If you missed jazz pianist Lewis Porter at Skidmore College on Sunday, you’ll have another chance to catch him in action when he teams up with guitarist Freddie Bryant for an improvisational jazz duo performance on Tuesday (November 17) at Williams College’s Chapin Hall in Williamstown, Mass.
Bryant currently teaches at Williams College in the Africana and Music departments as well as at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland.
The performance starts at 7pm Tuesday. Admission is free.
Prepare for Starburst! How can you tell that the holiday season is nearing? The box sets get bigger and bigger. (Check out the new AC/DC set, if ya don’t believe us.) On Tuesday, “Farscape: The Complete Series Megaset” is being launched by A&E Home Entertainment and the Jim Henson Company. Here’s the breakdown by the numbers:
4 seasons 25 DVDs 29 episode commentaries 15 hours of bonus programming 90 minutes of deleted scenes 88 episodes $149.95
Down in Beacon, concert promoters Local 845 have been presenting a number of excellent performances at various venues around town – everywhere from the Howland Cultural Center to the Piggy Bank. Now they’ve got their eyes set on presenting the Beacon Riverfest, a free summertime concert series to held in Beacon’s Riverfront Park.
But in order to get the ball rolling, they’ve got to raise some dough. So on Saturday (November 14), the Riverfest 2010 Kickoff Party takes over the Howland Cultural Center with an all-star line-up of notable local musicians, including Jen Clapp, Todd Giudice, Al Hemberger, Dan Fisherman, Margaret McDuffie, Art Labriola, Stephen Clair and more – all onstage together. Admission for the very special benefit performance is $15.
Eric Boos: Bad Dog
Don’t miss the current exhibit at The Limner Gallery in Hudson. Featuring the work of more than two dozen artists, “A Show of Heads” is a large group show that offers a jaw-dropping array of interpretations of portraiture, including Eric Boos’ “Bad Dog” at right. Heads up! The exhibition remains on view through Saturday, November 28.
Jazz pianist, educator, and jazz history expert Lewis Porter will share insights and sounds of the late jazz greats Miles Davis and John Coltrane during his solo piano concert at Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall in Saratoga Springs at 7pm Sunday (November 15). General admission tickets are $5; seniors/students $2.
From 1-2:30pm on the following day (Monday, November 16), Porter will give a presentation on Davis and Coltrane in Skidmore’s Emerson Auditorium at Palamountain Hall, incorporating rare video and audio materials.
A renowned jazz scholar and Grammy nominee, Porter has authored and edited numerous books, including the acclaimed study, “John Coltrane: His Life and Music” (1998, University of Michigan Press), which was honored with the 1999 Jazz Research Award from the Association of Recorded Sound Collections.