformed by the internationally–known street artist Gaia. Renowned performance artist Linda Montano will be returning again this year along with artist/activist LMNOPi, Kris Perry’s Machines and the Deep Listening Institute, all new to the O+ roster. There will also be two screenings of the documentary “Dear Governor Cuomo,” filmed last year in Albany at the big anti-fracking rally and benefit concert at The Egg.


Festival Fever: Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston, 8/30-31/13

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
(from left) Sue Terry, Ingrid Jensen and Claire Daly

(from left) Sue Terry, Ingrid Jensen and Claire Daly

The tenth annual Wall Street Jazz Festival is this weekend, and, no, you don’t have to travel all the way down to Manhattan’s financial district. No, we’re talking about Wall Street in Kingston.

The fest comes in two parts:

On Friday (August 30), it kicks off at 8pm with “The Art of the Duo: Dual Pianos” concert at the Old Dutch Church, featuring Dena Derose, Francesca Tanksley, Nina Sheldon and Peggy Stern. Admission is $15.

Then on Saturday (August 31), the jazz moves outdoors for an evening of FREE music to the corner of Wall and North Front streets. Here’s Saturday’s performance schedule:


Five Firsts: Jude Moran of Adela & Jude

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Jude Moran

Adele & Jude Moran

NAME: Jude Moran
INSTRUMENT: Drum set with feet, Guitar, Guitarro, Banjo, Mando, Tenor with hands. I strum instruments and drum with my feet; kick and snare are all the drums you need.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM THAT I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Oh God, my big sister had awesome taste in music, so most of what I got were her records, and I didn’t buy many. Then at 17 years old, I got a job in a record store, where I got fired for drinking too much Nyquil when I had a cold. I think it may have been Cream – Heavy Cream – the all white one. I was a hard rock drummer back then…


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